December 10, 2017


Sunday School Christmas Program

The Very First Christmas, our Sunday School Christmas program, is this Saturday, December 16th at the 5:30 service! Children should be in their classrooms at 5:00 to get in their costumes and line up. Don't forget to invite family and friends, and plan to stay for the Christmas dinner! 



ˌkänvərˈsāSH(ə)n/noun  the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words.  Join us for conversation on our Church - who we are, what we offer and where we want to be--- Sponsored by the Evangelism community outreach group - Mark your calendars - Saturday January 13th 10:00 AM-11:30 AM -  We will be meeting in the Genoa Public Library general room (the old library location) - Watch for sign up sheets- ministry leads we will try and get out an invite to you as well as a reminder.


Fellowship Hour

Many thanks to the Happ’s for hosting Fellowship hour. Your gracious service to this congregation is truly appreciated!  If you or your family would like to provide Fellowship hour treats—please sign up in the Fellowship hall.




Temporary Office Manager Position Available

Our Trinity Lutheran Church Office Manager, Amanda Scott, will be taking a temporary leave of absence the months of April, May, and June, 2018.  Thus, a paid Temporary Office Manager position will become available during that approximate period of time.  Trinity members will be given first consideration to apply before the position is opened to the general public.  Training will be offered ahead of time as needed, so that a smooth transition can take place.  Trinity members interested may pick up an Employment Application in the church office or on the narthex table.  Please return completed applications to the church office or Dave Oleson's church mailbox by Sunday, December 10th.  Resume's are welcome but not required.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Amanda in the church office at 815-784-2522 or Dave Oleson at 815-784-5591.  Thank you. 


Giving Tree

Ooops! There was a mistake on the tags and sign up sheet from the food pantry!! Please note that gifts need to be back to Trinity before the 10:30 AM service NEXT WEEK SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH! Or to the Methodist Church before 10 am on the 18th. Please disregard the date of December 20th that is printed on the tags! Thank you!!


Financial Statements

Third quarter financial statements are now available to pick up in the Narthex. Pick up 2018 envelopes from the hallway!


Library News

A huge THANK YOU to who ever left all the craft supplies in the library!! Your donation is GREATLY appreciated! Tiffene Anderson


Christmas Cards

The Youth are once again delivering your Christmas cards to fellow Trinity members! Drop them off in the box anytime from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 17th. Cards will be sorted, and available for pick up

beginning Dec. 20th.


Upcoming Holiday services

Advent Meals & Worship Services - December 13 & 20th

Kid’s Christmas Program & Christmas Dinner w/Cookie Walk -

December 16th no communion

Christmas Eve Services - 9:30 am no communion, 5 & 7:00 pm w/communion

Christmas Day - 9:30 am w/communion

New Year’s Eve - 8 &10:30 am no communion



 If you would like to grace our altar area this Christmas with a poinsettia, please put your name and in memory of on the sheet by the poinsettias box in the narthex with your check made out to Altar Guild.  RED-$10.00  WHITE (smaller) $5.00. They can be taken home after the Christmas Day service.


Mitten and Hat Drive

The folks over at Genesis House are in need of some winter supplies! We are asking for donations of new mittens (no gloves please) and/or hats to be dropped off at the Church office no later than December 18th. Any questions, see Mardell Ross. Thank you!


Celebrate the Season

Our first Tis the Season participation was great fun!  We walked the parade (Pastor, Lydia Denise Timmermann, Nancy Bagsby and Vicki Seisser) handing out 150 packets of cocoa with our church services for the Christmas season provided by Ladies Aid. They were gone before we were halfway through the parade route.  We also had a booth in the parking lot serving Turkey Soup and cider as well as having a craft table and giveaways for the kids.  Thanks to Nancy Bagsby for working the craft table with Vicki Seisser.  Glenn Bagsby served up the soup  (Nancy's creation!)  and Gene Fogle poured out the apple cider! While all this was happening, part of our choir, sang Christmas carols both outside- and later in Prairie State Winery!  Our carolers included, Kathy Fane, Lorene McIntrye, Ann & John Seisser, Dave & Nigal Oleson and Bill and Carol Sherman.  And to our behind the scenes gal, Amanda Scott - thank you for your designing and printing efforts of our Church service flyers, and coloring sheets!  We look forward to participating again next year--- maybe a float entry , more singers and booth workers!!!


Bad Weather

It’s that time of the year again when we can get some pretty bad weather and in consideration of that we wanted to remind everyone how we will announce the cancellation of church should it become necessary. The decision to cancel services will be made as soon as possible, no later than one hour before the service time.

The following methods to make the announcement will be used:

1) The church telephone message

2) The church website

3) The church Facebook page

4) E-mail blast to members on the distribution list

5) Announced on television – Rockford channel 17 (ABC-WTVO) and 39 (FOX-WQRF)





Last Week’s Giving's

General Funds Needed:  $5,885

General Funds Given: $2,755

Online Giving's:     $1,280

Total:                   $4,035



Missions                           $42.50

Comfort Dog                  $10

Ladies Aid                       $20

Building Fund                  $65

Berniece L. Memorial    $270

Benevolence                  $12.50

Advent                             $20

Projector Bulb                 $500