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Second Sunday After The Epiphany

January 20, 2019



Do you ever have that feeling that when you say something, you almost wish you never said it?  That happened to me twice in recent weeks as I “boasted” before the congregation in Bible class and from the pulpit, and then, before my brother Elders.    

Here’s what I said:

Instance # 1:

“I wish I had the opportunity to go back to the time when I lost my voice for 2 ½ weeks.  I’m sure the Lord was trying to tell me something.”

Instance # 2:

“In my 30+ years of being in the ministry, I’ve never had to call out on a Sunday!”

I think you see where this is going, where, if you were in church on Sunday, you realized that your Pastor wasn’t there.  I’ll spare you the boring details [but it had to do with those things on the roof of your house].    Where, in the midst of the ensuing week, I’ve had about as much time as I would like to reflect on what the Lord might be saying to me.  And second, I could get used to this taking Sunday off gig.  It’s pretty sweet!

But seriously, something I was renewed in is how precious the Body of Christ is to me, and how blessed I am when they are there to bless us all with their presence and their prayers.  Sure, I may have missed church, but folks let me know I was missed.  I was cared for.  I was prayed for.  As such, I was blessed.

You are, too.  Wherein, for the next three weeks, we’ll reflect on what it is to be a part of the Body of Christ, particularly how God has gifted us together for life and service in His name.  For the next three weeks, 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 will be our guide.  We will be led into coming to the same realization of how precious it is “when God’s people dwell together in unity.” [Psalm 133:1].  Of course, it goes without saying, you will be missed if you are not there.  But it sure is a blessing to me when you are.  I truly mean that.

So, see you Sunday … I hope!  Unless the Lord has something else He wants me to see before then.  I hope He doesn’t.  But as far as me saying anything about that … mum’s the word!

See You Sunday,





This Sunday, As We Gather!

"The Disciple's Gifts (1)"
Epiphany.  According to Merriam-Webster, it can mean: “a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event); an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.”  As reflected in our Bible readings throughout the season, it asks, “What does this text reveal about Jesus?”  Carried further, “What does it say about how Jesus is then manifested in our lives as His disciples, as ‘Light-bearers’ of His grace in the world?”  Wherefore, in a three-part sermon series, we ask that very question, focusing on how the light of Christ manifests itself within the body of Christ.  Paul (and Jesus) will be our guide, as we rejoice in the gift of Jesus coming to us, and then sending us forth in His name.  How has He gifted you?  How will you respond?

Pastor Ed Harkey
 Reading the Bible in a Year

January 20 Genesis 25-26 Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:31-58 Exodus 7-9 Exodus 7-9
January 21 Genesis 27-29 Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21 Exodus 10-12 Exodus 10-12
January 22 Genesis 30-31 Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36 Exodus 13-15 Exodus 13-15
January 23 Genesis 32-34 Exodus 7-8; Matthew 15:1-20 Exodus 16-18 Exodus 16-18
January 24 Genesis 35-37 Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39 Exodus 19-21 Exodus 19-21
January 25 Genesis 38-40 Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16 Exodus 22-24 Exodus 22-24
January 26 Genesis 41-42 Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17 Exodus 25-27 Exodus 25-27
January 27 Genesis 43-45 Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20 Exodus 28-29 Exodus 28-29

It is time to renew your Lutheran Witness Subscription if you have one.  Anyone can subscribe and read up on happenings in the World from a Lutheran Christian perspective.
Cost is only $10.80 for the year.  Please contact Miriam Harkey in the Church office to sign up or renew your subscription.  We need to hear from you by January 27.
Please see new FLOWER CHART in the Narthex if you would like to sign up for Church Altar Flowers in 2019.  The cost is just $20.00 for the arrangement. There are envelopes on the table if you wish to pay ahead. Otherwise we will put a reminder in your box when your week comes up.  Glory to God in the Highest.

Wednesday's at 6:30 pm in the TCS Gym.  Contact Elisha Harkey for more information.
About Lutherans for life:
Their Mission:  Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.
Their Vision:  Every Lutheran, both individually and in community, upholding the God-given value of human life and influencing society to do the same. 
Their Philosophy:  Lutherans For Life believes that the Church is compelled by God’s Word to speak and act on behalf of those who are vulnerable and defenseless. The crisis of our times is the repudiation of Biblical truth manifested in the wanton destruction of innocent human life through legalized abortion-on-demand and the growing threat to the lives of others through legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Therefore, as Lutherans For Life, we will strive to give a Gospel-motivated witness, to the Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity, post abortion healing, and family living. We will call God’s people to compassionate action and foster life-affirming alternatives for those facing difficult situations.

January 20 “Sixty million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. However, through the right-to-life movement’s determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue to see evidence that our efforts to educate America about the unborn child’s humanity, and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation, are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe’s and Doe’s deadly legacy.” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •
Life Thought in the Church Year for January 20 – Epiphany II – Life issues such as infertility, surprise pregnancy, or terminal diagnosis can loom like six stone jars (John 2:6). They remind us of our imperfections and our need for cleansing. As at Cana, Jesus still compassionately intervenes. He makes life issues speak instead the sweetness of His miraculous but mysterious salvation from the shadows of death. Let us delight to proclaim it lest the stones shame us by their crying out.
Please remember the “Lutherans for Life Monadnock Chapter 241” and
our local Monadnock Region Pregnancy Resource Center in your daily prayers.

Women's Tuesday Morning Bible Study
A Women's Heart - God's Dwelling Place by Beth Moore
Meeting in the cafeteria for 11 weeks
$10 a book
Any questions, call/text Renae Lampinen @ 603-689-4985
Our Trinity Christian School Extended Care needs to hire before-school and
after-school people to help supervise students.

These are part-time positions with some flexibility.  
If you're interested, please tell us which weekdays you'd be available.

Please contact Pilar Mitchell through the school office
(603) 352-9403,, or at church Sundays.



  • January 18, 2019:  Middle School Geography Bee @  2:15 pm in the TLC Sanctuary
  • January 19, 2019:  TCS Winter Formal Dinner & Dance
  • January 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
    January 22 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In Service
  • January 27, 2019: Lutheran Schools Sunday, in TLC Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • January 30- Paint Night (7th/8th grade fund raiser) - $25.00 per person (adults); 6-8 p.m. at TCS in the art room. Limit of 14 participants.
  • February 19 - Chipotle Night - 4-8 p.m.



5-8:30 pm TCS Winter Formal/Dinner
TCS Winter Formal Dinner & Dance Fundraiser
(toward 7th & 8th grade class trip to NYC)
Please Join us on Saturday, January 19th
Dinner served:  5:00—6:30 pm
Dessert & Dance:  6:30—8:30 pm
Dinner includes:  Pork pinwheels, red roasted potatoes, garlic green beans and rolls
There will be a DJ for the Dance (DJ:  Rosalla Carrol)
There will also be a photo booth for a keepsake memory
(Photographer: Mary Francis)
Cost:  $15.00 per person for Dinner & Dance
           $7.00 per person for Dance only
Please contact Lenny Kosakowski, Heather Lambert or Jill Grant for more info. 
Sign up forms on table in Narthex
Winter Formal RSVP
Please send RSVP by January 18th, 2019
Family Name:____________________________________________
Number Attending Event______________
Dinner & Dance ($15 each or $65 maximum): ____________
Dance only ($7 each): ___________
Total Cost: ___________
Cash or Check is due at time of RSVP--please return to office
Please make checks payable to Trinity Christian School 7th & 8th grade class
Our Talent Show/Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, February 16th beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is one of Trinity's largest fund raisers. If you can help with calling businesses, please contact Mary Francis at Maybe you know someone that would like to donate towards our auction, we have a letter you can give to them. If each family collected one donation it would greatly help our cause and take the burden off a few people.
We will also have a Talent Show that evening featuring our students (moms and dads can join in) and some surprise guests. Have the kids start practicing now. As always, you can contact the office with any questions.
Have you signed up for your spring Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend? Don't delay--remember that because we are celebrating 50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, we are offering 50% off on all registration fees for 2019! Whether your marriage is practically perfect or whether you have some struggles, couples overwhelmingly report that the Weekend is the best thing they have ever done for their relationship!
The 2019 Northeast US spring Weekends are: April 5-7, 2019 at Country Inn & Suites just off of Hwy 99 in State College and April 26-28, 2019 at Heritage Hotel Lancaster in Lancaster, PA.
We are also taking reservations for our fall Weekends: October 11-13, 2019 at the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry in Cranberry Township, PA, and November 1-3, 2019 at Hampton Inn Berkshires in Lenox, MA.
Please go to the website: to see the cost for the Weekend of your choice. Two nights lodging, 5 meals for each of you, and all supplies are included. Financial assistance is available for those in need. Fill out and submit the form, and complete your registration with a credit card, or you may choose the option to mail a check. For questions, or if you would like a brochure mailed to you, please contact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & Julie Schamber, at 724-325-3166 or


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