Oranges have long been considered a special treat at Christmastime. Years ago when oranges were costly and scarce during the winter, they were a highly appreciated delicacy. Santa often left these sweet fruits in the toe of a child’s Christmas stocking as a simple but much-treasured gift.
The Christmas Orange reminds us that a simple gift, chosen with Care and given in Love, is the greatest gift any of us can give. From December 2 – 30, the Earth & Stars Discussion group will focus on the topic of giving Love in the simplest ways during the holiday season. The group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM in the Great Room conference room. Refreshments are provided and child care is always available. Everyone is welcome to join!
Learn more on the Adult Ministries page.
Trinity Fusion's second meeting was a wonderful time. Pastor Tracey shared an inspired reading of the story of The Woman at the Well from John chapter 4. She helped us reflect on the interaction between Jesus and the woman as a quest to build a relationship between God and a people fragmented by tradition. After that we were privileged to have Jacob Wolverton of Team Friendly Indiana (and former music director at Trinity) speak at our second meeting of Trinity Fusion. He engaged the audience in the stories of the interaction between the church and the LGBT+ community. Check out his speech on our Fusion Facebook Page. Check out his advocacy work at https://www.facebook.com/teamfriendlyIN/
Attendance at the September and October Fusion Gatherings has been in the mid-forties. Our October Fusion included several people only loosely connected to our congregation as well as 4-5 individuals who have not attended any prior Trinity gatherings.
As we enter the Harvest season, Trinity Fusion is going to take a look into the narratives of First Nations. We will hear from a Native American speaker on navigating an inherited identity and making it your own. Join us on November 19th at 6:00 pm in the GREAT room.
Learn more about Fusion here and follow Fusion on Facebook!
If you read the title of this article, I imagine you were expecting a different interrogative pronoun. The question normally asked is, “What’s for Dinner?” But this Thanksgiving, I’d challenge you to ask “Who’s for Dinner?” as in “Who might I be able to invite for dinner?”
Church is not a place, but a community of people. Church is not just about worship or Sunday School or meetings. Church is the people with whom we are called to “do life” together.
In recent years, I’ve become aware of three Trinity folks who invite others to their home for holiday meals. Some of our members don’t have family close by for a variety of reasons. But church is family so what a perfect time to come together for a holiday meal.
This year’s stewardship theme “Setting the Table for Trinity” reminded us that Jesus’ mission of “seeking and saving the lost” was accomplished through table fellowship. Around the table is the place where we connect and grow closer to God and one another. There is something sacred about table fellowship.
If you would like to invite someone for dinner this Thanksgiving and are unsure who to ask, speak to Pastor Tracey. She can provide some recommendations. If you are a member without family and would like to join your Trinity family for Thanksgiving dinner, let Pastor Tracey know. What a blessing it is for us to gather around the table with one another.
Each month the Trinity newsletter will focus on a component of Pastor Tracey’s sabbatical. This National Clergy Renewal Program is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc
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