This Sunday is Mother's Day! (Just helping you out, in case you forgot.) Ann Jarvis, a Methodist layperson initiated the idea for this day and her daughter Anna tirelessly sought to have it established as a national holiday. Honoring the commitment of her mother, she envisioned Mother's Day as a time to write a personal letter to your mother, to send her an inexpensive carnation (because the petals of the carnation are tight, like a mother's love), and to attend worship with your mother, if able. I encourage you to do just that this year: write a personal letter to your mother or another person who has mothered you in significant ways, give that person a single, simple white carnation, and attend worship with her.
On Sunday, I'll share a little more about the origins of Mother's Day, in particular Ann Jarvis's recognition of the mothers' testimony of peace. We'll also take a look at the "4th Next Word of Jesus" when he greeted his disciples saying "Peace be with you!" What would it look like for us to take seriously the way of peace in our lives, in our churches, and in our world today?
Also, please mark your calendar and join us for our second Trinity "Community Conversation". We'll meet this coming Monday, May 15, in the Trinity Worship Center at 6:30 p.m. These quarterly Community Conversations are an opportunity for the Trinity pastors, staff team, and leaders to be able to highlight one or two specific topics and have Q and A around the shared topic. In addition, we'll always begin with an update on stewardship and giving and close with Q and A about any other topics you would like.
This quarter we will be highlighting Trinity's local mission involvement with a focus on Trinity's Faith Mission and our ministry on the east side of town. I can't wait for you to learn more about this exciting ministry led by Ward Simonton and the Faith Mission Leadership Team and the relationships we are developing in that community.
Our second focus topic will be sharing where we are as a church and a denomination regarding LGBTQ conversations including the United Methodist Church's Commission on A Way Forward and the most recent ruling of the United Methodist Judicial Council about Bishop Karen Oliveto. We hope you will be a part of this very important conversation.
In order to help us prepare, I encourage you to read these two articles, one by the Florida Conference
Bishop Ken Carter
and the other by
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
, formerly Trinity's District Superintendent, now serving the North Georgia Conference. I also invite you to let us know you are coming and/or submit your questions ahead of time (
). We will attempt to answer all questions, first answering questions submitted online, then submitted in writing as you come in and finally, if time allows, answering questions from the body.
Have a restful weekend and I'll see you Sunday! Peace be with you!
Grace and Peace,