Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. As Lutherans, we in the LCMS share a strong belief in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired inerrant Word of God. It is by God's grace alone, through our faith worked in us by the Holy Spirit, that we believe in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation.


December 2 - Hanging of the Greens
December 6 - Advent Supper and Service
December 10 - Christmas Caroling - 5:00pm
December 13 - Advent Supper and Service
December 14 - Christmas Potluck - Noon
December 20
- Children's Christmas Program
December 24 - One morning Service at 9:00am
December 24
Christmas Eve Candlight Service - 7:00pm
December 25 -
Christmas Day Service - 10:00am
January 7
- Open House Baby Shower

Hanging of the Greens - Saturday, Dec. 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Why do we "hang greens?" Hanging greenery traditionally is associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus' death and ivy representing His resurrection are used. So, here at Trinity we carry on this tradition with our Hanging of the Greens. We need your help to get this done! We will begin decorating at 9:00 a.m. There's a job for everyone! Young people are needed to make trips up and down the stairs to carry boxes. Please join us for a morning of fellowship as we decorate God's sanctuary in preparation for the birth of our Savior.

Poinsettias will decorate the altar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day again this year. If you would like to donate a plant, please fill out this form and put it in the offering plate or return it to the church office no later than December 17. The cost is $13.00 per plant which includes foil wrap and ribbon. Mark your offering envelope "Poinsettia" and include the money in your envelope.

Wednesday, December 6
5:30pm - Advent Supper hosted by the Board of Evangelism
Cookies provided by Abbott - Gronau
7:00pm - Advent Service

Wednesday, December 13
5:30pm - Advent Supper hosted by Trinity's Youth
Cookies provided by Hand - Olt
7:00pm - Advent Service

Wednesday, December 20
7:00pm - Children's Christmas Program
Cookies provided by Palmer - Zevnik

Christmas Schedule

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24
9:00 a.m. - One worship service with communion
10:30 a.m. - Sunday School & Adult Bible Class
7:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25
10:00 a.m. - Christmas Day Service

New Year's Eve - Sunday, December 31
8:15 a.m. - Worship Service
9:30 a.m. - Sunday School & Adult Bible Class
10:45 a.m. - Worship Service

Please note: On Christmas Eve morning there will only be one service at 9:00 a.m.
There is no evening service on New Year's Eve.

Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 10, 5:00 p.m.
We go Christmas Caroling to our shut-ins so we can spread some Christmas cheer to those who are unable to get to church. You don't have to be a singer, just someone who wants to share in the joy of the Christmas season. It's a beautiful thing to see the faces of our elderly light up and sing along to their favorite Christmas carols. Anyone wanting to carol should meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. Afterwards we will go to the home of Eric & Cori Spaeth at 19 Cardinal Crest for a time of fellowship. Bring a favorite snack to share. Drinks will be provided.

Christmas Potluck - Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:00 p.m.
Music by GSLS Chime Choir ~ 1:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to come! Please bring a side dish or one dozen cookies. The chicken is provided. Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
Hosted by The Concordia Society

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree LogoAs winter approaches we are already in the process of providing new winter coats to the children in our community that would otherwise be very cold. In order to provide these coats to God's children, we need your help! Our Board of Christian Service has put up their "Giving Tree" in Room 10. They would like to raise $4,800. The sign next to the Giving Tree will help us keep track of how we are meeting that goal. Please use "The Giving Tree" envelope in your envelope box or mark a pew envelope "The Giving Tree" to donate. Each donation will help provide a new winter coat for a child that would not have one. The November Food Drive and The Giving Tree are two of most important ministry opportunities for our church. "He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor." Proverbs 22:9

Open House Baby Shower - Sunday, January 7, 1 - 3 p.m.
Save the date for an Open House Baby Shower on Sunday, January 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. to honor Pastor & Lauren Raddatz. They are expecting their first baby! This Open House Baby Shower is open to everyone of every age, (even men)! Come and stay for as little or as long as you like. They are registered at Target. Let's "shower" them with love as they await the birth of their first baby!

Monday - Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday- 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday - Office Closed


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