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.
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Without volunteers, many necessary tasks and ministries would not be completed! We welcome your talents, skills, and spiritual gifts as Trinity seeks to grow in love and service through relationships with God and community.
Over the past several months, Trinity has been renovating the parlor behind the sanctuary and redesigning this space to become more versatile, welcoming and “user friendly.” The dark, narrow hallway between the parlor and sanctuary has been transformed into storage space. This will allow the renovated parlor area to be more versatile and will also keep our sanctuary space more neat and tidy. No Operating Budget or Building Endowment Funds were expended for this renovation. It was funded, primarily, with excess money from the sale of the Education Building, along with some designated member giving.
In the old parlor space:
We also hope our GREAT Room will be good space for our community. Toward that goal, on Sunday afternoon, October 28, at 4:00 p.m., we will host a “Movie Night” for our church and neighborhood in the GREAT Room. If you would like to assist with this outreach event (room setup, snacks, passing out invites to our neighbors, etc.), please contact the church office.
Finally, to be good stewards of our limited resources, Trinity did not use a construction company for this project. We secured individual bids for work that required professional expertise and utilized volunteers for non-professional tasks. Please express your thanks to Kristi Evans, Trustee chrp., and Bob Lilly, Maintenance Team Volunteer Coordinator, for all the work they did to make this renovation project a success.
For over a year now, people in Trinity have poured their time and energy, hope and prayers into the dream of Fusion. On Monday, September 17, Fusion became a reality. 44 people gathered in the newly christened GREAT room, and shared thoughts and fears, triumphs and hopes all through the lens of personal stories. On our theme of the intersection of the body and the soul, Pastor Tracey spoke about Elijah being refreshed by God on the mountaintop after weathering ordeal after trying ordeal. (The full story can be found in I Kings 19.) Highlighting that awareness of one’s own body, but also of the wisdom of the experiences of others, and the attention to the divine are necessary to balance a person’s spirit.
Jerri Painter from Pink Lotus Yoga was our first guest speaker and breakout session leader. We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural guest. Jerri shared her experiences through the worlds of recovery, faith, and yoga. A full video of Tracey’s homily, as well as Jerri’s presentation is available for viewing on Trinity Fusion’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/TrinityFusion) .
As we progress into the next three gatherings which will round out this year, we are excited to expand this program. Our next gathering will be October 15th: Faith and the Sexual Identity. We will explore the impact of human sexual identity on the development and maintenance of faith. We would love to see you there. Save the date for our November 19th gathering on The Spirit of the Nation.
Come check out Fusion every third Monday at 6 pm!
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