Trinity United Methodist Church
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
 
Dear Trinity Friends,
 
I trust that you're enjoying opportunities for summertime rest and recreation. Of course, while many of you are traveling or on holiday, many others remain here. When you are here, I encourage you to maintain your pattern of participation in and support of the ministries of Trinity Church. As I often say, "We're open on Sunday!" Of course, we're involved in ministry the other days of the week, too.  Because of this, and the ongoing demands of our physical plant, our financial needs also continue throughout the summer. At the end of June, our operating deficit was about $11,000. So, whether you are here or away, please do your utmost to remain current in your ministry of financial stewardship throughout the summer.
 
Long before summer began, we announced that we were maintaining our regularSunday morning schedule. This Sunday, July 10, we host the first of our "Rise and Shine" faith formation sessions for adults and teens. You can enjoy breakfast and fellowship before the class begins at 10:00. Alan Capps then presents "Great Reads and the Good Book" in the Fellowship Hall. Over succeeding weeks, topics and presenters are:  Faith and Social Justice (Erin Odoyo); Church Body Building (Joan and Tom Tyler); Compassionate Communication (Carol Bobby); Our Singing Heritage (Linda Cancellieri); Stories of World Religions (Alan Capps); Stay Calm and Pray (Kaaren Christopherson); and The Lectio Divina Experience (Martha Sherman).
 
A big part of the summer ministry scene at Trinity Church is our Trinity Preschool Summer Camp. Four consecutive weeks begin on July 11 with the theme, "Reduce - Reuse - Relove." Why, you might even see me wearing one of the camp t-shirts! Throughout each morning, boys and girls will share in activities and fellowship and learn about caring faithfully for God's creation. It should be fun and formational.
 
Speaking of faith formation... please, please encourage your friends and neighbors to register for our Vacation Bible School, "Hometown Nazareth." The dates and times are August 1-5 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and the event is for all ages (yes, including adults). A simple snack supper kicks things off each evening and activities conclude in time to have boys and girls home before bedtime. I look forward to seeing you there and to teaching the adult section Monday throughWednesdayDr. Youtha Hardman-Cromwell will teach on Thursday. Registration forms are in the Narthex at church or online.
 
Later this month, Trinity SPARKS! invites us to join them at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 21 at the Fort Ward Park amphitheater for the Music at Twilight Concert featuring the Seth Kibel jazz trio. SPARKS! provides snacks, but you'll want to bring beverages and a blanket, lawn chair, or pillow. The park and concert allow dogs on leashes, too.
 
Just a few things as I conclude... Thanks ever so much to all who were in Sundayschool and worship this past Sunday, July 3. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Congregational Anthem and singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." And the concluding hymn, "This Is My Song," always brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. The ice cream social after worship in the Courtyard was a deliciously fitting way to share in fellowship and celebration. Thanks to Connie Blood, Liz Williams, and other members of the Connecting Team for making it happen.... Saturday, July 23, is Trinity's day to participate in the ALIVE! Furniture Program. We need able bodies to help deliver furniture to needy families from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. We haven't done this in a while, and we intend to get back to it. To register your intention to help, please contact Mary Gillman atmarycgillman@gmail.com.... The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church meets next week, July 13-15, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Delegates will elect five new bishops and assign bishops to lead each of the 15 conferences that comprise the jurisdiction, including Virginia. Please pray for all delegates and for the process that brings a bishop to the Virginia Conference to succeed retiring bishop, Young Jin Cho.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Bill