As you may have read last week, this year the focus of Trinity will be growing deeper (based Ephesians 3:17-18) - deeper in our faith, deeper in our relationships with one another, and deeper in our understanding of who we are called to be as a congregation (click here to read more). This past Sunday in worship, many of you were able to participate in the reaffirmation of baptismal vows, taking a scallop shell as a remembrance. We were also excited to be able to celebrate three adult baptisms and are grateful to walk alongside these friends as they take the next step in their faith and commit to follow Christ.
As we continue the "Deeper" focus, this weekend we'll be challenged to deepen our relationships with one another through a worship series called "Strength to Love." In a time when so much seems to divide people, this series will challenge us to love through our differences and across divisions. The series title is taken from the title of a collection of sermons, Strength to Love, by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we celebrate his birthday this weekend, his thoughts and words will provide inspiration and guidance for all us. Come join us and invite a friend:
Jan. 14, "Getting to Know You" Luke 19:1-10
Jan. 21, "Redeeming the Unredeemable" Matthew 5:38-48
Jan. 28, "The Most Powerful Weapon" Romans 12:9-21
Feb. 4, "Love Will Take You Places" Mark 2:1-11
Feb. 11, Youth and Sonlight Sunday with Maddie Fillmer speaking
Rev. Aaron Rousseau and Rev. Steve Price will both be away this weekend traveling with some of Trinity's students on the Youth Mystery Trip. Speaking of Aaron, I also have some news to share with you about a new direction in his life and call. Many of you know that Aaron served as a submariner in the Navy for several years before he began his journey into ministry. Over the last several months he has been feeling nudged by God to unite his calling into ministry with his calling to military service. I am pleased to be able to share with you that Aaron has been accepted to serve as a Chaplain in the Naval Reserves. He will immediately begin serving one weekend a month (Fridays and Saturdays), and we look forward to supporting him as he continues this journey. He's written a wonderful blog detailing this winding road and now the convergence of these two paths. I invite you to read it (click here) and look forward to his Naval commissioning service to take place at Trinity, sometime in late February or early March. Thank you for your wonderful support for Aaron (and for all of us as pastors and staff team). We are thankful to be in ministry with you.
See you in worship on Sunday!
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