What's Happening Blog

An Experiment Worth Doing Again!

posted Mar 3, 2015, 8:35 AM by Pat Esker

Last Friday, Trinity Staff stepped out of their comfort zones and offered a unique Christian education event for our adults.  It was entitled: What Would Jesus Drink: An Exploration of Ancient Foods and Wine.  One of our staff members was gracious enough to offer her home for the event.  The hope was that if there was a less formal format in a more social setting, people would be willing to participate.  And they did!  We had a wonderful time and a lot of interesting information was shared with members including: what happened at the Wedding at Cana, influences of the geographical location of Jerusalem and how that influenced the daily life of people during Jesus' time--including what they ate and drank, as well as descriptions of food and drink items that Jesus and ancient people would have consumed.  In a word, it was a fabulous event.  In the end I think all of us learned an important lesson.  We now understand that "learning" doesn't always need to be in a classroom setting.  Learning can be creative and fun. Learning about Jesus and the world Jesus inhabited doesn't need to be intimidating and learning that kind of information is really helpful when we engage in thinking about scripture texts.  It gives us some insight we may not have been otherwise aware of and influences how we interpret significant scripture texts such as The Wedding at Cana found in the Gospel of John Chapter 2.
So, will we do something like this again?  I think so!!  We received a lot of really positive feedback from people and our prayer is that with each event, more and more people will participate and engage in this unique learning opportunity.

Dollar Ministy at Trinity

posted Oct 9, 2013, 10:02 AM by Pat Esker   [ updated Dec 3, 2013, 12:58 PM ]

These last couple of weeks as pastor of Trinity I have been the beneficiary of an amazing experience.  Two weeks ago during my sermon the congregational members each received a dollar.  I asked them to read what was written on the back: In God We Trust.  I asked them to do that very thing and to take that dollar and at some point in the coming week to spend it on behalf of another person.  They could do it however they wanted, but it needed to benefit another and the only thing I asked in return was that that they take a minute and either email me or drop me a note about their experience and what they did.  Well, since that time I have heard amazing stories!!  The people of Trinity reached out to others in incredible ways.  The thing is we as a congregation did not solve the ills of the world.  Poverty still exists, homelessness is still a terrifying reality to many, people are still suffering.  Yet, even in the midst of governmental shut downs, economic trouble, natural disasters, violence and abuse, the people offered those who received the product of their dollar a moment of hope.  They were reassured that even in the midst of despair there are people who care about them.  For that short moment in time the people of Trinity were the face of God to those who desperately needed to know about God's love for them.  What a gift to those who received the dollar...what a gift to those who reached-out to give that dollar...what a gift to me to be able to read and hear such amazing stories of such profound ministry!

God's Work. Our Hand's

posted Sep 8, 2013, 10:04 AM by Pat Esker   [ updated Sep 9, 2013, 9:39 AM ]

Well, today is the day!!  20 plus people will be gathering together later this afternoon to venture out into the community to lend a helping hand to folks in need of a little assistance.  All of this in celebration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) 25th anniversary.  When Lutherans celebrate, we do two things--we worship together and we serve!  Come grow with us as We are Always Being Made New!!



posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:40 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 2:32 PM by Shannon Brown ]

Blanket Drive

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 2:33 PM by Shannon Brown ]

The Trinity Lutheran Church Women are holding a collection to gather new or gently used blankets.  These will be given to Lutheran World Relief. Please bring donations to the church by September 8, 2013.  Thank you for participating!! 

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