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Worship & Study – February 10 & 11, 2024

See below for all of our worship links and information and Education Hour information. We are currently worshiping in-person (masks optional) in addition to online. Saturday Traditional Worship – 5:30 p.m. Our Saturday service uses the same order as our Sunday morning traditional service but is in-person only. It’s a smaller crowd who are very friendly and welcoming of guests and regular Sunday attenders alike. If you’re looking for a good “first step” back into in-person worship, this service has…

Spray Paint, Baklava, and the Bumpy Road from Annunciation to Magnificat

I have a charming, beautiful toddler. She makes us all laugh, she’s mischievous, she’s lots of fun. She is also very, very boring. The TV shows she watches are made for her age group, so there are a lot of bright colors and life lessons about sharing and caring. The books we read to her are a bit better, but even the best books for little kids, like “George and Martha” and “Frog and Toad”, have a soporific effect on…

Summer Education Hour 2022

Beginning June 26 Education Hour is from 10-11 a.m. each Sunday. Intergenerational Sunday SchoolThis class will be different every week and is intended for people of all ages to learn together. Everyone welcome. Led by Sue Steege, meeting in the Library (no Zoom option) Adult Bible StudyMeeting on the Lower Level in person, Pastor Chuck will teach on Fun and Weird Stories from the Old Testament. God’s Word is filled with guidance and comfort and help…and also some fun and weird stories.…

Reading: “Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age”

First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. This book was so interesting because it was encouraging us to be truly, physically present with each other in worship and in fellowship and with God’s Word and in every way, and it was published just before the pandemic forced…

Summer Education Hour 2021

Education Hour is from 10-11 a.m. each Sunday. Intergenerational Sunday SchoolThis class will be different every week and is intended for people of all ages to learn together. This Summer we’ll be looking at a special part of Jesus’ teaching called the Beatitudes. Everyone welcome. Led by Sue Steege, meeting in the Library (no Zoom option) Adult Bible StudyMeeting on the Lower Level in person, Pastor Chuck will teach on Fun and Weird Stories from the New Testament. God’s Word is…

Reading: “The Other Half of Church: Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation”

First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. I loved this book! “The Other Half of Church” explores the connection between brain science and spiritual growth–life transformation. It turns out that what we “know” (the facts, information, and truth of the Bible) is only one half of what…

Just Like a Day

When we were dating, my husband would occasionally quote these lines to me, from the movie “The Jerk.” The Steve Martin character says to his girlfriend: I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight…

Reading: “Next: Pastoral Succession that Works”

  First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. The EMT just finished reading “Next: Pastoral Succession that Works“. We chose it because we’re realizing that, staff-wise, First Trinity is in for many changes over the next decade. Our staff is aging and many are growing closer to…

Unreal

Shortly after my husband and I started dating in 2002, I began sensing the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life in ways that I never had before. I felt unusual promptings to speak with specific people about specific, sometimes awkward things; I felt a primal urge to spend time in worship, needing to sing or listen to songs of praise for hours at a time; I had a prophetic dream that was clear and made sense, unlike most of my…

Best Practices for Ministry Conference Report

8 staff people and two spouses from First Trinity were able to attend the Best Practices for Ministry Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in February. Here’s a brief report to give you an idea of our experience. We were so very thankful to be able to attend and saved money over two budget years to pay for our hotel and airfare (the conference itself was free!).  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask any of the attenders! Best Practices…