Welcome back and welcome home! If you've been away, I hope you're looking forward to the fall. Steve and I are happy to be settled in after a summer which included our daughter's wedding, our son's engagement, and a wonderful vacation.
As you get settled in, I hope you'll make Wednesdays with Trinity a regular part of your routine. We offer a delicious dinner each Wednesday, serving from 5:00-6:30 in the left side of the Worship Center. And we begin next week with a free spaghetti dinner, so don't miss out!
Also on Wednesday, we kick off our weekday ministry for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade: Rejoice!, music and dance, from 2:00-4:00, and CHEERS, cooking, crafts, singing, dancing, science fun, and recreation, from 4:00-5:30. Click here to learn more and register.
Wednesday evenings, as well as worship in the Chapel from 6:35-7:35, we also offer several small groups and classes beginning at 6:30. These groups include both in-depth and short-term Bible studies, Grief Share, and book studies. We've also continued and expanded our offerings on other days of the week including parenting classes, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Holy Yoga and other faith-centered exercise offerings, Rebuilding (for those experiencing separation and divorce), and even a new group on Sundays at 9:40 for Singles in their 30s and 40s. Click here to check out our small groups and classes and sign up. Participating in a small group is vital to growing your faith and has the potential to change your life.
On another note, I want to give you an update on Trinity's vision process and how we are progressing. Our Vision Team (Tracy Burger, Randy Caton, Austin Council, Erica Davis-Jackson, Kathy Dixon, Bob Edmunds, Beth Haines, Melody Lozano, Brian Myers, Danny Williams, Steve Price and myself) has met at least monthly beginning last spring. We are working diligently with a focus on 1) who is Trinity, 2) who are our neighbors, and 3) what are we called to do.
This week we're looking forward to hosting Reggie McNeal who will propel our work as we continue this fall. Reggie served as a pastor in a local church ministry for more than two decades and enjoys motivating people, leaders, congregations, and church organizations to pursue more intentionally the Kingdom of God. He is the author of several books including his recent, Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church - and What We Should Do Instead. We look forward to being with and learning from Reggie as he collaborates with staff and leaders of Trinity, gets to know our area, and shares with us his wisdom and insight.
As a part of the vision process, we also look forward to getting feedback from the Trinity congregation and from leaders and residents in our community who are not a part of Trinity. Stay tuned for dates for the Trinity listening sessions and be sure to plan to participate in one of them.
Although I won't be donning the cardigan and canvas sneakers this Sunday, I'll see you in worship as we continue our series, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" We'll think about "Interruptions and Invitations" as I focus on ways we can intentionally become good neighbors to those who are right next door!
Grace and Peace,