Fifth Sunday Council President Update July 28 & 29, 2018

Good Evening/Morning

I have a lot of information for a 5 minute update, so here goes!

Upcoming Events

Youth Update: Wednesday August 8th there will be another Youth Night at 6pm, also on Saturday August 18th the youth will be heading over to play some mini-golf at 11 am. These are great times to fellowship with other youth in the same age bracket. Make sure you bring friends, the more people the more fun! Also just as an informational item we are proud to have many of our youth group helping out with the VBS skit team, so, thank you to all of you!

On August 19th everyone is invited to come share in the celebration of Pastors 25th year in Ministry, It will be held in the Trinity room following service, and you can expect Brunch, Deserts and Refreshments. Please plan on stopping in for some food and fellowship!

Electronic Message Board

As you may have noticed, our LED sign out front has been sporting a new look, Blank and Black, well that’s not on purpose! The main controller in the sign decided to quit, we do not know if it was lightning, a power surge or just its time! The good news is, the sign is still under warranty so it will be no cost to us but, the bad news is we are at the mercy of how fast Cirrus will get it fixed. Last word was the part was due in on Wednesday from overseas, and they would expedite the part to our local representative.

Shoes & Sweatshirt Sunday

Coming up again this fall will be a collection for Franklin Avenue Mission, this year’s event will be a Sneaker and Sweat Shirt Sunday, so please start looking through your closets for gently used items you aren’t using anymore. The date for the event has not been set yet, but we just wanted you to be ready.

Social Media Wisdom

Social Media! It can be fun and interesting, and informative, but it can also bring controversy. A good example is you set up your account on Facebook, you spend a lot of time volunteering here at Trinity so, you put on your main page “Volunteer for Trinity Lutheran Church – Davison”, of course we are all proud of our affiliation with our church, so why not, its great advertising for the church, right! The place that this can be a problem is if you happen to have an opinion, whether its political or otherwise, and you decide to Like something on a page that people can see, and then someone doesn’t agree with you so they look at your page and see you are a volunteer at Trinity, they automatically assume that your opinion is Trinity’s opinion as a whole. We want everybody to share Trinity with the world, so please don’t stop getting our name out there, just be mindful of what comments and Likes on different things, might come back and hurt the image of your church.

Benefits of Online Giving

Your Church and Your Home, what do they have in common? Bills! As you all know, your bills come due once a month, so does your church’s. Summertime is always a more difficult time in any church because many people go on vacation, and that’s great, but if they are one of the people that only give when they attend, it can make it difficult for church’s to follow their normal routine. So, in an effort to level things off, it would help if everyone gave to their church on a regular basis, once a week, once every other week, once a month. A great way to do that is set up online giving that automatically sends their tithes directly to the church on a regular basis. Bill pay services are a great way to help balance your budget, as well as get your tithes and offerings to your church!  Your church council thought it would be beneficial to have a couple weekends this fall, that we would have people available to show anyone that is interested in the automatic transfer, how to set it up! The dates have not been set up yet but once we have them and we have people lined up for specific weekends we will post it in Heavenly Happenings and the Trinity Gram.

Outreach Events – Invite Someone

Fight Night! Its coming to Trinity!   OK’ Lets’ face it, all couples fight. Learn how to fight a Good Fight!  Coming in November will be this fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for your relationship. Fight Night; How to Fight Fair is for everyone – newlyweds, “oldy-weds,” seriously dating, engaged couples – anyone wanting to make a good relationship great! For a great evening plan on attending!

Lastly, Back to Church Sunday is September 16th, lets try to pack this place! It is the weekend everything gets back up and running after our summer break, Please make an effort to invite 1,2, or even more people to come out and worship that day, there will also be a Pig roast /picnic following Educational hour at 11:30, for some good old fashion fellowship!

Thank you for your patient

God’s Blessing to you all!

Food for the Poor Visit & Encouragement

Throughout the year, the members and friends of Trinity Lutheran Church invest time and finances in Christian mission work. Recently we again had the pleasure to be encouraged by inspiring accounts from foreign mission fields. These latest reports shared how we can support and pray God’s work at Food for the Poor.

Worshipers at both services on the weekend of August 4-5, 2018 we were blessed by the presence and message of Pastor Paul Short. In His sermon entitled, “Who Will Bring the Bread?”  Pastor Short shared the Good News of God’s grace in Jesus while telling about what God and His people are doing through Food for the Poor. Food for the Poor serves thousands of people in 17 developing countries throughout the Caribbean.  The ministry provides needed care through food distribution, well construction, home construction, and education for local people.

Prayer and God’s Work

Pastor Short explained how prayer is essential to all that is undertaken by Food for the Poor. With prayer, the financial gifts to the ministry make a much more significant impact in the areas served Food for the Poor. Prayer is so essential to the work of Food for the Poor, that the ministry’s headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida includes a room used only for prayer. The Food for the Poor prayer room is staffed nearly year round with volunteers praying for the ministry and those who support the ministry.

St. Andrew’s Fishing Village

Several years ago, a guest pastor from Food for the Poor visited Pastor’s Short’s congregation, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The people of St. Andrew’s were moved to generosity towards the ministry of Food for the Poor. Following that visit, the congregation of St. Andrew held a six-month “Christmas for Jesus” campaign from July through December in which members gave a special birthday gift to Jesus. The total of these gifts resulted in the construction of an entire fishing village in Haiti including boats, a storage shed. Below is brief video from the dedication of the St. Andrew Fishing Village:

Give to Food for the Poor

At the conclusion of each worship service, a door offering was received for Food for the Poor. Contributions are still welcome. If you would like to make a gift to Food for the Poor, we recommend that you use the mail-in, postage-paid envelopes that have been made especially for Trinity Lutheran Church. Please call or email the church office to request one of these envelopes.

Thank you for supporting Food for the Poor with your prayers and financial gifts. For more information about this amazing ministry, please visit their website.

Operation Arctic – DAY 3

We are more than half-way through Operation Arctic.  At Trinity Lutheran Church, we are so thankful to have so many children with us.  Jesus said, “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them” (Matthew 19:14). It is our desire that every child at VBS will meet Jesus and know Jesus loves them. Jesus changes lives.

In today’s skit we witnessed how Jesus changed Walt’s intimidating older brother: Winston.  Because of Jesus, Winston is a different man. Walt noticed the difference and wanted to know why. Meanwhile, Bobbie, Rico, and Ralphie continued to plot how to find treasure beneath the cabin.

Plans are underway for our Operation Arctic Picnic and Closing Program.  Parents, grandparents, and all are invited to join us. Come to the closing program in Trinity’s sanctuary at noon.

We hope that you will enjoy and share the pictures below .  .  . 

Operation Arctic – Day 2

Day 2 of Operation Arctic is behind us.  It was another fun-filled day making  new friends and discovering how the Bible is God’s coolest book ever.   During today’s skit, we were introduced to the “bad guys”: Bobbie, Rico, and Ralphie while Walt received a letter that left him more than a little upset.

Wednesday is sure to be another BIG day of at Operation Arctic. Be sure to join us and bring a friend. It’s not too late to be a part of this year’s fun. Remember Friday’s exciting CLOSING PROGRAM and PICNIC

Below are some pictures from today’s activities.  More photos will be added as they become available.

Personal Care Items Needed to Welcome New International Friends

Flint International Friends ministry is preparing to welcome international students with a practical and helpful gift.  When international students arrive for new student orientation at the University of Michigan – Flint, volunteers from Flint International Friends Association will be there to present them with a shower caddy that includes a variety of personal hygiene items. 

A shower caddy may seem like an unusual gift for college students who traveled thousands of miles to study in Flint.  However, this is a great help.  These items are helpful to someone who is thousands of miles from family, has no transportation, and may not know how to shop in his/her new country.

Over the coming weeks, Trinity members are asked to donate the following personal hygiene items for this project over the coming weeks:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hand towel
  • Mouthwash
  • Washcloth
  • Shampoo

A laundry basket has been set up in Trinity’s narthex to receive these donations over the coming weeks.

Flint International Friends Association (FIFA) seeks to befriend Flint’s international students and their families through Christ’s love. Throughout the year, this all-volunteer ministry offers conversational English Groups, outings to local attractions, connects students with American families for holiday meals, and other activities. 

Fifth Sunday Council President Update April 28/29, 2018

Good Evening/Morning

Since our last update we have a lot of things going on:

The carpet committee selected a carpet for the main level of the church, lobby, halls, stairs, Titus room, and so on. The council approved the purchase, and the new carpet is to be installed beginning this coming Monday, so next week when you arrive at church you should see a new, clean look in those areas.

The Elders are still working on just the right church security plan for us here at Trinity. We have been in contact with other congregations, as well as collecting information from governmental units, and are hoping to attend a couple seminars on the subject. Also, the new door security entry button and camera have been installed by the main entrance, once active the doors will remain locked during the day and the secretaries will be able to screen who enters the building, for their safety.  We hope to have this system up and working in the next few weeks.

We have a new part time secretary in the office working with Janet, she started last Monday, her name is Renay Baker, if you’re here during the office hours be sure to stop in and welcome her.

Next Sunday is our Bi-annual voters assembly meeting. The only action item on the agenda will be indicating our intent to call Deacon Bob as a Specific Ministry Pastor-Just a little bit about this: a couple years ago the deacon program was changed, it cut back on what a deacon could actually do at a church. It was decided that if the church wanted a Deacon to continue doing these things, that with additional training the deacon could become a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) for short. The program calls for the church they are serving to place a call for a SMP, specifying that person. This will allow Deacon Bob to participate in the SMP program and be considered staff here at Trinity. For us everything will remain the same as it always has been, there are no financial obligations or commitments. For deacon Bob it will mean a bunch of studying to do the same things he has been doing for years.

Currently we are looking for a superintendent for or education program. This person would be responsible for the Sunday School Program as well as Vacation Bible School Program. Carissa Anger is ready to take some time for other things. She has been doing this for many, many years. So, if you or someone you know is interested or would like more information, please drop a line or talk to Pastor.

There are copies of the Voters agenda in the narthex if you are interested in picking one up on your way out this evening.

Any time I get up to talk I always like to get in a plug about volunteers, as everyone knows, volunteers are what make a church run, so, anyone who would like to help out is always welcome, we are always looking for ushers, Sound and Light team members, Altar Guild, Praise Band members, Choir members, and Office help, other places that need a hand at times are quilter, Family Promise, Franklin Avenue Mission, My Brother Keeper, International Friends Ministry, The Mentoring Program, and many more  If you have time to help once or multiple time WE need your help!

Our second annual volunteer appreciation dinner will be June 5th, there will be more detail in the coming weeks, there is a signup sheet in the lobby to let us now you are coming.

One final note: this year’s Lenten and Easter Season Services were the largest attended we have had in many, many years! God IS good!

Thank you for this opportunity to give you this update of happenings here at Trinity!

God’s Blessing to you all!

Next 5th Sunday Update will be on July 28 & 29, 2018.

Following the Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, Pastor comforted us with words about our Good Shepherd caring for His sheep. As members of Trinity, we can see this happening as each Sunday we gather for worship. We don’t fear that when we arrive at church, the doors will be locked, soldiers will be on guard with guns, and our beloved sanctuary up in flames.

But that’s exactly what my friend from Pakistan’s family witnessed a couple of weeks ago when a neighboring church and school was set ablaze by militants. After my friend shared a video from her neighbors with me before Sunday’s Bible Class, I asked Pastor for prayer for safety as my friend flies back to Pakistan this week. If there ever was a time this international student needed to find the still waters of rest it was now. What awaits back home—in a country where Christians are persecuted daily is certainly on her mind and heart. And it should also be on our hearts as well—because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

This week, please include my friend and her family and her church in your prayers for persecuted Christians … as they are deemed as “dirty” and “shameful” by some of their unbelieving neighbors.

We also can rest in the fact that our friend is a Christian and that God’s promise to her is comforting: “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:3-4

Meeting other believers from around the world strengthens my faith. Join with us at Flint International Friends and become a friend to a person who needs one!

How Shall I Spread Abroad Thy Wonderous story?

Have you ever asked the question the hymn writer asks in our beautiful hymn we sang together at Maundy Thursday worship, “O Dearest Jesus, What Law hast Thou Broken? In verse 3 of the that hymn, the writer asks, “How shall I spread abroad thy wondrous story?” How do we tell the whole world that God loves each and every person so much that He sacrificed His own son, Jesus for our sins? We may support overseas missions or include the world’s lost in our daily prayers.

After Maundy Thursday worship, I asked my friend from Pakistan if she understood the service—after all her first language is Urdu, her second language is Hindi, and her third language is English. She smiled at me and nodded her head up and down.

“Even we sing the same hymns as you.” she said.

“Like which ones,” I questioned?

She started humming a familiar tune—the tune of O Dearest Jesus …and then in a beautiful soprano voice she sang this song for me in the Urdu language. What a joy to share with believers from around the world our precious Savior’s love in song. It reminded me of Psalm 86:9, “All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.” That evening this verse came true for me!

This was an Easter blessing I didn’t expect but I’m thankful to God to have the opportunity to sing with people from all over the globe. You can too! Find out how you can meet people from different parts of the world at Flint International Friends!

Holy Week at Trinity

This next weekend is Palm Sunday.  The day begins Holy Week –  the climax of the Lenten Season.  Holy Week includes special times of worship designed to help us understand and appreciate the price Jesus paid for our salvation.  This week also includes some faith milestones in the lives of our members. 

Please celebrate this special week with us at Trinity when we observe major events in Jesus’ life and celebrate significant faith events in the lives of our fellow Christ-followers.

Palm Sunday (Saturday) – March 24 – 6:15 p.m.

We recognize Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem less than one week before His crucifixion.  The crowds welcomed Jesus with hopes that He would become their king (Luke 19:28-40).  During this Saturday evening worship we  celebrate this event with a special service that includes our annual Palm Sunday Cantata featuring choir members from both our own choir and the choir of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Otisville.

Palm Sunday – March 25 9:15 a.m.

It’s Confirmation Sunday at Trinity!  While we celebrate the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, we also celebrate a faith milestone in the lives of several young people who have completed a two-year study of basic Lutheran doctrines.  We witness these young people confirm their Christian faith and we pray for them as they continue their journey as Jesus’ followers.

Maundy Thursday – March 29 @ 7:00 p.m.

On the night of Jesus’ arrest He celebrated His last meal with His disciples (Luke 22:14-23).  During this last meal, Jesus began the sacrament of Holy Communion which has been a weekly celebration for Jesus’ followers since the earliest days of the faith (Acts 2:42-46; Acts 20:7).  Our congregation gathers on this special Thursday evening to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ gift of communion.  We also celebrate this evening as some of our young members receive first communion after they have completed the “Early Communion Prior to Confirmation” course with their parents.

Good Friday Tenebrae Worship – March 30 – 7:00 p.m.

The name “Good Friday” hardly seems appropriate when we remember what Jesus endured and suffered on this day two millennia ago.  We gather and worship on this holy day to remember and appreciate what Jesus endured for us.  This is an specifically somber service: we begin by gathering in silence; we reflect on Scriptures that tell the account of Jesus’ suffering; and our service concludes in darkness.  Our youth play a significant role in this worship as they read God’s Word and extinguish altar candles leading to a worship that concludes in darkness. During this solemn worship we discover again that this Friday is “good” because of Jesus made it good through the terrible things that happened to Him.

Trinity’s 2017 Family Promise Contribution

This morning I had the opportunity to sit down with Mary Weeden who serves as Trinity’s Family Promise co-coordinator and Lindsay Moore, Network Director of Family Promise of Genesee County.   During this meeting in my study we had the pleasure of talking about our church’s contribution to Family Promise to help those who are homeless.  God’s people at Trinity are doing some good things together to provide shelter and meals to people who are homeless.  To be more specific, please look over the statistics below from our “2017 Congregational Review”:

Number of Host Weeks: 4 weeks in 2017 (15 weeks since 2014)

Number of Families Hosted: 11 unique families in 2017

Number of People Hosted: 35 unique people

Number of Night’s Sleep: 277 nights in 2017

Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,136

Amount of in-kind donation ($22.13 an hour/volunteer): $25,140

Family Impact: 24 (including one family from 2018) families who have stayed at Trinity Lutheran have successfully graduated from Family Promise and are maintaining their own homes.

Since March of 2014, Trinity members have taken part in 15 Host Weeks.  In order for us to continue this important ministry we need the continued support of our members.  Each host week presents dozens of opportunities to be part of Trinity’s Family Promise Ministry.  Please contact Mary Weeden for more information about Family Promise at Trinity.