Trinity Weekly Update – Advent Hope

Hello Trinity Friends!

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent.  We light the candle of hope, reflecting on ways we can be a beacon of hope for others during this busy season.  Our Sunday worship includes a special sung Communion. Our Junior Choir will be singing as well.  Come early to sing carols.  The Carol sing starts at 10:15 am.
Following the Service, an Advent “Singing Bible Study” with Rev. Kathy will take place from noon to 1 pm in the Fireside Room.  Bring your lunch and come explore Advent and Christmas themes through the beloved hymns and carols of the season.  The Advent Bible Study will take place Sundays on November 27th, December 4th and December 11th. 
The Sunday School continues to rehearse for the pageant – all young people are welcome to participate!
Some Upcoming Events
* Kids Only Bazaar at St. Andrew’s United Church.  An opportunity for children 4 – 13 to pick up some great gifts for cheap!  Saturday December 3rd from10 am -12 pm. While the kids shop, parents are welcome to enjoy coffee and chat!
* The Joyful Bells – Handbell Concert – Sunday December 4th at 1 pm.  Carol Sing begins at 12:45 pm.  Free Will Offering to Nipissing Serenity Hospice and Trinity United Church
Are you looking for ideas for Christmas gift ideas – do you have someone on your list who is hard to shop for?  Here are a few ideas:
* You can purchase gift cards from the AOTS for a number of places: Groceries, Gas, Restaurants, Department Stores and more!
* You can purchase a gift from the United Church of Canada’s “Gifts with Vision” There are plenty of options of alternate gift giving ideas in the catalogue (you can find it on the table outside the office).
* You can order a Subscription Package for Romeo and Juliet (includes a ticket to the show, lectures and the Valentine’s Pop Sonnet Fundraiser)
* You can pick up a beautiful United Church Calendar for the low price of $5
Would you rather give a gift to those in need in our community?  Here are some ideas:
* Donate to the Advent Offering (which supports PackSac Smiles and Sleeping Children around the World)
* Donate to the Christmas Gift Bag Outreach – a full list of needed items is on the bulletin board outside the office
* Light a Christmas Light on the Hope2Kenya Christmas Tree
* Brighten someones day with some surprise baking

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13