April 22, 2018

Save the Date!  Healthy Congregations Workshop Coming to Town!

Where:   Trinity UMC, 808 Carpenter Ave., Iron Mtn.

When:    Friday, Sept. 14, 6:00-8:30

              Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:00-4:00

What:    Healthy Congregations Workshop.

 Drawing on the Murray Bowen concept of Systems thinking, this workshop will describe the difference between an ‘Anxious Congregation’ and a ‘Responsible Congregation.’ 

 Learning segments will include ‘Focus on Strength,’ ‘Promoting Healthy Congregations through Healthy Leadership Presence and Functioning,’ ‘Managing Conflict,’ and ‘Focus on Mission.’  There will be opportunities to practice skills for improving interpersonal communication. 

 Invited:  Clergy, committee and lay leaders, church staff, all congregational members.  Open to any and all churches of any size.

 Who:     The workshop will be led by Naomi Garcia, who is Associate Director for Congregational Vibrancy for the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.  She is a certified Healthy Congregations facilitator through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and Healthy Congregations, Inc.

 How much:  $25 registration fee for the workbook.  Registration forms will be available soon, or call Trinity UMC, (906)774-2545, for more information.

  This is a ‘next step’ following our VCI experience (Vital Church Initiative) in 2018.  The Michigan Conference is funding this workshop through the apportionments that all UM churches pay.

New District Celebration:  In conjunction with the merger of the Detroit and West Michigan Annual Conferences, a Special District Establishing Conference is scheduled for our district on April 21 at the Hope Connection Center in Marquette, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  One of the purposes of the conference is to choose a new name for our district, and everyone is invited to share their ideas. Send your suggestion to the district office, (906)228-4644, or umc@mqtdistrict.com by March 31, and be sure to put April 21 on your calendar.  Please see Pastor Geri if you’d like to attend this meeting.

 United Methodist Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat will be April 27-28 in Manistique. Registration forms are on the wall across from the church office

 Our All-Church Birthday Party is Sunday, April 22, following the 10:30 worship service. We’ll have a potluck meal, so please bring a dish to pass. Join in the fun as we take time to celebrate us! It’s always a great time! Volunteers will be needed to bake and decorate cakes and provide table decorations. Look for the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Room, or call Lea Varda at 774-9569.

Mini Town Hall Meeting    Sunday, April 22, after worship and before the All-Church Birthday Party, the Staff Parish Committee will host a 15-minute Town Hall meeting. This will be a chance to share information about Trinity UMC. To hear a brief testimony from one of our members. To ask and answer questions. The plan is to do all of that in 15 minutes or less! Stay and see. Then have fun at the potluck birthday lunch. We’re so glad you were born!

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)396-4229 Pastor Geri, 774-2545 Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549 Jill Baciak, 774-4612, Brian Bancroft
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. 

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.


 “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. Come & join us!

For more information, contact Emily Ritsema, 282-2776

JOY CRAFTERS--Cancelled for the winter

Mondays from 9:30 to Noon there is a gathering for crafting and learning and joyful sharing of stories and ideas and wisdom and humor and snacks with coffee. Everyone is welcome…we can always use another pair of hands to help with making greeting cards which are on sale in the Gathering Area. Don’t worry about being talented…we’re all in this together and believe there are ‘No mistakes…Just variations!’


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.