Advent Opportunities and Invitiations

Christmas Giving Tree with Christmas Wishes
The Giving Tree is Available! Our tree is filled with requests from local families to brighten their Christmas. You can select a tag, then return it with the gifts unwrapped. The deadline for returning the gifts is Monday, December 18, to allow the Salvation Army time to deliver the gifts. Questions: contact Julie Lear at 541-389-2490.

Alternative Christmas — Today and each Sunday in Advent
The Alternative Christmas Table is available after both Sunday morning services today through Sunday, December 24th. Trinity’s Alternative Christmas will benefit four of our sponsored charities: • Episcopal Relief and Development provides relief and aid to victims of poverty and catastrophe in the US and internationally. And all gifts are matched!

• Condega Program supports children in Condega, Nicaragua by providing upgrades to their facilities, school uniforms, school supplies, and some staff funding.
• Cove/COPY Program provides summer camp scholarships for at-risk children, especially those with an incarcerated parent or caregiver. Generous donors from our Trinity family will match up to $2,000!
• Family Kitchen serves over 4,500 free meals each month to our homeless and less fortunate brothers and sisters each month right here in St. Helens Hall.

You can make a donation (check, cash or credit card) and receive a card to send to friends and loved ones letting them know that you have donated in their name. Questions: contact Marie Suhre at 541-306-6043.

Gifts for the Christ Child
We are partnering with the Family Access Network advocates to provide Safeway food gift cards for their client families in need. This will allow a family to buy food they need and can use.
Please consider making a cash/check offering no later than December 10, allowing us to purchase the gift cards before Christmas breaks. (Checks to Trinity should say “Gifts for the Christ Child” in the memo line.)

Advent — Ways to Reflect on the Season
Lots of activities and offerings for the Advent season at Trinity are described in this month’s issue of The Trumpet, mailed last week. Here are some activities to place on your calendar:
• Advent Calendars. An Advent Calendar is much more than a way to count down the shopping days ‘til Christmas. If you didn’t get one last week, it’s not too late to get started. Get yours today.
This year’s “Slow Down. Quiet. It’s Advent!” is a gentle and fun way to savor the season, offering ideas for marking each day of Advent … and you can color the squares day-by-day!
• Advent Words. As an alternative to a physical calendar, an order of Episcopal monks invites you to join them in a daily devotion. Subscribe @ and they’ll send you a word – along with a very brief reflection on that word – to ponder each day.
If you want to take things one step further, join with others from around the world in creating a global Advent Calendar, sharing your pictorial interpretation of the daily word on social media.

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