Trinitarian Congregational Church

Maundy Thursday Service, April 17th at 7P

communion silver“Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum novum, the “new commandment” Jesus gave his disciples in John 13:34. This service remembers the last evening Christ spent with His disciples in the upper room – the first Lord’s Supper. Our atmosphere of reverence will reflect the somber occasion and will feature rich hymn singing, the anthem God So Loved the World, from The Crucifixion by John Stainer sung by our sanctuary choir, a message by pastor Chris Ziegler, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Deacons Fund Offering | Maundy Thursday
The Maundy Thursday service will be an occasion for our church to give to the needs of our local community. The entire offering at this service will be given to the TCC Deacons Fund, which enables our Deacons to respond to emergency needs among people of our church and community. You should have received a letter with a special envelope for this collection last week. There are extra envelopes available at the Welcome Table. Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Week Service Schedule – Please Note the TIME Changes on Easter Sunday!

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Palm Sunday – April 13, 9:30A and 11A in the Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday – April 17, 7P in the Sanctuary

Good Friday – April 18, 7P in the Sanctuary

SNL – April 19, 5P in the Gymeaster.001

Easter – April 20, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30A
• 8:00A Service in the Sanctuary; Organ Lead Hymns, no Choir
• 9:30A Service in the Gym & Phillips Hall; Children and Adult Choirs, Worship Band
• 11:30A Service in the Sanctuary; Children and Adult Choirs, Worship Band

Programming Notes:
• There will be Children’s Programming at the 9:30 and 11:30A services on Easter Sunday
• No Student Ministries Service in Bradford on Easter Sunday
• Coffee Hour after the 9:30 service

Welcome Brunch, October 4th

On Sunday, October 4th, the staff will be hosting a Welcome Brunch following the 11A service. The Welcome Brunch is a gathering for anyone who is new to TCC in the last year or so, and is interested in learning more about the mission and vision of TCC, meeting Pastor Chris and the rest of the staff, and learning about the process of becoming a member. If you are interested in attending, please sign up using the on line registration form here. The Welcome Brunch will last about an hour. Childcare will be available. We would love for you to join us!

Welconme brunch

TCC New Testament SEDER, Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:00 – 6:00P

SederLogoWhy the Last Supper stands as an incomplete Seder.
• officiated by Messianic Rabbi Nathan Joiner
• assisted by Pastor Chris Ziegler
• praise and worship by Adam Kurihara

Passover Encounter 2014 --- shorter (2 hours), same delicious food.   Plan to enjoy this “worship/meal” event with family and friends.  The Passover/Seder has been celebrated since Moses led the people away from Egypt (over 3,000 years ago).  Jesus Christ celebrated it every year while He was on earth.  The Passover meal that Jesus celebrated “on the night He was betrayed” was the institution of our communion.  This traditional meal will be a highlight of the Lenten season.  This year's TCC Seder will be held on Sunday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

The donation will be $10 per adult, $5 per child, max $30 per family. (Unless you need a scholarship, please note that this event must be self supporting, using no TCC budget monies.)

There are volunteer opportunities for Saturday afternoon (preparing casseroles), and Sunday afternoon (room setup after hospitality, table settings, helping with cooking, serving etc.)  Please fill out the reservation form and indicate your preference.

Please make your reservations on line here, by filling out the reservation form inserted in the church bulletin, or on the signup sheet at Connection Hub in the lobby.

For scholarship enquiry or any other questions contact: Margie Langsdorf (margielangsdorf@gmail.com) or Nancy Germain (nmgermain@comcast.net).

Lent 2014 – A step toward Christ

We all know life is busy. In our fast paced culture, it is a mark of success to simply “be busy”. Being busy implies we must be getting something done. But what is being left out? Are we spending time with God in prayer or bible study? What opportunities migh we be missing to serve and share Christ with others the midst of our busy days?

Lent is a reminder to take off the blinders. To do some “soul-work” as we prepare for the biggest and brightest celebration at Easter. As in Advent, when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate the birth of Christ, it is in Lent when we prepare our hearts as we anticipate His suffering, death, and resurrection.

Many people give up something for lent: chocolate, coffee, or sweets are common. But a sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice is not the heart of the lenten journey. After all, David writes in Psalm 51:

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.”

Instead of (or in addition to) “giving up” something for lent, consider “giving in” to a broken spirit and leaning into God. By taking a simple but intentional step in faith, we might be surprised by how God uses it. It can be something as simple as a commitment to pray every day, read the bible every day, or turning off computers or TV on weeknights and spending time with friends and family. Take a step! Whatever it is for you, I know that God meets us along the journey as we seek to deepen our relationship with Him.

Growing in Christ together,

Adam Kurihara
Director of Music and Worship

Footnote: for the curious, Lent simply means “spring”, as the English word derives from a Germanic root meaning “length” or “lengthening” in reference to the lengthening of days as Spring approaches. We can’t wait! (And don’t forget about daylight savings time this Sunday!)