I often drive the stretch of I-85 between Clairmont and I-285. Up close to Shallowford Road exit, the road is lined with trees. I’m not good at that sort of stuff so I’m not sure what kind they are. I do know that in the autumn their leaves turn a magnificent burning red, before going completely bare in the winter. When the leaves
return in the spring, they are fluorescent green that I actually think is its own color…new leaf green. Last week I noticed the glorious return of the green leaves. The trees look so lush, so full of new life.
But less than a mile away, there were trees still in the dormancy of winter. They looked completely naked. I’m sure there are buds of new life there, but when I whizzed by at 65 mph (or more), I don’t see them. As I took my exit, I kept thinking about how one tree looked so full of life, the one who had its new birth, and was thriving and how one tree looked, well, dead. I know that it’s not dead, but it looked dead while the others looked like they are thriving.
I realized that sometimes in life I’ve been the thriving tree, living into my beauty as a beloved child of God. Other times,
I have struggled to show any signs of life, like the tree that is still awaiting its bloom. Some of you may be feeling like the tree that is still awaiting its bloom. Things are tough, and you’re having trouble finding and showing signs of life. You may be looking around at all the people around you, and it seems that everybody else is blooming. We just can’t help comparing ourselves, our lives, our churches, our vacations, our kids, our jobs to other people’s. And often we see new leaf green in their life and old shoddy wood in ours. And we might ask during those times, “What in the world is God doing?”
Spring is a time in which we focus on new life. Easter is the ultimate celebration of new life. But as the trees show us, new life comes at its own pace. For us as Christians, that’s called God’s time, or the Greek word for it is kairos. (Technically it means the right, critical, or opportune moment.) God’s time is not our time, or chronos. That can be hard for us to accept because we are sometimes impatient when we are waiting for something to change or get better. But for me the notion that God acts according to a time line that’s all about the “right, critical, opportune” moments for God and for us is a beacon hope. In the winter of our lives when we are desperately seeking new life, we know that spring will come. It may not come when we demand it, but it will come.
So this spring, you may be experiencing new life in its full bloom. Or you may still be in the dormancy of winter. You may not even recognize buds of promise in your life. Wherever you are, know that as surely as God raised Jesus from the dead, God will breathe new life into you and your situation. It may not look like what you expect; it may not be on your schedule. But it will come. God is at work in every season.
I know that many of us are still stinging from the pain of the General Conference in February. I can’t help but believe, however, that God is working on a new thing. There are meetings on how to find a new, more inclusive expression in our Wesleyan heritage. The buds are there. New life will come. It is who we are as a people. It is who God is. May it be so.
Other Holy Week Activities
Makayla is in the 9th Grade at Decatur High School and a member of the DHS Bulldog Track Team. Her favorite events are the 4x200m relay, the 200M Dash and the Triple Jump. Look at that girl go!
Party With A Purpose: Details to come soon on our website and Facebook page.
Easter Egg Decoration & Hunt: Our own Kathey Stubbs will be hosting our annual Easter egg decoration & hunt. All the supplies and eggs will be provided for you to decorate and then there’ll be a chance to hunt for eggs afterwards. Everyone is invited (all ages welcome) - bring your friends! (Time will be announced soon.)
Holy Week at Trinity
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday (April 14, 2019) ends on the Saturday before Easter. It is the last week of Lent. During the week, Christians remember the events at the end of Jesus’ last week before crucifixion. Palm Sunday marks his triumphal entry into Jerusalem right before his crucifixion. Maundy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper and Jesus’ giving the commandment to his disciples to love one another. Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus while Holy Saturday marks the time Jesus spent in the tomb before resurrection.
During Holy Week, Trinity UMC will provide various opportunities to observe and reflect on this sacred time. We hope that you can participate in all or some of these opportunities to observe this week:
Daily Devotions: Pastor Dana will be providing daily devotions for Holy Week by email (and a few hard copies available at the church). If you would like to receive them by email or hard copy, email her at email@example.com. We will also be posting them on Facebook.
Palm Sunday: We will mark Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with our traditional parade with palms with our friends from Central Presbyterian Church and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. We will gather around 9:30am in Central’s Courtyard. Following the procession, our Palm Sunday Service will begin at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.
Maundy Thursday: As mentioned above, Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus giving his disciples the command to love one another. This year we will worship with our actions. We will be providing a TEAM dinner for residents at our ministry partner TCM that evening around 5:45. We will need folks willing to help cook and serve. After dinner, we will have a short service of communion at TCM.
Good Friday: On Friday at noon, we will have a Tenebrae service at noon to remember the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus.
Easter Sunday: Our Easter service will be on Sunday, April 21st at 9am. Following the service, we will go to Trinity Community Kitchen to serve the Easter meal and pass out to-go meals.
"Muriel grew up in a time when women were not allowed to “speak for the family.” However, on several occasions she told me that she and Gordon supported something the Church was considering doing. Or that they were going to give money to a fundraising activity. She told me not to “bother” Gordon about it because he had his business to run. She amazed me!"
Anne Muriel Forsyth Race was born in Smyrna, GA on September 27, 1923 and was married to Gordon Johnson Race. She became a member of Trinity in 1951 where, as you'll see from the testaments that follow, she lovingly welcomed all who walked through its doors. Muriel passed away in her home on March 13, 2019.
Muriel was always very involved in the altar guild (sometimes being the only member) and ensured the elements were always ready on days communion was celebrated. She also loved flowers and for many years purchased and arranged poinsettias for Christmas and lilies for Easter that were given by congregation members in honor or memory of loved ones."
- Betty Pritchett
"Relatively soon after I started coming to Trinity, the Races held a pool party at their house. I was impressed by the turnout, and the camaraderie between generations was a big sign that Trinity was 'good people.'
When Stevie was born Ms.Race seemed especially welcoming to the church's newest member.
Wish I'd known Gordon and Muriel better."
Annie Muriel Forsyth Race
"When I was new to Trinity I remember Muriel as very warm and welcoming. This was in the 1960s when there was still much segregation in the south. Muriel took my hand in hers, rubbed it a bit and said, "See? The color doesn't come off" (perhaps to indicate the baselessness of segregation and that I was more than welcome in the Trinity family).
Muriel cared for everyone deeply. One day when communion was being served there was a man who did not come forward for the elements. When Muriel invited him to come he said he did not feel dressed well enough. Muriel, who was always impeccably dressed, said, 'Come on -- we'll go up together.'" - Doris Pittman
I met Muriel Race when I came to Trinity, and really got to know her when I taught the Progressive Sunshine Class. We became "Prayer Partners" and continued after she moved to Newnan. Praying always with our phone conversations and ending with " I Love You; I Love You".
What I most learned from Muriel was her love of entertaining, and she was a gracious and generous hostess. We spent many pool events at her home in Atlanta. When she moved to Newnan, she always enjoyed inviting and entertaining her Trinity friends.
A jewel, that I shall always remember with love and joy.
Gordon, Muriel & ellsworth race
Congratulations to Patrick Kaney
Women's History Month
DAUGHTERS OF THE KINGDOM
This month Trinity celebrated Women's History Month by honoring the women of Trinity. Once again, Geri Harris created a beautiful bulletin board with pictures and quotes about what each woman finds inspiring here at Trinity. Thank you to Geri, Riki Bolster, Betty Pritchett, Emily Cantor and Angela Odegard for all their help in putting together the display.
Rachel, Patrick & Gretchen
Recently, I decided to join the Georgia National Guard with hopes of becoming an officer. On March 21st I graduated from the 10 week long basic training course down at Fort Benning. After completion of basic training I am finished with the initial stage of training. In the next few months I will begin Officer Candidate School and begin the second phase of the process. I am excited to move forward and begin this process. Once I complete OCS I will then be an official member of the National Guard!
Weny Worrall, Rex Kaney, Rachel Weaver, Patrick Kaney,
Michael Harbin, Gretchen Kaney, Janie Kaney
265 Washington St. SW
Our story is one of the most important things we can share with each other. For it is through our stories that we can share our joys and our pains, our triumphs, our struggles and our humanity. In this series we wanted to explore the different paths our members took in coming to Trinity, what inspired them to stay, what they love about the church and what frustrates them about the church. We will be sharing our stories in the next few months -- maybe you'll find a bit of your story too.
Our Sunday sermon is streamed on Facebook at 11:15am and can also be found as a podcast on Apple podcasts and Google Play.
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Atlanta, GA 30303
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