The July - September issue of Portals of Prayer is now available for pick up at each campus. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact Tom Perry and he would be glad to do so, firstname.lastname@example.org, 913-787-6077.
by Pastor Ron Flentgen
Do you ever get tired of pulling weeds? I do. The job never seems to end during the growing season. One can wonder where they all come from. Sometimes in my zeal to get rid of them I have also pulled up good plants or demolished them with my Weed-eater. Life can be like that too. We may wonder where all the bad stuff comes from that infests the garden of life. It seems to never end.
Health and Wellbeing
Eric Paul Justin, MD, MPH, MBA
9 July 2020
Baseball is just one of numerous activities that we have either given up or which have been stalled or changed since the beginning of 2020. As a longtime baseball fan, the issue of ‘missing baseball’ started months ago when spring training basically didn’t happen. Following that ‘wrench in the gears,’ things got worse. The entire season seemed to have come to an end. In addition to pandemic related causes there were the common, prolonged negotiations about money. Now, finally we may actually have a season opener later this July.
Eric Paul Justin, MD, MPH, MBA | 2 July 2020
Happy Fourth of July Greetings! Hopefully you are well and looking forward to celebrating the birth of our great nation with family and friends.
Freedom is the enduring watchword of our nation and especially July Fourth celebrations. Yet during these trying and unrelenting times of challenge it may not be foremost on our minds.
By Don Zoller
Writing is hard work! It takes discipline to make the time to write. It takes focus to stay on track and keep your purpose for writing before you. It takes persistence to stay with it until it’s done. Finally, it takes prayer to write God’s story about your life. If after you have read these weekly articles From the Author’s Corner you made the decision to begin this journey to tell your story—God’s story about your life, I applaud you!
By Don Zoller
Yes, you did it! You can write! Because God has helped you, you have succeeded. This is your “Hallelujah Moment.” But now, what are your going to do with it? You have choices. It depends on how you want to communicate your story. Here are three possible ways to consider. Of course, you may think of others.
Senior Ministry Leader
Greetings to all of Trinity’s seniors! It is my hope and prayer that you are managing well through these troubled times. It is important that we stay connected with one another and support each other as best we can. In an attempt to keep you in touch and current...
Senior Moments Special Edition This is a special edition of Senior Moments. The health crisis in our country has caused us to make serious changes in the way we go about our lives. There have been changes in how we worship and how we study the Word as well. It is a...
As you age you gain life experiences that you may wish to share with others. The Legacy project being offered by the Senior Ministry will give older adults a vehicle to accomplish this. Legacy interviews are approximately 20 minutes in length, facilitated by an interviewer, which will provide you with a vehicle to record your life of faith and faith stories, lessons and views, to be given to family and loved ones. Faith stories will be recorded on a DVD and then given to you.
The Legacy project is designed not to give a biography of your life, but to offer insights as to what makes you unique, offering a deeper understanding of who you are and whose you are. Biographical stories will undoubtedly come into play but should be given as support to what has caused you to believe what you do and how that has materialized in your life. With some preparation, the interview can aid you in reviewing your life and evaluating where you are in your faith walk. It can also aid our church members in knowing each other better. The Legacy diary is similar in purpose to the Legacy interviews. There are things you can do in written form that time constraints may limit in the recorded interview. There is no length restrictions to the diary. It may also be possible to include a few photographs.
Leave your legacy. Tell your loved ones who you are and whose you are.
Trinity Senior Ministry is providing a unique service to older adults: recording your faith legacy for loved ones. Interested people can record their thoughts in the form of a 20-minute video. You are also invited to write a diary of your faith journey, which Trinity will produce. Either or both are available to Trinity older adults.
You are welcome to make your own questions as long as they pertain to you and your faith journey. The following are possible questions to be used. Try to budget your time so that you can be sure to have a recording that gives the message you want to send. Life experiences can be helpful but don’t let them take up all your time. Grab a sheet of paper and jot down some notes.
- How did you come to your Christian faith? As a child? As an adult? Through marriage? Other? Explain.
- Was there anyone or any institution that was especially instrumental in you becoming a Christian?
- How would you explain the essence of your faith to your loved ones?
- How has your faith been important in your life? Perhaps a few examples would be good.
- In what ways do you feel God has made good use of you?
- Tell of an especially moving or life changing moment in which faith played an important role.
- What is the message you would like your loved ones to remember from this talk?
Those writing the diary will be responsible for the final written and edited text put in an electronic document that can be sent to the church office. Trinity staff will not be responsible for editing the copy. We encourage family members to share in the writing of these diaries for those who consider this a challenge. It can serve as an additional bonding time. In some cases it may be possible to include a few photographs. Trinity will take it from there. There is a minimal cost for the booklet to cover paper and printing expenses. We expect that to be less than $2 per copy. You may have as many copies as you like. The questions provided for the Legacy interview may be used a guide for your diary. Enjoy reviewing your journey.
You will receive a DVD of your interview with rights to make as many copies as you wish for loved ones. You may receive as many copies of your diary as you wish.
The cost for the DVD is completely free. Free will donations to offset costs are always accepted. The cost of the diary is minimal and less than $2 per booklet.
Interviews will be approximately 20 minutes long and will be facilitated by an interviewer. There is no limit to the length of the diary.