1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
I have not ceased to be amazed by how love has sustained us over the past year as we have moved from having a full time Rector, to a part-time interim, and for the last month, to simply having supply Priests on Sundays.
While it is clear that having a Priest is important. What is also clear is that having love is essential. And that love has been apparent in all that we do, how we communicate, and how we care. Our love of God, God's love of us, and our love for one another are what make Trinity Church what it is!
We have been gifted over the last several weeks with a variety of guest Priests who have offered a variety of sermon styles and various types of support and encouragement during this time of flux.
As I reflected over this last year with a visiting Priest, he asked about what had changed during the year as we adjusted to having a part-time interim versus a full-time Rector. I told him that the biggest change, as far as I could see, is that parishioners have really needed to step up and help, and that people have needed to be very clear about their own needs so that others know how to help - in both cases the need for communication has been the absolute key.
When he asked how that had been going I answered based on what I have seen, which includes these things:
1) Everyone who has had a need and made it known has received assistance. This includes everything from transportation, assistance with moving, and visits.
2) Bible study has continued, albeit with the same small group. The discussions are interesting and are often very impactful.
3) Weekly book studies have been ongoing and always bring about interesting discussions and insights.
4) Food has been gathered and distributed to the hungry through weekly offerings, the annual food drive, and the renewed intention to once again become the "tuna church" for the food bank.
5) Your vestry continues to meet regularly and with excellent communication and great respect for one another, has been able to address all topics of concern and business by keeping our eyes on the mission, keeping our hearts open to hearing God's movement, and keeping our thoughts on the ways we can best serve our beloved church family.
6) Volunteers continue to represent Trinity at the Interfaith Thrift Store, Food Bank, Break Bread with Friends, and the County Task Force on Homelessness.
6) There have continued to be Vigils, demonstrations, social events, hikes, discussions, and more...
Ultimately, what I told the supply Priest was that I have been full of gratitude and awed by the way our community has continued to place love of God and one another at the forefront of all we do. And that I believe this prayer-filled love has made this a more peaceful transition than any of us could have imagined! It hasn't always been easy, but it has been so very blessed and I know that God stands with us as we continue to grow together throughout this process!
In God's Peace,
Did You Know?
-Sept. 9 is the annual church picnic. There will be one Sunday service at 9:30am in Detert Park, Jackson followed by a picnic. See article for details
-Sept. 9 is Tuna Sunday. Bring canned tuna to the service in the park!
-For August's Tuna Sunday, we collected 150 lbs. of canned tuna!
-Bible Study continues the first and third Sunday of each month. This month it's on the 2nd & 16th at 9:35am (between services) in the undercroft. Everyone is invited to join in.
-The Centering Prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9:30-10:30am in Jane's Hall. Everyone is welcome to join this meditative practice. If you have questions about Centering Prayer, contact Martha Robbins, 296-7842.
Search Process Update
As you read this, your Applicant Review Committee and Vestry are close to completing the final full interviews with our candidates for Trinity's new part-time Priest in Charge.
After compiling the information gathered about the candidates and the impressions, points of interest, and other notes of the interviewers, the Vestry will meet with Bishop Beisner on September 11 to discern who among the applicants will be Called to join us. Assuming everything goes smoothly and the candidate accepts our invitation, we hope to have the person in place at the beginning of October. Of course, there could be unforeseen circumstances so we leave our hearts and minds open to where God so moves.
Parish Picnic Sept. 9
Mark your calendars for September 9th for our annual Trinity Parish Picnic at Detert Park at 9:30am. We will hold a single Sunday service at the park, followed by a picnic.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share and don't forget your chair. We will celebrate the Eucharist under the trees, make a joyful noise singing, and enjoy good food and fellowship.
This is also the second Sunday of the month which happens to be September's Tuna Sunday, so don't forget to bring your cans of tuna for the food bank. We will have the food cart at the park and what is donated will be taken to the food bank on Monday.
Outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank
We did it again! The Interfaith Food Bank Food Drive held on Friday, August 10th, and Saturday, August 11th, at Safeway was a wonderful success thanks to your support and generosity. We had volunteers from the Food Bank Board, the Interfaith Food Bank and thrift store, and Trinity church working both days. The community donated approximately 3,000 pounds of food and $1,274 in cash.
Our first "Tuna Sunday" was August 12th, enabling Trinity to donate cans of tuna in the amount of 150 lbs.
Steve Christensen and Noreen Lafferty want to thank you for your generosity, support and donations toward our outreach to the Interfaith Food Bank.
Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018 at The Harris Center in Folsom. The Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing in honor of Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday. The event is two hours in length, including intermission and starts at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $28-$48 with discounts for children and students with ID. If interested let Meg Newell know at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15.
"Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, the internationally acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many of the churches in and around Soweto, South Africa. Winner of five Grammy Awards....they are "meticulous and unstoppable...spirited and spectacular" (New York Times)."
Trinity's Vestry, Leaders, Visitors, Eucharistic Visitors, and many, many parishioners are standing by waiting to help in times of need.
While we try to reach out to whomever we know may need assistance; we don't always know who is in need or what the need may be.
Do you need or would you like a visit? Prayers? Transportation? Some other type of support from your church family? If so, please make sure that you are letting people know!
You can always email or phone Sheilah at the church office and she will forward your information to the appropriate person. In an after hours emergency your Senior Warden can be reached by either cell phone or home number, both of which are in the directory.
Let's keep communicating so that we can continue to be Jesus' helping hands for one another.
Ministries and Service
We've talked a lot lately about people who have been stepping up and working in ministries that they have never done or haven't done in years. At this time in our church's life - this is wonderful thing and so appreciated!
Some people are stepping into leadership roles and others are choosing to help clean up after coffee hour once a month.
Are you wondering when might be a good time for you to join in the fun?
The answer is ANYTIME!
Below is a roster of our active ministries and the people who are currently in the leadership position for each. If you have been considering volunteering your time, please contact one of the people below and let them know that you are ready to get started.
Noreen L and Diane C
Martha R and David H
John L and Carol H
Durable Medical Closet
Fellowship and Outreach
Nancy M and Meredith M
Rosalie E and Nancy M
Janet K and Jennifer P
Carolyn H and Gerry M
As we get close to the end of the third quarter of the year, it is the time your Vestry begins to consider what the year ahead will hold. In January, three Vestry members will finish their terms. This means we would like to have three new members to replace them.
If you are interested in serving on the Vestry or have questions about qualifications and / or what the position entails, please let any Vestry member know.
It is important that you understand the role and have time to prayerfully discern this opportunity so we invite you to start thinking about it now.
Food Bank Donations
Food gifts for August totaled 198 pounds. The total for 2018 is at 865 pounds.
Separately, we collected approx. 3,000 lbs. of food and $1,274 in cash donations at the food drive we held 2 days in August at Safeway!
Thank you for your generous support of this ministry.
Trinity Singers Rehearsals
All are invited to join the Trinity Singers/Worship Team! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5pm. Bring your voices, your instruments, and a heart for worship and praise! For more information, please contact Deena Holland at 209-296-6616 or email email@example.com.
The following members of our church family are celebrating birthdays in September!
1st- Colin Kendig
3rd- John Lafferty
4th- Evan Kendig
10th- Jan Lemos
18th- Paul Lewis
20th- Lynne Brumit
22nd- Mary Krauthamel-Lane
25th- Carolyn Hennings
28th- Jennifer Putnam
29th- Bob Blair
29th- Bud Busch
If you are celebrating a birthday in September, but you don't see your name listed here, please contact our Parish Administrative Asst.
Would You Like to Contribute to the Newsletter?
If you have an article of interest to the congregation that you would like included in the newsletter, please email it to the office, firstname.lastname@example.org by the 20th of the month. It will be included in the next month's newsletter.
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