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New Bible Study Begins Next Week at 9:00 A.M.! LifeLight is a rich Bible study opportunity, which provides notes and questions for study, small group discussion, and lecture teaching. Our new study will be on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. When was the last time you read those books? They have important things to say about your life right now! These studies are team taught by Pastor Foote, Herb Israel, and Pastor Cooper.

Cayuga Ridge Sing-along: Mark your calendar for the January 24 Sing-along at Cayuga Ridge! We will meet there at 4:45 pm, and spend an hour singing with the residents. Karla N. plays a jazzy piano, and provides lyrics to familiar songs. If you play an instrument or would like to sing a solo, let Karla know! This is fun for ALL ages.

Adult catechesis class begins Tuesday nights at 6:15 PM - this class will pick up in the new year with the remaining schedule:Tuesday, January 22 - Who Is the Holy Spirit? Tuesday, January 29 – Prayer/the Lord’s Prayer; Tuesday, February 5 – The Sacraments and Baptism; Tuesday, February 12 – Confession & Absolution; 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

Meeting with Rev. Billy Brath Thursday, January 31 5:45 PM - The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) offers many resources for congregations to think about facility expansion and ministry. On Thursday, January 31 at 5:45 PM the Director of LCEF Ministry Support, Rev. Billy Brath, along with Rick Porter, who works with the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, for LCEF will be visiting Trinity to discuss our own ideas about building and ministry. The meeting is especially for leaders of the congregation (council members, elders, and the building committee), but it is also open to any congregational member who would like to attend to learn about what LCEF offers, and to think about future ministries which might be part of our building plans. Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM (pasta and pizza, and maybe salad), and a working dinner-meeting will happen from 6:00 PM to 745 or 8:00 PM. If you are planning on attending and would like dinner, please RSVP to Nancy by Tuesday, January 29. Pray for our planning!

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)

Roundtable Food for Thought – February 3rd Sunday, 2:00 PM at Cornell. Lutheran Student Fellowship (LSF)/Trinity was awarded the Wood Grant through Cornell United Religious Works. This generous grant is allowing us to host 4 speakers to discuss the need and complexity of providing food to starving people throughout the world. The event will feature Mark Crea (CEO of Feed My Starving Children) as one of the featured speakers. The event will be held at Call Auditorium on the Cornell campus and will be moderated by Prof. Joe Regenstein, a Cornell food scientist, and a long-time supporter of Feed My Starving Children’s Ithaca Mobile Pack. More information about this important meeting will be provided later. Please mark your calendar & invite your friends.

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