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Trinity Lutheran Church & Schools + August 6, 2020
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Pointe of Grace signs new mortgage

A note from Trinity President Sue Carlson: 

Dear Friends,

We reached a major milestone at Trinity last week!  Since so many of you have had a hand in this process- I want to celebrate with everyone in the congregation!

Many years ago, our neighbor church–Harbour Pointe Lutheran Church–was about to close their doors. This was disturbing to us as they were the only ELCA Lutheran Church between Trinity and Our Saviors in Everett. Staff at the time were concerned, especially Pastor Paul Sundberg as he had interned under Pastor Dick Wendt at Harbour Pointe. The council and staff brought this concern to the congregation and the decision was made to take on their mortgage and let them close the church. The purpose of this was to reopen (after some repairs) as Pointe of Grace, a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Over the years Trinity's Pastors rotated between Trinity-Lynnwood and Pointe of Grace (PoG).  The congregation began to grow and PoG members began to feel the need for more permanence in pastoral presence and other staff. We won’t relive the ups and downs of that –but it was clear that Pointe of Grace was being led by the Holy Spirit to be a stand-alone church again. With new leadership and a new called Pastor, Pointe of Grace has lived up to their word to separate from Trinity and be God’s Lutheran presence in Mukilteo as a separately recognized congregation of the ELCA.

So back to the good news. On Thursday, July 30, Shane Lambing (PoG Council President) and Gil Jardine (PoG Vice President) met with Don Boelter and me to sign the paperwork to sell the property back to them. Pointe of Grace members will assume the entire mortgage, finalizing the process of separation as outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding.

I do want to be transparent: there are no proceeds from the sale. Trinity was responsible for excise tax on the property and council approved a payout of approximately 2/3rd ($7,000.00) with Pointe of Grace graciously paying the balance. The Trinity council wants it understood that we have been called to support God's mission in the broader community. Both Pointe of Grace and Trinity Lutheran Church and Schools go forth now, as we all become the people that God put here to proclaim in word and action the life-giving grace of God. 

Pastor Hector and Shane Lambing ended our signing with a blessing for each church. What a powerful witness to see our seeds planted and grown into a fruited tree. We have been learning our values with our tagline 3B’s. Could there be a better example of what God can do when we live out our values of Building, Belonging, Becoming through this “experiment” of a satellite church. Again, let us celebrate this milestone!

Thanks be to God for God's faithfulness and the faithfulness of the Trinity congregation!

Sue Carlson
Council President

upcoming sunday worship

August 9, 2020 + 10 AM - [live stream | bulletin]
 
Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.
 
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Upcoming Readings
  • August 9 - 1 Kings 19:9-18  •  Psalm 85:8-13  •  Romans 10:5-15   •  Matthew 14:22-33
  • August 16 - Isaiah 56:1, 6-8  •  Psalm 67  •  Romans  11:1-2a, 29-32  •  Matthew 15:21-28
new toll-free number to dial into sunday worship

The toll-free number to listen to Sunday worship is 1-877-763-9455, and no password is needed. Tune in live at 10 AM on Sundays, or dial in any time during the week to hear the most recent worship.

For questions or help signing up for automatic calling, please contact Debbie@trinitylutheranchurch.com or call the Trinity office.
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WAY student ministries

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All the 8th through 13th graders are invited to our night of games on Sunday, August 9, beginning at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Prizes will be awarded!  

Check out the WAY website or email 
David@trinitylutheranchurch.com for the link.  
fair trade goods ordering & pickup

With Trinity locked down these past few months, many of you may be missing your fairly traded coffee, teas, chocolates and more! Fear not, Carolyn Boone is now taking orders for goods. Note that Equal Exchange's central office sent out a newsletter this week, stating:

"COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. Many churches and temples aren't meeting for in-person services, which means Equal Exchange's sales in the Interfaith program are down by 38,000 pounds compared to this time last year. This loss of volume has a real impact on Equal Exchange and our farmer partners. We believe Interfaith sales could be down by more than 80,000 pounds by the year’s end."

Please think about making an order through Carolyn. Simply download the order form (bit.ly/TrinityFairTradeOrders), fill it out, save it and email to Carolyn (CarolynBoone@comcast.net). She’ll prepare your order and contact you to schedule a time for you to pick it up and pay (check, cash or credit card) at Trinity.

weekly bible study

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM 

For connection information (meeting ID/link) or with questions, contact Debbie@trinitylutheranchurch.com.

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