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To see German Pastoral letters, click here. For German Worship Service outlines, click here. Audioaufnahmen der Passionsandachten finden Sie auf der Gottesdiensteseite.

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Lent 1 Sunday Worship – February 21, 2021

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. Join us on our Lenten journey as we consider the life of Christ leading up to Easter.

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Dear Members of Trinity: Approval Requested

While Church Council has opted to delay our Annual Meeting until a time later this year when it is safe for us to meet in-person, we would like to have the congregation approve the interim budget (see Treasurer’s report in the Bulletin of Reports). The bulletin of reports is available from the link on our weekly highlights email. If you would like to receive and electronic version of the reports please send us a request using this link.

To help answer questions people may have about the interim budget, we have planned for 3 information sessions. You are invited to join us using Zoom on your computer or device, or by audio only, using your phone. Details on these sessions are shown below.

Budget Information Sessions

Sunday – February 21, 12:30 PM and 7 PM
Sunday – February 28, 12:30 PM
Zoom link: Frank Thede is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Trinity Budget Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 780 722 0302
Join Zoom Meeting here.
One tap mobile:
+15873281099,,7807220302# Canada
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Call in by phone:
587-328-1099 (Edmonton)

Interim Budget Voting Options

Non-electronic ballot

Ballots are available by request.
One ballot per member.
Drop by the office to pick up ballots for yourself and/or your family.
Call or email the Office and ballot(s) will be to you – just check your vote, put a stamp on it, and return it (or put multiple ballots in one envelope).

Electronic voting

Call or email the office to be registered and get an email with the voting link (election runner)

Timing

Ballots available by request until March 1st.
Voting will close on March 14th.

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Trinity 2020 Annual Report and Approval of 2021 Interim Budget

The Annual Report for 2020 will be distributed this week. It includes reports from our Church Council, the pastors, and our music director. It also includes reports from Property, Worship and Music and of course, our Treasurer’s report on 2020 and the proposed interim budget for 2021.

The full annual meeting to review 2020 and hold elections and make decisions for 2021 is being postponed until we can again safely meet in person, hopefully sometime this fall.

We are asking for congregational approval of an interim budget for 2021, to give Council authorization to continue operations during COVID-19 restrictions. The Annual Report includes the proposed interim 2021 budget as well as a description of alternate methods available to you to cast your vote.

If you would like to receive the Annual Report electronically, please send an email to the office or give the office a call at 780-433-1604. If we don’t hear from you by February 18th, the paper copy will be delivered to you.

We have scheduled two information sessions for anyone wanting more information on the interim budget: join us by Zoom here on Sunday, February 21st at 12:30 PM or 7 PM or by phone by calling 587-328-1099 (local call in Edmonton). Meeting ID: 780 722 0302. (For more information on our annual meeting see: Archive News below.)

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Overnight Shelter at Trinity

With the extreme cold now upon us, Trinity Lutheran Church is once again acting as an emergency overnight shelter in partnership with The Mustard Seed. We are grateful for our friendship and partnership with The Mustard Seed & The Neighbour Centre and will continue to support efforts to end homelessness and poverty in our local communities.

Thanks, friends! Be well!

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Let’s have dinner together! Join in on Tuesday, February 16th from 6 to 7 PM, for some visiting, learning, stories, sharing, and fun as we eat pancakes together. Here’s the plan:

– Make your family’s favorite pancakes ahead of time, complete with toppings, etc.
– Join the Zoom meeting at 6 PM by clicking on this link. Meeting ID: 841 6131 6628.
– Come on your own or with your family.
– Be prepared to share your pancake recipe and perhaps the story behind it.

We look forward to seeing you. Contact the office with any questions.

January Team

The January edition of the Trinity Team is now available – to read it on-line click on the image below

(pdf reader required). Paper copies are available from the office at Trinity if preferred.
January 2021 Team

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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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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:

Sunday School (Supporting Children and Parents)

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