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.
Watercolors of Jim Johnson will be on display at the Chestnut Tree until May 12th.
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.
The BOOK EXCHANGE will happen this year on Sundays May 7, 14 and 21. Save the books you no longer need and bring them to the designated tables in fellowship hall on May 7. These books can be taken by anyone who would like them. Any books left over on the 21st will be taken to local charities. This activity is sponsored by Salt Shakers.
Big Rig Dance Collective is hosting an all-abilities, multi-generational dance workshop at Trinity Presbyterian Church, titled You Are Not My Enemy. Participants will meet 4 times on Saturday mornings beginning April 29th and will culminate with an informal performance and potluck on May 20th. We invite anyone with curiosity about dance, movement, and social justice to join! No experience needed! Come even if you can’t attend all meetings!
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Avenue, Denton, TX 76209
When: Saturdays, 10a.m. – 12 p.m., April 29-May 20, with Informal performance and Potluck Lunch 12-1 p.m. on May 20
To register, visit: http://www.bigrigdance.org/community-workshop-you-are-not-my-enemy.html
Questions?: Email Lily Sloan at email@example.com
Theology Reading Group
The next book discussion has been moved to May 21st at 2:00 p.m. We will discuss the book John Calvin: Reformer for the 21st Century, by William Stacy Johnson. As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, there will be several Reformation-themed activities this year. Why not refresh your acquaintance with John Calvin, one of the most influential leaders of the Presbyterian tradition? If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Pastor Craig.
Contemplative Prayer Groups
In the new year, it is my hope to re-start contemplative prayer groups that have met for most of the past two years. This is an opportunity to grow in your prayer life, to listen through silence to God’s voice in your life, and perhaps to discern the music of your life from the noise. Assuming each group has a critical mass, I hope and expect to have a group on Sunday afternoons and on late Tuesday afternoons, each meeting approximately twice a month. If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Garden News
The vegetables in the garden are doing well. Spinach, beets, onions and potatoes are maturing. Tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are off to a good start. While the weeds have not capitulated, they are somewhat under our control. Our battle against fire ants is ongoing and systematic. We are using a safe and organic formula of orange oil and compost tea to drench fire ant beds. When a fire ant bed is discovered, we mark it with a red flag. When it is drenched the red flag is replaced with a white flag (“surrender”). The white flags are monitored over the following week and the bed is drenched again if needed. Mostly the initial drenching has been effective. As with weeds, it’s an ongoing process.
We now have some flowers in addition to vegetables. Thanks to Kim Moor and Beth Peak Thompson for organizing an opportunity for the children to help in the garden on Easter. You are invited to come by and admire the marigolds that our children planted on Easter.
Join us on Saturday mornings at our regular work times.
Garden Work Days
Date and Time
Saturday Apr 29 10 AM – noon
One of the highlights of last year’s dinner was the cake auction. You will just have to come to the dinner to see how a cake auction can be so entertaining! If you would be willing to donate a cake for this year’s event, please let Cindy know.
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.
Loads of Dyno Dirt and Landscaping Mulch
The Tuesday Morning Landscaping Team would like someone with a pickup truck or open trailer to pick up and bring us cubic yard loads of Dyno Dirt and mulch from the Denton City Reclamation Plant on Mayhill Rd. Please see Sher Harnish or Rick Rahn.
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
Intentional and Sustainable Living
Employing these tools alongside congregations, partners, and local communities, together we can end hunger.
Remember that Trinity will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 - but you can give at any time - just make sure to indicated it is for One Great Hour of Sharing.
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.
National Day of Prayer
Join us as Trinity hosts a community supper meal on May 4th, the National Day of Prayer. Several other churches will be joining us for this event. The menu is summer salads and simple desserts; dishes that don't have to be served warm. The church will provide breads and beverages. Meal at 6 pm, service at 7 pm. Please have your contribution to the kitchen by 5:30; the church is open so you can drop off your item any time that afternoon. Any kind of salad is welcomed--fruit, macaroni, veggie-rice dishes, gelatin concoctions. egg or potato salads, deviled eggs and crunchy veggie mixtures. Sign-up sheets in the Narthex.