Advent – Sharing Joy and Blessings with Others
You are invited to be generous during the holidays by participating in Trinity’s Christmas giving opportunities. Pick and choose, as you are inclined from the following options.
- Christmas Giving Tree – gifts for children. Pick up a tag from the decorated tree in Brooks Hall, with wish list items for children. The deadline for returning unwrapped gifts with the tag is Sunday, December 15.
- Alternative Christmas – support for established charities. Make a donation to any of Trinity’s sponsored charities: Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), Condega Nicaragua Program, Cove/COPY, and/or Family Kitchen. You can receive a card to send to your friends and loved ones, letting them know that you have donated in their name. Cards are available at the Alternative Christmas Table in Brooks Hall.
- Gifts for the Christ Child – food for families. Your financial gift provides Safeway food gift cards for distribution by the Family Access Network to families in the Redmond and Bend-La Pine School Districts. Deadline for donations is Sunday, December 8.
Forms are available at the church – include your cash or check made payable to “Trinity Episcopal Church.” To use a credit card, please contact Joan Wellman @ 541-408-5435.Please put the form and your donation in the Christmas Giving Basket in Trinity Church, or turn them in at the Alternative Christmas Table in Brooks Hall.
Advent – Ways to Reflect on the Season
Lots of activities and offerings for the Advent season at Trinity are described in the December issue of The Trinity Trumpet, our monthly newsletter. Here are some activities to consider this year:
- Advent Calendars. An Advent Calendar is much more than a way to count down the shopping days ‘til Christmas. The “Slow Down. Quiet. It’s Advent!” poster offers suggestions for marking each day of Advent – a simple act to do, perhaps, or an invitation to read from the Bible. It’s a gentle and fun way to be reminded of the true meaning of the season. And you can color the squares day-by-day (and maybe return your calendar during the 12 Days of Christmas to share with others for them to enjoy with you).
- #AdventWord 2019. As an alternative to a physical calendar, Virginia Theological Seminary invites you to join them in a daily devotion. Subscribe @ http://adventword.org and they’ll send you a daily word appropriate to the season. It’s an invitation to reflect more deeply on the true meaning of Advent and the coming season of Christmas.
- A Global Advent Adventure. If you want to take things one step further, “AdventWord” invite us to join with others creating a global Advent Calendar. Share a personal interpretation of the daily word, using a phone or tablet to take a photo and then to share that photo via social media. It’s a fascinating and innovative way to enlarge our experience of Advent.