Woah! I can’t believe that October is around the corner! I hope everyone is doing well in the new school year. Sunday School is up and running! Trinity has some great things coming up.

Tilden Project – October 4 – 12:30 – 3 pm – We will be inviting 20-ish youth from Tilden MS, along with middle school youth from Trinity to make Peanut Butter Sandwiches for So Others Might Eat. Please let Anita know if you would like to come over and help out.

Kids Morning Out – October 5 – 9:30 – 12 Noon – Come on over to Trinity for some fun and games and snacks. Please let Anita know if you will be attending.

Blessing of the Animals – October 6 – 5 pm – Bring your dog, cat, chicken, hedgehog, snake, turtle and hamster for a brief service and a blessing! Anita will be bringing Rosie…you should come!

Rosie (Anita’s dog) and Leo (Colin & Kirsten’s Turtle) from last year.

Youth Group (6th – 12th Grade) – 6 – 7:30 PM – Come on over to Trinity for dinner and some outdoor games.

Confirmation Sunday! – We will be having ONE SERVICE on October 27 at 10 am! Watch your email for more information on helping with coffee hour.

Looking Ahead
November 10 – Youth Group
December 1 – Intergenerational Sunday School – Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief
December 8 – Youth Group (5 PM!)
December 24 – Christmas Eve Services, 4 PM & 8 PM
January 4 – Kids Morning Out
January 5 – Epiphany Pageant
January 12 – Youth Group

Thank you so much, and I will see you soon!
Anita

Can you believe that it’s almost September? I can’t believe that my calendar is about to flip to August, and that pumpkin-spiced things are beginning to spring up. We have some great things happening soon!

This is paperwork season, and it is time to update the medical forms and permission forms for the youth. Please fill this out, sign it, and return it to Anita, with a copy of the insurance card. I also have hard copies as well. http://bit.ly/TLCPermissionForm

Blessing of the Backpacks & Blessing of the Kindergartners – During worship, we will be marking the milestone of entering kindergarten. Please let Anita know if you are entering kindergarten this year. We will also be blessing school bags, lunch boxes, music cases, laptop bags, and work bags during the service. Bring yourself and your bags for a blessing.

God’s Work, Our Hands Day! – September 8 – We will be gathering during the Sunday School Hour to prepare School Kits for refugees through Lutheran World Relief. Once we finish the school kits, we are going to make toys for the pets at the Montgomery County Humane Society. If you would like to donate school supplies, keep your eyes on the Trinity Tidings and the weekly bulletin for the supplies that we still need.

Youth Group – September 8 – All 6th – 12th Grade youth are welcome to come over to the youth room at 6 pm for pizza. After dinner, we will be planning the whole year! See you then!

Bethesda Health & Rehab – September 15 – Christian Ed and Sunday School are helping out with the service at Bethesda Health & Rehab at 2 pm. If you are able to help out, come on over! (Anita will sign off on SSL forms for this event.)

Tilden Project – October 4 – We will be gathering youth from Tilden MS for a service project. We will begin around 12:45 pm (after school) and end at 3. Please let Anita know if you are available to help.

Kids Morning Out – October 5 – Come on over to Trinity at 9:30 for snacks, games, and a whole bunch of fun. We will finish up at 12 noon.

Upcoming Dates:
October 6 – Bible Sunday & Blessing of the Animals
October 13 – Youth Group (6th – 12th Grade)
October 27 – Confirmation Sunday, 10 am Worship

See you Sunday! – Anita

Youth News for August! 

Hello Friends! 

Summer at Trinity has been a chance to slow down and breathe, and to start working on next year. As I write this, we are planning some service days for our older youth, and working on the calendar for next school year. As of this moment, I don’t have the dates for service projects yet. 

Here is the schedule for the beginning of the year at this moment.
September 1 – Blessing of the Backpacks, Blessing of Kindergartners
September 8 – God’s Work Our Hands Sunday (Service project), Youth Group
September 15 – Sunday School helps lead at Bethesda Health and Rehab
October 4 – Tilden Project, half day project for Tilden Middle School
October 6 – Bible Distribution Sunday, Blessing of the Animals
October 13 – Youth Group
October 27 – Confirmation Sunday (one service)
November 10 – Youth Group
December 1 – Intergenerational Sunday School (Service Project)
December 8 – Lessons and Carols, Youth Group

There will be some more dates added to this. 

Thank you so much, and I will see you soon! 

Anita 

PS. Keep the Flat Jesus pictures coming!


Hello Friends!

The summer is a slower time at Trinity, but that doesn’t mean that we’re gone…Things are just different. On July 7, we will begin our summer schedule, with one service at 10 am. Mary B is still looking for folks who are interested in doing some special music during the offering. If you are interested in singing/playing or want to get a group together to play/sing something together, please contact Mary B or the office (office@trinityelca.org).

July 20 – All Trinity Youth age 13 and younger are invited to head over to the Badlands Indoor Playground (http://badlandsplayspace.com/ ) for some play time and fellowship. We will meet there at 9:30 am, and finish up around noon. Please RSVP to me by July 10, to make sure that we have enough reservations.

We will be offering some service projects throughout the summer for our middle and high school youth. Please watch your email for more information on that.

Rising Kindergarten! Please let Anita know if you are entering Kindergarten this fall.

Flat Jesus is BACK! What is Flat Jesus? Flat Jesus is a small laminated cartoon of Jesus, that you take pictures with as you travel. When you get a chance, please email them to me, and we will post pictures throughout the summer. There will be some available at church. Here is the graphic if you want to make one of your own.

Save the picture, print it out, and color it!
Here’s one I took 2 summers ago. This is one example of many. Be creative!

I am out of the office from June 21 – 26. If you have any questions during that time, please contact Pastor Kern or the office. Thank you, and I will see you very soon!
Anita
aksmallin@gmail.com

Hello Friends! We’re heading to the end of the year! Here is some important info as we lead into the summer.
Many of you heard that I was sick last week, complete with a trip to the ER. Thank you for your prayers. I am doing much better.

There is NO Sunday School on May 26 (Memorial Day). Repeat: There is no Sunday School on May 26.

The End of the Year Party for the Youth Group (Rising 6th -12th Grade) will be rescheduled to June 2. Watch your email for more information!


The Annual Sunday School Picnic


Sunday, June 9, 12:00 noon – Rain or Shine
We need your help to bring food items to the fun picnic.  Those with surnames:
A – K   bring dessert
L – Z    bring a salad or side dish
Chicken and beverages will be provided.Join us for great food, a moon-bounce, games and fellowship following the 10:45 service on June 9!

Youth Ministry Forum!
We are going to host another Youth Ministry forum at 9:30 am on June 16. We will be talking about the upcoming year. Grab some coffee, and come for the conversation.

Happy Easter! Easter is not just one day…Easter is a total of 7 Sundays. We think of Easter as being one day, but it’s a whole season! We get to shout our Alleluias for a whole 7 weeks!

Reminder: Sunday, April 21 is Easter, with worship at 8:15 and 10:45 am, and the Easter Egg hunt is at 10:15.

On April 28, there will be one service at 10 am, a potluck, and then a congregational workshop. During the workshop, there will be additional childcare, along with a puppet show!

Junior Youth Group – May 4, 1 PM – We will be continuing to work on our service project for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Youth Sunday! May 12 – Anita is looking for worship assistants, including ushers, greeters, special music, lectors, and help with the sermon. If you are interested, please let Anita know.

Youth Group – May 19 will be our last meeting for the year. We will be heading over to Zavazone. Watch your email for more details. All RISING 6th – 12th Graders are welcome to join in the fun!

Junior Youth Group – June 1 will be our last meeting for the year, where we will head over to the Badlands. Watch your email for more information.

Graduate Sunday – We will be celebrating all of our graduates on June 2.

Sunday School Picnic & Pentecost – The annual Sunday School Picnic is on June 9 after the second service. We will (hopefully) be outside, with games and a moon-bounce.

Hello Friends!

We are working towards a monthly newsletter for Youth and Christian Ed. Welcome to the first edition!

Here is what is coming up!

Please contact Anita if you are interested in helping with Youth Sunday.

Blessing of New Drivers – We will be blessing all new drivers on March 31 at both services.

High School Gathering (9th – 12th Grade) – March 31 – We will be heading out to see Captain Marvel. Watch your emails and texts as we get closer.

Junior Youth Group (1st – 5th Grade) – April 6 – We will be continuing to work on our Service Project for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Youth Group (6th – 12th Grade) – April 14 – We will gather at 6 pm for a Cutthroat Kitchen/Chopped Adventure! We need someone to sign up to bring dinner. Please let Anita know if you are able to bring dinner for the evening.

Easter Egg Hunt Preparation – April 20, 10 am – The Easter Bunny called, and she needs our help! She has lots of Easter Eggs to fill, and she can’t do it all by herself. Come on over to Trinity, have some candy, and fill some eggs. All of the candy will be peanut/tree nut free.

Easter Egg Hunt – April 21 – With the help of the youth and the Easter Bunny, the annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10:15 am on Easter Sunday. Again, all of the candy will be peanut/tree nut free. Please invite your friends!

Confirmation Classes take place on Sundays from 5-6 pm on the following dates: March 24, March 31, April 7, May 5, May 12, May 19

Looking Ahead:

Junior Youth Group – May 4, 1:00 pm

Youth Sunday – May 12

Youth Group – May 19 (ZavaZone)

Junior Youth Group – June 1 (End of the Year Party)

Blessing of the Graduates – June 2

Sunday School Picnic – June 9

Youth Ministry Forum – June 16