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Decemeber 2009 Pathways

Decemeber 2009 Pathways

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This is the December 2009 edition of Pathways, the newsletter of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
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Pathways
December 2009TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
TRINITYPRESBYTERIAN STAFFPastor
Gary HansonHome: (651) 501-1820Cell: (651) 373-1821gary@trinitywoodbury.org
Administrator/PastoralCare Coordinator
Dee LindblomMon-Fri 8:30am-2:00pmdee@trinitywoodbury.orgCell:(651) 353-6724
 Christian EducationDirector
Joe Pendal joe@trinitywoodbury.org(651) 436-3435
Church Musician
Joyce Piper(651) 458-0341
 Choir Director
Neal Strand(651) 501-8225
Child Care Attendants
Amanda UlrichKristina Deneen
Custodians
Jeff LindblomKaren Patraw2125 Tower DriveWoodbury MN 55125Phone & Fax:(651) 738-0045
ADVENT IS UPON US!
The beginning of our church calendar is here again! Advent officiallystarts on
Sunday, November 29
. Join us at Trinity for worship eachAdvent Sunday during this special Holy season as we await the arrivalof our Savior Jesus Christ, given by God, through the obedience of Mary.There will be two worship services on
Christmas Eve
,
December 24
:a child oriented service at
5 pm
and a candlelight/communion serviceat
10 pm
.In addition to our seasonal Advent celebration, you are invited to fol-
low along with Trinity‘s first online
 Advent Calendar 
. Like a traditionalchocolate filled calendar, ours is filled with spiritual treats for youthand adults alike.For adults, each day in Advent contains a Scripture passage whichbuilds on the themes of reflection, anticipation and joy. For children,each day provides a clue for a weekly theme. Check your answers at
Joe Pendal‘s office and earn a special sweet treat every Sunday and
on Christmas Eve.
T
he angel said unto her, “Do not be afraid,
Mary, for you have found favor with God.
 
And now, you will conceive in your womband bear a son, and you will name himJesus.
 
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him thethrone of his ancestor David. He will reign over thehouse of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom therewill be no end.
Luke 1: 30-33 (NRSV)
 
PathwaysPage 2
MUSINGS AND AMUSINGS FROM THE PASTOR…
 
Committees
 Building & Grounds
Mike Schenck 739-3727
Christian Education
Kirk Breen 436-4212Gretchen White 337-0159
Clerk of Session
Marnelle Andersen735-3287
Communications
Susan Jamison 578-7100
Long Range Planning
 Darryl Willison 739-2674
Mental Health Group
Dee Lindblom738-0045 or 353-6724dee@trinitywoodbury.org
Mission & Action
Joan Nichols 714-8314
Moderator of Deacons
Garry Espe 730-6805
Newsletter 
Mark Allen 204-3188
newsletter@trinitywoodbury.org
Nominating
Wilson Ekinde 501-3661
Nursery Coordinator 
 Tina Hacker 714-9671
Pastoral Care
Gary Hanson 738-0045
Personnel 
Steve Theiss 578-9348
Prayer Chain
Dee Lindblom738-0045 or 353-6724dee@trinitywoodbury.org
Shared Ministry 
Marnelle Andersen735-3287
Special Events
Barb Freeman 731-1220
Stewardship & Finance
John Upson 730-9690
Worship
Kara Klink 735-0866
One of the really wonderful entertainment stories of 2009 was when
contestant # 43212 walked onto the stage of the ―Britain‘s Got Tal-ent‖ auditions in April of this year. ―Britain‘s Got Talent‖ is the ―across the pond‖ version of ―American Idol.‖ The three judges did
not hide their cynicism as Susan Boyle, a very plain, plump 47-year-old from Blackburn, a small village in Scotland, came out on stage.As they smirked, Susan told them she wanted to become a famoussinger. But she came across as flippant, frivolous and looked verynervous. The judges, the spectators, and certainly the huge televi-
sion audience must have all been thinking, ―I sure hope she canmake it through without falling apart.‖ 
However, as soon as Susan opened her mouth and sang the first
notes of her chosen selection, ―I Dreamed a Dream,‖ from the stageplay ―Les Miserables,‖ everyone was in total awe. Long before the
end of her rendition, the entire house was on its feet. As the weeksplayed out, Susan Boyle did not end up winning the contest, but shehas achieved her stated goal of becoming a professional singer. I
read this week that her recently released album, ―I Dreamed aDream,‖ has apparently broken all pre
-sale records on Amazon.A large part of what has made Susan Boyle an overnight sensationwould not have been possible even five years ago. Her performancewas uploaded to the internet and circled the globe almost instantly.
In fact, her original presentation on ―Britain‘s Got Talent‖ is the most
viewed piece
ever 
on U Tube with a count somewhere around 80 mil-
lion hits. I‘ve watched it a few times myself and I especially enjoy
the reactions of the three judges, particularly the cantankerousSimon Cowell, who admitted afterwards that he had never expected
anything like that. I‘m sure none of them did.
 The Christmas story also provides a surprise result...Two millenniaago a little baby was born in a humble peasant village. For all thatbaby, who grew up to be about 33 years old, accomplished in hislifetime, could anyone in his realm
shepherds, wise men, familymembers, townsfolk, Roman authorities
have expected anythingout of him?Yet by now we are blessed to know the outcome of what Jesus did
for all of humanity. During this Advent season, let‘s continue to bewatchful and observant in our expectations. Let‘s
stand in awe and wonder of the Christ Child andnot doubt. Put your life in His hands each andevery day.Sincerely, Gary
 
DECEMBER 2009 Page 3
MISSION AND ACTION NEWS
Fill the Crib!
Just like our Savior, there are local little chil-dren who have no place to rest their heads.Project Home provides temporary overnightshelter for families and this year has seen thenumber of children in their program rise to75% of their participants. Starting on
Novem-ber 29
through Advent and ending on
Sunday,January 10
, there will be a crib in the Fellow-ship Hall to fill with the following items that aredirely needed:
Bottles (no ‗drop
-
ins‘ please)
 
Sippy cups
Pacifiers
Bibs
Burpcloths
Teething rings
Formula
all kinds
Baby cereal (rice, wheat, oatmeal, mixed)
Diapers (size 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Pull-ups (boys & girls size 2T 3T 4T)
Baby wipes
Baby lotion
Baby nail clippers
Diaper rash cream
Baby blankets
New socks and underwear (newborn to 5T)
New or very gently used onesies/undershirts(newborn to 5T)If you have a new or gently used pack-n-playor porta-crib that you would like to donate toProject Home, please contact
Michelle Allen
 at (651) 296-0558, or emailmichelleallen129@yahoo.com
Missionary Support
In response to congregational interest expressed in last year's survey, theMission and Action Committee designated funds to be sent to a specificmissionary. After much consideration, the committee chose to send $500in financial support to PCUSA missionaries
Debbie and Delvin Braaksma
 who serve with RECONCILE (Resourse Centre for Civil Leadership), an in-digenous ecumenical Christian organization in a conflict-ridden country inthe Horn of Africa (due to the sensitive nature of this mission, the exactcountry has not been revealed by the PCUSA.) RECONCILE was estab-lished in March 2004 by a national church council to do peacebuilding by providing training in
trauma healing, conflict transformation, and civic education. The foci for RECONCILE‘s activities
are in areas of high interethnic conflict, and churches are the typical point of entry into thesecommunities. Prior to their current missionary assignment, the
Braaksmas
served for 11 yearsin Kenya.You can find out further information about the
Braaksmas
and read their current newsletters athttp://www.pcusa.org/missionconnections/profiles/braaksmad.htm
DEACON DISCURSION
- Garry Espe
Have you ever stopped for moment to ponder why blood is a good thing to have coursingthrough your veins? Neither have I, but I think we should. Trinity's annual blood drive will takeplace
Friday, January 29, 2010
. This will be Trinity's 4
th
annual drive, and it will be headedup again by
Bob Anderson
. The need is great and growing because of advances in medical
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