The end is near. There is no doubt about it. The warnings are dire. The tone of today’s texts is ominous. But the baptized know how to live in the “meantimes.” The baptized are strengthened for the living of these days in word and sacrament. The baptized rally around the invitation of the apostle: “Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”
Readings and Psalm
Malachi 4:1-2a A day of blistering heat for the arrogant; a day of healing sun for the righteous
Psalm 98 In righteousness will the Lord judge the world. (Ps. 98:9)
Those interested in vending: tables will be $20 and we ask that you do not sell clothing unless it is handmade. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are again hosting a community Thanksgiving Potluck. All Are Welcome! If you know anyone who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving, please share this flier or invite them on the Facebook event page.
Our annual voter’s meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, after worship. All are welcome to attend, and members are welcome to vote on the budget and other items. If you are not sure of your membership status, please see Rene or Pr Tom.
Seeking Volunteers to Build Community!
Our community meals have become one of the highlights of each week at First Trinity. They are free meals, shared by community members, and enjoyed by everyone who is able to come. Community meals are a safe place for our homeless neighbors to rest and have something to eat, a gathering place for our seniors, and a great way to meet neighbors, volunteers, and others in our community.
We need some help! We need volunteers to help prepare, serve, and clean up after meals, twice a week. Volunteers can donate food for the meal or use items from our pantry to create a meal.
If you think this is something you are interested in doing, please contact Rene at email@example.com. We hope to find volunteers to sign up once a month, or as able. We also welcome youth groups, church groups, groups of friends, community organizations, and others to participate as able.
Mark your Calendars!
Date to be determined - Our annual Beer and Carols event is held at a local tavern. Join us for FaLaLa and Folderol as we sing carols. There is no cover charge, though donations are accepted to support Midwest Books to Prisoners. Follow us on Facebook for details.
Date to be determined - Our annual sing along Christmas Pageant featuring children from the community. Kids who are interested will begin rehearsing mid-fall. See Pastor Tom to sign up!
December 24, 7 pm - Christmas Eve - Candlelight Service with Lessons and Hymns.
December 25, 10:30 am - Christmas Day - Worship and Potluck Brunch!
Sunday: Worship 10:30 am Monday: Office Closed Tuesday: Lectio Divinia 9 am, God's Closet 5-7, Books to Prisoners 5-9, Bible Study 7 pm Friday - God's Closet 10-noon, Office Hours 10-Noon, AA 8:00
Last Saturday of Each Month - 7pm Ben's Movie Night
Last Sunday of Each Month - 9:15am Living Lutheran Magazine Discussion Group
Check out some of the groups who meet or perform in our space: The Bridge, Bridgeport Alliance, The Glint, LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport, Midwest Books to Prisoners, The Group Project, Windy City Opera, and more!
Did you know, First Trinity is a member of Concordia Cemetery? If you have news for the benefit of the community, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org