December 7, 2017 

Maximizing Your Charitable Giving!
Potential changes to the U.S. tax code could affect your tax deduction in the future and now is the time to talk with your financial advisor to take advantage of current deductions. Suggestions include: Giving multiple years’ worth of donations now, ensuring you get a tax break for your generosity; and Gifting appreciated stock now before specific identification methods are eliminated.  Gifts of appreciated stock may be transferred electronically to Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney (DTC#0015), Account# 575-021402. Gifts of stock must be received by December 31, 2017 to receive a tax credit for 2017. Our contact is Jennifer Rigby at 504-585- 3909. Please notify Raina O’Neil, or 504-670- 2537, of the transfer.
Pledge Update 2018
Have you gotten in your pledge? Currently we have 292 pledges in hand. Last year at this time we had 330, and by Dec. 31, 2016 we had received 439 pledges. Our 2018 budget will be finalized in January and it will reflect only the pledges received, not what we hope to receive. If you have not sent in your pledge, please do so today or pledge online at 


This Week at Trinity

Listen to the Reverend Andrew Thayer's sermon from Sunday (click here

Celebration of New Ministry -
Following the lovely ceremony held on November 29 and in true New Orleans fashion, a second line led by The Reverend Andrew R. Thayer led everyone to the celebration in Bishop Polk! Click here to watch the video.

Faith and Fiction: We will have class in the Parish House on December 10 and December 17. Our holiday potluck will be on Sunday, December 17. We will not have class on Sunday, December 24 and Sunday, December 31. Visitors and new members are always welcome!

Godly Play, Sundays from 10:15-11:15 am (Age 3 - 5th grade).  Classes begin at 10:15 am. Carpool drop off is available in the Trinity Church circle drive between 10:00 am - 10:15 am. All children gather in the school library for check in before being led to class by their Godly Play teachers. Children join their families for communion.

Calling all helping hands! Sunday following the 10:30 am service, Trinity Loaves & Fishes is looking for anyone interested in volunteering for a half hour or less preparing sandwiches and TLF To-Go snack bags. These bags will be available at Trinity, but you can also purchase some to carry in your vehicle. Each bag costs $2.00 and all proceeds benefit this program! Aprons will be provided to keep any mess off your Sunday best.

Trinity Artist Series presents Trish Foti and Friends “Home for Christmas” a Christmas program featuring Trish Foti (vocals), Anne Chabreck (flute), Zorica Dimova (violin), Helen Maxwell (harp), Jesse Reeks (piano) and Albinas Prizgintas (organ). Sunday at 5:00 pm in the church. 

Christmas Flowers and Music Deadline Monday, December 11 - If you would like a loved one honored in the Christmas Eve bulletin, the last day for listing names in the Christmas Eve bulletin will be Monday, December 11. Please send the names to be honored (Please PRINT) and your donation to the church office, attention: Kriste Buck for flowers and Paul Weber for music. Any money received after December 11 will be used for flowers or music, but we will be unable to list the names in the bulletin. (Please do not mail in church reply envelopes as those are delayed in getting back to us.)

Please join us for the Trinity Men’s Bible Study on Wednesday mornings.Breakfast begins at 6:45 am in the Trinity Parish House with Bible Study from 7:15 - 8:00 am. The Reverend Andrew Thayer will lead, continuing with the Gospel According to Mark. 


Trinity Treasures is offering special nativity items, especially our newest hand-painted holy family with shepherds, kings, and other optional pieces. We’re also offering the Fisher-Price First Nativity Set for small children. Come see some of our many meaningful and joyful items that will bring smiles to faces you love. Hours: Sunday: 9-12; Monday-Friday: 10-4. 

Christmas Giving - Share the abundance of God’s blessings this Advent by helping give Christmas gifts through two of our community partners, CASA - child advocacy program and Kingsley House - adult day care! A Christmas tree will be available with “gift” tags or you may make a monetary donation marked “Christmas giving” . Please contact Kit at or Maria at with questions.

Trinity Episcopal School’s Drama Club Presents…A Christmas Carol  - One Performance Only! Free to the Trinity Community! December 14 at 7:00 pm in Bishop Polk Hall. Reception following the performance. 

Wednesday Night Advent Offerings

All Wednesday nights begin with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and a program from 6:00-7:30 pm.

December 13: The Rev. Andrew Thayer will host an evening of good conversation and good cheer! Come get to know our new Rector in a relaxed and informal environment.

December 20: Caroling We Will Go!!! After a brief Eucharist (we will use the Five-Minute Mass format), we will follow a brass band and sing carols in the neighborhood.

Also this Advent, we will hold a “Liturgy of Light in the Darkness” on Thursday, December 21, at 6:00 pm followed by a reception. This will be a candlelit service of Holy Eucharist. Holidays are not always times of joy for everyone and this beautiful, quiet liturgy acknowledges and honors that reality.

Events and Announcements

Krewe de Voix Christmas Concert. Krewe de Voix Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Weber, will present its second annual Christmas concert at Trinity on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and donations will be much appreciated. Reception to follow.

NO Godly Play on Sunday’s, December 17, 24 and 31.

Christmas Tea and Ellington Nutcracker - You are invited to attend a Christmas Tea hosted by Out and About on Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm in the Parish House. Following the tea, we will go across the circle drive for a very special performance by Delfayo Marsalis and the Uptown Orchestra of Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite. Please contact Vicki Moran at or 296-6412 to reserve a spot, or to help with the tea.
Sunday, December 31 - 7:30

Children’s Advent Liturgy (aka “The Pageant”)
will take place during the 10:30 am Christmas Eve service. All children are encouraged to participate. Please come to church dressed as any of the characters from the Godly Play Advent story: prophet, manger animal (any of God’s creatures with many legs welcome!), roman soldier, wild star, angel, shepherd, sheep, magi (wise men/women). Each family is responsible for their costume. We will have tinsel halos available for anyone in need of a little garnish! And yes, Gum Drop the donkey will be with us again this year!

Christmas at Trinity (click here)

Life-giving Water! Clean water can mean the difference between life and death.  For as little as $25 Loaves and Fishes Africa distributes water filters that can serve a family of four for one year.  In the past year they have reached one hundred families and several schools with our help.  Please consider a contribution to Loaves and Fishes Africa and help with this vital and life-sustaining ministry. 

Eucharistic Visitors can bring communion to you in your home, the hospital or a nursing facility if you are unable to attend services. A service under special circumstances will be offered in love and with prayer. Contact Deacon Alyce at

Communion at Ochsner:
There is one Sunday open to bring communion to Episcopal patients in Ochsner. Requirements: Hospital orientation and medical clearance; Eucharistic Visitor licensing by our diocese. Contact Deacon Alyce at

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Jefferson Parish is looking for volunteers to be the voice for children in the foster system. Contact Deacon Alyce at 

If you would like to sponsor the snacks for 10:30 am Coffee Hour, please contact Mary Lane Carleton, to sign up. No need to be present to sponsor, you can drop off in the kitchen morning of or in the WOTC fridge in the days prior. Grab a friend or your ministry group and consider this easy way to contribute.


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