Message From Pastor Deb
Dear Trinity Friends,
It is March, bringing longer days, warmer temperatures and the hope of Spring! As I write this, patches of snow cover the frozen ground. We are in midst of the Lenten season, together exploring spiritual practices that deepen our life with God.
In a few short weeks we will celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Then, on Maundy Thursday we will together remember the last evening Jesus spent with his disciples in a special communion service. A prayerful afternoon service reflecting upon Jesus’ suffering and death will be held on Good Friday. It is my prayer that you will enter fully into this season as we walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem, to the cross, and finally into the triumphant joy of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning.
Another important date this month is Sunday, March 13. The Mission Task Force is busy analyzing the congregational survey data and will be presenting their findings to the congregation after a shortened worship service on that morning. Sunday school and childcare will be provided during this time, so please plan to attend. After recently spending a week at an Interim Ministry workshop, I am reassured that Trinity is doing well in the hard work of transition and preparation for a new pastor. We will continue to share information regarding our next steps in the interim process, so stay tuned!
In Christ’s Joy, Pastor Deb
Hard Questions of Faith. Most of us have questions about God and faith. Even those with great faith entertain doubt at times. Please jot down your questions, which we will collect in this month. Several will be selected for a sermon series in April on the hard questions of faith.
Note from Dee – Good Friday Service at 1 pm
Good Friday is the day on which we as Christians observe the crucifixion and death of Christ – a day of mourning and quiet prayer. The hours between noon and 3 pm are remembered as the hours when Jesus hung on the cross and are considered particularly somber. When I was a child, the expectation was that we focused on Christ during that time and were encouraged to remain quiet.
As mature adults, we might ask ourselves what Jesus was teaching us by the agonizing ordeal he endured. Yes, obedience to God, but I think there is more than that. As Jesus walked past the women of Jerusalem weeping for him, he turned their tears back to themselves and those who come after them, pointing out that the way of the cross is not just his, but is also theirs and ours (Luke 23:27-28). Jesus came to earth to bring the Good News and to end the suffering and injustice done to each other. He implores his followers then and now to continue that struggle.
This year, please join us for a quiet service at 1 pm on Good Friday to pray, read scripture and reflect on Jesus’ great sacrifice to assure us everlasting life. We hope that having a service in the afternoon will encourage those who don’t drive at night to participate in some part of Holy Week observances.
Woodbury Community Expo
Trinity will have a booth at the Woodbury Community Expo March 19th from 10:00 – 4:00 at East Ridge High School.
Anyone interested in helping at the booth that day can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-402-7414
March Worship Theme
March 6 – “Scripture & Reflection” Communion
March 13 – “The Peace of Christ”
March 20- Palm Sunday “King Jesus”
March 24 – Maundy Thursday with Communion 7 pm – “Our Passover Lamb”
March 27 – Easter Services 9 am & 10:30 am “He is ALIVE!”
Breakfast served from 8:30 – 11:00 am, Fellowship Hall …The youth will again host the Easter breakfast fundraiser (for scholarships and to defray the cost of group activities) and will be serving our world famous egg bakes, pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. Plus some special tweaking this year! Come before or after church. Worship: 9:00 & 10:30 am, identical services.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING –
Around the world, people lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. Each gift to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) serves to help change the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need.
One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People. Today, projects by OGHS are underway in over 100 countries.
During this season of Lent, please prayerfully consider giving to OGHS and encouraging your children to make use of their “Fish Banks” to help others in need. The offering will be collected on Palm Sunday and Easter.
March – The Best Time to Give to the Food Shelf
During the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, we have the opportunity to help restock Minnesota food shelves through a cash and food drive. Food shelves leverage cash donations through the annual Feinstein Foundation Challenge giveaway (www.feinsteinfoundation.org). To qualify, funds must be received between March 1st and April 30th. However, our goal is to give our donations during the month of March.
Every agency registered and using this challenge, receives their percentage of Mr. Feinstein’s $1 million that reflects their percentage of the total money raised by all participating agencies (with a maximum of $35,000 and a minimum of $250.00 to any one agency). Over the past 12 years, the Feinstein Foundation has given away 1.25 billion dollars to over 3000 participating agencies nationwide to fight hunger.
We give our donations directly to whatever non-profit, anti-hunger agency we want to help. In the case of Trinity, most people will want to either send a donation to our local Christian Cupboard Community Food Shelf, or write a check to Trinity Presbyterian Church with a memo note for the CCFS/MN FoodShare Campaign. Although one pound of food counts for a $1 donation, cash contributions are preferred at all times. Food shelves are able to acquire much more food to distribute with cash contributions. They are able to leverage money to access large quantities of food through cooperating businesses and agencies.
Please consider March (or early April) the best time of year to make a contribution to support Minnesota food shelves. Thank you!
Children & Youth Program
Things have been hopping in the Children’s and Youth Program at Trinity. We are winding down a school year that has been full of new beginnings, transitions, and growth. We continue to develop curriculum based on Presbyterian principals, but that is tailored to our specific needs and mission statement: We have been blessed so that we can bless others.
March is full of events that will grow our children and youth. As well as learning about God and the purpose of doing Church, we are focused on growing in leadership, community outreach, and becoming increasingly healthy, whole, and holy. Don’t miss our Easter Breakfast fundraiser – we have done some special tweaking this year!
We will continue to pursue a strong ending to this school year – please pray for everyone involved – we are at an awesome place at Trinity, with even better to come!
Sunday Morning Adult Education
Adult Ed for March – 9:00 am Coffee served Childcare provided
March 6: “A Rule of Life: Cultivation Your Own Sacred Rhythms,” led by Dee Lindblom. This is the 4th and final segment of Sacred Rhythms: Spiritual Practices that Nourish Your Soul and Transform Your Life. March 13: “Ethical Wills: Putting your Values on Paper,” led by Dr. Don Piper. Dr. Piper will help us explore the book, Ethical Wills, authored by Barry Baines. Dr. Piper is a former hospice Medical Director for Health Partners and currently works at UCare. Dr. Piper requests that you read his book before coming to class. It is available for $3.00 in the office. March 20: “Death from God’s Perspective,” led by Gary Mueller, who is a Hospice Chaplain with Presbyterian Homes. His approach to spiritual care and hospice and how it’s beautiful and precious in God’s eyes. The presentation is based on Ecclesiastes 3:11 and Psalm 116:15. March 27: No adult education.
Thank you Jay for your Years of Service!
An article about Jay Wilkinson retiring from the Synod may be found on the bulletin board in the Welcome Room.
Dear Trinity Members:
Thank you again for the wonderful, hybrid Canadian snow shoes we were given when I retired. They’re great, really deluxe! We hope this photo conveys how much we enjoy using them.
We miss you all.
In God’s grace, Gary & Beth.
Installation of Julia Carlson – daughter of Ginny Carlson
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the congregation of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church invite you to celebrate the installation of Julia A Carlson as Associate Pastor of The House of Hope Presbyterian Church. Sunday, March 6, 2016, during the 10 am worship service. The church is located at 797 Summit Avenue, is the daughter of Ginny Carlson
Sign-up For Sanctuary Flowers!
Please sign up for sanctuary flowers using the 2016 chart that is located in the Narthax on the bulletin board by the nursery. Flowers are purchased for $20 and picked up at Sweet Pea Florist by a member of the Trinity Worship Committee.
So if you have a special occasion or a special person to honor, here is the opportunity to get some beautiful flowers and the information put in the worship bulletin.
Then after the service, the flowers are yours to take home! Just place the $20 in the offering plate with a note that it is for flowers. Please leave the vase in the old kitchen on the counter.
Thank you!!! Thank you!!! There are no words that truly express the feelings I have for the supportive and caring experience that friends from Trinity provided during my recent hospitalization. The notes, cards, personal contacts and the many offers of assistance contributed in a big way to my successful return to well-being. Trinity family, you are special!!! THANK YOU!!! – Ruth Bloom
HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS – If you are homebound and wish to receive communion or a visit contact the office to make arrangements. Also, if you or a family member are hospitalized and would like a visit and/or to be listed on the prayer chain, please notify the office. Hospitals are not free to share information with us.
TRINITY PHOTOS OF THE MONTH
“Thank you for all you do for us and thought you would like these photos from a very wet Mzuzu and a little girl who loves her puddles!” Rochelle & Tyler & Mphatso
The red boots were given by Trinity in the Christmas gift box sent to them.
The wedding of Stephanie Schenck to Erick Dubé on Feb. 27th. Stephanie, Daughter of Mike & Sue, grew up at Trinity. God Bless their marriage.
Men of Trinity at Sunday coffee hour
Pastor Deb & Jackie Winter at the Hawaiian Luau dinner held at Trinity in February.
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