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Ash Wednesday: Lent begins this week with the Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 PM. Our theme this year is Sheep Follow Their Good Shepherd, with our Ash Wednesday focus of “Repent and Return.”

Sign up to host a Wednesday Lenten Supper. You and your group/family could cover the whole meal, or choose a theme & hang a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help. Ideas include a chili cook-off, mac & cheese bowls, Italian night, Mexican night, etc. See the Trinity bulletin board for available dates. See Sue if you have questions.

Sheep Follow Their Good Shepherd in our Lenten journey - This year our Lenten journey is built around two verses from I Peter.

"… And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

We begin our Lenten journey this Wednesday for Ash Wednesday, where we will both see what is known as "the imposition of ashes," (at the beginning of the service, for those who desire it), and we also celebrate Holy Communion. In a year devoted to the sacramental life of the church, we remember Christ's baptism where he was anointed as our "Prophet, Priest, and King," and our baptism where we were made His children and the sheep of His pasture. Please join in this Lenten journey, as we are "the sheep of His pasture…" feeding on His nourishing word and sacrament. With the exception of Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, (those services begin at 7:00 PM), each week we will have a meal before the worship service. Please note that on the first Wednesday following Ash Wednesday, the service time and meal time is earlier.

Devotional Books: We encourage daily devotions all year long, but especially during Advent and Lent. Please pick up a devotion booklet in the narthex that is appropriate for you and your family.

Women’s Candlelight Dinner: “Faith, Fellowship and Friendship” is the theme for the 16th Annual Women’s Candlelight Dinner, scheduled for Sunday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. All women age 13 and older are invited and guests are welcome as well. Sign up now to bring a dish to share or hostess a table. Lisa Cooper, our featured speaker, will talk about the blessings of Christian fellowship as encouraged in scripture. Karla Notarianni will be playing music as people arrive for dinner. You can participate in the program too! We will be requesting ladies to sing along in a women’s chorus directed by Lisa Thompson. Beginning February 10 there will be a poster where you can sign up to bring a dish to share or to hostess a table. All in all, we promise you a spiritually rewarding evening.

Attention gentlemen: Keeping with tradition, men and children are invited to come to the home of Bob and Linda Terry at 107 Worth Street in Ithaca, also on March 10 at 5:30 p.m., for a pizza party.

Cayuga Ridge Sing-along: Dates and times: Thursday, February 21 from 5-6 pm Thursday, March 14 from 5-6 pm and Wednesday, April 17th, 2:30–3:15pm. Want to sing a solo? Play an instrument? Or just have questions? Please see Karla N! We’re looking forward to some fun afternoons!

LWML Ladies: Our circuit is hosting an LWML Retreat on September 22 at Pioneer Camp, “Sing, Soar, and Prayer”. To prepare, there is a planning meeting here at Trinity this Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. We have assignments and need your help as we plan welcoming/registration, prayers cards, music/singing, short skits, favors, and crafts. Come and join us for this LWML meeting and event. Blessings, Geri Anderson and Committee

Adult catechesis class Tuesday nights at 6:15 PM - this class will pick up in the new year with the remaining schedule: Tuesday, February 19 – The Sacrament of Holy Communion; [No class on Tuesday, February 26 to accommodate Cornell mid-winter break]; Tuesday, March 5 – The End of Time; Tuesday, March 12 – Living the Christian Life

Results from Our Recent Congregational Voters Meeting - There were three important issues which the congregation needed to discuss and vote upon. The first was our annual vote on the pre & after-school programs. You may remember that this vote normally occurs in the fall, but somehow we missed it at the voters meeting. Both the preschool and after-school have a healthy enrollment and the congregation strongly affirmed that we would continue preschool and after-school for the next year. The other two votes regarded our current building plans, and the request we had to use the refugee house for legal asylum-seekers.

The congregation voted to contract with The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) to participate in a program that they call "Ministry Clarity." The congregation voted in favor of this proposal. This means that over the next several months we will have leaders’ meetings and tasks, and congregational meetings and tasks, which will help us think clearly about three things:

  1. Trinity's ministry and mission focus and priorities;
  2. Trinity's construction plans;
  3. And the financing of those plans.
Please fully participate in this activity, and begin right now by praying that God would make His ministry clear for us here at Trinity.

The final vote was a response to a request we had back in the fall, to help house families who are legally seeking asylum in the United States. The congregation voted to temporarily re-task the refugee house to help house legal asylees. We can expect that our first family (which appears to be the same family that we shared at the voters meeting, Melvinho and Maria Chipenda and their 3 children) to arrive in the next few weeks. Maria is still in Mexico with her two-month-old child, awaiting proper entrance into the United States. This venture will be done in conjunction with Catholic Charities and Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, who will essentially be providing the human support as a sponsor would normally do. Trinity is offering the house and utilities as their contribution. Pastor Foote and the elders are especially appreciative of the thoughtful, respectful, prayerful, and faithful process which the congregation has taken to make all of these decisions. We trust that God works through the congregation, and that this is his will for us. Let us do it with vigor and faithfulness!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Tuesday, March 5, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church, 709 Main Street, Vestal, New York. Menu includes regular & blueberry pancakes, real maple syrup, sausage, fruit, beverage. A free-will offering will be used to purchase New Testaments that are given to passersby the Lutheran booth at the New York State Fair this summer. (Checks can be made payable to “State Fair Fund.”)

Support Camp Pioneer Military Programs: At a young age, our nation’s military youth are faced with a stark realization - the fact that their mom or dad might not come home from serving our country. Unfortunately, sometimes their worst fears become reality. Pioneer Camp offers two programs for our nation’s youngest heroes. Operation Purple is for military families currently in the deployment cycle to experience carefree fun, learn coping skills to deal with deployment-related stress, and foster relationships with other kids who can relate. Operation S.T.A.R. (Survivors Together Always Remembered) is designed for surviving dependent children and siblings of all branches of military. The campers will be equipped with long-term and immediate emotional help, hope, and healing that will aid in their grieving of departed loved ones who served the US in uniform. Memo your special offering to support Pioneer’s Military camps.

The Word of the Lord Grows and multiplies (Acts 12:24) - There are several opportunities for you to learn, discuss, and have fellowship with others around God’s Word. Each Sunday morning at the back of the church the elders have a class looking at the New Testament epistles. At the same time, 9:00 AM Sunday mornings, there is a study of the Minor Prophets, taught by Pastor Foote, Pastor Cooper, and Herb Israel. This particular study is called “Life Light” and includes a helpful home devotional and Bible study guide, as well as a “magazine” which deals with contemporary issues faced by the people of God. This is a great opportunity to allow God’s Holy Spirit to grow your faith by investing your time and focus in the Word. We also have a home Bible study, taught by Marti Clark, which meets in the home of Myrth Guest (located just behind the church - 140 Westview Lane)

Lutheran Womens' Missionary League / LWML: Remember to drop your pennies and loose coins into an LWML Mite Box.  Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1–4), the Mite Box is used to collect your small offerings, or “mites”, and are used to fund grants through Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The Eastern District LWML has paid three of the eight grant requests that were approved at the last convention.  Your “mites” do mighty work!  See Vivian or Marti for more information or to get your own mite box.

Our flower chart for 2018 is posted by the kitchen door. Sign up if you would like to sponsor an arrangement for a Sunday this year. Note the dedication you would like, or contact the church office ahead of time so it can be printed in the bulletin.

Are you looking for a way to serve at church? We encourage you to consider serving as usher during our worship services. If you are interested, please see Nancy or an elder for more information. Another opportunity is to sign up for altar duty for one month! This simply involves washing the Communion ware after communion Sundays (usually just twice per month), washing the linens and covering the altar. See Myrth for more information.

Daily Prayer for Individuals and Families prayer cards are now available at no charge. This laminated booklet is perfect for prayer time by yourself or with an unlimited number of people. Keep one in your Bible or hymnal. The prayer litanies included are for Morning, Noon, Early Evening and Close of Day. Pick up one for each member of your family so you can all be on the same page. This is a great booklet to have at your dining table for before or after meals. Daily Prayer can also be found in your hymnal (LSB). Cheryl Cox will be handing them out the next few Sundays or you may contact her to get your copies.

Severe weather policy at Trinity: When weather is questionable, we will try to keep our website up to date on cancellations: Also, feel free to call the church office, we will try to keep the phone message up to date, or call Pastor Foote or an elder. An email was sent out last Wednesday to all members and friends of Trinity on our email list. If you did not receive the email (from Nancy Gifft), please let us know so we can add you to our list. If you don’t use e-mail, please let us know that too, and we will ask your elder to give you a phone call with updates.

Church Flowers: The flower chart for this year is posted by the kitchen door across from our library. The cost of the flower arrangements is still only $20. You can take the flowers home after the service, but please return the vase for reuse. Please make a note of any dedication you would like printed in the bulletin.

Sign up to help with altar guild. This involves simply covering the altar and chairs after services, storing the paraments under the pulpit, and washing communion ware on communion Sundays (usually 2 per month). We ask you to sign up for just one month of service! A sign-up sheet is posted on the Trinity bulletin board. See Myrth Guest if you have questions.

Volunteer opportunities at Trinity… full descriptions of the responsibilities are in the notebook on the shelf in the narthex.  A brief summary is below:

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed: As we continue to strive to follow church-building as in Acts 2:42, 45, this year we are devoting to Fellowship!  To that end, please sign up to host a fellowship-coffee hour!  It is simple and is greatly appreciated.  A sign up sheet is in the narthex, along with directions. 

Email Notification List: We are planning to start a group list for email notification of special events. If you would like to be included on this list, please fill in the following form or send you name and email address to