Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Dear Friends,

As some of you may be aware, Steve and I have been away for a couple of weeks.  Our first stop was to move our daughter from Lake City, SC (where she had been a 7 th grade English teacher through Teach for America) to outside of Raleigh, NC to start a new position.  In high school and college, Shelby Hart was adamant that she would not ever go into ministry.  That was our calling, she said, but not hers! But her journey took an unexpected turn, and she has just begun serving as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Fuquay Varina United Methodist Church.

From there we spent a few days at our family "farm" in western NC where we enjoyed some time with our son, Sid, and did a good bit of needed work.  My parents are typically there for about six months beginning in April and are able to take great care of everything, but because of some unexpected health issues with my mother, they haven't gotten up there yet this year.

While we were at the farm, we learned of the death of Steve's 98-year-old grandmother.  And therefore, we headed to Jackson, MS to officiate the funeral.  While her death was unexpected , it was a blessing to be able to be there to celebrate Grannie's life and resurrection.  

Our last stop has been in Savannah, GA where we have spent a few days celebrating our 31 st wedding anniversary.  Over these years, Steve and I have certainly experienced many unexpected twists and turns in the journey, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.  

This week we'll continue our worship series on The Unexpected Journey looking at stories from the Book of Genesis.  Whether it's with our career and calling, our health, or our relationships and family, life seems to take us to unexpected places, but the promises of God sustain us.  This Sunday, we'll take a look at the call of Abram and Sarai and their uncharted path and the challenge that might have for us.  

I'm ready to be back in worship with you all, and hope you'll stay for lunch afterwards. Each week in July and the first Sunday in August, Trinity and our wonderful chef, Franny Long, will be offering Sunday lunch at noon in one side of the Worship Center.  It will be a great time to enjoy a meal and catch up with friends.  I'll look forward to seeing you there!

Grace and Peace,