North Street between 5th and 6th streets is closed. This closure will affect all entrances and sidewalks to both the office and church on North Street with the exception of the elevator door. Therefore we will have to either enter the building through the elevator or 6th Street.
If you are parking in the parking lot, there will be a walkway from the lot to the elevator door (this is marked in green on the map below). This walkway will only be open on Sunday mornings.
Our two handicap spots on North Street will be relocated to 6th Street, near the ramp door during construction (marked in yellow on the map).
If you need to visit the church office during this time, please use the back door and ring the bell. The person in the office will be able to use an intercom to communicate with you, and will then come and open the door. Please be patient with us during construction. We will work to address every concern as promptly as possible.
One summer, when I was about ten, I spent two weeks with my grandparents at their lake cottage. I signed up for an art class and spent the mornings painting and the afternoons at the beach. It was a glorious summer. My grandma spent summers at that cottage as a little girl and the tradition continued with my cousins, siblings and me. Now, I take my kids to the cottage at least twice a year. And each time, as I drive down Route 45 and turn onto Lake Road, I feel my body relax and my breathing calm. Each time, when we pull into the gravel driveway and hop out of the car, I take my shoes off and walk across the cool grass, down the 72 steps to the beach, and dip my toes in the water. This time, I realized that this was the last place that I still go which I grew up going to. This is my last piece of home.
Many of us feel the same way about Fusion. It’s a place we return to each month to connect with others, tell stories, and share a meal. It’s a place where we can share pieces of ourselves that often remain hidden to others. It’s a place where we can strip away the pressures of work or the expectations of perfection and just exist with one another, barefoot in the sand.
I invite those of you who have not yet experienced Fusion to check it out this summer. We have a great line up of guest storytellers, delicious food, and welcoming table hosts to facilitate conversations.
The Power of Story
Telling someone else’s story is a massive responsibility. Even if there is an objective in the project (fundraising/ evangelism/ motivation), your first duty should be honoring the story of the people. Rev. Jack Hartman and Humanitarian Photojournalist, Allison Mayer spoke to us about that sacred power.
Pastor Jack shared a homily from Ezekiel 3:12-16 in which, after being sent to the people, the prophet sits among them for an entire week before speaking. This gave the people the chance to acclimate to each other, and the prophet the chance start understanding the people before he spoke.
Allison Mayer [https://allisonmayer.com/ ] told her stories of exemplifying that in her work as a Humanitarian Photojournalist. She told of working with people who, while being depicted as pitiable and tragic, live lives full of energy, hope, and love. She showed us beautiful pictures, and told stories of people who even in their need, are eager to give and share. She shared pictures that express the physical lack that the people have while also sharing their joy. As we learn the stories of others, we must commit to portraying the honest nuance in their lives.
On June 17th, our speaker will be Amanda Guthrie who served as a chaplain in Oregon working with people in the midst of acute mental health crises.
On July 15th, our speaker will be State Representative Chris Campbell who is currently representing the 26in district.
Learn more at www.trinitylafayette.org/fusion and follow Fusion on Facebook.
Room for All May 19 in Noblesville
You are welcome to attend a rally at Noblesville First United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the “Room for All” Coalition. This group has formed as a result of the most recent General Conference. Speakers are Rev. Mike Slaughter (Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference) and Rev. Adam Hamilton (pre-recorded) of Church of the Resurrection, the largest United Methodist Church in the nation.
This event will provide an opportunity to learn and dialogue about the future of the United Methodist Church.
Update from Governing Board
As you may be aware, the United Methodist General Conference recently convened to vote on sexuality and sexual practices, as well as a plan for "A Way Forward." The decision was unexpected and highly divisive. There is still much to be finalized, but it seems that a denominational divide is imminent. The exact shape of any planned division of the Methodist church is unknown, and the future is largely uncertain.
In light of this uncertainty, Trinity's Governing Board has unanimously voted to suspend conference apportionment payments. These funds cover administrative costs of the general conference. Don't worry - suspending apportionments does not mean that these funds will never be available for the general conference.
Our apportionments will be reserved in our savings account monthly. In the event an amicable solution is reached, apportionments can be paid out at that time. If the church divides, setting aside these funds now will provide Trinity United Methodist Church with the financial stability we need to continue our mission, "Growing in Love and Service Through Relationships with God and Community," in a manner that is most genuine and authentic to our congregation.
Mark your calendars for “History.” Following worship on Sunday, June 2 in the Friendship Room and on the evening of Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. in the Great Room the congregation will have two opportunities to craft our “congregational narrative” as Morris DuBose, our narrative consultant, facilitates two “story suppers.” The entire
congregation is encouraged to participate; but you only need to attend one of the two story events.
Morris and table facilitators will lead us in celebrating and “cataloguing” memories of such things as: past pastors, our
music program over the years, our missions and community outreach, how our surrounding neighborhood has evolved, memorable holiday traditions, etc. Light food and childcare will be provided at both events. This will be an enjoyable, interactive experience and will allow us to consciously shape our congregation’s narrative in preparation of celebrating our 200th anniversary in 2027.
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