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The great culinary holiday of the year is next week. After the Pilgrims experienced their first harvest in Plymouth in 1621, Governor William Bradford called for a feast to give thanks to God for their blessings. They invited their new neighbors, the local Native Americans who had shown them how to farm the land and harvest seafood and waterfowl from Massachusetts Bay. Every school child in America knows this iconic American event.

Many years later, on October 3rd, 1863, President Lincoln established the last Thursday in November as a national holiday. These are some of his words from the proclamation: “The year that is drawing to its close has been filled with the blessing of fruitful fields and healthful skies … It has seemed to me fit and proper that these (gracious gifts of the Most High God) should be reverently and gratefully acknowledged by the American people. I do hereby invite my fellow citizens … to set apart and observe the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” Up until that time the individual states had chosen their own dates for giving thanks. Thereafter it became a national holiday.

Next Wednesday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year. So as we take to the highways, byways, and the air, to gather with our family and friends to celebrate a bountiful harvest and to give thanks to God for our many blessings, I pray for traveling mercies and for glad reunion with loved ones. I also hope you will join us at church for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall on Sunday, Nov. 24th. The Hospitality Team thanks everyone who volunteered to cook turkeys and hams, and is excited to see the variety of side dishes and desserts that will be brought for the buffet table.

For a special treat this year, our Joyful Noise children’s choir will preview one of the songs they will sing on December 8 in their Christmas Joy Musical. Everyone is also invited to bring items which will go to InterAct, a local ministry for families affected by domestic violence. Please see the list in this email for their most urgent needs. If you come early at 4:30 p.m., the Worship Team will be leading the hanging of the greens in the sanctuary.

I am very grateful to the very positive results in our Stewardship campaign. We are well ahead of where we were this time last year, and I thank for your faithful generosity. If you have not submitted an estimate of giving card for 2020, please do so as soon as possible so that the Session can proceed with adopting a budget for next year. Also, our Angel Tree still has a few tags left for Christmas gifts for children supported by the Salvation Army.

To paraphrase the Christmas song by Johnny Mathis, “This is the most busy time of the year.” I do hope that you will pace yourself and exercise some wise triage, so that the more important matters of the season will get priority. It is, after all, Jesus’ birthday. May we honor his birth in spirit and in truth. Thank you again for your generosity; I hope to see you on Sunday.

Ever grateful,
Reply to David
Annual Hanging of the Greens
This Sunday at 4:30 pm

Come join friends and friends-to-be as we put up and decorate trees, place garland, and hang wreaths. All ages welcome!
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
This Sunday at 6:30 pm

Laura and Anne hope you’ll help with this annual dinner, in a way that works for you! Please volunteer to:
  • Bring a side dish or dessert. Drinks will be provided.
  • Join the clean-up crew.
To participate - or to see what you signed up for, email Laura or Anne.
UPDATE TO SUNDAY'S BULLETIN: Donations will be gathered for InterAct. InterAct is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County; they save lives, rebuild lives, and secure safer futures for victims and survivors and their families.Their urgently-needed list includes body lotion, body wash, baby body wash, bottled water, insulated water containers, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, paper towels, twin XL sheets, women's socks, women's underwear, gas cards, microwave meals, and granola bars.

The Angel Tree returns, giving us a chance to bring joy to others! Tags for Wilburn Elementary students have all been taken - thank you! We still have a number of tags representing gifts for children served by the Salvation Army. If you prefer to donate funds versus choosing a card, please note 'Angel Tree' in your check's memo line or on the pew envelope. Thank you for sharing the joy of Christmas!
Please bring your wrapped gift for Wilburn back with the tag by Sunday, December 1st, and place it under the Angel Tree. 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.

Warm winter items needed, too! We are collecting knit hats, scarves, warm gloves for the children of Wilburn, too. (No need to wrap.)
Trinity’s Children's Choir will rehearse at 5:00 pm in the music room before Sunday's Thanksgiving dinner. There will be a Children's Choir rehearsal on Sunday, December 1st in the sanctuary at 5:00 pm.  The dress rehearsal for the Joy Program will be on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 am, with the Joy Program scheduled for Sunday, December 8th at 6:00 pm. The Joy Program concludes the children’s choir program for the year; rehearsals will return in January. We invite all children to participate!

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Bell Choir or Chancel Choir rehearsals on Wednesday, November 27th.  The Bell Choir will present their Christmas music on Sunday, December 1st in worship and then resume rehearsals in January. The Chancel Choir will present their Christmas musical on Sunday, December 15th. The dress rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 am.

The Music Department’s Christmas party will be Saturday, December 14th at 6:00 pm at the home of Amber Young.  All families represented in the music department are invited.  Please see Nancy to sign up to bring something to share for the meal.
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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