Well, we have officially moved. We
have sold the building. We will no longer be gathering together in our building
on 2857 Frankford Avenue for worship and all our other times of meeting. We will now find Trinity Church people, and
those connected, at 2905 Frankford Avenue. So please remember to update you address books.
On the one hand, we can be
grateful that another faith community bought the building, the Cambodian
Baptist Church. It seems that this congregation would like to continue some of
our programs like the food closet and free lunch. The pastor will be meeting with me and
certainly has expressed interest in working together. As they take over the new
building I hope we can keep them in prayer. Especially since the one wall is still not stable and more and more
stone has fallen out.
On the other hand, for many this
move brings about a note of sadness. It
means many memories attached to the old building will no longer be elicited by
familiar surroundings. Yet, the memories
need not fade away. They need to remain a part of us, for in that
history we can discover a sense of belonging and know who we are. Yet it is important to remember most of all
the opening of our mission statement as we make this move. “We as CHRISTIANS
at Trinity Presbyterian will:” Notice I emphasized the word Christian. For as Christians we are part of a larger
history and family than just at Trinity Church. In that larger history we discover in our move we find ourselves being
reminded we are on a journey like our forbearers were. Consider Abraham and
Sarah and how hard it must have been for them to leave their home and how it
caused them to change their identity.
Think about it, our people (those
in the Bible) are on a journey. Consider: Adam and Eve were forced to leave the
Garden; Noah and family went on a nautical journey; Lot flees Sodom; Moses
flees Egypt and returns; the Hebrews escape Pharaoh and wander in the wilderness for forty years,
just to name a few in the Old Testament.
What about in the New? Consider
this. The Holy Spirit descends on the apostles and then they spread out to
share the Good News. Paul receives a revelation on the road to Damascus and
retreats to the dessert for three years. On that same Damascus road two
disciples are walking along the way and are joined by the resurrected Christ.
In fact early Christians were first known as people of “The Way.”
Perhaps no one has been more a
person on a journey than Jesus himself, who seemed to have no permanent
He was born while Mary and Joseph
journey to Bethlehem. As a young baby the family flees to Egypt. The disciples
and Jesus were always on the move traveling from town to town. Often times
Jesus would disappear on retreat, the most memorable was forty days in the
wilderness after his baptism. Jesus is always on the move and even in his
He cannot be found in the tomb
and he keeps popping in and out of places for a time. He ascends into heaven
and then he promises “I’ll be back.”
denying our move across the street is about as Biblical as we can be.
In all the moving around remember
there is one grounding point for us all. That is God. God who is the great “I AM”. You see, in our wanderings we can discover
who we really are. We are Christians at
Trinity Presbyterian Church who know we are not members of an institution. Instead we are a people on the move and we
are on a journey, with a long tradition, moving toward the possibility of a
relationship with people, particularly the Kensington community, and, of course,
with God. As people, intimately related to God, we can move forward trusting
God’s promise to be with us always.
Yours as a
member of God’s family,
Please take a few minutes and pray for the following people. God knows their needs and will be with them through their trials and tribulations. Thank You.
|Maureen Petzold||John Simonish||Marge Glenn||Ed and Bonnie Johnson ||Barbara Brown|
| Pam Relken||Joe Scott Sr. and Family|| Curtis Glenn||Pam Relken's sons, William and Robert||Tommy Glenn|
|Pastor Ron Dawkins||Keeley (Wray) Rosenthal||Dave and Alberta Jackson ||Nan Garner||Dale Warnick|
|Barbara Kilian||Tillie Morse||Lisa Parks||Roland Reeves||Brett Williams|
|The Kopp Family||Lynn Miller||Helen Simonish and family||Stacy and Derrick Schrandt||The Poor and the needy |
Bernadette Di Pasquale
The Recovery House residents
|The men and women who serve on our Police force|
and Fire dept.
|Our troops serving all over the world|
The shared ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church and Saved By Grace Church, Tom Wray and Ron Dawkins, Pastors, and the Bread of Life Recovery House that Trinity is engaged in.
To Gerry Glenn, who was ordained and installed in May as a Ruling Elder of Trinity. This is her first time serving on the session. Also, Valerie Dougherty was installed as a Ruling Elder for a second term on the session. We thank these ladies for willing to serve God in this capacity, and may God bless them during their terms of service. Both also serve on the Food Closet committee that helps us feed our neighborhood people.
PLEASE NOTE: A new church directory will be coming out in
the next week or two. Make sure you get
one when they are available so you can contact your church family when needed.