Need some good news? Check out all the blessings that Trinity has experienced over the past few weeks:
Trinity Transportation Ministry: Many thanks to those who contributed toward the Easter offering for Trinity’s “new” used bus. We exceeded the amount our “donor match” was seeking! Our contributions (including one large gift) to date are $23,140. A team is assembling to sift through the current bus options to make the final decision for purchase. If you have skills related to vehicles and mechanics and would be willing to assist the team, contact Trustee chair, Frank Cederquist at firstname.lastname@example.org
PPP Loan/Grant: Trinity was awarded a Payback Protection Payment Loan. Susie Riley, Trinity’s Financial Secretary, and several Trinity board members worked on this process. Please thank them for their work which is a tremendous help to our church in this difficult time.
Connect Through Tech Grant: Trinity was awarded a Connect Through Tech Grant from Center for Congregations. This grant has allowed us to purchase a video camera, tripod and accessories, a webcam, and an outdoor sound system and accessories. These devices will help us in our ministry and outreach during COVID and into the future. Thanks to Morris DuBose and Lisa Nielsen who provided assistance in the preparation of this grant.
Like Us On Facebook: Would you like to continue to invite others to Trinity during COVID? Do you want to help our church grow? Do you want to support those who are struggling? Then, like us on Facebook and share the sermons, music, serving stories, and 20 at Twilight. Many are struggling during this difficult time. Provide a source of spiritual support by “liking” and “sharing” Trinity’s virtual and online resources.
Brickwork: While we were all away, Ziolkowski completed brickwork on the final side of our church building! During worship on June 14 we will celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. Please express thanks to:
Welcome Associate Pastor Suzanne Clemenz: We are pleased to announce that, beginning July 1, Suzanne Clemenz will be appointed as associate pastor (one quarter time) to Trinity to focus on the ministry areas of shut-in visitation and caring ministries. Pastor Suzanne is a North Carolina native. She answered the call to ministry four years ago and previously served as associate pastor at St. Andrew's UMC. Suzanne is enrolled in the Indiana Local Pastors Course of Study. She has degrees in English and women's and gender studies and was a doctoral student in the humanities at Purdue. She works at the YWCA focusing on services to domestic violence survivors and has long been engaged in social justice issues. Suzanne and her husband, Brent, reside in Lafayette with their three sons.
Pastoral Schedule: Depending upon COVID, Pastor Tracey anticipates ocular reconstructive surgery to take place in early July. If that surgery does take place as scheduled, preaching, pastoral and administrative duties will be covered by Melissa and Pastor Suzanne. Please watch the weekly E-blasts for updates.
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.
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.
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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