Sundays at Trinity Church:
8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday school for ages 3 to adult
Rev. Paul Mallory
Christmas Eve at Trinity:
5:00 p.m. Family-oriented service.
8:00 p.m. Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, & communion.
Christmas Giving Tree in the Gathering Room: Pick a wish from the tree, & write your name & phone number on the sheet next to the item (or items) you purchase. Purchase the gift & return it to the church wrapped, with the ornament attached to the package (no need to wrap household supplies, but please attach the ornament), no later than December 15, & we will deliver them to the families. If you have any questions about the Christmas Giving Tree, please contact Jill Laitinen at 396-6473.
White Gifts for the King: Epiphany is the time when the three Magi/Wise men/Kings arrived at the stable in Bethlehem to present gifts to the infant Jesus. This year the Day of Epiphany will be celebrated on Sunday, January 5, 2014. As was the case last year at Trinity, the Day of Epiphany will be observed with the presentation of “White Gifts for the King,” as our Sunday school children bring gifts to be presented at the stable scene in front of the sanctuary during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. It is asked that the children bring one gift (toy) for a child their own age and gender, wrapped in white paper, with a pink or blue ribbon around it to signify that the gift is for a girl or boy (pink for girls; blue for boys). These gifts will then be taken to the Caring House to be given to children who are temporarily displaced due to the threat of violence within their family. A toy can bring so much comfort to a child who is otherwise in distress. It is a time of year when we are being asked to give so much, but it is also a time of year when so many have nothing and we have so much.
Integrys Energy is the new supplier of natural gas for the church and parsonage. Based on 2012 rates, the church would have saved $600 had we been with Integrys rather than DTE. Any church member living in Michigan is eligible for the Integrys rates through the Dickinson Area Partnership. Any church member switching to Integrys can have $25 per year donated by Integrys to the church. You can access information on switching to Integrys online at www.integrysenergy.com/dap.
The United Methodist Church, in partnership with major online retailers, has created a shopping portal, UMCmarket.org, that gives your church a 1 to 9 percent commission for purchases made by members of your church. They can donate to your church also by booking travel, hotel rooms, and car rentals. Many consumers prefer shopping online because it saves time and gasoline, avoids crowds, provides more variety, and it’s easy to do. More than 80 percent of the online population has bought something on the Internet. In fact, it’s so popular that e-commerce sales in the US amounted to $289 billion last year.
All shoppers have to do is create an account & buy products & merchandise from partner retailers through UMCmarket.org. There’s no increased cost or hidden fees. They buy items for the same prices they would pay on those retailers’ sites.
It’s as simple as 1-2-3. Here’s how:
1. Visit UMCmarket.org & create an account. During the account setup, you will be asked to designate a beneficiary church (Iron Mountain Trinity) to which the commission for your purchases will go.
2. After you are set up, log in to UMCmarket (or to make the process even more simple, use the free downloadable add-on for your Web browser) & shop at the partner retailers.
3. There is no step three! Unless you count the church receiving a check from UMCmarket as a step.