By Kay Franscoviak
What is your prayer style? Are you Tevye of Fiddler on the Roof who sings his prayers to God as he works? Do you have a special place that especially provides you with solace away from the daily routine? Are you an early riser who prays or maybe a “pillow talk” person who prays when the head hits the pillow? What are your prayer tools? The Bible? A devotional book? A personal journal? Are you not sure how to format a prayer?
The recent Trinity discussion group “Your Personality and the Spiritual Life” reflected on people’s personalities as indicated by the Meyers-Briggs personality test. One of the areas examined was methods of prayer that fit the variety of personalities. No one technique is the right one. Some people need to quiet their active service momentarily to cultivate quietly a sense of Christ’s companionship; others will find daily structured prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer to be the most effective style. Others find telling Jesus their needs and then waiting silently for Him. Opening up yourself to God by recording your spiritual insights in a journal is another prayerful technique or write your own prayer or read prayers written by others. Devotion books such as The Upper Room are another way of prayerful living. Breath prayer is another alternative, i.e. “Lord, Help me live a life that is serving others and pleasing to you.” Finally, just opening your heart of feelings and concerns to God as your best friend can be done in a quiet moment. Find your prayer style and practice it daily.
“Prayer is more than a declaration of our needs and our praise. It is a return to God of the divine breath (or Spirit) that animates our life toward God.” The Wesley Study Bible NRSV
Please remember to address your Trinity concerns with the governing board—Bronwen Everton, Kenny Jones, Susan Eicher, Norma Singley, Kay Franscoviak, Jeremy Grossman, Kristi Evans, Claudia Alenduff, Dinah Dalder, Ryan Wynkoop and Pastor Tracey and in prayer with God.
Great news, we have received a grant from the DNR once again to assist with the restoration of our bricks. Some of you may have noticed ads in the Journal and Courier advertising for bids to complete the west elevation of the church; this bidding process is a requirement of the grant. We are currently in the bid review process and will announce the contract as soon as possible. Work on the west elevation will begin sometime in late August or September.
You may have noticed carpet has been removed from the parlor and a new sub-floor is down. This floor will remain the only flooring until after the paint has been removed. A licensed contractor will remove lead paint on all wood surfaces in the parlor. This process will take two weeks and will begin in August. As soon as the paint is removed we will install new flooring and have new furniture delivered, so that the room will be ready for use in early September. As part of the parlor renovation, we have also converted the hallway between the parlor and sanctuary into a closet.
A new ramp door has been ordered and will be installed in the next couple weeks, along with repaired side glass for this door.
The labyrinth has been removed and sod will replace it as phase 1 of the garden refurbishing begins. We will work to create a welcoming, safe space.
Finally, our maintenance team works most Friday and Saturday mornings, and always has room for one more. If you’re
concerned about the skills required, they have tasks for every skill level and would love to have you join them.
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