Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's That Time Again



It’s that time again. 

    For those of you who are new to Trinity or new to the United Methodist Church, we have arrived at the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  That means that, like everyone else, we will see the beginning of school, the end of summer vacations and a return of more normal family (and church) schedules, but for us it also has another, more specific, meaning.

Charge Conference.

    Each fall we make plans for the next year.  We make goals, and we seek out and elect new volunteers and leaders to guide us through it.  Once all of those plans are made, we have a meeting with our District Superintendent and the other churches in our Compass Group (made up of churches in our area that are similar in size) and we officially elect those leaders and endorse those plans.  That meeting is called our Charge Conference.

    What that means, is that you might expect to get a phone call (or be asked personally) between now and November asking you to volunteer for something.  You might also receive a survey to see what sorts of things you might be interested in.  Some of those things might require a long-term commitment of a year or more, but many of them might also be short-term, even single day, events.

    I hope that you will keep an open mind.  Doing the everyday work of Trinity Church, and more importantly, making a difference in our community, takes a lot of volunteers. 

    I want to take a moment to thank all of those people who have volunteered during this last year.  Their efforts are often unnoticed and their praises are mostly unsung, but without them we wouldn’t be Trinity Church.  It is easy to forget just how many people it takes to teach Sunday school, lead Bible studies, chaperone and teach our youth, organize, teach, and make food for vacation Bible school, change the alter cloths, prepare for communion, have fresh, well-rehearsed music ready for each week, and a thousand other things that just “get done” without much notice.

Thank you.

    At the same time, there are dozens of things that we don’t do because there is no one to do them. 
Please consider joining our team.

Please think about what you might be willing to do.

Let us know if there is anything that you are interested in doing.

And please don’t run away if someone asks for your help.

As the old hymn says, we are the church… together.