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As David says in his sermon, "Quit trying to squeeze spiritual peace and joy out of non-spiritual things. They simply cannot deliver. Only God can do that." God is in pursuit of us, loving us. When we are found by God, we are offered the greatest gifts that God has to offer. And the cross stands at the center of the Christian faith and is the chief object of reflection during Lent. Miraculously, this symbol of the ultimate power of empire to take life became the chief symbol of God's grace to give new life to sinners. The cross is hard to look upon, but a cross-less gospel is no gospel at all.  

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PS - We thank Laura Piazza for filming, editing, and uploading today's worship service, and participating in it, too!
MARCH 7, 2021
The Session is seeking your opinions, using a brief churchwide survey, in regards to returning to in-person Sunday services. The consensus of the congregation as expressed in the survey results, will be part of Session's decision on reopening. Please fill out the survey before March 14th; the survey is designed to be ONE per family. If you have questions about the survey or need more information, please email the church office.

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We are collecting pantry items for Trinity's grocery ministry! A BIG thank you to Stacy and Barry Dunn for giving us a boost in the right direction! If you would like to drop off items, email Virginia in the church office to arrange a CDC-approved drop-off experience. We are looking to stock our bare shelves with low-salt soups, peanut butter, apple sauce, canned tuna or chicken, mac 'n' cheese, cereal, crackers, canned vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice, simple cake mixes, ramen, granola bars, raisins, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Every little bit makes a big difference - thank you!
The church is collecting funds for the ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING offering during the season of Lent. The offerings received will be divided as follows: 36% for the Presbyterian Hunger Program, 32% for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and 32% for the Self-Development of People. These three programs work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. 

Trinity has long-supported this offering, with the exception of last year. At the time we would have normally collected for these programs by placing envelopes in the pews, the pandemic changed how we would “do” church in 2020. Therefore, 2021 gives us a do-over - a fresh chance to support PCUSA’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering. If you would, please mail your checks to the church with OGHS noted in the memo line. We’ll report the total received after Easter.
Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.

Celebration: We're happy to share that Amanda and Nora Bernardina are home and happy to be with Jon and Hazel. As Amanda writes, "We have had two weight checks at the pediatrician so far and all is well. We are so happy she is home and keeping me awake all hours of the night just like she is supposed to. Ha!"

Alex Darden, Bill Raudenbush's friend who has Parkinson's, will be scheduled for brain surgery in the near future. Please pray for the success of the surgery, Alex's well-being, and for his family as they provide support before and after the surgery.
 
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