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REMINDER: Fifth Sunday—April 30th
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse from Jeremiah serves as the foundational promise that guides the work of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. The children and youth in their care come in the midst of chaos, struggling to navigate the broken pieces of their lives.
Your 5th Sunday Offering helps provide Florida’s most vulnerable children and youth a safe place to call home and the tools they need to turn those broken pieces into a beautiful mosaic that reflects the treasured person God has created.
Are you looking for some relaxing time with others playing guitar? Join Jim McKinnell and friends on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Moor Hall. Bring your guitar. An IPad or tablet, if
you have one, will also be helpful.
Children as Participants in Worship Services
Since September, 206 children at Trinity have participated in our worship services in special ways. That includes serving as acolytes, reading scripture, Children’s Sabbath services, singing anthems on the occasional Sunday, Hanging of the Greens, Christmas Eve at the 5:30 p.m. families service, and Music Ministry Sunday.
Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse!
Their biggest impact, however, is once a year when the NETkids Choirs present their musical at all three worship services. This happens April 30! Over a third of NETkids Choirs’ time and effort each school year is committed to this endeavor. The children are now busy memorizing speaking parts and solos. We practice in the sanctuary so they get used to microphones and knowing where to stand/sit/dance/sing/ speak. It is an exciting time for these children, and it shows in their enthusiasm at rehearsals. Want an energy “pick-meup?” Come to one of our Wednesday afternoon rehearsals!
“Acorns to Oaks”
The children present their 30-minute musical, “Acorns to Oaks” written by Celeste and David Clydesdale, on April 30, at all three services. This is the most sophisticated musical by NETkids in 20 years. We are blessed with ten fifth graders this year, which will make this musical really shine! “Acorns to Oaks” is based on a parable by Jesus found in Matthew 13. Jesus presents the parable, then goes on to explain it. Our children will do the same. While this is a children’s musical, the message will resonate with adults as well. We have diverse characters such as Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald, Alfred the wacky inventor, numerous farmhands, rumor weeds, scary crows, and you really must see the Robo-Scarecrows!
Our Trinity mission statement keeps us grounded and directs our decisions. It guides us as we sort and sift the many demands of each day:
“Because of God’s love for us through Jesus Christ, we exist to worship, grow, and serve.”
Faith that nurtures, protects, and provides requires all three of these: “worship, grow, and serve.” In light of their meaning, we ask that you think of areas in our church life and in your life that you would like to strengthen. What areas do you feel a need or a calling? Are there activities that take up time in your life without providing enrichment and satisfaction?
Now is a good time to look forward to the blessings ahead and to take the opportunity to reshuffle and reevaluate the choices that consume your life. Is there an initiative at our church where you could provide leadership and progress? Is there an area of need and fellowship you have been thinking about trying?…more
Mark your calendars and save Saturday, June 3, to join us to fight hunger this summer in Tallahassee. Trinity will be packaging meal packs that will be distributed through Second Harvest to needy families and children.
OBSERVE LENT THROUGH YOUR GIFT
As Lent begins, we encourage you to join in our efforts to fund this. Pick up a tube of M&M minis in the Welcome Center or the entrance to the sanctuary and take it home. The M&M minis in the tube are yours to enjoy or share. Empty the tube and fill it with quarters. Each mini tube holds 40 quarters—one for each of the 40 days of Lent will fill it up. Each quarter will provide a hungry child with a meal.
BRINGING YOUR TUBES BACK
Watch for the April Tidings, future bulletins, and the website for when to bring back your tubes and how to sign up for packing teams.
Mac and Cheese donations Please remember to bring macaroni and cheese to the Welcome Center. Boxes are delivered to ECHO to place in food bags for hungry families. The Trinity congregation has been supporting this program for almost three years, and the generosity shown by Trinity is genuinely appreciated by ECHO and the families who receive it. Thank you.
Please join us following the 8:30 a.m. worship service and prior to Sunday School for fellowship over coffee in the Congregate Room (Room 305).