Well, summer is almost here.
Usually that means that things slow down a bit at church and we can catch up on things in the church office. But last year that didn’t happen. All the projects we saved and thought we’d do when things slowed down had to be squeezed in later, or not at all. And this year is already looking busier than last year.
On June 4th we will be hosting an event called “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” in our large parking lot. That event is designed to help people who are on the margins of our society, those who are homeless and those who are struggling just to get by. A number of church groups and community social service organizations have committed to be a part of this event as well. Volunteers will be needed to set up, tear down, clean up, as well as easier things like pass out flyers and serve hot dogs. I hope that many Trinity folks will be present, not just to lend a hand but to show our community that we care, to meet people, and to invite them to worship with us.
On the evening of Thursday June 9th (I don’t know what time yet), we will have a special program with Rev. Ray Ake from our East Ohio Farmer to Farmer mission to Liberia. Pastor Ray has been here before, but he will be bringing a special guest with him. Rev. Chris Marshell is the District Superintendent of the St. Paul River District in Liberia where Farmer to Farmer visits. This event was scheduled on short notice when I discovered that Rev. Marshell was in the area and was available to come visit. I hope that many of you will be able to hear this exciting presentation.
And then on Sunday June 12th Dave Hartong, Patti, and I will leave for Lakeside for a week at Annual Conference. There we will have lots of meetings but we will also learn about new mission opportunities for the next year and catch up on many of the things that have been happening around the conference. “Catching up” might sound a little like gossip, and I confess that some of that happens, but its also discovering what God has been doing around the Annual Conference and around our global connection.
After we get back, things continue to happen. On Saturday June 25th, Trinity will host Emergency Response Training and I am already expecting people from all over East Ohio to attend as well as several from our church and youth group. On that same day, we will be hosting Jonah’s graduation party at the church parsonage so it will be a very busy day for me.
Please be sure to read your weekly church bulletins and watch out for announcements on Facebook and on the church webpage so that you don’t miss out on something important. This is shaping up to be a very busy summer.
Have fun. But be safe!