March 19, 2018
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Sunday Services, 8 am and 10:30 am 
Sunday School, Youth 9 am.... Adult 9:15 am 
 Wednesday Community Prayer Meeting, 5:45 - 6:15
 Looking Ahead to Easter!

Holy Tuesday Worship, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1432 River St., Niagara. Community Chorus and Ecumenical Service.

Maundy Thursday Worship, March 28, 6:00 p.m., evening worship here at Trinity with music from our choir and Communion.

Good Friday Ecumenical Worship, March 30, 12:15 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, corner of Kimberly and “H” St., Iron Mountain.

Easter Sunday Worship, April 1 (yes, April Fools Day!), with services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. There will be a church-wide potluck brunch between the worship services. Please bring a dish to pass, and share the joy with your church family. 

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 I am Pastor Geri Hamlen and I would like to welcome you to Trinity. We have an active, friendly church community and I would very much like to meet you, in the name of Jesus Christ.   Please join us for worship, for fellowship and for service to the world, by the power of the Holy Spirit!
 Pastor's Ponderings

 ‘Prayer is the glue that binds the people of God together.’  I read something like that recently, and it has stuck with me—pardon the pun!  When we talk to God, we are growing in our relationship with God.  When we talk with God about our church and the people at our church, we are growing our church community and making it stronger and more beautiful.  

Church growth is so often spoken about in terms of bringing new people into the building. Adding more members to the lists. Talking to people about Jesus so they can be saved. Those are all human activities—hopefully fueled by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, and they are valuable in their own right. But there is this other way to ‘grow the church.’ It’s quieter and more solitary…Prayer!

Talking and listening to God somehow softens our hearts towards other people. Prayer strengthens our desire to know and be close to others. Prayer binds us together, as the old hymn says, and creates connections between people who might not otherwise even know each other.

During the Lenten season, we are praying ‘heart prayers’ for each other, for the members of Trinity UMC. In the Gathering Room and at the Carpenter Avenue entrance, there are paper hearts with people’s names on them. On one side of the heart is the name of someone who is in their earliest years of life. On the other side is the name of someone in the later years of their lives. Each week you are welcome to take a different heart and pray for the people named on them.

Those prayers, your prayers, our prayers create both a conversation with God and a connection with other people. Those prayers, your prayers, our prayers open our hearts to knowing and loving the people in our church. Those prayers, your prayers, our prayers help us to grow closer and kinder and more loving towards each other.

If you are uncertain about what to say in your prayers, be assured…God loves hearing from you no matter what you say! All you have to do is talk to God like you would to a dear, old friend. Prayer is a conversation of trust and honesty…the very glue that binds us together. Thanks be to God and those who share their love through prayer.

In the name of Jesus.

Pastor Geri


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