As you and I prepare for what will likely be a relaxing three-day Labor Day weekend, I hope that you will remember the people who have gone through the unimaginable devastation in Texas, and now Louisiana, from Hurricane Harvey. This is a time for the church to respond and to come alongside those who are suffering and affected and do what we can to help. There are two ways that I think that we can help in the short term. First, I would encourage you to pray. Praying for protection, safety, and recovery efforts are great places to start and praying for people to have their hearts turned toward God in this crisis can be a turning point for so many. Second, we have created a convenient way for you to give. Visit TBC.org/Give, and select Houston Disaster Relief. Every penny that is given will be sent directly to SEND Relief, a Christian, on-the-ground disaster response team. You can read more about their efforts here: https://missionaries.namb.net/. Additionally, we are looking also at opportunities to send members from our church to go and help.
Coming up on October 1, both campuses will be hosting our Annual Fall Big Day. The purpose of this day is to give our church members an opportunity to invite their neighbors, coworkers and friends to come and see what Trinity is really like. Remember that there are people around you who are simply waiting for a personal invitation, and October 1 is a great chance for you to invite them to come. It is a great way for us to put an emphasis on outreach, and give you a specific target for inviting unchurched people to experience what God is doing here at Trinity. I truly believe that we have a place for everyone here. So start thinking now about those you plan to bring with you!
I’m looking forward to this Sunday as we continue our series on Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places from the Sermon on the Mount. When you experience the rule and reign of Jesus in your life you will find a happiness that is impossible to experience any place else. It is truly where you discover heaven while living here on earth!
See you on Sunday.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Fourth of July. Our festivities started on Sunday and we experienced a great day! Both campuses had food trucks and inflatables and both campuses had a great number of guests. In fact, Oakleaf had the largest number of guests all summer and the largest single service since they began almost three years ago! There is an energy that we get when we are all together and we have opportunities to hang out and visit with people that we don’t always see because of multiple services. We already are looking at more opportunities for similar events in the future.
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.
I think there is something healing and rejuvenating that comes from the holidays. I love how my mom has created and carried on so many sweet traditions in our family. Taking a break from the busyness and slowing down to enjoy those that we are most thankful for is comfort to our souls.
I love our family Thanksgivings. I love that everyone is responsible for the same things every year. My mom prepares the turkey and dressing and basically just tries to keep the kitchen somewhat orderly while my dad morphs into master chef. I will give him credit, he has talent in the kitchen, but cleaning as he goes is not his strong point. My dad is always in charge of the gravy and no one makes better gravy than Tom. My grandma makes at least eight homemade pies. She is sure that everyone has their favorite, and most of the time, they all make it to the house. I say that because a couple of years ago, one ended up in the grass outside of our house. We all laughed… and cried a little on the inside. My amazing aunts fill in the sides and they have all mastered their dish. My mom’s entire serving counter is packed meticulously to make sure every dish fits. I can close my eyes and picture it!
After meal time and meaningful conversations, my mom covers her dining room table with a tablecloth and we break out the crafts. Most of the time, we paint Christmas ornaments and assemble gingerbread houses… and most of the time, we laugh at our finished products.
As our family grows, traditions adjust, but the sweetest tradition is just being together.
Last year, I went to Monroe, Georgia with my husband’s family. I love becoming acquainted with his family and their traditions. I recognized that it doesn’t matter where you are or what food you eat (or even some times what food you burn or drop on the way into the house), family gatherings are beautiful, unique and never to be taken for granted.
My little family has adopted our own Thanksgiving traditions. One that I have really enjoyed is our Thanksgiving tree. I’m normally pretty strict about waiting until AFTER Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas, but I do make an exception for one of our trees. It is our Give Thanks Tree and it has become such a meaningful part of our holiday. We write down what we are thankful for and hang it on the tree in our dining room. It does my heart and soul good to remind myself of all the ways God has blessed me. I cannot walk by it without thanking Him. My cup surely runneth over.
I hope you enjoy your family traditions this year, and remember — it is never too late to start some that will make a lifetime of memories.
Encourage someone with one of these tweets.
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]We hope you enjoyed these 10 tweets from Sunday’s message at Trinity (audio here)![/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The resurrection of Jesus is what gives us hope both for this life and for after this life. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]His resurrection gives power and hope for every single problem that we are dealing with in life today. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]The resurrection of Christ is the greatest proof of His power over our ultimate problem, death. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Jesus restores hope. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Jesus finds people in times of desperation. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Jesus shows compassion by His Words and His Works. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]You have nothing in your life too dirty that can’t be cleaned and too broken that it can’t be healed. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]If Jesus could bring life out of the barbaric mess of the crucifixion, then he can make clean the mess that has stained our conscience.[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]In the resurrection, which every believer will experience, we are going to be brought to life, given a glorified body and never die again.[/clickandtweet]
- [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Hope is believing that Jesus can bring dead things back to life. #EasterAtTrinity[/clickandtweet]