Thank You, for everyone that came today, it’s nice to have people to talk to, when you are giving a report!
Since we last met, lots of things have been happening here at Trinity!
In May, there was a great Mother’s Day brunch put on by the youth group! The Ladies had an evening of fun with a non typical Fashion Show!, There was a Mexican Dinner fundraiser that was enjoyed by many!, And finally, the skit team, leaders, and volunteers began gearing up in anticipation for the 2019 Vacation Bible School.
June, started right out with our annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner, with about 85 people in attendance. We had our new member, recognition and brunch, welcoming 17 new members to Trinity. The Davison Festival of Flags presented a great opportunity for the Trinity Train were many kids and volunteers got Trinity’s name out into the community, and handed out over 800 invitations to VBS,along the parade route!
July came and many of the Council, Elders and Ushers had the opportunity to view an eye opening presentation, put on by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s department, regarding Church Security. Stepping into the middle of the month, a group of 7 Youth and 3 Chaperones attended the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Then, as July started to wind down, it was time for “Time Lab” this year’s Vacation Bible School program, which hosted 63 children and get this 43 volunteers!
August came which meant a trip to The Back to School blast, an event that numerous volunteers, shared their Trinity spirit, by passing out school supplies to upwards of 3,000 school aged children and their parents, and also showing Trinity’s love for our community!
As September entered the picture, plans were already in the works for our annual Back to Church picnic, where after Church, and the startup of all Sunday educational classes, approximately 100 people enjoyed that wonderful roast pig, along with everyone’s favorite dish to pass, and this year some wonderful musical entertainment as well, while we ate. This event also kicks off all the various bible studies that take place throughout the year, here at Trinity.
As October blew in, with its cooler weather, the Ladies were in hot pursuit of keeping us warm with the Harvest Dinner, that benefited the Trinity Building fund. Then as the month neared the end we enjoyed another great event, Fall Family Festival, with trunk-r-treat, skits, games, and of course the Trinity Train, this years event blessed us with the opportunity to interact with around 260 children and their parents, from our community as well as surrounding communities.
That leads us back to today:
The first weekend of Trinity’s, newly formed Safety Team, a ministry formed, thanks to Pastor Frusti and the leader of the group Keven Simmonds, Trinity member and retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy. The team will work like this: One person on each team will be medically trained for any situation that may arise, (heart attack, stroke, slip and fall or any other medical problem that could occur) this person will worship towards the back of the sanctuary for quick response. The second person will remain in the lobby to greet late arrivals, keep an eye on the parking lot, and allow re-entry if someone needs to leave for a few minutes. The third person will be a floater, and will assist wherever needed. This ministry isn’t intended to alarm people, it is just a step to ensure our building and grounds are secure and our congregation is safe, in our ever changing world.
A committee formed to begin planning a spruce up and upgrade to our sanctuary, and will hopefully be ready with a proposal to bring to you the voters at our May 2020 meeting.
The rounding up of all the children for the children’s Christmas Musical!
Preparations for a Veterans Appreciation program and dinner!
The fast approaching, Thanksgiving In-gathering, in support of the less fortunate.
Also, as we come to another calendar year’s closing and budgeting for Trinity in 2020, we found our efforts from last year, with a much tighter budget this year, has shown us a clearer picture of our church! Last year at this time, things were very tight, but even that didn’t stop Trinity from making over six thousand dollars in tithes by the end of the year! Using projections, and trends, this year is showing us that we should be on the same or even better track than last year, so even though we did not show a budget for tithes in our 2019 budget, I’m expecting to see even more given in tithes to missions, come this December. Just to clear things up, because of question has been asked, at the end of every year, If there are funds left over after everything is paid, all additional funds go to tithes, only what is needed to continue normal operations is retained. So, in other words, if at the end of December we have 10,000.00 left, about 3000.00 would be retained to start up 2020, and 7,000.00 would be sent to missions/tithing.
Trinity is very blessed to have the volunteer base that we have, these volunteers support such missions and ministries as, The Trinity Quilters, My Brothers Keeper, Franklin Avenue Mission, Senior Lunch Bunch, Family Promise, the Mentoring Ministry, and others I probably have missed, and that is just community outreach! There is also, Ushers, Elders, Greeters, Safety Team, Altar Guild, Office Volunteers, Salt Team, Praise Band, and the list goes on!. We certainly need to take the time to THANK each and every one of you, and the people that are not here today that help us support all of these missions and ministries, because money isn’t the only tythe, time and talents are huge also!
One more item: I would like to welcome a new secretary to the office, our own Shelly Alger has filled the spot left vacant by Tracy!
So anyway, to sum it up, if we look around, there’s lots of great things happening here at Trinity, we all need to give thanks, for how truly blessed we really are!