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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

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