THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 18: One Church Sunday, 10:15 a.m. service, in the Student Center at Greenwich High School 

Lent 2018: Season of Gratitude

As a church and as a community we have been blessed beyond measure! This Lenten season we want to pass on that blessing through serving and giving to one another and to our world.

We believe that 2018 is a year when God is inviting us as a church community to grow in generosity as an act of worship to God. And that as we do so, we will individually and collectively, experience an increase in joy, blessing and God’s abundant life!  

There are two particular opportunities to do so: 

1. Giving gratefully of our Time and Talent: We invite you to engage and serve in many possible ways, in our community and beyond. Check out the list below, and prayerfully choose which events, service projects, and giving opportunities you and your family can participate in. There’s something for everyone, and every one of you is vital as we seek to be God’s hands and feet in our community and beyond!

2. Giving gratefully of our Treasure (Financial Giving): We truly believe you can't outgive God! The Bible says in Matthew 6:24 that the top competitor for our commitment to Jesus is money. Giving allows us to demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things. Please commit to thinking and praying about what God is asking you to give to Trinity in 2018. Pledge Sunday is March 25. For more information about pledging, click here

Opportunities to serve during Lent

MIDNIGHT RUN

On Saturday, March 17 a group of Trinity volunteers will participate in a “Midnight Run,” bringing food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. Whether or not you can join us in the actual Run, there are lots of ways to participate! 

  • You can donate clothes and toiletries. We will be collecting donations on Sunday mornings from February 18 through March 4. See the list below.
  • Youth can help sort and label clothing donations on Sunday evening, March 4.
  • Kids attending All Stars on Wednesdays can make cards (Feb. 21) and assemble toiletry bags for the Run (March 7).
  • You can join Trinity families on Saturday morning, March 17 for our bag meal build.
  • On Saturday, March 17 you can help prepare the hot food and drinks that will be offered.
  • You can help clean up on Sunday, March 18, the day after the Run!

Here is the list of items we will be collecting during the clothing / toiletries drive:

CLOTHING (new or gently-used):

  • Warm coats: large and extra large sizes in dark colors
  • Durable blue jeans: men’s large sizes
  • Tube socks: white or dark colors
  • Underpants: NEW men’s briefs, sizes 32 through 42
  • Sweaters, sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts: large and extra large, dark colors preferred; hooded sweatshirts are especially useful
  • T-shirts: medium through extra large, any color
  • Knit/warm hats
  • Gloves: Ski gloves or knit gloves in dark colors
  • Shoes: Sizes 9 through 12 and larger; lightly-worn sneakers or athletic shoes (no spikes), soft-soled shoes and work boots are preferred
  • Long underwear: large sizes, any color
  • Belts

TOILETRIES (in travel sizes):

  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream

OTHER:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Washcloths
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm or moisturizer
  • Feminine products
  • Gallon ziplock bags for assembling toiletries
  • Backpacks and tote bags 

Topic: HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • Sunday, March 11: "Night of Prayer for Justice: standing in the gap to end human trafficking," 7 p.m. at the Ministry Center (5 River Road, Cos Cob)

JENGA

  • Saturday, Feb. 25: JENGA Lunch with Lorraine Bixler and Danielle Vann, 1 p.m. at the Ministry Center (5 River Road, Cos Cob)

JOURNEY OF GENEROSITY

  • Friday evening, March 9 and Saturday, March 10: This is a small group experience that explores the life-changing message of generosity and the power it has to bring joy, freedom and purpose. Guided by a facilitator, the event is a mix of conversation, personal reflection, Scripture and inspiring stories and videos of people across the country who are living a generous life. We are all on our own journeys and it is invaluable to come together to encourage each other along the way about what a generous life might look like.

NEW COVENANT CENTER (174 Richmond Hill Avenue, Stamford)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: meal prep and meal serving
  • Saturday, March 10:  food unloading, pantry stocking, meal prep and meal serving
  • Wednesday, March 28: meal prep and meal serving

PACIFIC HOUSE

  • Friday, Feb. 23: Benefit (dessert tasting and youth concert), 7 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Greenwich; learn more here

Topic: PRISON MINISTRY 

  • Thursday, March 1: "What's God Doing in Prison?", panel and speaker Rev. Dr. Michael Christie, chaplain of Bridgeport Correctional Center, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ministry Center (5 River Road, Cos Cob)