When it comes to knowing your Bible, when’s the last time you read a passage out of Obadiah? Or heard a message from Habakkuk? Let’s face it, if you start a daily Bible Reading program on January 1 as a New Year’s Resolution, chances are pretty good you’ve gotten off track long before you made it to those obscure last 12 books of the Old Testament—known as the Minor Prophets.
Many of us, if not most, have never truly studied the Minor Prophets, which is a shame because they tell us a lot about social injustice and what God thinks about the rich and powerful taking advantage of the poor and weak—a topic certainly relevant to our times! Plus, they give us insights into what everyday life was like during Old Testament times and show us how God deals with evil—then, now, and still to come.
Starting on October 6, Jeremy Grossman will be leading a new discussion series on the Minor Prophets, “Prophets by the Dozen,” with the Earth and Stars discussion group. This new study will focus on three objectives:
This discussion series will take place in two parts, with Part I starting October 6 and running through November 17:
Part II of the discussion will begin after the New Year. The group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 in the Great Room Conference Room. Adults of all ages are welcome. Refreshments are provided and childcare/youth classes are always available.
Built to Last: Celebrating 150 years at Trinity: 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Trinity’s historic church building. After our successful February anniversary event, two anniversary events remain this fall. Each event has a different character and has been geared to a different audience.
A vital mission for Trinity is the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon. Early in the summer, several Trinity members attended the Children’s Home Auxiliary’s annual meeting on the Home’s campus. Following the meeting and a delicious lunch, the members attended the grand opening of two new additional homes. Each of these homes houses 10 older teens who will be provided independence outside the home while still working with their Family Teachers to learn positive behavioral skills, academic skills, and independent living skills. The other four homes each house 8 youth bringing the total to 52 youth now residing on campus.
The unique design of the Lebanon campus is the Teaching Family homes, an open-campus group, where the children live in family-style, non-institutional environments with live-in married couples as the Family Teachers. The Home serves youth ages 14-19 who have behavioral, emotional, and/or minor substance abuse issues. The students receive services based on their individual needs and may include individual counseling, family counseling, social skills training, psychiatric/psychological service, education on or off campus, post-secondary education assistance, community-based employment, spiritual development, recreational opportunities, community service opportunities, and exposure to cultural experiences.
Also, a small group from Trinity attended the June graduation and luncheon for the eight graduating seniors. The Home has the James E. Davis School on site. This years, for the first time, a graduating senior was awarded a scholarship for post graduation schooling. This scholarship is possible from a generous donation of an Indiana couple. It is planned that 2 scholarships will be given each year. The Home has also recently seen a growth in the number of students wishing to be baptized.
FINALLY, TRINITY CONGREGATION, THANK YOU!!! FOR YOUR EASTER OFFERING OF $1,482 TO THE CHILDREN’S HOME AUXILIARY. The funds received by the auxiliary are used to provide special activities or items for the students. It has recently funded a pottery project, tickets for a cultural event, a grief garden, and a large handmade dining table for one of the new homes. The Auxiliary is made up of individuals from all over the state. If you would like more information about the Home, contact Norma Singley (a past president of the Auxiliary for 6 years), Chris Lilly, Jane Nichols, or Kay Franscoviak (present scholarship committee member). Tours of the homes, school, and chapel are available.
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.
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