Trinity Blog

Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am Jane Graner and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love to connect with you. Feel free to email me at pastor@tumcd.org.

  • The Five Expressions of Generosity

    We all like to think of ourselves as generous people. Moreover, most of us have a preferred expression of our generosity. Emotional-Relational Support: Some of us show how generous we are by taking the time to be there for one another. We are compassionate listeners who offer verbal encouragement and support. Gifts: Gift givers show their generosity by sharing tangible ... Read More

  • In Such A Time As This

    Abraham Lincoln is considered by many historians to have been our nation’s greatest president. As polarized as we seem to be today, Lincoln held office in a time that puts our current impasses to shame. The years preceding, during, and after the Civil War were the most conflicted years in the history of our nation. We may think that the ... Read More

  • Revised Social Principles

    As many of you are aware, over the years The United Methodist Church has expressed its understanding of how the gospel impacts our ethical choices in a document called the Social Principles. The Social Principles comprise one section of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, our denomination’s official rule book. At the 2016 General Conference it was ... Read More

  • Standing Up…

    Monday evening I was a guest speaker at a fellowship/support group for LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies in Lewisville. They were all delightful people and provided me with warm hospitality and some of the best chocolate cookies I’ve ever tasted! I shared with them some of my journey and struggle going through the ordination process. One of the attendees, ... Read More

  • What is a Charge Conference?

    Our annual Charge Conference will be this coming Sunday, 5:00 pm, at First UMC Duncanville. I encourage any and all members and constituents of Trinity UMC to attend. It will be a time of information, fellowship, and celebration for the Metro District, led by our District Superintendant Rev. Debra Hobbs Mason. We will end with worship, including Holy Communion. Attendance ... Read More

  • Pastor’s Study Starts October 16

    The new Pastor’s Study begins next Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 pm. It will meet continually, with occasional short breaks around holidays. We will explore a number of different topics, beginning with a survey of the gospel of Luke. Luke is my favorite gospel. It is the only gospel where we find many of our most beloved Bible passages and ... Read More

  • The Future of The UMC

    After three days of presentations, workshops, strategy sessions, and networking, I am no more certain of the future of The United Methodist Church than when I left for last week’s conference in Kansas City. But I have made the following observations. 1) Virtually everyone throughout the denomination agrees that we cannot continue as we have been. Regardless of one’s theological ... Read More

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