Welcome to Trinity United Methodist Church
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God…” (Ephesians 2.19).
For the past nineteen years I’ve worked at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee as Director of Wesleyan Leadership. I traveled across the country. I’ve visited countless cities, towns, annual conferences, and churches in every part of the United States. I’ve been in lots of airports, hotels, and restaurants.
In all my travels the city I always looked forward to visiting was Seattle, Washington. I enjoyed going there for two reasons: the natural beauty of the place and the people are genuinely friendly, open to meeting strangers, and hospitable. I’ve been in lots of friendly towns and cities. But there always seemed to be something more genuine about Seattle hospitality that made me want to return.
I’m telling you this because after being among the people of Trinity United Methodist Church and Grand Rapids, Seattle is now in second place when it comes to genuine hospitality. Gina and I are awed by the love and support we have received since moving here in June. As you can imagine leaving a place that has been home for such a long time is not easy. Add to that moving to a place where we didn’t know anyone and had no connections is rather stressful. The people of Trinity have made us feel welcome. More than welcome, really wanted and valued.
We are thankful for the individuals and families who prepared and brought home-cooked meals and treats to our house during our first week here. We received calls and notes of welcome and support. There’s a word for this: Love. The love you have given so freely to us has helped to make what could have been a difficult and traumatic time to be a blessing.
Finally, I’m thankful for the wonderful and faithful Trinity staff: Betsy, Katie, Nichea, Matt, Jane, Connor, and Latoya. I’m looking forward to working with them, and with all this congregation. I believe God has great things in store for us as we work and love together in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ who are equipped to join in God’s mission for the world.
Grace & Peace,
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