October 15, 2019
Preacher’s Corner
         This has been a summer of preaching “Favorite Scriptures.” Just so you know, I’m not being totally self-indulgent. I’m using a list of the 52 most important passages in the Bible that every follower of Jesus needs to know, according to Thomas G. Bandy, who has earned the respect of bishops and UM worship experts. From that list, I have chosen some of my personal favorites.
         Somewhere in mid-June, I thought, “Why should I get to have all the fun of choosing Scriptures for preaching? I bet the Trinity people have some verses in the Bible that they would enjoy hearing read and preached, and sometimes we even find songs to sing with them!” Since then, I have been collecting requests and will use August and September as a time to preach what you want to hear more about.
         Maybe some of you reading the Tower have a favorite verse. Or a question about a story. Do take a
minute to call the office or e-mail us, and I’ll see about getting it on the schedule. Often, the sermons are taped and loaded onto the church website, www.imtrinity.org. Or a copy of the manuscript might be available to send to you.
         Summer is a time to pause and take a breath, so let’s continue to enjoy the goodness of life and friends. Let’s be at peace with longer days, shorter nights, warm and sweet breezes. And let’s come together to worship our Gracious God, while enjoying the words of God for the people of God...Thanks be to God!
Aug. 4, Pastor on vacation. Joyce Erickson will lead worship.
Aug. 11, Communion will be served at the 9:15 worship time and again at Lake Antoine during our annual church picnic. Romans 10:11-17. Luke 17:5-6. Faith Sufficient.
Aug. 18, Acts 2:22-24, 32-34, 36. Hebrews 12:1-2. We Are All Witnesses.
Aug. 25, 1 Corinthians 3:18-23. Luke 12:13-21, 32-34. We are Wise in our Foolishness
Sept. 1, the last Sunday with 9:15 worship. Labor Day. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Luke 12:49-56. What’s Next???

Don’t forget Evergreen Worship on the third Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m. for the various Trinity members who have moved to the Evergreen Apartments. This month, it’s Sunday, August 18. All  

Gratitude/Thanks  by Pastor Geri    I want to thank the following people for their faithful service to God in this church.
They have served diligently and graciously on committees and are now moving on to other faithful activities. Committee work is not always the most fun thing in the world to do, but in our United Methodist system…committees and teams do have the responsibility and the opportunity to keep the wheels of the church going round and round. On behalf of the Trinity United Methodist Church, I offer you our gratitude and appreciation for your time of service:
Drew Champagne: Worship Team leadership extraordinaire
Jon Harry: Long-time Trustee and Endowment Committee participant
Scott Ritsema: Lay Leader and active on many (!) committees
Nathan Ruble: Stewardship/Generosity Team
Don Yuhasey: Decades of opening the building for the 8:00 worship group on Sundays…We miss you, Don, but rejoice that you have gone to your eternal reward.

I also want to thank the following people who are taking on new responsibilities in 2019.
These folks are accepting the challenge of serving God and our congregation in new ways this year. Please support and encourage them, and maybe even, if they ask nicely, assist them in their new responsibilities—serving God through this Trinity United Methodist Church so that all may come to know Jesus, on earth as well as in heaven!
John Erickson: Camp Michigamme contact
Heidi Harwell: Coffee Time set-up
Jerry Harwell: Council member at-large
Jill Noyce: Altar decorations
Jen Rietveld: Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee
Patty Ronan: United Methodist Missions coordinator

Preacher’s Corner

Lenten series overview: In this season of formation and preparation, we again approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this season, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts, thus entering a season historically characterized by much prayer and fasting. These works of discipline have for hundreds of years served as a means by which new converts prepare for baptism, which occurs as a part of the Easter Vigil. Using the words of Wesleyan theology, we believe all this work is initiated by God, who invites us to come before God with all our hearts.

There is much of disruption and disturbance within our United Methodist Church, within our community, our country. Everywhere, it seems, and yet God remains constant and steady…for us. May your Lenten season be one of challenge, commitment, and support as we and the church respond to the call of God

“Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12).

Week 1.1: Ash Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m., Return to Me. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Week 1.2: First Sunday in Lent, March 10. God’s Generous Heart. Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13

Week 2: Second Sunday in Lent, March 17. Imitating. Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1

Week 3: Third Sunday in Lent, March 24. Repenting. Isaiah 55:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Week 4: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31. Coming Together. Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Week 5: Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7. Making a New Thing. Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14

Week 6: Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14. Confirmation Sunday. Preparing. Isaiah 50:4-9a;
1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18
Week 7: Easter Day, April 21. Believing. Acts 10: 34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;
Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40

Epiphany: Preacher’s Corner The Party Goes On…

We started the calendar year in the Season of Epiphany, focusing on how our growth as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ is kind of, sort of like a party. God’s party…Jesus encourages this image in the way he lives…going to weddings, dinner parties, creating picnics spontaneously on hillsides. He also uses parties and celebrations as the setting for his parables and teachings about lost coins, lost sheep, lost sons. It is good for us to consider: What do we bring to the party? What’s the miracle at our party? Who will we bring to the party?

The preaching in February will continue along those lines with the added bonus of our 65th anniversary Worship Celebration of Founders’ Day on Sunday, February 10, followed by an All-Church Birthday Party luncheon.

Do come to Sunday worship and give yourself the chance to be nourished by the words of God for the people of God. And if you can’t be here with us, take some time to consider the words of the Psalmist (‘The Message’). Psalm 5:11-12
But you, God, will welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-
seekers, for decking us out in delight.

February 3, ‘Who Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 14:16-24, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

February 10, Founders’ Day. We are going to celebrate the first worship service in our building back in 1954. Scriptures and songs will be taken from the bulletin for our very first worship service.

February 17, ‘Party Favors?’ Luke 6:17-26, Jeremiah 17:5-10

February 24, ‘Living the Party.’ Luke 6:27-38, Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (UMH 772)

Tender Hearts Worship, Saturday, February 16, at 4:00 p.m. for those whose hearts are heavy with grief, sadness, worry.

Evergreen Worship event, Sunday, February 17, at 3:30 p.m. on behalf of the various Trinity members who have moved into the Evergreen Apartments. All are welcome, and Communion will be served.

Preacher’s Corner January, 2019

What do you bring to the party?

Our growth as faithful disciples is described in so many different ways: a journey…an adventure…a mountain. All these images, and many more, are useful—each in their own way. For the Season of Epiphany this year, let’s consider the way that life in and with Jesus Christ is a party!

In the Gospel of John, he started his ministry at a wedding banquet. He told stories about people celebrating the recovery of lost coins, lost sheep, lost sons. Jesus attended many dinner parties. It’s a great image, so let’s use these weeks of worship after Christmas to ask ourselves: What do we bring to the party? What can we bring? What will we bring? Who should we bring? There’s lots to consider as we read the Scriptures and worship together.

Consider the words of the Psalmist (‘The Message). Psalm 5:11-12, “But you’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.”

Do come and be blessed by the worship and preaching for this winter season of the year as we share together: The words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

January 6, Seek & Find. ‘Where is the Party?’ Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:12
January 13, Baptism of the Lord. ‘Whose Party is It? Luke 3:15-22, Acts 8:14-17
January 20, ‘What’s the Miracle at Your Party?’ John 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
January 27, ‘What Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 4:14-21, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
February 3, ‘Who Will You Bring to the Party?’ Luke 4:21-30, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Tender Hearts Worship, Saturday, January 19, at 4:00 p.m. for those whose hearts are heavy with grief, sadness, worry.

Evergreen Worship event, Sunday, January 20, at 3:30 p.m. on behalf of the various Trinity members who have moved into the Evergreen Apartments. All are welcome, and Communion will be served.

Preacher’s Corner
Prepare the Way of the Lord Luke 3:4
The coming of Christmas is a time of many ‘once a year’ tasks. We bring out Christmas decorations. Maybe write Christmas cards? Or make special Facebook entries. Snapchat pictures. Twitter comments. We gather with friends and family for special lunches and dinners and parties. And sometimes there are birthday events, baby showers, or retirement celebrations. Not to mention the shopping, the gifts, the wrapping, and mailing. All to prepare for…the love of God revealed to the world through the birth of the baby Jesus.
Let’s keep it simple this year…as best we can. The preaching will reduce all of the complexity to one word per week, to help us remember that preparing the way of the Lord can be as simple as standing still, refining our expectations, doing what’s right in front of us.
We can welcome God’s love. We will arrive at the humble manger, and we will continue to search for the joy and the gift that is promised in our scriptures and in God’s covenant with us down through the ages. Then, along with the Wise Ones from the East, we just might find that the gifts we give and receive are as simple as hope, joy, love, and peace.
Do come and be blessed by the worship and preaching for this wonderful season.
Praise God! The words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
December 2, Stand. Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25 – 36
December 9, Refine. Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6
December 16, Do. Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18
December 23, Welcome. Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:39-55
December 24, Arrive. Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20