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The Birth of the Messiah

In the Roman empire, censuses were taken every fourteen years for assessing taxation and ascertaining who were eligible for compulsory military service. Joseph and Mary traveled eighty miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was a most inconvenient time and a physical ordeal for Mary since her baby was due any day now! And as luck would have it, Bethlehem was overcrowded. They had to settle for the most primitive of accommodations -- an open stall for animals.

Council Highlights

  • Congregation council approved the use of Luther Hall by the Trinity Praise Band on April 18 for a Coffeehouse for Heroes.
  • Jason and Suzanne Homm and their children Erin and Caden were welcomed as new members.
  • The new church directory will be shipped from the publisher on November 20.


Annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

Come celebrate the first day of 2015 with the Trinity family for a pork and sauerkraut dinner in Luther Hall. This FREE dinner is being sponsored by Trinity's Evangelism Committee.

Please call the church office at 610-377-4303 to make your reservation or for additional information. There will be a seating at noon and 1 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 250 guests. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve, clean up and bake. If you can help, there will be a sign-up sheet posted in the narthex and outside the church office.


On December 11, Trinity's Women of the ELCA will be taking a fresh look at the Nativity through the words written by Liz Curtis Higgs in her book "The Women of Christmas." Rae Grow will be the leader. Please join them for a time of sharing and fellowship. A Holiday Buffet will be served. Please bring your favorite treat.

Prayer vigil for Peace in the Middle East - December 9. Our prayers have been lifted up since 2002. Please continue to include the people of the Middle East in your personal prayers.

Service Times
  • First Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
  • First Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School at 10:30 a.m.
Volunteer Groups
Women of the ELCA
This community of women gathers regularly with the mission of mobilizing women to boldly act on their faith in Jesus Christ. They gather to grow in their faith, affirm one another in their calling and to reach out to others with their offerings and projects.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7PM in Luther Hall (except January and August).

All women of the community are welcome to attend.
Altar Guild
This ministry involves preparing the worship space with the furnishings, appoinments, vessels, elements, linens, and paraments used in the liturgy (Altar Guild and Sacristy Handbook, S. Anita Stauffer).

Translated, the people of this committee set up and care for the altar paraments according to the color of the liturgical season, as well as preparing for the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism.

Members usually serve one month at a time, twice a year.

Montly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of most month at 8PM. Volunteers are welcome.
The Knotters
A "circle" of the Women of the ELCA who meets to make patchwork, knotted quilts for Lutheran World Relief or local disaster. They meet every Thursday from September throgh May, 8:30-11:30 AM, in Luther Hall.

The quilts, made with love, provide comfort, warmth and shelter for our brothers and sisters around the world who experience disasters or war.

Anyone who would like to sew,cut a square or tie a knot is welcome to join this fellowship.
The Pantry
Is one of nine food distribution centers affiliated with Shepherd House Inc. Its staff consists of volunteers who are responsible for stocking, packaging and dispensing food supplies to individuals and families in Carbon County.

The Pantry is open to the public every Tuesday from
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Item needed this month:   Soup

Please place donation in the box by the church entrance or bring it to the church office.

Brown paper grocery bags
are always needed.

Thrift Store
A bargain store stocked with womenís, menís and childrenís apparel, shoes, household items, jewelry, books, games and much more. Most of the merchandise is used, although you can also find brand-new items.

Most weeks in the month they offer discounts of up to 70% off the price.

The store is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Volunteers are always needed.
Other News

Sunday School Christmas Program
"The Very First Christmas"
Sunday, December 14 at 9 a.m. (snow date: Sunday, December 21)

Christmas Eve Worship

6 p.m. -- Family Worship with the Trinity Praise Band and Holy Communion

9 p.m. -- Traditional Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion

Special music will begin 20 minutes prior to each worship service.

Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather which would necessitate the cancellation of church services or other events, the following procedures are in effect:

We are registered with WFMZ-TV (Channel 69) and TV13. Any delay or closing information will be available at their websites and on the TV stations.

Within two hours of the worship time, a message will be recorded on the church phone answering machine. Call 610-377-4303 and you will be informed via the recorded message.

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