December 10, 2018

United Methodist Women’s Christmas Dinner is Thursday, December 6 in the Fellowship Hall.  Gathering is at 5:30, and dinner is at 6:00.  Cost is $10.50, all inclusive, and payable at the door. The menu includes chicken breasts with mushrooms and gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, and dessert. All women of the church are welcome.  Sign up on the clipboard in the Gathering Room by Monday, December 3.

A Poinsettia Festivity: Join in on this fun and festive activity! In addition to the Paper Poinsettia fundraiser that is being offered, there has been interest in having poinsettias for the altar. Beginning December 9, we plan to decorate the altar with poinsettias purchased by members of the congregation.

Let’s fill up the altar by December 23 with a beautiful display of fresh and artificial poinsettia plants in an array of different colors and sizes. Mark your plants with your name, and they can be taken home after Christmas Eve services.

Lydia Circle’s Christmas Luncheon will be Thursday, December 13 at noon at Holiday Kitchen.


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All Saints Sunday, November 4  Members who have died in the past year are being remembered in worship on All Saints Sunday, November 4: James Carefelle, Randy Champagne, Robert Morrell, Barbara Sandberg, Don Yuhasey, and Elaine Yuhasey.

The Northern Skies District ‘Double Header’ is Saturday, November 10 at Hope UMC Connection Center in Marquette, 10:00-3:30 Eastern Time. It’s a time for pastors and laity to gather to do the work of the District. The Double Header consists of two events: the District Board of Missions and Church Extension Annual Meeting in the morning, and the District Annual Conference in the afternoon. If you’d like to attend the Double Header, please tell Pastor Geri. Lunch reservations must be turned in by Monday, November 5.

Charge Conference, November 18   Our annual charge conference with District Superintendent Rev. Scott Harmon will be Sunday, November 18 at 11:50 a.m., following the 10:30 worship service. Brunch will be served after.

Charge Conference is a time each year to highlight ways that we have grown as a congregation and ministered to our community. There are also business items that need to be voted upon for the upcoming year.  Everyone is welcome. All professing members of Trinity United Methodist Church can vote.

The Staff Parish Relations Committee will meet at 9:15 a.m. that day with Rev. Harmon, in the Conference Room next to the office.

Pastor Geri is happy to visit people at home or in the hospitals or nursing homes. Please call the office, 906/774-2545, if you or someone you know would like to be visited. (The hospitals don't contact pastors anymore, so she wouldn't automatically know.)

Hello, Trinity family, & warm greetings to you from your Staff Parish Relations Committee! We are your advocates & representatives to the pastor & staff here at Trinity, as well as their advocates & representatives to you. We want to welcome you to contact any of us if you wish to express a concern, praise, issue, new idea, or anything at all regarding our staff. We are also glad to open the start of our monthly meetings to parishioners if you wish to come & address the committee. (We do ask for advance notice so that we may include this in the meeting agenda.)  Thank you for your encouragement & input!
Your Trinity SPRC members are: Dean Laitinen (chair), (906)396-4339,  Pastor Geri, 774-2545 Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549 Jill Baciak, 774-4612, Brian Bancroft, (920)858-6974
Start the new year with a good read! Books are available for check-out in the church office.

Junior Worship leaders needed, please: There’s a sign-up sheet outside the Junior Worship room for volunteers to lead Junior Worship during the 10:30 services. 

Are you part of the Prayer Chain and would like to continue? As a member of the Prayer Chain, you would receive prayer requests by phone from someone else on the chain, and you in turn would call the person on the chain after you. If you’re interested in being/continuing on the Prayer Chain, please call Sally in the office, 774-2545. We are also thinking about creating an email prayer chain. Are you interested? Talk to Pastor Geri, 774-2545.


 “Happiness is singing in the choir,” but some of our sections need some help. We’re especially looking for sopranos & basses, but anyone who loves to sing would be welcome. Practice is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. during the school year.    Come & join us!   
For more information, contact Emily Ritsema, 282-2776


The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started 10 years ago by the Martha Circle. Care and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The blessing passes from one person to another, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of God. Yarn is available. If you know of someone in need or would like to knit or crochet a shawl, please contact Moira Cowling, 774-5130, or Sally in the office, 774-2545.