Dear Trinity Friend:
In this season of COVID-19, we want everyone to stay safe. The decision has been made to suspend worship through Palm Sunday, April 5. We will communicate in early April regarding Easter worship. That will depend on where we are with this pandemic, CDC recommendations and government restrictions. In addition, beginning March 23, the church office will be closed. Staff will continue to check mail, print checks, etc. but will otherwise work remotely.
Finally, as already mentioned, if you are aware of a church member who is homebound or self-quarantining, and who does not have someone checking in with them regularly, please take it upon yourself to contact them every couple of days or contact the church office.
Effective February 1, Pastor Amber Traeger became responsible for visitation of Trinity’s members who are homebound and in care or rehab facilities, as well as the recruitment and training of our Friendly Visitors.
Pastor Amber became a ministry candidate in October, 2018. Following candidacy approval, she completed License to Preach School. Summer, 2019, Amber was appointed by the conference (¼ time) as Trinity’s Associate Pastor. With her additional visitation duties, her hours have increased to 15/week. Her primary duties include oversight of Living Stones Historic Preservation and the Caring Fund, preaching and liturgy approximately once per month, as well as her new role with visitation.
Amber and her husband, Ryan (who pastors Brown Street UMC) have two daughters, Magnolia (age 5) and Genevieve (age 3). Pastor Amber is a Lafayette native.
Hospitality is a clear and tangible expression of God’s grace! So, each month I’m going to try and share a couple hospitality tips to help us do our best at welcoming the visitors and guests God sends to us at Trinity. Remember, the Bible tells us that, when we welcome a stranger, we may actually be welcoming an angel – a messenger from God.
Tip #1 – Give our best attentiveness to our guests. We all love to see our friends when we come to church, right? But we need to remember how nerve-wracking, anxiety-producing, and awkward it can feel to visit a church for the first time… especially if we don’t know anyone.
On Saturday, January 18, a group of Trinity staff, board members, and other lay leaders met for a day to
review Trinity’s ministries and progress with regards to our mission and vision. Those attending the retreat included: Pastor Tracey, Pastor Amber, Melissa Kramer, Savannah Jewell, Ryan Wynkoop, Norma Singley, Gloria Thompson, and Steven Flowers. The theme of the retreat was Seasons. We inventoried all of Trinity’s ministries and programs and evaluated their season of life. Here are some of the more significant discussions and decisions:
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