Ministries of Trinity

Posted on August 31, 2022

The Rev. Dorothy Hartzog

 

 

My sisters and brothers in Christ’s ministry at Trinity,

There is something with which I need your help.  It’s a missing person situation.  This person’s name is “Someone,” as in “We need Someone to deliver FUEL bags,” or “We need Someone to usher on Sundays at 7:30.”

Every time we look for Someone, they almost always fail to come forward.  I wonder if you happen to know why.

Well, maybe I’ve solved the mystery.  We can’t find Someone to help in ministries at Trinity because there is no such person!  Oh, but we have found …
Josh and Richard … and Anne and Vanessa …. and Emma and Mary ….
and ……. YOU, especially YOU 

And the need is YOUR need – the question is, “What do YOU need to be a part of Christ’s church that both fosters its mission and feeds your soul?”  How might we help YOU?

This is a critical moment in Trinity’s life – critical in the sense of opportunity, not crisis:

  • We are in new waters post-rector and post-Covid.  That calls for innovation and action.
  • It is a time to re-evaluate our personal and collective dedication to this faith family and to God.
  • It is a time to remember that we don’t just go to church, we are the church. And whatever does or does not happen (coffee hour, gardening, feeding ministries) is collectively up to the entire congregation.

Here is a sample of what we are offering our volunteers:

A chance to be tested.  Let us help you find an assignment that will be personally challenging and growth producing, something that fits your God-given passions and skills.

A chance to participate in a social experiment. Trinity participates and supports several social experiments that work toward eliminating racism, hunger, prejudice. You can be a part.

A chance to do something well. The mission of our congregation is important and the pursuit of it requires excellence. Our volunteer opportunities seek to elicit the pursuit of excellence.

A chance to do something good. We all seek to feel that goodness is at the core of who we are and what we do.  Volunteer roles at Trinity embody goodness.

A chance to change the way things are. Trinity and the entire one, holy catholic Church is at a crossroads. Adaptation is needed to ensure the survival of our faith communities. This is  the important and exciting work of change and finding new and different ways to do ministry. *

Let us know how you would like to offer your gifts to God’s work at Trinity by completing this time and talent survey today!  Tell us what you feel called to do, whether it’s an existing ministry or new idea. Most of all, pray about what God is calling you to do, for God IS calling.

I personally pledge to you a listening ear, an open mind and a loving heart.

Blessings,
Dorothy+

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.     Ephesians 4:11-13

*Adapted from The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Complete the online survey today!

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