This summer we’ll be giving our prayer life the attention it deserves. We’ll begin with Four Simple Prayers: Help, Thanks, Sorry, Wow! (Yes, based on a book by Anne Lamott). Then we’ll move to four more great prayers found in Scripture and the Methodist Tradition. Join us for worship as we pray together. At home, enjoy these prayer bingo activities to explore different ways to pray as an individual or a family.
South Germantown Recreational Park. Fun/Run Begins at 8:30am. Bring your family, friends, and pets to support the Food Pantry. Most importantly, please bring canned food donations to support Germantown HELP!
Annual Conference Highlights—Why it matters? We are not church on an island, but we are connected to the greater Church through the Body of Christ. Our lay rep and pastor attended The Baltimore Washington Annual Conference gathering last week, and here is a report of the highlights.
Baltimore Mayor Thanks United Methodists for Support: The Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who was raised Methodist joined us for the opening day of Conference. She shared vulnerably the joys and struggles of the past few weeks in Baltimore. “I cannot say enough about the faith leaders we have across the board in our community of every faith tradition but I also want to specifically thank the members of the United Methodist Church,” said Rawlings-Blake. Pastors and laity from the Baltimore district shared their response to the situation in Baltimore—on the days schools were closed, United Methodist Churches opened their doors and invited community children in for meals and activities. United Methodists marched for peace through Baltimore, and did prayer walks throughout the city. During the mayor’s visit, we all reached out our hands and offered prayer for the Mayor and the people of Baltimore. It was very moving.
Worship and Ordination – Worshipping with hundreds of other Methodist Clergy and laity is the highlight of Conference for both of us. This year the theme was “Dare To Believe” and the story of Jesus walking on the water. We were inspired to be more courageous followers of Jesus. Rev. Bonnie serves on the worship team for Conference, and in the days preceding Conference, you might have seen her making 18 foot by 15 foot banner of a cross, made out of fishnet. This served as the backdrop throughout Conference. Rev. Bonnie celebrated the 1 year anniversary of her ordination.
Circles of Grace on Controversial Issues — We gathered in small groups to discuss legislation and petitions. After very grace-filled conversation, the BWC voted to send a petition to General Conference to remove the language in our Book of Discipline that currently states “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The General Conference, which will meet in 2016, is the only body with the authority to make this change. If you would like to discuss the church’s stance on homosexuality, Rev. Bonnie welcomes you to make an appointment with her.
Our District Superintendent, JW – JW, and 5 other clergy, and 6 laity were elected as delegates to General Conference 2016, which will discuss important issues and doctrine facing the church today.
Our Apportionments (your offerings) Support- Partnered ministry with the church in Korea, Russia, Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe. We celebrated the work of Africa University, Imagine No Malaria, and ministry in Baltimore and around with world.
Appointments are Fixed – Every year at Annual Conference, the bishop declares the work of pastoral appointments to be finished. Translation: Ya’ll are stuck with me, Rev. Bonnie, for another year! In truth—I’m so delighted to have another year with Trinity, and hopefully many more to follow.
While I sadly did not get to connect with Rev. Williams, I did get to see Rev. Miller, and send you all his greetings and love!
Mike Helland and Rev. Bonnie
Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Thursday, July 16, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm, Dinner served at 6pm
Early Bird Registration: $12 per child with $25 max per family. ALL Registration will CLOSE at the end of June.
VBS will be mountains of fun because kids gain a rock-solid faith in God through games, food, fun and play. There will be donations collected for children in Thailand.
During the great 50 Days of Easter, we will take a look at the deep fears that haunt us: disappointment (failure), abandonment, change, and death. How can the Easter message breathe new courage and life into our bones? Join us for worship at 10am as we find new strength in God and this community.
It was an evening of basketball team competition, individual contests, and just playing around — all to raise money to help eradicate malaria through the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
The United Methodist Church and its partners are making progress in the effort to end malaria everywhere. In 2007, the World Health Organization estimated an excess of 1 million malaria-related deaths worldwide. By 2012, the number had declined to 627,000.
We eliminated malaria as an indigenous disease of the United States in the 1950s. Yet in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds.
Malaria is caused by a parasite, spread to humans through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This mosquito flies and bites at night, making bed nets an effective weapon in the fight against the disease. Public health workers also use communication, education, and properly equipped health facilities as tools to stamp out malaria.
Find out how you can help: http://imaginenomalaria.org/.
You are so welcome to worship with us during Holy Week and on Easter. All services will be held at Trinity UMC at 13700 Schaeffer Road. Nursery Care will be available on Easter morning during the 10am service. Kids are invited to remain in the service on Easter. There will be a children’s moment for all kids, and a special blessing of communion for which kids grades K-5th will be invited up front. Blessings on your journey to and beyond the cross.
The snow couldn’t stop us! Trinity UMC packed the house on March 1st. In spite of the rain, sleet, snow and ice, we filled exactly half the seats in the Sanctuary, and every seat in the choir loft. It was a joyful gathering. Rev. Bonnie began the service with the words of Christ: “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” Christ was surely present as we celebrated communion together, heard the story of Noah’s Ark related to our own day, and watched the children tie shoe laces together as they learned the meaning of “To Tie the Knot.” We give thanks for a community that is so willing to shovel snow, spread salt, line the hallway with kitchen mats, and give each other rides so that we could gather in God’s house.
Your church council has issued a challenge–let’s pack the house THIS Sunday, March 1st! Invite your friends, track down your neighbors, call someone you haven’t seen in a while, post this image on your facebook wall. Our Sanctuary has 198 chairs, and we’d like to see every one of them filled. But it will only happen if we all reach out. The Table will be set, Rev. Bonnie has had twice as much time to make this sermon soar, the choir is ready, and the coffee will be brewing. But most importantly, God eagerly desires to share the communion meal with us and the wider community. What joy it must bring God to find the faithful have gathered to worship together. Join us Sunday as we say goodbye to winter!
Due to inclement weather, church service will NOT be held on Sunday Feb 22. You are invited to celebrate the Sabbath over a delightful breakfast at home instead. Here’s an Order of Worship made for the Breakfast Table on a Snow Day like today. Pull it up on your smartphone or tablet as you dine and worship together.
Breakfast Church on a Snowy Day
An Order of Worship for the Whole Family at the Breakfast Table
Prelude – Eggs Cooking, Bacon Sizzling, Silverware hitting the table
Call to Worship – Breakfast is Ready!
Opening Prayer – God of the Sabbath, we thank you for the snow that blanketed the earth yesterday. Thank you for the brave men and women who go out in the cold to help keep us safe. Thank you for the roof above our heads and the food on our table. Please come to our breakfast table this morning as we remember your love. Amen
(Begin Eating Breakfast!)
Children’s Moment – Ask each child: “What makes you feel most alive?” and, “When do you feel closest to God?” Say: Those are both good things for us to do on Sundays, because Sunday is a special day for us to remember that God is very close to us. We call it “the Sabbath.” Share a little bit about why your family goes to church on Sunday.
Scripture Reading – Isaiah 55:1-3
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
This Scripture paints an appetite-whetting picture of a banquet feast, where everything is turned upside down. Those who don’t have money can come buy food for free. Those who are thirsty will find that their thirst is finally quenched. This banquet provides the good stuff—no processed, artificially-dyed, junk food. Only real homemade cooking! What is the good stuff in your life? Is it sharing meals with your family? Praying and reading stories before bed? Do you come alive when you make time to exercise your body and play? What about when you serve your neighbor? If we made a list of the good stuff in life, we might be surprised to discover all the things that don’t make the list—things we spend a lot of time doing anyway. Sabbath is a reminder of the good stuff. It is the day where we hit the reset button and become reconciled, or put-back-together. We are put-back-together with God, with Creation, with each other, and with ourselves. We are restored to the good life God has for us.
Since I (Pastor Bonnie) became a pastor who works on Sundays, I have always observed Sabbath every Friday. One of my favorite Friday traditions is to eat a big breakfast, which I call a Sabbath breakfast. Whether by myself or with friends, I make sure to linger long at the table, sit by the window, and enjoy the gift of time that God has given me to eat slowly and bask in the light of the new day. These meals are always very prayerful and feel like a holy time of communion with God. Sharing a meal together is much like what we do at church. Which is why it’s a good alternative for a snowy day! However, in church, we are able to extend our table to others so that they too can hear the message of God’s love. We also come together to the Table and remember that Jesus gave his body and blood for us to share at another special meal—the ultimate good stuff.
I hope you’re able to have a Sabbath breakfast on this Sunday morning, and appreciate that this is the “good stuff” God has given you. Let me close with these words about the Sabbath from Rabbi Abraham Heschel:
“The Sabbath is the most precious present mankind has received from the treasure house of God. All week we think: The spirit is too far away, and we succumb to spiritual absenteeism, or at best we pray: Send us a little of Thy spirit. On the Sabbath the spirit stands and pleads: Accept all excellence from me …”
Prayers – Lift up those prayer joys and concerns you would like to pray for, and offer a prayer of your own.
Offering—Cancelling Sunday worship can be a real financial set-back for a church, so we hope you’ll be faithful in your giving. You can still contribute to Trinity either by mailing in a check, bringing it next Sunday, or donating on our website. Thank you for your contributions which help keep Trinity’s doors open the other 51 Sundays a year!
Doxology – Bet you know the words and the tune. Sing it round the table.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Benediction – May the Lord bless you in your snow-shoveling, snow-angel-making, and Sabbath-keeping. Go forth to serve your neighbor in the love of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Postlude Who can offer to do the dishes or help unshovel a neighbor’s car?
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