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January 2018 Church Update

 

A Letter From Our New Council President by Brian Snyder       

 

Happy New Year Trinity,

            May we welcome 2018 with open hearts and patient souls.  As your brother in Christ, I wanted to take a moment and share three themes I would like to personally focus on in the coming year.   I have been brainstorming, contemplating and praying about these themes by which I would like to serve. I knew what they were, but I just couldn't formulate a way to put them in writing.

            Low and behold on Christmas morning, thanks to my loving wife Jamie, I received a book. 

   365 DAYS OF DEVOTION: A Daily Devotional for Creating Inspired Faith by MARK GILROY.  As I eagerly thumbed through the pages Jamie said, “I thought this book may help you in your new role at church.”  I know what you’re thinking..... SHE'S A KEEPER!  I realized this many years ago, but now it's good to know you realize it too.  So now thanks to Mark Gilroy and my thumbing ahead in my daily devotional I have a platform to share my themes with you.  Many of these words I share are from his book, but they make my thoughts very clear.

 

Theme #1 LOVING MY FAMILY

1 John 4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

            To not only grow in relationship, but to strengthen our bonds.  Many times, with family, things can and will get messy. The good news is that there are two simple steps that will cure the majority of family conflicts- and make any family stronger.

            First, cultivate a spirit of gratitude. When was the last time you felt thankful for the people in your home- and said thank you?  Doesn't that get redundant? Isn't that a bit of overkill?  Think about your own life.  Do you ever get tired of people being grateful to you or appreciating you?

            Second, demonstrate your love.  Children often spell the word “love” with four different letters: T-I-M-E.  Are you eager to spend time with the people around you? Do you make it a point to enjoy things they enjoy?  Love without action is empty.  I pray that I can find ways to love all of you through gratitude and demonstration.

 

Theme #2 HUMILITY AND WISDOM

Proverbs 11:2  When pride comes, then comes disgrace , but with humility comes wisdom.

            Humility is superior to pride in attaining wisdom.  The humble are teachable and open to change and growth.  The proud do not like to admit errors and the need for growth.  I realize that change and growth is upon all of us.  The opportunities for errors are many.  I come before God asking him to guide my thoughts, attitudes and actions.

 

Theme #3 TO BE OUR BEST US EVER

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

            All good things we have are gifts from God.  Even the faith with which we respond to God's grace is a gift from Him. Yet God calls us to use what He has given us.  He calls for us to work, acquire, learn, plan and dream.  Some of us aren't comfortable with the thought that God just might be calling us to be ambitious.  Kindness, love and service all come first. But what is God telling us to get started, to work on in our lives now?  Or asked another way: what are we going to do with what we have?  May God help us to walk forward in all that He has for us to do.  Praise God for a bright future!

 

 

 

New Series/New You : Spiritual Boot Camp by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

 

            At the start of every year conversations eventually turn to the idea of resolutions.  We resolve, make a commitment to doing or not doing something.  Who do you want to be in 2018?  What new habits to you want to gain?  Which ones do you want to lose?  Religious and secular people alike look to the New Year with expectation of growth and betterment.  Trinity Community Church wants 2018 to be the best year yet!  We are trusting God for new things, expecting Him to move and hoping to deepen our faith.

            We make a firm decision, a resolution, to being healthy and missional disciples.  We desire to pursue Christ, pursue His priorities and grow in His likeness.  What better way of making our resolution a reality then kicking off the year with a “Spiritual Boot Camp?”  What is this, you may ask?  Boot Camps are designed to stretch you beyond your current abilities in order to increase your strength and resilience.  In boot camp you also start with the basics and work your way forward.  For the first six weeks of 2018 we will give you a firm foundation of what Christianity is about, stretch you beyond your current practices in order to increase your faith.  Sound intriguing?  Join us this Sunday!

 

Founded in the Word: Bible Study for the New Year by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

 

“For the Word of God is alive and active.” Hebrews 4:12

“All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

If we want to be healthy and missional disciples we MUST be people of the Word.  The bible is the revelation of God to His people.  It is the witness and vehicle for God’s work of redemption.  Within these sacred texts is life.  If we want to be the people God is calling us to be in 2018, we must start in scripture. 

Never read the bible before?  Struggle reading today?  That’s ok.  All are welcome.  For the first six weeks of the New Year we will read the Gospels and Acts together.  One book a week.  We ask all to commit to reading 3 or 4 chapters of the Bible a day.  Then we will come together to study.  This is a challenge for many of us, but one worthwhile.  Join us, Thursday at 6pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

 

 

A Special Thank You from the Vitality Committee by Barb Hampton, committee chair

 

Thank you to everyone who helped me decorate the Fellowship Hall for Christmas/New Year’s Eve.  Also thank you to those who helped with clean-up, passing out treats, etc.  With your help both events turned out well.  Also, there are several nice than you notes from our homebound members by the Welcome Center on a board about the gift bags.  Take a look!

 

A Special Thank You from the Benevolence Committee by Mary Lou Davis, committee chair

 

On behalf of the Benevolence Committee and N.E.E.D.S. thank you for your generous response to our request for clothing items on the Giving Tree.  Your gifts have been given to Deer Park Schools.

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Church Update

November – December, 2017

 

Celebrating Christmas

We are doing things a little differently this Christmas as Christmas Eve is on a Sunday.  We will have a large service on Sunday, the 24th, at 10am for Lessons and Carols.  For those who love an evening celebration we will ring in Christmas with an 11:30pm – midnight Candlelight Service.  One week later we will celebrate the New Year with a breakfast, Sunday morning worship service.  We will eat, pray and love as we celebrate together.

 

Please welcome our new Choir Director, Sarah Kim

Hello, my name is Sarah Kim. I am the new Choir Director here at Trinity Community Church.  Music has always been a part of my life. I started playing piano age six.   I studied music theory and piano at the Eastman School of Music and received M.M. in both Choral Conducting and Music Theory from the Northwestern University.  After I graduated from Northwestern, I went back to my home country, South Korea and taught at Yonsei University and Inje University.  Currently, I am also the Artistic Director of Cincinnati Chorale.   Besides music, I have a great interest in interior designing and gardening.  I hope all my musical talents will be used for God's glory.

 

Web Site Revamp – We Need Your Help!

Early next year we will begin work on a new and up-dated website for the church.  Our aim is to provide you with the information you need as members of the congregation, while also providing information to anyone looking for a new place of worship.  If you currently use the website and have a few minutes to talk about your likes and dislikes of the website, please call the office on (513) 791-7631.  We are looking for information on what you like most about the current website, those things you find most helpful on the current site, and how we can make it easier for you to find what you need.

Congregational Christmas Service Project

 

Share the holiday spirit with Trinity’s homebound members this Christmas by helping with one or more of the following items:

 

  1. Item Collection: During the month of November, before Thanksgiving, we will be collecting new small items such as travel size toiletry items including lotion, perfume, deodorant, etc.  Anything a senior might use.  We do NOT need Kleenex or cosmetic bags as someone has already donated them.  We have 2 men on the list so it is mostly items for women that are needed.  These items can be dropped off at the Welcome Center.  After Thanksgiving we will put the items in gift bags that will be delivered to our homebound in December. 
  2. Christmas Card Blitz: We want to include some holiday cards in our homebound gift bags.  We are asking you to bring in several hand-written Christmas cards with short messages inside.  Please sign your name along with the message “your friends at Trinity.”  The cards can be left at the Welcome Center before Thanksgiving.  If we receive extra cards, these will be sent to our church missionaries.

 

  1. Delivery Drivers Needed: We need to deliver approximately 20 bags to our homebound members.  Please pitch in to deliver the Christmas bags.  If you are willing to deliver two or three bags in early December, sign-up at the Welcome Center before November 26th.  This would be a nice service project to do as a family during the holiday season.

 

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Happy Birthday to our members with birthdays in November & December

Penny Wardell

11/2

Jean Maxfield

11/27

Jerry Cromer

12/10

Bill Chamberlin

11/2

Mike Coates

12/3

Anastasia Zeinner

12/11

Fred Moore

11/3

Jeremy Cavendish

12/4

Debbie Klug

12/12

Averie Pennington

11/8

Carol Smith

12/9

Shirley Seward

12/16

Phyllis Davis

11/16

Ron Satterfield

12/9

Edgar Dolman

12/19

Bart Choate

11/16

Jamie Snyder

12/9

Elayna Heinze

12/22

 

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Events – November & December

11/12

11am

Trinity Worship Leaders

12/2

9:30am

Hanging of the Greens

11/12

11:30am

New members class

12/3

11:30

Trinity Worship Leaders

11/13

7pm

Council Meeting

12/6

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

11/15

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

12/7

7pm

Choir Rehearsal

11/16

7pm

Choir Rehearsal

12/8

5pm

Drop & Shop

11/18

 

Conflict Mediation - Individual

12/10

11:30

Trinity Worship Leaders

11/19

11am

Conflict Mediation – F. Hall

12/11

7pm

Council Meeting

11/19

11am

Trinity Worship Leaders

12/14

7pm

Choir Rehearsal

11/23

 

Office Closed

12/17

11:30

Trinity Worship Leaders

11/24

 

Office Closed

12/20

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

11/26

 

Last day for Project donations

12/21

7pm

Choir Rehearsal

11/26

 

Last day for poinsettia orders

12/24

10am

Lessons and Carols Service

11/26

11am

Trinity Worship Leaders

12/24

11:30pm

Candlelight Service

11/26

11:30am

New members class

12/25

 

Office Closed

11/29

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

12/26

 

Office Closed

11/30

7pm

Choir Rehearsal

12/27

 

Office Closed

 

 

 

12/28

 

Office Closed

 

 

 

12/29

 

Office Closed

 

 

 

12/31

10am

Eat, Pray, Love Breakfast

 

September & October 2017 - Update

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Church Update

September - October 2017

 

Navigate 2.0 by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

 

Over the course of the last twelve months we have been on a journey as a community of faith.  With the support and resources of the Covenant Church, we have embarked on a Navigate journey to be the church God has created us to be.  We started with an internal profile, we sent leaders to a national conference, we participated in workshops like Veritas and EPIC, our navigate committee helped form a behavioral covenant, engaged the wider community in an eternal profile and so much more.  All the while as a church we sought to be consciously dependent on the Holy Spirit.

 

As this journey comes to the end of one chapter, the final leg involves one more step of self-reflection.  Pulse.  Pulse is a comprehensive survey that will give the whole church an overview of the health and mission of Trinity.  For three Sundays, September 17th, 24th & October 1st, we hope ALL people associated with Trinity will join us to give their input.  The more surveys completed the more accurate our assessment.  When completed the denomination will analyze the results and ultimately give us Trinity’s “pulse.”  This will be our new starting point as we look to the remainder of 2017 and beyond.  On Saturday, November 4th mark your calendars for a half day workshop called “Dream Again.”  We desire to seek God together.  Join us this fall for these growth opportunities.

 

One Deer Park: Fall Opportunities by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

 

One Deer Park is the collaboration of Deer Park City Schools and our local faith based communities. The schools work so hard to serve, equip and encourage the students and families of Deer Park, but the thriving of our students depends on the whole city!  We desire to come together, partner with what the schools are already doing, and be a purposeful entity pouring into the well-being of our community.  Alone we can only do so much.  But together we can make an impact!  

 

Trinity is proud to be a part of these efforts to serve and bless the community.  For the 2017-2018 school year, we are putting our heads together to come up with tangible ways to minister to the students and families.  This year there are four In-Service days, (when students are not at school): Friday September 29th, Tuesday November 7th, Tuesday January 2nd & Tuesday February 20th.  We want to provide the kindergarten through second grade students with a Vacation Bible School like activity on those days.  The only way to do this is through the service of all our churches.  If you would like to volunteer on Friday September 29th, from 7:30am-12pm, 11:30am-3:30pm, or the whole day let me know!  Let’s bless our community together!

 

Summer Mission Trip to Chicago by Emily Weber

 

This past July I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Chicago for a mission trip, along with Layla Ciboch. There were two other churches on this mission trip: One Church from Louisville, Kentucky and Sunrise Church from Spokane, Washington. While in Chicago we served at Community Covenant Church by helping out with their Vacation Bible School. Their Vacation Bible School lasts one month every weekday from 7:30am-4:00pm and relies solely on church volunteers. This offers a safe place for the children to be in the summer while their parents are working. We served them meals, took them on fieldtrips, played sports, and even had drama lessons. There was never a dull moment! The church leaders made sure every person was involved and having a good time during the day.  On Monday we started Vacation Bible School and it was so much fun! On the first day I was able to go on a field trip with the kids to a local firehouse to learn about fire safety. After that I helped teach a drama class with some people from One Church. Throughout the whole week I was able to do many other fun activities like help students paint, go on a field trip to a local college, and play games with them. All the volunteers really formed close relationships between the kids and the people running VBS. Community Covenant Church was so welcoming to our group and really made us feel like family.  When VBS was over for the day they made sure we had other activities to do to keep us busy. They took us bowling, had youth group, went downtown, and watched a movie. Our groups leaders also taught us leadership skills and how to work as team. Throughout the week our church groups got to know each other better and become close. Through this trip I’ve made some really great friends, all from different parts of the country. On August 19th I move down to Louisville to attend Bellarmine University. It’s nice to know that when I get down there I’ll have a place to attend church with some people I already know and love. Thank you to everyone who helped me go on this trip, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot as well.

 

Update on the Restoration of the Church Windows

 

The funding for the project to restore the church windows was approved.  Look for more updates coming soon in regards to when the work will begin when the next stages have been coordinated.

 

Church Fundraising

 

Earn Rewards for Trinity Community Church with your Kroger plus Card.  Remember that you and your friends can earn money for Trinity Community Church by linking your Kroger Plus Card to Trinity’s account.  It’s easy!  Just go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com register your Kroger plus Card.  Be sure to choose Trinity Community Church’s NPO# 77538 so we get the rewards!  Thanks.

 

Happy Birthday to our members with birthdays in September and October

Marcellinus Cowns

9/7

Jack Boyd

9/21

Eleanor Schweiger

10/13

Ella Pennington

9/7

Emily Weber

9/24

Polly Cromer

10/15

Sally Stansbury

9/13

Irene Smith

9/28

Anita Glass

10/18

Helen Daniel

9/13

Clayton Wagner

9/29

Clara Fessenden

10/19

Katelyn Weber

9/13

Julie Kadooka

10/2

Lillian Richey

10/24

Fred Patmann

9/15

Ruth Solsman

10/2

Jim Spitzer

10/28

Donald Solsman

9/17

Shawn Stone

10/9

Sandra Rutherford

10/28

 

Comprehensive Calendar of Events – September and October

9/3

8:30am

Forgiveness Study

10/1

 

PULSE ends

9/4

 

Office Closed

10/4

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

9/6

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

10/9

7pm

Council Meeting

9/10

8:30am

Forgiveness Study

10/18

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

9/11

7pm

Council Meeting

10/26

11:30am

Lunch Bunch

9/17

8:30am

Forgiveness Study

10/26

6pm

100 Days of Prayer

9/17

 

PULSE starts – till 10/1

10/29

11:30am

Worship & Music Cmte.

9/20

10am

Matthew 25 Ministries

 

 

 

9/24

8:30am

Forgiveness Study

 

 

 

9/24

10am

Service of Consecration

 

 

 

9/24

11:30am

Worship & Music Cmte.

 

 

 

9/28

11:30am

Lunch Bunch

 

 

 

9/28

6pm

100 Days of Prayer

 

 

 

9/29

7pm

Bonfire & S’mores Night

 

 

 

 

July & August Update - 2017

July and August Update - 2017

 

Healthy & Missional by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

What does it mean to be healthy and missional?  We all have our own definition of health.  We all have our own definition of mission.  In the church, often we think of two factors: money and people.  True, these are two good indicators of a healthy and thriving ministry.  However money and people are fruit of something deeper.  Throughout scripture we see health and mission expressed in vibrant ways in the lives of believers and the greater church.  Health and mission through compassion, mercy and justice, through heartfelt worship, through sacrificial and generous living and giving and much more.

This summer we will look at ten missional markers that demonstrate pursuing Christ and pursuing Christ’s priorities.  The challenge?  Let’s be honest with ourselves and the church.  Do we see these markers?  Where are our growing edges?  How can we take this biblical truth and see life change?  Our hope and prayer is for God’s words to bear fruit in the life of Trinity this season.

 

Navigate by Lou Coduti

 

Hello Trinity Faithful,

 

It is time to update all of you on how Navigate is going and what the team has been up to.  Over the course of the past year, the Navigate team has been hard at work on a number of projects.  We started with our truth-telling workshop (VERITAS) and continued into our workshop about inspiring change (EPIC).  The Navigate team, with your help, built a new behavioral covenant and an internal profile of our church.  Over the past two months, the team has been working on building an external profile.  We have been out and about in the community, asking three simple questions to those folks who are not part of our Trinity Community.  We have asked if people are aware of who we are and where we are located, we have asked what they believe to be the greatest need in our community, and finally how we (Trinity) can help fulfill that need?  The goal of this external profile is to help us shape our mission going forward.  The questions in front of us are do we want to be involved in our community in a greater capacity than we are currently?  What does that look like?  What does the community need from us?  Can we even help?  These are the questions we will need to think about going forward once the survey of the community is completed.  The Navigate team will hold a town hall meeting in the coming months in order to discuss the results of the survey and gather information from the congregation on how we are to use the information gathered.  It is our hope that this process generates excitement about where we are headed and our future potential as a community church.  As always, thank you for taking time to read the update and God bless!!

 

By the Numbers – Kids Breakfast Club by Christina Solomon

Thanks to everyone who made Trinity Community Church’s Kids Breakfast Club possible.  We are so thankful to be able to do this work, to share God’s precious love with each other, and to be able to bless this community.

So how did it go?  With our partner, One Deer Park, we provided breakfast, activities and bible programs for over 40 local children.  We averaged between 15 and 25 children each day.  The children came from Trinity Community church as well as 5 other area churches; they came for 7 different schools and 3 different zip code areas (the majority being local kids).  What a great start to this program!

Our Breakfast Club kids were cared for by a group of dedicated volunteers from our own church, One Deer Park, the Deer Park high school and others who dropped in to help.  We thank everyone for the love of God that shone through them and provided a safe place for our participants.

The End of Navigate: Pulse by Pastor Cathy Kaminski

Over the course of the last twelve months we have been on a journey as a community of faith.  With the support and resources of the Covenant Church, we have embarked on a Navigate journey to be the church God has created us to be.  We started with an internal profile, we sent leaders to a national conference, we participated in workshops like Veritas and EPIC, our navigate committee helped form a behavioral covenant, engaged the wider community in an eternal profile and so much more.  All the while as a church we sought to be consciously dependent on the Holy Spirit.

As this journey comes to the end of one chapter, the final leg involves one more step of self-reflection.  Pulse.  Pulse is a comprehensive survey that will give the whole church an overview of the health and mission of Trinity.  The week of September 17-21st, we hope ALL people associated with Trinity will join us to give their input.  The more survey completed the more accurate our assessment.  When completed the denomination will analyze the results and ultimately give us Trinity’s “pulse.”  This will be our new starting point as we look to the remainder of 2017 and beyond.  We are excited for what God has in store and hope you will join us for the journey ahead!

 

This summer the Committees and Council have put together a range of service and fellowship opportunities.  Trinity Community Church invites you to join us!

Friday, July 21st, 7:30pm

Family Fun Night—free, family friendly fun

August

Saturday, August 5th, morning

Matthew 25 Ministries—service opportunity, 6 & over

Friday, August 11th, 11am—2pm

Back to School bash—free for all ages

Sunday, August 27th, 10am—12 noon

Outdoor Worship and free Grill Out—open to all

September

Saturday, September 2nd, 4pm

FC Cincinnati soccer game event — family friendly, $10 per ticket

September, 29

Anchor Women’s Retreat

information on the Welcome Center, bulletin board, and website.