February Letter from the Pastor

Dear Friends,

In the face of great need and remembering the command of Jesus to “love our neighbors”, many of us often wish that we could do more for those who are hungry or homeless.  Thanks to our able administrator, Christa Johnson, we have some great news about how our gifts can go further!

Trinity Lutheran Church receives $5,000 Economic Outreach Bridge Grant. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation grant aids efforts to support basic needs in community:

 “Difficult economic conditions and high unemployment rates have caused many Americans to seek support for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter from local nonprofits,” said Kathy Larson, grants program manager for the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. “This grant program is designed to help effective organizations maintain their financial stability in the face of increased demand on their resources.”

The funding was awarded to Trinity based on our effectiveness in addressing basic needs of the local community such as food, clothing or shelter through the Trinity Aid Bank (TAB).  Our staff persons are good stewards of the gifts you give and they are compassionate listeners to those in need.  They are creative and kind as they seek to help in a wide variety of situations. 

In order to make the best use of the gifts you give, we have also elected to participate in a complementary challenge grant program sponsored by the Foundation. For every dollar given by donors by Mar. 31, 2013, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents—up to $5,000—in support of the our TAB ministry.  Thank you in advance for your support of this life-changing ministry! This is a great time to invite friends or family to join us in giving gifts during this “matching opportunity”.  Gifts of any size can be brought or sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, Attn. TAB, 2324 Lombard Avenue, Everett, WA 98201 or gifts can be given through PayPal on our website.

Jesus says, “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.”  Matthew 25:34-36

Living hopefully in God’s kingdom,

Pastor Jocelyn