The HCI Journey…

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Just as our 40th Celebration was a big event, our Healthy Church Initiative Weekend is a big event for all of us.  We started this journey in June of 2014 even before I was officially Trinity’s pastor with Ad Council’s approval to enter into Phase I of HCI.  In Phase I, a team of ten Trinity members and me read seven … Read More

Do you want to be well?

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Do you want to be well?  In John 5, Jesus asked this of a paralyzed man who had been lying by the pool of Bethsaida for thirty-eight years hoping for healing.   The man had wanted to be the first in the pool when the waters were stirred by an angel.  But that had not happened.  Jesus told the man to … Read More

Transformation

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We have probably heard that God accepts us as we are but doesn’t leave us there. God loves us no matter what we’ve done or not done.   Yet with grace and power, God continues to work in us, through us, and around us to heal and transform us into a new creation more and more like Christ. God is also … Read More

Connecting…

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I’m looking forward to this Sunday because our youth are leading worship and Josh is preaching. I know that we’ll be blessed in many ways! Thanks for the prayers this week. The surgery on Tuesday was more extensive than the last two surgeries which I did not expect.  The good news is that the doctor got all the cancer on … Read More

New Connections…

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Humphrey is Room 26’s hamster. When he returns from Christmas break, the chairs and tables in the classroom are in different places.  (Sound familiar?) There is a new but very shy girl named Tabitha.  To Humphrey’s dismay there is now a new class pet, a frog named Og who is slimy, eats crickets, and doesn’t speak.  Humphrey’s life is turned … Read More

Winter Blooming…

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It’s January. It’s winter.  It’s cold.  But Lew and I have 6 new iris blooms on January 9th!  It seems our irises do not know what is going on around them.  They are going to bloom anyway with beauty, life, and unexpected surprise for us in the winter blahs.  They sure make me stop and take notice.  Their purposeful blooming … Read More

Upside Down

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Have you ever awakened from a deep sleep not knowing where you were or what time it was? I remember awaking and thinking that I was back in the farmhouse in KS or that I’d slept through a whole day. Sometimes it seems like the sun is coming up in the west.  It’s an unsettling feeling.  Everything seems turned around.  … Read More

Letting Go…

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Our scripture passage from Luke 1 shares the story of Mary. This young girl of 14-15 is visited by an angel who will tell her that she will have a child who will be the Messiah.  This will not be easy for Mary.  There will be scandal and gossip.  There could be ostracized and even death.  Yet, Mary says yes.  … Read More

Looking Forward To….

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Children look forward to Christmas presents and school being out. Adults look forward to being with distant family members and great food. Trinity is looking forward to our Advent Labyrinth Walk, Christmas Dinner Theater, and the Community Candlelight Gathering. What is your heart and soul looking forward to in this busy season and the non-stop reporting of dark news? We … Read More

Gift of Rest

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Trinity UMC!  The sanctuary is greenery adorned.  The beautiful Advent banners are hung with care.    Gifts are arriving for the Angel Tree and being sent to Heifer Project International to spread a gift of food-producing animals. We have another wonder-filled gift to give–to the children of Smith Elementary at our … Read More