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Stay up to date with the happenings of Trinity! Here you'll find weekly reflections from our pastors and staff, as well as stories about life at Trinity from congregation contributors.


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Our Way Forward: Making Progress

by: Gillian Ford

05/22/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown

Last Saturday, Jim Davis convened a team to draft a statement of inclusion for Trinity. The team has created its first draft and they intend to craft a final draft by the first week of June. The Spirit is truly at work in this process and I am pleased with our progress.

I’m compelled to set an expectation for the statement of inclusion’s impact. First and foremost, it is aspirational. The language will describe some immediate opportunities to define inclusive community. The language will not be as advocacy-based as some wish and for others, the language may… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown

Last Saturday, Jim Davis convened a team to draft a statement of inclusion for Trinity. The team has created its first draft and they intend to craft a final draft by the first week of June. The Spirit is truly at work in this process and I am pleased with our progress.

I’m compelled to set an expectation for the statement of inclusion’s impact. First and foremost, it is aspirational. The language will describe some immediate opportunities to define inclusive community. The language will not be as advocacy-based as some wish and for others, the language may seem unnecessary. The deeper truth is that given the uncertainty facing the United Methodist Church’s future, we need clarity about Trinity’s inclusive identity. This statement aspires to provide a context for understanding our identity and it invites you to affirm who we are and imagine who we are becoming as an expression of a hospitality community. And yes, “all are welcome,” can be defined in aspirational language.

In the weeks to come, please read and process the upcoming statement of inclusion as such, identify aspirations inspired by our traditions and our experience as a welcoming community.

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Our Way Forward Recap, Introducing Dr. Jim Davis

by: Gillian Ford

05/15/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

We hosted a vibrant conversation at Our Way Forward on Saturday, May 11. Nearly sixty people attended and I must say it was as inclusive as I imagine Trinity in terms of race, ethnicity, theology, sexual orientation, gender, class and life experience.

Rev. Jim Gully did a thorough presentation of the outcomes from the Judicial Council meeting. Download the complete presentation PDF here. Below are his Summary Slides:


I also want you to note his conclusions about United Methodist “next step” gatherings from around the country:


At Trinity, we are making historic steps. First, the Our… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

We hosted a vibrant conversation at Our Way Forward on Saturday, May 11. Nearly sixty people attended and I must say it was as inclusive as I imagine Trinity in terms of race, ethnicity, theology, sexual orientation, gender, class and life experience.

Rev. Jim Gully did a thorough presentation of the outcomes from the Judicial Council meeting. Download the complete presentation PDF here. Below are his Summary Slides:


I also want you to note his conclusions about United Methodist “next step” gatherings from around the country:


At Trinity, we are making historic steps. First, the Our Way Forward conversation is the most successful, ongoing congregation-wide one we’ve ever had. Each gathering brings new and existing voices to the table. Our next step is to develop a statement of inclusivity. Dr. Jim Davis will help facilitate discussions with a team.

Dr. Jim Davis is convening this exercise. Once this team produces a statement, it will be shared in a variety of forums for the congregation to provide feedback. Once dates are solidified for these listening sessions in June, we will let you know. By the end of June, I anticipate we will have a statement of inclusion to consider for consensus or a vote.

I hope this summary is helpful and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want more clarity. I am here, and we’re in this season together!


Dr. Jim Davis Biography

Jim Davis is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Denver, where he was professor of higher education and adult studies in the College of Education and dean of University College, DU’s adult education college, serving working adults with degrees, certificates, and non-credit programs, offered evening and online. Jim also served as director of faculty development and director of the School of Education. He is the author of eight academic books, including Learning to Lead, Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching, Effective Training Strategies, and Seven Ways of Learning.

Jim was co-facilitator of the University of Denver’s “Vision, Values, and Goals” planning process and understands how to facilitate consensus and work with groups to generate statements of mission.

He earned his A.B. degree from Oberlin College, B.D. from Yale University Divinity School, and Ph. D. from Michigan State University. He served as a Congregational minister and as academic dean at historically-black Wilberforce University before earning his doctorate and beginning his career at the University of Denver. In retirement he is writing fiction, which has proven not only harder to write but more difficult to publish.

His wife Adelaide is originally from Brazil and is retired from a career in translation and interpretation while teaching Portuguese language. Together, they have been visiting Trinity over the past several Sundays and are having an enriching and meaningful experience.

Alive

by: Gillian Ford

05/02/2019

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

I recently came across a blue heart-shaped paper with the word “Alive” from an experiential worship service. I wrote that word in the season of Lent several years ago. The blue paper held extra significance because it’s made of materials that produce a seedling when planted and watered. Being in a season of transition I posted the heart on a bulletin board rather than in the ground as a visual reminder of the promise of a new phase of life, and as a reminder to live in to my preferred future.

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

I recently came across a blue heart-shaped paper with the word “Alive” from an experiential worship service. I wrote that word in the season of Lent several years ago. The blue paper held extra significance because it’s made of materials that produce a seedling when planted and watered. Being in a season of transition I posted the heart on a bulletin board rather than in the ground as a visual reminder of the promise of a new phase of life, and as a reminder to live in to my preferred future.

The word “Alive” implies activity, even vitality, and God’s transformative grace in our lives through Christ is a gift intended to be used building up of our faith community to share God’s love with the world. What gifts and graces has God given you? What seed of focus for service is planted within? What do we do with the concept of serving when we’ve recognized that servanthood isn’t about earning God’s love or favor but about being alive in Christ and responsive to God’s leading?

“Every time Jesus rises in our own hearts in new ways, the Resurrection happens again.” Joan Chittister

To explore these themes with others in the Trinity community, please consider participating in Alive: The Courageous Willingness to Give Back the Gift that is You! on May 25. We will gather from 8:30-9:00am for a light breakfast and learn together from 9:00-Noon. Please RSVP so we can prepare for you.

Interpreting Life

by: Gillian Ford

04/25/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Greetings Easter People! We are people of hope; we believe that new life is possible, because Christ defeated death and the power of sin and lives on. The Resurrection is as powerful today as it was to the very first believers. This is the belief that has been passed on to generation after generation. But the power is not found merely in words and hymns and Easter rituals. It remains powerful because it is experienced again and again. People believe in the mystery of the Resurrection because it is something worth believing in. And when… read more

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Greetings Easter People! We are people of hope; we believe that new life is possible, because Christ defeated death and the power of sin and lives on. The Resurrection is as powerful today as it was to the very first believers. This is the belief that has been passed on to generation after generation. But the power is not found merely in words and hymns and Easter rituals. It remains powerful because it is experienced again and again. People believe in the mystery of the Resurrection because it is something worth believing in. And when someone experiences new life, they can’t help but share it with others!

In my message on Sunday, I will talk about tradition…how it shapes our faith, and how our experiences keep it alive. It is the first sermon in a new series entitled Interpreting Life. For those who are familiar with the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, reason, experience), some of the sermon titles will ring a bell. But do you need to know or even use the term “quadrilateral” to find meaning in these concepts along your faith journey? No! More about that answer this week.

Speaking of tradition, the second Sunday of Easter is also known as Holy Humor or Bright Sunday in many Christian faith traditions. So wherever you are this Sunday, may you experience the good gifts of joy and laughter…especially if you could really use it right now!

Easter blessings to you.

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Beloved Community Tiny House Village is Moving!

by: Gillian Ford

04/15/2019

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Contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

Update on April 30:

Thank you to everyone who supported the Beloved Community proposal for relocation. City Council approved unanimously last night keeping formerly homeless neighbors housed and paving the way for more housing in the community. Read the news article here!


Trinity provided transitional housing for residents of Beloved Community Tiny House Village through a Giving Tree last Christmas. The move of the village, necessitated by zoning requirements, was delayed over additional land use concerns on the property that had been designated as the new location. Finally, after months of working… read more

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Contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

Update on April 30:

Thank you to everyone who supported the Beloved Community proposal for relocation. City Council approved unanimously last night keeping formerly homeless neighbors housed and paving the way for more housing in the community. Read the news article here!


Trinity provided transitional housing for residents of Beloved Community Tiny House Village through a Giving Tree last Christmas. The move of the village, necessitated by zoning requirements, was delayed over additional land use concerns on the property that had been designated as the new location. Finally, after months of working with the city they have a date for presenting the proposed move to City Council. Beloved Community will be going to Council on Monday, April 29 at 5:00pm and our support is needed once again.

In order to secure support from council, we need to let them know how much their vote matters, and that there is an outpouring of support for this vote from the community. We have been asked to help with the following:

  • Write letters of support to City Council
  • Show up for the City Council meeting on 4/29

For a draft letter or more information contact Deb Meyer.

Find your City Council-person's information here (you can send a letter to all of council too!)

If you don’t live in Denver, send your letter to Councilman Wayne New, who is the Councilman for District 10 where Trinity is located.

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April Shower Results

by: Gillian Ford

04/10/2019

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

It didn’t just rain, it poured on Sunday! We Filled the Bin…twice with essential personal care items for our local partners, St. Francis Center and MetroCaring. Donations weighed in at 503 pounds of full-sized and travel-sized items!

Thank you for continuing to make a big difference in small ways, loving our neighbors who are served by these partners doing great work in the city. Purchasing personal care items is often out of reach for families struggling to make ends meet and yet access to these items provides dignity and healthy hygiene for a brighter future.

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

It didn’t just rain, it poured on Sunday! We Filled the Bin…twice with essential personal care items for our local partners, St. Francis Center and MetroCaring. Donations weighed in at 503 pounds of full-sized and travel-sized items!

Thank you for continuing to make a big difference in small ways, loving our neighbors who are served by these partners doing great work in the city. Purchasing personal care items is often out of reach for families struggling to make ends meet and yet access to these items provides dignity and healthy hygiene for a brighter future.

Please continue to use the bin outside Fellowship Hall to make donations of travel- and full-sized personal care items along with disposable diapers, baby wipes and toilet paper in support of area families getting stable.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh


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Know A Homebound Member?

by: Gillian Ford

04/09/2019

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contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Trinity’s Care Ministry is about both receiving and giving care. We all experience seasons in our lives when things are not going as planned or as we would want them. In these times, we can lean on our faith community for support to get us through…and grow in the process. We also experience seasons of well-being and abundance during which we can show others the same care. Trinity's ministry to members of our community who are homebound seeks to do just this - create connection for those who cannot be with us presently.

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contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Trinity’s Care Ministry is about both receiving and giving care. We all experience seasons in our lives when things are not going as planned or as we would want them. In these times, we can lean on our faith community for support to get us through…and grow in the process. We also experience seasons of well-being and abundance during which we can show others the same care. Trinity's ministry to members of our community who are homebound seeks to do just this - create connection for those who cannot be with us presently.

Do you know someone who can’t make it to Trinity for worship anymore due to health or mobility? We want to stay connected with all of our members, whether they are present physically or only in spirit! Please let Rev. Lee know if you or someone you know would appreciate finding additional ways to stay in touch.

Email Rev. Lee

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Serving Out of Gratitude

by: Gillian Ford

04/04/2019

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

Memories of growing up in Oklahoma include spring weather patterns that produced pelting rain and strong, gusting wind – the kind that could turn your umbrella inside out! An expression, “April showers bring May flowers,” was common as a reminder that something beautiful was to come from the sometimes-miserable early spring weather conditions.

This Sunday, April 7, we have the opportunity to shower neighbors served by our local partners, St. Francis Center and MetroCaring, with personal care items. Purchasing personal care items is often out of reach for families struggling to make ends meet… read more

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

Memories of growing up in Oklahoma include spring weather patterns that produced pelting rain and strong, gusting wind – the kind that could turn your umbrella inside out! An expression, “April showers bring May flowers,” was common as a reminder that something beautiful was to come from the sometimes-miserable early spring weather conditions.

This Sunday, April 7, we have the opportunity to shower neighbors served by our local partners, St. Francis Center and MetroCaring, with personal care items. Purchasing personal care items is often out of reach for families struggling to make ends meet and yet access to these items provides dignity and healthy hygiene for a brighter future. Please help Fill the Bin outside Fellowship Hall (street-level) with full and travel-sized items.

On Saturday, April 13, a group of volunteers will meet up at 9:30am and serve at St. Francis Center. Feedback from Trinity folks who volunteer there regularly is that they “love to be there!” St. Francis Center is a day shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness. 700 people per day typically go to St. Francis for basic needs and assistance transitioning from homelessness. Every year they see 80% of people they serve become housed! We will support St. Francis Center on the 13th by helping out with tasks like sprucing up the exterior of the building or working in the laundry or clothing room. This Trinity GroupServe is suitable for parent-supervised children, along with youth and adults. Please sign-up here to let us know you’ll make it and receive more information.

Our donations of personal care items as well as a morning spent volunteering, though seemingly small, are beautiful demonstrations of God’s love for the people we serve. Everyone is invited to embrace these opportunities to live even more fully into the vision of being a congregation of people who are grateful, serving our neighbors from a heart of gratitude. See you there!

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Community is Caring

by: Gillian Ford

04/02/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

On Friday and Saturday March 29 & 30, I attended a training at St. Andrew UMC for a congregational care model along with Trinity members Sherry Valentic, Elaine Little, and Sandra Lay. I am in my 12th year of involvement with congregational care at Trinity, starting as an assistant to the previous Minister of Care, Rev. Linda Marshall, and becoming ordained myself and now serving as the Minister of Care. I have learned a lot over these years, but I always want to learn more. I seek out new information and new ways of doing things… read more

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

On Friday and Saturday March 29 & 30, I attended a training at St. Andrew UMC for a congregational care model along with Trinity members Sherry Valentic, Elaine Little, and Sandra Lay. I am in my 12th year of involvement with congregational care at Trinity, starting as an assistant to the previous Minister of Care, Rev. Linda Marshall, and becoming ordained myself and now serving as the Minister of Care. I have learned a lot over these years, but I always want to learn more. I seek out new information and new ways of doing things so that I can help meet the needs of the congregation the best I can.

What I love is that I am not alone in this endeavor. There are teams of people at Trinity who have a heart for being with others in their life journeys and showing up for people in a difficult time. These folks are also eager to keep learning and growing. This training is a great example: I got the information about it with short notice, yet 3 people showed up to join me, and several more wished they could have been there too!




There are so many people who instinctively know that it takes others to get through life. Some have had challenges of their own and want to give back once they find more solid ground. Some just know that life is better when you get to share the ups and downs in a community. What is foremost on my mind, and what was reinforced by this training, is that we have a large community of people who not only have had their own difficult experiences, but who also already have what it takes to help others through theirs. And these people may not want to join a team, or have the time to commit to something like that. But they still want to show care and support to others, and have questions like “What do I say to someone who has just lost a loved one?” or “How can I help someone who has been diagnosed with cancer?” I want to help answer those questions, and instill confidence in those who want to help others. Because truly, presence is everything, and just showing up goes a long way. We can’t solve the world’s problems or eliminate suffering, but we can each bring Christ’s presence into hard situations!

Look for opportunities this year to learn more about being a caring presence to others. As always, I invite conversation if you want to talk to me about this. I can be reached at (303) 839-1493 x11 or landerson@trinityumc.org.

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Community Improvement Survey

by: Gillian Ford

04/01/2019

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

Your input is important! Students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver are conducting research to improve the Upper Downtown neighborhood (14th to 20th and Champa St. to Sherman St.) of Denver by surveying members and regular participants of area churches. Please let them know your opinions of the area and what you would like to see added or changed by taking the survey.

Additionally, take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the students conducting the project when they visit Trinity on Sunday, April 14! Check out their table in Fellowship… read more

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

Your input is important! Students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver are conducting research to improve the Upper Downtown neighborhood (14th to 20th and Champa St. to Sherman St.) of Denver by surveying members and regular participants of area churches. Please let them know your opinions of the area and what you would like to see added or changed by taking the survey.

Additionally, take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the students conducting the project when they visit Trinity on Sunday, April 14! Check out their table in Fellowship Hall between services.

Results of the survey will be reported to Downtown Denver Partnership and MIG Planning and Consulting. Thank you for your participation!

Take the Survey

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All Means All, Especially in Our Prayer

by: Gillian Ford

03/28/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown

As you read today’s newsletter, I hope you can read between the lines that Trinity is an expansive community. Our ministries are designed to appeal to all who heave a heart for community. The one undebatable topic for us is prayer. Our communications in prayer to God usually take one of two forms. First, we offer our supplications in prayer. We submit to God our concerns without making a demand. Supplications are marked by humility and they are beautifully our “thy will be done” prayers. Second, we pray our requests - petitions we submit to God with… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown

As you read today’s newsletter, I hope you can read between the lines that Trinity is an expansive community. Our ministries are designed to appeal to all who heave a heart for community. The one undebatable topic for us is prayer. Our communications in prayer to God usually take one of two forms. First, we offer our supplications in prayer. We submit to God our concerns without making a demand. Supplications are marked by humility and they are beautifully our “thy will be done” prayers. Second, we pray our requests - petitions we submit to God with a preferred outcome. Whenever we file petitions with God, we can trust they will be processed either “yes”, “no” and “maybe.”

Let me invite you to sit with others from the Trinity community in prayer, today from 2:00-3:00pm in Stiles Chapel. All of us start in the need of prayer and some of us can sit together in prayer. Come when you can, leave when you must with no obligation to pray aloud. If you can’t make it today, no worries. I’ll offer this opportunity in the month of April too!

I hope to see you there with me.

Ephesians 3:14-20 (CEB): 14 This is why I kneel before the Father.15 Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him.16 I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit.17 I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love,18 I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers.19 I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.

20 Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.

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Holy Week & Easter Services at Trinity

by: Gillian Ford

03/25/2019

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For Location & Parking details, please see map below.

Holy Thursday | April 18, 7:00pm

  • Service in Stiles Chapel with Contemplative Communion Experience
  • Free Parking in North Lot from 6:00-10:00pm, accessible from Broadway and south of 19th Ave

Good Friday | April 19, 7:00pm

Music & Arts Ministry presents Mozart’s Requiem

  • Service in Sanctuary with Chancel Choir, Soloists & Orchestra
  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Free Parking from 6:00-10:00pm in the:
    • North Lot, accessible from Broadway and south of 19th Ave
    • East Lot, accessible from Lincoln or 18th Ave
    • 1855 Lincoln Parking Garage, accessible from Lincoln; please obtain a GREEN validation sticker from a Trinity… read more
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For Location & Parking details, please see map below.

Holy Thursday | April 18, 7:00pm

  • Service in Stiles Chapel with Contemplative Communion Experience
  • Free Parking in North Lot from 6:00-10:00pm, accessible from Broadway and south of 19th Ave

Good Friday | April 19, 7:00pm

Music & Arts Ministry presents Mozart’s Requiem

  • Service in Sanctuary with Chancel Choir, Soloists & Orchestra
  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Free Parking from 6:00-10:00pm in the:
    • North Lot, accessible from Broadway and south of 19th Ave
    • East Lot, accessible from Lincoln or 18th Ave
    • 1855 Lincoln Parking Garage, accessible from Lincoln; please obtain a GREEN validation sticker from a Trinity volunteer
  • Childcare Available

Easter Sunday | April 20, 9:00 & 11:00am

  • Services in Sanctuary with Chancel Choir & Boulder Brass
  • Free Parking is available 7:00am-2:00pm in the:
    • North Lot, accessible from Broadway and south of 19th Ave
    • East Lot, accessible from Lincoln or 18th Ave
    • 1855 Lincoln Parking Garage, accessible from Lincoln (no ticket or validation sticker needed for Trinity Easter Services)
    • 1940 Broadway Avis Parking Lot, accessible from Lincoln or Broadway (no code required for Trinity Easter Services)

    Children’s Eggstravaganza, 9:00 & 11:00am

    Children are invited to the spectacular Easter Eggstravaganza! Children will sit with parents in worship. Following the Children’s Message, they will be escorted to the Eggstravaganza. If you have a child under 3 years, please accompany them to the Children’s Area on Level 2. Children and leaders will play games, make crafts, sing songs and of course, share the Easter story.

    Youth Pancake Breakfast, 8:00–11:00am

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast in support of Trinity’s Youth Ministry! The youth will be serving pancakes today in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds support Youth Minsitry’s summer mission trips.


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    All In?

    by: Gillian Ford

    03/21/2019

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    Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

    Thank you in advance for your willingness to adjust your weekend schedule to sit with your Trinity family and consider our path forward in this unique season in the United Methodist Church. We will gather this Saturday, March 23 in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00–10:30am. Rev. Jim Gulley will offer a 20-25 minute presentation about the 2019 General Conference. Then we will spend an hour (or so) in conversation considering Trinity's options for next steps moving forward. Childcare is available.

    Please read the two following statements, one from the United Methodist Western Jurisdiction and one from the… read more

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    Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

    Thank you in advance for your willingness to adjust your weekend schedule to sit with your Trinity family and consider our path forward in this unique season in the United Methodist Church. We will gather this Saturday, March 23 in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00–10:30am. Rev. Jim Gulley will offer a 20-25 minute presentation about the 2019 General Conference. Then we will spend an hour (or so) in conversation considering Trinity's options for next steps moving forward. Childcare is available.

    Please read the two following statements, one from the United Methodist Western Jurisdiction and one from the Wesleyan Covenant Association, so you may glean a broader sense of the unfolding sentiments in our global United Methodist Church:

    1. As We Make Our Way Back Home: A Progress Report from the Western Jurisdiction

    2. Statement of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council on Next Steps


    Thank you again for the courage to share this space together.

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    Safe

    by: Gillian Ford

    03/14/2019

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    contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

    As an ongoing Trinity staff development exercise, we have been discussing psychological safety. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmonson coined the phrase and in her book Teaming she writes: “psychological safety makes it possible to give tough feedback and have difficult conversations without the need to tiptoe around the truth. In psychologically safe environments people believe that if they make a mistake others will not penalize or think less of them for it. They also believe that others will not resent or humiliate them when they asked for help or information. This belief comes about when people… read more

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    contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

    As an ongoing Trinity staff development exercise, we have been discussing psychological safety. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmonson coined the phrase and in her book Teaming she writes: “psychological safety makes it possible to give tough feedback and have difficult conversations without the need to tiptoe around the truth. In psychologically safe environments people believe that if they make a mistake others will not penalize or think less of them for it. They also believe that others will not resent or humiliate them when they asked for help or information. This belief comes about when people both trust and respect each other and it produces a sense of confidence that the group won’t embarrass reject or punish someone for speaking up.” (Dare to Lead, Brene Brown).

    I highlight the term psychological safety because we aspire to create such a space to discuss our way forward to develop a statement of inclusivity in the wake of the United Methodist Church’s Special Session of the General Conference last month. I especially want to extend an invitation to persons of the LBGTQIA+ to attend this congregation wide conversation. Why? Because I respect and acknowledge that the Conference’s immediate outcome has been harmful to LBGTQIA+ persons who are members at Trinity that I have spoken to. I am aware that, in general, Trinity has a broad capacity to be welcoming–so let’s have a conversation together.

    I look forward to seeing all who can make it next Saturday, March 23 to "Finding Our Way Forward" with Rev. Jim Gulley. Together, Rev. Gulley and I will facilitate our time together as we continue to discern our next steps as a congregation. I hope you will join us. Learn more here.

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    Letting Go & Making Room

    by: Gillian Ford

    03/07/2019

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    Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

    Greetings Easter People!

    Actually, I’m ahead of myself. You see, before Easter must come the Crucifixion. Before a resurrection can happen, the death must occur. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of preparation as we humbly approach the cross. It is a time of reflection; we must take the inner journey, which is not unlike the wilderness in which Jesus spent 40 days being tempted. In this journey we allow the light of Christ to shine on the places within that we are often too afraid to see. This is a sacred time, and… read more

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    Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

    Greetings Easter People!

    Actually, I’m ahead of myself. You see, before Easter must come the Crucifixion. Before a resurrection can happen, the death must occur. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of preparation as we humbly approach the cross. It is a time of reflection; we must take the inner journey, which is not unlike the wilderness in which Jesus spent 40 days being tempted. In this journey we allow the light of Christ to shine on the places within that we are often too afraid to see. This is a sacred time, and a time I cherish. Why? Because I know that I am not alone as I take that journey, and I am not harshly judged. Christ goes with me and before me, and the love of God is unconditional. That love is healing, and understands how hard it is to be human. We can let the pieces of ourselves that no longer serve us or God die, so that new life can be breathed into us.

    Lent is also a time of fasting. Fasting is not just about what we eat or drink; however, it is about clearing the clutter of those things that hold us back in our relationship with God. I invite you to reflect on the following words of Pope Francis about fasting. Is there something here that is nudging you, saying “it’s time to let go”?


    This Sunday, I will be preaching and will kick off a new sermon series entitled Anxious for Nothing. As a church we will explore one of these suggestions from Pope Francis, which is to “Fast from worries and have trust in God.” Lent is an individual and communal journey. May you…and may we as a church…make room for more God.

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