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Pastor’s Letter for the July/August edition of Trinity Tidings


Dear Friends:

    If this is summertime, and things are supposed to slow down a little bit, why is my mind racing and filled with concern about………

*     “Jails for Children” on our border with Mexico. How has it come to this? We all understand that there needs to be decisions made with regard to immigration in our country, but how is it even possible that we have resorted to taking children away from their families? Did anyone spend any time thinking this through? The American Academy of Pediatrics condemns immigrant family separation and family detention as “harsh and counterproductive.” It is a violation of the United Nations edict on children’s rights and international law. Our own United Methodist Social Principles states that we have “a special responsibility, individually and collectively, to protect children. What is our response? We can continue to be a people in prayer. We can also be in contact with legislators to express our concern. I have found that making contact with our elected officials can be enlightening as well as productive “down the road.”

*     Flooding in the U.P. has resulted in damage to many homes and businesses in the Houghton-Hancock area. On the weekend of June 16-17, between 8 and 11 inches of rain fell in less than 12 hours. The hilly terrain of the area brought about severe flash floods. Most roads suffered severe damage. Assessments to the amount of damage is happening. Donations can be made to the Michigan Conference Disaster Response Fund. We will have more info as to how we can help in upcoming Sunday bulletins.

*     A Proposal on the November ballot will ask Michigan voters to either approve or reject the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. This is the “next step” I have been concerned about since Medical Marijuana was approved in 2009. Those in favor tend to play down the danger of marijuana being a “gateway” drug that will lead to the use of harder and more dangerous drugs. States that have legalized for recreational use have had issues with increased crime, some issues with homelessness, and, perhaps most concerning, the increase of marijuana use among minors. I will be getting more information out to you as we lead up to the election in November; but clearly, it is vital to vote in opposition to legalization.

*     As the United Methodist Church faces the special session of General Conference in February, 2019, Bishop David Bard encourages all Michigan United Methodists to be a people at prayer. We are invited to: engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24 hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon. Those with health conditions causing a fast to be unadvisable might consider fasting from some other type of daily activity. We are encouraged to pray for the Church for 4 minutes each day from 2:23—2:26 or another time if necessary. The significance of those times is that General Conference will be held on 2/23/19—2/26/19. You can also use a weekly prayer calendar that is posted on the website. There will be a list of names of bishops and delegates, and others for whom to pray. I want to encourage all of us to pray our way to General Conference.

    But there are also a number of things upcoming to which we may look forward:

*     Vacation Bible School at Trinity will take place Sunday, July 22—Thursday, July 26, from 5:45—8:30 p.m. Children age 3—eighth grade are invited to join us for the Rolling River Rampage as we experience the ride of a lifetime with God!
*     The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive here at Trinity UMC on Monday, August 6 from noon till 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help. Please contact Nancy Perkins if you can offer assistance.

*     Chris and I rarely take vacation time in the summer months as we are busy preparing for her annual Holly Marie Schwind Memorial Scholarship Golf Fundraiser (to be held this year on Saturday, August 11, at Crooked Creek Golf Course, shotgun start time at 9 a.m.  If you would like to participate in the outing, please contact Pastor Tim or Chris).  Earlier this June, Chris was delighted to bestow two scholarships to two very deserving young ladies. The hard work of preparing for the fundraiser is made worthwhile by the quality of the young ladies selected. Chris considers it a privilege to be a small part of the lives of her scholarship recipients.

*     Saturday, September 8 will be the annual Jeff Murdoch Memorial Golf Scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. We are looking for golfers, persons or businesses to do a hole sponsorship ($50), cart sponsorships ($20), or some fun door prizes. All funds raise go to the United Methodist Men’s project of providing camp scholarships for kids.

Summer is here, but will be gone before you know it. Take some time to do a little
R & R in whatever way refreshes and re-charges you. But please remember to get your spiritual refreshment every Sunday. Join us for worship at either 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. We look forward to our time of fellowship together.


Pastor Tim

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