Our Advent Project is underway and boxes are available at each entrance to place travel-size items for nursing home residents in the County. Many times, these residents have very little disposable income to spend on personal items that we take for granted, such as nice soaps, lotions, shampoo, tissues, lip balm, nail files, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, hand sanitizer, etc. So please put the TRAVEL SIZE items in the boxes. This project will continue through mid-December and the items placed in gift bags and distributed to the nursing homes before Christmas. Thank you for your generosity!
Calling all good cooks, we will be holding a soup sale in the church lounge on Sunday Nov. 12 following service. This is a perfect time of year when we are looking for warm and delicious soups, stews and chili to enjoy for lunch and supper. Start looking up your favorite recipes so we have another great selection to sell. The prices for the soup will be $8.00 quart and $4.00 pint. Containers will be available in the church lounge on the piano.
Calling All Decorators
On Sunday, December 24, volunteers are needed after the service to help decorate the church for the Christmas Eve service. Advent IV and Christmas Eve are the same day this year, so help will be needed to place poinsettias, the crèche, hang sconces and wreaths, fluff bows and change altar hangings, etc. after the 9 am service. Many hands make light work. Thank you to anyone who may be able to help.
Christmas Flower Memorials
The Christmas Flower form is included in this edition of the TOPICS. Please have your form and donation returned to the office by December 10.
Please note: event notices to be included in the bulletin are due to the office by NOON on the WEDNESDAY before the Sunday they are requested to be in the bulletin.
Assistance is needed! If you can spare an hour or two on Thursdays to help stuff, sort, and fold bulletins, please call the office.
Also, on November 12 will be our annual tribute to Veterans with a reception following in the lounge. We are grateful to the Bowler/Burns/Curtis families for providing the reception.
Our second concert in the 2023-24 season will be held on Sunday, November 19 at 4 pm featuring the Beethoven Trio Project. Simon Maurer, violin; Xun Pan, piano and Ai-Lin Hsieh, cello will present three Beethoven trios for this program. Please see the enclosed flyer.
The sign-up sheets for the concert reception on November 19 will be in the binders behind the organ, at the main entrance and on the bulletin board at the foot of the Second St. stairs. Please let us know what goodies you may be able to provide. Thank you in advance!
The Trinity Church School will have a bowling party at the Strike Zone on November 18 from 1–3pm. Everyone is welcome.
Holiday Treat Exchange
On Sunday, December 10, we will have the Annual Treat Exchange. You are invited to join in the fun. Bring a tray of your favorite cookies or some other holiday treats (like spiced nuts or candy) to display in the lounge. After the service, everyone gets a bag to select their favorite treats to take home. No cakes or pies please which are difficult to bag.
If you are not able to bake or create something, please join us for fellowship and sharing goodies to go. There will be plenty for all.
Choral Society Concert
On Saturday, December 2 at 7 pm, the Schuylkill Choral Society will present their Christmas program in our beautiful sanctuary. Tickets are $15.
Vestry Members Needed
As we begin to think ahead to our holiday celebrations and the end of the year, we must also think about the Annual Meeting on January 28, 2024, and the need for new Vestry members. Vacant spots need to be filled for 3-year terms. The Vestry meets on the fourth Sunday of each month to discuss pertinent issues in the church and make decisions that impact the parish. This is another ministry for people to consider with time and talent. Please contact any Vestry member for more information and with any questions you may have. “Here I am, Lord…”
Committee Reports and Vestry Bios
All committee reports and biographies for those standing for Vestry must be in the office no later than Monday, January 8, 2024, so the Annual meeting report can be prepared for the meeting on Sunday, January 28. If you need a form, please call or email Cora. 570-449-7553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need counters for Sunday mornings after the service. We still have only 4 counters and when several are away, the counting and subsequent deposit are delayed. Another opportunity for ministry which only takes a couple of hours per month when there are more volunteers. Please speak to any member of the Vestry if you feel called for this ministry. Thank you.
Clothesline of Love
Our outreach ministry of putting hats, gloves, scarves, and socks in front of the church on a line will begin again after Thanksgiving. If you can donate items for this important ministry, please drop them off at the church or call for pickup. Thank you.
Little Food Pantry Items
The Little Food Pantry on W. Market St. outside the cemetery gates is in need of supplies. We will once again be collecting items — there is a bin at the 2nd St. entrance and one at the back of the church. Canned goods are most welcome, but NOT boxes of dried foodstuffs like macaroni and rice. These tend to be targets of vandals. Thank you in advance for sustaining this community ministry.