Next week, our team will be at Wellspring Church in Englewood, CO for the annual gathering with all 35+ churches from our Diocese. We are looking forward to it, and we ask that you'd pray for us as we prepare this week, and as we're there next.
This gathering allows members of our congregation to have a taste of the worldwide Anglican Church as we worship, learn, and spend time developing relationships. And guess what? YOU can participate from home by livestreaming several of the sessions! This year’s theme is Maturity in Christ, Mission in the World with Bishop Thad Barnum. We hope you enjoy chiming in, and learning about discipleship, and the wider family with whom we’re connected.
PS. Heads up! This Sunday, we'll be preaching on the Lectionary passages from February 11th (Transfiguration Sunday), not the 4th.
February 14 @ 7am/7pm
Lent begins February 14th, with two Ash Wednesday services. We are offering a small, simple morning service at 7am, and our regular night service at 7pm.
THANK YOU to all who stayed to hear about Safe Families on Sunday! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our 1st Safe Families training: Sunday, Feb 18 after 2nd service, to get familiar with the database and training videos, which will help us prepare and be equipped to respond to those in need together as the church.
If you want to know about what SAFE FAMILIES is all about, watch the 3 minute video below.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 13 from 5:30-7:00pm
Please join us for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13th! We are looking forward to having a fun night of fellowship and feasting on yummy pancakes and breakfast meats before beginning our Lenten fasts on Ash Wednesday. We will have a gluten free option along with traditional buttermilk pancakes. Bring your favorite topping to share!
Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Please RSVP with how many are coming so we have plenty of food!
George MacDonald Book Club
THANK YOU for all the enthusiastic George MacDonald readers who laughed, drank lukewarm tea (sorry - next time I'll figure out how to do tea for MANY people!), and shared from the heart. Such a gift to be on this journey together. Here is the article Trevor suggested comparing What's Mine's Mine with Lewis' The Great Divorce.
Are you ready for Book #2 in our George MacDonald dash? As we at Trinity are celebrating his birthday, we will leave his more tame (English words) novels behind and venture into another famous novel set in Scotland, with more of the local Doric dialect. On April 28, just after our 6pm Evensong service, we will gather to discuss SIR GIBBIE at the Canlis home. Start reading now - life will catch up with you, I promise!
Fun fact: George MacDonald had 11 children, and were it not for the enthusiastic financial support of Queen Victoria, he might have had to take an ordinary "day job."
Here is the free audiobook in Librivox (I recommend downloading the app onto your phone, rather than listening through this link on your computer).
Come also having seen this 70 minute documentary: The Fantasy Makers which will help you see the connections between George MacDonald and his heirs - CSLewis and Tolkien and others.
What are we celebrating when we read George MacDonald? We are celebrating the importance (often lost) of the imagination for understanding reality, Scripture, and the ways we are united to Christ. This does not mean that Scripture is "imagined" but that brute facts are not adequate to hold the depth of reality (sorry to disappoint) and whether you are a 2000 BC Psalmist or a Victorian author, both need a vigorous Scripture-shaped imagination to integrate the perils of life with the realities and promises of God. Jesus himself had a God-saturated imagination - able to perceive his Father in the chequered history of Israel. Listen to what George MacDonald says of facts, and their goodness but also inadequacy to convey the depth of truth: "All dreams are not false; some dreams are truer than the plainest facts. Fact at best is but a garment of truth, which has ten thousand changes of raiment woven in the same loom." - What's Mine's Mine
If you missed the first book, welcome to the club! Julie
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Jill Gentry is having surgery on February 7th to remove some of the tumors from her colon. The surgery is taking place in Cleveland. Prayers are appreciated. For a fuller update click the link to her Give in Kind page.
Our Parish Ministry is working with a single mom who needs her car worked on. If you or someone you know can assess the electrical system of a 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid please contact Don Murphy at 509-699-1283.