Lent 2019 Devotional: Writers Needed

Although it is only January, it's time to start thinking about Lent. We will be publishing our 2019 Lenten devotional book two weeks before Ash Wednesday. Anyone is welcome to help write a devotional for this year. The deadline is January 28. That gives you almost 4 weeks to come up with an idea! 

To see a sample page from our 2018 devotional, click here. We always welcome new writers, so please share this with anyone you know who might want to write.

2019 Lenten Devotional Book

Deadline for submission: Monday, January 28.

Content and format (similar to Our Daily Bread devotional)

Title

  1. Title 

  2. Bible verse and Bible translation you used

  3. Your reflections, devotional, thoughts (Please keep it under 300 words in this part. The sample attached is 285 words.) 

  4. Sentence prayer

  5. Your name 

• If you use a quote or a few lines from another source (poem, hymn) please provide the source.  

• Do not worry about formatting of any kind because the editor reformats it in the layout program to make it look “pretty” like the sample. Left aligned for everything works well 

Submission Info

Please get your devotional to Claudia Cuddy by January 28 by one of these ways:

1. Preferred method: Email it as an attachment or paste it in an email to: editorcuddy@mac.com

2. Put it in Pastor Scott’s mailbox at the church. If you do this, please email Claudia to let her know.

Please email Claudia Cuddy with any questions. editorcuddy@mac.com 

Freezing for a Cause: Jingle Run 2018

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Freezing for a Cause

With the frost still covering the ground and temperatures dipping into the 20s, church members, friends, and community members gathered at Ella Harris Park in Mullica Hill for our annual Jingle Run 5K and Walk this past Saturday. While most people would rather be spending a Saturday morning in December catching up on sleep or cuddling by the fire reading a book, these brave adults and children, some dressed as Christmas elves or wearing jingle bells, chose to run, walk, and even scooter the 5 kilometer course that weaved through the park and nearby subdivision. 

Each year of the annual run, Trinity chooses a charity to support with the funds collected from registrations. This year, 100% of the money collected supported Underground Church, a homeless ministry in Millville. A total of 39 runners and walkers participated, and thanks to registrations and donations, over $1300 was collected for this year’s cause. 

After Pastor Ron said a prayer for the participants, the walkers started their trek. Shortly after they left the park and headed to the subdivision, it was the runners turn. After some time had passed, the first couple of runners returned for the final loop on the trail around the park. As the runners and walkers crossed the finish line throughout the morning and took time to catch their breath, they were treated to food, bottles of water, and plenty of hot cocoa! Prizes were given out to some of the participants for best times, and even an award for best costume! Congratulations to Jason Muermann who was the overall winner of the race.

After some time together drinking hot cocoa, eating food, and recapping the run, it was time to leave. As we escaped the chilly weather and returned to our warm homes, I thought about the homeless ministry that our run supported and the many who do not have a warm home waiting for them. Our brief discomfort is nothing compared to what some of them face every day this time of year. I pray that those struggling will find peace and know the love of Jesus this holiday season. 

Thank you to all of you for braving the cold to be a part of Jingle Run 2018 and supporting our cause. Looking forward to seeing all of you at Jingle Run 2019.

- Mike Ralph, Director of Communications and Youth  

To see more pictures from Jingle Run, check out our photo page here.

 

Fall Fest 2018: A Look Back

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Trinity’s Fall Fest this year was a blast! The event started out with a kids vs. parents kickball game, which was fun to watch and even more fun for those involved. There were engaging games, crafts, and activities for the kids. My personal favorite was the hanging-donut-eating contest. The high school students shared in the fun as they engaged the kids in the activities they were leading. There was even a lovely photo spot to have a picture taken as a family. 

As a mom, I was glad there was “real” food and not just candy. They had hot popcorn, so yummy and perfect for the fall. There was also hotdogs with “all the fixin’s” as my friends in Mississippi would say; chili, sauerkraut, and cheese as well as the normal ketchup and mustard. As I got cold, the chili-dog warmed me right back up. Then, once my hunger was satisfied, there were marshmallows to be roasted and S’mores to be devoured at the bonfire. 

As the end of the event came, we made our way to the bonfire. The worship team was singing and we joined in the worship. It was so peaceful and a great end to a wonderful family event. 

The highlight for me was a moment when I paused and looked around. My kids were having fun with the other kids, I was able to relax and enjoy conversation with friends, and yet we were still all together. Fellowship at its best. My boys are already talking about going next year, and we can’t wait.

-Meg Rambo


Check out all the pictures from Fall Fest 2018 by clicking below:

 

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

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As followers of Christ, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus…but what does that really look like? For me, that has come from my experience as a Stephen Minister here at Trinity.

Stephen Ministry is an incredible ministry where I have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus with another person. I walk with them through a difficult  time in their life and end up receiving many blessings myself. Getting to know another person and making a difference in their life is a special gift not only to the one receiving care, but to the caregiver as well. I've had several care receivers and each one has had unique issues; and together we have searched for Jesus in the midst of life's trials. 

My biggest regret is that Stephen's Ministry wasn't available when I experienced hardships in my life, including divorce and depression. Life is sometimes really hard; and having someone who will listen, be a sounding board, and most importantly pray, pray, pray, is so helpful. The confidentiality brings a peace in knowing that you can "spill your guts" and not have it shared throughout the church and community. 

-Joanie Dunham


Are you in need of care or interested in being a Stephen Minister? Why not give Stephen Ministry a try! For more information, contact the church office.


Check out the pictures from our Stephen Ministry 10 Year Celebration by clicking below.




Unified in the Same Song

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Recently, I have started bringing a small notebook to church in order to jot down notes during the sermon. I do this in order to stay centered both during the service, but also during the week – I can refer to my notes as I reflect back on the sermon as well as during daily devotions.

This past Sunday, the Bible passage that we read was Ephesians 4:1-16 where Paul writes to the church in Ephesus about our unity in Christ. As I reviewed my notes later in the afternoon, there were two thought-provoking items that stood out to me. First, when the world sees the people of God living under God, they will see Jesus. We, as the people of God, need to live under God’s Word in unity – then, and only then, will the world see that Jesus is the Savior and the Way. Secondly, there is a richness of diversity in God’s people’s unity. While God wants us to have unity in Christ, he does not want us to be the same.

This thought made me pause and reflect on our society today in America. We need to be more like an orchestra. While each member may be playing a different instrument, we are all unified in the same song. When we as a band are unified. beautiful music is the result.

-Mark Reynolds

Church is Who We Are

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When you hear the word “church” what do you think of next? I know what comes to my mind: pastor, giving, singing, worship, teaching, tithing, Sunday, commitment. As someone who rarely missed a Sunday service in my growing-up years and now is married to a church youth director, I’ve had a lot of practice “going through the motions” of church. You would hope by now I’m a church expert, right?  Not even close! To be honest, most Sundays my focus is not where it should be. I catch myself thinking more about what to wear, getting to service on time (which I rarely do), and making sure my kids are well-behaved than on preparing my heart, experiencing God’s presence, and being real with others about how God is working in the day-to-day details of my life. 

This Sunday, Pastor Ron challenged us to move from a focus on the “what” to the “why” of church. He reminded us that when our focus is on Christ alone our church will move forward.  As we read through Acts 2 we saw a church that met daily and shared life closely together, bound together by prayer and the study of God’s word. Those early believers shared their faith and many people came to Christ because of their witness. The Holy Spirit did just what Jesus promised; it transformed them from the inside out, empowering them to carry on His work and giving them the courage to be a witness for Him. As we commit ourselves to getting to know Christ and each other through studying and prayer, through involvement in small groups outside of Sunday morning, we will find ourselves undergoing a similar transformation.  Church is not something we do; it is not even where we go; it is who we are.  

– Faith Ralph

Worship with Kim McLean

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This past Sunday morning, Trinity was blessed with a beautiful and moving service led by Dr. Kim McLean. Not knowing quite what to expect from a Nashville country music writer, performer, professor, and minister, we loaded into the pews with a packed congregation for Kickoff Sunday. Kim proceeded to lead us in some familiar songs with her easy, peaceful style. Throughout the service, she continued to weave songs and intimate stories to unfold her experiences to us. The time passed far too quickly but the message was clear. How could one walk away from that service not feeling like any one of us could be a vessel for God?

You see, Dr McLean made it clear to us through her personal witness that we don’t need to worry about HOW God might use us or WHEN God might use us. We need only TRUST that God will indeed call on us to use our gifts in some way - dirt and all.  As long as we are open to listening and saying "Yes God" we will bless many and we will be blessed abundantly. Thank you Kim for letting Jesus use you to bless our service!

– Michelle Kelley