Last week I sent a 15 year old to Haiti on his first mission’s trip, and this evening I will be picking up a 16 year old at the airport. I’m thankful for our Student Pastor, Joel Milligan and Mission of Hope leaders who threw him a Haitian birthday party. I’m even more thankful for a church and leaders who care about missions and help mobilize our people — including young people — to share the gospel around the world. It takes a lot of work and resources to put together these trips, and I know they are life-changing for our youth. I’m really looking forward to hearing about their experiences!
I have never been so energized about what I see happening in our ministry. There are stories that demonstrate that God is working in and through our people in so many different ways. For example, last Saturday, Kris and Tabitha Parson, who started The Believe Foundation, hosted a movie night in the Dining Commons for pediatric oncology patients and their families. They provided pizza, popcorn and a movie, and had a family who is here from the U.K. show up. I know they were able to encourage this family by spending time with them. I love to see our church people get creative in how they minister to people and I also love to see our facilities being used for that purpose.
It takes hundreds of volunteers every week to help us pull off ministry on both campuses. This past Sunday, we engaged 60 new volunteers who will begin serving this fall. Serving is an important next step on your spiritual journey and we try to make it as easy as possible. If you’re interested in signing up to serve at our Hammond campus, click HERE! If you’re interested in serving at our Oakleaf campus, click HERE!
This coming Sunday is going to be fun! There will be one combined service on both campuses — Oakleaf at 10 am and Hammond at 10:30 am — followed by food trucks and inflatables for the kids. I love that our campuses are strategically located in areas where we have many neighbors and opportunities to reach new people. I encourage you to think of one family or one friend that you can bring with you to worship with us and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship after church this Sunday. This event will be a great opportunity for them to experience what God is doing at Trinity and get to know us.
We are continuing our series through the book of Galatians. This week we will be studying the last part of chapter 2 and talking about how the gospel touches every single area of our life. Because of this, we are to arrange our lives around the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Praying for God to do great things in your life this week!
I hope you and your family enjoyed your Father’s Day weekend. I love family weekends like this and enjoyed hanging out with my children. I actually ate out twice and never paid once! If you are ever looking for a great restaurant, the South Kitchen in Avondale is phenomenal!
This summer has been busy for our church. Recently, we had a group from our Oakleaf campus in Haiti, partnering with Mission of Hope. This past Sunday morning, we prayed over a group of teenagers and adults who left on Wednesday to go to Haiti, also partnering with Mission of Hope. Pray that every time our people are on the mission field they get to share the gospel and that they will be changed by what they experience. I love the fact that we are a church on mission!
Over 50 years ago, our church invested in a piece of property in Keystone Heights and established a youth camp. Last week, there were over a hundred kids at Trinity Youth Camp. I’m always amazed at the creativity and energy of our children and student pastors and leaders. They hosted a week full of non-stop, fun activities and no doubt brought home really tired and worn out kids. But the best part is that 10 children made decisions to trust Christ!
I am excited about what God is doing in our church and believe that there are greater days ahead. On July 2, we are going to do one combined service on both campuses, 10:00am at Oakleaf and 10:30am on Hammond. After the service on that Sunday, we will have food trucks, inflatables for the children, and some fun things for adults. On Hammond, we will be opening the Connection Plaza for tours as we are nearing our grand opening. I’m excited for a time to hang out and have fun with family and friends and hopefully welcome new people onto our campus. Think about who you can invite to church that Sunday and help them experience what God is doing at Trinity.
This week, we will continue our Galatians series. If you missed last week, you can listen HERE. This Sunday, we are going to study how the gospel is a game changer when it comes to building unity and fellowship among the people of God. You can read Galatians 2:1–10 to get prepared for this week’s sermon. As always, I am praying for a great weekend and hope to help you get connected this Sunday!
PS — Check out this picture of Trey Warren working on the new church building in Togo. Your world missions giving helped purchase this land. This is Trey prepping for the church launch, clearing the ground and building benches. They saw 110 people saved as they saturated the village and 5 saved at the first service!
I am always amazed at how fast time flies. We are already transitioning from the end of the school year to the summer season. I hope that your summer is off to a great start! This is typically a time for Lisa and I to spend as much time with our family as we can; in fact, we just had guests at our house for a week as we celebrated Lisa’s mom and dad’s 60th wedding anniversary. In addition, this summer we are engaged in evaluating our current programming and working on future ministry opportunities. I am really excited about what is happening in all of our ministries this summer and especially what God is doing in our church through both of our campuses.
If you’ve been on our Hammond campus lately, you’ve probably noticed the progress being made on the Connection Plaza. We are getting close to finalizing the building and should be able to announce an opening date soon. The reason for the facility is to help us invite people into our church and provide a welcoming space where they can easily connect with others and deepen their relationship with God. Every single one of us should be engaged in reaching friends and inviting people to church each week.
Not only does the camping season get into full swing this month, but we also have several groups heading to the mission field. Last month Pastor Greg Mann took several college students to Guyana, we have a group from our Oakleaf campus heading to Haiti, and a group from our Student Ministry is also going to Haiti the following week. That is in addition to a TCA missions trip to Costa Rica that was led by Crystal Lawrence, one of our TCA faculty and church members. There are a number of other individuals in our ministry who are investing time and money for the sake of the gospel – both in mission work and other forms of outreach. I love that we are seeing young people engaged in the work of God, not just here at Trinity but literally around the world. What a privilege it is to be a part of a ministry so passionate about mission work.
This past Sunday, we started a new teaching series through the book of Galatians. You can listen to the sermon HERE. I’m so thankful for the unique, supernatural, and transformative power of the gospel. This study can be a catalyst to real spiritual growth in your life and it can serve our church well as we move forward committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week we will celebrate Father’s Day. I hope that you will invite men — especially dads — to come and be challenged about the importance of being a spiritual mentor in the life of their children.