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Wednesday, November 1     
All Saint’s Day – we remember all the saints who are in the company of heaven

Thursdays 2, 9, 16, 30
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsals Parish Hall.  Interested in joining?  Contact Ron Baldwin.

Sunday, November 5 
9:00 AM First Sunday Breakfast, Undercroft    
Blueberry pancakes with sausage and a fresh fruit garnish.  Cranberry and/or orange juice will be available, as well as coffee and tea.  $3.50 adult, $2.00 children, $10 max per family.

10:00 AM  Holy Eucharist    
We welcome into Holy Baptism Peter Benjamin Greco, Jr.
  
Monday, November 6 
4:00 PM  Columbus House    
Each month, your donations of Dinty Moore beef stew, noodles, and canned green vegetables help to feed over 80 people. Volunteers take a turn baking cake for dessert, or providing salad ingredients, or serving in the kitchen. This is your chance to let team leader Bobbe Otis know how you can help.

Tuesday, November 7  
7:00 PM , Trinity Book Group   
Middlesex,
 by Jeffrey Eugenides.   Hosted by Ed Monico. “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smog-less Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.   My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides.  My most recent driver's license records my first name simply as Cal.”  Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating re-invention of the American epic. Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Wednesday, November 8 
 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Branford Cares Connects  Parish Hall 
Connecting People To Information and Services in Branford is the purpose of Branford Cares Connects.  The second Wednesday of each month representatives from about two dozen non-profits will assemble in one place—-Trinity’s Parish Hall--to provide service information and navigation assistance to simplify and speed up how to get help in Branford.

Sunday, November 12 
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners deadline  You are invited to give a dinner for a family of four for $30. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, pie crust, filling, and pudding. Or for a smaller contribution of $10.00, you may provide the supplemental coffee, butter and frozen juice. Or, you may provide both.  We are working with Big Y to get the best bulk prices. Make checks payable to Trinity Church, and we will take care of the rest. Bring a check on Sunday as the last day to be included. 

Children’s & Youth Choir Forming
11:15 AM, Church. 
For children of all ages, a very special treat is in the making, thanks to the Henry family—Chris, Amanda & Nellie.  Daughter Nellie wants to sing.   Dad Chris is a Trinity choir section leader.  All they need are more children to form a seasonal choir (we hear rumor there are six children so far!).    Interested children and parents should simply show up.  Rehearsal will be in the church and parents can enjoy coffee hour in the Parish Hall.  We can’t wait to hear this choir!

Friday & Saturday, November 17 and 18
Episcopal Church in CT Annual Convention, Hartford.

Sunday, November 19
9:00 AM, Come & Be Fed Catch up with the impact of Branford Cares programs, and learn more about the newest initiative, Branford Cares Connects.

3:00 PM. Middle school youth bike ride. Meet at the Church with your bicycles and helmet.

Thursday, November 23,   Thanksgiving
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Church
        
Saturday, November 25 
4:00 – 7:00 PM  Town Tree Lighting Night    
As has become custom we invite parade goers in from the cold to enjoy homemade cookies, hot cider & chocolate provided by Trinity and the Scouts, and sing carols with the Town Band in the church.  Any extra baked goods that you can share would be appreciated.  Please deliver to the Parish Hall.    Come out and enjoy the festivities and extend a warm Trinity welcome.

The Family Giving Tree                                             

The Family Giving Tree will be loaded with stars and other ornaments.  Each Branford Branford  Counseling Center family is represented by one set of ornaments, so that all their gifts arrive together.    Each ornament lists the item to be purchased. Be sure to sign your name on the master sheet against the number of the ornament you took.  And remember, wrapped presents are due back under the Giving Tree by December 10.  Thank you, one and all.

Sunday, November 26  
Commitment Sunday, we recognize pledges for Trinity's ministry next year.  Please bring your pledge card to church, or mail it into the office no later than November 30.

Tuesday, November 28 
7:00 PM Compline   If you, a loved one or friend is in need of healing, or if you want to offer up healing prayers for our broken world, please join us. Prayer meditation, laying on of hands, and anointing with oil will all be available.


ADVENT

Sunday, December 3 First Sunday of Advent
We light the candle of hope.

9:00 AM    First Sunday Breakfast
You can count on Christmas elves to cook up a special breakfast treat.  It’s a lovely way to start advent—in fellowship over good food.  Cranberry and/or orange juice will be available, as well as coffee and tea.  $3.50 adult, $2.00 children, $10 max per family.

9:00 AM    Making Advent Wreaths  Meet in the Parish Hall between the services to make advent wreaths.  Children and adults welcome.  Let Martha Monico know if you are interested.  Free supplies for the first 12 people to sign up!  If you have reusable wreath forms, bring them along.

Monday, December 4
4:00 PM  Columbus House   
Each month, your donations of Dinty Moore beef stew, noodles, and canned green vegetables help to feed over 80 people. Volunteers take a turn baking cake for dessert, or providing salad ingredients, or serving in the kitchen. This is your chance to let team leader Bobbe Otis know how you can help.

Tuesday, December 5
7:00 PM Trinity Book Group    
Salvage the Bone,
 by Jesamyn Ward, hosted by Peter Schuller and Jen Zehler.  This novel was winner of the 2011 National Book Award.  A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned.  A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. As the twelve days that comprise the novel's framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel's heart--motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce--pulls itself up to struggle for another day.  A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

Thursdays 7, 14, 21, 28
7:30 PM  Choir Rehearsals Parish Hall. 
Interested in joining?  Contact Ron Baldwin.

Saturday, December 9th 
10:00 AM Christmas Card-making, Guild Room 
 You don't need to be crafty or have participated before. Just show up and help the group make Christmas cards for Trinity's homebound, personal invitations to the Blue Christmas Service on December 22nd and anyone who could use a cheery message. Come on out and get into the spirit.

2:00 PM, Christmas With Tiffanies!
Trinity will collaborate with the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, to present Tony Terry, AIA (architect) who will be back with special guest Debora Coombs (artist of The Hanna Window), to the tell the story of Trinity's stained glass and what makes our church so special. The Trinity Choir will complement the event with rousing music.    Light refreshments follow.

Sunday, December 10, Second Sunday of Advent

We light the Candle of Light.

9:00 AM   One Service only. 
Immediately following the service, Maryann Doyle, Financial Feasibility Study consultant, will present a summary of member feedback so that all may hear the report before the Vestry vote.  Do plan to attend that day to hear what Maryann has to tell us.

Wednesday, December 13

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Branford Cares Connects 
Parish Hall  Connecting People To Information and Services in Branford is the purpose of Branford Cares Connects.  The second Wednesday of each month representatives from about two dozen non-profits will assemble in one place—-Trinity’s Parish Hall--to provide service information and navigation assistance to simplify and speed up how to get help in Branford.

Saturday, December 16th 
10:00 AM, Cookie Packaging, Undercroft
 Make a few dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies and bring them to the undercroft where you can help pack them up for our homebound members, not often seen but not forgotten.   Mark your calendar for this gratifying activity. 

Cookie deliveries will take place immediately following the assembly of the cookie packages.  Bring the season of Advent and all the anticipation of the Christ Child to those in our congregation who cannot come and worship with us or could use a cheery visit. Contact Mary MacDonald or Nancy Williams (choir), if you have questions.

Sunday, December 17, Third Sunday of Advent
We light the Candle of Joy.
Our youth and members of our choir will also deliver cookies today.  Add your voice to the caroling!

Friday, December 22 
7:00 PM, Longest Night: A Blue Christmas
 Christmas isn't joyous for those who are grieving, depressed, ill, alone, or feeling blue. We recognize their struggles and invite them to share this special service with others who feel the same, and receive the true gift of Christmas - hope.  Please invite anyone you know who might benefit from this service.  Best of all, accompany them.

Sunday, December 24, Fourth Sunday of Advent
We light the Candle of Peace

9:00 AM    One Service –We will have Advent with one morning service, after which we could use some help to green the church. 

CHRISTMAS
 
Christmas Eve Services:
5:00 PM  Family Service will have an interactive children’s sermon.  There is no pageant this year.

10:30 PM   The choir continues the tradition of presenting a choral music prelude to the festive Eucharist at 11:00 PM.  There will be some congregational carols included in the program. 

Monday, December 25
We light the Christ Candle.
10:00 AM Christmas Day Holy Eucharist


 

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