|March 5||Crafts for a Cause
7 – 8:30 p.m.
|Learn more about meetings and projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nj|
|March 7||Easter flower orders due||Get the form in the pews or at bit.ly/TUMCEasterFlowers|
|March 11||Martha’s Table Sandwich Making|
|March 13||Book Chat
|Learn about March & April readings: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nh|
|March 19||Crafts for a Cause
|See March 5 listing above.|
|March 24||For more details, visit https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nl|
|March 25||Palm Sunday|
|March 29||Maundy Thursday||Worship at 7:30 p.m.|
|March 30||Good Friday||Worship at 7:30 p.m.|
|April 1||Easter Sunday||Worship at 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.|
By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
“Religion should stay out of politics. Do you[r] job and preach what is important. The Lord our savior. Don’t get the two confused.”
That was a comment left on my Facebook page. The man (not a church member) was clearly unhappy with my posting. I was thanking Bishop Bruce Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Ough was denouncing President Trump’s alleged expletive-filled comments about immigrants. Ough said he found the comments “not only offensive and harmful, they are racist.”
Honestly, I’m not sure if the man who posted those words was aiming his remarks at the Bishop or me, and it doesn’t really matter. The fact is that there seems to be a lot of confusion about the role of religion in relation to politics. If any Christian thinks Jesus was non-political, well then, that person is missing the point of a lot of Jesus’ teachings.
“Religion should stay out of politics.”
How many times have we heard Jesus speak of the kingdom? That’s a political statement. His goal was to show the kingdom of God was in direct contrast to the kingdom of the political elite. “My kingdom is not from this world … my kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).
As we work our way through this Lenten season, we look toward Easter Sunday and the joyful message of a resurrected Lord. But we must get through the ugliness of Good Friday to get there. The execution that ended the life of Jesus of Nazareth was political. People who posed a threat to Roman authority would find themselves nailed to a cross. Jesus’ execution was a political statement by leaders who hoped it would put an end to this movement. As we sit here two thousand years later, I am grateful for the brave followers of The Way of Christ. The violent end to his earthly life would not stop his message of salvation, love and social justice.
“Do you[r] job and preach what is important. The Lord our savior.”
This is actually a great reminder to me. Preach what is important, and that is indeed the peaceful teachings of the Lord our Savior.
By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
In my Confirmation and 5th & 6th grade classes I try to help students practice silence and centering. With eyes closed, there’s a moment of silence. Then I give directions to breath fears, anxiety out and to breath in God’s love, peace and joy. I’m not sure how it has helped students, but I feel so much better by taking ‘some time out to be’ (as Pastor Eileen always reminds us during Communion). I feel refreshed, relaxed and connected just by taking that short time of silence and centering prayer.
Then why can’t I practice this more often in my life. I engage in the usual things that everyone else similar in my life stage engages in like work, household chores, commuting, shuttling kids to practices, and other important responsibilities in life. Therefore, I have plenty to keep me busy, and I could make a fair case that I do not have time to sit in silence. But the problem is … that’s not entirely true. I do have the time and the need to practice silence more often. On top of that, I see that my family needs a father, husband, and faith leader who’s living out a centered and undistracted life. Because there are so many distractions that draw me away from centered and focused life, I’m probably modeling the opposite to my family.
During this Lent season I share my struggles in fasting from busy-ness, distractions and interruptions because we know that silence relieves stress and tension. Also, it improves memory, fights insomnia and heightens sensitivity. Surprisingly, it also stimulates brain growth!! (http://www.medicaldaily.com/5-health-benefits-being-silent-your-mind-and-body-396934) The practice of silence is almost a universal practice in many religious traditions. Then the natural question is, how can we reap more benefits from this ancient spiritual practice? And maybe we could help our children learn from our practice and modelling of silence.
One way is to acknowledge that we are over saturated with information, music, entertainment, sport events, news and social media. Yes, we’re way overloaded! Two, instead of thinking about silence as taking time out from life, see it as taking in more life. Moreover, see it as abandoning things and events that drain you of life so that you’re allowing growth, relaxation and mental attentiveness to fill you. Three, realize that doing nothing is sometimes doing something powerful. Have an abundant silent Lent!
Trustees and Church & Society will host our spring Good Works Day on March 24, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by a BBQ chicken sandwich lunch. Trustees will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects around the campus including painting the new Preschool Library and a porch at Trinity House, plumbing repairs, a shed cleanout, drywall repair, flower planting and other fun projects. Crafts for a Cause will host a service project for adults and children age 12 and above starting at 10 a.m. There will be chances to stuff pillows, cut fabric, make dresses and sew. Share will sponsor a field trip to Share for 5-6 teens or adults. Volunteers will help with clothing sorting, food sorting, and/or client greeting. Participants could either meet at Share at 9:15 a.m. or at the church at 9 a.m. to carpool over to Share, finishing at noon. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus and serve our neighbors, then stay for lunch and fellowship. Please contact Karen Hunt or William Liu for more information.
Crafts for a Cause delivered another 100 knit baby caps to Fair Oaks Hospital recently, along with a big bag of neck pillows, fleece hats and surgery dolls. Another batch of girl’s dresses and dolls is being readied to be sent to Uganda. There is always more work to be done in Room 124, so join the group on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30. Upcoming dates: March 5, March 19 and April 9.
We also have homework projects if you can’t attend the work sessions. Thanks go to Andrea Hager, Alma Powell, Carrie Handler, Nell Gilmore, and the folks at Lewinsville Senior Center and Pimmit Hills Senior Center for completing their homework! For more information, contact email@example.com.
Trinity’s book club will meet Tuesday, March 13, to discuss Paula McLain’s historical novel Circling the Sun, featuring record-setting aviator Beryl Markham. We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library for fellowship and lively conversation. The selection for April 10 is Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, a stylish novel about a young woman in post-Depression-era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society. For more information about Book Chat, contact Kathy Maher (Kathyngs@gmail.com).
MUSICAL OFFERINGS FOR LENT
by Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present a new anthem in March (the familiar hymn text Take Time to Be Holy, paired with the lovely Irish melody SLANE) while bringing back several choir favorites: Paul Bouman’s melodious Behold the Lamb of God, Vicki Wright’s poignant Old Rugged Cross, Dan Forrest’s quietly stunning And Can It Be, Philip Wilby’s majestic Wondrous Cross, and Tom Fettke’s dramatic Palm Sunday arrangement of Vladimir Vavilov’s Holy. The Trinity Ringers’ Lenten offering will be Lloyd Larson’s prayerful setting of Wondrous Love. If you’re thinking of joining one of Trinity’s adult choirs, now is a perfect time to attend a Thursday night rehearsal and see what we’re preparing for Easter! Trinity Ringers meet at 6:30 p.m. and Chancel Choir at 7:30 p.m.
I See You God
by Catherine Wethington, Director of Trinity Trebles & Youth Choir
The Trinity Trebles will present a delightful Lenten song composed by Mark Burrows on March 11 called I See You God. It can be sung in unison or in two parts. The text begins, “Who says you’re invisible? I see you all around.” It provides a number examples of where we see God and finishes each verse with “I see you God; you’re visible to me.” The lovely setting allows us to take notice of where and how we see God in our daily lives and offers an important Lenten message for our Trinity Trebles – that God is all around even when we don’t notice. I am excited that this song works in many important choral elements like two-part singing with harmony. Our group is composed of singers ages 4 – 11, so this song will be quite the challenge for us! But, I think through the challenge we might very well find God!
We’d like you to find God with us. We have dinner and rehearse on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. New singers are always welcome.