A Word From the Pastor
When I arrived at Trinity United Methodist Church a couple of years ago, I quickly discovered that the slogan “The Friendly Church in the Woods” was accurate. The congregation has a warmth that is hard to miss. At the same time, we do not take ourselves too seriously. Laughter can usually be heard from one corner of the church or the another.
Our mission statement is: “Trinity is a spirit filled community that worships God, leads people to Jesus, and helps them grow through authentic relationships, biblical truth and Christlike service.” Christ intends for us to love and support one another in the faith community as we reach beyond the church with the love of God. Trinity strives to be a community of faith that brings out the best in one another while fostering a unity that is rarely found in the world.
At this time our world is still in the grip of the Covid pandemic, bipartisan politics, and division and conflict on every imaginable issue. In the midst of all this, we are reminded just how important it is to be part of a faith community where we understand that temporal matters do not change the eternal truths of God. Though many things seek to divide even God’s people, we share a conviction that is far more important than anything that would divide us. We know that Christ will not fail us, and we can trust Him with temporal matters and our eternal welfare. It is in the community of faith that we are joined with people who share these convictions.
In John 13:34-36 (NIV) Christ describes what a church is to be like: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." This is still the call of Christ. Here at Trinity United Methodist Church we strive for love and unity in our congregation, and to reach beyond the four walls of the church to our community with the love of Christ.
The Apostle Paul urges us to live out our faith individually and as a community of faith in Ephesians 4:1-5 (NIV): “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
I am honored to serve this congregation and as we move forward may God find us faithful and obedient to His call to love and unity.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Michael W. Mack