The Weekly Trinity Trumpet No.47
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107 S. 7th Street
Laramie, WY 82070


January 18th - January 25th

This week we celebrate the Third Week After Epiphany.  Join us this Sunday, Jan. 22nd, at 9:00AM to rejoice in the Epiphany season, then stay after to meet one of our Pastoral Candidates, Rev. Nathan Keith!
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 29th, 2017, right after 9:00am Worship Service.

Breakfast will be provided, and we have a lot of great things to cover, including the process of calling a new pastor, the 2017 Budget, and determining what Trinity's core values are! 

We cannot do this without you, so please plan on joining us if at all possible!
2017 Offering envelopes are now available on the table in the North Lobby of the Church! If there are envelopes made out to you, but you do NOT use them, please just place the envelopes in Parish Secretary James' mailbox.

If you did not use envelopes in 2016 or you give online, envelopes were not provided to you; however, if you need some, just let Parish Secretary James know and he will get you some right away!

We thank all of you for your kindness, generosity, and for being a member in the Trinity family!

Family Promise of Albany County is still moving forward towards helping homeless families in Laramie.  We are half way to the goal of 13 churches being host organizations. Trinity is a guiding partner in this community program so if you would like more information or just want to talk about where FPAC is, please talk with Mike Nutter.  In addition, there is a Core Meeting on 26 Jan at 7:00pm at St Paul’s United Church of Christ.

There are two fund raising programs FPAC is heading up.  Please take a look at them in the foyer and see if this is something you, or a group you are a part of, would be interested in helping.  It takes very little from many to make a difference.
  1. Club 307 – This is asking for an annual contribution of $307 that can be donated throughout the year or all at once.  For less than $6 a week, you can provide a week’s worth of support for several families in the program.  Please see the Club 307 cards for specific details.
  1. Prescription Bottle Coin Collector – Fill the prescription bottles up with extra change and return them to the church office when you can.  Then use the bottles over and over.
Both these programs will be continual efforts you will see throughout the religious and local community establishments.  We can be examples of God’s love within our community. 
As we are now in the process of looking for a new pastor, we wanted to share with you all the options before us as a congregation.  As Pastor Rachel applied for disability and ultimately resigned her call with us, the council has been working the Sarah Moening and Bishop Gonia to explore all possible scenarios in which we might move forward.  The Synod has been extremely helpful and flexible in that thinking.  Three potential scenarios exist. 
  1. We can conduct a formal call process as we did with Pastor Rachel. We would hire an Interim Pastor and interview as many candidates as we want.  The process would take 6-12 months.
  2. We can conduct an expedited call process.  We would not hire an Interim Pastor, but rather continue to rely on supply preachers.  We could interview as many candidates as we want and would try to complete the process within 4-6 months.
  3. Our third option is exploring the possibility of hiring a young ELCA pastor who recently moved to Laramie with his wife and family as she accepted a faculty position at UW.  The Synod was aware of the pastor’s availability and background, and strongly recommended Trinity consider reaching out to the pastor. The council, along with a number of congregation members, then contacted and met with Pastor Nathan Keith to get to know him and for an unofficial interview.  To further explore this possibility, we are planning to host various times for the congregation to socialize with Pastor Nate so you have the opportunity to interact with him (See below for times).
While option 3 is an exciting possibility, we want to be sure everyone understands that this is one potential option for us and the other options are still on the table.  Bishop Gonia and Sarah Moening are fully supportive that we do not necessarily have to go through the formal call process if we don’t feel we need to, so in that respect, they have been very flexible in presenting options.  Ultimately, this decision is the congregation’s as a whole and this will be fully discussed at the annual meeting. 
Please understand that the council is trying to provide as many plausible options as we can for our congregation, and to seek participation and input during this process.  The council in no way intends to make this decision for the congregation.  Rather, we will discuss all these options at the annual meeting and decide collectively on how we want to move forward.  With the serendipity of having a young ELCA pastor in town, the council intends to fully explore this possibility and hopes congregational members will engage in interacting with Pastor Nate so we can make an informed decision on this option.  We are always open to discussion, thoughts, and comments as we move forward together.  Never hesitate to contact us.
As many of you know, one of the Pastor Calling options we have as a church is to pursue a call for a local pastor named Rev. Nathan Keith.  However, this is the congregation's decision and therefore the congregation should have the opportunity to meet Rev. Nathan Keith prior to our vote at the Annual Meeting on the 29th of this month.  Thanks to Kris Oolman, Stephen Boss, and Mark Lyford, we have several opportunities for you to meet Rev. Keith!  So be sure to mark one of these events on your schedule and take active participation in choosing the future of YOUR church!
  1. Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 10am, at the Women's Bible Study here at Trinity
  2. Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 7pm, at the Choir Rehearsal and Confirmation Class
  3. Sunday, Jan. 22nd, 10am, at Trinity following the 9am Worship Service
  4. Thursday, Jan. 26th, 7pm, at Perkins Restaurant
We hope to see all of you at one of these events AND at the Annual Meeting on the 29th!

Worship Schedule

January 22nd, 2017
9am - 3rd Sunday of Epiphany
Worship Setting 3 with Communion
Rev. Marilyn Engstrom Preaching

January 29th, 2017
9am - 4th Sunday of Epiphany
Worship Setting 3 with Communion
Ms. Andrea Toven Preaching

January 18th, 2017 - Wednesday
10am - Women's Bible Study
7pm - Confirmation Class
7pm - Trinity Choir Rehearsal

January 25th, 2017 - Wednesday
10am - Women's Bible Study
7pm - Confirmation Class
7pm - Trinity Choir Rehearsal


January 22nd, 2017 - 9am Service
Lector - Stephen Boss
Acolyte -Rylie Heggie
Ushers -Jan & Klaus Hanson
Greeters - Judi Weatherwax & Marie Frick
Nursery Attendant - MaryGrace Buckner
Stewards - Stephen Boss & Mark Stayton
Altar Guild - Margot Birkholz
Coffee Fellowship - Al & Bobbie Schimek
Flowers - OPEN

January 29th, 2017 - 9am Service
Lector - Trey Sherwood
Acolyte -Kent Henry
Ushers -The Buckner Family
Greeters - The Anderson Family
Nursery Attendant - Derk Lyford
Stewards - Stephen Boss & Mark Stayton
Altar Guild - Margot Birkholz
Coffee Fellowship - Annual Meeting Breakfast
Flowers - OPEN

Last Sunday's Bulletin & Sermon
No Sermon Recording Available

January 15th Giving
Amount Short/Over of Weekly Needed Budget:
Amount Short/Over for 2017

Latest Approved Council Minutes
The Council Minutes from December, 2016 are posted in the Gruver Room.

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

— Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Series C, Matthew 4:12-23
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