by: Gillian Ford
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!