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The Taper

Dear Trinity Family,

How fortunate and blessed I have been to have sojourned these four years with you, sitting at your feet and practicing the craft of priesthood with such saints as you all. You have been gracious in encouraging me as well as in your constructive corrections, advice and feedback. I have grown and for that, I am grateful. I am abundantly grateful for the ministry we have shared together both inside and outside the walls of the church buildings. Trinity is an amazing community, wonderful in its fabulous diversity and loving in your care of one another! I have seen that it is possible for people of diverse cultures and diverse points of view come together as one people under our loving God to worship together, to fellowship together, and to work for the Kingdom of Heaven together. This is the great gift and strength of Trinity! It is the main reason I chose to do my Curacy here…so that I could learn from a variety of people! Trinity, you are generous with the gift of space God has given you. You are generous with your time and with your finances. My continuing prayer for Trinity is for clarity and vision from you, the people of God, for new and creative ways to continue to enact God’s mission of love for those who do not know it in the Greater Baytown areas. May you all continue to grow in faith as you follow the call of God in your own lives and in the life of your Trinity family!

With much love and joy,

Rev. Beccy+

 

“Ask not what Trinity can do for you, but what you can do for Trinity”

 Rally Day

August 27, 2017

In liturgical Protestant churches, Rally Day marks the beginning of the church calendar year. It typically occurs when people start to prepare for harvest (i.e. getting back to normal work routines) at the end of September or the beginning of October. Although not all Protestant churches observe this day, the customs associated with it include giving Bibles to children, promoting children from one Sunday school grade to the next, welcoming new members into the church, and the presentation of church goals for the coming year.

During the summer, our many activities, vacations and events continually draw congregation members away from each other - especially on weekends. Summer can also be a spiritually draining time. You start the summer with the good intentions of sticking to your Bible-reading schedules. Good intentions of worshiping regularly. Good intentions of attending Bible class. But the reality is that summer’s hectic schedules can easily derail us from those good intentions. Come the end of summer, we need a spiritual “renewal of energy".

It’s hard to renew your energy on your own. But it’s much easier in a group. That’s why we set aside one special day at the end of the summer to "rally" - to "draw together for a common purpose" seeking the Holy Spirit’s power to "renew our energy" for worship, for digging into God’s Word, for praying, for serving, and for witnessing.

This year, as we continue to transition between rectors as well as bid adieu to Rev. Beccy, we are wanting to encourage folks not to grow impatient with the search process and to reassure everyone that soon Trinity will return to the business of wholly providing for our particular spiritual needs. But we want to emphasize that, during the interim, it is up to each member of the congregation to do what they can to help sustain our church Family.  “Ask not what Trinity can do for you, but what you can do for Trinity” is, consequently, the theme for this year’s Rally Day and upcoming Pledge Drive.

This year, instead of finger food snacks, each ministry table will provide a prize to be awarded via a drawing during dessert time.  Festivities will begin with a brief social mixer with popcorn and drinks, during which folks will be free to wander about and visit the various ministry booths.  Lunch with all the “fixin’s” will be served about noontime.  Parishioners are encouraged to bring a “pot luck” dessert if they wish (not a requirement for attendance). 

The church will be open from 9am – noon on Saturday, August 26, for Ministry leaders to set up their tables with their respective displays.

Because school schedules effect our lives more than harvest time nowadays, we set our date to August 27, to coincide with the opening of (GCCISD) school the next day.

That Sunday we will have only one 10am service, with festivities immediately following.

 

Yours in Christ,

Trinity Stewardship Team

 

"... Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house." – Deuteronomy 26:10

 

Enneagram Class for Trinity Congregation and Community

 

The Enneagram is a powerful way to understand yourself and the world more deeply.  At the surface, it is a model of nine different “types”, at a deeper level it is nine different lenses through which we experience our world.  (Sandra Maitri)

The Enneagram creates self-awareness and uncovers the patterns of behavior that sub-consciously drive and motivate us to act in certain ways. When we make these patterns and motivations conscious, we can transcend them and develop richer, more supportive ways of being.

Working with the Enneagram empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own behaviors and growth, from a greater understanding of why we act and react the way we do.

The Enneagram allows awareness of who we are individually and what is holding us back in our areas of growth.  We can also understand those around us in a much deeper way, allowing for better relationships in all our environments.

I hope those of you who can, will come and be part of this class.  We have not had a class together (that was well attended) for quite a while; let’s all come together and deepen our knowledge of ourselves and work to understand those with whom we attend church, do ministry and play, and interact in the community.

Dr Steve Stutz, Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Direction at Houston Graduate School of Theology, will be teaching the Enneagram in a four-hour program at Trinity Episcopal Church Baytown on August 12, 2017.  The program will go from 9 AM to 1 PM and babysitting will be provided. 

The cost of the program will be $5 per person and everyone is welcome.

You will need to go to:  https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/rheti/       then print out your results and bring it with you.

Questions may be sent to Rev Micki Rios @  lemissy2@aol.com

 

The Dark Side

Evil is no illusion.  While it certainly resides in the hearts of people, such evil is most clearly seen in the one who seeks to inspire it:  Satan.

Whenever we engage in spiritual battle, whether our struggle is with demons, the paranormal, or fear, we need to pray and express our faith in the One with all the power.

Prayer moves us from relying on our own strengths (which are actually weaknesses) to trusting the all-powerful God.  He provides us with spiritual armor and a battle plan because He desires to set us free. that the answer to everything you need to stand strong against evil is found in Jesus.

It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)

Most of you would be aware of the apartment complex fire in Crosby recently.  One of our parishioners, Sue Luallin, felt a need to help the victims of that fire so set about collecting donations of food, clothing, toiletries etc to take to the victims after services on Sunday, July 16.  Below is an account of her visit to Antioch Baptist Church.

“Thank you to everyone who donated to the fire victims.  Yes, 3 women were found dead, but I was also told that a baby was found alive the rubble!

I have never been so proud to be part of the Trinity family.  As it turned out I ended up going to 4 services that day.  I stated at Trinity for the two services to make sure and catch all who planned to donate and I had a full load, which made me so happy and proud to deliver.  Trinity doesn’t give junk either!  Then I got lost, of course, and stopped at the Crosby VFW for directions.  They were having a Christian revival meeting.  Finally got on my way to Antioch Baptist Church where my friend, Henry Lewis, plays the organ and was working the donations.  When I walked in, they were talking about me coming with donations from Trinity.  We worshiped until 1.30 pm and had a nice lunch.  The preachers said, when I walked in, they could feel the glow of the Holy Spirit in me; some of the parishioners were actual victims of the fire.  We sang and prayed and even had a baptism!  The sermon was about being burned and how God has your back and I had just been showing my burn pictures from my cancer treatments. 

Thank you all so much. It was truly one of the best Sundays of my life.  I was truly a blessed soul that day!”

Sue Luallin

 

Sue is pictured here with her carload of donated items.

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A big Thank You

To all you sweet, thoughtful saints of Trinity,

For all the many ways you ministered to me after my heart attack, the prayers, visits, cards, calls, food and flowers, I thank you.  You were truly the hands and feet of Jesus to me.  What a blessing,  What a family!

With love and hugs,

Anna Lee Haddox

 

August Scripture Quiz

 

Eileen Hicks correctly answered the July Quiz:

July Question:

Hannah, being deeply troubled, was praying in the presence of Eli. What was Hannah praying for, what was the result of her prayer, and what did she do after her prayer was answered?

Answer: 1 Samuel 1:10-19

   In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant and give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.

   As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.”

   “Not so, my Lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

   Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

   19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home in Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” (Samuel sounds like the Hebrew for “Heard of God”)

 

August Question:

Samuel grew old, and he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. How did Samuel’s sons act, and what did their actions lead the Israelites to ask for?

   After he was weaned, she took the boy with her (Samuel)….they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So I now give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

1 Samuel 1:24

Birthdays for August

1– Glenn Villemez

Sue Clay Williams

8— Linda Hendricks

9 – Jah-Haileya Samuel

11 – Kaitlyn Jones

12 –Roger Lewis

14 – Robert Delmonico, Les Gibson

15 – Sara Neill, Yvonne Thomas

17 – Christopher Lewis

19 – Gloria Matherne

21 –Lee Barrow, John Lefeber

24 –Rose Rogers

25 –Kathy Villemez, Betty Waddell

27 – Mike Porter

28 – Gary Garner

29 – Suzanne Willson

31 – Pat Koimn

Anniversaries

4 – Charles and Ada Ganze

5 – Dell and Suzi Cantrell

7 – Matthew & Lisa Rankin,       Ken and Dorothy Terry

24 – Bill and Rose Rogers

28 – James and Micki Rios

 

 

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