Trinity Church in the Pines

Quarterly Newsletter

March – May 2022

 

Pastor’s Message

 

 

Dear Members and Friends of TCP,

 

The following is part of a summary/evaluation/vision piece I presented to the session.  I thought it would be good to have it available for you also.

 

Since the COVID shut-down in March 2020 to our re-opening in June 2021, we have all strived to keep TCP, not only a viable congregation, but one that is a strong and vibrant member of the Grand Lake and Grand County community.  For some time in the beginning of the 2020 pandemic we weren’t quite sure how to proceed.  Our doors closed to in-person worship on March 15, 2020.  Because we could not risk having many people in worship, we, (like everyone else) quickly made due with what we could.  

 

With an exceptional sense of commitment and selflessness, Geoff Elliott participated with me each Sunday so that we could continue with music in worship.  We streamed with a laptop to Facebook and then eventually also to a gaming platform called Mixer.  This was suggested by Holden’s computers in Frasier.  (a few months in, Mixer shut down and Holden’s suggested Twitch)

 

  • We purchased the necessary software and equipment and Holden’s installed it on the laptop which gave us the ability to stream-live, over our Facebook page and Mixer. We also added YouTube.

 

  • We learned along the way. We soon discovered that our internet capability to stream was inadequate. With Steve Meyers’ help we received unheard of, quick service from Comcast and we increased our streaming capability with fast speed internet to what it is today.  

 

  • We purchased a Zoom subscription to keep necessary ongoing session meetings safe.  

Incredibly, we did not miss a single Sunday from the time we held our last in-person service (March 8th) to the time we started streaming services (March 15th).  Geoff and I experimented with sound, laptop positioning for camera angles, lighting, etc.  We draped windows, we turned just about everything upside down, inside out and around to make things work.  Again, we were learning by trial and error. To our amazement throughout this time, the congregation didn’t miss a beat.  They participated.  They watched at home and they continued to send in their support, spiritually and financially.  All this to say that this was a team effort to keep things operating.  

 

The session was, and is, second only to the most important part of this team – the congregation.  Since we couldn’t allow people into the church, (and also to keep one of our most valuable team members, Linda Dickinson safe) we closed our foodbank and donated the food that we had on hand to Mountain Family Center foodbank in Granby.  We sponsored Squeaky B’s free meals every Sunday afternoon.  After the East Troublesome wildfire (another threat to our very existence) we started a partnership with Mountain Market Grocery in Grand Lake.  Through this local grocery we gave $100 food vouchers (except alcohol and tobacco) to anyone who requested them whenever they were needed.  We placed no limits.  This replaced our own foodbank and has since continued to be very successful.  

 

Several weeks and months into this pandemic, we gradually started to allow a few more participants to join us on Sunday mornings.  Glenn and Barbara Shull began their musical offerings every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday.  Special musical guests also participated – Mandy Cluck, Sarah Clements, Karen Harris, Peggy Mann, Hannah, Tad, and Ben Heil, Neal Cross, Dennis Stafford and Daryl Troute.  Not knowing how long this would last, we prepared for the possibility that this way of life would continue through the summer of 2020.  It did.  We then had to assess what fall and winter of 2020 would look like.

 

As if we all weren’t experiencing enough trial with the pandemic, in October the East Troublesome wildfire devastated the County.  Sadly, some of our members lost their homes and we couldn’t offer in-person pastoral care or worship.  Then another blow – we had to face the reality that the pandemic was not going to end soon.  That meant no in-person Christmas Eve worship services!  It was unthinkable that we could not offer our most popular service – the Christmas Eve candle lighting. Thank goodness for our streaming capability, still, such as it was. 

 

This all became phase I of our operating through the pandemic.  Because our streaming was so successful, (again, such as it was, just a microphone and simple laptop with sanctuary windows draped so that the natural lighting would not wash out the picture,) the session led us into phase II.  

 

We hired consultants from Steamboat and installed a state of the art system with cameras, sound system, computer and monitors for streaming and a mixer board, and special window coverings.  The response was incredible.  It was like graduating from flying a Sopwith Camel to operating the Space Shuttle. 

 

Throughout all of this our congregation and friends remained faithful and supportive.  This could not have happened without them. It could not have happened without dedicated individuals leading our Sunday services, and it could not have happened without the session’s commitment to provide the best we could under the circumstances.  We would not be in the good shape we are presently in without them and without the latest technology in streaming. 

  

With vaccinations and masks, we finally felt safe in opening our doors in late June 2021.  Attendance has been mixed.  In the summer some Sundays saw good attendance.  With fall and winter, it has been low.  Overall, attendance has not been close to what we enjoyed before the pandemic.  I believe people are still staying away because of the continuing unknowns of COVID. Our faithful and supportive community continue to virtually attend services through our streaming. We’ve decided to continue streaming while keeping our doors open. 

 

The challenge still continues to keep TCP a lively, vibrant presence in Grand County. I think we will be seeing more normal attendance when we all feel the danger is over.  Attendance will come back to pre-pandemic levels when everyone gains more confidence and gets to the point of learning to live with the virus as we do with other illnesses such as the flu, and the common cold. Masks and distancing will be a thing of the past.  We still don’t know when this will come to be, but it feels closer and closer.  Perhaps summer?  

 

2022 and Beyond

 

I used to say that the achievement of which I am most proud is that from day one and continuing to this day, I see myself not only as pastor of the congregation but as trusted friend and confidant who loves and endeavors to treat every member equally. Though I hold that to be of the utmost importance, I now say that I am most proud of our congregation and how they withstood the turmoil of 2020 and beyond – pandemic and wildfire! 

 

I love the people of this church community and I am so proud of them. They are like no other church that I have served. I believe they feel this love and trust and respond to it very positively. I believe and hope I have helped to create an atmosphere of sincere love in which members of the congregation look to the spiritual and physical welfare of one another in a way that is pleasing to God.  We are a vibrant, warm, caring and open congregation. 

 

My main calling and accomplishment never ends to preach God's love, to teach that we are all children of God who are called to show and share the amazing love of God.

 

As I said, we still don’t know when this business of pandemic will end.  We sense it coming to an end in 2022.  When it does, we will need to be ready.  My main focus will be on preparing for its end by having a plan for inviting people back to participate fully.  It is difficult because it is still an unknown.  

 

To prepare for this we will need to be ready to continue to offer a true sense of community.  I see manse gatherings, book studies, theology discussions (Bible study), picnics, progressive dinners and other gatherings as a great way to do this.  We will need to encourage people to come back, without masks, without worry.  Our quality of worship and offerings mentioned above will be critical to this.  

 

We cannot take our congregation and friend’s faith, loyalty and support over the last 2 years for granted. It is exceptional. We will need to make them feel that their incredible support was truly worth their effort.  We will need to make them feel good about coming back to in-person participation.  They will need to feel and see that they have come back to the same vibrant, warm, caring and open congregation that they left for safety’s sake. To prepare them for their homecoming we should increase our communications with them through newspaper ads, Facebook posts, newsletters, announcements etc.  

 

We will need to make them feel as though they have come back home – back into the cradling, loving arms of God. 

 

We all depend upon one another to make sure that Trinity is the great little church that it is.  We are very fortunate to have capable leadership on session and deacons.  We greatly rely upon Linda Dickinson’s wonderful competence and character.  She is truly an asset.  Same goes with Karen Rempel with housekeeping and all our volunteers.  Ken Stasco continues to keep the church grounds plowed and ready for use.   We are blessed!

 

Love, 

David 

 

 

The Season of Lent

 

Let’s focus our thoughts a bit on the Season of Lent.  It is roughly ten percent of the year, 40 days.  A tithe of our time given to serious reflection about life, our faith journey, our spiritual life, our virtues which need to be made strong, our vices which need to be abandoned.  This does not mean that we have a cavalier attitude about spiritual needs the rest of the year, but the period leading up to Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday, is to be a special time of reflection.

 

In a little booklet, From Death to Life by Frederick Beuchner, there are some questions which have helped me as I move through Lent.  Here are a few of those questions – perhaps they will be helpful to you:

 

Am I really trying to love God?

 

Do I act as if I’ll never die?

 

Am I willing to repent?

 

What would I do if this were my last day?

 

Do I ever really listen to God?

 

Am I a joyful and grateful Christian?

 

Do I often miss chances of doing right?

 

We all have questions that are unique to our needs.  We all have struggles that are unique to who we are.  We all have blind spots, points of doubts.  We are all sinners in need of a Savior.  Lent affords us a special time, a special opportunity to struggle and be strengthened, to seek and to find, to knock and have doors opened to us.  My prayer is that we will be blessed indeed and empowered anew for service as we make our way through this special season and prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter.

 

HOLY WEEK begins with PALM SUNDAY, April 10th.  The Joyful Noise Boys will lead us in worship.  

 

MAUNDAY THURSDAY is April 14th.

 

GOOD FRIDAY, April 15th, at 6:30 pm, we will have a variety of soups and bread for dinner together in the church with communion following underneath the church.  Following this, we will have a very special Tenebrae service in the sanctuary. 

 

EASTER SUNDAY is April 17th.  Worship will be at the usual 9:30am.

Join us as we observe Lent and celebrate Holy Week, we rejoice in the promise of resurrection on Easter.  This year, invite your friends and neighbors to join you!

 

 

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

In the words of Pope Francis

 

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

 

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

 

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

 

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

 

Fast from worries and have trust in God.

 

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

 

Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.

 

Fast from selfishness, be compassionate to others.

 

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

 

Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

 

 

 

We Keep In Our Prayers

 

Prayers for:

 

From Pam Johnston: Please put Dan on the prayer list as he has been diagnosed with leukemia (CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia).  It's the lightest case of leukemia one can get and the prognosis is great.

 

Katy Pope who has been diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Her husband Jerry and Katy play the Alpen Horns around Grand Lake.

 

Pat Granquist's brother passed away last week.  We pray for Pat and all of her family as they mourn his sudden passing.  

 

From Karen Smith: Mike is going through prep procedures this week for his 2nd eye surgery on March 21.  Prayers the surgery goes well and his sight returns quickly.  

 

Prayers for Glenn Shull’s sister Kathy and her husband, Skip who is now home from the hospital in Longmont. 

 

Prayers for Karen Smith’s friend’s daughter, Megan, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  

 

Prayers for Mandy Hanifen’s friend Devon and her family as she battles cancer. 

 

Prayers for Mandy Hanifen’s lifelong friend, Patt who is recovering from surgery. 

 

Prayers for Robert and Barbara Leutwiler whose son, Andrew passed away. 

 

Prayers for the people of Ukraine and those who are trying to help them. Pray for peace. 

 

Lord, hear our prayers.

 

 

Men’s Breakfast Group 

meets every Thursday morning for good food and great fellowship in our fellowship hall.  This is open to all men, so invite your friends/neighbors to join us.  Hope to see you at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings.

 

 

The Knitting Ministry

The Ladies of the Knitting Ministry at TCP are happy to be able to meet in person this year. We get together in the fellowship room on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of each month. It’s been great to share our creativity and news in a healthy space. All of us are vaccinated and have had booster shots. We keep a flexible attitude and sometimes wear our masks depending on the Covid health statistics in our County.

 

Our Mission is to knit and deliver prayer shawls to people experiencing a setback or illness and are in need of comfort.

Please feel free to join us at 10:00 AM on a Wednesday or Thursday. If you would like more information about our group, please contact Janet at: Janet.thomas4@icloud.com   All are welcome. 

Since April of 2021, the Knitting Ministry has delivered 22 shawls and blankets to comfort those suffering from all types of illnesses. Our community is far flung and includes the members of TCP, their friends and loved ones. Comfort comes from the shawls and from our thoughts and prayers that accompany them. During this time of separation, people like to feel remembered in a loving way. 

 

 

 

Church is Open for Live, In-Person Worship Services

Masks are welcome, but not required.  If you still are not comfortable coming to church, or if you are out of town, you can still participate in our worship.  

We continue to live-stream our services each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can view our service over our,

  • Trinity Church in the Pines Facebook page, 

  • or you can log onto our link at Twitch:   https://twitch.tv/tcpchurch  also at 9:30.

  • And yet another way is to click onto our YouTube link that is sent out over email each Thursday or Friday, along with worship bulletin, announcements, Scriptures for the morning, and music to follow along.

If you would like to be on this email list, or know of anyone else who would please let me know.  Just send your or their email to me at heild@me.com  

If you tune in at 9:25am you will be able to see a neat drone shot over Grand Lake that ends at the front doors of Trinity Church in the Pines.

 

 

 

THANK YOU
FOR STEPPING UP AND HELPING US MAKE TRINITY CHURCH

IN THE PINES GREAT!

Thanks to our corporate officers and the session for all they do and thank you for your willingness to serve.

 

Ike Hull, Clerk, 

Steve Meyer, Treasurer and Elder, 

Janet Thomas, Vice President and Elder, 

Neal Cross, President and Elder, 

Karen Smith, Elder, 

Geoff Elliott, Elder 

and David Heil, Pastor.

We also thank those that are serving Trinity Church in the Pines in their care positions. Thank you for your willingness to serve.

 

Melody Anders, Deacon 

Kate Elliott, Deacon.

 

Thank you to the musicians who provide us with music each Sunday morning,

 

Barbara Shull

Glenn Shull

David Heil 

Geoff Elliott 

Neal Cross 

Mandy Cluck

Dennis Stafford

Daryl Troute

MARCH CELEBRATIONS

 

Birthdays

    

March 3     Jackie Tompkins

March 4     Wendy Allison

March 10    Robert Spaet

March 13    Alan Boeve

March 16    Barbara Meyer

March 22    Cathy Lund

March 27    Neal Cross

Anniversaries 

March 25    Bob and Bette DeMasters

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH IN THE PINES


604 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 676
Grand Lake, Colorado 80447


(970) 627-3510 (Church Office) 

Website: www.tcpgrandlake.org 

Pastor Rev. Dr. David C. Heil, 970-685-7046 heild@me.com
Trinity Office email: tcpingrandlake@aol.com

Trinity Church in the Pines  

January – March 2022

Pastor’s Message Quarterly Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of TCP,

As we celebrated the joy of Christmas in 2021, I pray that the joy of the season might continue to come upon all of us in 2022. Joy is a gift of God available to all God’s children, but like any gift it must be accepted and opened. Too often we confuse joy with happiness. Happiness is a temporary emotion that comes and goes with our feelings. Joy is a gift of God that abides despite the outward circumstances of life.

We certainly are not exempt from problems, but our faith enables us to sustain our joy even amidst the difficulties of life. Joy is more akin to faith and hope than it is to happiness. We rejoice because we trust in God’s providence and anticipate God’s redemption of our world. When we take our focus off our circumstances and look for God’s gracious actions, our joy is renewed.

Though joy is always available, it must be received and applied to our lives. People throughout the centuries have been able to find joy, even in the harshest of circumstances, because of their faith. The Apostle Paul broke into joyful songs while in prison. Despite not having bread or wine, Dietrich Bonhoeffer rejoiced in God’s grace by serving an imaginary communion to his fellow prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp. Even today, many who live in oppressive states find reason to rejoice in God’s goodness.

To find joy in circumstance, we must look for God, for in God’s presence there is always rejoicing. So, as we look back to our recent Christmas celebrations with family and friends, let us turn our focus to our new year and to the marvelous working of God. The angels declared good news of great joy. Let us resolve, at the beginning of this New Year, to open our eyes and ears to hear, see and to receive God’s blessing – the blessing of God’s presence in our lives which brings us JOY! May God bless us with a JOYFUL New Year!

With love and gratitude, David

From the Heil Family

Dear TCP family and community,

Please know how overwhelmed and grateful we are for our Trinity Church family and community. You have always shown such love and generosity in many ways to so many - this includes me and my family, particularly with the pastoral love offering.

I couldn't believe my eyes when, after last Sunday's service, I opened the envelope that was presented to me by Neal Cross. This is so very much appreciated. I hope you know how much we feel the love from
you. This gift will be put to good use. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Love,
David, Christina, Mollie, Hannah, Ben and Tad (even Frisco)

Be an Epiphany.
Make known the presence of God

by the witness of your life!

Do you remember December 31, 1999? There was a sense of unease even if you knew the transition had nothing to do with biblical prophecies or even historical events in the life of Christ.

The calendar we follow began when a Sixth Century monk named “Dennis the Short” began counting Year One with the birth of Christ rather than the founding of Rome. As many have noted, he messed things up by beginning with the number one instead of zero! He made an even bigger mistake, they say, in his listing of King Herod’s death (who would have died four years before the birth of Christ based on Dennis’ calendar). This means, according to those same folks, that it is probably 2015 or thereabouts after the actual birth of Jesus. Also, in Dennis’ calendar the new year began on March 25th, not January 1st.

Fear of change and transition into the unknown is nothing new. Christians have always dealt with surrounding cultures that were afraid of tomorrow. We live in a society that celebrates human achievement, yet fears the coming of winter and night. There is a silent, unspoken fear, sometimes opened only in our dreams that one night the sky will grow dark and the moon and stars will not rise. And so Christ gives this promise to the faithful in the ancient city of Thyatira, “...only hold fast to what you have until I come. To everyone who... continues to do my works to the end, I will give authority... ”. Then the risen Christ gives this majestic promise, “to the one who conquers I will also give the morning star.” - Revelation 2:28

Epiphany is Thursday, January 6th. The Word Epiphany means “to make known”. On Epiphany, Christians celebrate the full manifestation of God’s glory in the coming of Christ. The day of Epiphany (January 6) brings Christmas to a glorious conclusion, but we are not to stop there.

The season of Epiphany is God’s TIME to reveal God’s glory. It is:

  • -  a time to worship because it deals with the glory of God manifested in Jesus Christ. The season begins with the Wise Men coming to worship the newborn King. The season ends with the worship experience on the Mount of Transfiguration. (This year celebrated on February 27th.)

  • -  a time of light because the light of Christ knows no end; it goes to the ends of the earth. He is the light to lighten the whole world. The light of Christ is not merely to shine on Christians, but through them, for the salvation of humankind.

  • -  a time to witness because the light of Christ needs to be spread throughout a dark world.

So,

Happy New Year, and Happy Epiphany! David

Be an Epiphany.
Make known the presence of God

by the witness of your life!

WE KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS

Prayers for: Bob and Jan Johnson. Bob is recovering from quadruple bypass.

- Ike Hull and Sandy Kessler. Ike will undergo spinal fusion on January 20th in Vail.

- Peggy Mann and Ken Stasco. Peggy had shoulder surgery this week.

- Linda Barry whose mother, Emily passed away on Sunday.

- the family and friends of Fred Imbriani, Melody Anders friend who passed away.

- the family and friends of Kevin WeKland, Melody Anders friend who passed away.

- Healing Prayers for Chris Goeson, Melody Anders friend.

- Kevin Keller and Linda McKinney, Melody Anders friends, who had good PET scans.

- Barbara and Steve Meyer’s friend, Tom, who had heart surgery.

- all impacted by the Boulder County Fires.

- Friends of Jay and Ruth Lindsay who lost homes, Brian and Laini, Gary and Beth, Liz and Bill.

- Kevin and Andrea Cox. Their parents lost their home in the Boulder County fires.

Men’s Breakfast Group

meets every Thursday morning for good food and great fellowship in our fellowship hall. This is open to all men, so invite your friends/neighbors to join us. Hope to see you at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings.

Church is Open for Live, In-Person Worship Services

Masks are welcome, but not required. If you still are not comfortable coming to church, or if you are out of town, you can still participate in our worship.
We continue to live-stream our services each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can view our service over our,

  1. Trinity Church in the Pines Facebook page,

  2. or you can log onto our link at Twitch: https://twitch.tv/tcpchurch

    also at 9:30.

  3. And yet another way is to click onto our YouTube link that is sent out

    over email each Thursday or Friday, along with worship bulletin, announcements, Scriptures for the morning, and music to follow along.

  4. visit our website, tcpgrandlake.org and click on the twitch link provided.

If you would like to be on this email list, or know of anyone else who would please let me know. Just send your or their email to me at heild@me.com
If you tune in at 9:30am you will be able to see a neat drone shot over Grand Lake that ends at the front doors of Trinity Church in the Pines.

 

THANK YOU
FOR STEPPING UP AND HELPING US MAKE TRINITY CHURCH

IN THE PINES GREAT!

Thanks to our corporate officers for all they do and thank you for your

willingness to serve.

 

Ike Hull, Clerk,

Steve Meyer, Treasurer and Elder,

Janet Thomas, Vice President and Elder,

Neal Cross, President and Elder,

Karen Smith, Elder,

Geoff Elliott, Elder

and David Heil, Pastor.

We also thank those that are serving Trinity Church in the Pines in leadership rolls, Melody Anders, Deacon 

Kate Elliott, Deacon.

Thank you to the musicians who provide us with music each Sunday morning,

 

Barbara Shull

Glenn Shull

David Heil 

Geoff Elliott 

Neal Cross 

Mandy Cluck

Dennis Stafford

Daryl Troute

David Heil 

Geoff

TRINITY CHURCH IN THE PINES


604 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 676
Grand Lake, Colorado 80447


(970) 627-3510 (Church Office)

Website: www.tcpgrandlake.org 

Pastor Rev. Dr. David C. Heil, 970-685-7046 heild@me.com
Trinity Office email: tcpingrandlake@aol.com

 

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Trinity Church in the Pines

2021 November - December

 

Pastor’s Message

Advent and Christmas Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of TCP,

Have you ever heard of being scared of Christmas?  Certainly, the way our economy has been going, who could blame anyone who’d approach the holidays with some trepidation?  Maybe those of us who wait too late to buy presents should also be a little frightened! Of course, we know Christmas isn’t about our presents, but His presence among us. Christmas today is a festive and joyful occasion, but when you read the Christmas stories, there was a lot of fear around the events of the first Christmas.

Zachariah was terrified by his vision in the Temple and struck mute for his lack of faith.  Mary, too, feared when greeted by the angel, but later celebrated the miracle God would accomplish through her obedience.  Likewise, Joseph was told not to be afraid because God was acting in their lives for the welfare of all people.  And, of course, we all remember the trembling shepherds who were told to fear not, but rather to celebrate God’s wonder.

Though we don’t fear Christmas, we do have many fears in our lives.  Many are depressed during the holiday season.  Others re-grieve their losses as they recognize many are missing around the family table.  And who doesn’t fear when we look at world events and the economic situation?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an angel appear to us with reassuring words of peace on earth!

 

The answers to our fears, however, are never found by focusing on that which frightens us.  Like each person in the Christmas story, we only learn to “fear not” by focusing our lives on God’s will.  We don’t need an angel, because we have Christ and His continued presence in the Holy Spirit whispering to us – “Fear not, for I am with you.”  May God’s Spirit of hope, peace, joy and love overcome all our fears and anxieties this blessed season.

Faithfully,

David

 

Church is Open for Live, In-Person Worship Services

Masks are welcome, but not required.  If you still are not comfortable coming to church, or if you are out of town, you can still participate in our worship.  

We continue to live-stream our services each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can view our service over our,

    •    Trinity Church in the Pines Facebook page, 

    •    or you can log onto our link at Twitch:   https://twitch.tv/tcpchurch  also at 9:30.

    •    And yet another way is to click onto our YouTube link that is sent out over email each Thursday or Friday, along with worship bulletin, announcements, Scriptures for the morning, and music to follow along.

If you would like to be on this email list, or know of anyone else who would please let me know.  Just send your or their email to me at heild@me.com

 

If you tune in at 9:25am you will be able to see a neat drone shot over Grand Lake that ends at the front doors of Trinity Church in the Pines.

Hannah Heil and the Joyful Noise Boys will offer a Holiday Concert Wednesday, December 22nd at 4p.m. in the sanctuary.

Money Matters…

JUST A REMINDER AS WE CONSIDER YEAR-END GIVING

 

As we consider year-end giving, there are two tax efficient ways to give in order to support TCP. 

First, donating appreciated securities is quick and simple. You, the donor, receive the current value of the security as a charitable deduction but without the tax liability for the capital gain. 

Secondly, if anyone over the age of 70½ has not yet made their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA or SEP for 2021 it is not too late!  

You can have the distribution made directly to Trinity Church in the Pines by December 31st and you will not have to declare it as personal income because it goes directly to the church. As always, check with your qualified tax advisor for specifics related to your personal situation. 

Church Mailing Address

Trinity Church in the Pines

P.O.Box 676

Grand Lake, CO 80447

 

Thanksgiving at Sagebrush BBQ

Thanksgiving meal pick up & Pot-luck

Free Curbside Pick Up  12pm – 2pm

Community Pot-Luck   2pm – 4pm

 

Trinity Members and Friends Praying for One Another

Many thanks to Karen Smith for initiating “Prayers for Trinity” in September 2020 as a result of COVID-19.  It was formed as a way to minister to, and stay connected with, the Trinity community while social distancing.  

 

As with other things that grew out of the necessity of social distancing, Prayers for Trinity became a staple in the life of Trinity. Since it is sent out as needed, it was particularly helpful for requests related to the East Troublesome Fire and for requests that are more urgent than the once a week mentions in Sunday services.  In the past 15 months nearly 250 requests and updates for prayers have been received and close to 100 emails have been sent to the members and friends of Trinity Church in the Pines. 

 

If you have a request for prayers of praise or intercession or know of someone who would like to be added to the mailings, please send that info to Prayers4trinity@gmal.com.  

 

WE KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS

Prayers of healing for Joyce, Linda Troute’s sister during

her recovery. 

 

Prayers for Linda and Daryl as they

continue as Joyce’s caregiver.

 

Prayers for Steve Meyer who will have his second cataract

on Monday, November 22nd.

 

Prayers for the care of our planet, Mother Earth.

 

Prayers for Ellie and Aaron who are adjusting to their

family as foster parents of a four year-old child.

 

Prayers for Brandon and Alana who will be spending the

winter in northern California.

 

Prayers for Natalie Heil, David’s 96 year old mother. Her

health is declining.

 

Prayers of healing for Peggy Mann as she recovers from foot

surgery.  She has to stay off her foot for 8-10 weeks.

 

Prayers of healing for Lil Pickrel, Deb Sisung’s 97-year-old

mother, who is recovering from hip surgery after a fall.

 

Prayers for Kelly Croft, who is recuperating from surgery.

Trinity Food Bank Has Become Something More

Due to COVID our Food Bank at Trinity has closed.  At the time we could not risk allowing people into the church.  We felt this would put our administrator and pastor at risk unnecessarily.  So as not to waste the food we had downstairs, we gave it all to the Mountain Family Center Food Bank in Granby.  They were very appreciative of our large donation.  It has all been used well and given out to those in need. 

 

In the meantime, your generosity has allowed us to make our foodbank much more. In partnership with Mountain Food Market in Grand Lake, Trinity has been offering $100 gift cards to purchase the groceries they want, (except tobacco and alcohol).  The cards are at the market.  All one has to do is mention the Trinity gift cards to the cashier and they will be helped – no questions asked.  So, if you or someone you know is in need of this assistance, we are only too glad to help!

 

 

Men’s Breakfast Group meets every Thursday morning for good food and great fellowship in our fellowship hall.  This is open to all men, so invite your friends/neighbors to join us.  Hope to see you at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings.

 

The Knitting Ministry

The Ladies of the Knitting Ministry at TCP are happy to be able to meet in person this year. We get together in the fellowship room on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of each month. It’s been great to share our creativity and news in a healthy space. All of us are vaccinated and have had booster shots. We keep a flexible attitude and sometimes wear our masks depending on the Covid health statistics in our County.

 

Our Mission is to knit and deliver prayer shawls to people experiencing a setback or illness and are in need of comfort.

Please feel free to join us at 10:00 AM on a Wednesday or Thursday. If you would like more information about our group, please contact Janet at: Janet.thomas4@icloud.com   All are welcome. 

Since April of 2021, the Knitting Ministry has delivered 22 shawls and blankets to comfort those suffering from all types of illnesses. Our community is far flung and includes the members of TCP, their friends and loved ones. Comfort comes from the shawls and from our thoughts and prayers that accompany them. During this time of separation, people like to feel remembered in a loving way. 

Here are some of the words of thanks we have received from people who have received shawls over the past 7 months: 

“I will treasure this scarf and the sentiments that created it”.

 

“Knowing that you all held me in your thoughts made a very stressful week more

peaceful”.

 

“A handmade gift is a work of art. Words cannot express how I will cherish this wrap”.

 

“I received a beautiful shawl after I returned home from the hospital from a battle with COVID. The shawl is a blessing.” 

Words like these sustain our work. We are also sustained and grateful for those in our community who have enjoyed good health and donated to our cause with gifts of yarn and money for mailing shawls to those who have left Grand Lake for the winter or loved ones who live out of town. It takes all our Congregation to make this Ministry work, and we thank all of you for standing with us. 

 

Wishing All Members of the TCP Family a Warm and Wonderful Season of Advent. 

  From: The Knitting Ministry  

 

Advent and Christmas Worship at Trinity

(All Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m.  Christmas Eve is on Friday this year.)

November 28th    The First Sunday in Advent lighting of the Advent Wreath

December 5th    The Second Sunday in Advent lighting of the Advent Wreath

December 12th     The Third Sunday in Advent lighting of the Advent Wreath

December 19th   The Fourth Sunday in Advent lighting of the Advent Wreath

December 24th    Christmas Eve  Candle-lighting services at 4pm & 6pm

Advent Reflections

I appreciated the following thoughts by Donna Frischknecht Jackson. I hope you do too!

“Come to Bethlehem and Be Nourished as Advent’s Hunger Gives Way to Christmas Fulfillment.  

As we approach the 2-year mark of living in a COVID world, many of us have grown weary and are worn down. It’s easy to relate to our biblical ancestors who experienced similar despondency and spoke of ‘walking in darkness.’

But we also remember Isaiah’s prophecy that ‘those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them a light has shined.’ Yes, God promises us hope, blessing and grace.

 

Advent is a holy season to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Savior and the ushering in of this new world that God promises. It is also a time to recommit ourselves to building a community that cares for the unloved, the unseen and the unheard in our midst.

I was hopeful at the start of 2021. Vaccines for a global pandemic were available. Businesses and churches began reopening. Weddings that were put on hold resumed. As the months passed, though, hope began to wane. Coronavirus variants emerged. Debates on mask wearing escalated. Those tirelessly working for justice grew weary. I found myself searching for certainty in a still uncertain world. And now, as the year ends and the Advent season begins, I find myself, like my biblical forebears, walking in darkness. Perhaps you are walking with me, too. 

Now more than ever, we need to hold on to the Advent truth Isaiah proclaimed that ‘those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined.’ And we hold on to that promise together — in a community rooted in prayer and marked with compassion and forgiveness. We cannot walk alone. Nor should we.

We need to find our strength in the Good News of that holy night when a Savior for all humankind came to save us. We need to help one another bolster an all too precarious faith, especially in a world that seems to be emerging from a global crisis no better than it was before. Tempers are rising, patience is shorter, and self-preservation seems to be the star guiding businesses, governments and churches.

During this Advent, what if we seek to be the builders of that peaceable kingdom foretold, boldly committing to build a community that cares for the unloved, the unseen and the unheard? What if we discover once again that all we hunger for is in that ancient feeding trough that cradled a precious gift — a babe who would one day say, ‘I am the Bread of Life.’

 

The Sacrament of Christmas

By Howard Thurman

 

“I make an act of faith toward all humankind,

Where doubts would linger and suspicions

brood.

 

I make an act of joy toward all sad hearts,

Where laughter pales and tears abound.

 

I make an act of strength toward feeble things,

Where life grows dim and death draws near.

 

I make an act of trust toward all life,

Where fears preside and distrusts keep watch.

 

I make an act of love toward friend and foe,

Where trust is weak and hate burns bright.

 

I make a deed to God of all my days –

And look out on life with quiet eyes.”

 

Reflect

As Advent begins, consider the acts of faith God

is asking you to show the world. How can your

act of faith dispels doubts and put an end to divisive-?

ness that seems to be abundant these days?

 

 

Pray

Gracious God, just as the disciples asked for their

faith to increase, we too come to you at the start of

this holy season asking for more faith. You know

where our faith wavers. Come to us, now, so that

we can be bold in our witness and ease the unrest of

a distrustful world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

 

THANK YOU 

FOR STEPPING UP AND HELPING US MAKE

TRINITY CHURCH IN THE PINES GREAT

Thanks to our corporate officers for all they do and thank you for your willingness to serve.  Ike Hull, Elder and Clerk, Steve Meyer, Treasurer and Elder, Janet Thomas, Elder, Neal Cross, Elder, Karen Smith, Elder and David Heil, Pastor.

We also thank those that are serving Trinity Church in the Pines in leadership rolls,  Dwight Gorbold, Deacon and Kate Elliott, Deacon.

 

Thank you to the musicians who provide us with music each Sunday morning, David Heil, Geoff Elliott, Neal Cross, Dennis Stafford, Daryl Troute, Barbara Shull, Glenn Shull. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH IN THE PINES

604 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 676

Grand Lake, Colorado 80447

(970) 627-3510 (Church Office)

Website:  www.tcpgrandlake.org

 

Pastor Rev. Dr. David C. Heil, 970-685-7046 

heild@me.com

 

Trinity Office email:  tcpingrandlake@aol.com