March 18, 2019
          
 

All-Church Birthday Party Potluck Celebration, Sunday, February 10, following the 10:30 worship service, as part of our Founders’ Day celebration. Chicken and beverages will be provided.  
Table decorations can be something as simple as a centerpiece or seasonal decorations. It’s not necessary to purchase decorations. Use something from home. Be creative and have fun! Paper plates, cups, and utensils will be provided. Call Lea Varda, 774-9569, with any questions.

 

Please bring a dish to pass.  A sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Room for cakes and table decorations. The general idea is to have 12 cakes on the cake table to represent the 12 months of the year. It’s not necessary to be really fancy, and it’s a great opportunity to try a new recipe!

 What in the World is Happening in The United Methodist Church? There is going to be a Special General Conference in St. Louis starting at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23 through 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 26.  The questions at hand about the inclusion or not of LGBTQ persons in the full life of our churches and how we understand God’s word to us through Scriptures are of critical importance to all of us. The decisions at the Conference will have an impact of some kind on each of us. Please take time this month (and always!)  to pray for our United Methodist denomination…if you would like more information and guidance in your prayer life, please go to www.umcprays.org  It’s the website for Praying Our Way Forward: We Are One in Christ.   

Where Do You Get Your News?  The United Methodist Church is poised to be in the news a lot in the coming months.  There’s no way to tell how the internet and the TV news channels will or will not report the issues and the actions that are part of our unique UM process.  For accurate and even-handed reporting (as much as we humans are capable of) from those who know the history and traditions of our Church, check out www.umnews.org.  Top stories, yes, are at the top of the page.  Scroll down just a little, and there is an option for receiving a weekly roundup of news through email.  Or you can go straight to http://www.umc.org/resources/umns-subscription-form to sign up.  Information isn’t everything, but it is useful in moving into God’s future for the millions of United Methodists around the world.                       

Pastor Geri is happy to visit people at home or in the hospitals or nursing homes. Please call the office, 906/774-2545, if you or someone you know would like to be visited. (The hospitals don't contact pastors anymore, so she wouldn't automatically know.)

Hello, Trinity family, & warm greetings to you from your Staff Parish Relations Committee! We are your advocates & representatives to the pastor & staff here at Trinity, as well as their advocates & representatives to you. We want to welcome you to contact any of us if you wish to express a concern, praise, issue, new idea, or anything at all regarding our staff. We are also glad to open the start of our monthly meetings to parishioners if you wish to come & address the committee. (We do ask for advance notice so that we may include this in the meeting agenda.)  Thank you for your encouragement & input!
Your Trinity SPRC members are: Dean Laitinen (chair), (906)396-4339,  Pastor Geri, 774-2545  Jill Baciak, 774-4612, Brian Bancroft, (920)858-6974
  
Start the new year with a good read! Books are available for check-out in the church office.

Junior Worship leaders needed, please: There’s a sign-up sheet outside the Junior Worship room for volunteers to lead Junior Worship during the 10:30 services. 

     WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE PRAYER CHAIN?
Are you part of the Prayer Chain and would like to continue? As a member of the Prayer Chain, you would receive prayer requests by phone from someone else on the chain, and you in turn would call the person on the chain after you. If you’re interested in being/continuing on the Prayer Chain, please call Sally in the office, 774-2545. We are also thinking about creating an email prayer chain. Are you interested? Talk to Pastor Geri, 774-2545.

 
LIKE TO SING?

 “Happiness is singing in the choir,” but some of our sections need some help. We’re especially looking for sopranos & basses, but anyone who loves to sing would be welcome. Practice is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. during the school year.    Come & join us!   
For more information, contact Emily Ritsema, 282-2776
 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started 10 years ago by the Martha Circle. Care and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The blessing passes from one person to another, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of God. Yarn is available. If you know of someone in need or would like to knit or crochet a shawl, please contact Moira Cowling, 774-5130, or Sally in the office, 774-2545.