I want to start by saying thank you, Trinity family. You have been warm and welcoming to me and my family. We have all felt your love and acceptance over the last month. It is easy to see that Simon feels quite at home and Jaye is getting to know everyone in his own, little bit slower, way.
Before I came to Trinity, I had the honor of meeting a few of you. The thing that each person said set this church apart, that gave it it’s soul, was how welcoming the people were and how quickly it felt like home. It doesn’t take long to see or feel how true this statement is.
There are already things about Trinity that make it feel like home to me and my family. You have softened our hearts through your warm welcomes and friendly smiles. I have been greeted by a generous laugh at my bad jokes in my sermons and had my belly filled by some amazing cooking. Faithful hospitality lives in this place; it shows that you love each other deeply and share life in and outside of this space.
I know that change is never easy. I know that through the Methodist system we are reminded that it isn’t our pastors that make a church who it is but the people. You are Trinity and that is to be celebrated.
I am excited to get to know each of you better as we grow in faith together. I am excited to be challenged by you and walk beside you as we go. I am excited to call this place home and for my son to be loved by so many of you (if you can catch him). I am excited to dream, plan, and work in ministry with you all.
As Thomas Merton says, “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.”
I am honored to serve at Trinity UMC as your pastor.
Peace & Joy,
Rev. Deborah Williams Haag
Look What We found
Dear Reverend Ezell,
I wish to commend a church employee, an African-American gentleman named David.
I met Mr. David on Sunday morning, July 6, 2014 at Trinity when I accompanied a young man who needed a meal. He also needed a pair of shoes; he had only one shoe. When Mr. David noticed that the young man needed shoes, he promptly went in a search of a pair. He brought back the young man a suitable pair of shoes. He had first given the young man a meal ticket.
I thought Mr. David showed great concern and compassion by his actions. He is a real credit to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Joseph A. Morgan, Jr.
So while we were cleaning up the Pastor's office to prepare for Deborah's arrival we came across some "forgotten" items that we thought would be fun to share. The first is a thank you letter that was written to thank David Mabry for the way he handled a situation from 2014. The second is a plaque that was found from 2007 to honor Doris Pittman.
Honoring Doris Pittman, a soulful, spirit filled woman, strong and fierce, loving and gentle, a woman of courage.
Thank you from Pastor Dana
Dear Trinity Family - Words cannot express the depths of my gratitude for your generous gifts to me. I was overwhelmed by the wonderful send off and love offering. But those gifts extend to the ways in which you nurtured and cared for me as your pastor for five years. I learned so much about how to be a pastor and a follower of Jesus from each and every one of you! While transitions are tough, I left Trinity with a full heart. Thank you again for the send off and gift and for all that you have meant to me. Peace and love to you all!
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Our District Superintendent, the Reverend Dr. Bernice Kirkland will be visiting Trinity on August 18th. After worship she will meet with Pastor Deborah and church leadership so we may explore together what it means for Trinity to be a Mission Church in the Atlanta College Park District . We were designated as such at the beginning of this year due to our unique role in the downtown area serving the needs of hungry and homeless persons. The leadership met together several months ago and explored several ideas. Bernice will share her thoughts on the subject and hopefully we will move forward with a vision in the coming weeks. We are excited to see where God will take Trinity UMC!
Pastor Deborah's first Sunday
Deborah grew up in Marietta, Georgia. Her father is an elder in the United Methodist Church and her mother served as the director of Must Ministries in Smyrna, Georgia. After graduating from Candler School of Theology she moved into full-time ministry. Deborah has worked for the United Methodist Church for over 16 years as a youth minister and pastor. Her heart is found in seeing Christ in others and building relationships.
She is married to Jaye and has a son, Simon and a stepdaughter, Elena. While being in ministry and chasing after a toddler keeps her pretty busy she is thrilled to serve with the people of Trinity UMC.
Grand Hall Altar
Honoring those who died since last conference
Stage banners depicting the Holy Communion meal. The spaces remind us that Christ's light shines through the broken places in our lives.
Trinity was well represented this year at the North Georgia Annual Conference by Betsy Crawford, Lay Leader, Paul Bolster and Geri Harris who attended as ACPK District representatives, as well as Pastor Dana Ezell. Our incoming pastor, Deborah Williams Haag was also there and we enjoyed a brief time to meet with her. The major events at conference were 1) voting for delegates to the 2020 Jurisdictional conference and 2020 General conference (both lay and clergy) and 2) the excellent presentations by Gary Mason, a Methodist minister from Ireland who speaks internationally on conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Videos of his talks can be found here.
Depictions from the Sankofa Hush Arbor exhibit
AKA: The Adventures of 3 boys
Storytime At trinity
There was a display in the chapel on Sankofa Hush Arbors, places deep in the woods where persons in slavery could sneak away and worship free of white persons who generally insisted on a western style of worship (which demanded obedience to masters). The mason jars are filled with soil from historically and traditionally black churches in North Georgia. They are intended to remind us of the display in the Equal Justice Initiative Museum.
I had the joyous experience of traveling with my grandfather, Tom and other family members to rural Portugal and coastal France. We organized the trip with the help of a fitness-oriented travel company called Backroads. Tom, my sister, I, and others went cycling from Lisbon through Monsaraz and Evora, among other beautiful locales of Southern Portugal.
My grandpa sped past me for most of the trip, but luckily the company drives a bus along the route to pick up struggling riders. My favorite place in Portugal was probably Monsaraz, a city atop a hill built mostly out of stone. It has elaborate architecture and an inspiring mixture of Muslim and Christian influence.
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Our members have been traveling all over the world this summer so we thought we would share some of their adventures with you.
Gavin Claugus's Family Trip to Spain & Portugal
After about 110 miles of biking the route, we flew to Nice, France and drove to a hotel in Eze on the coast. The hotel is called Chateau Chevre d’Or and is one of the nicest places I have ever been! My room was carved into a mountain.
My grandpa, a business partner, and I all had dinner closer to the top of the mountain with a view of the bay and surrounding ocean.
Sadly, I got sick with a sinus infection towards the end of the vacation, but I recovered pretty quickly and was happy to return to my Trinity family.