Trinity this week – Advent 3, 4 and Christmas Eve

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday join us for a joyful and spirited celebration of the Christmas story!  It starts at 10:30 am with the Sunday School presentation of their Christmas pageant “It’s a Boy!”  Following the morning service, there will be a UCW “free will offering” sponsored lunch so that you can stay and watch the Ringing and Singing in Christmas Concert!  The Concert features the Senior Choir Cantata “I Hear the Prophet Callin’.  Special guest performances by the Joyful Bells and the Junior Choir.  Free admission. The concert begins at 1:30
A reminder to those children who are participating in the Christmas pageant that there will be a dress rehearsal tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 pm in the Sanctuary.  Please bring indoor shoes and leave boots downstairs.
Thank you for giving so generously of your time, talents and donations this year!    This upcoming week we will be delivering over 150 Christmas bags to those youth and adults in need in our community.  Your support of the J.O.Y. Band Concert and the Trinity Arts Canadian Christmas show have realized donations to the Sons of Jacob Synagogue’s Restoration project as well as the Gathering Place soup kitchen.  Your Advent Offerings support Packsac Smiles and Sleeping Children Around the World and your donations to the Hope2Kenya Christmas Tree in the sanctuary helps spread light and hope to children in Kenya.  Thank-you also for your regular donations (on the offering plate, special gifts and par) that allow us to continue to provide worship, community outreach, safe space for counseling and addictions recovery and of course all the regular ongoing events that we love so much.  We are an active and vibrant congregation because of each of you. Thank-you!!!
As we move into the week leading up to Christmas, here are the upcoming special worship services and events to plan for.
Longest Night Candle Lighting Service – Thursday December 21st, 7 pm.
Advent 4 Worship Service – Sunday December 24th, 10:30 am
Christmas Eve Family Service – 7 pm
Christmas Eve Communion – 8:15 pm
The All ages Family service begins at 7 pm.  We celebrate the Christmas story with scripture, carols and a whole lot of joyful noise.  A brief Communion service will follow shortly after.  All are welcome to both of these services.  Our nursery is available for your convenience but will not be staffed on Christmas Eve – children of all ages are more than welcome at both services!
Sunday December 31st, 10:30 am – Worship
Soups On – Soup Tasting Night – Friday January 12th from 5pm – 6:30 pm.$10 Adults, $8 Students (children 6 and under free).  Family of 4 $20.00
**Please consider preparing a soup, bread or cupcakes for the evening – see the sign up sheet in the fellowship hall***
Coffee House Talent Night – Friday January 19th.  Sign up your talent in the Fellowship Hall!
Please note that Trinity offices will be closed from Christmas Day until Tuesday January 2nd.  For emergency pastoral care you can send an email to this address as I will be checking this email regularly.
This week as you prepare your hearts and homes for Christmas, take pause and give thanks to all the people who act in courage and love by offering radical and gracious hospitality to those in need this season.  People who donate items or money to an outreach organization, people who volunteer their time to help and those who invite someone for Christmas dinner who would otherwise be alone – your act of love truly is what Christmas is all about!
May the promise of the Christ Child fill your hearts and homes with radical and outrageous love!