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To see German Pastoral letters, click here. For German Worship Service outlines, click here.
Recordings of all our services are available on our YouTube channel : TLC YouTube page , upcoming live streams can be found at: TLC YouTube scheduled livestreams

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22 Sunday of Pentecost, October 24th, 2021 – Farewell Sunday for Pastor Ingrid

Join us for Sunday worship, October 24th, at 11 AM for our combined German/English Sunday Worship service saying farewell and wishing Godseed for Pastor Ingrid as she celebrates her last Sunday with us at Trinity. Click the link below or go to the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church YouTube page & look for the “Live” or “Upcoming” tab.

The combined Sunday service will be live-streamed at 11:00 AM Link to service LiveStream

Recordings of all our services are available on our YouTube channel once the live-stream versions are completed: TLC YouTube page

Thank you for joining us in worship.

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Informal Visiting and Saying Farewell to Pastor Ingrid

Please join us for an informal evening of visiting and saying farewell to Pastor Ingrid on Saturday, November 6th, from 7 to 9 PM at the church. We’ll be serving wine, beer, and snacks. Come for the whole evening or stop in briefly with your best wishes for Pastor Ingrid. Please RSVP by contacting the church office or calling 780-433-1604.

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Joint Farewell Worship Service, October 24th, 11 AM

On Sunday, October 24th, 11 AM, you are kindly invited to attend our Joint Farewell Worship service to celebrate Pastor Ingrid’s faithful service at Trinity Lutheran Church. As you know, Pastor Ingrid has accepted a pastoral call to become the transitional pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Her last Sunday at Trinity will be Sunday, October 24th, 2021, with a vacation to follow until November 22nd.

Come to thank Pastor Ingrid for everything she has done for our congregation over the last fifteen and a half years, to say goodbye, and also to wish her good luck with all her future endeavors.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Effective Monday, September 20th, Trinity Lutheran Church will abide by the province’s Restrictions Exemption Program for all activities happening at the church building with the exception of worship services. This means anyone attending all activities and bookings outside of worship services will be required to ensure all participants or audience members provide proof of vaccination (single dose accepted between September 20th and October 25th if received two weeks before the time of service and double doses required after October 25th), documentation a medical exemption, or proof of a privately paid negative PCR or rapid test no more than 72 hours before the event (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed) in order to participate. For more information, please read the letter Chair Sylvia Becker wrote on behalf of Church Council. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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Important Announcement from Pastor Ingrid

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“After a little more than 15 years (beginning in March 2006), it became clear to me that now is the time to seek a new opportunity and refrain from embracing being a pastor at Trinity. I have been given the opportunity to work in another bilingual (German / English) congregation in Vancouver and have recently signed the contract. I will be serving as a ‘transitional Senior Pastor’ with the goal to prepare a congregation for a new future in ministry and mission.

I am excited and sad, of course. I accompanied so many of you by baptizing your children, teaching young adults, preparing for marriage, and walking along with you in times of grief and mourning. Together, we had to break down things in order to build them up again; together we wept and danced, mourned and laughed, planted seeds, and plucked up some of them.

My husband Kosmas and I and our four-legged companions will be moving to Vancouver in the fall, so there is still time to say goodbye.

For now, let me conclude with a few verses from an ancient blessing: God bless you and keep you. God make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. God look upon you with his favor and give you peace!”

The Council’s response regarding this announcement can be read here.

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Food Needed for Our Pantry Room

Once again, we are asking you to help us help the most vulnerable members of our community by donating non-perishable food for the church’s pantry room. Some of the most needed items are as follows: baked beans with or without pork, canned fish or meat, small peanut jars, mac and cheese, instant soup, small jars of apple sauce, as well as canned fruit.

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Remembering Lost Loved Ones

The life of virtually every individual on Earth has been affected by the pandemic in various degrees. Some paid the ultimate price, some lost loved ones, some could not be with family members in emergency rooms or long-term care facilities, while many others are still struggling with anxieties caused by loss of employment and general uncertainty. We at Trinity would like to remember those who have passed away because of COVID-19 or whose death has been indirectly affected by the pandemic. Please send us the names of family members and loved ones with your permission, and we will post them on heart-shaped cards on Trinity’s glass walls. We thank you in advance.

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Columbarium Niches at Ellerslie Cemetery (Still) on Sale!

This is a friendly reminder that you can still save $400.00 if you purchase a columbarium niche at Ellerslie Cemetery! For more information, please consult this brochure or contact the office.

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Interac Donations Now Possible

We are happy to inform you that you can now use Interac from your own online banking app to send your donations directly to Trinity. Just send the funds to the following email address, donation@trinity-lutheran.ab.ca. It’s safe and secure and managed through your own banking app. You don’t need to provide any credit card information, and the donations will be recorded on your Trinity statement along with any donations made directly at church. Plus, Trinity does not pay a commission on these payments. Thank you so much for supporting our ministry!

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Archived News

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Pastors Ingrid and Erin Have Received Their First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

GREAT NEWS!! Pastors Erin & Ingrid have both now had their first doses of vaccinations!! It’s been such a hard year being distanced from all of you, so we are grateful to take this important step to be able to be in physical community once again.

We still need to wear masks & maintain distance until more Albertans are vaccinated, but it’s certainly a reason to celebrate hope!

A HUGE shout out to all of the health workers, nurses, doctors, researchers, janitorial & maintenance workers, kitchen staff, administrative staff— EVERYONE—who has been tirelessly working on the front lines on our behalf during this pandemic. We see you & we thank you.

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Our New Pictorial Directories Are Ready for Pickup

We are pleased to let you know that our congregation’s new Pictorial Directory has been delivered. If you and your family had your picture taken, please note that you are entitled to a free copy of the directory. You can drop by to pick it up Monday to Friday during office hours. Copies are also available for purchase ($12.50 + GST) for those who would like to have a church directory but did not participate in this project.

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Update on the Annual General Meeting

At the December Council meeting, Church Council decided to:
1. Proceed with compiling a bulletin of reports for 2020, to be distributed by the end of February 2021, to include at least:
a. Report from Church Council
b. Reports from the Pastors
c. Music Director’s report
d. Financial Report for 2020
e. Interim Budget for 2021
2. Defer holding our annual meeting until such time as we can safely meet in person to do so.
3. Hold a vote on an interim budget for 2021 using electronic and mail voting by the end of February (details still to be determined and communicated).
a. Electronic and telephone forum(s) will be set up in advance of the voting to permit members to get clarification of any issues they may have with the proposed interim budget.
4. Hold our annual meeting within 60 days of when we are allowed to meet in person (i.e., when we are allowed to meet in person with up to 100 people).
5. We will issue an update to the information in the annual report in advance of this meeting that would cover information from 2020 and for 2021 during Covid-19 restrictions.
6. Elections are being deferred until such time as we can meet in person, people are being asked to continue in their current capacity until new elections are held, Council will appoint people to fill any vacancies in the interim.

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A message from our Church Council

Council Chairpseron Message

Resources for children and families

Pastor Eileen shares her thoughts, reflections and resources for children and families through the weekly church e-news as well here:

Supporting Children (and Parents)

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