April 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 4
WE ARE JOYFULLY GATHERED TOGETHER BY GOD’S GRACIOUS LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, TO GROW IN FAITH AND TO PROCLAIM JESUS BY WORD AND SERVICE.
“The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in… Then Simon Peter came … saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.” – John 20:4-8
The Beloved Disciple in John’s Gospel almost always appears in scenes with Peter, yet in contrast with him. According to the other gospel traditions in Scripture Peter is seen as “the first” to see the resurrected Jesus. As Robert Smith has said, “The image of Peter in the Fourth Gospel suffers in comparison to the Beloved Disciple.”
It is not surprising then that the Beloved Disciple outruns Peter to the tomb and arrives there first. And we may be a little surprised that Peter gets into the tomb first, but when the Beloved Disciple finally enters the tomb he gets to be the one that goes faith first. He saw and he believed.
In great detail we are told what both saw in the tomb. They see the linen grave cloths and also the one that covered Jesus’ face, rolled up and set aside in its own place. The surprising thing in John’s Gospel is how the Beloved Disciple comes to faith. Not by angel announcement or touch or hearing a word. “The Beloved Disciple sees the empty cloths on an empty shelf in an empty tomb and comes to faith.”
The story of Lazarus is only found in John’s Gospel (John 11). Remember the scene where Lazarus comes out from the tomb and is still bound by his grave clothes. Lazarus would still need those grave clothes for he was still subject to death. But Jesus in his rising laid aside his grave cloths and has left behind the tomb forever. He has triumphed over death.
The details of this imagery of grave clothes in an empty tomb seems to suggest that Jesus is unbound, risen, conquering Son of God over death. He is the death of death itself. In the sight of grave clothes neatly tucked away on a dusty shelf in an empty tomb the Beloved Disciple came out of that tomb faith first.
As you celebrate what God has done on Easter morning may God tuck away the old grave clothes to the side in a neat stack and make known his unbound truth that our Lord Jesus is risen from the dead. And in that good news of what God has done for us let faith be first in all our going out in mission and coming in for fellowship and sweet communion.
Race ya! Pastor Gary
Trinity Kids’ Club! Check it out!
The Local Mission Task Force has put into motion our congregation’s sense of call to offer an after school program for children in our neighborhood. Trinity Kids’ Club will run three times before the end of the school year, on the Early Release dates of April 13, April 27 and May 11, from 2:30 until 4:30. This is for the ages of Kindergarten through 5th Grade, and is free to all.
We will have snacks, games, crafts, Bible Story and more. Certainly we would like our Trinity kids to participate –as many as possible—to make the welcome strong for those who are not used to entering church doors. Reaching the unreached for Christ is our motivation for offering this program as well as to serve the needs of our neighboring families with young children.
For those of you who feel the call to help with this program, please speak with one of us on the Local Mission Task force. (Pastor Ruth, Kellie Gordon, Sue Hoeffner, Sue Pershall, Sue Peckacek, Laurie Mudge, Craig Huff, Peggy Winston)
Sprucing up for Easter and beyond!
Take a moment as you enter Trinity through the arches to look at the newly landscaped area on each side. The original trees and shrubs, having outlived their usefulness, were removed— thanks to a major effort by Mark Ellertson using his excavator and assisted by Ted Driver and Doug Munson. Next, in came Craig and Nick Johnson of Heritage Landscape Design (son and grandson of Don and Fern Johnson). They designed the new landscape areas, and then donated and installed the plants.
What a safe, beautiful and inviting main entrance to Trinity! We thank all those who played a part in this long overdue improvement to our premises. Other members faithfully continue their behind-thescenes efforts to maintain and upgrade our facility/ equipment/supplies not just for Easter but year-round. Those regulars include the Tuesday/Thursday morning men who gather to carry out many tasks (Bob Ellingwood, Chuck Prochnow, Arlen Wogen, Duane Lansverk and others on occasion), the men who maintain our lawn (Jim Spence, Jim Charlston, Mike Baylous), and Sharon and Del Swanson who oversee our altar and work sacristy areas. Of course, we would be amiss if we didn’t recognize the excellent maintenance of custodian David Miller. As Dave recovers from heart surgery, members are stepping up to carry out his duties; if you’d like to help,contact Bob Ellingwood.
Love thy Neighbor
Meet the neighbors the morning of the Saturday, April 4. The day is devoted to providing fun for the kids of Trinity and its neighborhood. The annual Eggstravaganza is a two-parter beginning at 10 a.m.first, an egg hunt for younger children; second, an unusual hunt for middle and high-schoolers. At 11:30 a.m., free food and a Latte Da coffee cart in the narthex is followed at noon by an informal concert by Three Together, comprised of Doug and Judy Smith and Don Mitchell. Trinity members are urged to be in attendance at 11:30 to greet and meet visitors while also having a good time. See you there!
Women of Trinity
You are invited to a brunch Saturday morning April 25 registration will begin at 9:00 am and brunch will start at 9:30 am in Stolee Hall. Women from all the Lutheran Churches are coming to Trinity for this “Cluster” event. Please help us welcome our many guests. The brunch food will be great (part prepared by us and part brought by all the visiting churches.) After our meal we will move to the Sanctuary for music and a program helping folks get acquainted with our Pastor Ruth. She will help answer the question Are Missionaries Important Anymore? Please bring an in-kind donation of health or beauty products for women in the Abused Women Shelter run by the YWCA. Our offering will be sent to the Bangladesh Pastor who is starting several Christian schools for children.
How to make visitors feel welcomed at Church?
- The most important person for a visitor to talk to in order to feel at home in a new church is you. It is not the pastor, or the greeter, but a regular attender. Eshleman says “One of the most impressive gestures we can extend to first time visitors is for people with no official position to take the initiative and welcome them.”
- Look people in the eye and smile.
- Learn people’s names and remember them.
- Listening is a very effective way to show love.
- Greet children at their level.
- Take the initiative, don’t wait for visitors to initiate conversation with you
- Invite visitors to join you at something, anything! Invite them to today’s fellowship meal, next Sunday’s Christian Education hour, or to a restaurant for some one on one time.
- Ask questions and learn about your guests. It is better to express interest in them than it is to try to “sell” your church.
- Tell people you’re glad they are here.
- Pray for them throughout your week.
Hospitality is not a given among Christians, its a calling which requires a specific skill set. Be yourself! You are loving! You have a good thing going! You have the capacity to love more people, and to love more deeply. “Practice making people feel special, and what you give to others will be returned to you.” Consider yourself called!
The stamps that are donated and sent to the “Stamp Ministry” all proceeds goes to support preparation, publishing and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools. More than 50 lesson series have been published and are being used in churches of 40 different denominations in 19 different Spanish speaking countries in South America, Central America and even the USA.
In 2013, Alliance Stamp Ministry sent $37,000.00 to the Sunday School project and in 2014, $41,000.00 was sent. Thank you so much for your support of this vital ministry. Every penny and every stamp, means more money for the printing of the Spanish Christian literature.
Please note, that it is a federal offense to remove stamps from an envelope and attach them to a new envelope, even when the stamps have not been cancelled.
Here at Trinity all used stamps are collected in the hall leading to the Narthex. God bless you and this Ministry.
Caring for Your Loved One at Home Workshop
Are you taking care of a loved one at home? Need a little help figuring it all out? Join us and learn about day to day care, lifting and moving your loved one, home safety, managing medications, nutrition, challenging behaviors, legal & financial issues, community resources, and the importance of caring for you.
This class is open to spouses, partners, adult children and friends caring for a loved one at home. There is no cost to attend, but due to limited space, registration is required.
When: Thursdays, April 9 through May 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Where: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA
How to Register: Call 360-694-8144, Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW Washington
The Lincoln Elementary School Parent Staff Group will hold a rummage sale at Lincoln, 4200 Daniels Street, on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Funds raised will benefit Lincoln students in many ways! Got stuff you want to get rid of? The LPSG is looking for donations of gently used items of furniture, household goods, clothing, etc. And, once you’ve made room for new acquisitions, come see what the Lincoln Rummage Sale has to offer! Call Nina Kerr-Bryant at 360-903-4374 or Amanda Wong at 360-909-1482 with questions or to donate.
Lincoln Elementary Volunteer Opportunities
Assist teachers in the classroom by working with students and/or doing clerical work (grading papers, making copies, bulletin boards, etc.) Provide one-on-one assistance to students in reading or math readiness activities. Assist the school media specialist with checking in/out books and shelving media materials.
After School Activities
Volunteers can assist with our extended day activities- homework club, after school sports, the school newspaper or an activity you would like to lead. Tutor students in various subject areas or provide childcare for parent education workshops.
Chaperone field trips, help with family night activities, or assist with screen clinics for vision and hearing. Support our parent group, LPSG, with fundraising.
Come to Lincoln Elementary once a week for lunch with a student who has been identified as needing extra support by their teacher, principal or school counselor. After eating lunch together, there is time to play board games, read, make a craft/hobby, or just talk.
By giving your time and your care, you can make an important difference in the life of a child. The need for volunteers is great; the rewards are event greater.
Please contact Jessica Blatt, Lincoln Family-Community Resource Coordinator, with any questions about the volunteer opportunities at Lincoln 313-2314 or email Jessica.email@example.com
Celebrate Your Birthday with your Trinity Family!
Please sign up for a coffee hour after the Sunday Worship service during your birthday month. The sign up sheet is posted near the Chapel in the Narthex. If you have questions, Carol Jensen at 256-3496.
If you would like to be added to the Birthday List or if there needs to be a correction to your date of birth, please contact the church office at 695-1221. Thank you.
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