Summer Didn’t Slow Us Down

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Even as Trinity folks spread far and wide over the summer, they stayed engaged in God’s work. By the Rev. Brad Mullis

 

We all know how summer is. Hot, sticky, and slow. Yet it goes by so fast.

Around church, things are slow because many folks travel, kids go to camps, and several weekly activities rest. Yet we continue to press on toward the upward call during these months, hearing and sharing the good news, loving and serving our neighbors and having fun in the process. Here is some of what’s been happening at and through Trinity during the summer months.

First, our children and youth have been active. Around thirty children and an ample group of adults participated in Vacation Bible School in late June. You may have noticed the beautiful depiction of Noah’s ark in the narthex. They played and painted and learned a piece of the sacred story. In addition to a fun bowling outing, our youth served the congregation and their neighbors. They hosted a movie night on July 8th, which was grand! The turnout was typically light for a summer, but the set-up and movie concessions were superb.

On July 17th, a group of twenty-five – of all ages – made and served supper at the Fifth Street Shelter. Drawing on our Shrove Tuesday expertise, they made pancakes and bacon and scrambled hundreds of eggs for over one hundred diners.
Last, five middle-schoolers participated in Episcopal Outreach Camp in Charlotte the last week of July. Along with youth from other Charlotte-area churches, they performed a different service project in and around Charlotte each day and spent each night at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.

One typical summer gathering here is a salad luncheon. This year, the luncheon was the culmination of a month-long cloth-ing drive to aid our diocese’s migrant farmworker ministry. Following the deli-cious lunch, boxes of pants and shirts and hats were shipped off to Newton Grove so that those who tend and harvest so much of our food can have changes of clothes and avoid wearing pesticide-covered clothing for extended peri-ods of time. Outreach chair Rowdy Armistead and many others did a great job with this clothing drive.

Trinity folk also grow a lot of food, and many have shared their produce through the Summer Farmer’s Market. Each Sun-day vegetables have lined the benches on the breeze-way for others to purchase with a donation to Iredell Christian Ministries. The remaining produce has been donated as well. And, as last year, hundreds of pounds of produce from the Outreach Garden across the street at the Community Garden has gone to ICM. Thanks to Dee Ham for his attention to all facets of that growing ministry.

The summer also marked the culmination of a three-month discernment period for three women who on July 31 were admit-ted to the St. Clare Chapter of the Daughters of the King. Jerrie Greene, Holly Hassler, and Marcia Lindler made vows to live lives of prayer and service, and to uphold their clergy and congregation through their faithful prayer and witness.

So, maybe there is more going on around here than we thought! I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing and blessed summer. —The Rev. Brad Mullis

 

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This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Trinity Topics. For more articles like this one, click here.

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