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Stewardship Devotional October 8


Presence

 

“The Church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people. I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together” (UMH, No. 558).

I experienced a deeply spiritual moment recently. While dining at a restaurant, one of our church families walked toward my table. Their young daughter was leading the way. When she approached my table she came to an abrupt stop. She pointed toward me and said, “Look Mommy. Look Daddy. He goes to our church!”

It was clear to me that by “church” she wasn’t talking about our facilities and grounds. Thoughts of her church family were swirling through her mind — vivid images of the love and education she receives at our Trinity Learning Center, fun times spent at Kid’s Night Out, dancing through the playground after THE WELL dinner with chocolate frosting all over their mouths and cheeks. Looking into her eyes, I knew she was thinking about her Sunday School class and Children’s Time in worship. I could see the spectacle of The Pumpkin Patch, Trunk or Treat, VBS, Breakfast with Santa, and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, the children’s musicals and so much more. I was deeply touched when she said “my” church. Do you hear the ownership in that? Trinity for her is not “the” church. Trinity is “her” church. Children’s Minister teaches the love of Jesus to our children.

Our Youth Ministry is growing stronger everyday. Ask our youth some time about Student Life, UM ARMY, the new Youth Choir and Youth Praise Band!

Our Music Minister oversees an amazing worship team of gifted persons.

All age-levels participate in our annual events: Missions, Fatted Calf, vibrant worship, prayer and care ministries.

When most of us tell people about “our church,” we’re not talking about bricks and mortar, utilities, or grounds keeping. We are talking about the people of Trinity being a Spirit-empowered community who loves God and follows Jesus.

While we have been blessed with a new sanctuary roof, parking lot, columbarium, playground, and the renovation of our narthex and Lowrie Worship Center, the greatest blessing is seeing so many new faces each week, and so many joining our church family.

The church is a people! Thank you for honoring our Lord and Christ through praying, being present, giving, serving, and witnessing to your faith

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