Recent Campus Improvements

We’ve had several upgrades and campus improvements going on recently. Included are  ▪ The replacement of the Starr Hall heating and air conditioning unit, with a huge crane lifting the multi-ton, $25,000 unit up to the roof of Starr Hall. This replaced the original unit, which had lasted almost 30 years, far beyond its expected life. ▪ The replacement of a new soundboard in the Sanctuary. Our original board had lasted about 11 years, which…

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In His Steps Ministry Team

Throughout this year, our congregation has been living our stewardship theme: Imagine…Dreaming Big Dreams for God. We encourage everyone to keep dreaming big and remember that anything is possible through God. Many people have been dreaming big dreams this year, and acting on their dreams by serving our church and community. Church youth and adult participants have dreamed big by agreeing to go without food and serve our community for 24 hours by signing up…

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The Lord’s Pantry: Stamp Out Hunger

Our biggest food drive of the year has arrived and we need your help to get ready. On Saturday, May 11th , the U.S. Post Office will be sponsoring its annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. This is the nation’s largest one-day food drive and our biggest food drive of the year. On that day, people across the country will leave non-perishable food items by their mailboxes. Letter carriers pick up the food items and…

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God in Many Faces

It’s been a year since one of the most significant events in modern Native American history took place — the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against building the 1,200-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline that would run near the reservation, threatening the tribe’s water supply and sacred sites. The tribe estimates 17,000 “Water Protectors” from around the world passed through the Sacred Stone Camp from April 2016 to February 2017, including United Methodists who came to show…

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Creation Care

Bee sure to plant flowers for beneficial insects this spring that are pesticide-free. Provide shelter. All living things need a stable habitat in order to stay healthy. If care is taken to provide shelter where insects can find protection from disturbances, they will be more likely to stick around. Plots of cover crops, perennial flower beds, and hedgerows near flower or vegetable gardens all provide excellent shelter for your beneficial insects. Provide water. Insects, just…

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Thrift Shop News

The lovely month of May. The air is redolent with sweet fragrances and I open my windows to let the newness sweep out the last remnants of being shuttered for a long time. While the earth is budding, blooming and leafing, I’m inspired to want to clear away the clutter that has built up over the winter (or the last 35 years) and make a fresh start. Have you seen Marie Kondo? What do you…

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Savor Suppers

Savor Suppers are opportunities for women to gather for faith-filled fellowship, a simple meal, and rich conversation. Suppers include no more than five women plus the host allowing for women to really connect with one another over a meal. If you’re willing to open your home for a Savor Supper, please email Pastor Deb at ddevos@catchthespirit.org. You choose the date and time! Please include that information in your email as well.

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Come Help at Another GAiN Packing Event

The packing event at the GAiN Logistics Center in Mt. Joy, PA is only a few weeks away: June 18th – 22nd. Let’s get a group from Trinity there to pack humanitarian aid for distribution around the world to those who need it the most! Children age 8+ and adults are needed to pack school supplies and clothes, machine-sew luopads and hand-knot quilts, assemble small irrigation systems, sort shoes, make gospel bracelets and pack food.…

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Campus Security Plan Emerging

Last year, we held an Active Shooter Seminar led by members of the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. In follow up, we’re now working on a campus security plan. A leadership team has been established, and the first step of having a campus-wide assessment with representatives of N.J. State Police has been held. The leadership team will review the assessment results and begin writing up a plan with action items as needed. It’s hoped we can…

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Annual Conference Details

The yearly meeting of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference will be held May 19th – 21st. The conference is the annual gathering of elected delegates from all local United Methodist churches in the greater New Jersey area. It will be held in Wildwood, New Jersey. The clergy delegates are (by virtue of their appointment as Trinity clergy): Frank Fowler, Don Gebhard and Deb De Vos. The lay delegates are (by virtue of having been…

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