UMCOR Responds to Harvey, Irma and Maria: Trinity in your generosity these past weeks to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria you have donated $2,580 to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) as they represent us in their service to those in need. This is the largest monthly donation that Trinity has ever made to UMCOR. And remember 100% of all you give goes directly to meet this need. There are no administrative costs when giving to UMCOR. Thank you Trinity for contin- uing to care.
Please mark October 8th on your calendar to join us for worship and fellowship. You might want to bring a friend too.
Fred and Libby Dearing in Worship Sunday, October 8th: We're excited to Welcome Back Fred and Libby Dearing, Volunteers in Mission to the Republic of South Sudan, for worship and a fellowship meal following the service. Fred, a retired pastor from our Holston Conference and a former District Superintendent, will be in our pulpit, and Libby will again share with us as part of a Children's Moment. Since our time together last October when Trinity said they wanted to be more involved in the lives of the children, many of us have been praying daily for the 36 children.
In July 2005, God spoke to the hearts of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church regarding the suffering of the people of Sudan. During a staff meeting led by then Bishop James Swanson, the children's ministry director said she had been deeply moved after reading the book, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky," over the Fourth of July weekend. Swanson then told of a photo e-mailed to him that morning showing a starving Sudanese child being watched by a vulture. The bishop was haunted by the image and challenged his staff to act.
Within months a fundraising effort had begun and Holston's 900 churches were asked to help. With guidance from our General Board of Global Ministries, Holston began sending teams to Yei, South Sudan. In 2008 Holston Conference signed a covenant with the United Methodist Church's East Africa Conference promising to partner with the UM community in Sudan to provide clean water, improved health, education, church development and leadership, and care for the widows and orphans. Since 2011 Fred has been serving as the Yei District Superintendent for 15 churches and Libby was the "heart" behind the development of the two orphanages, Grace Home and Greenland Home in South Sudan.
Because of the continuing civil war raging in South Sudan, for over a year now the children and their “mothers” along with care givers have been living in a refugee camp in Uganda. All the children are safe and well. Fred and Libby were able to visit with the children this August and we look forward to hearing how the children are growing and learning.
Mattress and Box Springs: On August 22nd, David Lee and Bob Maroney delivered two (2) sets of mattress and box springs, along with a set of sheets for both, to a family attending our Lenoir City Elementary School. The family includes a 5 year old boy, his 17 month old sister and their Mom. They were excited to have new beds. Our Children in Poverty Grant has allowed Trinity to participate in this out-reach this past year. We thank the Holston Conference for making the monies available.
Battle of the Bridge Canned Food Drive: With Sol Thomas (long time volunteer for Good Sam) assisting in the weighing of our canned goods, Trinity donated 215 pounds of food to help feed families in our community. That's pretty terrific, Trinity. You continue to be a blessing to those in need. Trinity says THANK YOU to all who shared in this yearly outreach, as no one should go to bed hungry.
New and Gently Used Books for our Pre-K to 3rd Grade Children for our Lenoir City Resource Center: Our June and July outreach of children's books has been delivered to the LC Family Resource Center. We collected 143 books for the Center!!!! Susan Fox, Director, said Thank You for remembering the children. The new Book Nook (look for pictures in the Echo) has been completed and looks fabu-lous, and the children are going to be so excited for this new experience. In talking with Susan, Trinity may become a part of this on-going outreach as children take home books to be part of their own library, new books will be needed as replacements. What a wonderful opportunity to be asked to continue to serve.
Good Samaritan School Backpacks: You did it again Trinity with your generous spirit. You donated $550 to Good Samaritan for the purchase of school backpacks for children in our community. Those children and their parents say thank you for caring about others less fortunate. You are good servants.
Spring and Fall Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinners
Lenten service and activities
Advent services and activites
Ringing Bells for Salvation Army
Provide funeral meals for deaths in families of church members
Provide contact for our Extended Family (homebound) members
Sending greeting cards for holidays and special occasions
Special Christmas visits and fruit baskets
Hosting “Stewards of Children” training for the Child Advocacy Center
Awarding several college scholarships
Participating with Central UMC in Neighborhood Fun Day
Providing a before-game meal for the LCHS football team
Opening the sanctuary for the World Day of Prayer
Working with the Family Resource Center to provide mattresses/box springs
Good Samaritan Center
Holston Home for Children
Local missions benevolence
Change for Children
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Imagine No Malaria
Conference Hands-on mission projects
Santa’s Helper program for the Family Resource Center
Crisis Center (IVAS)
Mission of Hope
Sewing Kits for Zimbabwe