It's sometimes hard
to get things moving - one has to overcome inertia and build momentum in
many things in life, whether they are personal, physical, spiritual, or
organizational. It isn't enough to talk (or complain!) about things. Nor
is it enough to have good intentions, either. None of these things work.
It takes putting one foot in front of the other, moving in the direction
you've chosen (which means you've got to choose a direction first!).
I'm writing this
because I want to share some momentum shifts I'm seeing at Trinity. It's
slow to get going, but it really is happening. We are seeing an incredible
increase in enthusiasm, activity and energy around the church - and now
we're seeing the toughest thing to change begin to move: worship attendance.
We had been seeing
ups and downs in attendance, but now, since April, we are seeing steady
increases: for April, 49 higher than April last year; for May, 27 higher
than last year; for June, 166 higher; and for July (the first four Sundays),
25 higher than 2010 (four Sundays only). Praise God for his goodness, and
for the power of the Gospel to open and change hearts!
Um, WOW! What an
amazing event! The goal was to raise $2,000 to help with a projected $11,000
possible church cash shortfall during the year (especially painful during
the summer months), and to combine efforts with the preschool to raise
another $500 for them for their new Toddler program (they were going to
have their own yard sale but combined with the church). The last count
came in at over $6,000 raised! John and Ellen Brewer, and all the rest
of the team and workers: GREAT JOB!!!
Holy Land 2012 Trip
Shirley and I, along
with Pastor Hurst from First Lutheran in Torrance, are in the beginning
stages of planning a study trip/pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and possibly
Jordan and maybe Egypt.
Please let us know
if you're interested, and join us at the meeting on July 31st if you're
able. If not, call and let us know you might be interested! It's still
in the planning/dreaming stages - but what an opportunity to grow spiritually
and have a deeper connection with the Bible and Jesus!
Pictorial Directory-YES, it's Really that
It was 2005 when
we last took pictures for the pictorial directory for Trinity, and it's
time again. Every five or so years is about right, and especially if there
is a change in pastoral staff (Pastor Johnson!) and new things happening
that we want to promote. More details are coming, but we will be inviting
people to help with the layout and organization process, and Patrica will
be inviting you to make sure your directory information is correct later
on August 28th when you come to church. We want to have everyone in the
church, school, preschool, and every other connection with the church,
become a part of this outreach project! Photos will be taken on October
14th, 15th and 17th. More details will be following shortly - STAY TUNED!!!!
Mission Trip to El Salvador
As I write this,
Pastor Anna-Kari is just getting ready to leave for LAX to go to El Salvador
with her family and 21 people to share the gospel and work alongside God's
people there. Please keep them in your prayers: for safe journey, wonderful
faith-building experiences, and fruitful ministry.
it's a great thing to experience as it begins to gather steam. Thank you
for being a part of what God is doing at Trinity!