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Sunday Morning Processional

 You may have noticed that a family or friend group leads the Sunday morning processional almost every week. We try to keep to a schedule and we need your family to join us! Email Debbie Jensen at Debbie.jensen@alumni.twu.edu to join this group. Don't worry, it's easy, fun and a great service to Trinity.

 

Here is the processional schedule for the next few weeks:

          June 18     Simmons-Sloan family

          June 25     Carl and Julia Seiler

          July 2         Brewer family



In Our Mail Box

 Trinity Presbyterian Church:

          Thank you for the inspiring service and hospitality for our mother, Shirley Lusk’s memorial service. She was blessed to have Trinity as her church home. Special thanks to Hildegard Rainbow and the Hagans who were so faithful in bringing Shirley to church when she was not able to drive.

          Blessings and peace,

          Claire Lusk Morris/Lusk Children  

 

Trinity Jam Night

 On Saturday, June 24, 6:30p.m.-9:00p.m. at the building, we're having a night for musicians to hang out and play music together. Any instrument, skill level, and age is welcome. If you like playing music of any type, this is for you!

 

There will be some instruments provided, but you are welcome (and encouraged) to bring your own.

 

Please let Ben Clinard know if you are interested in coming and what kind of instrument you would like to bring, if anything. You can contact him at 325-829-5751 or ben.clinard@gmail.com


Trinity and Mass Incarceration 

          Last Sunday after worship, a group of about 35 people had lunch together and heard the final report from the Mass Incarceration taskforce which includes Cindy Harris, Karyn Blucher, Jill and Tom Slade, and Craig Hunter.  After reviewing the steps the group has taken over the last two years, four options for Trinity to think, discuss, and pray about were outlined. The next step is up to the congregation in terms of what tasks we wish to undertake.

          The four tasks outlined were mentoring at-risk Denton ISD students in elementary and middle schools; writing letters to persons already incarcerated but who will be re-joining the community at a future time; working with local officials to set the stage for a re-entry program for persons leaving the prison system, and advocating local, state, and national decision makers to change the system that over incarcerates our youth and adults.

          Karyn can share information about the mentoring option; Tom has a model of prison letter writing to share; Craig can give information about how the local system needs to change so that a successful re-entry program can occur; Cindy can share information about different ways we can advocate for changes in the criminal justice system to make it more just. Talk or e-mail any of them for more information if you are feeling called to one of these projects.

          Bulletin boards will be set out in the fellowship hall for the congregation to indicate their interest in participating in any or all of these projects.  The task force is ready to pass the baton to individuals who are interested in taking these projects to fruition. The taskforce feels sort of like Moses; we can see the promised land across the Jordan but we need new leaders to get us there.  New leaders and new participants are required if we want to make a change.  By August 1, the congregation needs to respond.

          Think, talk, pray and see if you feel a call.   


The Children’s Activity Bags are now age-appropriate. The drawers containing the bags are marked. The children’s bulletin will be found in the bag


TRINITY MOVES

This summer, Trinity will offer Dance and Yoga classes on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of June, July, and August from 6:00-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall.  Dance and Yoga help create strength, flexibility and awareness of both mind and body.  These classes are free and everyone is welcome.  Children need to be accompanied by an adult.   Beginners are especially encouraged to join.


 

June 15     Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Yoga Flow-Kevin Campbell

Vinyasa yoga offers poses that are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath.  This flow creates strength, stability, flexibility and calmness.  Just bring comfortable clothes, water, and a yoga mat if you have one.  Some mats are provided.  

 

July 6th            Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Shae loves teaching beginners hatha yoga. Her goal is to guide you at your own pace using the breath to lead, finding your own challenge to work towards, and for you to leave feeling good.  Hatha is style of yoga where the focus is on holding a pose while building strength, flexibility, and balance. 

We are all unique, so an open mind and the ability to honor your abilities and limitations is all you need. 

Hatha Yoga-Shae Ebrahimi

 

July 20th        Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Yoga Flow-Kevin Campbell

 

August 3    Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Dance or Yoga (to be determined)

 

August 17  Thursday 6:00-7:00pm

Dance or Yoga  (to be determined)


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.


Coffee Fellowship snack providers needed.

More clean-up assistance now provided.

 To make supporting Coffee Fellowship even easier,  we're now providing additional help with clean-up afterward. Becoming a snack provider is easy, simple and so appreciated by all our members and guests. The Fellowship Committee will manage beverages, plus help with setting out the refreshments and assist with clean-up, like managing the coffee urns or taking recycling to the curb.  We're here to help you help others. The next time you enjoy coffee and snacks before the Sunday service, stop by the bulletin board and sign up to bring refreshments—just something simple such as grapes or cookies, cheese and crackers, a veggie tray or some pickles. Keep it simple and we'll help you keep it clean.


 

June 11:    Beverages: Rick Rahn; Snacks: Sara & Melvin Hagan

June 18:    Beverages: Nicole May; Snacks: McCollums

June 25     Beverages: Winn Skinner; Snacks: Jackie Bruce

July  2        Beverages Only: Sher Harnish


Apple Tree Project

 Denton ISD estimates 43% of enrolled children live in poverty as defined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines. That’s more than 11,417 children who could qualify for the Apple Tree Project.


Families who are struggling  financially may find it hard to provide the back-to-school essentials their child needs. The Apple Tree Project strives to provide each participating child with:

  • A complete set of school supplies
  • A new backpack
  • Two sets of new school uniforms/clothes
  • A new pair of shoes.  

The 2017 Apple Tree Project  Campaign is on running till the end of July. Please sign up on the sheet on the Apple Tree table.


Share a Ride to Church

Need a ride to church? Call the church office by Friday to arrange a ride for the Sunday service. A church member will call you on Saturday to determine the time of pickup.  Are you willing to occasionally give a member a ride to church? Please sign the Drivers’ List in the narthex or let the church office know of your availability. Because the need for transportation is not always known in advance, drivers may not be contacted until Saturday to see if they can provide transportation to/from church


Trinity Garden News

      The garden news for the past week can be summed up in one word:  TOMATOES! They are ripening daily and the birds have mostly not discovered them. Since last report an additional 40 lbs. of tomatoes have been donated to Our Daily Bread. This brings the total produce donation for this year to 194 lbs. About 20 lbs. of ripe tomatoes were shared at church last Sunday as well.  

Come join the fun on Saturday mornings at 9 AM to noon.  

Garden Work Days

Date and Time                                                           

Saturday             June 24              9 AM – noon

Saturday             July 1                  9 AM – noon

Saturday             July 8                  9 AM – noon

Saturday             July 15                9 AM – noon

Saturday             July 22                9 AM – noon

Saturday             July 29                9 AM – noon


Church Building and/or Grounds Maintenance

Bring any maintenance issues or suggestions for improvements to either the inside or outside of our building or for our grounds to the attention of Brian Jensen. Please leave a note with your observation or suggestion in Brian’s session mailbox in the church office.


Presbyterian Hunger Program

Alleviating Hunger and Eliminating Its Causes

 

Fighting hunger is at the heart of our Presbyterian understanding of mission. Jesus fed the hungry and told his disciples to do the same. Yet, we know that hunger is an extremely complex phenomenon with economic, political, and social causes. A local congregation can feed hungry people in their neighborhood, but chances are month after the month, the same people will line up for the congregation’s help. If our response to hunger doesn’t respect the dignity of all people, we are not following what Jesus did.

Presbyterian Hunger Program approaches hunger holistically with 5 tools:

 

Direct Food Relief combined with Root Cause Work

Sustainable Development

Advocacy

Intentional and Sustainable Living

Education

 

Employing these tools alongside congregations, partners, and local communities, together we can end hunger.



Offering of Letters for Bread for the World:

Help End Hunger at Home and Abroad

 In October 1972, a small group of Catholics and Protestants met to reflect on how persons of faith could be mobilized to influence US policies that address the causes of hunger. Under the leadership of the Reverend Arthur Simon, the group began to test the idea in the spring of 1974. By year's end, more than 500 people had joined the ranks of Bread for the World as citizen advocates for hungry people. Trinity Presbyterian in Denton has been a covenant member for many years. Since 1991, the Reverend David Beckmann succeeded Simon as president.

 

Bread for the World is a founding member of The ONE Campaign - a movement to rally Americans to respond to the global emergencies of extreme poverty, hunger and Aids. Each year, Bread for the World invites churches across the country to take up a nationwide Offering of Letters to Congress on an issue that is important to hungry people. Since 1974 the Offering of Letters campaign has focused on a different hunger issue each year. 2007's campaign was called Seed of Change: Help Farmers End Hunger and aimed to provoke the reform of the US Farm Bill.

 

For the next several Sundays there will be a table in the Fellowship Hall with information and materials to enable you to write to your Congresspersons about ending hunger. Handwritten letters are effective! You can write at the church or take materials home to write and return your letter to the church for mailing. Tell you Congressmen to support programs that help the hungry, like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) WIC (supplemental nutrition program for Woman, Infants and Children), PFDA (Poverty Focused Development Assistant, and EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Dismantling or cutting funds for these programs would take us backward in our efforts to end hunger by  2030. Go to bread.org/activist to get the most current information about the budget and Bread's other legislative efforts.