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No Sunday School this Sunday, September 28

More from the Pastor          

          After a summer hiatus, the Theology Reading Group is re-commencing this fall.  We simply meet once a month to talk about a different theology book.   All who have read that month’s book are welcome to attend!  The date of the first meeting is Sunday, September 17th from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  In conjunction with celebrations around the world of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the first book we will be reading is The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, by Glenn Sunshine.  If you would like the church to order a copy for you, please let Pastor Craig know at


John Calvin, arguably the theological godfather of the Presbyterian tradition, once wrote that “Prayer is the chief exercise of faith.”  Prayer was a central part of Christ’s ministry, and an invitation and commandment given to Christ’s followers. Many of us know we should pray, but getting ourselves in the habit of doing it can be another matter.  

          The Contemplative Prayer Groups at Trinity provide a space for committed groups of Trinity members and friends to pray together in a way that emphasize silence and listening to God speak through a variety of different prayer forms.  The hope for this fall is again to have two groups that each meet twice a month – one that meets late Tuesday afternoons, another that meets Sunday afternoons.  If you would like more information, or are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Craig.

Stewardship Campaign

The stewardship campaign team thanks you for your generosity in 2017.  We thank you for choosing to be part of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton.  It is an exciting time at Trinity with lots of activities and aspirations.

This year we’re doing an “every member visitation” campaign.  This means that we want everyone at Trinity to participate in conversations about stewardship.  A visiting steward team (two volunteers from your church family) will call and arrange to visit you in your home to have a conversation about our church’s programs and needs.  The visiting stewards will have information to share about the session’s goals and plans for 2018.  They will answer questions you may have (or follow up with you if they don’t know the answers).  More importantly they will listen to you.

Please mark these key dates on your calendar:


       Sunday, October 8                                              Campaign Kick-off
Middle schoolers will present a skit during worship that will answer all your questions about Every Member Visitation

       Monday, Oct 9 to Saturday Nov 11                 Visitation period
Visitation teams will visit you and have a conversation about stewardship

       Saturday, Nov 11                                                 Prayer vigil
Eleanor Cherryholmes will lead a prayer vigil.  More information to follow.

       Sunday, Nov 12                                                   Commitment Sunday

Pledges are collected during worship.  We all gather for lunch after worship.  The results of the pledge campaign are tallied and reported before the end of our lunch gathering.

We hope you have questions.  We hope to answer most of them through the newsletter or in worship before the visitation period starts on Oct 9.  For those questions that don’t get answered, you can ask your visitation team or contact Tom Slade.

Adult Classes through November 12

          Since this October signifies the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Craig Hunter, Pastor, will lead adults in a class on the Reformation.  

          The other class will incorporate creative arts and will be taught by a variety of Trinity's talented and creative people.


Three- and Four-year-old Class taught by Pat Cheek

K through Second Grade Class taught by Carolyn Harrod and Shae Ebrahimi

Third through Fifth Grade Class taught by Karen McCormick

Younger Youth Class taught by Karyn Blucker

World Food Day Contest - for ages 5-19

Trinity is blessed to have many creative people in our congregation, but this is especially for children!  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is sponsoring a contest for World Food Day, October 16th. This year's theme is "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development."


Design a poster (ages 5-19) or produce a video (ages 13-19) on the World Food Day theme to enter the 2017 competition. The deadline for both contests is November 10, 2017


For more information:


6-7 p.m. Thursday, September 21         Yoga – Kevin Campbell

6-7 p.m. Thursday, September 28         Yoga – Kevin Campbell


Child Care is provided.

Interfaith Women's Group Meeting--Saturday, October 21st, 4:00-6:00 pm, Emily Fowler Central Library meeting room

As part of Trinity's ongoing relationship with the Denton mosque, we are planning a social gathering for the women of Trinity and the women of the mosque. Our main goal is to establish friendships and enjoy a time of fellowship. Towards that end, bring a snack if you can! Although the meeting will be come and go, we would like you to sign up so that we'll have a sense of how many women will come and so that we can try to have roughly equal numbers between our two groups. If you need childcare, please indicate that as well on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. If you have any other questions, please contact Marcella Clinard at or (325)518-4396, or Eleanor Cherryholmes at or (940)262-3317

Trinity Garden News

Friday, September 22 is the equinox and the official first day of fall.  The beets, Swiss chard and turnips are off to a good start.  Our second wave of tomatoes is doing well.  Kim Moor’s beans (from seeds donated by Pat Cheek) remind me of kudzu vines.

Garden Work Days

Date and Time                                                                          Focus

Saturday            Sept 23              9 AM – noon                   extend drip system

Saturday            Sept 30              9 AM – noon                   weed, water

Saturday            Oct 7                  9 AM – noon                   weed, water

Women’s Lunch Group

Women at Trinity meet for lunch at the Greenhouse every Thursday at 11:30. Please join us anytime and enjoy the fellowship.

Update on Giving Hope:


During the last four months, Giving Hope has been in a period of transition. Even though there have been some staff changes, the agency has continued to serve the clients of Denton County. Our case managers are talented, energetic, and caring as they work toward our mission of serving individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through advocacy, community collaboration, and rental assistance. Our goal is to deliver prevention and intervention which results in not only a place to stay but the means to stabilize.


During much of these last four months, I have had the opportunity to serve as Interim Co-Director.  I never realized how much this experience would change my life.  Seeing first hand how lives were impacted by just a little help and a little hope confirmed for me  how important Giving Hope is in the community.  The stories about all the people I have seen helped since I have been here are too numerous to share in this article, but I would like to share one.


After a divorce, a man had a debilitating stroke that left him unable to work.  He ended up homeless for three years which made it hard for him to see his son. One day he met our street outreach team at the Emily Fowler Library. In less than a month, our case manager found him a place to live. I will use his words to conclude this update. “I can never thank you enough for your continued support of this organization.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me not only hope, but also my son back.”


Thank you, Trinity Presbyterian Church, for your continued support of Giving Hope.


Another Update:

You may have seen a front page story about Serve Denton last week.  In the article it said that Giving Hope was expected to move into their new facility on Loop 388.  THIS IS NOT TRUE. Giving Hope has no plans to move into this facility. We will continue to lease the Wheeler House from Serve Denton where we administer our program for single moms with kids.

SAVE THE DATE:  S'Mores Music Gathering, Sat, Oct 21,  7-9 pm.   Trinity is hosting an outdoor marshmallow roast and music fest, complete with fire pit and campfire songs.  Everyone is invited to polish up their musical talents or poetic oratory and come perform at our music fest.  The church will provide all the ingredients for S'Mores, plus drinks.  We'll meet outside on the (nearly) level ground north of the ODIS offices.  We'll have ground cloths spread out and lots of pillows for lounging , plus benches for those who need to sit up higher. (Thanks to Kevin Campbell for salvaging those old pallets and crafting the benches.)   Or bring your own blanket and lawn chairs. So start practicing your performance and come join us for an evening of family fun. Kids and gramps, young adults and all in between are welcomed.  More details to follow, but mark your calendars now and plan to attend.