Mid-Week Advent Services
Wednesdays, December 6, 13 & 20 - 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24
Sunday Worship Service - 9:00 a.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service
Monday, December 25 - 10:00 a.m.
Cookie Fellowship will follow the Advent Services. Please bring one dozen cookies to the church kitchen on the date on which your name is listed below.
December 6 - Abbott - Gresham
December 13 - Hand - Nash
December 20 - O’Conner - Zevnikr.
GSLS Dining Out will take place Thursday, December 7 at Panda Express in Pekin.
Children’s Christmas Program practice will be held during the Sunday School hour and continue each Sunday. Please make every effort to have your child here so they can be a part of the Children’s Christmas Program. The Children’s Christmas Program will be held on Sunday, December 17 during the Sunday School hour.
Poinsettias will decorate the altar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you would like to donate a poinsettia forms are available on the table in the narthex. Forms can be put in the offering plate or return it to the church office no later than December 18. The cost is $15.00 per poinsettia. Mark your offering envelope “Poinsettia” and include the money in your envelope.
2024 offering envelopes are on the table in the narthex. If you don’t have offering envelopes and would like some, please contact the church office.
The 2024 flower chart is up on the bulletin board in the hallway by the 4th Street entrance. Simply sign your name by the date you wish to donate flowers. A form will be sent to you when your date is near. Dates are chosen on a first come first serve basis.
Trinity has been blessed to minister to the underprivileged children in the Pekin school districts by providing them with new winter coats. Each year the number of coats needed for these children increases, so many more coats have to be purchased. We have a goal of raising $2,500.00 for the Giving Tree to help offset the cost of purchasing so many coats. To date $810.00 has been donated. Please donate to The Giving Tree by using your Giving Tree envelope or mark a pew envelope “The Giving Tree” so we can continue this important ministry.
Use Raiseright/Scrip this Christmas Season! We encourage you to use Good Shepherd's RaiseRight/Scrip program for all of your gift card needs this Christmas season. Whether for shopping or gifting, we have a wide variety of gift cards available. Each card you purchase at face value provides a benefit to Good Shepherd. The last day to place an order to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Dec. 10th. Orders may be submitted to your Church's SCRIP table or to the School office. Have a merry, and Christ-filled, Christmas Season.Any questions, please check with the school office or call or text Charlie Berndt at 309-642-1980.
Funding for New Approach to Prison Ministry - The Central Illinois District has an opportunity to expand the Prison Ministry. The District paid them or the congregation they served for their time and effort. Now they are moving to a newer model, in which the District will pay a flat $5,000 a year to any congregation that allows its pastor to go to a nearby prison or jail once a week, usually for part of a day, such as a morning or afternoon. This new approach should enable them to expand prison ministry to a larger number of institutions. There is a container on the chair in the back of the sanctuary for you to put your dollars in. Additional information regarding the Dollars for Missions Projects can be found on the district website at https://www.cidlcms.org/ministry-a-dollar-for-missions.html
Volunteers are needed each Sunday for the following. 1) Giving rides to members wanting to come to church but do not have any transportation. If you can help with this please contact Debbie Fornoff or the church office at 309-346-1391. 2) Picking up donuts. 3) Helping in the kitchen Sunday to serve donuts, coffee and juice. Please consider volunteering for one of these service opportunities. Take a look here to learn more.
Click here to view photos from the 75 & Over Dinner held on October 21.
Pastor Drews began serving as Trinity’s vacancy pastor on Wednesday, November 1. His phone number is: 701-390-6073. Please call him if you need any pastoral assistance.
At the September 14 Voter’s Assembly Meeting it was approved to proceed to one Sunday worship service. Beginning Sunday, October 1 there will be one worship service at 9:00 am with Sunday School following the worship service. Communion will be held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month.