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Thank you, thank you, thank you – for the generous giving you displayed on Gratitude Sunday! Compared to last year, the amount received was significantly greater for the first Sunday. The older I get the more I realize that the secret to the joy Jesus preached and lived is measured by gratitude and generosity, not any of the conventional terms of success the world teaches us. I continue to give thanks to God for your faithful and generous stewardship. If you have not turned in an estimate of giving card yet, please try to do so during the next few weeks, so the Session can move forward with adopting a budget for our ministry and mission in 2020.

We are moving into one of my favorite times of year: Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas. I love Thanksgiving because family and friends gather to celebrate and enjoy the many blessings God has given through the past year, and to remember whose we are and what God has called us to do: live a kind and loving life. Old relationships are renewed around the table and in the living room, and new ones are made. I hope you will be able to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at church on Sunday, November 24. This year our Children’s Choir will sing a preview from their upcoming Christmas Joy Pageant.

Right after Thanksgiving, one of the church’s greatest two seasons begins, which celebrates the birth of Jesus the Christ. Scripture teaches that, “when the time was right” God sent Jesus into the world to save the world and to usher in the Kingdom of God/Heaven. This event was so significant that it reset the western calendar. After Jesus’ birth, most of the western world defined history as the time before and after his birth.

Please join us for the many extra events to celebrate Advent this year. We will decorate the sanctuary with greenery on November 24; our Children’s Choir will present their Christmas Joy Pageant on December 8; the Chancel Choir will sing a Christmas Cantata on December 15; we will go Christmas caroling to homebound members on December 22; and we will have our Family Bell Service (5:00 p.m.) and traditional candlelight communion service (7:00 p.m..) on Christmas Eve. And, of course, we are currently collecting gifts for children through our Angel Tree.

I hope you will be in worship on Sunday, when I will preach on God’s love. Of all of God’s attributes, love is the most powerful and transformative. Paschal once wrote that “the heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing about.” That an all-powerful, all-knowing, Holy God should love and forgive a sinful humanity may be unreasonable, but the good news is that it is true! Come join your voice to ours as we sing glory to our loving God on Sunday.

Grace and peace,
Reply to David
This Sunday we'll welcome a special guest to the Disciple Sunday School Class and Worship! Dan Turk, who partners with his wife Elizabeth in their mission work in Madagascar, will give us insight into their life-changing work and ministry. Trinity, along with other Presbyterian churches, sponsors the Turks through the church's yearly benevolences. Dan's participation will add so much to worship this Sunday; we hope you can join us.

Upcoming Communion date: December 1st, the first Sunday of Advent
Annual Hanging of the Greens
November 24th, 4:30 pm

Come join fellow friends and friends-to-be as we put up trees, place garland, and hang wreaths in the Sanctuary and on exterior doors. This is a fun event for all ages, and is a wonderful prelude to Trinity’s Annual Thanksgiving dinner. 
You’re invited to Trinity’s annual Thanksgiving dinner!
November 24th at 6:30 pm

Laura and Anne hope you’ll help with this annual dinner, in a way that works for you! Here are some suggestions; please volunteer to:
  • Help cook turkeys/hams. You’ll be reimbursed.
  • Help set-up the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Nov. 23rd.
  • Join the clean-up crew.
  • Bring a side dish or dessert. Drinks will be provided.
To participate, email Laura or Anne OR sign up on Sunday at the church.
Donations will be gathered for Trinity’s Food Pantry. Please bring pop-top canned green beans and corn, small jars of applesauce and peanut butter, Cheerios, crackers, small bags of rice, unscented soap bars, toilet paper, individual packaged toothbrushes, and/or boxes of mac ‘n’ cheese. Thank you!
The Angel Tree returns, giving us a chance to bring joy to others! Tags are on the tree, representing gifts for children served by the Salvation Army and  students who attend Wilburn Elementary.

When you choose a tag, please bring your wrapped gift for Wilburn back with the tag by Sunday, December 1st.

Please bring your unwrapped gift for the Salvation Army back with the tag by Sunday, December 8th. Millie notes that the Salvation Army welcomes other new items to be added, if you so choose to go beyond what is on the tag. And thank you for sharing the joy of Christmas!

Warm winter items needed, too! We are collecting knit hats, scarves, warm gloves for the children of Wilburn, too. (No need to wrap.)
Did you know that when you purchase items at AmazonSmile, Trinity receives a donation for eligible items? If you shop on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile and choosing Trinity as your charity of choice. (And there is more than one Trinity Presbyterian listed, so make sure to choose the one in Raleigh, please.) When you shop through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Trinity. All monies received benefit Trinity's Operating Budget, and are classified as Extraordinary Revenue.

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