The past 12 months have been rough, most especially for those who have experienced Covid or those whose beloveds have succumbed to this dreadful disease. Myriad bad things have happened to multitudes of very good people. From all corners of the globe has arisen the cry, “Why me? Why us? Why, God?”
What we need during such times is a transfusion: a transfusion of faith, hope and love and the three texts for this Sunday in Lent point us in that direction: “God’s steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 107); “By grace, you have been saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2); “God loved the world so much that God sent the beloved Son.” (John 3).
Sunday’s sermon offers a transfusion of good news in the very midst of a world that frequently infects us with bad news. Let us notice together God’s hidden graces along the way.
About our guest preacher: We welcome the Rev. David Wiseman, a great friend of Trinity, to the pulpit. David is an Honorably Retired minister of New Hope Presbytery. For 26 years he pastored Cary Presbyterian, following which he filled in as associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian before departing for Guatemala where he and his wife Jeannene were PC(USA) mission co-workers for three years. Since then he has served as transitional pastor at First Presbyterian, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Westminster Presbyterian, West Hartford, Connecticut. The Wiseman’s have two adult sons and are proud grandparents of two wonderful grandsons who, after a long year of Covid separation, they will visit in Massachusetts next week.
Through March 14th, Session seeks your opinions, using a brief churchwide survey, in regards to returning to in-person Sunday services. The survey is designed to be ONE per family. The consensus of the congregation as expressed in the survey results, will be part of Session's decision on reopening. If you have questions about the survey or need more information, please email the church office.
We continue to collect pantry items for Trinity's grocery ministry. A BIG thank you to the Gardners, Langhams, Hills, and Dunns for kicking our collection off. If you would like to donate items, email Virginia in the church office to arrange a CDC-approved drop-off experience. We are looking to stock our shelves with low-salt soups, peanut butter, jelly, noodles, spaghetti sauce, cereal, crackers, low-salt canned vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice, simple cake mixes, granola bars, raisins, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Paper grocery bags and/or reusable/sustainable bags are needed, too. Every little bit makes a big difference - thank you!
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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.
Richard King, Frank King’s son, has Covid-19 and pneumonia and is in WakeMed North receiving treatment. Thankfully, his wife, Joy, and son have tested negative. Please pray for a successful treatment and a full and swift recovery for Richard and that his wife and son do not become infected by the virus.
Planning mode for 2022 church envelopes: To save money, we order our church giving envelopes by March 31, 2021 for 2022. This year, we plan to order out of numerical sequence, not ordering boxes for people who don't use them. If you would like giving envelopes for 2022, would you email Virginia by March 29thand let her know?