Trinity Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that celebrates our unity as God’s people. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, political persuasions, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, marital or partnered status, and economic conditions—all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to others. Trinity is a place for all people to shine in their own unique gifts.
For more information about the Reconciling in Christ program, go to http://www.reconcilingworks.org/.
Dear friends at Trinity,
I am imagining you very busy these days hosting bikers and homeless families on the weekends, studying the Bible on Wednesdays, singing some of the same songs we sing here in Hong Kong on Sundays, pondering how to use the money from the sale of the parking lot that will now be used by your neighbors at Fresh Start, and doing many other kinds of ministries. I hope that the little library is getting good use. Amid all of that, I want to thank you for extending your ministry to me and to the people I work with here at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong. I enjoy working with the students here very much. You know how good it is to be in a community of kind, thoughtful, fun people at Trinity; the same is true at LTS. It is a little bit crazy right now because it is the last week of the semester. Soon people will part ways to go home for the summer, or to stay here and work on their theses and dissertations for the summer, or to begin a new job after graduating. I will stay here this summer, but next summer I will come to visit you. I look forward to that.
Christ’s peace to you.
Beginning the first Sunday in June (June 7) through the last Sunday in August (Aug. 30) Sunday worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. A later start time was discussed at the annual meeting and during our Lenten conversations, and the Trinity Planning Council agreed to try it out for the summer.
Bringing Neighborhoods Together Through Food
Beginning May 7 and continuing through August, Trinity’s parking lot will be a vending site for food carts participating in Let’s Eat Out (LEO), an initiative designed to support local food entrepreneurs and foster neighborhood unity by bringing food carts beyond the traditional downtown Madison locations. The group also recently formed a nonprofit dedicated to bringing fresh food to targeted neighborhoods and co-sponsoring a mentoring and internship program for disconnected youth.
Consider getting together with some of your Trinity friends on Thursday evenings before worship, Bible study or choir practice to have a meal and visit with our neighbors! If you would like to support LEO’s efforts to address food insecurity and poverty, you can donate online at http://www.letseatoutwi.org/support-leo.html.
Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters in Nepal, as rescue efforts and assessments continue. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has launched an immediate large-scale emergency response with its emergency team in Kathmandu at the LWF offices, which have escaped the worst impact of the quake. The ELCA is the only U.S. member church of the LWF. We are also working with Lutheran World Relief and church partners from ACT Alliance to coordinate the response, which includes the distribution of immediate life-saving supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication to people injured.
Give online at: https://community.elca.org/donations/nepalearthquake?_ga=1.103824064.1758209185.1408386870
For more information: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Nepal-Earthquake#sthash.D7cyGQxd.dpuf
The last meeting of our F.U.N. program is Wednesday, April 29. They are having a talent show that night and the theme is the ’80s. Trinity members are invited, and it would be great to have you there to show support for these families. A meal will be served and you are welcome to join in. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the program will start around 6 p.m. in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall. You don’t have to stay the whole time (until 8) so just stopping in for a while would be fine too. I hope to see you there. Please let me know if you are able to attend.
Donna Fox, MSSW, CAPSW
Healing and Family Support Services