JUNE 2021
TRINITY U.C.C. VISION STATEMENT:
All will know the love of God through the teaching of Jesus!!
Trinity U.C.C. is called by
God to:
–Share God’s love with our
community
–Serve God’s children
–Bring healing and
wholeness to those in need
–Share the Gospel in
liturgy, music and study
 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-3 NRSV)
 
Catch the Vision,
Share the Joy!!
 
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR RANKIN
Dear Friends,
  In my May 19 pastoral reflection, I shared the image of the church being like a relay race. Generation after generation does their part in running the race. There comes a time when one generation passes the baton to the next with the hope that they will keep the race going. This is an appropriate image for the church at this time!
     I think it is important for us to reflect on the times when we may have dropped the baton. This may have caused us to lose some momentum. The only way we can get back on track is to follow the words of Hebrews 12: lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely and look to the Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
This has been a challenging year for congregations. We have dropped the baton many times. However, the promised gift of the Holy Spirit we are strengthened and renewed to continue our part of the race. We must remember this as we keep running the race in the midst of these unusual days we are experiencing at this time.
    This newsletter will share with you some exciting things that are happening in the life of Trinity Church this summer. The summer will begin with a church outing at the Lancaster Barnstormers. We enjoyed this in 2019 and we were set to go in 2020. I am confident that this will be a great time to see one another again. The summer will continue with VBS and a different Friendship Fest in July, and will end with the church picnic in August. Please consider attending some of these outdoor events as we are intentional about reconnecting with one another.
    As more and more people are vaccinated, we are seeing familiar faces at worship. Our leaders have agreed that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear their mask for worship. However, it is ok if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask! Our second service ends with singing two verses of a hymn. It is uplifting to once again sing the hymns of the faith. These are baby steps that we are taking in order to return to some sense of normalcy. In the meantime, I would encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not done so already!
    Let us keep running the race that is set before us, laying aside the things that are holding us back, and keeping our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith!
 
Blessings,
Pastor Rankin
 
 
 
 
 
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