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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.

This year our Circuit Reformation celebration will welcome Gene Edward Veith as our guest speaker. The gathering will be October 27 at the newly rebuilt Grace Lutheran Church in Vestal, New York. We are fortunate that on October 26, the evening before our celebration, Dr. Veith will speak at Chesterton House on Cornell campus.

All Hallows Eve Reformation/German Fest: Wednesday, October 31: Over a year ago we began the three-part movie series, "A Man Called Martin," and we planned on showing the 3rd part this year. For 500 years Lutherans have celebrated the 31st as a day to remember to Reformation when Luther first nailed his academic and Christian faith protests to the Wittenberg church door. You and your friends are invited to come to the German meal which will begin at 6:15 PM at Trinity, followed by the 3rd part of the movie series "A Man Called Martin" at 7:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Please try to RSVP by October 20 by calling the church 607-273-9017, or e-mailing TLC@TrinityIthaca.org . If you are able to help prepare a portion of the meal, or to help with setup beginning at 5:30 PM on that Wednesday, we also would appreciate knowing this. Most communities will not be celebrating Halloween on October 31, choosing to do it on the previous weekend instead.

Ithaca Pregnancy Center Banquet: It’s already that time of year, and you are invited to the Ithaca Pregnancy Center Annual Banquet on Friday, November 2, from 6-9 p.m. It will be held at Celebrations on Slaterville Road. Mary Milbrath is hosting a couple of tables, and would love to have you join her. Please let her know by October 22 if you would like to attend. lmmilbrath@frontiernet.net

Mark your calendar! Our Annual Voters’ Meeting will be after church on Sunday, November 18. Important updates and the agenda will be mailed to you a few weeks before the meeting for your thoughtful consideration.

Operation Christmas Child Collection: Sunday, November 11! Once again Samaritan’s Purse is collecting shoebox-sized gift boxes to deliver to children living in the most dangerous and devastated parts of the world. Handouts are on the way, but we wanted you to have a heads up since many of us like to gather our materials over several weeks. Some reminders: for each box, you will choose a boy or a girl, Age range 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old. You can type “Operation Christmas Child Pack a Box” in your Internet browser to visit their website. The link should come up. You’ll find step-by-step instructions, ideas about how to fill your box, and firsthand accounts, from children who once received boxes, about what meant the most to them. We’ll be sharing these things at church in the coming weeks too. Please begin praying for these children now – what a joy to bear the Savior’s love to these children as we celebrate His birth.

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: www.trinityithaca.org. 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 secretary@trinityithaca.org.

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