It occurred to me recently that some of you might feel that the church is constantly asking you for money. The reason for that is because the church actually is constantly asking you for money. Consider: Trinity just raised over $33,000 for United Methodist Family Services, and thank you Trinity Foundation for the $5000 matching grant. Now, in the Samson Project, we are asking for money for area Food Pantries. (Hey, we’re just asking you for money. My donation is a little more “personal”*). We have begun Arise, Shine our annual Stewardship Campaign – absolutely critical! And, of course, Ash Wednesday is February 17, with Lent comes our Lenten/Easter Mission Offering.
Hey, what gives, you ask? Fair question (which is why I’m answering it before you ask it.).
Allow me to offer a few insights: Trinity is, and has historically been, an incredibly generous church. It’s who we are, a congregation of generous people and a church that gives generously to the community. We trust you to know what you want to do. Of course, our tithe, our support for all the ministries of the church, is our duty. It’s the offering of our first fruits to God. But after that our responses to various appeals is a matter of the spirit. No one can do and support everything, but let us all do and support something.
If we don’t ask, nothing happens.
In a phrase, follow your heart. Please faithfully support Trinity’s ministries in our Arise, Shine campaign. We are all called to do that. It makes everything else possible. But beyond that, listen for the Spirit. Follow your heart. Be generous, but don’t feel guilty or bad if you can’t support everything. I hope that like me you are proud to be part of a church that is constantly asking for money because we are constantly giving it away and doing so much good. The kids at UMFS, the women and children in Trinity’s apartment at CARITAS’ new shelter, the people with pantry-provided food on their table, families in Oak Grove/Bellemeade, or the people of Honduras may never get a chance to thank you, but then there is this,
“Then the king will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
*$10,000 I get as haircut
$20,000 Cut shorter with electric clippers.
$100,000. I shave the beard as well. (I dare you! – LL)
Bob Argabright is collecting used clothing for children. Age is from infant to high school, boys and girls, and this also includes gently used shoes.
These items will benefit children in the OakGrove-Bellemeade community in Richmond.
Please do not donate clothing that has stains or signs of excessive wear. Also, it would be helpful if donated items have been recently washed.
Items can be dropped off at Trinity, or you can e-mail Bob, and he will come to your home and pick up
the donation. His e-mail address is: Robert S Argabright II firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.Hebrews 13:1-2
One of Trinity’s missions is to live our faith in God by serving our Community for its betterment. Although COVID-19 has restricted much of our personal contact in the Community this year, Trinity members have continued to serve by contributing to food banks, the Mattaponi medical clinic, making and distributing protective masks, and volunteering with ministry and charity.
Throughout the year there have been and still are “safe distancing” opportunities to help Bob Argabright with his Oak Grove-Bellemeade Community ministry in south Richmond. Those in the picture are taking a break from working in the Bellemeade Park and Learning Center’s rain garden and future geology learning area. Their smiles exemplify the friendship and camaraderie these previous strangers have developed while working together to create what Bob considers “God’s Little Green Acre”. They are just a few of the many people who have volunteered their time and resources to make this once unused land a community asset.
Good deeds can be performed in many different ways. We all have diverse talents that, if shared, can have a positive impact on those needing help and support. Working together to improve the Community allows us to bond with our Christian brothers and sisters, friends and strangers alike in a way that strengthens our relationship with God and the Church.
In the upcoming year can you show your faith by committing to volunteer several hours a week or month to a ministry, charity or community service?
Time to Share
As our first week of Advent draws to a close we hope you will take a moment and share with us or with someone else, as we continue to experience Advent together, while apart. We’ve created an easy upload link for you to drop a photo. This week’s sharing prompt was:
Show us your favorite Christmas decoration and tell us why it brings you joy.
We also would love to see your Trinity ornament on your tree or in your home. 🙂
Here’s a link where you can upload a photo, or use the button below. Learn more about Advent at Trinity and about Week 1 here: https://www.trinityumc.net/advent/#week1
Would you like to share your passion for gardening? Please come and share your passion with the youth in the Bellemeade Outdoor Club. We are creating a youth vegetable garden with berry bushes; fruit trees and we also have a bee hive. We are building 30 raised beds, planting berry and fruit trees and enclosing the area in split rail fencing. Our children will hold a farmer’s market once a week. If you want to utilize your passion to change the lives of our children, we welcome you. However, you will discover your life has changed as well. Come visit our rain and pollination garden, nature play area, geology display and Bike Repair shop. We would appreciate any surplus tools that you might donate. We will meet each Saturday beginning March 6 from 1:00-4:00 PM. We welcome volunteers to share your passion for outdoor learning and reading.
Our children have not been in school since March 2020 and their only outlet is with our program.
The address of the park is 1800 Krouse Street. If you are interested email Bob Argabright at email@example.com or call at 310-1080.
For the past seven years I have organized a Saturday Literacy Academy at the Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School with approximately 50 primarily Hispanic children. This year because of the pandemic we have conducted our literacy program outside in the Bellemeade Park. Each Saturday weather permitting we hold our Outdoor Learning program in Bellemeade Park located at 1800 Krouse Street from 1:00-4:00 PM. I have high school volunteers that participate in various outdoor activities with our students. The pandemic has greatly impacted our children’s exposure to reading and the discussing that follow the reading activity. We will begin meeting with our children on March 6 and I want to be more intentional with their reading block. I have many elementary school level books that lend themselves to great discussions based on life skills, how we treat each other, how special we are as individuals, goal setting and dreaming and other themes.
I’m looking for book readers and discussion leaders that will come to the park from 12:30-2:00 any Saturday that would fit your schedule. You can come one time or if you enjoy the ministry you would be welcome to return. You will be given the book ahead of time and suggested discussion questions. Feel free to develop your own questions or to bring and read your favorite book. You may want our students to read the book and you lead the discussion. That would depend on the ages of the children in your group. At the end of the discussion the students will have a journal to record their thoughts. They may journal about their goals, dreams and career aspirations. What stood out from last week?
An important goal that you have each week is to teach our children to dream and to help them understand a dimension of our world that is new to them.
All of us have people in their lives that made us who we are. You can be that person for our beautiful children. If you are interested in making a difference in our children’s lives contact Bob Argabright at 310-1080 or firstname.lastname@example.org