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And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire: but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19: 11-13)

 

Greetings Trinity

“Sunday, 27 August 2017: Due to arrival of Hurricane Harvey, Sunday’s worship service and Rally Day Celebration is canceled, as most Trinity parishioners are unable to safely drive to the church.” Here begins The Storm, now known as Harvey, and Trinity’s response to its neighbors and community.

As the relentless rains continued throughout the day and night of that Sunday, Monday morning dawned with many people trapped in their homes by high water, most awaiting rescue by any means available: monster truck, dump truck, fishing boat, air boat; and any port in the storm was the goal of the day. Trinity opened its doors as a shelter on that fateful Monday morning. Trinity’s staff first notified the local Office of Emergency Management to inform them that Trinity would be an official shelter, and evacuees from the storm’s waters began arriving. Wet, cold, frightened people were brought to Trinity by school bus, monster trucks, dump trucks; anyway they could get out of the flood waters, the community came to Trinity. And all, all, were welcome. Even pets!

And as evacuees arrived at Trinity, so did volunteers and donations. Trinity parishioners and people who had never been to Trinity came to help. Complete strangers or parishioners, every volunteer just wanted to help. And the donations began to flood in as well! Clothing, food, bedding, beds, medical supplies, drinkingwater, pet kennels and pet food, anything needed to help make people feel safe and cared for was in full supply.

The complete outpouring of brotherly love was absolutely overwhelming! No color, race, gender, ethnicity, denomination, or political affiliation was present. Just love was present, and love guided and ruled the day! Hot food was prepared by volunteers throughout the next several days for the evacuees and anyone else who was hungry. The church and its volunteers also prepared breakfast in the mornings for first responders: Firemen, policemen and EMT’s, many from faraway places here to lend a helping hand found a safe place where they could eat, relax, and plan the day’s work; the work of neighbor helping neighbor.

That was the sign that stood at the entrance to the Whispering Pines subdivision, “Neighbor helping Neighbor.” With great assistance from volunteer coordinators here at the church, many Trinity parishioners began to go out to stricken neighborhoods in the community to help fellow parishioners and strangers “muck out” homes. “Muck out” is a new term to most of us: “Muck out” means, in most cases, to drag out, rather unceremoniously at that, all furniture, carpet, cabinets, appliances, food, clothing, pictures, photographs, nick knacks, drapery and walls; in most cases everything that the homeowners owned inside their homes. Everything! Yes, muck out is now a dirty term, a foul term in our lexicon, both figuratively and literally!

But throughout all this tragedy, throughout all the suffering, there was, and is, a silver ray of goodness. The goodness is the unconditional love shown by everyone who helped, and in the hearts and faces of those receiving help. God was not in the storm, but God was and is surely in the recovery! God was in the boats, in the monster trucks, in the first responders, in the volunteers, in the muck out crews, in the people who sat on lawns and peeled apart flooded photographs of lives lived, in the people who loved and prayed for and mourned, in the sun that finally rose and ended the rain: God showed His love, His strength, His guidance, His light. God was and is here, now and forever. He did not abandon us, but He did save us! All of us, those directly affected by the storm and those who were called to help, all were and are showing the world who God really is: Love! That’s all there is to it, God is Love, and God is here!

Too many to name, the people who call Trinity home helped live out the Gospel. In your work, in your prayers, in your love, you stepped up to the plate and said, “Here I am, Lord, tell me what to do and I’ll do it.” You loved and were loved. And that’s what it’s all about. God is Love, and you loved. We still have a hard row to hoe with the rebuilding of homes and shattered lives. But we have seen Love in action, and Love will sustain us all. Blessings, Your Trinity Staff.

Caribbean Day Festival October 22, 2017

There are over 700 islands in the Caribbean, many of which are island countries. Notable countries in the Caribbean are Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Puerto Rico. Due to its location, many countries in the Americas have coastlines that face the Caribbean Sea and region, including Mexico, Columbia, Honduras and Guatemala. In total the Caribbean covers more than 2.75 million square kilometers, with about 239,000 square kilometers of land. (The World Atlas)

The Caribbean is not only made up of the islands in the Caribbean Sea but also of the mainland territories of Belize, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. The region is marked by diversity. Some territories are very small, such as St. Martin, which has a surface area of thirty-seven square miles and a population of 73,000. Others are much larger, such as Jamaica with its more than four thousand square miles and a population of nearly three million. And while some territories are forested, such as Suriname, others have very little vegetation, like Barbados. The region is not only marked, however, by geographic differences but also by linguistic and cultural differences. The main languages spoken are English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. Cultural differences, such as religion and sport, cannot only be explained by the nations that colonized the region but also by recent migrations.

Agriculture is still a main income earner, especially sugar, bananas, spices and tropical fruits.

The people of the Caribbean are among the most ethnically diverse in the world. Descendants of former black slaves are the majority in most islands. But there are also surprisingly large numbers of whites, some descended from original settlers and others from more recent arrivals – especially in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Caribbean music history is equally rich with tradition. Calypso, reggae, soca, zouk and many similar styles were each born in the islands of Trinidad, Jamaica, and Haiti. Their continuing popularity is a testament to the resiliency of the culture of the Caribbean culture.

We have many families at Trinity, from many different islands and culture. The idea for a Caribbean Day began several years ago with Rev Gena and since she left it has been discontinued. We believe it is important to understand each other and so, we are having another Caribbean Day here at Trinity on October 22, 2017. We will have one service at 10 AM which will imitate, to a large degree, the service of Harvest in the Islands. We will have an offering of food on the altar and at the end of the service we will offer the food to be bought by the community and the money will be given to the homeless shelter.

We seem to enjoy each other’s company and we share a common faith, but we do not interact in such a way as to understand each other. This Caribbean Day is being held in order that we can understand each other more; interact with each other on a deeper level, and to become closer together as Christ’s family in order to live out our faith as unique individuals of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Rev Micki Rios

October Scripture Quiz

As no one responded to the September Quiz, we will again ask the same scripture question:

October Question: Who was Israel’s first true King, and who was Israel’s first appointed king? The seas have lifted up, O Lord, The seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty. Psalm 93

 

Birhtdays

2      Jacob Davis (K)

3     Carrie Burns

4     Kerry Waldie

6     Winston Burt, Jim Maroney

7      Doug Crawford

10   Robert Horton, Trevor Hawkins

13    Natalie Zeno

19-Chloe Ganze (K)

26   Carmilla Haynes,

29   Marie Peterson, Marjie Mitchell

30   Dottie Tickner

Anniversaries

1 Michael and Maggie Killebrew

9 Fred and Linda Walker

10 Rogers and Patsy Thomson,  Charley and Sara Neill

19 Foxy and Gloria Matherne

 

  Text Box: Search Committee Members
Tracy Donaie, Vince Davis, Lauren Schultz, Pam Schaffer, Godfrey Simon, Felicia Legé, Lee Barrow, Carol Stansbury, Joanne Villemez

Vestry Members

Text Box: Robert Jordan					Senior Warden
Les Gibson						Junior Warden
Pam Schaffer						Vestry Clerk
Dell Cantrell						Treasurer
Carrie Burns, Rhonda Chandler, Fernando Rangel, Selvin George, Lauren Schultz, Winston Burt

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