Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC
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This poem, written by Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin, was shared by Ted Churn, our Executive Presbyter in the Presbytery of New Hope's weekly email.
Usually, when we mark the earth’s full rotation around the sun,
it is with cake and cards, and a rousing tune of Happy Birthday to you!
Or it’s when, we watch the ball drop and pop bubbly,
kiss a loved one whispering Happy New Year.
God, this is different.
The orbit is complete, the countdown back to zero,
but Happy isn’t our word—it’s something more like oof, or ouch.
To be honest with you,
we’re not altogether sure how we made it through this year,
and we grieve – oh we grieve – that so, so, so many didn’t.
It’s hard to make sense of that, God.
We still don’t know when this losing-track-of-days time will end,
and we don’t know what “back to normal” will look like
(because surely it won’t be normal),
but we do know this:
from the rising of the sun to its setting, your name is to be praised
and you are the alpha and omega, beginning and end.
So we thank you God for showing up this past year:
           on screens and in silence,
           through frontline workers and facetime calls with grandparents,
           in our worship and wonder at your creation,
in the dismantling and deconstruction of all that detracts from your way.
And we trust that you will be present as we start the rotation once again:
           you’ll be present in the joy at vaccine selfies
           and the backpacks finally worn by students,
           you’ll be present in the tears that are released
           when we once again sing our alleluias.

We pray this in the name of Jesus the Christ,

Meg Peery McLaughlin
Co-Pastor, University Presbyterian Church
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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.

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We continue to collect pantry items for Trinity's grocery ministry. A BIG thank you to the 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!
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.
Elaine Wolf and David Huffman share that Elaine continues to do well after her kidney transplant last Sunday. Her kidney is showing signs of proper functioning and the medical staff are pleased. Elaine will remain at Duke for most of this week.

The very best way to support Elaine and David is through your prayers! If you would like to send Elaine a note or a card, their home address is: 8705 Mansfield Drive, Raleigh, 27613.
The medical staff have asked the Huffmans not to accept prepared food. Although this is one of Trinity's strengths when caring for someone, there is too much of a risk at a time when Elaine's immune system is suppressed. This suppression is to increase her body's acceptance of her new kidney. As Elaine continues to heal, David will keep us posted if there is anything their family should need.

P.S. It's with great joy and lasting friendship that we welcome our "other David" to the pulpit this Sunday, the Rev. David Wiseman.
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 29th and let her know?
Please note that the church is closed for in-person activities through April 30, 2021.

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