Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Ministry Happenings This Weekend August 24-26

With grateful hearts we begin to let go of the wonderful summer and look forward to an outstanding fall season with the Lord Jesus!

This Sunday our theme deals with: “The Fruits of the Holy Spirit” as described in Galatians 5:16-26. Following worship you are welcome to take part in our fellowship time-which includes barbecued turkey burgers and salads you bring to share!

We are just a stone throw away from starting up our seventh year of “Stayin’ Alive” Ministry for youth beginning this September! We as Trinity need to be involved in this local mission to our area youth.  Pastor John needs help with his junior high class which will be especially large this year.  Other Trinity people who have offered to help with “Stayin Alive” include Callie Moore heading up the Trinity kitchen crew; and Jerry Snyder helping when available with Junior High teaching.

Head up for two weeks from now. On Sunday September 9th, we begin our Fall Schedule. Fall Schedule means Adult Sunday School at 9am; followed by worship at 10:30 am.  Most importantly on this Sunday the Ad. Council has approved an all church photo to be taken by Steven McFadden. Everyone who believes in this church is more than needed to be part of this all church photo.

Special prayers for our people: Cloyd-Helen Blake-as Cloyd decides upon further testing for prostate cancer; Barry-Linda Holmes-as Linda is being evaluated at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Wow-God is Good, All the time!  See Ya Sunday!  Your Servants for Christ-Pastor John and Maureen


Annual Conference-Unanswered Questions-Part 1

The recently adjourned 2012 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference left plenty of unanswered questions.  What were the unanswered questions?Thank you for asking!

Bishop Hagiya’s reassignment was the biggest unanswered question, with no fault of annual conference. This could only be answered at the Western Jurisdictional Conference which met July 18-21 in San Diego.  Let us thank the Lord for the decision to reassign Bishop Hagiya to what is now called The Great Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

Another unanswered question out of Annual Conference was the change in the structure of The Capitol Funds Drive. Last March 25 in Ellensburg on the campus of Central Washington University there was a one day special session of annual conference. Clergy and lay delegates voted on a basic plan for the funds drive. Yet upon arriving at Annual conference the Plan was not what had been voted on in Ellensburg. In Ellensburg the vote was in favor of two thirds of all monies raised to go to revitalizing existing churches. Yet this was not the plan that was presented to delegates at annual conference in June. Instead at annual conference the proposal was that 60% of  monies raised will go to a The Tuell Leadership Institute to raise up new leaders. Why the change from the previously agreed to capitol funds drive format? Where are the remaining 40% of raised funds to go to?  Why ask clergy/laity to show up at that Ellensburg special session to vote on a plan only then to announce an entirely different plan at annual conference?

Another set of unanswered questions has to do with the Conference Evangelism Task Force. Up until this annual conference the Bishop’s Task Force on Evangelism has been secretive in the sense that there has been no public report has to where its monies to operate have come from. If you look at the newly agreed upon 2013 Annual Conference budget there is no budget line item for Evangelism.  Now at this AC (Annual Conference) a new Evangelism Ministry was set up; taking over from the Bishop’s Task Force on Evangelism. YES, YES, YES.  A wonderful way to strengthen our Evangelism efforts. Congrats to all the new names that have shown interest in what really should be the most important ministry in our annual conference. But why isn’t there a public budget to this most important  conference ministry?

Stay tuned. There are two other unanswered questions coming out of Annual Conference that need dialogue! -John

Trinity Pulse-Weekend of Aug 10-12

Annual Outdoor Worship/ Church Barbecue This Sunday

Come one…come all to our annual Park Worship this Sunday 9:30am in the Ritzville Park. Bring along a lawn chair and hat for comfort and shade. Following worship everyone’s welcome to add to our potluck meal by bringing a salad and or dessert. Bring your own table service. The church will offer barbecued chicken and drinks.

Theme for Sunday’s worship is : “Being An Outside Person in a Inside World” based on Mark 7. Question?   Are you more of an indoor or outdoor type of person? For example-isn’t it interesting that in Jesus’ 33 years-his birth, his teaching-healing ministry, his death, and his resurrection all for the most part took place outside. The words ‘in’ and ‘out’ are used in all kinds of ways-some positive, some negative. What does it mean to have a inside worldview as a disciple of Jesus? What does it mean to be a Outside Believer in a Insider type of world?

Some Farmers Finish Harvest

Praise God-I haven’t heard of any more Ritzville region harvest fires.  Some farmers within the congregation have finished harvest reporting a bigger than expected 2012 harvest. Pastor was out this week with the Walli harvest crew.

Soul Cafe Talk Continues    

With permission from the Missions Ministry I continue to speak with people inside and outside the Ritzville Church Community about the Soul Cafe. Spoke with a 79 yr old dynamic woman with a doctorate in public school administration this week about older people’s needs and the Soul Cafe.  Spoke with Jesus believers who don’t go to church and wow are they interested in the Soul Cafe concept. Stay tuned. More news coming!

Pastor and Lay Leader Attend Willow Creek Summit this Thursday-Friday in Spokane

Lay Leader Byron Fitch and Pastor attended the 20th Annual Christian Leadership Summit at Life Center Church in Spokane Thursday and Friday of this week. More news coming about this!

Looking forward to Experiencing Jesus and the Holy Spirit with You Sunday-Pastor John

Be Jesus’ Hands and Feet With Others!

Thank You O Holy Spirit-O Three in One for being to the rescue in helping to put out a harvest fire this last Wednesday night. We are so thankful that Larry King’s home was not engulfed in the fire! A small amount of grain was lost but no major injuries or major losses took place!  Thanks to all those who responded to the fire by being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Thank You O Holy Spirit-O Great Physician-for the help that Bruce Howell has offered to Catherine McCaffery who continues to suffer from having the shingles.  We pray O Lord that you would bring relief to Catherine!

This Sunday-we celebrate the fifth work of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Scriptures describe seven works of the Holy Spirit that we each need to know about inorder to maximize our witness for Christ. Over the past weeks we have reviewed how the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need for God, how the Spirit regenerates us, and fills us, and seals us, and now Sunday we review how we have fellowship in the Holy Spirit!

Remember to bring food for the food pantry!  After worship the barbecue will be offering turkey burgers, so bring a salad and let us enjoy the Spirit and each other’s company!  See ya Sunday.  Pastor John and Maureen.