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By John Thompson on 6/3/2015 10:56 AM
How Will the Church Be Lighted? (Author Unknown)

Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church. No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its grand opening, the people gathered and marveled at the beauty of the new church. Everything had been thought of and included. It was a masterpiece. But then someone said, "Wait a minute! Where are the lamps? It is really quite dark in here. How will the church be lighted?" The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls, and then he gave each family a lamp, which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship. "Each time you are here'" the nobleman said, "the place where you are seated will be lighted. Each time you are not here, that place will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you fail to come to church, some part of God's house will be dark"...
By John Thompson on 5/27/2015 11:06 AM
Along the line of the poem “Footprints”, I received a poem entitled that I want to share with you

"Heartprints” 

(Author Unknown)

  Whatever our hands touch-- We leave fingerprints! On walls, on furniture, On doorknobs, dishes, books, As we touch we leave our identity.   Oh, Lord, please where ever I go today, Help me leave heartprints! Heartprints of compassion Of understanding and love. Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern.  May my heart touch a lonely neighbor Or a runaway daughter, Or an anxious mother, Or, perhaps, a dear friend!  I shall go out today To leave heartprints, And if someone should say "I felt your touch," May that one sense be...YOUR LOVE, LORD Touching through ME.



I pray that as we continue our faith Journey that we not only leave “footprints” for one to follow or carry someone through hard times, but that they might feel our “Heartprint” on their lives. Take a moment, again, can you think of someone who has...
By John Thompson on 5/27/2015 10:50 AM
You know that I like the music of George Jones and I have songs that are special to me. One is his song  “Choices” that you have heard me quote. Recently, I received the following that spoke to me and reminded me of that song and I want to share it with you.

The Choice

(By Max Lucado)   It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose. I choose love.   I choose Love . . . No occasion justifies hatred. No injustice...
By John Thompson on 4/8/2015 8:57 AM
I found the following article to be very good and wanted to share it with you - John 

 Nobody Needs Your Religion (By Stan Buckley)  [Edited]

 Nobody needs your religion. It's true. Nobody needs your religion. Nobody. And they never have. The people of Jesus' day did not need any more religion. There was plenty around but it wasn't what they needed. The blind and the deaf and the sinful and the leprous and the demon-possessed and the crippled and the prostitutes and the swindlers - the outcasts of society - did not need man's religion.

 Becoming religious would not have given them sight or hearing or forgiveness or clean bodies or sanity or working legs or a new life or a second chance. If they had only become religious, they would have been merely blind people who were religious, deaf people who were religious, sinful people who were religious, leprous people who were religious, demon-possessed people who were religious, crippled people who were religious, prostitutes who were religious,...
By John Thompson on 1/8/2015 4:56 PM
2014 has been a year of transition and change. We have welcomed Shanda Preston to the Church Office as Office Administrator and Chief Financial Officer replacing Katherine Chung and her daughter Ava as our official office Greeter. Julie King has come on board as our Facility Administrator replacing Conrad Banbury after many years of service. Byrne Wood and Rosalie have moved to Ellsworth to be closer to their daughter Anita and our new choir director is Galen Schmidtberger from Hays. We look forward to the many music offerings of his Music Ministry and our talented choir. They are preparing for A Celebration of Christmas in Word and Music to be presented at both Worship Experiences.

 

We have, also, experienced changes in our Church Family. We have 405 Professing Members at this time. We have said Hello to 2 new Professing Members and have new attendees at Trinity. We have baptized three new persons so far this year. We have, also, said “until we meet again” to 11 of our Church family through death....
By John Thompson on 11/1/2014 10:46 AM
December 7, 2014 at 4:00P.M, we come TOGETHER, again, for Our annual Church meeting – Our Annual Church Conference. The is the meeting when the Professing Members of Trinity come TOGETHER to celebrate Our past and to make decisions regarding Our future. We  share Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Goals and elect leadership and finance the Church's Ministry. This year, with the change and changes that are coming, the decisions that We make take on a new relevance and the hope is that the Professing Members of Trinity will be present for Our Annual Church Meeting.

Sometimes, we wonder what difference do I make? Do you know that there are elections in the past that have been won or lost by one vote. You Count!

Recently, I came across the following parable by the famous author Unknown that seems relevant.

                                                 The Nail                                          (Author Unknown)   As the story goes, they built a new church building and people came from far and wide to see it. They admired its beauty! Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely structure - except the nail! No one even knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous. ...
By John Thompson on 10/24/2014 9:29 AM
There is a song I like titled “Choices”.  The singer of the song sings that in his life he has made “choices”.   Some of the choices have been good, some of the choices have been bad, but the singer acknowledges good or bad, they are the choices he made.

 Although the singer did not write the song, he owns the song.  He said in later years that he made two good choices.  One was his wife, Nancy (which by the way means “grace”), and the second was choosing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior – his faith.

We all make choices.  I share with you this month an article regarding choices that might bless you.

Choose Happiness

How you live your life is totally up to you.  It’s not dependent on your circumstances.  It’s dependent on your choices.  Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are as happy as they’ve decided to be.”

Honest Abe would have enjoyed a recent study that found happiness increases 10 percent on Fridays.  Why is that?  People are excited about the coming weekend, so they...
By John Thompson on 9/6/2014 9:14 AM
In a recent interview radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt was asked about his new book entitled “The Happiest Life: 7 Gifts, 7 Givers and the Secret of Genuine Success”. He spoke about the seven things we can give and receive from each other. They are enthusiasm, encouragement, empathy, energy, good humor, graciousness and gratitude. He was asked “The seventh giver you list is the church. Tell me what role the church plays in creating the happiest life.” Hewitt responded,

 

“This actually sparked some controversy among my readers, especially those who are not believers.  I’ve got lots who are agnostics and atheists.  I make the argument that you cannot be legitimately happy outside of a congregational life.  You cannot actually have community if it’s not a community of faith.  I encourage people who don’t believe to pick a congregation and join it, and I know some people who do that.  I’m sure you do, too.  They understand that if not them, then their families will be served and can serve, even if they...
By John Thompson on 7/21/2014 10:02 AM
"To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church"

 

In 2013, we set the SmartGoal "To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church" and this goal continues in 2014. I see many ways that we have reached out to meet our goal in 2013 in the General Church’s Ministry, the Church’s Education Program, or the Thrift Store, but we should not rest on what we have accomplished in 2013, but look to the future. There are many areas that we as a Church can continue to grow and be in ministry TOGETHER. We, as the Trinity Church, have opportunities to be in mission and ministry in the Russell Community, the Russell area and beyond our immediate borders. In 2014, we are expanding our outreach farther, but this is not a Church of the few, but all of us are working TOGETHER for the Kingdom and we need each person in their own special way to be a part of Trinity’s ministry.  

We are, indeed, grateful for the prayers, presence, gifts, service, witness, and financial support of the many ministries...
By John Thompson on 7/21/2014 9:58 AM
June 10 – 14, Duane Adams, Dixie, and I were in Lincoln, Nebraska for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. This year was a special time as persons came together to Worship, reconnect with acquaintances, and conduct the business necessary for the church. It is a time to see what the United Methodist Church is doing in Kansas, Nebraska and around the world. It is, also, a time to see many resources available to help us in understanding who we are in the church and our role in the Kingdom. At the Discipleship booth, I found a booklet entitled “Our Membership Vows in The United Methodist Church” by Mark W. Stamm. In the booklet, he writes on page 4 of the Introduction the following: “According to The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, members make covenant to do the following:

 

To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject

      the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin; 

To accept the freedom and power God gives them to

...
By John Thompson on 7/21/2014 9:55 AM
Have you ever had the joy of a Computer Virus? I liked this BLOG on Spiritual Viruses. Enjoy and contemplate

Virus Scan (By Ron Hutchcraft) - [Based on Psalm 139:23-24] I used to just be concerned about me or someone I love picking up a virus. Now I have to be concerned about my computer picking up a virus! And more and more of them are infecting various computer systems. Now, if one of those viruses contaminates your computer, it can cause you to lose valuable data. It can even cause your computer to crash. But, thankfully, I have this special software feature that's called a virus scan. When I turn on my computer, basically the virus scan checks to see if any of those destructive little bugs have gotten in, and it warns me if they have. And that's a good thing. You want to get it before it infects everything. Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Virus Scan." You know your soul can pick up viruses, too? And if you don't catch them right away, they can spread throughout your system and infect everything. That's why you need to install God's virus scan. David talks about it in our word for today from the Word of God from Psalm 139:23-24. He says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." David knew the subtle, infectious way that sin can creep into the human heart. And he knew all too well the damage it can do. So He prays that God will see if some spiritual virus has found a place in his heart and to reveal it to him as my virus scan reveals to me what is threatening my computer. ...
By John Thompson on 7/21/2014 9:53 AM
I recently was listening to an interview with actress Eva Marie Saint. She was talking about her start and she made the remark that she started with small parts to which her husband of many years yelled out in the audience that there are no small parts. I, then, received the following BLOG.

 

Every Job's Important (Author Unknown, Provided by Student Discipleship Ministries, TX)   Do you ever feel that what you do in the church is not important? Do you think that only the "big" jobs like teaching, singing, preaching, etc., are worth having?   1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NIV) says:   "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another...
By John Thompson on 7/18/2014 11:07 AM
SEVEN POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN WORKING WITH PEOPLE

1. See each person as a loved child of the Creator.

2. Live a life of honesty, appreciation, and kindness.

3. Expect nothing.

4. Slow down and listen, really listen.

5. Love others for who they are, not who they aren't.

6. Give the grace you want to receive.

7. And most importantly, when in doubt, LOVE!

                                                                                               --Author Unknown

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By John Thompson on 7/18/2014 11:06 AM

Saving Mr. Banks

Richard Sherman, along with his late brother Robert, was a prolific song writer for the Walt Disney Company and wrote songs for more than 25 Disney movies. The siblings wrote many of the studio's most popular songs. The recent film Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins, has brought Richard back into the spotlight. He has many memories of Walt and how he worked. In an interview, Sherman said Disney rarely displayed a temper. He went on to say that what Disney hated most was a negative person. "In story meetings, when we were working on a film and someone would look at a sequence and say, 'I just don't like it,' and he would blow his top. He would say, 'If you don't have a way to improve it, keep your mouth shut. Anybody can say I don't like something. Give me something to make it better!'"

By John Thompson on 7/18/2014 11:05 AM
A Holy Time 2014

 

We are in the season of Lent and Easter, a holy time for us and there is much happening.

On March 5th, Ash Wednesday, we had two worship opportunities one at 2:30p.m. with 16 in attendance and one at 7:15p.m. with 46 in attendance 20 of which were young people.

Dylan and Connie are conducting small group learning experiences in this holy time.

On March 9th, Dr. Ivalah Allen, professor of music at Ft. Hays State University was with us at 10:30a.m. sharing her witness in music.

The Lenten Luncheons began March 12th and will continue through the time of Lent with Trinity having hosted March 19th.

April 1st is National Atheist’s Day – Everyone needs a holiday [Psalm 14:1]

April 6th the choir will be presenting “A Celebration of Easter in Word and Song  at BOTH Worship times. The 10:30a.m. Worship will be Broadcast on KRSL 990am Radio.

April 13th Palm Sunday will be the Celebration of the Palms. It is neat to watch the children’s march...
By John Thompson on 7/18/2014 11:02 AM
We set a goal "To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church" in 2013 and this goal continues in 2014. I see many ways that we have reached out to meet our goal in 2013 in the General Church’s Ministry, the Church’s Education Program, or the Thrift Store, but we should not rest on what we have accomplished in 2013, but look to the future. There are many areas that we as a Church can continue to grow and be in ministry TOGETHER.

 

We, as the Trinity Church, have opportunities to be in mission and ministry in the Russell Community, the Russell area and beyond our immediate borders. In 2014, we are expanding our outreach farther, but this is not a Church of the few, but all of us are working TOGETHER for the Kingdom and we need each person in their own special way to be a part of Trinity’s ministry.

 

March 5, the Season of Lent begins with our observance of Ash Wednesday with Special Worship Experiences at 2:30p.m. and 7:15p.m. We added the 2:30p.m. Worship Experience for persons who did not wish to get out in the evening and we had a good turnout. You are WELCOME to join us again in this observance at either time. There will be other opportunities to worship throughout the Lenten Season and I hope that you will avail yourself to all opportunities so that we may grow TOGETHER in discipleship.

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By John Thompson on 7/18/2014 10:59 AM
What Would the Lord's Prayer Sound Like Today?

By JR. Forasteros - Posted on January 13th, 2014

Most people who’ve been in church at any point in their lives are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer (or the “Our Father” for my Catholic readers). We find a lot of meaning in reciting the prayer together as a corporate body. For those who love the Church, the language of the Lord’s Prayer can be quite comforting.

But the language of the Lord's Prayer can be impenetrable and archaic. And that's not what Jesus intended.

The Lord’s Prayer is part of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon is good news to the impoverished peasant class that comprised Jesus’ Galilean audience—farmers and fishermen. And as such, it’s packed full of practical teaching and illustrations lifted right out of his listeners’ daily lives. He talks about relationships, lust, money, worrying about the future and more.

And right in the middle (6:9-13) of this practical, relevant sermon, Jesus talks about prayer. He says (in verse 7),

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By John Thompson on 1/3/2014 5:57 PM
"To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church"

 

It is hard to comprehend that we are at the beginning of 2014. This past year went by so very fast. Many things happened and this Church pulled TOGETHER in ministry in a variety of old and new ways.

 

We set a goal "To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church" and this goal continues in 2014. I see many ways that we have reached out to meet our goal in 2013 in the General Church’s Ministry, the Church’s Education Program, or the Thrift Store, but we should not rest on what we have accomplished in 2013, but look to the future. There are many areas that we as a Church can continue to grow and be in ministry TOGETHER. We, as the Trinity Church, have opportunities to be in mission and ministry in the Russell Community, the Russell area and beyond our immediate borders. In 2014, we are expanding our outreach farther, but this is not a Church of the few, but all of us are working TOGETHER for the Kingdom and we need...
By John Thompson on 1/3/2014 5:51 PM
An Epistle from John

As of January 1, 2014, the Kansas West, Kansas East, and Nebraska Conferences ceased to be and a new Annual Conference took their place. The new Annual Conference is the Great Plains Annual Conference which is a combination of the three previous conferences. With the uniting of the three conferences, many changes are happening and many details are being worked out and will continue to be worked out. This change is bringing a mixed response, which is inevitable. Many are looking forward to it, some are not, and some have no response to the change, but the change has come. At Annual Conference, Bishop Jones challenged us to go outside our comfort zone. The coming together of these three conferences is an opportunity to be more effective in ministry and to meet the needs of a changing world. It is going to be a great adventure in ministry that will call for change and sometimes we need to be prepared to change and go outside our comfort zone.

Mark Twain once said that the only one...
By John Thompson on 12/4/2013 6:04 PM
December 2013, we are coming to the end of another year. It seems like it was just January and we were breaking those New Years Resolutions that we had made with such determination. You know the ones to lose weight, to exercise more, etc. We even resolved to join the Recreation Center and become part of the new equipment. We even received a gift certificate of membership to help us on our quest. We resolved to read more intellectual writings to expand our mind and not those Harlequin romance novels, but those are so juicy. We even resolved to grow deeper in our walk of discipleship even getting one of those through The Bible in One Year books. We failed on all attempts, but the good news is 2014 is a chance to begin again – a mulligan.

We can go out to the Russell Recreation Center and for a small amount begin a routine with their trainer, become involved in different forms of spiritual meditation, we can expand our reading with those novels as well as intellectual pursuits, and we can resolve to read the Bible. You say, but I don’t have a Bible. The good news is we have some of Art Priddy’s Bibles and one may have your name on it. We have one of the best reference Bibles there is available. We can find a devotional book or booklet like The Upper Room to expand our faith journey. We can even honor those Five Commitments we made when we stood in front of the congregation and made a statement of commitment publicly making ourselves accountable reminiscent of Wesley’s requirements for members of the Methodist movement. The five things that each member of a Church commits to are:

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By John Thompson on 10/28/2013 3:52 PM
The following is my report to the 2013 Church/Charge Conference - October 27, 2013

 

Pastor’s Report for 2013

 

As of January 1, 2014, the Kansas West, Kansas East, and Nebraska Conferences will no longer be and a new Annual Conference will be in their place. The new Annual Conference will be the Great Plains Annual Conference which is a combination of the three previous conferences. With the uniting of the three conferences, many changes are happening and many details are being worked out and will continue to be worked out. This change is bringing a mixed response, which is inevitable. Many are looking forward to it, some are not, and some have no response to the change, but change is coming. At Annual Conference, Bishop Jones challenged us to go outside our comfort zone. The coming together of these three conferences is an opportunity to be more effective in ministry and to meet the needs of a changing world. It is going to be a great adventure in ministry that will call for change...
By John Thompson on 10/4/2013 1:08 PM
As you have noticed the framed pictures stationed around the Trinity Church, our vision is to grow as a community of faith. Our mission is to welcome all people in Christian love, and to nurture and encourage forgiveness and reconciliation through Biblical teaching. In early February, 2013, the Staff/Parish Relations Committee and Church Council discussed the Vital Congregations Program and Goals. The decision of the Church Council on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, after much discussion, was to set the goal as “To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church”. The discussion, then, turned to how to measure the goal and that was still in question. It was decided instead of forming a new committee that each committee now; Finance, Missions, Worship, etc. would take the goal and build on it from their angle and that each committee have “ownership” of the Vision/Mission/Goal.

 

At a recent S/PPRC and Church Council meeting the subject was discussed again and it was decided that some persons...
By John Thompson on 9/7/2013 9:09 AM
Intentional Giving There are some who do not like to hear about the subject of money but the subject needs to be addressed. We have many who support the Special Funds of the Church and but not the General Operating expenses so we find ourselves struggling to pay bills. I realize that many are on a fixed income and can not do a lot, but if everybody does what they can then no one will have to do what they can’t. We appreciate the support to the Special Funds and that is needed, but we need the support of the General Operations of the Church too and we need “intentional” and ongoing support. We appreciate the generosity and the gifts supporting the Special Funds and/or events but those gifts alone do not help the general operating expenses because the money goes where it is designated. We have lost contributors through death, etc. What I am asking is that when you give to the Special Funds and/or Events to remember the General Budget Operating expenses too and to be “intentional” and ongoing in your support....
By John Thompson on 9/7/2013 9:08 AM
As I am sitting here writing this Epistle from John for September, Dixie, Duane Adams, and I are preparing to go to Salina to the Bicentennial Center for a Uniting Conference. You have been hearing about it, but for those who haven’t, the Uniting Conference is a coming together of three Annual Conferences and the working out of the details of a new Annual Conference. As of January 1, 2014, the Kansas West, Kansas East, and Nebraska Conferences will no longer be and a new Annual Conference will be in their place. The new Annual Conference will be the Great Plains Annual Conference which is a combination of the three previous conferences.

 

With the uniting of the three conferences, many changes are happening and many details are being worked out and will continue to be worked out. This change is bringing a mixed response, which is inevitable. Many are looking forward to it, some are not, and some have no response to the change, but change is coming.

 

Mark Twain once said that the only...
By John Thompson on 8/3/2013 11:06 AM
Needs

 

There are some who do not like to hear about the subject of money but the subject needs to be addressed. We have many who support the Special Funds of the Church and but not the General Operating expenses so we find ourselves struggling to pay bills. I realize that many are on a fixed income and can not do a lot, but if everybody does what they can then no one will have to do what they can’t. We appreciate the support to the Special Funds and that is needed, but we need the support of the General Operations of the Church too. Recently, the counters received a check split between two special accounts and we appreciate the generosity and the gift, but it does not help the general operating expenses because the money goes where it is designated. We have lost contributors through death, etc. What I am asking is that when you give to the Special Funds to remember the General Budget Operating expenses too. It would be a shame to some day come to the point where we have a lot of money in the Special...
By John Thompson on 8/3/2013 11:00 AM
An Epistle from John

 

Here I sit at my computer writing my An Epistle from John for August. August! It seems like it was just July. I guess as time goes by it goes faster. I was reminded, recently, that I got more years behind me than ahead of me and to make matters worse. I got my first Social Security check. What’s worse is – Kids, school is starting soon!

 

We will soon be back into full swing in the life of Trinity. Groups have been on hiatus over the summer months. We will be having meetings, also, in preparation for our Annual Church meeting to be held October 27, 2013 at 1:00p.m., so mark your calendars with the date.

 

Committees will be meeting: The Nominations Committee will be making contacts for the 2014 Slate of Officers, the Staff Relations Committee will be dealing with personnel issues – salaries, etc., the Finance Committee will be drawing up a proposed 2014 Budget along with other committees that have responsibilities. As you can see, it is going to...
By John Thompson on 7/18/2013 9:45 AM
An Epistle from John

A famous singer who you may remember Nat King Cole sang a famous song about the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer. So much for the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer. Besides the usual events we are having, the kids are having:

 Hip Hop Hope Summer Fun

They kicked off summer with a little bit of Hip Hop Hope, Jesus Makes me Glad!  They met on June 5th with the theme “Glad to Worship” and, again, June 19th with the theme “Glad to Give Thanks”. They will be meeting July 3 with the theme “Glad Teachings” and July 17th with the theme “Glad for Salvation”. They meet on those Wednesday’s from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and are getting down with Jesus this summer. Are your kids there?

Vacation Bible School

August 4th—August 8th !! is Vacation Bible School with the theme “Everywhere Fun Fair” Where God’s World Comes Together”. Each day highlights a different place with a theme.

Day 1—Japan—Neighbors are friendly.

Day 2—Zimbabwe—Neighbors are giving.

Day 3—United...
By John Thompson on 6/15/2013 10:36 AM
Parent Job Description POSITION : Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa JOB DESCRIPTION : Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an, often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required. RESPONSIBILITIES : The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,...
By John Thompson on 4/7/2013 4:33 PM
An Epistle from John for April

The Church Service of the Future

PASTOR: "Praise the Lord!"

CONGREGATION: "Hallelujah!"

PASTOR: "Can we please turn on our tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Cor 13:13. And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon."

 

      P-a-u-s-e......…

"Now, Let us pray committing this week into God's hands.

 

Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God…"

 

     S-i-l-e-n-c-e……..

 

"As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready."

 

·         "You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password 'Lord909887’."  The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:  Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.

·         Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.

·         Those who prefer telephone...
By John Thompson on 3/7/2013 7:57 PM
An Epistle from John for March

I want to talk about the Gift of the Holy Spirit. We were given the Gift of the Holy Spirit and there are different manifestations and functions of that gift spelled out in the Bible. The Bible states that the Gift was given for two purposes. They are for the edification of the believers and for the equipping of the saints for ministry. The manifestations and functional tools are for us to manifest the Holy Spirit and to equip us to be the Body of Christ in Russell and Beyond. We are called upon to use the Gift to make a difference and we are called to make that difference with the manifestations. Each one of us has been given a gift or talent for the Glory of God.

In a recent BLOG by Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie, she writes “On a recent flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dallas, I read the lead article in the January 2013 issue of American Way Magazine. It was about the Italian classical music singer Andrea Bocelli. Bocelli has tremendous natural talent, but he also has...
By John Thompson on 2/1/2013 8:58 PM
An Epistle from John

 

At a recent meeting of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee, discussion was held regarding the Worship Experience and whether or not persons were being fed spiritually at Trinity. The discussion centered on how we might enhance the Worship Experiences here at Trinity. It was decided to survey the Church Family. We discussed a survey in the bulletin or newsletter but those ideas were dismissed in favor of giving you the opportunity to input either in writing or verbally if you wish so you are invited to share your thoughts on how the Worship Experience might be enhanced and how you might be fed with the Bread of Life. You are invited to write down your thoughts, your input need not be signed, or you can verbally share your thoughts with one of the Committee Members. Committee Members include Kent Lyon, Raelene Reinhardt, Duane Adams, Aldean Banker, Richard Newton, Vic Carlisle, Lisa Plante, and Andy VanDerWege. Please share with them as it is our wish to make your Worship Experience...
By John Thompson on 1/24/2013 5:31 PM

The Trinity Cafeteria

Trinity offers two different Worship Experiences for you Sunday Mornings. You can choose to come at 8:30am and Worship informally and non-traditionally or you can come at 10:30am for a more Blended Worship Experience. The choice is yours and I hope that you will avail yourself to Worship at Trinity in which ever form may meet your needs and you will be spiritually fed. Worship with us next week won’t you?

By John Thompson on 1/24/2013 5:28 PM
The “Dreaded” Offering Plate

Things are rough economically for all of us and we have to tighten our budgets. We go to the grocery store, etc. and see increases and we wonder how we are going to make ends meet. We are all facing that no matter who you are and institutions like the Church are facing the same concerns. We are all of us having to cut back and readjust priorities. Things we once were able to do we cannot at this time. Things like movies, eating out, or, even, church things we once did. Church is one of those things that we sometimes drop out of because of the “dreaded” offering plate. We come to the Morning Worship Experience and sometime during Worship the plates are passed for our tithes and offerings and we just do not have it and rather than to have the inner struggle we stay home. I understand that many are struggling and do not let the “dreaded” offering plate keep you away.

At times like this we need what the Church and the Fellowship has – the coming together of people of like...
By John Thompson on 12/24/2012 9:50 PM
Thank You Russell:Trinity for your continued patience and understanding. As many of you know I haven’t been able to drive for six months. As of today, four months have past and I have two months left. Some are able to tell you how many months, day, hours, minutes, and seconds Dixie included. Many of you have stepped up and seen that I have gotten places that I have needed to be and for that I am grateful. I continue to rehab in the Physical Terrorism department of the local hospital and I am grateful to the persons working with me. I am planning on coming back as close to 100% as possible and, again, I am thankful for your continued patience, understanding, and, most of all, love. Thank You. Pastor John T.
By John Thompson on 12/9/2012 1:22 PM
The following is a reading I shared in my message entitled "The Ultimate Peace Treaty" preached on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Hope is the dream of a man awake – French Proverb

Peace, whether we're referring to war or the peace within us, is what we all strive for. Finding true peace only comes from one place, and that is God. We WILL encounter hardships throughout all of our lives. Whether we are Christian or not, there will be times when we struggle to find peace and contentment. When that happens, you must turn to God. You will only find the answer through Him and within yourself - no one else can give it to you. And you don't need to travel to some distant land to find peace. You also don't have to lock yourself in your room to never see the light of day. If you pray for peace, then God will help you find it. It could be as simple as accepting your situation in life or knowing that "everything will be okay." Because it will. With God, you won't be alone in life. You can FEEL more at peace while you attempt to do all of the things that you want to do. The anxiety, the nervousness and the fear will fade away. Remember - having peace doesn't mean just having a boring life. It means you are able to cope with the life you have and be satisfied with it. Our life is God's gift!!!

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By John Thompson on 12/3/2012 9:32 PM
The Holidays are a good time to invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us here at Trinity. The following are suggested Invitation Instructions. Feel Free to Use them to invite people to join us here at Trinity.

 

Go to door – Knock or ring door bell.

Identify who you are if not known by the person.

Remain on the porch.

Tell them why you are there:

       “I am from the Russell Trinity United Methodist Church to invite you to worship with us next week.”

Leave with this remark –

         “I will be back in touch with you later in the week.”

 Thursday or Friday, at the latest, contact them inviting them again.  This can be done by telephone or in person.

             “I hope you will join us Sunday.  Shall I pick you up?  

            We start at 10:35 a.m.  I’ll pick you up at 10:15 a.m.”

            If they want to come by themselves, then, “I’ll meet

            you at the Front Door at 10:15 a.m.”

 Meet...
By John Thompson on 12/3/2012 8:55 PM
Habits

Habits are an interesting thing. There are good habits and bad habits. There are habits that hurt us like smoking and drinking that health officials tell us can be detrimental to our health and habits that benefit us like exercising and eating the right foods. The choice is ours. So it is with Church Attendance. We can get out of the habit of going of going to Church because it is easier to sleep in or we have things to do around the house or we don’t like the preacher or someone hurt our feeling or some other excuse that the devil gives us for staying away from assembling together.

Excuses are a curse. Hebrews 10:25 puts it this way in the New International Version of the Holy Bible “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.

The Good News is we can get into the habit of going or back into the habit of going. Like bad habits can be broken good habits can be established....
By John Thompson on 12/3/2012 1:11 PM

The Asterisk*

Some of you will notice an asterisk by your name on the newsletter label. In record books it denotes some reason a record is in question like the asterisk next to Roger Maris at one time in the baseball record books when he broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record or, soon, for the steroid users that will be in the Baseball Hall of Fame or Bicycle Hall of Fame.

In this case, however, it denotes that you and/or a family member or members are Full Members of the Trinity United Methodist Church and with that membership come the responsibilities, obligations, and joys of membership. We are glad that you are a part of the Church Family. However if you have united with another Church Family or no longer wish to be a part of Trinity, please let us know. We need everyone working and pulling TOGETHER at Trinity.
By John Thompson on 11/22/2012 7:15 AM
As I sit to write this edition of “An Epistle from John”, it is hard to comprehend that this is the Epistle for December 2012. This year has gone fast and has been an eventful year in the life of the Trinity Church and your Parsonage Family. Many things have happened and I have seen this Church pull TOGETHER in ministry in a variety of ways of which I am very proud.

As I write this Epistle, I am, also, working on my Pastor’s Report to the Annual Church Conference Meeting to be held November 29th. I have been keeping a log of what we have been doing this past year in ministry and in meeting our goal of "To extend the Outreach of Trinity United Methodist Church". The log, also, serves the purpose of addressing the “Marks of Vital Pastor” that will be dealt with by the Staff/Parish Relations Committee in the near future. As I look at the log, I have seen many ways that we have reached out to meet our goal and the results of our goal but we should not rest on what we have accomplished in 2012, but look to the future. There are many areas that we as a Church and beyond can continue to grow and be in ministry TOGETHER.

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By John Thompson on 11/3/2012 12:49 PM
We recently celebrated our 140th Birthday with the Bishop present giving us an inspiring message as well as a challenge going into the future that will take all of us working TOGETHER.  It is now a good time to recommit ourselves and to remember the Profession of Faith and vow we made when we became part of the Church Family. When we became United Methodists, we promised to be loyal to the United Methodist Church and to uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. In 2008, “and our witness” was added to this promise. Trinity has 417 “Professing Members. “Like American Express, Membership has its privileges but with it; its expectations, responsibilities and obligations.” We, as a Church, have needs and we have many who want the privileges without the participation and we need everyone working TOGETHER.

If you have been around me for any time, you know I like George Jones. He has a song I like that poses a question – “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”. The song addresses the deaths of country music’s legends and who will take up the mantle of Country Music. The song speaks to me in relation to Trinity. We are experiencing deaths of faithful members of the Trinity Church and I wonder who is going to fill their shoes. We have members but many do not participate and leave the ministry to a few. Once they promised to uphold the Church by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service. When asked about participation in the life of the Church some have excuses like I don’t like what they do, or I am too busy, someone else will take care of it or someone did something to me or a family member and I am angry or I don’t like the Pastor. Granted there are many who would like to be involved in ministry but because of age, health, etc. can no longer be and we thank them for their ministry but there are many who can and must step up in ministry.  

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By John Thompson on 11/3/2012 12:44 PM
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     I address you like that, as I feel we have a new relationship.  Last month’s epistle contained two words from Dixie and myself.  In light of all that has happened, words seem inadequate.  We can only say, “Thank You!”

     You have exceeded yourselves in ministry and caring, which we will never forget.  We love you all deeply.  We cannot list everyone who helped, because everyone helped in some way.  Thank You! 

     I am home after several long stays at Club HaysMed.  I continue to recuperate and get stronger with time. Thank You for your patience and understanding.

       On October 21st, we will be celebrating our 140th Anniversary.  Bishop Scott Jones and his wife, Mary Lou Reece will be with us for the celebration.  The 140th Steering Committee has been doing a lot of work.  The event information was in the previous newsletter and more updated information in this one.  Please plan on attending. 

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By John Thompson on 11/3/2012 12:40 PM

 

 

THANK YOU

 

Pastor John and Dixie Thompson
By John Thompson on 8/2/2012 8:44 AM

    Can you believe it? The summer’s almost gone.  By now Vacation Church School has been held.  Many thanks go to those who worked with and participated in any way with the Vacation Church School. It takes us working TOGETHER to accomplish our ventures.  Our children are our present and our future.  Sometimes we talk about them as the future of the church, when in reality, they are the church now - or they won’t be the future.

    Our 140th celebration steering committee recently met.  Our planning is well underway.  The celebration will be October 21st, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.  Please mark your calendars.  There will be no 8:30 a.m. worship experience that morning, but church school will be held at its usual time.    Bishop Jones and Mary Lou will be with us. YOU plan on being there too.

    More information will be available in the future. Reservations for the noon meal will be required and will be received closer to the 140th celebration. We need a good count, but don’t call now.

    With fall approaching, church activities that have been on hiatus will be resuming.  We will also be looking toward our Annual Church Meeting.  Committee meetings will be held, reports will be filed, officers nominated and elected and budgets formulated and approved. With all the activities we will be having a busy time ahead of us. I hope that you plan to be a part of the different events and happenings.

    On a personal note, my recovery from my heart incident is progressing, although slowly.  The good news is that I’m not ready for Donny Varner yet.  I appreciate all your prayers and concerns.  God ain’t finished with me or ready for me yet.

                                                                                John T.

 

By John Thompson on 6/29/2012 8:15 AM

This month’s letter is a personal note to my Family, Friends, and Church Family. The past few weeks have been an interesting time. 8 years ago I had open heart surgery – a valve job. I have a mechanic that when I had recovered after a six weeks rehab time, informed me when I told him how much it cost said that he could’ve hoisted me on his rack and done the job cheaper. During that time, I have had many people who cared, intervened, and watched over me including Donny Varner. I hope that you can understand my relationship with the Varners and my appreciation of Donny. My family, friends, and Church Family were there for me along with Larry and Susan Harvey. In 2010, I had a small heart attack. Dixie said to the congregation when she informed them that if that was a small heart attack that she didn’t want to see a large one. My family, friends, and Church Family were there for me again along with Janet Hernandez who was, also, there for my corneal transplants in 2011.  

 

I have not been feeling good for a while and Memorial Day evening it came to a head. Dixie took me to the emergency room in Russell and was transported by ambulance a short time later to HaysMed and its emergency room in Hays, Kansas - a hospital where I was admitted as in inpatient. I lost May 29th into the 30th as I was sedated and on a ventilator. It was decided that June 1st I would have installed a pacemaker and a defibrillator – one unit containing both. The manager at Wendy’s in Hays said “they’re still making parts for your model?” As I have been telling people the one keeps my heart beating regular and the defibrillator will mean I can no longer embellish stories. An ornery friend has a tee shirt I like that reads “live your life so that when you die the preacher won’t have to lie.”

 

I am recovering after being released from HaysMed, although I had a set back as we are trying to get my Warfarin regulated. I have, always, thought that it was something, that something that kills rats is keeping me alive. Which only proves I am not a rat?

 

Again, my family, friends, and Church Family have been there for me. I apologize to those who came by and were turned away because I was out of it and/or needed my rest, but know I heard of your visits and I appreciate your caring. There have been and continue to be so many acts of love and caring that if I were to thank everyone by name I would miss someone and I don’t want to do that, so thank you one and all for everything.

 

Last but by no means least I do thank one person by name. It is Dixie. She has been with me through thick and thin – all of it for 32 years. There have been trying times. If you have ever had a husband with health issues, you know it can be aggravating and I have been. Thank You for all you have done and continue to do Dixie.

 

                                                                                 John T.

By John Thompson on 6/7/2012 8:29 AM

An Epistle from John for June

 Last month, my Epistle told of the different memberships in the United Methodist Church. On June 17th, we will be hearing the Professions of Faith and receiving new members into the Trinity Church Family. As we welcome the new members, it is a good time to recommit ourselves and to remember the Profession of Faith and vow we made. When we became United Methodists, we promised to be loyal to the United Methodist Church and to uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. In 2008, “and our witness” was added to this promise. Trinity has 417 “Professing Members. At the end of my epistle last month, I closed with this “Like American Express, Membership has its privileges but with it; its expectations, responsibilities and obligations.” We, as a Church, have needs and we have many who want the privileges without the participation.

 

If you have been around me for any time, you know I like George Jones. He has a song I like that poses a question – “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”. The song addresses the deaths of country music’s legends and who will take up the mantle of Country Music. The song speaks to me in relation to Trinity. We are experiencing deaths of faithful members of the Trinity Church and I wonder who is going to fill their shoes. We have members but many do not participate and leave the ministry to a few. Once they promised to uphold the Church by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service. When asked about participation in the life of the Church some have excuses like I don’t like what they do, or I am too busy, someone else will take care of it or someone did something to me or a family member and I am angry or I don’t like the Pastor. Granted there are many who would like to be involved in ministry but because of age, health, etc. can no longer be and we thank them for their ministry but there are many who can and we all must step up in ministry.  

 

As we see faithful members go to their reward, who’s gonna fill their shoes or do we just sit back and watch Trinity go away? You say “John that’ll never happen” but I have sat on the Conference Board of Trustees and seen churches that once were vital close their doors. We do have many members who continue some at great sacrifice, to honor and keep their promises and commitment and we have many who have no formal membership tie to Trinity step up and help. We do not; yet, know what impact the demand meter will have on our utility bills. It may have no impact. But, tragically, we have many who aren’t involved and the few can’t carry the load for the many. We need everyone involved in ministry. Many are getting tired.

 

As I look at the Trinity membership, there are many who claim Trinity as their Church home. There are some who have moved away and either wish to continue to be a part of Trinity or don’t know that they are still a part of Trinity thinking they have been dropped from the membership. There are some who live in the Russell vicinity who think they have been dropped from the membership like a civic organization because of inactivity or some other reason. There are those who have just quit but still want to be members for the privileges of membership. There is a procedure for removal of membership and some may think they are not members because they do not participate but, in reality, are members. Do you know whether you are a member or not? The fact is that we need all our members TOGETHER in ministry. Like that old recruiting poster – WE NEED YOU – WE NEED EVERYONE in ministry. If everyone does what they can then no one will have to do what they can’t.

                                                            

                                                                                  Pastor John T.

 

 

By John Thompson on 5/1/2012 1:52 PM

Later this month, we will be welcoming new persons into our church family membership. It is good at this time to look at what Church Membership is and what it means. Christ constitutes the church as his body by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13, 27). The church draws new people into itself as it seeks to remain faithful to its commission to proclaim and exemplify the gospel. Baptism is the sacrament of initiation and incorporation into the body of Christ.  After baptism, the church provides the nurture that makes possible a comprehensive and life-long process of growing in grace.  Becoming a professing member requires the answer of faith of the baptized person made visible in a service of profession of Christian faith and confirmation.

 

The membership of a local United Methodist church shall include those who have been baptized and those who have professed their faith. The baptized membership of a local United Methodist church shall include all baptized people who have received Christian baptism in the local congregation or elsewhere, or whose membership has been transferred to the local United Methodist church subsequent to baptism in some other congregation. The professing membership of a local United Methodist church shall include all baptized people who have come into membership by profession of faith through appropriate services of the baptismal covenant in the ritual or by transfer from other churches. A member of any local United Methodist church is a member of the global United Methodist connection and a member of the church universal.

 

There are other classifications of membership as well. A professing member of The United Methodist Church who resides for an extended period in a city or community at a distance from the member’s home church, may on request be enrolled as an affiliate member of a United Methodist church located in the vicinity of the temporary residence. Such membership has certain rights and privileges. A member of another denomination may become an associate member under the same conditions. There is Constituency Membership containing the names and addresses of such persons as are not members of the church concerned, including unbaptized children, youth and adults whose names are not on the membership record, and other nonmembers for whom the local church has pastoral responsibility. There is a Federated Membership which exists in the case of a union or federated church with another denomination.

 

Whatever form of membership in the local church one has the Growth in Faithful Discipleship is essential for personal growth and for developing a deeper commitment to the will and grace of God.  As members involve themselves in private and public prayer, worship, the sacraments, study, Christian action, systematic giving, and holy discipline, they grow in their appreciation of Christ, understanding of God at work in history and the natural order, and an understanding of themselves.

 

Membership, also, carries with it a Mutual Responsibility. Faithful discipleship includes the obligation to participate n the corporate life of the congregation with fellow members of the body of Christ. A member is bound in sacred covenant to shoulder the burdens, share the risks, and celebrate the joys of fellow members.  A Christian is called to speak the truth in love, always ready to confront conflict in the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. As members, we covenant “to uphold the Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness”.

 

Like American Express, Membership has its privileges but with it; its expectations, responsibilities and obligations.

 

                                                                                Pastor John T.

By John Thompson on 4/10/2012 12:00 PM

Singfest 2012

Singfest 2012 is coming to Trinity April 29 at 6:00pm.

 As God leads  4 Told has meant some wonderful people along the way. With all groups you wind up being the new guys on the block when it comes to gospel singing. This was our case two years ago. How well you do can be judged by how many other groups come and talk to us after a performance. The Loynachan’s were such a group and friends instantly. Jack and wife Judy and daughter Jamie have a great sound together and as everyone knows some songs fit and some don’t. They did a song by Ivan Parker called Midnight Cry that just blew everyone away including 4 Told. It is a great Honor to have them coming to our Singfest this year!

  We meant Phil and Pam Morgan in Hastings Nebraska last year. Being thrust into Emcee duty the minute we walked into the door I asked the upcoming groups how they would like to be introduced. Phil said tell them I’m the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and we both started laughing. Pam was paralyzed from the neck down in an auto accident on the way to a gospel concert. The doctors told her she would never walk again. To have her stand between Duane and I and do a song with 4 Told knowing the healing power God laid on her was almost too much to handle. What a miracle she is! 4 Told is Honored to have these two groups coming this year and I know the church will be greatly blessed by this event.   Sam of 4 Told
By John Thompson on 3/23/2012 9:01 AM

GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT

Gospel music recording artists Phil & Pam Morgan will be appearing at The Russell Trinity United Methodist Church – 221 North Maple Street – Russell, Kansas 67665 on Sunday, April 29th, 2012. There will be two opportunities to hear them that morning. The Morning Worship Experiences will begin at 8:30am and, again, at 10:30am and are part of their national "Gotta Keep Walkin'" Ministry Tour. Gotta Keep Walkin' is not only the title of their new CD, it is a triumphant theme considering Pam was told she would never walk again.

There will be two offering received that morning. One will be for the tithes and offerings for the Trinity United Methodist Church and the second will be for The Morgan’s Ministry.

The husband and wife team from Kansas City, MO began singing gospel music full-time in 1996, but their ministry came to an abrupt halt Sunday afternoon, June 4th, 2000, when the couple's van crashed into a bridge. Pam was thrown onto the roadside, suffering numerous injuries including a broken neck that left her completely paralyzed from the chest down. Top surgeons said she would never feel or move most of her body again. The couple immediately began a prayer chain from their PhilandPamMorgan.com website that soon circled the globe. Much to the doctor's amazement, feeling and movement began to gradually return to Pam's lifeless limbs. Over the period of a year she progressed from being wheelchair bound to walking unassisted. The specialists still have no explanation for Pam's miraculous recovery, but the Morgan's attribute her healing to the power of God. Exactly one year after the accident, Phil and Pam walked into a Nashville studio to record a project entitled Living Proof. Now their ministry takes another step forward with their new Gotta Keep Walkin' CD. Phil, a talented songwriter, contributed most of the songs on this project as well as many on their previous recordings.

"When tragedy struck our family, God was the only One who got us through, " Pam said. "My prayer is that through our story others will be motivated to walk with God everyday, no matter what life brings."

The Morgan's message of hope and encouragement has touched lives around the world through recent media attention. Their story has been told on Oprah, Montel, TBN, Discovery Health's "Only A Miracle" and The 700 Club, as well as in many national newspapers and magazines including Woman's World. Their music can be heard on Christian radio across the United States, Australia and Europe. Phil and Pam's live concerts are an unforgettable blend of music, humor and heart-to-heart honesty, inspiring audiences to keep walking with God.

 For more information about the concert, contact the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1 – 785 – 483 – 2440. Thank You.
By John Thompson on 2/1/2012 9:36 AM
An Epistle from John for February

 

The Tale of The Trikes

 

Recently, I was at a Called Clergy Gathering in Topeka, Kansas with pastors from the Kansas West, Kansas East, and Nebraska Conferences.

We were asked to bring a $10.00 donation to the Gathering with no information. Have you ever been asked to make a blind donation with no information? You can imagine the hesitation on many of those present as they wanted more information myself included. The time came to make the donation and money and checks were collected still with no information. The Gathering continued with many activities until 4:00pm Wednesday when we again returned to our small group table and there on the table was a bicycle helmet, a Phillips screwdriver, a wrench, and a hammer. Also, on the table was a box with the picture of a tricycle on the outside of the box. After coming together, I opened the box and there was a tricycle in pieces. The facilitator, then, informed us that it was time to put the tricycle...
By John Thompson on 1/5/2012 9:34 AM
An Epistle from John for JanuaryPaul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians in chapter five and verse 17 that if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation --- the old is gone and the new has come. The kids learned this verse at Vacation Bible School this past Summer. [Note: The new materials for 2012 are here and we are in the planning stages for Vacation Bible School 2012. I hope the kids are planning on it and we will, again, need help. Please let Connie know what you can do to help. Thank You]To continue, who doesn’t like new? Who doesn’t like the smell of new? A new car has a certain aroma about it. In fact you can get air fresheners that have that new car smell. A business, recently, opened here offering new car smell air fresheners to their first 100 visitors each day of their Grand Opening.And who doesn’t like the smell of a new baby after the bath and powdering? Frank Barone in an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond comes in and smells the heads of the twin boys and is told by Raymond to quit...
By John Thompson on 12/15/2011 10:12 AM

December, 2011
 
Trinity Family and Friends,
 
Let me introduce ourselves, we are John and Dixie Thompson your new parsonage family. We arrived here and I assumed the role of Senior Pastor on July 1, 2011 after 5 years serving the Attica and Zenda, Kansas United Methodist Churches. Dixie and I have appreciated the welcome we have received and I have appreciated very much the patience of many people that have helped me to become aware of the traditions and many ways of being in ministry for Trinity.
 
Trinity has many opportunities to minister to a wide number of people in a variety of different ways. We have WOW [Worship On Wednesday], Junior and Senior UMYF Groups, and Vacation Bible School where we feed not only good food but also the Bread of Life. Young People are provided a gospel based program that includes Bible Stories, contemporary stories, and also a time for singing, exercise, and contact with people who love children and who share the love of Jesus with them. This is important because for many this may be the only opportunity they may have to hear the Good News of The Gospel.
 
The Thrift Store has had a good year and has been able to help a variety of people and existing mission projects, as well as some new opportunities of outreach.   The Thrift Store is in a mission to make a difference in people’s lives and it does.
 
Trinity, also, provides several great ministries to the Russell community and area.  One example, at Thanksgiving we served over 125 meals and had 80 take out dinners. It is a great ministry for many people who would have no place to go or family to share a meal with on Thanksgiving.
 
Our Worship Experiences have been uplifting and the music provided in many different settings is a BLESSING. We continue our radio broadcasts on KRSL 990 Radio reaching our shut-ins as well as many others listening in the community and surrounding area.
 
There are so many ways that Trinity is a Vital Congregation making a Vital Difference in Russell and beyond and you are a part of it.
 
We are grateful and thankful for your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness for the many ministries here at Trinity. We are thankful for the financial support people like you have given  in a variety of ways over the years and we continue to need your ongoing support to the General Budget as we make a difference in the lives of people. We ask that you prayerfully consider your gifts and ask for your continued participation in our ministry TOGETHER in 2012.
 
Thank You
 
 
Reverend John C. Thompson
By John Thompson on 12/6/2011 3:03 PM

A Blog on the State of the Russell Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell, Kansas for the Charge Conference held Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 1:00pm in the Church's Fellowship Hall.

By John Thompson on 10/4/2011 8:22 AM
If the Russell Trinity United Methodist Church depended on you for their existence, would it?

How important is Your Church?

This is the month of October. This is our fourth month TOGETHER. We are, now, in Fall full swing with many activities happening and many more planned. One of those activities will be our Annual Church Meeting on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00PM. In preparation, we will be holding a number of meetings and reports will be written. Budgets will be prepared for 2012 and Leadership selected for the different roles in the Church Family.

 

We have a membership of 422 “Professing” Members and it takes everyone’s involvement in the life of the Church. When we became United Methodists, we promised to uphold the Church by Our Prayers, Our Presence, Our Gifts [Financial and Talents], Our Service, and , now, since the last General Conference Our Witness. It will take all of us participating in the life of Trinity. Are there ways that you are and can be involved in the life...
By John Thompson on 9/20/2011 8:53 AM
Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Greetings. Let us introduce ourselves; we are John and Dixie Thompson and on July 1st, we become your parsonage family. We look forward in excitement and anticipation to being in ministry TOGETHER with all of you at Russell Trinity. We appreciate very much all the efforts that have been done and continue to be done for our arrival. We are, indeed, excited about being with you and getting to know you and hopefully, you will get to know us. I will continue to build on the heritage of those pastors who have served you in the past and the legacy they have left and look forward to building upon the past, the present, and into the future. They have served you with love and caring and I hope and pray to do the same. For the past 5 years, I have been Senior Pastor of The Attica [Attica, Kansas] and Zenda [Zenda, Kansas]...

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