Hey Trinity family,
Blessings and peace to all of you as we continue to enjoy this beautiful summer weather. The Bible says: “There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.” I have to be honest with you; when COVID-19 shut us down back in March, I never expected that we would still be wearing masks, worrying about kids returning to school, figuring out how to celebrate Holy Communion, or shutting down college sports five months later. Nevertheless, this IS the “season” we’re in. We don’t know how long this “season of COVID-19” will last but we do know that God can use this worldwide disruption for His purposes. This is particularly true if we, as God’s people, will seek His direction, keep our eyes open to the opportunities and possibilities around us to engage God, God’s people and the world, and as we reflect on what God may be teaching us individually. As this “season” of life moves from a sprint to a marathon, I really want to encourage you to think about what we do have – not what we don’t have; what we can do and not what we can’t do, and to consider what God’s purposes may be in the midst of all of this –for you and your household and for us as God’s church located on Harper Ave, in Clinton Township.
With that said, we are working to move forward in ministry and so I want to pass on a few things to you. First, I hope by now you are aware of our August worship experiment. From now through Labor Day weekend, our 8 a.m. service will take place at 9 am. indoors, and our 11 a.m. service will take place outdoors each week, weather permitting. If we cannot go outside, we will worship in the sanctuary.
Second, if you are interested in being baptized, or having your children baptized, please, contact Jeremy Ashley. It was super cool to have our first baptism in five months a couple of weeks ago and we have two baptisms scheduled for our outdoor worship this weekend. This is super important so don’t wait.
Third, mark your calendar for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. This is when we will be hosting our Annual Meeting. This year, however, we will be livestreaming the meeting through our Trinity website. Between now and then you should be receiving a written version of Wisecracks that includes a copy of our proposed 2020-2021 budget. Plan to join us on the Aug. 26.
Fourth, let me say a few things about our Confirmation Ministry. Parents of new Confirmation students (this would be students entering 6th grade or older who have not yet started the confirmation program), please, be on the lookout for a pre-recorded video orientation. It should be coming out in the next couple of weeks. You can contact Blake Wright or Kristin Hardy if you have questions or to ensure we have your contact information. Also regarding Confirmation, we are planning for “in-person” confirmation modules. You will be able to sign up for confirmation modules on the Trinity website beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Finally, students who are planning to be confirmed in October, the 9th grade Confirmation Prep module is schedule for Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and 11.
Fifth, 1st Communion Class: If your child was in our 1st Communion class in March when everything shut down be on the look for information on how we will complete that process. Preparing our young people for meaningful and faithful participation in the Lord’s Supper is a high priority that we will be addressing as soon as possible.
Sixth, I want you to be aware of your opportunity to participate in a KINDLE group this fall. KINDLE groups are an opportunity to connect with 3 other people, for 8 weeks, where you will follow a journey guide that helps you to engage scripture each day and consider how that scripture speaks into your life and helps to form you as a more fully devoted follower of Jesus. Here’s what one recent participant said about their KINDLE experience.
“Through KINDLE, I realized my faith had become very routine and I had not been challenged in a long time. Self-reflection led to change and renewal. I’m excited to be excited about my faith again!”
That’s pretty awesome. Maybe KINDLE is just what you need at this time. For more information contact Sue von Fange.
Seventh, (I know, it’s a lot) our Parish Nurse Lisa Riviera will be hosting another Grief Share Group this fall. If you, or someone you know, needs some support as you go through the grieving process contact Lisa. I really believe you’ll find the Grief Share experience to be super helpful. Give it a try.
Last but not least, with the cancelling of Big 10 Football this fall I am finally guaranteed that my beloved Michigan Wolverines will not lose to either the Spartans or Pastor Gary’s Buckeyes. At this point I’ll take whatever I can get. Lord, have mercy.
Remember, “There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.” Blessings and peace to you as you think about God’s purpose in this season of Covid and as you live by faith and not by fear.