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To see German Pastoral letters, click here. For German Worship Service outlines, click here.

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Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church. Today we welcome guest Pastor Mark Kalvaitis and guest musicians Maria Berezowski, Celtic harp and Yao Yao, cello as we celebrate this Ninth Sunday in Pentecost and share on-line Holy Communion.

Or join us at 10AM on Sunday July 25 for our live-streamed German Service:

Join us next Sunday at 10AM for an English in-person service at Trinity which will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

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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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July to Early September Worship Services

Below, you will find a summary of our services and how you can participate. Please note that all in-person services start at 10 AM and will be livestreamed.

· Sunday, July 25th: German Worship Service with Communion [English Service Online]
· Sunday, August 1st: English Worship Service
· Sunday, August 8th: German Worship Service with Communion [English Service Online]
· Sunday, August 15th: English Worship Service
· Sunday, August 22nd: German Worship Service with Communion [English Service Online]
· Sunday, August 29th: English Worship Service
· Sunday, September 5th: German Worship Service [English Service Online]
· Sunday, September 12th: Welcome Sunday, Joint Worship Service

Please be aware that best medical practice and safety measures will remain in place, regardless of what the province allows. We are aware that the Delta Variant can still be contagious and infectious even for people who have received the vaccine. Until we can see our numbers dropping long-term, even with the variant present in our communities, we will continue to care for our neighbours by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and remaining physically distanced from one another. Pre-registration will also be required for anyone wishing to attend any of our services.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Pastor Ingrid or Pastor Erin. If you wish to pre-register for any of these services, please call Sorin at the church office (780-433-1604).

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Farewell Picnic for Rev. Eileen

This is a friendly reminder that Holy Trinity Anglican Church has organized a farewell picnic for Rev. Eileen this Sunday, July 25th, following their 10:30 service. Please bring your own picnic lunch for you/your family, as well as your picnic blanket or lawn chairs. There will be a basket available at the picnic for you to put a card/gift for Rev. Eileen.

Following the picnic, there will be a community concert at 2 PM in the churchyard, organized by Brass Monkey Arts. That Sunday’s concert is by Leo Martinez. We hope you’ll stick around for an hour of great local music.

Hope to see you there!

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Sunday Worship – Sixth Sunday in Pentecost – July 04, 2021

Welcome to worship at Trinity. We’re pleased to have special musicians Jay Koller (viola) and Agnes Melax (soprano) join us to beautify our service today. Thank you for joining us.

We apologize for the absence of the livestream of our German in-person worship this Sunday, technical problems severely compromised the video quality. Thank you for your understanding.

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Special Music in Summer

With summer just around the corner, this is a good time to remind you about our special music program. On Sundays throughout the summer, Cherie and her guest musicians will delight us with musical treats. Whether in person or in front of your favourite device, you are kindly invited to enjoy some beautiful music, which will not only enrich our worship services but also bring us joy. Many thanks to Cherie and all the talented musicians who make this program possible!

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Mulhurst Camp

This summer, Mulhurst Camp is offering day camps at 3 locations. These locations include Hosanna Lutheran Church, St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Mulhurst Camp. We also know that not only kids enjoy summer camp and that’s why we are offering a family camp for 2 weekends!

While summer camp may look different these days, camps will be packed full of everything that makes summer camp fun! This includes games, crafting, skits, and making new friends all while growing in faith in an outdoor setting.

We intend to keep the fun in summer camp while maintaining a COVID-19 safe environment. Each day upon arrival, we will do a COVID-19 symptom check. After being cleared, each camper will be assigned a staff member. Staff members will have their “cabin” of 10 (including themselves) for the entire week. All equipment used will be disinfected between use and masks will be worn by everyone, when applicable.

Hosanna Lutheran Church: July 5 – 9 and July 12 – 16 (Grades K – 6)
9009 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB

St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: August 9 – 13 and August 16 – 20 (Grades K – 6)
5104 Ellerslie Road SW, Edmonton, AB

Mulhurst Camp: July 19 – 23 and August 16 – 20 (Grades K – 6)
470046ABC RR 281, Mulhurst, AB

Family Camps: July 23 – 26 and August 6 – 9, all ages

Discount code: Camp2021, for a $50 discount

Register here.

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Trinity Delegates at the 2021 Synod Virtual Convention

The 2021 Synod Convention is happening this summer! Via Zoom, delegates from across Alberta and the Territories will gather, catch up, and conduct the business of the Synod together. Church Council has nominated and selected the following people to be your representatives at the convention this year:

Sylvia Becker
Frank Thede
Rebecca Rust (Youth Delegate)
Pastor Erin Thomas

We wish all delegates godspeed as they seek to represent Trinity in these Synod spaces. And we look forward to hearing their reports once the convection concludes. Thank you to all of our delegates!

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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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May version of the Team is now available

The May version of the Trinity Team is now available. Click on the thumbnail (image of the team) below to read it online or drop by and pick up a paper version from the church office.

May 2021 Team

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Overnight Shelter at Trinity

The 7/24 shelter the Mustard Seed (MS) was operating in a building on the CESSCO site (75 Ave) closed at the end of March (end of the lease). The Mustard Seed has been asked to continue providing an emergency overnight shelter so we are pleased to once again partner with them to host an overnight shelter at Trinity. We are grateful for our friendship and long standing partnership with The Mustard Seed & The Neighbour Centre as we all continue to support efforts to end homelessness and poverty in our local communities.

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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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