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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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Nativity Petting Zoo

Hey kids! Mark your calendar. On Sunday, December 12th we are having a Nativity petting zoo! Join us, along with our friends from Holy Trinity Anglican Church, as we learn a little bit about the Christmas story while having fun with some barnyard critters!

When: Sunday, December 12th from 1 to 4 PM
Where: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 – 84th Street

Cost: Admission is free; however, a donation box will be set up to help cover costs. If the temperature drops below – 20 C or turns foul with freezing rain or a blizzard, we will have to cancel for the safety of the animals and for humans. Thanks for your understanding!

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Blue Christmas 2021 Service

Sometimes the holidays wear us down and we feel unable to live up to expectations of joy or celebration at Christmas. If you are struggling in such a place, please be welcome to attend our Blue Christmas 2021 service. It will be a time of reflection, meditation, and making space for difficult feelings and circumstances.

When: Tuesday, December 21st at 7 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church sanctuary

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Christmas Eve Family-Style Service

On Christmas Eve, we are going to be having our Family-style service out in Trinity’s parking lot! Portable fire pits will be set up, and hot chocolate and cookies will be ready! Dress warmly and come and enjoy some kid-friendly Christmas songs and stories. While pre-registration is not required for an outdoor event, it will be required if we are forced to move indoors due to the weather. We ask that, if you are planning to attend, that you call and let the office know so Trinity can have a sense of numbers. That way, if the temperature drops below – 20 C or the weather turns foul, we will be ready to have our celebration in the Luther Centre (numbers will be capped at this point). Call the office at 780-433-1604.

When: Friday, December 24th at 4 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran parking lot; streetside parking still available
Pre-registration: Please call the office to register

All young ones and young-at-heart ones are welcome!

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Christmas Eve Services Are Back

We are having indoor Christmas Eve services once again! Since we are still under COVID restrictions, we ask that you pre-register with the church office starting Monday, November 29th. Seats will fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Family Outdoor Sing-a-Long: 4 PM, December 24th
German Service: 6 PM, December 24th
English Se:rvice 8 PM, December 24th
Pre-registration: Please call the office at the church office (780-433-1604) starting Monday, November 29th

December 25th, 2021: No Services
December 26th, 2021: 9:30 AM German Service (no pre-registration required), 11 AM English service (no pre-registration required)

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Ewigkeitssonntag / Christ the King, November 21st, 2021

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran as we celebrate the last Sunday in the church year. Today we celebrate both Ewigkeitssonntag & Christkönigssonntag or Eternity Sunday and Christ the King Sunday. As is our custom at Trinity, on Ewigkeitssonntag we remember those from our congregation who have passed on to their eternal rest during the last church year.
Join us for either live-streamed service:
• 9:30 AM for our German language worship: German Service link.
• 11:00 AM for our English language worship: English Service link.
Or watch them at your leisure once the live-stream is over.

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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Trinity Team: Call for Submissions

Wanted: your favorite poems, songs, prayers, and recipes—for ADVENT/Christmas

Trinity’s Communication Committee invites you to send in your favorite Advent/Christmas poems, song, prayer, or recipe to be included in the December issue of the Trinity Team. Just think—Christmas wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas without finding joy in little things.

You can send your ideas directly to the church office or Hannah Noerenberg.
For those who prefer just to talk about your submission, instead of emailing it, please let the church office know and a Communication Committee member will give you a call. We are looking for submissions in either English or German.

The submission deadline: Sunday, November 28th.

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Youth Hot Dog Roast!

All youth from Grades 7 – 12 are invited to layer up, dress warm, and join us for a fun time outdoors!

Where: Hawrelak Park, Picnic Shelter #1
When: Friday, November 19th, 7 to 9 PM

See you all there!

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Advent Fair

Our annual Advent Fair is BACK! The Triniteens are pleased and excited to invite you to come and check out some homemade goodies and home-crafted items, all in preparation for Christmas.

The Fair will happen on Sunday, December 5th, 2021, from 9 to 9:30 AM, 10:15 to 11 AM, and from noon to 12:45 PM.

If you have any baked goods or handcrafts you would like to donate for the sale, we would sincerely appreciate your support! Items can be dropped off during the week of November 29th – December 3rd. We will look after setting them out!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Advent Services

Trinity will be hosting midweek Advent services this 2021 season!

Join us for an intimate time of prayer and reflection this Advent season. Services will be from 6:50 PM to 7:20 PM, in the Sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Getting to Know Our New Interim Pastors

Our new interim pastors, wrote a short self-introduction so that you can get to know them better. You can read Pastor Reichel’s self-introduction in German and in English. Pastor Skriver’s self-introduction may be accessed here.

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Welcome to Our New Interim Pastors

Trinity Lutheran Church is pleased to welcome our two new interim pastors! Pastor Sigmar Reichel will begin on Sunday, October 30th, supporting folks in the German congregation. Pastor Calvin Skriver will be helping to support folks in the English congregation starting on November 1st. Both pastors will be around part-time, and we are excited for them to share their gifts with us! Pastor Erin continues on as our full-time pastor and is available for any needs you might have. She and is looking forward to helping Pastor Calvin and Pastor Sigmar settle into life here at Trinity.

Welcome Pastors Calvin and Sigmar!

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Youth Retreat at Mulhurst Camp

Mulhurst Camp will be hosting a fall Youth Retreat on November 12 – 14, and we’re hoping to see all of you there!

Do you feel like you didn’t get enough of camp over the summer? Are you looking for a weekend to get away from the city? Are you a junior high or high-school student? (in grades 7 – 12) Then our upcoming Youth Retreat is perfect for you! This weekend retreat will feature classic camp games, songs, and more, as well as some super fun activities that are perfect for the season! (Have you ever tried sledding down the main hill?) See some of your favorite counselors again, and spend time reconnecting with friends old and new while experiencing God’s love in a natural setting! Mulhurst Camp will be following all recommendations and requirements from AHS, as well as the Restrictions Exemption Program while running this retreat, and therefore all attending individuals 12 and over must provide proof of vaccination (or negative test results from within 72 hours of the commencement of the retreat). Masks will also be required while indoors. Registration is open here! Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We hope to see you there!

Have a great day,
Mulhurst Camp Team

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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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since this is a social gathering, please keep in mind that all participants need to present proof of vaccination (two doses) or the negative result of a COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours before the event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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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 except for 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) 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’ 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 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 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 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 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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