February 19, 2020
 
 
 
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…connect with others....

  Free Community Meal in the Fellowship Hall.....Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.  Join us for food, fellowship and friends.  

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Dessert Social, Sunday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your family and friends and a dessert to share! A light lunch will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Stewardship/Generosity Team to create an opportunity for sharing time, desserts, and enjoyment with each other. Come and have a great time!

Reconciling Ministries Explores Graceful Engagement  By Jerry Harwell, (906)239-6390
      The Reconciling Ministries group continues to meet the second Sunday of the month after the 10:30 service. This Core Team has begun the journey of becoming a Reconciling Community within Trinity United Methodist Church. We have explored the meaning of grace and the benefits of getting to know others in our congregation, regardless of their views on the LBGTQIA+ initiative.
      During our exploration of Graceful Engagement, we reflected on scripture passages including:
· Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
· The Woman at the Well (John 4:4-26)
· The Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40)
· Peter Cutting Off the Ear of the Malchus (Matthew 26:51-52)
· Jesus on the Cross (Luke 23:34)
      In each of these contexts, Jesus models a form of discipleship. Jesus treats each person with whom he interacts—those who genuinely seek him out as a teacher and those who seek to destroy him—as a beloved child of God. Christ’s encounters are always filled with grace. The goal is to always model Graceful Engagement.
 
Graceful Engagement IS:
  • Living together in relationship and compassion.
  • Fully valuing other people and their beliefs, even when they differ from our own.
  • Listening more than speaking.
  • Meeting people where they are, not where we want them to be.
  • Doing work in community.
Graceful Engagement is NOT:
  • Debate.
  • Forcing our opinion on others through argument.
  • Exclusion or outrightly condemning those with whom we do not agree.
  • Homogeneity around scripture and theology.
      In the same way Graceful Engagement flows throughout the journey of becoming Welcoming & Affirming, relationship-building is another foundation tool we will use throughout. Jesus’ core ministry was about gathering and bringing people together to build relationships. Jesus felt strongly about this, declaring “for where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them.” (Matthew 18:20 NRSV).
We will be utilizing a One–to–One Tool to get to connect with others in the congregation and learn what is important to each other.
      In the coming months, we will continue the journey by gathering information and doing a congregational assessment, building relationships, and providing educational opportunities, while being engaged in Scripture.   Please visit RMnetwork.org for more information, or join us on February 9 after the 10:30 worship service.

 

Reconciling Ministries Group Update  With the blessings of the Church Council, the Reconciling Ministries group has decided to work toward become a reconciling community within Trinity UMC. The suggested path is an 11-step study. We will begin our study December 8 after church and will meet the second Sunday of the month thereafter.

Many people have asked why the process is called reconciling. First, I would like to start with some definitions of reconcile:  rec-on-cile, VERB  To restore friendly relations between.  Cause to coexist in harmony; make or show to be compatible.  Make consistent with another.  To settle a disagreement

After contemplating the definition, I feel reconciling is the perfect name for the process, as we begin to restore relationships, coexist in harmony, and attempt to settle disagreements within the church as a whole. I encourage all like-minded persons to become a reconciling individual at http://www.rmnetwork.org . There is a wealth of information on the website.

There are three types of Reconciling groups, each requiring a slightly different process and group of decision makers.

1, Reconciling Church – an entire congregation votes to adopt a statement of affirmation and affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).

2. Reconciling Community – a small group, such as a Sunday school class, youth group, UMW circle, music ministry, camping ministry, etc. In some churches, a new group is formed specifically to become a Reconciling Community. The entire group votes and is making the decision only for the group, not beyond. Church members who are not part of this group do not participate in the vote.

3. Reconciling Campus Ministry – a campus ministry vote typically includes student members and leaders, staff, and the Ministry Board. It is up to each campus ministry to determine who should vote, but the general rule is the more people involved, the better.

      Congregations, communities, and campus ministries who affiliate with RMN embrace RMN’s commitment to achieving LGBTQ justice and full inclusion in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and in practice. They engage in the ministry of Reconciliation in two ways:

1. Outreach, welcome, and intersectional ministry with and for LGBTQ persons in the local setting.

2. Creating opportunities to engage in dialogue, building relationships, and advocating for the necessary changes to Church policies related to ordination equality, marriage equality, and the availability of funds that help make LGBTQ justice a reality.

      Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) was formed in 1984 to establish a landscape of LGBTQ-affirming churches that would oppose discrimination in The United Methodist Church. Now with over 1,000 Reconciling Churches, Communities, and Campus Ministries, 40,000 Reconciling individuals, and bold new forms of Reconciling ministry taking shape around the world, that’s exactly what Reconciling United Methodists have done.

      No matter what shape the United Methodist diaspora takes in the future, LGBTQ children of God will continue to be born and will continue to seek Christian community that affirms them. That’s why RMN will continue to do what it has done for 35 years: create, equip, and mobilize a movement of Methodists who will not wait for a General Conference to tell them how to be like Jesus, but will embrace and celebrate LGBTQ people today. – Jerry Harwell (231)649-1179

 
 
 
Mini-Fair Bazaar and Luncheon,
Saturday, October 19 from 10:30 to 1:30
Be sure to mark your calendar for this great event. Everyone from Trinity is asked to participate.
Your home-canned goods (jams, jellies, relishes, etc.), cookies, cakes, pies, candies, and baked goods always add to the Country Kitchen being a big success.
If you knit, crochet, do needlework, or make jewelry, these items are in big demand.
Check around your home for good, used items that you can contribute to the Resale Shop. Mark items with a suggested price, please, and have them at church by Thursday, October 17.
 
We appreciate cash donations, too. Keep Saturday, October 19 open for a fun-filled day!
We’ll also have frozen homemade ravioli and soup, plus nuts for sale.
Lunch is served from 11:00 to 1:00, and donations are always appreciated. Please sign up when the list comes around. The menu includes hot sandwiches, a salad bar, an assortment of pies, and beverages.
 
  

Let us celebrate our   ‘Devotion to Generosity!’

Pumpkins & Potluck

Join us Sunday, October 27, following the 10:30 worship service.

Sharing time together as a church family. Fun for all ages!

Please bring a dish to pass.

Share favorite pumpkin recipe ideas.

Pumpkins will be available for carving and decorating!