First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
Worship & Study
Worship for Sunday, November 29:
- 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, In-Person Worship in the Church (Livestreamed)
- 9:15 a.m. audio-only call in service (862-799-9987)
- 10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, In-Person Worship in the Church (Livestreamed)
Registration for in-person services is required. Register here.
Download the program for the service
Evening Prayer: Tuesday evenings at 7 pm via Zoom
Sunday School: Sunday mornings at 9 am via Zoom
Adult Bible Study: Sunday afternoons from 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm via Zoom
Flower Donations for the month of November:
The flowers on the altar at Trinity are given to the glory of God and in memory or celebration of our loved ones.
Sunday, November 8, 2020:
In loving memory of Patricia Fletcher by Dave Fletcher
As we approach Thanksgiving please help keep your Trinity friends safe: Check the New Jersey COVID travel advisory list before traveling out of state, and if you travel to a state on that list, or or if you are gathering for the holiday meal with people you don’t normally eat with, please choose virtual or telephone worship and avoid in-person worship for two weeks after the holiday. We look forward to worshipping with you in the safest possible ways!
Christmas Family Adoptions: Deacon Leslie has 18 families this year who need help providing a Christmas to remember. We have been helping these families all year, first by opening our food pantry to them every Wednesday. We provided a Christmas in July for the children giving them games and toys to play outside because of the pandemic. And now we have the opportunity to provide them with a Christmas. If you would like to adopt a family or just a child or provide gift cards to grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Target, or Old Navy, please contact Deacon Leslie. Thank you.
New This Week:
Turn your Donations into Wishes! Help Light Up The 12 Wishes of Outreach Trinity Tree! Fulfilling the 12 Wishes of Outreach depends on raising at least $4000.00 to light up the Trinity Outreach Tree. This replaces the proceeds that we would normally make from our Fall Rummage Sale so that we can continue to enable vital organizations that help those in need especially this year as the pandemic continues. Your donations will directly help the following organizations: Christian Caring Center, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Interfaith Hospitality Network,The Food Bank of SJ, St Vincent DePaul, Project Interaction Meals, Projection Interaction, Bare Essential Bags, Urban Promise, Sacred Heart Church Food Baskets, Good Counsel Homes, Trinity Preschool Scholarship Fund, Trinity Deacon’s Discretionary Fund Donations may be made here OR by mailing or dropping off a check made out to Trinity and marked “Outreach Wishes”. Thank you for your support.
Blood Drive. Thank you to all those who came out to donate blood on Saturday. We had another successful blood drive. We collected 27 units of blood which will potentially save 81 lives. This year we collected a total of 91 units which potentially saved 273 lives. Our next blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Help us to make next year as successful. I hope to see you there.
Thank you to everyone who made our Consecration Sunday a great celebration!
Your response testifies to the community and spiritual strength of our congregation!
If you missed the opportunity to make your giving commitment on November 8, you can still make that commitment online (right here) or by mailing your Estimate of Giving card to the office as soon as possible. Need a card? Call the office or email Geri Trost.
Please make sure we have your response by Thanksgiving, as we will be issuing our final Consecration Sunday report and preparing our 2021 budget on the basis of commitments received by November 29.
Here is our updated Consecration Sunday report:
- A total of 133 giving units completed Estimate of Giving Cards to date.
- 64 of these giving units increased their financial commitment above their last year’s amount. This is a 15.1% increase in giving from these households above last year.
- A total of 10 new giving units (households who did not make a giving commitment for 2020) completed Estimate of Giving Cards.
- Total giving from all households completing a card to date is $448,644.
- Based on last year’s giving records, we can expect to receive $49,000 during the coming year from people who have consistent giving patterns during the past twelve months but have not completed a card yet.
- Based on the average total of loose offerings during the past three years, we can expect to receive $48,500 during the coming year from that source.
- This gives us an estimated total of $546,100 in giving for 2021, a 1.5% increase over our 2020 projection, and an increase of 6% over our revised budget expectations for 2020.
(The Vestry revised the 2020 budget in the late Spring, taking into account the effects of the COVID pandemic on the economy and on members of our congregation.)
Other News You Can Use:
Summit on Building and Equipping the Beloved Community: December 12 10-11:30 a.m. Learn more about the work being done through churches in our diocese, and be inspired and empowered to engage in the work of building and equipping the “Beloved Community” by addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice. This event is an accessible and engaging forum grounded in scripture, sponsored by Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of New Jersey. Register at bit.ly/ECSSummit
Racial Reconciliation Initiative: The journey continues for members of Trinity to understand and respond to racial injustice. Our next activity is reading the book White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide (Author: Carol Anderson). We plan to discuss this book over three months, so please read through page 38 for the meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 PM.
Teen Book Club: Calling all 6th – 12th graders. Join us for the next installment of Trinity’s Teen Book Club. We are reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We will meet on Thursday, Dec 10th at 7pm via Zoom. Feel free to invite a friend and please sign up via signup genius.
Trinity Preschool Fundraiser: The holidays are just around the corner and Trinity Preschool and AR Workshop are here to help with gift ideas! AR Workshop is offering DIY To-Go Kits (ornaments and mini signs). These are the perfect holiday gifts for a loved one! Your little ones will love creating these decorative ornaments and/or signs. This fundraiser will run until Wednesday, November 18th. We expect to have the kits distributed before the Thanksgiving break. Order Here.
The Outreach Commission is coordinating a collection of non-perishable items for the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden. On Sunday, December 13, we are asking for donations of some or any of the following items:
- snacks (granola bar, trail mix, etc.),
- bottled water, etc.
- Please keep the items separate (do not bag in lunch bags).
- utensil packets (plastic fork, knife, spoon, napkin)
- salt & pepper packets if you can find them
- handi-wipe in a sealed sandwich-size baggie.
- Socks: Men’s and Women’s new black crew socks
- Underwear: Men’s Boxers – sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL
- Women’s Hipster Briefs – sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL
We will be placing a large plastic tote for your donations under the stone arch between the parking lot and the garden. The plastic tote will be available for donations between 8 am and 11:30 am that Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Velzy. Thank you for your support. The Outreach Commission.
Forward Day by Day: To pick up a current Forward Day by Day devotional booklet, contact Deacon Leslie. You can also subscribe by email, or get e-books for your daily devotions through Forward Movement online. Also check out the app for your phone or tablet. It has the daily reflection and links to daily readings, daily prayer and to keep a journal.
Evening Prayer: On Tuesdays at 7 pm Bob Litsinger offers a service of Evening Prayer by Zoom. You can join the service from a landline phone as well as online, but you will need a password. Contact Bob Litsinger by email or 856-571-0008 for the password, details or directions. It’s a wonderful way to add connection, prayer, and peace to your week.
Adult Bible Study: Adult Bible Study of the Gospel According to Mark continues at a new time: Sundays from 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm. We will still meet via Zoom to read, discuss, pray, and share insights into the earliest written Gospel. If you haven’t tried Bible study, this is a great way to begin. Please join us any Sunday. If you have questions, or want more information, email Julie Bathke or call at 856-904-6948. Hoping to see you soon.
Trinity Food Pantry is open 9-11 am on Wednesdays.
PLEASE NOTE we cannot accept any fresh or frozen turkeys this year.
Office hours: The office will be partially staffed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for telephone inquiries and contactless drop-off/pick-up where necessary. If you need to pick something up or drop it off, please call before coming to the church, as our office hours will vary some from week to week.
Trinity Preschool Holiday Fundraisers: In an effort to support local businesses in the community, Trinity Preschool is teaming up with A Lil Jerk Beef Jerky, A Time to Kill Designs (Custom Woodwork), and Spokes Beverage. Help support Trinity Preschool during November & December! Purchase some local gourmet coffee or hot chocolate, custom woodworking with personalization, and beef jerky – all perfect gifts or treats for yourself! View ordering details for Beef Jerky and Custom Woodwork and ordering details for Spokes Beverage.
Native American Heritage Month: In May 2012, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a pastoral letter repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, which was promulgated by European monarchies in the 15th Century and later adopted by our Founding Fathers, to legitimize the colonization of lands inhabited by Indigenous Peoples. It was also used to justify the dehumanization, exploitation and subjugation of Indigenous Peoples and to dispossess them of their lands and their most basic rights. The Episcopal Church also endorsed the 2011 UN Declaration on Human Rights condemning doctrines of superiority “as incompatible with democracy, transparency and accountable governance.” Bishop Schori reminds us that “repentance and amendment of life are the answer, and God asks us all – in this Church, our partners and neighbors, and the nations which were founded under the Doctrine of Discovery – to the challenging work of reconciliation.” In the spirit of this pastoral letter, the members of the God’s Diversity Committee request that you keep Indigenous Americans in your prayers as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. During November, we recognize the people who first cultivated and cared for the land we now call the United States. They were the original masters of agriculture, horticulture, hunting and fishing. Tragically, today, one in three Native Americans lives in poverty. We can honor Native Americans who were one with the land they deeply loved by emulating their profound respect for our earth, one of God’s great gifts to us. We also ask that you pray that Indigenous communities that have suffered greatly during the pandemic receive the care they need to survive and recover and that we may all work together to repair what has been broken, to make amends, and to heal. For more information about the Episcopal Church’s Indigenous Ministries, please visit https://episcopalchurch.org/ministries.
Thank you for keeping up with your pledge! In this challenging time, we understand that many will not be able to keep their pledged commitment to Trinity at their intended level. If it is financially possible, however, please keep your pledge current. Even though we are not gathering in person the work of the church goes on in many ways and places, and your ability to stay current with your spiritual commitment to generous giving makes it possible for us to focus on the church’s spiritual and pastoral work in this crisis.
There are many ways that you can pay your pledge or make an outreach or discretionary fund donation. You can mail your check or have your bank mail your check through online bill paying. Paying by check or online banking are the preferred payment methods. If you have PayPal, you can send money to email@example.com. Add a note or message designating what your gift is for. Be sure to choose “Sending to a friend” or “Friends and family” not “Goods and Services” or not “Paying for an item or service.” This will save Trinity from being charged fees. In order for you to not be charged fees you can link your bank account instead of a credit card. You can also contribute through our website. Please note on your check what your payment is for. Trinity’s mailing address is: Trinity Episcopal Church, 207 W. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Parishioners are asked to pray for the people on our prayer list. Persons prayed for will be kept on the prayer list for three weeks. If you would like to have someone put on the prayer list, or if you want them to remain on the list after three weeks, or if someone is on the list who should be removed, please notify the Church Office at 856/235-0811 or email us.