Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10
This year has reminded us in so many ways of the strength and closeness of our community. Even in the months in which we were physically distant and unable to gather in person, the Spirit kept us together, connecting us. Many in the media or in our society kept referring to our churches as “closed,” but we were never closed — we continued following the Gospel call to live in love with our neighbors, finding ever new ways to seek and serve Christ in all people.
I want to share a story about a particular moment this year in which our generosity of spirit and strength was clear. The banner erected on the side of our worship space has proclaimed to all the world, that we are alive, vibrant and vital. With our baptismal covenant in mind, this congregation offered a scholarship to a young man known by Kathy Willis. Some are kicking around the idea that this should be one of our continuing ministries upon which Trinity places its focus---raising up financially challenged scholars to reach their potential. This is one of many stories that speak to the love we bear for each other and the world around us.
As we look to the year to come, we are more committed than ever to the ministry and love we share with our community and our neighbors. Our ministry is funded through the gifts of its members — your generous offerings given in grace and love. This year we are asking for every member to take part in our stewardship campaign by making a pledge. Included with the letter you will soon receive, are materials for making your gift and learning more about opportunities to get involved and participate in our congregation.
We will be hearing messages of Faith-Filled Generosity as we move through the weeks of this year’s stewardship season. The Gospel is
rich with examples of how our faith kindles our love for each other
and our Christian responsibility to share our love with the world.
I invite you and your household to pray and learn, taking these weeks
to consider how your generous response to God’s call has been
shaped by this community and the friends who gather with you.
Thank you for being a part of Trinity and for your faithful,
faith-filled gift to our annual campaign.
In the spirit of generosity and love,
Lee Bettis, Sr. Warden