Back to School for All!


      Happy New Year! Yes, September has always seemed like the actual “beginning of a new year” to me!  Children and youth of all ages start school, beginning a new adventure with a new teacher.   For some this is a tiny first step away from home and for others they are away at college for the first time.  Fall is a great time to begin all kinds of new things and to remember that with God each day is a new beginning!

      Here at Trinity, September 13 is Rally Day—a day to celebrate new beginnings of this household of faith.  Children will be welcomed to Sunday School and the rest of us will have opportunities to try out some “new adventures.”  Then on Sunday, September 20, classes for all ages will begin.

      This year our Adult Bible Study will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:45 with our Associate in Ministry, Clara Griffin and on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm with Pastor Jocelyn Carson.  We will begin the year by studying the Book of Genesis, using curriculum from the ELCA Book of Faith Series.  All are welcome to join as we take a new look at some familiar Bible stories and people. 

      You are also welcome to be part of a Bible Study beginning on Wednesday, September 9 at 10:45 in the morning.  This lively group considers the texts for the coming Sunday as well as current happenings in our lives.

      Women with young children are especially invited to be part of a Bible study group that meets on alternate Tuesday mornings.  Childcare is available so this is a great time to gather and make new friends.  Watch for the dates beginning in October.

      As this New Year begins, you can also consider some other “new” opportunities.  Maybe you would like to be part of a book club or an in-home Bible Study. Perhaps you have a hobby that you would like to share with a small group of like-minded folks.  Maybe you have a new idea for serving our neighbors.  You are a blessing in this household of faith!

      In September we pray for all those who teach and all those who learn from pre-school to graduate school.  Let’s pray for parents, grandparents, and guardians, too!  You are your child’s first teacher and we thank you for bringing them here to learn about God’s love in their lives.  We all need to be life-long learners in God’s school of love!

      Thanks be to God for the new and continuing opportunities to be blessed by God’s Word!

May God bless all that is new in your life!

Pastor Jocelyn