Please see the August newsletter for the latest news from Trinity Council!
“Thank you for your confidence in me in extending the call to serve as your pastor. I am excited for the future that God has in store for us together.”
Pastor Jodi Golden-Lund
Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Book of Judith: Speaking From the Gap Between the Testaments
The Book of Judith is a book about God’s role during a period ruled by powerful tyrants who make war on each other—a period in which war, trauma, and the fear they evoke are the landscape of the age. It is also about one woman, Judith, who plays a decisive role in confronting unjust powers and bringing hope, courage, and healing to her traumatized people. Judith’s story is unique in biblical literature. It interweaves threads of the stories of many biblical women (and men) in order to create a tapestry that reveals a great deal about the role and significance of women in the Old Testament. The story also helps us to understand what Jesus “saw” when he looked at women that many around him were unable to see.
Written between the testaments, the Book of Judith is one of the Apocryphal books of the Bible that that are canonical for Catholics and Orthodox Christians but not included in most Protestant Bibles. Luther considered them not equal to Holy Scripture but “useful and beneficial to read.”
Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall for our discussion of the Book of Judith.
We are in need of more volunteers to help run the iPad and multimedia during our streaming services so that those currently serving can have a break now and then! Without help, we won’t be able to provide the live stream of worship. Please let the office or Jan Gibson know if you are able to help us.
It would be extremely helpful if folks would also sign up to be readers, communion servers, and ushers. We have had to ask folks at the last minute to serve in these positions, and it would give us peace of mind if we had folks signing up in advance! Thank you!
Click on link above for dedication ceremony!
Clint on link above for information about Little Libraries.
New council members were installed during worship. They are: Muriel Josten -President, San Juanita Baldwin – Secretary, and at large members – Kathryn Benander, Ray Cauwet, and Tami Hensley. Ann Marie Wagstaff continues as Vice President, and Jan McKinley continues as Treasurer.
On Sunday, December 5, Pastor Manda Truchinski, Assistant to the Bishop, was with us and gave a wonderful message that day. You can find the link above.
Another opportunity to give for those who love to shop…
If you use AMAZON.COM to shop at any time, we have now signed up for their Smile program, which donates a portion of any purchases you make to Trinity Lutheran Church. Here are the instructions on how to do it:
For your phone: Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android. Open the app and find ‘Settings’ in the main menu (☰).
Tap on‘AmazonSmile‘ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
For your computer: To change your charitable organization:
- Sign in to amazon.comon your desktop or mobile phone browser.
- From your desktop, go to Your Account and select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
- Select a new charitable organization to support.
Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Trinity Lutheran Church is:
– a community where those who didn’t think they had a community can find a home.
– a community where we celebrate each others gifts.
– a community where we take scripture seriously.
– a community where we come together to grow in faith and love.
– a community where YOU can belong.
We are a community that has experienced first hand the power of God’s love and grace in our own lives. Out of response to the gift of love and grace that we have received, we seek to share that experience with others. As our mission statement proclaims, “Sharing God’s love and grace, we INVITE, EMBRACE, and NURTURE everyone unconditionally into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”
Trinity places a special emphasis on serving the needs of our community with our Food Pantry and our partnership with the Porterville Area Coordinating Council. Our annual Bazaar (held in November) is part of our commitment to our community, where we give 100% of the proceeds to community ministries that provide food and serve others. Bless you!