Fifth Sunday Council President Update – September 29 & 30, 2018

 Good Evening/Morning

Fall has arrived and we have lots of things going on here at Trinity!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is coming up in just a few short weeks; this year’s event is on Thursday October 25th!  It would be great to have everyone come out and open their trunks, and share candy for this huge outreach event for the children in our community. If you are available please sign up for a spot to pass out some goodies. If you are not able to attend but would like to help out, we are always in need of extra candy. If you can help that way it would be a huge help also, there will be a box in the lobby beginning this weekend until the 25th to collect bags of wrapped candy.

Electronic Message Board

As you may have noticed, our LED sign out front was back on for a short time then back off again. Well that’s about to change! Cirrus the manufacturer of the sign couldn’t get the controller to produce the same problem it was having here, so when pushed they offered us a new latest and greatest sign with a new 5 year warranty, the new signs do not come in the same size as ours was, so it would have been one foot narrower. The Church Council felt we should jump to the next size wider a foot wider than our current sign, so, with the very generous donations of a few of our parishioners the extra cost was covered. The new sign should arrive at Barry’s sign company this coming week, and he said he will get it in ASAP, so hopefully by October 8th we will be up and running.

Sneaker & Sweatshirt Weekend

Coming up the weekend of October 27th and 28th will be a Sneaker and Sweat Shirt weekend. This is an easy opportunity to support the Franklin Avenue Mission, so please start looking through your closets for gently used items you aren’t using anymore or new items will work also. Then please be sure to bring them the weekend of the 27th & 28th when you come to worship. This is a great way to help people in need!

Social Media Wisdom

Just a reminder about Social Media! It can be fun and interesting, and informative, but it can also bring controversy!  Please think before you “like” or “comment” on something, it could actually without intention hurt someone, or something, like your church or family, a good rule is to pray before you post!

Outreach Event

Fight Night! Coming up on Wednesday, November 7th will be this fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for your relationship. Fight Night; is for everyone – newlyweds, “oldyweds,” seriously dating, engaged couples – anyone wanting to make a good relationship great! This should be a great time, no counseling, just lot of fun! The cost is only $20.00 per couple and includes dinner and desert!

Tithes and Offerings

Tithes and offerings: they mean everything to your church, we all need to remember, the church pays bills also! Just a year of Gas and lights $15,000.00,  got to have coffee and flush the toilets! water and sewer bill $3,000.00, Lawn mowing and snow removal $9,000.00, Cleaning $6,500.00, Wages and benefits $152,000.00, Insurance $6,000.00, this just to name a few. This is just a reminder, when the church looses a member to job transfers,  being call home to be with our Lord, or for any other reason, your church loose that income. Sure, our main goal is to make disciples and outreach in our communities, but as long as we have a building there are bills. All churches have the same problem; it takes longer to grow your membership than it does to lose members. It is always a great time to ask a friend to church, it doesn’t have to be just back to church Sunday! Along with that it’s always a great time to set up equal monthly tithing to your church! Because just like your home, the bills come due every month.

Walking Club

And their off’ A walking club is being formed here at Trinity! On Sunday October 7th following church, we will have a short meeting in the basement for anyone interested in joining. We will meet on the 7th and figure out best days and times to walk! So, get your walking shoes out and plan on having some good old fashion fun and fellowship. If you would like more information please contact Gay Polley.

Trinity-T-Shirts

Trinity T-Shirts- It a great way to show everyone just how much WE LOVE OUR CHURCH”! They are great conversation starters to promote our church. Orders will be taken this weekend and the weekend of October 6th & 7th in the Narthex. There only $12.00 and they come in a multitude of colors.

Building Access

Its Locked! Yes when you come to the church during normal business hours you will find the doors locked. This is for the safety of our employees, staff, and volunteers! If you have a key, let yourself in and let the office know you are in the building, if not ring the doorbell and the office staff will be happy to let you in.

Voters Meeting

Coming up in the first Sunday in November is our bi-annual voters meeting; please make an attempt to attend! This is the budget meeting as well as the time we elect officers for the congregation. This year the terms that are up for re-election are Evangelism, Secretary, Fellowship, and Treasurer. Anyone that would like the opportunity to serve in one of these rolls, let us know, so we can list you as a candidate, sometimes change is good for an organization! One of the things we will be talking about also, is a possible next big project: maybe elevator, kitchen, restrooms, and more, this project will be the biggest yet and could run upwards of a million dollars. Our building fund has around $90,000.00 in it, so funding a project of this nature will be a topic also.

Thank you for tolerating this probably longer than 5 minute update! See you in December!

God’s Blessing to you all!

How Would You Answer This Question?

An international student at a Bible Study asked this question ….

“In our world, there are many people who can’t get a chance to know God and Christianity. How are they able to be saved?”

Think about how you would answer this question … then read on.

A Pakistani student who studied here in the US, went home after graduation and his Muslim family asked him what life in America was like? He didn’t know because like many international students studying here know, American friends are difficult to come by. Although he was here for years he never made any friendships nor was he ever invited into an American home — or church.

Won’t you help us change this situation so that those who have not heard can hear from you—the news that Jesus welcomes strangers and that He is the ONLY way to our Heavenly Father. Flint International Friends has been able to serve people from Pakistan and India with the Good News of Jesus – some have attended church here and are still worshiping our Lord and Savior after their departure.

You can help us reach out with the Good News. Our goal is to send students back to their home countries … armed with the love of Jesus to reach the unreached in their communities. We’re looking for people to host an international student or two, in their homes for Thanksgiving.

Interested?

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!