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United Methodist Women News

Our rummage sale last month was a huge success, thanks to David Haynes and many helping hands.  The final total was just a shade under $1,500.  This will definitely help fund the service projects we committed to this year, including a one-time donation of an extra $1,000 to our church budget.  Thank you, thank you, David and ladies (and maybe a couple of gents, too).  Also, thanks to the Boy Scouts for setting up the tables.

At our February meeting, Gary Estep spoke to us about the work of the Church and Society Committee, in particular our church’s support of the Youth for Change 6th Street Center.  He also spoke about Chris Moore-Backman, a peace and social justice advocate, who has written a book “The Gandhian Iceberg.”  Many thanks, Gary, for an interesting and informative program.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 12th at 10 a.m. in Hadley Hall.  Representatives from the Jesus Center will speak to us about their various programs.  All women (and men, too) are invited to attend.  We will have devotions and snack time prior to the talk.  Do come!

We are still selling Trinity cookbooks, which would be a good addition for adult Easter baskets!  We are also seeking angels to purchase copies for the Esplanade House as well as residents of the new homes supported by the Jesus Center. See Lily Loughlin or Mavis McGillis to make a donation or purchase ($5 each or 5 for $20).

SAVE THE DATE…Plans are underway for a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 13th.  More information to come.

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Youth Group “Love Your Neighbor” Luncheon

Love Your Neighbor Luncheon

 

On April 30, after the 10:30 worship service, the Trinity youth group invites you to a very special luncheon. All proceeds will be donated to a recent immigrant family who are in need of assistance.

Come to Hadley Hall for a delicious lunch and at the same time make a difference in the lives of one of our neighbors.

 

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Worship Plans for April 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 2     FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT    COMMUNION

Today we enjoy the wonderfully engaging story from Ezekiel 37:1-14, the one about the dry bones.  Such an affirming tale, with wisdom for us all.  Holy Communion will be served, and new life offered, too!  The homily will be called “Claiming the Power to Prophesy”.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9   PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Today is a festival Sunday, where both Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and some of the passion story, will be celebrated.  The primary text is Matthew 27:11-54.  The service promises to be moving and thoughtful, and the message is entitled “From Bad to Worse?”   Please remember, there will be just ONE service today, at 10:30am.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13           MAUNDY THURSDAY     7PM

Join us this evening for a lovely service of solemnity and sacrament, as we commemorate Jesus’ last night on earth, and the final meal with his followers.  We will meet at 7pm in the Chapel, and at some point will adjourn to the Upper Room next door for a very moving Communion experience.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 16   EASTER SUNDAY!

Matthew 28:1-10 is this year’s version of the great and exciting resurrection narrative.  Festive music and liturgy, and a rousing sermon called “The Demise of Fear” will all contribute to another memorable Easter experience.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23    SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE

John 20:19-31 takes us back to familiar ground, with the post-resurrection stories of the disciples and the ever-present doubting Thomas.    The sermon will be called “Really?  Truly?”

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30        NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY

Today we return to our annual celebration of the faith contributions made to Christianity by Native American people.  Liturgy and song and traditional instruments will all contribute to a peaceful, introspective mood.  Our music, fittingly enough, will be offered in the style of Taize, as is our habit every fifth Sunday in a month.  Luke 24:13-35 tells the wonderful post-resurrection story of the events on the way to Emmaus, and the sermon will be called “Full Disclosure”.

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Reconciling Ministries News

The team has been working on our upcoming Reconciling Sunday scheduled for this 21st of May. We are excited to have the organizer for the Reconciling Ministries Network for the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church the Rev. Dr. Isreal Alvaran as our guest speaker for the service. We are also planning a workshop on the day before in Hadley Hall for local churches that would like to explore becoming a reconciling congregation. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months.

 

I have included Dr. Alvaran’s Western Jurisdiction January update for 2016 below,

Steve Runner RMT Leader.

 

Dear Local Congregation,

2016 was a tumultuous year for the Reconciling movement and for all progressives in the United States. It was a General Conference year that saw the collective coming out of over 140 LGBTQ clergy and candidates, the formation of the Council of Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, and the historic election of Bishop Karen Oliveto to the episcopacy. 2016 was an election year in the United States that resulted in new challenges for advocates of civil liberties for workers, immigrants, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

We have our work cut out for us – to remain steadfast in grassroots organizing, and make sure that our justice work intersects with solidarity movements in our communities. Even in the face of dysfunctional leadership at various levels of church and society, we will rise from the ground up. I believe that power comes from grassroots leadership. I do not subscribe to a top-down, trickle-down way of creating change and leading movements for change.

Moving forward in 2017, we should celebrate and be inspired by some of our accomplishments in the Western Jurisdiction and the Reconciling movement in general last year. We added 2,129 new Reconciling United Methodists and 97 new Reconciling Communities. Twenty-five of these communities come from our jurisdiction and we congratulate them for their efforts!

 

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