August 15, 2018

Marshmallow Roast, July 18  You’re invited to stop by on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a marshmallow roast in the church parking lot. Lemonade, marshmallows, and s’more ingredients will be provided. You can bring a lawn chair if you’d like to. Otherwise, we’ll provide chairs, too. This event is sponsored by the Stewardship/Generosity Team.

United Methodist Women’s News   By Joyce Erickson, UMW President
      UMW had a small but active group of women to meet for our June meeting. We viewed a DVD about the Mission conferences of the United Methodist Church. I think we all left more knowledgeable that we were before.
      We set the date for the Mini Fair, which is October 20, 2018. We are stressing food this year, so our Country Store will be busy. All items will be accepted.
      The Trash and Treasure room will be run by Lucy Shampo and Suzanne Harry. I know they will do great.
Our next meeting is September 6, 2018 at noon. It will be a potluck salad luncheon. Hope to see you there!

The Retirement Celebration honoring Scott Ritsema will be Saturday, July 21 at the American Legion Hall, 621 Main St., Norway. Cost is $20 for adults and ages 14 and up. 4:00 p.m. social hour, 5:00 p.m. buffet dinner, and a presentation will follow. Beer and wine will be provided, but no hard alcohol, please. RSVP by July 14 to Emily Ritsema,, or Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549.

Our Church Picnic is Sunday, August 12 here at Trinity. Watch your Sunday bulletins for more details.


Looking ahead: September Workshops

It’s summer-time and the living is easy…which makes it hard to think too far ahead, but here is something to tuck away for September:

Not one but two workshops are being offered here at Trinity UMC through the Michigan Conference Office on Congregational Vitality. Yes, these are Conference people who care deeply about local congregations finding their ‘groove’ and living their mission for God, right where they are.

Healthy Congregations Workshop

Trinity UMC has been identified as a great location to have a workshop on Healthy Congregations, based on the Family Systems work of Murray Bowen. Other churches in Dickinson County and United Methodist Churches throughout the Upper Peninsula have all been invited to come and participate. You can come too:

Friday, September 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m. CST

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CST
Facilitator: Naomi Garcia,
Associate Director of Discipleship, Michigan Conference.

The cost is only $25 for a workbook, and two people can share a book. Don’t let the money hold you back…let Pastor know and we can find the $25 for you. The other costs for the workshop are being covered by the Conference…through the apportionment money that all UM churches pay.

Healing Conversations Workshop

Two weeks after the Healthy Congregations Workshop, all the members of Trinity UMC are invited to an in-house, down-home workshop, just for us. In all organizations, there are difficult situations that can sometime create blockage to creative thinking. There can be hurt feelings and a bad taste in the mouth which prevent people from moving ahead with God’s good work in the world. There can be resistance to change and a hardening of the attitudes that would allow for growth in kindness, love, and mercy.

This second workshop will give us a chance to remember. To talk in a safe space with good facilitation. To learn additional communication skills so that we can grow closer together. Come and be blessed as God’s children are always blessed as we grow in truth-telling and forgiveness.

Friday, September 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Naomi Garcia

No charge…Again, Conference apportionment money supports this affirming work in the local church. Watch your mailbox for more information.

 Mini Town Hall Meetings - Please join us for these informative and inspiring 15 minute meetings about the church!  
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 Scott Ritsema, (906)282-4549 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. 

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. during the school year.    Come & join us!   
For more information, contact Emily Ritsema, 282-2776


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.