The Songs of Christmas
Our Advent and Christmas Season worship will focus on “The Songs of Christmas.” We will look at five classic Advent and Christmas songs: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” on Dec. 2; the choir will present a collection of Christmas songs in a cantata called “Appalachian Winter: A Cantata for Christmas” on Dec. 9; “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” on Dec. 16; “O Little Town of Bethlehem” on Dec. 23; “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve; and “We Three Kings” on Dec. 30.
The songs range from a medieval song for Vespers first sung in the 13th century to a poem composed by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as he struggled with his loss and grief during the American Civil War. They look back towards ancient promises and look forward to new life and rebirth in the midst of great loss. You will come to know and love these songs with greater understanding as we together probe the great themes of Advent and Christmas. These songs will ground us in the deeper meaning of Christmas.
First Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 2
The Songs of Christmas: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Second Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 9
Appalachian Winter: A Cantata for Christmas
Third Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 16
The Songs of Christmas: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Fourth Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 23
The Songs of Christmas: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Christmas Eve Worship
Join us at 5 pm in our Great Hall for a family-friendly service that includes a special Trinity tradition: a Living Christmas Story. Children from age 3 – fifth grade are invited to play the parts of either angels, shepherds, sheep, wise men, or stars. There is no advance preparation necessary in order to participate, just plan to arrive by 4:45 pm in Room 303. Costumes are provided. There will also be childcare for infants (aged six weeks) through preschool. The Living Christmas Story takes place only at the 5 pm service.
This service also includes Communion, candlelight, singing of traditional Christmas carols. It is held at the Great Hall, a beautifully designed worship space with easy handicapped access, acoustic design features, and rocking chairs for parents with infants.
The 7 pm service includes traditional carols, candlelight, and Communion, with a brief sermon. There will be childcare for infants (aged six weeks) through preschool, and Children’s Chapel for children in Kindergarten through second grade. This service is held in the Great Hall.
This service again includes traditional carols, candlelight, Communion, and a brief sermon. Childcare is not provided for the 11 pm service.
Brunch with Mrs. Claus
Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 2 pm in Eva Joplin Hall
Join us for a wonderful brunch to kick-off this holiday season. Our youth are preparing and serving a pancake brunch with a visit from Ms. Claus! Wear your pajamas to church and join us as we celebrate the season and raise funds for the 30 Hour Famine. Donations will be taken at the door. There will be a super fun pajama contest too. Cost to enter the contest is $2.
The 30 Hour Famine is the youth group’s main mission project. We partner with World Vision to raise funds to combat world hunger. This year we will be sending some of our funds to Casa del Buen Trato, the home for abused girls in Peru, and we will be marking all funds raised to be sent to Peru through World Vision. Our famine dates are February 22-23.
TPC’s 5G’s in Action for Advent
Advent begins December 1st! All are invited to GREET, GATHER, GO, GROW and GIVE this holiday season by participating in our Advent Faith Practice Calendar activities!
This is a simple and easy way to implement faith practices for you and your family. Print the calendar here or get a paper copy at the Welcome Desk. Our Elementary Ministry will hand out copies for the children to get involved as well!
*Calendar credit: Traci Smith
Hanging of the Greens Potluck
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dancing, dining and decorating, oh my!! Please make plans to join us on Dec. 1 from 5:30-8:30pm for a fun-filled evening of games, food, face painting, hot dogs, and dancing. And yes, we will get the holiday decorating done too, while helpers make sure all the kids have fun! Please visit the Sign Up Genius to sign up for a dish to share and a simple 1-hour decorating assignment. Or stop by the Preschool desk in Eva Joplin Sunday. Call the church office with any questions at 972-542-4629.
A Night in Bethlehem: One Starry Night
Dec. 2 – Dec. 16 during Sunday School (9:45-10:45 am)
Join us at Trinity this Advent season as we travel back to a starry night in Bethlehem and rejoice that our Savior is born. We remember the anticipation and joy of receiving the good news! Children from Pre-K through 5th grade will enjoy music, storytelling, crafts, and games each Sunday in Advent. Our journey begins December 2 and ends December 16, all during the Sunday school hour from 9:45-10:45 am.
Serve & Give
Christmas Giving Tree Supporting Community Lifeline Center
Trinity is honored to support the Community Lifeline Center (CLC) each year during our annual Christmas Giving Tree project. Through the Giving Tree, Trinity members “adopt” families and individuals from the CLC to provide them Christmas gifts based on their wish list, in an effort to make the holidays a little brighter for families going through crisis. For more information on the Community Lifeline Center, click here.
Trinity is proud to support Heifer International each year. Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 25 countries, including the United States, to help communities become more self-reliant and lift farming families to a living income. For information about Heifer International, click here.