Aug 8, 2015

New Facility Progress

New Facility Progress

Another view.

New Facility Progress

New Facility Progress

Entry to new Narthex and covered walkway from parking lot.

Jul 6, 2015

Summer Film Series

Plan to cool off at Trinity on four Wednesday evenings in July at our Summer Film Series, at 6:30 PM.  All films will contribute to our year-long parish wide conversations on the discernment of spiritual gifts.  A discussion will follow each.

July 8     Bottle Shock

July 15   Stranger Than Fiction

July 22   Field of Dreams

July 29   Chocolat

Here is a lovely introduction to our new Presiding Bishop.

Jun 27, 2015

27th Presiding Bishop Election

A wonderful day.

[Episcopal News Service] Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry has been elected June 27 by the House of Bishops as the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. The House of Deputies ...
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From The Garden

Ann has given us permission to reprint portions of her gardening journal which was originally published a number of years ago. They were later printed in The Trumpet (2011-2012) and are now included below.

Thank you Ann for sharing your thoughts with us. Click on each month to read the full article

September
I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses... And, He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.

The wonderful lyrics sung so beautifully by Anne Murray describe the feelings I have as I go into my Herb Garden daily to meditate and pray.

October
In the beginning, God …
We are all so familiar with the book of Genesis and the story of how God first planted a garden and then created Adam and Eve to live within it, ideally in perfect harmony with all their surroundings. Truly, time did begin in a garden.

November
It is harvest time in the garden. Looking around we see the changing colors of leaves, the bright and beautiful colors of mums and asters, bright orange pumpkins, and baskets of cherry-red apples.
Colors! The warm colors of fall.

December
Have we spoiled Christmas? Maybe even lost it? Because we have forgotten the meaning of Advent - of the light that comes into dark-ness, of our need to repent and prepare ourselves to receive the true gift? Advent is a time to let our old, used-up, sinful selves die into the earth

January
Every branch in me that bears fruit the Father prunes – that it may bear more fruit.
The Gospel of John teaches us a lesson about pruning, which comes in handy this time of year. The dormant winter months of January and February find me out in the garden pruning trees.

February
February - Love and Stuff
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another… If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
Love. What is this thing called love and what does it mean to us?
As a very young girl, I remember singing a song that contained the lyrics, and they will know we are Christians by our love.

March
Horton Hatches an Egg
So Horton kept sitting there, day after day
And soon it was autumn - the leaves blew away.
And then came the winter - the snow and the sleet!
And icicles hung from his trunk and his feet.
But Horton kept sitting, and said with a sneeze,
I’ll stay on this egg and I won’t let it freeze!

April
In the eighth chapter of Romans we read ~
For I am persuaded that
neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor things present
nor things to come, nor any other created things
shall be able to separate us from the love of God.

May
"It is finished."
With the death and resurrection of our Lord at Eastertide, we read those words from the Gospel.
And so it is with our journey through my garden - finished.
Thank you for joining me on our walk of faith through my spiritual garden.

Aug 30, 2013

Women Should Be Silent

“Women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.” (1 Cor 14:34-35)

Also: “Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.” (1 Tim 2”11-12)

Paul, at best, contradicts himself and seems to renege on his agreement that all will be one in Christ;
male and female. Taken literally, Paul could be guilty of hypocrisy and misogyny...

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The Mystery That is God

In the fall of 2004 I began taking classes at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. It was a rich experience and one that I would like to share with you in greater detail if space permitted. I will tell you of one incident that I found amazing...

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The Call

Calvinistic denominations are big on “The Call:” the call to faith and the call to Christian ministry. While I was at Presbyterian Seminary, that subject was discussed briefly: where were you or what were you doing when you heard the Call? Was it a “road to Damascus” cataclysmic event or that insistent “wee small voice?” There was an embarrassing silence. A couple of students offered brief testimonies but the vast majority remained quiet. Some things are just too deeply personal to discuss in open forum; even among your fellow saints!

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On Theology

Dr. Cindy Rigby is Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her definition
of theology is: “What we can say about God.” We all have a ‘personal theology,’ which is what we, as
individuals, think about God. We never share those deeply personal thoughts with others; not even our
best friends, because we might expose some ancient heresy or voice a new one. Priests and Pastors
preach and teach within the constraints of orthodoxy bounded by church tradition. Doctrine, dogma and
creeds must be observed.

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Johnny - A Young Theologian

In the past few months I have shared with you a brief glimpse of some of the more famous Enlightenment theologians: Friedrich Schleirermacher, Karl Barth and Paul Tillich; All renowned theologians. Now I would like to introduce you to a young theologian that I admire and with whom I totally agree.

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Gospel of John – A Commentary

These are my personal thoughts and comments on the Gospel of John. They come from a lay person backed by 15 years of personal study, seminary training and an inquisitive mind. I welcome your comments or questions.

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God Rock

We all have a personal theology. I am also sure that each of us has a personal space or place where we feel more connected to God. Dave Sugeno talked about it once at a Wednesday night service. He asked us to think of our deserted place (think, “God Spot”), a place where we inexplicably feel closer to God. That, of course, could be any place, many places or one very special place.

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Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is the Greek translation of the Hebrew “Qoheleth”, meaning preacher or teacher”. It is one of the ‘writings’ of the Old Testament canon. The editor of the book provides a superscription that identifies the author as “son of David” and hence the work was attributed to Solomon but the language suggests that it was written after 300 BCE. So what is this book about?

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Learning - Then and Now

While a freshman at university, I had to write a theme on some famous American. I chose to write about Philip Nolan, "The man without a country." I went to the library to do research but couldn’t find information in the biographies or the encyclopedias, so I went to the librarian for help. She explained that there was no American named Philip Nolan, that he was a character of fiction in a book written by Edward Everett Hale in 1863 to inspire patriotism during the American Civil War. What an embarrassment! Where was Google when I needed it?
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Carl's Writings

The following articles by Carl Ragsdale were originally written for The Trinity Trumpet. They are now included here for convenient access on the website.
Thank you, Carl, for your contributions.

Jun 15, 2013

Karl Barth 1886 –1968

Swiss Reformer / Dialectical Theologian / “Father of  Neo-Orthodoxy”

“God is God”. Karl Barth believed that all things should begin with God. God provides the answers so that we humans are provoked to ask the questions. That may sound a little strange to the modern mind but Barth had a purpose. As he says, “we must not allow an anthropological starting point.” To begin with the human condition is to risk creating a “God in our own image, to make of God what we need God to be to suit our needs.”

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Jun 14, 2013

Paul Tillich 1886 - 1965

Paul Tillich, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York, was the son of a Lutheran Pastor. In 1911, he graduated from the University of Breslau with a doctoral degree in philosophy. In 1912 he was ordained as a minister in the Lutheran Church. For the next two decades he lectured on philosophy and theology in many universities, including Berlin, Dresden and Frankfurt. During that time, he also served four years as a military chaplain during WWI, serving in the trenches.

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Jun 13, 2013

Friedrich Schleiermacher 1768-1834

Schleiermacher is often called the "Father of Modern Theology". He was a German theologian and philosopher known for his attempt to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlighten-ment with traditional Protestant orthodoxy.

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Jun 12, 2013

John Wesley 1702 - 1791

Priest / Preacher / Theologian: Father of the Methodist Church

John Wesley was an ordained priest in the Church of England and would remain so for all of his life. However, he was not a team player. He strongly disagreed with the Calvinistic doctrine of Election and Predestination. He veered from Anglican orthodoxy and began to preach a more moderate form of Grace.

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