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.
Learn more about Fusion here and follow Fusion on Facebook!
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.
Trinity has received a grant to enable Pastor Tracey to participate in the 2018 National Clergy Renewal Program. This is a competitive program and is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. The program allows congregations to support their pastors with the gift of extended time away from their ministerial duties and responsibilities. Throughout last winter and into spring, Trinity’s Governing Board and Pastor Tracey worked together to develop her grant application. The program is designed to provide pastors with extended Sabbath time away from ministerial duties and responsibilities to engage in reflection and renewal. The program allows congregations and clergy to collaborate in developing experiences that address their unique needs and goals. $15,000 of the grant is allocated toward Trinity for pastoral coverage and renewal activities for our congregation during Pastor Tracey’s sabbatical time. Tracey’s proposal was developed around Trinity’s Vision Statement: “Growing in love and service through relationships with God and community” and will include activities and experiences such as time spent in religious communities (monasteries, etc.) and travel with family. It will take place April 25 – July 25, 2019.
Pastor Tracey has been selected to participate in a two and a half year program for women clergy, partially funded by Lilly Endowment. The program consists of five 10-day retreats to support and equip participants to navigate and address the challenges of ministry. One retreat occurs each fall and spring through November, 2020. This program helps “women pastors establish a rhythm of prayer, engage in spiritual disciplines,” and build into their daily life a time of rest and worship. It provides personal and professional tools to assist women in ministry and develops peer and mentoring relationships. There are 20 participants representing 9 denominations and 14 states. The first retreat at Benedict Inn in Beech Grove will take place November 5-14, 2018.
Congratulations Pastor Tracey!
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.
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