I hope you're having a wonderful week and enjoying our beautiful "winter" weather. In case you missed the exciting news in the Tuesday Word, we are thrilled to welcome Rebekah Saveland as our new Director of Youth Ministries. A native of Brunswick, GA, Rebekah currently serves as the Youth Director at St. Luke United Methodist in Hartsville, SC and has been in youth and college ministry since 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. As someone who is deeply faithful, engaging, committed, and gifted in many ways, Rebekah is a great fit for Trinity and this next chapter in our ministry. Rebekah is married to Alex (a registered nurse) and they have a four-month-old daughter, Elena. Rebekah is committed to completing Confirmation with the youth of St. Luke's and will be joining us no later than May 1. I invite you to hold in prayer Rebekah, her family, and the congregation of St. Luke's as they all make this transition. Click
to read a word directly from Rebekah.
I also invite you to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9. That is the morning when Aaron will be ordained in Lakeland at the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. You are all invited to attend the Service of Ordination at 10:30 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium on the Florida Southern College Campus. We hope you'll stay afterwards for a light lunch reception hosted by Trinity. It will be a wonderful day of celebration. Regretfully Steve and I will not be able to attend because our daughter, Shelby Hart, is getting married in North Carolina the next day, so you all need to make up for the fact that we can't be there!
Finally, please pray for discernment for the Trinity Sonlight Director Search Team and two candidates as we prepare for on-site interviews with them the second and third weekends of March. They both seem to be persons who are committed Christians and gifted individuals, and we look forward to getting to know them better and experiencing their leadership.
See you Sunday as we continue becoming more "deeply rooted" looking at what it takes to be "Built to Last" (Matthew 7:21-29).
Grace and Peace,
P.S. Thanks for the tremendous interest in and response to the invitation to write letters to our Florida leaders. We have already mailed one large batch and welcome more letters this Sunday.