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Matters of the Heart

November, 2016

Happy New Year! What? Is Dan crazy?

Perhaps, but in this case, I am referring to the church new year, which starts with Advent. The first Sunday in Advent is November 27.

The Voter's Assembly was well attended. We talked business, which mostly included discussion on the budget for 2017. We reached a consensus on it fairly quickly, with a couple of modifications in the Pastor salary area.

Another topic of concern was the ability of office staff to get the Voters' packets out two weeks before the meeting. Unfortunately this time, there were copier problems, so that became one of our items for action. Get a new copier that works more often!

This time of year, we think of all the missions Trinity helps. We provide money and items for many uses. We keep in mind the Seafarers in Tacoma and how they help people, who may be docking in our ports over the Christmas holiday, without their own families.

I remember hearing of one young sailor, who received one of the gifts. He was so appreciative, as he had never received a Christmas gift. He was not even able to speak English (Russian).

Of course, we remember those, who are unfortunate, whether it be food, clothing, or even shelter. Our Human Care Committee works hard to be sure that we can help as many as possible.

Finally, this is the time of year, when families get together. Sometimes, they cannot all be here or can we be there. But we all wish the most Blessed of Christmases to all of you.

God bless you and your family.

Dan Sheppard, President
Trinity Lutheran Church

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Updated: November 26, 2016