Scripture strongly affirms ministries of spiritual healing. The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing, God works to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity and the rest of creation.
As we have experienced brokenness, disappointment, sorrow, tiredness, and fatigue during the pandemic, we want to come together and experience God’s presence and healing. We, as a community of faith, need to hear what has been missed and lost. So let us join together and remember what God has done for us and recognize what God is doing in our midst that we may be restored and healed through the Holy Spirit.
You are invited to a service of healing on October 6 at 7:00 PM in the chapel.
This service will be recorded and uploaded to the Trinity website for those who are not able to join.
Begin the program year by making new friends and growing in your faith and understanding!“Life Together” written by Dietrich BonhoefferPastors Larry and Hung Su will lead a church-wide book study with “Life Together.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most influential theologians of the 21st century. This study will help us understand the nature of a Christ-centered community. All are welcome! Dates: 10:00 – 10:50 AM Sundays, September 19 through October 17 Place: Eaton Hall Book: “Life Together” You can get a copy at the church office for $12
Beginning Monday , September 13th at 9:30 AM, Deanna McCullough will lead a book study on: “It’s All Under Control: A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On, and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible”. This study will meet on Thursday mornings at the church and will be held outdoors.
This fall the Dillard Bible Study Group will be discussing “The Major Themes of St. Luke’s Acts” a study created by group member Dr. Jim McCullough. We meet on Monday nights from 7 – 8:30 PM and we welcome new members. We will begin on Monday, September 13. Contact Dianne Moore (email@example.com or 240-401-5001) if you are interested in joining us.
Pastor’s Bible Studies: Starting on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 AM and Wednesday, September 15 at 1:30 PM this year’s Pastor’s Bible Study will be studying Jesus in the Gospels published through Second Generation Disciple Bible Study. Pastor Larry Lenow invites everyone to either of the classes. For the present, the format will be via Zoom (this could change in the future). Each session is 1 hour in length. All participants are asked to register through the Church Office, 804-288-6056 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each participant will need a study manual which can be purchased through the Church office for $40.
The 3M Wednesday Night Class will begin this fall by studying “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The class meets Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30 PM, and will be meeting by Zoom. This study will be 5 weeks in length and will begin the end of September. Books are available through Cokesbury and Amazon. Contact Judy Oguich to answer any questions. We would love to have you join us!
Prayer Meetings: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). In a time of silence, prayer, reflection, participants are invited to sense God’s presence, meditation on God’s word, and share faith. This spiritual practice helps us experience a Christian fellowship deeply. You’re invited to join the morning prayer meeting from Monday through Friday at 6:30 AM via ZOOM (a video/phone conference). You can join this from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android: https://zoom.us/j/6243348408. You can also dial in via phone [no computer needed] using the numbers below: +1 929 205 6099 US. If you have any questions, please let Hung Su know at email@example.com
Trinity has many groups/studies/classes that take place weekly during our 10:00 AM Community Hour.
All are welcome at any of these opportunities. For questions contact Rev. Judy Oguich or any of the leaders.
Volunteers Needed for Kids Ministry
Our kids ministry is looking to fully reopen in September and we are looking for more people to serve in our kids ministry! In our nursery and preschool classrooms, we are looking for volunteers who can serve once a month. For our elementary age group, we are looking for volunteers who can serve for a month. Please contact Jen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and would like to serve in our kids ministry!
Does technology interest you? Are you looking for a practical way to make a difference? Do you want to help Trinity thrive? Please consider joining our Audio/Visual Technology Team (A/V Team). Our live sound and video technology has advanced considerably in the past year, taking on a more central role in our worship ministry. Accordingly, a new and urgent need to build a strong team of volunteers to operate our sound and video equipment in worship has presented itself. There are three distinct roles to play on the A/V Team during a Sunday Service:
Sound Tech (operates soundboard)
Video Tech (operates cameras and video switcher)
Visual Tech (operates the slideshow and cues videos and other media from computer).
If you sing or play a musical instrument; if you love great music, both ancient and modern; if you appreciate timeless hymns and spiritual songs as well as fresh expressions of worship and song; your spirit might just find a musical home on Trinity’s Modern Worship Team. Our Modern Worship Team is a rotating ensemble of musicians and singers who lead us in song Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. Whether you play the drums or the violin, the clarinet or the bass, the piano or the guitar, there’s always space on our team for musicians and singers with heart. Email Aaron Miller at email@example.com to learn more.
New Name Tags Trinity invites you to sign up for updated name tags with lanyards. We believe that wearing a name tag is a simple way to welcome new guests. As a community of faith, we are committed to cultivating a welcoming culture because Trinity is a place where all are welcome. Therefore, this fall, as we clean up the name tag net near Welcome Center, we invite you to be responsible for carrying your name tag, so you may intentionally participate in welcoming ministry at Trinity. Sign Up For A New Nametag
Trinity has many groups/studies/classes that take place weekly during our 10:00 AM Community Hour.
On Sunday, September 5, Pastor Larry asked us all to “Just Do It” in his sermon on James 2:1-17. You can find the worship service below– use the chapter markers to jump directly to the Scripture (the first dot) and sermon (second dot)!
Below the service video, you will find links to some ways you can take action.
There’s so much going on in our world. Pastor Larry offered the following prayer via social media on Monday.
O Lord, you have been our God in all our generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or Earth received her frame, you were God. Hear our cries and our prayers for our hurting world:
Lord, so many in Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, and the Southeast have had their lives torn to shatters by Hurricane Ida. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, the people of Afghanistan are suffering and oppressed. Thirteen families are grieving the loss of their young heroes. So many more of our service people are still in danger. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, the people in southwest Haiti are struggling and suffering in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, the pandemic again grows worse here and around the world. Our very children are increasingly at risk. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord, in good times and bad, you are our strength and shield. Hear our prayer and empower us to be instruments of your peace. God of our mothers and fathers, God of our children to all our generations, our trust as always is in you. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.
On August 31, we delivered 117 bags/boxes of donated school supplies to Oak Grove Elementary School. As the virtual school year came to an end last spring, the teachers gave us a list of items they knew they would need for their classrooms this fall. Through your incredible generosity, we were able to provide all the requested items!
This year we had both our traditional red apples at the church and digital apples available for “picking”. There were more than 90 individuals and families, including members of the Swahili French congregation, who selected apples and donated supplies.
Teachers have been working in the building this week organizing their classrooms and working on plans to welcome 600+ students back into the building next week. Last year was a totally virtual year for Oak Grove and next week will be the first time since the early spring of 2020 that students will be in the building.
The staff and teachers know that this will be a challenging year. The pandemic continues to ravage the community, Oak Grove students are not old enough to receive the vaccine, and students are well below grade level academically.
While we have traditionally volunteered in the building, providing weekly tutors, classroom aides, and reading buddies, we will not be able to volunteer inside the building during the academic day at least as the school year begins. We will let you know when this changes and of the opportunities available.
Bob Argabright, however, will continue his fantastic work in Bellemeade Park and with his Saturday Academy. Bob welcomes volunteers and can be reached at 804-310-1080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding ways to help in his programs.
John Wesley’s belief that education is an essential aspect of salvation inspired early Methodists and continues to inspire us today as we strive to make a difference in the lives of our students. The window of time to help elementary students succeed is narrow and success in achieving academic goals during elementary school years can help change the compass of a child’s life. Trinity has partnered with Oak Grove Elementary since 2004 and we have been able to follow the success of our students through high school, college, and beyond!
Thank you for your overwhelming generosity and for being a part of such a wonderfully caring faith community.