WORSHIP WITH US!
8:30AM, 9:45AM in the hall, or 11AM

Location:
7150 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
The SE corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave
Across the street from Broward college South Campus lake
(954) 989-1903
tlcppines@gmail.com


Join Us For Worship!

Join Us For Worship!
Sundays at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, and 11AM

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ADVENT HAS COME!


The Four Sundays of Advent
November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st

8:30AM Service of Holy Communion
Meet in the front pew west side of the sanctuary
Barbara Gilson on piano
Lighting of the Advent Wreath.

9:45AM Cross Generational Service of Holy Communion
Meet in Charter Hall
For all ages! Puppets and signing and singing and Advent traditions
and the story of the birth of Jesus

11AM Service of Holy Communion
Meet in the Sanctuary
With organ, instrumentalists, and choir
Advent Wreath lighting and hymns

Poinsettia Dedication orders may be placed until December 21st for $10

HAND CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS!


A generous gift enabled us to have our hand chimes refurbished and we have just received them back in time for Christmas Eve!

However, we need volunteers to play them.
No experience necessary - just a willingness to learn.

Piper will once again direct the Chime Choir.

Rehearsals Sunday DEC 14th and 21st at noon.

See you then!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Service of Thanksgiving!

TRINITY LUTHERAN PEMBROKE PINES: A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING
Tonight, Tuesday November 25
Pre Service Music at 7PM
Service at 7:30PM
Dessert and Coffee to follow
Please bring a donation for the food pantry

Monday, November 24, 2014

STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENTS

Statistics of the Day:
To date results of our Congregational Stewardship Commitments at Trinity Lutheran
There were four questions


I will pray daily for Trinity and especially its lay leadership and pastor as they seek faithfully and humbly to lead us as God gives them ability
 (96%) "YES"


I will give generously for the mission and Ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church of what God has blessed and entrusted to me
(92%) "Yes"

I will commit to giving regularly, whether I am present or absent, of an amount I prayerfully discern.
(92%) "Yes"


I will increase my offering for 2015 by an amount I prayerfully discern.
(44%) "Yes"


As Trinity's Pastor I stand humbled and amazed by the responses so far as together we the faith community of Trinity continue to seek to do God's will of love, justice, mercy and compassion with the whole of our lives.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advanced copy of Offering Preferences and Offering Committments

Here are the "Offering Preferences" and "Offering Commitments" referred to in my Stewardship letter that will be distributed on Sunday
MY OFFERING PREFERENCES
*PLEASE CHECK ALL THAT APPLY*
⃝[ ]  I would like offering envelopes for 2015
PLASE NOTE:  Our offering envelopes assign you a number and are pre-addressed in case you need/desire to mail your

⃝[ ]  I would like to be contacted to set up electronic (EFT) giving
PLEASE NOTE:  You control how much and how often and your offering is automatically deducted from the account you indicate.  You maintain full control and may change the amount and how often as desired.

⃝[ ]  I would like to share a personal story of God’s blessings in my life/the impact of generosity on my life when such stories are needed for our worship.
NAME: _________________________________________________________

PH#/ EMAIL  ________________________________________________________

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
MY COMMITMENT(S)
*PLEASE CHECK ALL THAT TO WHICH YOU ARE WILLING TO COMMIT*
[ ]  I will pray daily for Trinity and especially its lay leadership and pastor as they  seek to faithfully and humbly lead us as God gives them ability
[ ]  I will give generously of what God has blessed and entrusted me  for the mission and ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church
⃝[  ]  I will commit to giving regularly of an amount I prayerfully discern. Whether I am present or absent from worship
⃝[ ]  I will increase my offering for 2015 by an amount I prayer fully discern
[DO NOT SIGN YOUR NAME]

Stewardship Letter



This letter will be distributed at worship this coming Sunday - here is an advanced Copy
In Christ,
Pastor Keith
 
November 18, 2014
Dear Sisters Brothers and in Christ,
Blessings in the Name of our Lord and Savior!

This has been a year of change and transition for us and a year full of blessings and much for which we are thankful. Centered in the love and grace of God, our community has been a place of healing, compassion, and outreach.  Just last Sunday, Rose Sidun’s daughters came to worship and expressed their gratitude for the care and love with which Trinity surrounded her during her time with us before her recent death.  Ginny Busini, Marge’s daughter expressed similar sentiments for our support during Marge’s final weeks and for herself in her grieving.  People of Trinity cared for them with a ministry of prayer, presence, and by providing for their needs be that food or transportation and much more; whatever came up, someone was there, often without being asked.  The Christian community is a community of selfless love and the more we approach opening our hearts and our hands to such service, the more we experience “the life that is really life,” as Saint Paul tells us.   As your pastor, I am humbled on a daily basis by the witness of your faith made active in love and the witness that others provide to Trinity. As we have given, we have also received:  from the Girl Scouts to nearby Montessori schools, from Christus Victor Lutheran Church, to Living Faith Lutheran Church, to those congregations and groups that we house as guests in our facilities and more, we have received blessings of work, donations of goods  and offerings and the gift of fellowship.
As many of you are aware I was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease lupus this past summer. As a result I have been placed on several medications to help with the symptoms which currently include joint pain and fatigue.  My body is fighting itself and this may flare up from time to time from stress or too much sun and other triggers. Most days I am fine, while others I will need to rest more.  I continue to appreciate your prayers and the heart-felt compassion as people step up their volunteering to lend a hand, especially with the office responsibilities that I acquired when we shrank our staff to balance the budget.  As your pastor, this disease has given me the opportunity to care for myself in ways that I have long ignored and as such to be a better witness for all on the need for self-care and Sabbath time. The disease is not curable and may or may not progress and is rarely fatal for which I am grateful.  Your words and deeds of compassion give me comfort and strength. Thank you!

In worship we have spent the last few weeks talking about blessing and faithfulness and the generosity that flows from a life of gratitude.  I hope you have found the stories that people have shared and my sermons during worship challenging and meaningful.  As our three weeks on parables of stewardship comes to a close you will have the opportunity to do a couple of things.  First, look at all that is included in this packet and take some time in prayer. We will give you time in worship for that and for the next two actions. If you are receiving this through the mail, please do this at home and bring the two slips in with you next Sunday or mail them to the office at the address on the top of this letterhead.  Second, please fill out the form entitled “MY OFFERING PREFERENCES” and include your name. Third, please fill out the form entitled “My Commitment(s)” and DO NOT sign your name and fold it in half. We will collect both of your slips during the offering time and dedicate all at the altar.
Your Pastor and Brother in Christ,
Keith

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

By Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The text for Sunday, November 23, 2014:

Luke 16:19-31


This Sunday, we return to familiar themes with the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus is so poor that he hopes for crumbs from the rich man's table and has to tolerate the dogs licking his sores (or perhaps this is a form of early medicine). Lazarus has nothing, and the rich man has everything.  It's interesting, isn't it, that the rich man knows the name of the poor man, yet still he won't help.

Those who study the Bible deeply would remind us that economic injustice is one of the most common themes in the Bible. To hear the Christians who are most prominently in the media, you'd think that the Bible concerned itself with homosexuality.

Not true. In his book, God's Politics, Jim Wallis tells of tabulating Bible verses when he was in seminary: "We found several thousand (emphasis his) verses in the Bible on the poor and Gods' response to injustice. We found it to be the second most prominent theme in the Hebrew Scriptures Old Testament--the first was idolatry, and the two often were related. One of every sixteen verses in the New Testament is about the poor or the subject of money (mammon, as the gospels call it). In the first three (Synoptic) gospels it is one out of ten verses, and in the book of Luke, it is one in seven" (page 212).

And how often does the Bible mention homosexuality? That depends on how you translate the Greek and how you interpret words that have meanings that cover a wide range of sexual activity--but at the most, the whole Bible mentions homosexuality about twelve times.

If we take the Bible as the primary text of Christianity, and most of us do, the message is clear. God's place is with the poor and oppressed. The behavior that most offends God is treating people without love and concern for their well being--this interpretation covers a wide range of human activity: using people's bodies sexually with no concern for their humanity, cheating people, leaving all of society's destitute and despicable to fend for themselves, not sharing our wealth, and the list would be huge, if we made an all-encompassing list.

It might leave us in despair, thinking of all the ways we hurt each other, all the ways that we betray God. But again and again, the Bible reminds us that we are redeemable and worthy of salvation. Again and again, we see the Biblical main motif of a God who wants so desperately to see us be our best selves that God goes crashing throughout creation in an effort to remind us of all we can be.

Some prosperity gospel preachers interpret this motif of a God who wants us to be rich. In a way, they're right--God does want us to be rich. But God doesn't care about us being rich in worldly goods. Anyone who has studied history--or just opened their eyes--knows how quickly worldly goods can be taken away.

But those of us who have dedicated our lives to forging whole human relationships and helping to usher in the Kingdom now and not later--those of us rich in love are rich indeed.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BLOOD DRIVE!


BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW in the Trinity Lutheran Parking lot! 9AM until 1PM - please join us and give the gift of life!

Friday, November 14, 2014

WEEKLY UPDATE

A troop of girl Scouts led by Annie Johnson Broderson is coming to Trinity on Saturday to bring food for the food pantry and help in the garden. They will be planting passionflower vines and Dutchman's Pipe and Butterfly Weed and Fennel - all food sources for a number of local butterfly caterpillars. They will be weeding and mulching as well. My heart fills with gratitude at their service and caring. Just as it filled and continues to fill as folks surrounded Ginny Busini with such loving comfort this week at Marge's funeral and before and after, of course. I watched our food pantry as it gave bags of food to over 20 families the first 40 minutes they were open on Thursday. We will have a table of blessing that we will begin to fill for Thanksgiving with food to re stock and help some more families. Sam Newton and her team filled baskets and blessed many families as well for the coming Thanksgiving holiday and for that ministry folks donated generously. There will be a box in the narthex  for gently used teenage clothing for the Lippman Shelter  for Youth. This Sunday is the deadline for donations towards boxes for Seafarer's House. 
SEAFARERS’ HOUSE SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS

Shoebox Guidelines
 So very far away from home these small gifts mean so much!

SHOEBOXES
o Standard adult size boxes only, approximately 11” X 7”; no boot boxes or children’s shoeboxes please.  This is so all gifts are equally wonderful!
o The lid of the shoebox must be wrapped separately so that the box can be opened for security.
o Shoeboxes can be wrapped, painted or decorated with pictures pasted over writing on box.

SHOPPING LIST-STANDARD ITEMS
  New items in regular sizes please!

1. Athletic White Socks
2. After Shave
3. Combs
4. Deodorant
5. Disposable razors
6. Shampoo
7. Shaving Cream
8. Soap/ Shower Gel
9. Tooth Brushes
10. Toothpaste
11. Pencils/ pens/ pencil sharpeners


OPTIONAL EXTRAS - These are extra items that a seafarer might enjoy finding included with the above:

1. Playing cards
2. Picture post cards
3. Calendars with pretty pictures
4. A Christmas card from the donor
5. A Christmas letter or drawing from a child
6. Hard candy

There will also be a basket in the narthex for donations of icing, spray icing, sprinkles, red hots and other decoration candies for our annual Gingerbread decorating day coming up soon on December 7th. 
As ever, I am grateful to serve such a gracious and generous parish, who cares for the other with the whole of their lives.
Ever in Christ,
Pastor Keith

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Memorial Stones

A number of people have been asking about the engraved stones that we use in our Memorial Butterfly Garden at Trinity. This is the website through which we work. Members of Trinity Lutheran should call then and ask about the 10% discount that they typically give to our members because of the number of stones we have ordered over the years.  http://www.engravedstone.net/

THANK YOU!



Thank you to everyone who assisted with last night's funeral service for Marge Juiliana and for all of the love and caring shown to Marge and Ginny over the past few weeks while Marge was in the hospital and to Ginny after Marge's death. Trinity has always been blessed with amazing people and the love of Jesus has been well-embodied and well served through your love for them. Proud to be your pastor
Ever in Christ
Pastor Keith

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MARGE


A REMINDER. The funeral for Marge Juiliana is TODAY WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12th at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 7150 Pines Bvd Pembroke Pines FL 33023 954 989 1903. Visitation 4-6PM; Eastern Star farewell 6PM; Funeral Service at 6:30PM

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The reading for Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014:

Luke 19:11-27

This week's Gospel gives us the parable of the talents. One servant turns his 5 talents into 10, one turns his 2 talents into 4, and the servant who buries his one talent in the yard doesn't create any new capital. It's easy when reading this Gospel to focus on the word "talent." It's natural to think of our own talents, to wonder how we're investing them, and how we're wasting them by burying them in the yard.

The parable makes it clear what will happen to people who bury their talents. Now, I know that many of us are blessed with a multitude of talents. We do have to make judicious choices about which talents are worth cultivating. I hope that we won't be the servant cast into worthless darkness because we pay attention to one set of skills over another.

But let's look at that parable again. Let's look at that word, "talent," again. Read the parable substituting the word gold blocks for talent.

It's worth noting that a quantity of 5 talents, according to my Bible footnote (and my Bible is published by Oxford University Press, so I trust the footnote), is worth 15 years of wages of this laborer. In an article from The Christian Century, James Howell, a Methodist minister, points out that the servant who got just one talent would be receiving more money than most of us get in a lifetime of work: "This amount would stagger any recipient and send him into utterly uncharted territory. A Mediterranean laborer wouldn't have any more of a clue about how to invest five talent than the guy who bags my groceries would about $74 million (even if I and all my friends tried to advise him)."

As I read this week's Gospel again, I forced myself to think about the fact that this parable really is about money. It's not instructing me to return to the piano keyboard at the expense of the computer keyboard. And it's an unusually Capitalist message from Christ. I'm used to the Jesus who tells us to give our money away. I'm not used to the savior who encourages us to make wise investments of our money.

I'm not used to thinking of money management as a talent. But this parable makes clear that it is. Jesus makes clear that money is one of the gifts we're given, and the rest of the ministry of Jesus makes a clear statement about Christians and cash.  God has a vision for how we'll use that gift of money.

The servant who was chastised was chastised because the talent went to waste buried in the ground. How would he have been treated if he had given the money away to the poor, the sick, the stranger? I suspect he would NOT have been so harshly criticized.

Our collapsing Capitalist paradigm often doesn't take community into account. Not making enough money in America, where workers have unreasonable demands like a living wage and safe working conditions? Just move your industry to a country that has less oversight. Sure, you rip apart the social fabric, but at least you're making money.

God calls us to a different vision. Our God is always obsessed with the poor and dispossessed. And we're called to be part of that obsession.

Unfortunately, tough economic times mean that we'll find many opportunities for this aspect of Kingdom Living. With the holidays approaching, we might think about our customs. Maybe, instead of giving people who have lots of stuff even more stuff, we could donate to a charity in their name. In my family, the adults decided that instead of exchanging presents with each other, we would choose a different charity each year and donate to that charity. Maybe, instead of an endless whirl of parties, we might give some time to our local food pantries or soup kitchens. As we buy a book or two for our favorite children, we could buy a book or two for local reading programs or donate to RIF (Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest child literacy organization).

The ways to help heal the world are endless, and God invites us to join in the creation project. We can donate money, time, skills, prayers, optimism, hope. Doing so is one of our most basic Christian tasks.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Memorial Gifts

Memorial Gifts in memory of Marge have been designated for the purchase of a wireless microphone set that primarily be used to  replace our current temporary wired set up on the lectern so that even those who would difficult walking up the lectern can serve as readers because we can bring the microphone to them among other benefits for our worship service. If you know Marge, you know that she loved microphones. Checks should be made out to Trinity Lutheran Church with "Marge Memorial" in the memo line or memorial gifts may be placed in an envelope with "Marge Memorial" on the envelope.

For Letters of Condolence


For those who desire to send cards or letters of condolence:

Samantha (Foley) Moran and her husband Michael Moran on the death of Michael’s grandmother Antonia Maria Gutierrez
1910 sw 98th terrace miramar fl 33025
_______________________________________________________________________
 Florida Gilmartin (one of Trinity’s original members) on the death of her husband William (Bill) Gilmartin
511 NW 71 Terrace Hollywood FL 33024
_______________________________________________________________________
Rene Benes and her son Justin on the death of her daughter Ashlee Lynn Benes
7721 NW 12 Street Hollywood FL 33024
_______________________________________________________________

Daughter Ginny Busini  on the death of her mother, Marjorie (Marge) Juiliana
901 SW 128 Avenue E-301 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Marge Juiliana Funeral

Marge Juiliana's funeral will be this Wed NOVEMBER 12th at Trinity Lutheran :  4-6pm visitation. 6pm for Eastern Star farewell and 630pm for Funeral Service, itself.  Earline LaCroix is coordinating food for the time of visitation and dessert following the funeral service, so please contact her directly if you desire to assist her and the WELCA ladies. 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Marge Juiliana has entered the Kingdom Triumphant


Marge and Frank are now reunited. 

 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39


Funeral arrangements pending. Prayers continue for Ginny and the family and the many lives touched by Marge.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Philippians 4:8


Called to love, not to worry.
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/11/philippians-48.html

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The Gospel for Sunday, November 9, 2014: 
Luke 12:13–31

This week we get the story of the man who built bigger structures to hold his grain and goods.  If we rewrote this Gospel to use modern images, what might we use?

Let me try:  Once there was a worker who got to teach extra classes when the local community college had a surge in enrollment.  The worker also got a bonus at work along with a raise, while the cost for health insurance went down.  Thus, at the end of the year, the worker had extra money in the bank, and because of historic stock market gains, the worker's retirement account was higher than ever.  The worker had lived in the same house for twenty years, so the worker had managed to retain some equity in the house.

The worker decided to consolidate all of the extra money into the retirement account with the best return.  The worker went to bed saying, "At this rate, I can retire 7 years early.  Maybe I'll really luck out, and if I'm careful, I could retire in 14 years and get a few more years of retirement in addition to that 7.  I'm very fortunate."

But that very night, the worker died and because the worker had no will, the money was tied up in the courts for 14 years, and eventually, all the profits went to court costs and other mysterious fees.

Here's another way of looking at that parable.  What does our family budget say about who we trust to take care of us?

Another way of asking the same question:  if we really trusted that God would provide everything we needed, how would our behavior change?

In these stewardship days, we may hear that old-fashioned term, tithing.  I wonder if tithing is an outmoded concept--not that it's not important, but it could be expressed in ways that are more meaningful.

Would we give more money if we understood exactly what our money was buying?  If we translated every restaurant meal into a mosquito net, would we give more?

Or, if we understood some of our spending as truly discretionary (nobody needs beer; I could get all my books from the library and do away with my book budget), would we give more to our church?

In Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (a book I highly recommend), Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat have this interesting approach to charitable giving: "One guidepost we work with is that if we ever find in a given year that we have invested more in our won future by way of retirement savings than we have given away for someone else's present need, there is something terribly wrong. We tend to think the ratio should be at least two to one: for every dollar we invest in retirement savings, two dollars should be given away to an agency that will serve the poor" (page 189).

While I essentially agree with them, I am not there yet, and may not ever meet them there. But maybe I should begin with a smaller goal:  match my retirement savings with my church/charitable/social justice giving.

 Walsh and Keesmaat remind us, "We can probably tell as much about the real spirituality and the real worldview of a people by looking at the cars they drive, the food they consume, the gadgets that fill their homes and the garbage they throw out as we can by listening to the songs they sing and the prayers they pray" (page 199).

 What does your spending say about you and your values?

Monday, November 03, 2014

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Today marks the 10th anniversary of our Prayer Shawl Ministry. How God answers one prayer, but blessed the lives of so many is amazing! To date we have given, that we know of, 860 shawls of various colors to people literally all over the world! To children (they get a toy with a matching shawl), graduates, brides, but especially those with breast cancer (pink shawls), those who have lost a spous...e, parent or child. To soldiers and to the families of fallen soldiers have gone red, white and blue shawls. One story I'd like to share... I just couldn't get one shawl mailed out. I was real busy at work, the post office was closed. I even said "God, I don't get it. Why can't I get this out?" Finally... came the thank you note from his wife. It arrived the day when he needed this shawl the most as he was in such pain. Receiving this shawl was just the answer... to put it on and feel the love and prayers. It gave him such faith knowing people that he didn't know were praying for him. So you see, everything is in His time! This is just one of the stories over the 10 years of how this ministry had touched lives.
In order to keep this ministry going, we need your help. It can be knitting, crocheting, or loomming... Looms are for those who do not do crafts but want to make shawls. Thanks to Thrivent we were able to purchase yarn recently, but any monetary donations would assist with mailings. Our team is small, but the requests for shawls keep growing. So if this is something you would be interested in, please contact me.

Blessings and hugs,

Sam
capecod1@bellsouth.net

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Turn back clocks!


Turn back your clocks or you will miss worship and tomorrow's service is All Saints Sunday which will involve a mini-cantata by the choir, a table for photographs and mementos of the dearly departed along with a prayer book to record their names, a basket of rose petals to scatter at the service's conclusion in the memorial garden, and cake to celebrate our staff birthdays (from Doris Italian Market). We will pray. I will preach. The weather will be cool and dry. We will remember saints dead and living (you and I declared saints by our own baptism into Christ Jesus). We will sing and cry and rejoice and love. SO TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS! Because you don't want to miss it. :)