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TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
1600 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25311
Our Mission is to live and share God’s Word in Jesus Christ
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your
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love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints, and I pray
WOMEN OF THE ELCA 2/3 that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is yours in
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4 Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because
the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.” (The book of Philemon,
CHURCH 4/5 verses four to seven)
COMMUNITY 6 I want you to know how thrilled I am at Trinity‘s response to Thrivent‘s challenge to us.
ACTIVITIES/NEEDS You know the challenge: Thrivent will match every dollar we of Trinity put towards
TRINITY’S TABLE 7 Trinity‗s Table (from November 15, 2010 to February 2, 2011). Every dollar, dollar for
dollar, up to ten thousand dollars. As I write these words we are only a month into the
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challenge and already people have passed thousands of dollars through my hands and I
know through Eddie Burch‘s hands. I know that many more dollars have been put di-
rectly into the offering plate in response to this challenge. When you add all these thou-
The church office is open: sands of dollars to the six thousand dollars Thrivent has already given Trinity‘s Table,
Monday—Friday you begin to realize how sustainable this ministry God has called us to is becoming. It
9:00 AM—12:00 Noon will not just be here today and gone tomorrow – it is gaining staying power and can be
depended upon by the many who come here every Sunday night for food. It is an abun-
Pastor Ron‘s Office Hours:
Tuesday—Friday dant ministry.
9:00 AM—2:00 PM
Abundant – that is the word that so well describes this ministry. I am writing these
Office Phone 304-342-5212 words on Monday morning, December 20. Last night when I walked into Trinity‘s So-
Pastor Ron Home: cial Hall, just before our visitors began to eat, I couldn‘t help but notice the abundance
304-342-3235 of food. The tables were laden with fruit, cookies, cake, salad, rolls. And this was what
www.trinitywv.org I saw before I even made it into the kitchen, where the meat and vegetables were being
Email us at kept warm, waiting to be served. (And I just have to say this – there is an abundance of
email@example.com love too. As each hungry person carried his or her tray of food past the table so laden
with fruit and desert, I would hear one of our people say, ―please have some grapes.
To include your news item in your They‘re good for you‖).
Church publications, please observe
the following deadlines. Submission Abundant – I am also beginning to realize that is the word that describes you and me.
by email is appreciated!
We have been blessed abundantly, by an abundant God. Sometimes I think I have prob-
lems and troubles. But then I come to Trinity‘s Table on Sunday evening and talk to
Bulletin 9:00 am Tuesdays people who don‘t know where their next meal will come from, who are going back out
into the cold to walk to who knows where, in shoes that are worn out and in coats that
Midweek 9:00 am Mondays are not warm enough.
Newsletter The 20th of the month We are an abundant church. Yesterday morning our young people performed a very
moving Christmas program. Two nights from now, on Wednesday evening, the Fourth
Wednesday in Advent, our choir will perform ―Holden Evening Prayer‖. Clavinova,
bongo drums, tambourine, and beautiful, well rehearsed voices, under the direction of a
God’s Work … very gifted choir director. I know it will be beautiful, because I have heard them prac-
Our Hands ticing. Friday night, Christmas Eve, will resound with abundant music and songs of
praise here in this place.
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At our last council meeting of 2010, our church council noted God‘s abundant blessings on each of us and on all of us.
As we head into 2011 we ask you to practice abundant giving too. Give back to God as God has blessed you. Be abun-
dant in the love you show your family. Be abundant in the ministry you carry out in your daily life at work or at your
volunteer activities or at school. I am not wishing you a prosperous new year. Your life already overflows with abun-
dant monies, food, shelter, clothes and friends. You have already been abundantly blessed by an abundant God who
loves you so much he gave his life for you. I am wishing you to be abundant in return.
God be with you this year – Pastor Ron
The latest issue of Lutheran Lines is available at
www.Lutheransonline.com/mtnwelca A copy is also on the board in
the Social Hall. Learn more about WELCA on the national website:
WELCA Dates for 2011
January 8, 2011 Saturday Brunch 10:30 am (meeting)
January 16, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
February 20, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
March 20, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
March 26, 2011 Cluster Meeting in Vienna
April 9, 2011 Saturday Brunch at Trinity 10:30 am (meeting)
April 17, 2011 Coffee Fellowship Palm Sunday
May 15, 2011 Coffee Fellowship Graduation Sunday
July, 2011 Picnic (date to be announced)
July 12-14, 2011 WELCA Triennial Convention, Spokane, Washington
August 5-6, 2011 Convention in Huttonsville
September 10, 2011 Saturday Brunch at Trinity 10:30 am (meeting)
September 18, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
October, 2011 Hot Dog Bake Sale (date to be announced)
October 16, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
October 22-23, 2011 Fall Retreat at Tygart Lake
November 2011 Bean soup mix sale (to be announced)
November 20, 2011 Coffee Fellowship
December 18, 2011 Coffee Fellowship (Christmas Program)
Suzanna Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 4th at 9:30 am in the Social Hall. Virginia Hiserman will be providing
our lesson and tasty treats this month.
Our next Rebekah Circle meeting is Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm. in the church Social Hall. Pat Schillings
will lead the 9th Session of our Bible Study of Romans, ―Wise in What is Good”. We will see real people moving around
the Mediterranean shores to share the good news of God‘s love in Jesus‘ death and resurrection with Jews and Gentiles.
We see how important it is that they understood themselves as part of God‘s great mission. We can picture ourselves
among these folks and the countless others they spoke to, a great body up to this very day and beyond. Lynn Schillings
will provide us with our tasty treat during fellowship. Hope you can come and join in our study and fellowship.
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The January WELCA meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Kanawha City Shoney's on January
8. All women of the church are invited to join us for breakfast, fellowship, and planning our 2011
January Devotion: Epiphany by Rachel Olsen
“God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity
can flow through you.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
The Twelve Days of Christmas – the ones we often sing about – are counted from December 25th until January 5th.
Epiphany is the climax of the twelve days, falling on the thirteenth day after Christmas. It is an occasion for feasting in
many cultures, with a special King‘s cake often baked as part of the Epiphany festivities. January 6 th is the day of Epiph-
any. The term ―epiphany‖ means ―to show,‖ ―to make known,‖ or ―to reveal.‖ This holiday remembers the wise men,
who brought gifts to the young Jesus, and by so doing, revealed Jesus as King to the world. Their story is told in Mat-
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from
eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ―Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose,
and we have come to worship him.‖
Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and
teachers of religious law. ―Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?‖ he asked them. ―In Bethlehem,‖
they said, ―for this is what the prophet wrote: `O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a
ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.‘ ―Then Herod sent a private message to the
wise men, asking them to come see him. At this meeting he learned the exact time when they first saw the star. Then he
told them, ―Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I
can go and worship him, too!‖
After this interview the wise men went their way. Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem. It
went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (NLT)
These men came to the King, bearing gifts. You and I have gifts to bring to the King of Kings as well. Ephesians 2:10
reveals that we are each masterpieces of God – one-of-a-kind creations – complete with certain gifts and talents. These
gifts help us fulfill God‘s good plans for our lives. When we use them to bless others, we bless our King as well.
Do you have the gift of HOSPITALITY? Bake a needy neighbor some cookies, throw a party and invite others in.
Do you have the gift of TEACHING? Teach a bible study, coach a softball team, volunteer in your local school system,
or offer to tutor a neighborhood child.
Are you blessed with the ability to GIVE graciously? Give not only to your church, but to the poor and to organizations
doing Kingdom work, such as Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Do you have the gift of MERCY? Visit a shut-in, or volunteer at your local crisis pregnancy center, or work at a battered
Are you good at sewing, baking, penny-pinching, or gardening? Just look around – there are others who could benefit
from your expertise!
As we celebrate this day, let‘s consider how we can bring our gifts as an offering to our King. In
so doing, we‘ll allow God‘s generosity to flow through us to others – just as the apostle Peter
encouraged in today‘s key verse. Happy Epiphany!
Dear Lord, today I crown you King of my heart. Help me see ways I can use my gifts and
talents to bless You and others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
January 1 Saturday HAPPY NEW YEAR
2 Sunday 9:45 am Sunday Church School Opening
12:00 pm Committee Meetings
3 Monday 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
4 Tuesday 9:30 am Suzanna Circle
5 Wednesday 6:15pm Worship Gathering/Potluck Dinner
6 Thursday 7:00 pm Rebekah Circle
9 Sunday 12:00 pm Church Council Meeting
10 Monday 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
11 Tuesday 9:30 am MOPS
15 Saturday 8:30 am Men‘s Breakfast
9:30 am Eucharistic Ministers Meeting
16 Sunday 10:30 am Coffee Fellowship
2:00 pm Doll Club
17 Monday 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
19 Wednesday 11:00 am Friendly Lutherans
21 Friday 6:30 pm International Club
24 Monday NO HANDBELLS
25 Tuesday 9:30 am MOPS
28 Friday 2:00 pm Meadowbrook
31 Monday 7:15 pm Handbell Rehearsal
Sunday School News
See you at 9:45 in the Social Hall on January 2nd for the next Sunday School Opening! Feel
free to bring a friend.
The handbell choir worked very hard to present music each month in 2010, in addition to ring-
ing on Christmas Eve. Once again we were asked to perform for the Joyful Night Celebration at our state capitol. This
was well attended and we even had our picture taken with the governor and his wife. Look for that picture on the bulletin
board in our Social Hall.
We are going to keep ringing on the second Sunday of the month this year so be sure to arrive a
little early on those Sundays. As mentioned quite frequently, we love to have our Trinity family in
attendance when we ring.
Just as a reminder, our annual Spring Ring will be the first Saturday in May. It is not too early to
put this on your calendar.
We meet at 7:15 pm each Monday night in the Social Hall.
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CHURCH ACTIVITIES, cont.
Wednesday Evening Covered Dish & Worship
We seem to like Wednesday evenings! Starting on Wednesday, January 5, we will resume our
covered dish dinners at 6:15 and worship service at 6:45. Through the month of January our top-
ics of discussion will be some famous Lutherans, including Katy Luther, J S Bach, and Lutherans
The Men‘s Breakfast will be held on January 15 at 8:30 am. Y‘all come and bring your appetites.
It is a great way to start your Saturday with fellowship and good food.
January 16, 2011 is our Coffee Fellowship Sunday at 10:30 am. with the tasty treats being served by the
Rebekah Circle. We hope you can make some time in your busy schedule to visit awhile with your friends.
Friendly Lutheran News
Friendly Lutherans will meet on January 19th for their monthly get together. This month will be a
regular carry-in. Our meal will begin at noon, but be sure to arrive early (by 11 am) so that you will
have time to visit with one another and have snacks. We all need to get back to reality after our wonder-
ful Christmas meals. Wasn‘t it fun to see what everyone got for their ―White Elephant‖ gift? Let us
work on trying to attract more people to come to Friendly Lutherans as our 2011 resolution. See you the
You are invited to join us in our nursing home ministry at Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Home on Friday,
January 28 at 2:00 pm. We will celebrate birthdays as we sing songs, offer prayers, and eat cake. For more
information, please call Jonalee Young at 304-346-1851 or Pat Schillings at 304-345-9003.
Thanks to all the people who have been keeping our coffee hutch in the social hall filled with supplies (Mallory, Dover, Weirick,
Yost, McKinney, Burch, Feinberg, & Swann). We need volunteers for 2011 and the volunteer list is at the hutch. Thanks again for
Looking for a new and different way to There are many open dates on the readers list
serve the church? Want to know more about for both services. Stop by and look at the chart
why we do what we do during Communion which is located on the bulletin board opposite
or the services? Want to get involved with the secretary‘s office. Please sign up to be a
making new banners, paraments or liturgical reader. At this time you will have your choice of dates!!
art? If you are not comfortable singing the Psalm, the Pastor
Then you need to be a member of the Altar Guild! Contact will do it for you. If you are looking for something to do
the office, Linda Cook or Eunice Burch if you are interested. for your church, this is one thing you can do. Thank you.
Do you enjoy the Children’s Sermon? See Laura To dedicate the altar flowers or sanctuary can-
Knauff or any of the presenters listed to volunteer. dle to someone, place their name and informa-
January 2 Linda Cook tion on the sign-up sheets across from the
church office. Flowers are $46.00 and candles
January 9 Adam Knauff are $2.00. You may place the money in the
January 16 Lisa Williamson offering plate or bring it to the church office.
January 23 Rosa McKinney
January 30 Greg Mallory
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Are you a MOP?
MOPS of Charleston is inviting all Mothers Of Preschoolers (from pregnancy to age five) to be a part of their group. We
meet together on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (as long as Kanawha County Schools are in session!), to
simply take a break, share breakfast and drink your coffee while it is still hot. We gather at River Ridge Church on
Greenbrier Street from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., and we offer reliable childcare within the church. There is a fee, but scholar-
ships are available. Try it out; your first meeting is free!
Who: MOPS of Charleston
What: A Christian-based support/fun group for mothers of little ones who need some adult interaction and conversation
Where: River Ridge Church, 2090 Greenbrier Street, Charleston
When: Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Contact: Rachel Hall at (304) 415-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on Facebook or learn more online by visiting www.mops.org.
Our meeting dates: Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, and May 10 & 24.
Please Share Your Address with Community Lutheran Partners
Receive the newsletter and email updates directly from Community Lutheran Partners. Help us to
share our ministry news with you in a more timely manner!
Send your name, address, email address and phone number to CLP, Post Office Box 3054,
Wheeling, WV 26003.
The Gabriel Project is in need of the following: #4 and #5 diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby pow-
der, Desitin ointment, and formula. Similac Sensitive would also be very helpful, as they have a difficult time keeping it
in stock. If you need help in transporting any of the items you would like to donate, let us know, and we will help you
get it where it needs to go. Call Judith 343-3043, 550-4365 or the church 342-5212 for help.
Food Pantry Needs:
Donations are welcome in the Food Pantry. The food pantry is in need of any type of grain items such as cereal, maca-
roni and cheese, plain macaroni, rice, noodles or any type of canned fruit. Anything you can spare is appreciated.
Covenant House Needs:
Disposable shavers, large bottles of shampoo, towels, sheets, pots and pans, underwear (all sizes), children‘s winter
clothing, various pieces of furniture.
Donate Your Vehicle to the Good News Mountaineer Garage
It‘s easy to donate your car, truck, van or fleet vehicles and help WV families get back on the road to work. Call 866
GIVE CAR or donate online at www.goodnewsmountaineergarage.com.
If your car can be repaired and provided to a family, you can deduct the fair market value as a charitable contribution,
provided you file an itemized federal income tax return. West Virginia residents may also be able to receive a state tax
credit. Good News Mountaineer Garage receives a limited number of state tax credits — so be sure
to ask if they are available. If you have specific questions about how a car donation will affect
your tax liability, you should consult an accountant or other tax professional. Tax information is
also available at www.irs.gov
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As we close 2010, we want to let all of you know what a wonderful year we had at Trinity‘s Table. If you remember, we
started the year out on January 9, 2010. We had not yet received the grant from ELCA. Out of the goodness of your
hearts you donated enough money to open Trinity‘s Table.
We received a grant from ELCA in late January for the sum of $7,000. We want you to know how it was spent. As of
December 26, 2010 we have spent $7098.46. Of this amount $3812.91 was spent on food. The rest of the money
$3285.55 was spent on non-food items, such as paper products, cleaning supplies, a donation to help on the church‘s
utilities, cooking pans, etc. A portion of this money, approximately $1,000, was a non-recurring expense.
We served a total of 4874 meals for the year. When you divide the total cost by the number of meals served, this places
the cost of each meal served at $1.45. We believe this performance is outstanding. To be able to serve a quality meal for
$1.45 is something we all should be very proud of. A lot of effort went into controlling our costs.
Many people have donated very generously to Trinity‘s Table and we thank you for your generosity. Others have do-
nated their time and energy in helping to cook and serve at Trinity‘s Table and we would also like to thank them. We
would like to thank all of you, especially the church council, for supporting the renovation of the kitchen. The renova-
tions have made our job a lot easier. Together we have made a wonderful team and we know without a doubt our efforts
have made a positive impact on many lives. Many people have told us that they would have gone hungry on a lot of
nights had it not been for Trinity‘s Table. They have grown to trust us and to know that our church is a place of refuge
from the heat or cold and a place they can come to get a good meal in a loving, caring, Christian environment.
Our hopes and prayers for the coming year are that we will feed more who are in need. In order to do this, we will need
to continue to raise more money. As many of you are aware Thrivent has challenged us to raise ten thousand dollars and
if we do they will match our money dollar for dollar up to the ten thousand dollars. You will hear more about this in the
coming weeks. We have until February 28, 2011 to raise this money. To keep Trinity‘s Table self-supporting, this
money will be very important to us in the coming years. We ask that you support this effort in any manner you can. It is
also our hopes and prayers that more of you will come and experience the joy of helping those that are less fortunate. It
is truly a wonderful experience.
In closing, the Board of Directors of Trinity‘s Table (Eunice and I, Roy and Judy Combs, Pastor Ron and Rita Bailey)
would like to thank you again for all that you have done to make Trinity‘s Table a reality. God bless all of you.
Peace, Ed Burch
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If you or someone you know is in The dear ones below would love calls, cards, or prayers from their friends at
need of prayer on a Sunday morn- Trinity. Won‘t you contact one of these folks today?
ing, please fill out a prayer card and
hand it to the usher (as we have Tom Underwood Ruth DeBolt
done for some time). The usher will give the Carroll Terrace #306 2537 Kay Lane
cards to Pastor Ron, who will mention those 1536 Kanawha Boulevard, E Charleston, WV 25302
names in the prayer of the church that morn- Charleston, WV 25311 304-343-2360
ing. If you or the person whose name you
present is in need of prayer over a long period
of time, please call the church office so we can
put the name on Trinity‘s prayer list. Laveda Winkler Lee England
220 Kelly Avenue 3 Evergreen Drive
Oak Hill, WV 25901 Elkview, WV 25071
Please let us know if a name needs to be added 304-222-2387 304-965-6305
Please pray for: George McKinney, III Dorothy Strohmenger Charlie Young, Sr.
Cathryn Angel Shawn McKinney Charleston Gardens Quarry Manor
Jerry Beran Penny and Alan Meadows 800 Association Drive # B-233 699 South Park Road
Donna Black Nick Moriority Charleston, WV 25311 Charleston, WV 25304
Chase Churchill Avrie Nelms 304-881-0356 304-346-4692
Dave and Marsha Clark Charleen Pauley
Jenny Cross Linda Ruthers
Virginia & Thurman Cathy Securro Jessie Hostler Shirley Schweizer
Cobbs Susan Slater 4000 Outlook Drive 309 50th Street, S. E.
Shirley Cormany Daryl Slusser Hurricane, WV 25526 Charleston, WV 25304
Toby Counts Ronald Smith 304-757-1668 304-925-2771
Kitty DeBolt Dorothy Strohmenger
Ruth DeBolt Raelyn Strader
Dewey Dixon Ann & Harry Wall Marian Zamiela Willie Daugherty
Gwen Fawcett Joan Waters 1737 Rolling Hills Road 4305 Virginia Ave., SE
Nicole Hallock Norma Weddington Charleston, WV 25314 Charleston, WV 25304
Heather Harper Evelyn Weirick 304-346-3656 304-925-0917
Florence Heilman Wanda Mae Whitt
Barron Helgoe Tim Wilcox
Isaac Helmick Beverly Wilkes Alice Watson Carol Smith (Herb’s sister)
Vera Howe Laveda & Russ Winkler 1591 Lee Street, E Heartland of Charleston
Rodney Hurd Leslie Withrow
Charleston, WV 25311 3819 Chesterfield Ave.
Judy Johnson Bill Wright
Judith Judy Charlie Young Sr. 304-343-1089 Charleston, WV 25304
Susan Kennedy Marian Zamiela
Alfred & Jean Knighton Florence Heilman E. P. & Betty Harrison
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