A Word from Pastor Heidi
Dear Family of God,
Return to the Lord your God, for the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love... Joel 2:13
Ash Wednesday is February 18. Here is a day without pretence—no game-playing, no posturing, no public face to hide the private truth, no excuses, no superhuman efforts doomed to fall short. We can truly come as we are. The dust we sweep under the carpet that keeps coming back—we don’t’ have to sweep it under this time. Ash Wednesday offers an odd opportunity for success. Just one thing is required: Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. But that is not the end of it. God steps in with another reminder: I have loved you with an everlasting love. You have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Our dust is precious. The God who lifted creation from the dust and breathed life into us, continues to lift us up and enliven us, day by day…until we wake in glory.
The church will be open all day, beginning at 8am, for prayer and meditation with ashes available. Services of worship with imposition of ashes will be offered at noon, 6pm in Spanish and 7pm in English.
This Month's Articles:
- Pastoral Letter
- Fat Tuesday Pancake
- Annual Meeting
- African American History Food For Body and Mind
- African American Film Festival
- Lenten Dinner Church
- Farewell and Godspeed
February 17th, 6PM-8PM
Pancakes and sausages!
Games for all!
Eat all the pancakes you want, including chocolate chip or blueberry. Last day to party before Ash Wednesday! Youth Group helping.
There will be mardi gras beads and surprises! Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the traditional fasting of Lent. For us it means, “come enjoy and you don’t have to cook night!”
Dear Members of Trinity,
It’s that time again. On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan will hold its annual Congregational Meeting. It will take place in the undercroft directly following our 11:00 a.m. bilingual worship service.
Among other things, the meeting will include voting for new council members as well as tendering of our proposed 2015 budget and updating our constitution. You will have every opportunity to ask any questions you may have on the issues before us. We also hope to include a lively discussion on the “Dream Paper” the congregation created.
Your presence and input is always welcome. But, above all, it is essential to the collective spirit that has become the bedrock of Trinity. I look forward to seeing you there.
Best, John Lewis, Council President
On Sunday, February 15th, Professor Mark Harding is coming to Trinity to speak on “African Americans and the Meaning of Freedom.” Professor Harding is a scholar with a specialty in the history of slavery in the Americas. We have been blessed by his speaking at Trinity on a number of occasions.
He will relate struggles of the past for freedom, equality, social justice and dignity to struggles of the present. This lecture will take place after our 11am worship. The Grandma Group will be cooking up a delicious spread of soul food. Enjoy a nice dinner while you listen to the lecture with Rosetta's famous chicken and other Grandma favorite sides and desserts.
The children’s choir will also sing! They practice every Saturday from 11 am to 12 noon. All children welcome!
For four evenings in February, Trinity will host a
film festival that is free and open to the community.
Please spread the word!
7pm February 25 (Wednesday) FOUR LITTLE GIRLS
Directed by Spike Lee and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film is about the September 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
7pm February 26 (Thursday) BROTHER OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Rustin was a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
7pm February 27 (Friday) A TIME FOR BURNING
A 1966 documentary which explores the attempts of the minister of Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, to persuade his all-white congregation to connect with an African American Lutheran congregation on the city's north side. The film was nominated as Best Documentary Feature in the 1967 Academy Awards.
7pm February 28 (Saturday) FREEDOM RIDERS
Renowned director Stanley Nelson chronicles the inspirational story of American civil rights activists' peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s.The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Dinner Church is returning to Trinity for Lent! We tried this during Advent and all who participated enthusiastically urged us to do it again. Dinner Church is a bit what it sounds like…we meet to worship around a table and a meal, as did our ancestors in the faith. We’ll eat, talk, reflect on scripture, sing and pray. We’ll share holy communion and sacred community. If you are seeking an additional opportunity for spiritual growth during Lent, an alternative worship experience or just some breathing space in the midst of busy days, Dinner Church may be for you. We'll meet in the following Thursdays at 7pm and conclude by 8:30pm so we can wash dishes before the shelter opens: February 19th, March 5, 12, 19, and 26.
The time has come to say good-bye and Godspeed to our dear sister in Christ, Anne Stephens. Anne has been a faithful, committed member of Trinity since the 1970’s! She’s served on the church council and on the outreach committee. She’s been a faithful choir member and worship leader, reading prayers and lessons. Along with her late husband Peter, Anne volunteered weekly at our after school Creative Learning Center. She served as an annual volunteer for our community Thanksgiving dinner. Anne also served the wider church, including as our synod’s chair of the Lutheran Campus Ministry Committee. She traveled to Palestine as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program. Only God knows everything that Anne has contributed to our life in Christ and we are ever grateful for her gifts of time, talent and generous financial stewardship.
Anne is moving to Virginia to be closer to family and we will dearly miss her as part of our church family. We are thankful for our time together and we will keep her in our prayers. Anne’s last Sunday before her move will be on February 8th. We will have a special reception following 11am worship.