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By Henry Blackaby
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Music Ministry Welcomes Two New Choral Scholars/Choir Leaders
Trinity will welcome two new choir leaders this Fall. Lizzy Hayes, mezzo soprano and Nigel Rowe, tenor.
Lizzy, a native of Lebanon CT, comes to us having recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. Lizzy has sung numerous opera roles with the UConn Opera Department, Hartford Opera Theatre and Opera Theatre of CT, as well as a soloist with the University of Connecticut Choir.
Lizzy is a voice teacher in the Hartford area and is excited about joining Trinity's Music Program and singing with the Trinity Choir.
Nigel Rowe is a native of Connecticut, having grown up in West Hartford. He attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where his passion for classical music grew. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance. While there, Nigel performed in operas, musicals, plays, as well as recital work, in which he found his true passion.
Nigel has most recently come back from seven months in France working as an English teacher for elementary school students, and is excited to be singing with the Trinity Methodist Church.
THE DENEILLE PALMER BIBLE MINISTRY
A ministry has been established in memory of Deneille Palmer by her mother. Deneille was an 11-year old girl from Jamaica, who lost her battle with leukemia and died in April, 2014. Deneille would get very concerned if people attended church without a Bible.
If you have gently used Bibles at home you no longer need and are willing to donate, please contact Marie Kinkead at 860-752-2312 or place the Bible(s) in labeled box in Fellowship Hall.
Thanks and God Bless.
Wherever You Go
Graduations bring a commencement, or beginning, of new things.
Graduates — and all Christians — can trust in the promise of Joshua 1:9 (NIV): "Be strong and courageous … for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Toni-Ann Bucknor—Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Central Connecticut State University
Calliana (Calli) Jeanne Faulk—Windsor High School. Calli plans to attend RPI in the fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Patricia Ferron—Masters in Nursing Administration & Leadership from University of Hartford.
Faith Gilbert—in August, Master of Science in Physician Assistant from DeSales University.
Mimi Otaluka—South Windsor High School. Mimi plans to attend Clemson University in the fall.
Julia Scammon—Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield, CT. Julia plans to attend UConn's West Hartford campus in the fall.
Alex Sedergren—Castleton State College in Castleton, VT.
Please note this list represents the information we had at the time of printing. We apologize if you are a graduate and your name is absent. There is still time to be recognized in the church bulletin if you contact the church office @ phone 860-688-9245 ext. 100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Origin of
One Sunday in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a sermon honoring mothers. Her mother had died some years before, so her father had raised her by himself. Dodd wondered why there wasn't a day to honor fathers, so she arranged a tribute to her father at a church in Spokane, Washington. The date was June 19, 1910. Many people believe this was the beginning of Father's Day.
Another account holds that a West Virginia church held a tribute service for fathers in 1908, following a mine explosion that killed 360 men. Regardless of which story is correct, Present Calvin Coolidge was the first president to designate a special day to honor fathers. In 1924, he proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
10 Reasons Everybody at Church Should Wear a Nametag
By Chuck Lawless
"It's simply easier to talk with others when you are on a first-name basis."
At many conferences and meetings I attend, I am expected to wear a nametag. The business world thinks about nametags, but the church world gives them too little thought. Here are ten reasons EVERYONE in church ought to wear a nametag.
Few people know everybody in the church.
Even in the smallest churches, it's sometimes difficult to remember everybody's name. If/as the church grows, that task becomes even more difficult. Nametags allow us to admit that struggle while providing a way to overcome it.
2. Leaders need help with names.
I want to know everybody's name in my church, but I'm not gifted with that kind of memory. I admit I need help if I want to be the best church leader I can be. I would much prefer calling people by name as I minister to them – and nametags allow me to do so.
3. Nametags invite conversation.
Knowing another person's name breaks down one barrier to conversations that church folks ought to feel comfortable having. It's simply easier to talk with others when you are on a first-name basis.
4. Knowing names makes fellowship more personal.
While calling each other "brother" or "sister" sounds good (and is theologically on target), that nomenclature is often a cover up for "I'm sorry I don't know your name, and I'm embarrassed to ask." As long as conversations remain at the anonymous "brother" and "sister" level, fellowship will remain surface level.
5. Nametags save embarrassment.
We've probably all called someone by the wrong name, only to realize it later (or perhaps even within the same conversation). If "brother" or "sister" is a gentle way of saying, "I don't know your name," using the wrong name is an undeniable way of doing so. That's embarrassing for both parties.
6. Nametags are an inexpensive way to promote outward focus.
The church that says, "We don't need nametags since we already know everyone anyway" is probably saying more than they care to admit. My guess is they see few guests at their church, and they probably aren't expecting any. On the other hand, using nametags is one way to say, "We expect God to send us guests, and we want to be ready for them."
7. Guests feel less conspicuous.
I understand why we might give guests a nametag, but doing so for them alone actually makes them even more noticeable – and puts them at a disadvantage in conversations. I know their name, but they don't know mine if I'm not also wearing a nametag. Guests should never be the ones who must do the asking.
8. Saying to someone, "Please let us know your name" also says, "We want to know you."
Much has been written about guests' desire for anonymity in churches, but I take a different slant on that issue. People who come to a church are looking for something. They often welcome care and concern. What they don't want is to be smothered and made uncomfortable. That's a different issue, though, than simply wanting to know them by name.
9. A "nametag" ministry provides opportunities for service.
Somebody must purchase the nametags. Somebody must distribute them. Greeters must remind folks to get their nametags. And, likely, somebody must clean up the "peel and press" nametags that wind up on the floor after the service. The opportunities for members to get involved in a simple but significant ministry are numerous.
10. Leaders risk little by trying this approach.
We're not omitting a ministry from the budget, re-writing the church constitution, or killing a sacred cow with this approach. We're simply asking people to wear a nametag to promote fellowship and welcome guests. If this ministry fails – and I don't think it will if leaders promote it properly and patiently wait for it to enter the DNA of a congregation – the church has lost little.
Need a Name Tag? Sign up on the clip boards by the entrances to the Narthex on the Name Tag Boards!
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HAVE YOU SEEN TRINITY'S NEW WEEKLY
On Thursdays, Trinity's e-newsletter is sent. Be sure to look for it as the activities for the following week or so are included therein. Please check your "spam" box to make certain it has not landed there. If you are not receiving the newsletter, please contact the church office at email@example.com
Attention Andrew Ministers
We have been hearing many personal testimonies during the Sunday School sessions. Many are saying that they have been greatly encouraged by this. One of the other benefits is that our church is growing closer together in Love.
We are going deeper into our relationships as a congregation. Please pray that we will have more opportunities to share within the small groups as well. The word of God is going forward and we expect great things to happen as a result. If you have had an opportunity to share your testimony with your family or friends, please let us know.
Also, it is essential to keep this in prayer. We have more "Andrew Cards" available to add names of the people that we are trusting God for salvation. Please see me if you need one.
Also, if you want to know more about this ministry, please contact,Kevin Searles, Lynda Peters, Elena Peters, Pam DiGiore or myself.
Sharing the Kingdom,
JOIN THE MUSIC MINISTRY AT TRINITY
Please email Bob and Eileen Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Cherub Choir (ages 4-gr 2) Rehearse Sunday Mornings in the Wesley Room from 9:25-9:40 AM and sing once per month at both Sunday morning services (usually on the second Sunday). Directed by Gloria Nicholson and Janet Keyes. First rehearsal – Sunday, September 14.
Joyful Noise Choir (grades 3-6) Rehearse Sunday Mornings from 9:25-9:40 AM in the sanctuary and sing at both Sunday morning services every 4-6 weeks. First rehearsal – Sunday, September 14.
Youth Singers (grades 7-12) Rehearse on Thursday Nights from 6-6:30 PM and sing periodically during the year. First rehearsal – Thursday, October 2 in the sanctuary.
Trinity Choir (High School and Adults) Rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:45 PM and lead worship each Sunday at the 11 AM service, as well as at special services and concerts. First rehearsal —Thursday September 4 in the Choir Room
Joyful Bells (grades 3-6) Rehearse in the Sanctuary on Thursday evenings from 5:15-5:40 PM during Pioneer Club season (October-April). First rehearsal — Thursday, October 2.
Youth Ringers (grades 7-12) Rehearse on Thursday nights from 6-6:30 PM and play 3-4 times per year. First Rehearsal – Thursday, October 2 in the sanctuary.
Trinity Ringers (Adults) Rehearse on Thursday Evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM and play each month. First Rehearsal —Thursday, September 4 in the Sanctuary.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE:
Praise and Worship Team (High School and Adults) Singers and instruments- rehearse on Selected Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM and lead worship each Sunday at the 8:15 AM Service.
C.S. Lewis on Giving
"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them." — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), English author and scholar
MOMS IN PRAYER
The Windsor Moms in Prayer group invites you to come and pray for children, their teachers and their schools.
"Are you a mom who loves her children and wants them to grow to be loving, confident and successful? Moms in Prayer International impacts children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray. Our vision is that every school in the world would be covered in prayer."
Find out more about joining or starting a Moms in Prayer group for your child's school by visiting http://www.momsinprayer.org/ or
contact Lynda Peters at email@example.com for the Windsor School District MIP group. There is currently a group meeting Thursdays 9-10AM; more groups will be starting soon. All women with a heart for children and a heart for prayer are welcome.
MEN'S MINISTRIES AT TRINITY
Band of Brothers welcomes men who would like to stop on their way to work for breakfast, fellowship and Bible study. We meet every Wednesday, 6:15 AM, in the Great Room Kitchen, beginning October 2nd. We will use the Vertical Church as our first study, after that we will be doing a verse by verse discussion and study of …come and find out.
Trinity Educational Development Corporation 501(c)3
Trinity Educational Development Corporation is dedicated to serving the educational needs of families in Windsor and the Greater Hartford area and to foster and promote the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being of children ages 2-18.
You Can Help:
* If you give to the United Way at work, please remember us by designating code M1080.
* Check with your employer. Do they match gifts? Do they give donations to organizations such as ours?
All you need
When I was a little girl...I went to my father and said, "Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ."
"Tell me," said Father. "When you take a train trip to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?"
"No, Daddy. You give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train."
"That is right," my father said. "And so it is with God's strength. Our Father in heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ. He will supply all you need just in time."
—Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord
"Are you interested in serving the members of Trinity? What about literally "serving"?! We're in need of folks to serve Communion during the 8:15 and 11:00 services on the first Sunday of each month. Since we now do it by intinction, we need only 2 people for each service--one to offer the "body of Christ" (bread or pita) and one to offer the "blood of Christ" (silver chalice of grape juice). It is much easier now that we don't use the heavy silver trays or have to walk around the communion rail. If you would like to learn more about it or sign up for the coming months please contact Margie D'Agata at BPMargieD@aol.com or (860) 688-3560. You WILL be blessed!"
Did you ever wonder what you could do to serve the local body of Christ? Well, wonder no more!! Ushering is an easy way to serve and assist with the Sunday morning worship. Basically, you are another greeter of people, you give them the Sunday bulletin; if it gets crowded, you assist people in finding seats and you take up the offering. Once a month, you help keep the Communion time running smoothly and allow the congregation to concentrate on receiving the perfect sacrifice that Jesus offers them.
Generally, when we are in the Sanctuary, you would serve for a month, in the summer the commitment is only two weeks. We need people to serve at both services. Also, if you're flexible as to which service that you attend, that would be helpful.
If you are interested or have any questions, please speak to Steve McGoldrick or drop an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call him 860 683-1269. If you've never ushered before, we'll arrange a time to go over roles and responsibilities.
New Communicator Cards
Have you noticed the new Communicator Cards in the pews? If you are a Visitor, have new or changed Contact Information or a Prayer Request, please fill out a Communicator Card and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office. The new system will cut down on printing costs and still provide us with important information for follow-up.
Living Into Faith
Tony Campolo tells of two young men who wanted to participate in Urban Promise, his inner-city ministry. Yet they had a concern: "We don't believe in God. Can we still serve?"
After pausing, Campolo answered: "Yes, you can serve with us, but you'll have to pretend you believe. You'll have to pray and worship with the group, go to Bible study, teach the kids about Jesus, go through the motions all summer long. If you'll do that, you may help."
By summer's end, these young men were no longer pretending; they'd come to truly believe in Jesus. Furthermore, both went on to become priests in the Church of England.
We often speak of "living out" our faith, but what about "living into" it? Sometimes belief leads to profound experiences; other times, what we experience leads to profound belief.
The Water's Fine?
While a tourist vacationed on the Florida coast, his boat capsized. Although he could swim, his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft and praying aloud. Spotting an old beachcomber on shore, the tourist shout-ed, "Are there any gators around here?"
"No," the man hollered. "They haven't been around for years!"
Relieved, the tourist began swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there, he asked, How'd you get rid of the gators?"
"We didn't do anything," the beachcomber re-plied. "The sharks got 'em."
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Ever Wondered what the Pastor's Discretionary Fund is all about? You are not alone. To assist the congregation in understanding the use of the fund and as a guideline for its use, The Finance Committee recommended and Church Council approved the following Pastor's Discretionary Fund Policy.
Trinity United Methodist Church
Pastor's Discretionary Fund Policy
The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is intended to give the Senior Pastor discretion and authority, within the limits and guidelines below, to provide confidential financial support to persons in need, to programs, scholarships or other expenses that are not totally covered by the regular annual budget, and may also be used to provide support to other faith based charitable organizations whose mission and purpose are consistent with the mission of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Funds for this account may come from designated giving as well as budgeted funds and will be deposited to, and withdrawn from, the designated account within the General Fund.
No checks will be made out to cash. Every effort should be made to write checks directly to a merchant or agency for goods or services.
The Senior Pastor has sole authority to determine the appropriate distribution of the discretionary funds. No funds shall be used for the benefit of the Senior Pastor or any of the Senior Pastor's immediate family members.
A reimbursement check may be written to the Senior Pastor for expenses that fit the guidelines, but only when a receipt or signed affidavit is presented.
This fund is not to be used as a reimbursement account for a Senior Pastor's business expense nor to augment, reward, nor as a gift to any regular staff member of this or any other organization.
Donations to the fund may not be designated to a specific individual.
The Financial Secretary and or Church Treasurer shall maintain the requisitions submitted by the Senior Pastor on file, and they shall be available during the annual Church audit when the Pastor's Discretionary Fund account is audited along with the other Church accounts.
Adopted by Trinity United Methodist Church, Church Council on December 7, 2011
If you are interested in making a donation to the Discretionary Fund, write your check to Trinity United Methodist Church with a note in the memo section "Discretionary Fund" and use an envelope in the church pew or drop it off in the church office. As with all of your donations, contributions to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund are tax deductible within the guidelines and limits allowed by the IRS.
What not to take into the new year
Self-help books — Trust in God first; don't turn to him as a last resort. (See Proverbs 3:5-6.) Tape measure — Consider only God's standards; don't compare yourself to other people. (See Luke 18:9-14.)
Rearview mirror — Don't live in the past. You'll miss out on what God is doing in your life now. (See Philippians 3:12-14.)
Gavel — Stop wasting time judging others. Instead, pray for them, help them and team with them. (See Luke 6:37-38.)
Life vest — Don't be overly cautious spiritually. Peter experienced Jesus in a real way because he dared to step out of the boat. (See Matthew 14:22-33.)
Garage-door opener — We think we're networked but often isolate ourselves. God intended for us to live in community with one another. (See Hebrews 10:23-25.)
Handcuffs — Don't offer excuses about why you can't help out. God can do amazing things through — and despite — us. Just follow him, with no excuses. (See Mark 6:35-44.)
Methodist Church Under Attach
There has been a movement in the United Methodist Church to subvert the Bible and the Teachings of Jesus and allow Homosexual behavior to be supported by the Church. The council of Bishops recently submitted a letter stating that they support and will uphold the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church that strictly forbids the performing of Same Sex Marriage and the allowing of Pastors who are in an openly Gay Sexual Relationship from serving in the United Methodist Church. If you would like to add your name to a petition that encourages the Council of Bishops to strictly enforce the Book Of Discipline please go to the following website and sign the petition as a Lay member of the United Methodist Church. CLICK HERE
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ANGELS EXPLAINED BY CHILDREN
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Trinity has an active monthly ministry of bring Holy Communion to our At Home Members. started almost 15 years ago. Most of these folks are either in their own home or one the area Nursing Homes but are all unable to be with us at worship on Sunday. Lately our list of people has been growing and we need to expand the number of active Communion Ministers. You can bring joy and the Spirit of Jesus to these people. We are looking for persons who would be willing to bring the sacrament once a month to one of these precious ones. Right now we bring Communion to eight persons most of them familiar to us as active members when they were in better health. If you would like to consider this ministry please speak to Jeanine Gilman or Pastor John. You can also speak to our Communion Ministers themselves. They will tell you what joy and comfort you can bring and receive in this ministry: Ron and Chris Boyer, Marlene Wilhelm, Marilyn Siwy, Patsy Senter, Lucille and Paul Felgate, Charlie and Jeanine Gilman, Sandy Alexander and Perry Marsh.
NEW SERVICE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™ is now offering rides 24/7 to seniors and adults with visual impairments in Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. This alternative transportation program uses a combination of volunteer and paid drivers who provide rides in private vehicles. There is no restriction on the purpose of a ride, and help is offered to carry packages, fold walkers, and open doors.
Annual memberships are $40 for an individual and $60 for a household. Ride charges during the day are $4 for pickup plus $1 per mile. Unlike with a taxi or bus, no money changes hands during the ride because members set up a Personal Transportation Account™ from which their fares are debited. Riding with ITN is like riding with a friend who will help you carry packages, open doors and fold walkers.
Members enjoy peace of mind knowing that a clean private car and safe, experienced driver are available to them around the clock, 365 days a year. They do not have to ask for favors, plan around the schedules of others, travel in groups, or make their way to a pick-up point to reach their destination.
Volunteer schedules are very flexible. You can give a ride on your way to work and do a good deed before the day has even begun! Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement for part of the ride and transportation credits for the rest. Volunteers can save these credits for their own future use, transfer them to a loved one, or donate them to the Road Scholarship Program™ for low-income riders.
ITNNorthCentralConnecticut™ is a community-supported nonprofit that does not use public dollars for operating expenses. The organization needs additional volunteers to keep the cost of the service affordable. ITN also accepts car donations, or members may trade their unused cars for an equal value of ride credits. Applications for memberships and to become a volunteer driver are on the website at www.itnnorthcentralct.org. For more information, call Margaret Smith Hale at 860-758-7833 or email email@example.com.
Council on Ministries
This group meets monthly to coordinate, share and be a think tank for the various ministries of Trinity. It was in the Council that our new Sunday School program emerged. All ministry leaders are members of the Council and are expected to be present at these meetings. The Council meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the church library and is chaired by Pastor Skip.