While in-person worship is set to resume on June 14, we recognize that many people should not initially
return. If you are elderly, immune-compromised, or have a medical condition that places you at increased risk, please continue to engage with Trinity virtually. Although we miss being together, we want everyone to remain safe. Therefore, remote and in-person opportunities will continue simultaneously for the next several months.
Opportunities for Prayer and Reflection
Pastor Tracey is offering opportunities for Christian prayer and reflection with scripture in two contexts:
Sunday Prayer Gathering
Join us Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on Zoom for a virtual prayer gathering. Pastor Tracey always allows time at the end for fellowship. If you are missing some Trinity faces, log on and join us! It is a wonderful time to connect.
Meeting ID: 870 0612 9861
You may join by phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799
Please remember that when worship resumes on Sunday, June 14, the weekly prayer gathering on zoom will begin at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10. For more information on re-opening, visit http://www.trinitylafayette.org/back-together.html
If you have not yet had a chance to view the worship service provided by the conference, it is still available on the homepage (www.trinitylafayette.org). Pastor Tracey's sermon will be posted on the website on Sunday, May 31.
Outreach Initiatives During COVID
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our outreach initiatives during the pandemic. We received $957.60 to provides meals for IU, Franciscan, and Family Promise.
We are excited to share with you another outreach imitative taking place on June 23 at 6 p.m in the Trinity parking lot. As a part of the USDA Farmers to Families program Trinity United Methodist Church is partnering with Prairie Farms for a milk drive on June 23 at 6 o’clock. All community members are welcome to pick up a gallon of milk (or two) from the TUMC parking lot.
We will need three volunteers to help on June 23. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Pastor Tracey directly.
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:
Did you know that hospitality is considered a spiritual practice? Spiritual practices are those things we do to open ourselves to God’s grace and the transforming work of God’s Holy Spirit. So what makes hospitality an experience of God’s grace? In Genesis, chapter 18, the patriarch Abraham entertains three travelers. He invites them to stop and rest under a tree in a cool and safe location. He brings them water to wash. And he and Sarah, his wife, prepare a meal for the travelers. But, these are no ordinary travelers. They are referred to as men, but also as Lord. So the story teaches us, as Hebrews 13:2 clearly states, that we encounter the divine through strangers and guests. The word “hospitality” means “the love of strangers.” Each time I am on retreat at Benedict Inn, I am amazed at the extravagant generosity and graciousness shown by the nuns. As members of the Order of Saint Benedict, they follow his teaching that guests are to be received like Christ and, in fact, we welcome the presence of God in each person and circumstance.
One of the most important expressions of hospitality at Trinity is through the ministry of our Sunday morning greeters. Many of us have had the experience of visiting a church where we are either ignored or embarrassed. Neither feels good. True hospitality welcomes people while also providing them with space. True hospitality creates a safe, open and generous space that communicates welcome and respect. It means being fully present and attentive to another person. That is a rare gift and blessing in today’s fast-paced electronic culture.
Right now at Trinity, we are in great need of greeters. Please pray about this. Research shows that most people decide within the first several minutes of entering a church whether or not they will come back. So greeting is a very important ministry.
If you would consider being a Greeter, please let Pastor Tracey know.
When we welcome others, we serve as ambassadors for Jesus. And when we are attentive to our guests, we often experience God’s blessing through them. I hope you will consider this ministry need and opportunity.
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