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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2015 Youth Christmas Pageant

Trinity United Methodist Church

Christmas 2015 Pageant


Featuring an original one-act play

Who Will Save Merry Christmas?

Written by Georgie Summers

Directed by Lupe Arim-Law

Performed by the TUMC Youth Thespian Troupe


Two performances are offered

for your enjoyment and inspiration:


Saturday, December 12th at 3:00 pm


Sunday, December 13th at 5:00 pm



Trinity United Methodist Church

Hadley Hall

285 E. 5th Street, Chico


Both performances are free admission, though donations are gratefully accepted.  Proceeds benefit the Trinity United Methodist Youth Group and their many activities and service projects throughout the year.


Sunday’s performance includes our traditional Christmas Nativity Scene recreated and performed by the young children of our church family.  Christmas carols will be sung with audience participation.  For Sunday’s performance, please bring a main or side dish or dessert and join us immediately following for a potluck dinner.  Coffee and hot cider will be provided.


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In last month’s Trinity Times I listed the current donations of our TUMW group for 2015, which totaled $6,700.  Now we can add to that list another $1,100+ for the painting of our lounge.  Trinity women have been actively dedicated to the promotion of missions and their support and outreach to others for decades.  We are a group with a rich history and a challenging future, organized for mission locally, nationally, and internationally.

For over 140 years, United Methodist Women have recognized the need to commit funds to make life better for women, children, and youth.  The commitment of funds has not always been easy, but it has always provided hope, encouragement, and a means to a better life.  In the 1800s,  the average per capita income was $186.  Eight determined and dedicated women in New England, met together to save pennies from their household funds for missionary work.  In the mid-1800s, they were able to send Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Clara Swain to India as their first missionaries.  Many others followed, serving in different countries.  Lifetime mission work as a teacher or doctor was one of the most innovative career paths for unmarried women until the late 20th century.

However, by 1964, Methodist women’s mission societies lost the right to send their own missionaries and to promote mission education to children, often in the name of efficiency or reducing duplication of effort.  The gradual decline in mission-supported women’s institutions were turned over to national churches where leaders did not place a high priority on women’s work.  Also, in the 1950s,  countries newly independent of Western control removed the missionaries.  Women fought to gain voice and vote and then clergy rights within the churches.  Thus, the end of the womens’ missionary society shifted the focus from supporting women’s rights in the mission fields to struggling for women’s rights within the churches at home.

Since those first humble beginnings, our organization has grown to nearly one million and our giving has increased.  Unfortunately, the needs around the world continue to increase at an even greater rate.  In this 21st century, we need to continue to lift up the central role women played in mission and outreach in the growing churches around the world.  From a global perspective, organizing laywomen into groups, teaching them to read, promoting advances in medical care and human rights, and helping women gain economic self-sufficiency can lift entire communities out of poverty.  To echo what the missionaries of old used to say:   the health of societies can be judged by how they treat women and children.  To reach a mother is to improve all of society.   

     We give special THANKS to all our Trinity Family for your continued support in our

various projects and fundraisers for the betterment of women, children, and youth in our outreach.  YEAH FOR THE WOMEN and all their strong supporters!!!



LaVonne Brown


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Upcoming Events at Trinity


APRIL 2  Make-up Picture Day for Trinity Directory

5        EASTER!

11 Youth Retreat

13 Sewing Club

19 Pastor’s Vacation (Sermon by Alison Maki)

26    Pastor’s Vacation (Sermon by Georgie Summers)

MAY  12          TUMW Mother’s Day Brunch, 10:00 a.m., Hadley Hall

17 Reconciling Ministries Sunday Breakfast

22 Harvey Milk Day

31 Sunday School Promotion Sunday

JUNE 17-20    Annual UM Conference in Burlingame

22-26   Vacation Bible School

NOV. 14 TUMW BAZAAR – Time to start working on your CRAFT PROJECTS!!!


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