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Ash Wednesday

A Word from Pastor Heidi
Dear Family of God, 

Return to the Lord your God, for the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love... Joel 2:13

Ash Wednesday is February 18. Here is a day without pretence—no game-playing, no posturing, no public face to hide the private truth, no excuses, no superhuman efforts doomed to fall short. We can truly come as we are. The dust we sweep under the carpet that keeps coming back—we don’t’ have to sweep it under this time. Ash Wednesday offers an odd opportunity for success. Just one thing is required: Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.  But that is not the end of it. God steps in with another reminder: I have loved you with an everlasting love. You have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Our dust is precious. The God who lifted creation from the dust and breathed life into us, continues to lift us up and enliven us, day by day…until we wake in glory.

The church will be open all day, beginning at 8am, for prayer and meditation with ashes available. Services of worship with imposition of ashes will be offered at noon, 6pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.

Pastor Heidi


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Fat Tuesday Pancakes!

February 17th, 6PM-8PM
Fat Tuesday!
Pancakes and sausages!

Games for all!

Eat all the pancakes you want, including chocolate chip or blueberry.  Last day to party before Ash Wednesday!  Youth Group helping.

There will be mardi gras beads and surprises! Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the traditional fasting of Lent. For us it means, “come enjoy and you don’t have to cook night!”


Annual Meeting - February 22

Dear Members of Trinity,

It’s that time again. On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan will hold its annual Congregational Meeting. It will take place in the undercroft directly following our 11:00 a.m. bilingual worship service.

Among other things, the meeting will include voting for new council members as well as tendering of our proposed 2015 budget and updating our constitution. You will have every opportunity to ask any questions you may have on the issues before us. We also hope to include a lively discussion on the “Dream Paper” the congregation created. 

Your presence and input is always welcome. But, above all, it is essential to the collective spirit that has become the bedrock of Trinity. I look forward to seeing you there.

Best,  John Lewis, Council President


African American History
Food for Body and Mind

On Sunday, February 15th, Professor Mark Harding is coming to Trinity to speak on “African Americans and the Meaning of Freedom.” Professor Harding is a scholar with a specialty in the history of slavery in the Americas. We have been blessed by his speaking at Trinity on a number of occasions.

He will relate struggles of the past for freedom, equality, social justice and dignity to struggles of the present. This lecture will take place after our 11am worship. The Grandma Group will be cooking up a delicious spread of soul food. Enjoy a nice dinner while you listen to the lecture with Rosetta's famous chicken and other Grandma favorite sides and desserts.

The children’s choir will also sing! They practice every Saturday from 11 am to 12 noon.  All children welcome! 


African American Film Festival

For four evenings in February, Trinity will host a

film festival that is free and open to the community.African American Film Festival

Please spread the word!

7pm February 25 (Wednesday)  FOUR LITTLE GIRLS

Directed by Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film is about the September 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

7pm February 26 (Thursday) BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Rustin was a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

7pm February 27 (Friday)   A TIME FOR BURNING

A 1966 documentary which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to connect with an African American Lutheran congregation on the city's north side. The film was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards.

7pm February 28 (Saturday) FREEDOM RIDERS

Renowned director Stanley Nelson chronicles the inspirational story of American civil rights activists' peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s.The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.


Lenten Dinner Church

Lenten DinnerDinner Church is returning to Trinity for Lent! We tried this during Advent and all who participated enthusiastically urged us to do it again. Dinner Church is a bit what it sounds like…we meet to worship around a table and a meal, as did our ancestors in the faith. We’ll eat, talk, reflect on scripture, sing and pray. We’ll share holy communion and sacred community. If you are seeking an additional opportunity for spiritual growth during Lent,  an alternative worship experience or just some breathing space in the midst of busy days, Dinner Church may be for you. We'll meet in the following Thursdays at 7pm and conclude by 8:30pm so we can wash dishes before the shelter opens: February 19th, March 5, 12, 19, and 26. 


Farewell and Godspeed

The time has come to say good-bye and Godspeed to our dear sister in Christ, Anne Stephens. Anne has been a faithful, committed member of Trinity since the 1970’s! She’s served on the church council and on the outreach committee. She’s been a faithful choir member and worship leader, reading prayers and lessons. Along with her late husband Peter, Anne volunteered weekly at our after school Creative Learning Center. She served as an annual volunteer for our community Thanksgiving dinner. Anne also served the wider church, including as our synod’s chair of the Lutheran Campus Ministry Committee. She traveled to Palestine as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program. Only God knows everything that Anne has contributed to our life in Christ and we are ever grateful for her gifts of time, talent and generous financial stewardship.

Anne is moving to Virginia to be closer to family and we will dearly miss her as part of our church family. We are thankful for our time together and we will keep her in our prayers. Anne’s last Sunday before her move will be on February 8th. We will have a special reception following 11am worship.


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Beginning at 8am on Wednesday, February 18, the church will be open all day for prayer and imposition of ashes. Worship services with imposition of ashes will be held at 12 noon, 6pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.



Merciful God, You called us forth from the dust of the earth;



You claimed us for Christ in the waters of baptism.



Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days



Bearing the mark of ashes,



And bless our journey through the desert of Lent



To the font of rebirth.



May our fasting be hunger for justice;



Our alms, a making of peace;



Our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.



All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus,



For in his cross you proclaim your love



Forever and ever. 

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7pm February 25 (Wednesday)  FOUR LITTLE GIRLS
Directed by Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film is about the September 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

7pm February 26 (Thursday) BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Rustin was a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

7pm February 27 (Friday)   A TIME FOR BURNING
A 1966 documentary which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to connect with an African American Lutheran congregation on the city's north side. The film was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards.

7pm February 28 (Saturday) FREEDOM RIDERS
Renowned director Stanley Nelson chronicles the inspirational story of American civil rights activists' peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s.The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.

All are welcome and the event is free.

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Dinner Church is coming back to Trinity for Lent! We’ll go back to the early days of the church to meet around a table and a meal. We’ll eat, talk, reflect on scripture, sing and pray. We’ll share holy communion and sacred community. If you are seeking an alternative worship experience or just some breathing space in the midst of busy days, Dinner Church may be for you. We'll meet in the following Thursdays at 7pm and conclude by 8:30pm so we can wash dishes before the shelter opens: February 19th, March 5, 12, 19, and 26. 


 

 

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A Word from Pastor Heidi

Dear friends in Christ,



“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down!”Candle Lighting

“It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

            The first words above are a cry to God from the prophet Isaiah. The second is a clarion call to facts from Martin Luther King Jr. that rings as true today as it did when first spoken. As a church, we are entering the season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas. During Advent, we light the candles on our Advent wreath, one a week, until all four shine out.
It is an ancient act of resistance against the dark night that closes in upon us.

            Advent means “coming.” For Christians, God has already come in Jesus. God continues to enter our lives and God promises to come again to make all things new. That final coming seems a long way off in Ferguson, Missouri. That new creation we long for is yet to be seen in our own city and world rocked by racism, poverty, hatred and violence that seem to know no end.  Yet we live in the hope that it will end and that a new creation will emerge from the ashes. In Advent, we cling to that hope, we cry out in that hope, we sing in that hope. May our longing shape our lives so like candles we shine in a multitude of acts of resistance, faith and love. O come, O come Emanuel!

May these holy days unfold with hope for you. In the love the holds us together,

Pastor Heidi


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Advent Dinner Church 

Advent Wreathe

Each Thursday in Advent, we’ll go back to the early days of the church to meet around a table and a meal. We’ll eat, talk, reflect on scripture, sing and pray. We’ll share holy communion and sacred community. If you are seeking an alternative worship experience or just some breathing space in the midst of busy days, Dinner Church may be for you.  We’ll gather from 7:15pm-8:30pm on three Thursdays in Advent: Dec. 4, Dec, 11, Dec, 18.


Trinity Celebrates La Virgen de Guadalupe!

La Virgen de GuadalupeAlthough the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe is rooted in Mexican soil and Mexican hearts, it has spread around Latin America, and in fact, around the globe. Come to church at 11am on Sunday, December 14th and find out why! Bilingual worship will be followed by a feast of Mexican food and festive music. In addition, on Friday, December 12th at 6am, (no, that is not a typo…6am!), you are welcome to come and join in the singing of “Las Mañanitas,” morning songs for Mary. This will be followed by a traditional breakfast of Mexican sweet rolls and atole, a sweet rice drink.

 


Advent Crafts Night for Families

It’s almost time for our 2nd annual Advent Crafts Night. It will be on Tuesday, December 16th from 5pm-7pm. We'll have pizza and lovely Advent crafts for children to make. We need an adult or teen helper for each craft and we need cookie bakers for our cookie-decorating craft. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. 


International AIDS Day

We are part of a community of churches and organizations remembering those we have lost to this virus and those living with HIV today. The Candle Light Vigil begins December 1st at 6:00pm at Trinity where we will meet, pray and remember. We will then process with candles down Broadway to Broadway United Church of Christ and Advent Lutheran Church on W.93rd Street for a community time of worship, remembrance and hope.International AIDS Day


Christmas Bazaar

Our Grandma Group will be holding a Christmas Bazaar on Friday December 5 from 11 am to 2 pm in the church entrance.  Come warm up with something warm and get some Christmas shopping done!  Christmas decorations, homemade Christmas ornaments, Christmas cookies and candies...


Young Adult St. Nicholas Party

All young adults are invited to attend our annual St. Nicholas Wine and Cheese party on Saturday, December 6th at the parsonage. The parsonage is the pastor’s house which is attached to the church (to the right of the church’s main doors) Everyone is invited to bring wine (or another beverage) and/or cheese (or another snack). Friends are welcome!


Trinity Youth Group

Youth Group is off to a great start!  We have already gone on a “Random Acts of Kindness” challenge which was a lot of fun and up next, on Saturday, December 6 we will be baking cookies to take to our shut-ins and sing some Christmas carols to them.  All youth, 7th grade and up are invited to come at 12 and stay for part or all of our adventure that day. Bring a friend!


Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

On Wednesday December 17 at 7 pm we will be having a “Blue Christmas” service.  For some people the holidays are an especially difficult time.  If you or a friend or family member or acquaintances are struggling to get through this time please come to hear a word of comfort and hope.  Come support one another.

 


Children’s Choir

Children's Choir is working hard on Advent and Christmas music as they will be singing one Sunday in Advent and on Christmas Eve.  It would be great to have especially a full choir for Christmas Eve.  Please bring your children to practice on Saturdays from 11 am to 12 noon (new time).


Christmas Organ Concert

On Sunday December 21 at 4 pm, Vicar Barbara will play some of her favorite Christmas pieces that she has played for Christmas Eve and Day services at various churches over the years.  Come hear the wonderful colors and range of our 1908 Hutchings organ.  This is also a fundraiser for our after-school program, the Creative Learning Center.


An Easy Way to “Simply Give” 

Christmas StockingThis is the time of year when members and friends of Trinity think about financial pledges for the coming year. Of course, we will have offering envelopes for the new year available in the back of the church. As you consider what you'll contribute in 2015, we'd also like to encourage you to consider the alternative of Simply Giving. Simply Giving is a way to help you give consistently and easily throughout the year. Those who sign up for the program have whatever amount they have specified deducted from their checking or savings account (or billed to their credit card) on a weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly basis. For example, someone who has pledged to give $1200.00 a year to Trinity could have $100 automatically deducted from their checking account once a month (or $50 twice a month, or $23.08 every week).

Why should you consider using Simply Giving? Two reasons: one, it encourages consistent giving. We often see donations decrease in the summer months, when many of us are on vacation, and Simply Giving avoids that problem. Two, all of the donations that come in to Trinity are counted and deposited by volunteers. Even counting one less check saves time. You can stop your contributions at any point, and you can also adjust the amount you give at any time. There are Simply Giving forms at the back of the church. Thanks for considering Simply Giving!


Christmas Giving Opportunities

We have a number of meaningful giving opportunities. (1) Christmas is always a tough time for the young people in our shelter. You can brighten their holiday with stocking stuffers (10 stockings are hanging in the back of the church) and/or contribute towards the $50 gift cards we give each resident  (2)  Our Wee Worshippers will lead our collecting money for the ELCA Global Barnyard which provides animals that help families in developing nations feed themselves. (3) We provide a festive and abundant Christmas breakfast for all who wish to partake. Donations for this breakfast are welcome and needed! The above are special giving opportunities. We are still behind our on regular giving and are hoping to lower our operating deficit. December 21th will be “Close the Gap” Sunday. Please contribute as you can!

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