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June 5th thru september 11th
8:15 am and 11:00 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
9:40 Christian Education for All Ages!
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor
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From the Pastor:
A Beacon of Hope
Many of you have heard about the newly formed organization, The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). I have been involved in this organization and I am excited for what lies ahead for this group and our church's connection and involvement with the WCA.
The WCA's formation is in part a response to recent instances of ecclesiastical disobedience within the United Methodist Church and the failure of our Episcopal leadership to defend and uphold parts of our United Methodist Book of Discipline. But more importantly the WCA is an association of congregations, clergy persons, and laity who are committed to promoting ministry that combines a high view of Scripture, Wesleyan vitality, orthodox theology, and Holy Spirit empowerment. I am excited that we have a resource that will assist us in understanding and celebrating what it means to be United Methodists from a Wesleyan context.
I was involved in the initial meeting in Houston, TX August 1 & 2 where we developed a formal structure for the WCA, selected officers and developed bylaws. On October 7, I attended the WCA Launch event in Chicago, IL. I came away from both events filled with hope for our denomination and our local church. The leadership of the WCA is made up of men and women who passionately love the Lord and are committed to the United Methodist expression of church.
I believe that the WCA will empower many of us who are frustrated with the leadership in the greater United Methodist church. The WCA has been accused, falsely, of being schismatic. We are not. But if the Bishops' Commission convenes a special General Conference in 2018 and waters down our fundamental Wesleyan theology and moves the church further to the left, I believe the WCA will be poised to challenge the UM Leadership and provide an alternative expression of Wesleyan Methodism.
Ready or not, change is coming for The United Methodist Church. I am excited that the Wesleyan Covenant Association is taking on a proactive stance for such a time as this. Former NASA Astronaut Jim Lovell once said, "There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen." I choose to follow Lovell's advice and I hope you will join with me.
Please continue to pray for Trinity United Methodist Church and add the Wesleyan Covenant Association to your prayer list.
I'm happy to entertain questions you may have about the WCA. Give me a call or go online at www.wesleyancovenant.org for more information.