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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ASH WEDNESDAY 2009
Return to the LORD, your God,

for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love.

The Psalmist cries out “Return!”
And I say, “Have I ever left?”
Here I am.
And the Psalmist, the prophet, the poet, the singer looks with serious eyes:
“Return”, he says, “Return.”
And I say check your map, your list, your GPS.
Here I am and I have not strayed.
Here I am singing, praising, praying.
Here I am feasting in sacramental splendor.
Here I am, the place to which you have called me.
The place I know. Your place, your house, your sanctuary. Here I am.
The place where you have promised to be.
At the appointed hour, the appointed day, in the moment, in worship among those who are your people.
Here I am.

“Return,” he says, “Return! Gracious is your Lord and merciful are his ways. Return.
And I turn, ever slightly turn, to look behind at the other he must surely be addressing.
Let my eyes wander peripheral. Listen for the sure sign, the cough, the foot upon the floor, the breath, the heart beat. Surely, someone else. But no.
For me, there is only me.
And to you, only you.
Return, I think. Where have I been?
Perhaps you wonder, too.
Am we lost? Can one be lost and yet know exactly where they are?
We are here, yet the call cries out “Return!”
Why?

“Return,” the Psalmist cries, “Return!”
Could he really be crying out to me, to you?
Isn’t the voice for someone else, someone lost, truly lost, someone in darkness.
Someone who has let the candle burn out or forgot to bring one, unprepared, and stumbles this way and that way.

Yet the voice is in our reading, the appointed reading for this place, this date, this time.
It is for us. To read, to hear. To take into our heart’s deep places. Soul places. Deep within us:

Return to the LORD, your God,for he is gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,

“I have returned,” I cry, you cry,
Last week, last month, last year, a decade ,a lifetime, I have returned!
Or I never left. Check that please.
Perhaps we have always been where we should be, doing what we should do.
We say back to God:
My whole life I have been for you, haven’t I?
And the ashes, this day, this whole thing, am I that far from you God that I must come back from the place where I am, to the place where you most certainly are? Aren’t they in fact the same?
This place?
I do not get this day at all.

“What about Jim,” a voice speaks.
Jim in a hospital new cells growing in marrow in his bones.
Jim in isolation, rubber gloves on all who enter. Masks, too, I imagine. No kissing his wife, no touching, no hugs, fearing germs too strong against a body depleted of any sure defense.
What about Jim.
His world a small room, being able to pee on his own a victory. Tubes, wires, monitors, test, test, test.
Jim prays fervently, faith strong even on weak days, wrapped in a prayer shawl to ward against the cold. Jim is not here, but in faith is strong with God, clings to God, trusts God completely. Jim returned long ago and he is not here, but in a cancer hospital a thousand miles away.

What about Joe and Allie too smart for faith, untrusting, cynical. Knew the church, forget the church, returned to church and left again: Rinse, Dry , repeat. Unable to cling to God they cling to…nothing. Perhaps themselves. I’m not sure.

To what or whom does your heart cling?

To return to God may be in part about walking through a door, as bold as that is, as brave as that can be.
But not wholly. Not completely. No.
To return to God may be in part about where we are and who we are with: sacred places and relationships.
But to capture the whole, to return to God is to cling to God. Complete trust. Radical trust.
To return to God is to place God in the center of our being and allow God to fill us until there is no room for that which is not of God. No room for fear.

Taking our burdens, casting our burdens, relinquishing our burdens – all unto God.
Trusting God that much.
Clinging to God that much.
And allowing God to fill us completely.

A voice cries ”Return” and it is correct. It speaks to me, to you. To all.
To return to God, to cling to God, to cling with our whole hearts would that not transform our relationship with God and one another?
To trust God more means to trust something else less than God less.
And there is much wisdom in that.

Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
Amen.
BUTTERFLY
GARDEN
PLANTING DAY
ANNOUNCED

Let's get the Butterfly Garden Ready for Easter!

Saturday March 21st from 9AM until...

Lunch provided.
Bring gardening clothes and tools.


Stop by when you can - just let us know on your worship slip or by email that you'll be joining us.
If you would like to work in the Butterfly Garden, but cannot join us that day - just let Pastor Keith know and he will provide instructions and gratitude. A desired plant list for donations will be available shortly.

Also, we will be placing MEMORIAL STONES on that day. If you desire to order a stone please notify SAM in the office as soon as possible. She will provide the necessary information.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ASH
WEDNESDAY
7AM Imposition of Ashes
Noon Imposition of Ashes
(Imposition of Ashes lasts approximately 15 minutes)

6:30PM-7:30PM Pancake Supper
Cost: Donation
All Donations support our youth's participation at the ELCA's National Youth Gathering this summer. There will also be a table with Pastor Keith's Bread for donations towards the youth trip fund as well.

At the supper peruse our Lenten devotional book table - sign out a book to read this Lent.
Pick up a Bible reading covenant or a Lenten ministry and activity handout

7PM Pre Serivce Music begins singers, musicians and more!
7:30PM Worship commences - with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes.
BREAKING
NEWS!

BREAKING
NEWS!

Alathea to offer pre-service concert!
All Welcome! Bring friends!

Join us on March 8th at 10AM for a pre-service concert in the sanctuary.

IGSS will attend the concert as our theme for the day is "Make a Joyful Noise" the use of music in worship. Cost is free!



Alathea will then join us for worship, providing music and more.
Following our worship service, we will share a potluck lunch with them.

Monday, February 23, 2009

LENT IS ALMOST HERE!
YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY AT TRINITY
Entering Deeper into the Love of God
through Worship, Prayer, Scripture, Learning and Servanthood!

I.
Bible Studies
(All Take place in the hall unless otherwise noted)

DAILY BIBLE READING INVITATION
15 minutes a day in God’s Word – from FEB 25th through Easter Sunday April 12th.
With the option to Post your thoughts and reflections on Trinity’s own Bible Study Blog at http://tlcbiblestudy.blogspot.com/
Those who desire to be a part of our online Bible Study BLOG community just need to contact Pastor Keith so he can have the special instructions sent to you.
For those who desire to read the Bible daily but not participate in the BLOG – we suggest a partner to keep in touch with you and encourage you in your discipline. Partnership covenants will be available beginning ASH WEDNESDAY FEB 25th .

Pastor Keith will also be posting a weekly Bible Study based upon the Passion story on the Bible Study Blog – this will be related to the material we will be studying during the Coffee Hour Bible Study and Bread Making Class. Feel free to comment on this Bible Study through your own posts to the Bible Study Blog.

Tuesday Mornings at 8:30AM led by Earline LaCroix

Monthly (WELCA) Ladies Study (Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:30PM)
The Books of Daniel and Esther.
All women welcome!

MEN – 1st Tuesday of the Month at 7:30PM. Topics vary. ALL MEN ALWAYS WELCOME!

Pastor Keith’s Bible Study and Bread Baking
Four SUNDAYS - March 1, 15, 22, 29 at 12:15PM
“Exploring the Passion Story” and “Baking the Breads of Lent and Easter”

March 1st – - The Triumphal Entry and Whole Wheat Matzo
(to be kosher one has to finish making it within 18 minutes – up for the challenge?)

March 15th – The Judas Dilemma and Transitional 6 Braid Challah
(make with a mix of bread flour and whole wheat flour for better nutrition)

March 22nd – The Last Supper/Gethsemane and Chocolate Babka (Think, like a chocolately Bundt cake with chopped pecans and chocolate chips)

March 29th – At the Foot of the Cross and Hot Cross Buns/Easter Morning Biscuits (crisp honey sweetened biscuits perfect to pair with some strong coffee)
Beginning Sunday February 22nd

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL READING BOOK DISPLAY
In the Hall. Sign out a book for your devotional reading this Lent beginning ASH WED.

II.
WORSHIP
Weekly Sunday Lenten Services of Holy Communion
at 8AM and 10:45AM with the sanctuary decorated for Lent.

Walking the Labyrinth, Bible Study and Soup and Bread Suppers.
March 4th, 11th, 19th*, 25th April 1st
We'll gather at 6:30 for a soup and bread meal. Then, at 7, we'll move chairs outside and light candles at the labyrinth. We'll have a short Bible reading/study (10-15 minutes) and then we'll walk the labyrinth by candlelight.

Ash Wednesday:
Imposition of Ashes 7AM and Noon and Holy Communion Worship with Imposition of Ashes at 7:30PM (Prelude music at 7PM)

March 8th Special worship Guest:
Alathea – a charming female duet with five CD’s and the John Lennon Songwriting prize under their belts and a Christian bluegrass folksy sound that is simply irresistible. A single service that day at 10:45AM

Maundy Thursday:
7:30PM Service of Holy Communion with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday:
From Noon to 3PM – Stations of the Cross at Trinity’s Prayer Labyrinth with the sanctuary open for those who desire a quiet time of prayer and reflection.
Tenebrae (Service of Readings and Shadows) at 7:30PM

Easter Sunrise 6:30AM outdoors in Trinity’s Butterfly Garden
Easter Morning 8AM Service of Holy Communion.
Easter Morning 10:45AM Cantata Service of Holy Communion

III.
INTERGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (IGSS)
MARCH 1 - Trinity’s Annual Ministry Fair returns!
From 9:30AM to 10:30AM Over 30 ministries will be represented around the room to share the story of their ministry and answer questions. Come out to see what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the people of Trinity! Take the opportunity to follow your gifts and passions and get more involved! Coffee hour will be extra special featuring Fair Trade Coffee and lots of goodies! Exciting stuff!

MARCH 8th Make A Joyful Noise! We focus on the role of music in worship with Special guest, Christian recording artist Alathea.

MARCH 15th PRAYER: The Basics - what is it, types, how and why and so forth
including Psalms, the prayerbook of the Bible

MARCH 22nd PRAYER: Walking the Prayer Labyrinth

March 29th PRAYER: THE LORD's PRAYER. Presented by our Confirmands

APRIL 5th Palm Sunday: Special program

April 12th Easter Sunday: Egg Hunt and other special activities!

IV.
SOME KEY SERVANT OPPORTUNITIES

Feeding the Hungry at First Lutheran, Fort Lauderdale
March 18th and April 15th.
Sign up on your worship slip or contact Nancy Berger, Jean Myers or Rhonda Roberts.

Trinity’s Week to serve the Coalition to End Homelessness’ Church-based Shelter Program March 23rd through March 27th. Sign up at worship or contact Lyn Joseph or the church office.

BOLD Justice is a network of 25 churches and synagogues joined together to do justice in Broward County. Affordable Dental Care and Affordable Housing were last year’s two issues with Jobs, Wages, and Unemployment joining this year. Once the organization researches the issues, they define what can be won and rally together with meet with those who have the power and authority to change and deliver justice. And good things happen when we join together! Last year over $800,000 was won to help Broward County’s most needy receive dental care.

BOLD Justice Rally March 5th at 7PM
BOLD Justice Nehemiah Action! Thursday April 2nd at 7PM
Carpooling available.
Contact Janean Baumal or Verel Joly or the office for more information.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SERMON BUILD for
Service in Commemoration of those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s and Other Memory Disorders.

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY 2 KINGS 2: 1-12
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. 3The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?" And he said, "Yes, I know; keep silent."4Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho. 5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know; be silent."6Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said, "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit." 10He responded, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not." 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, "Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
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I knocked hesitatingly on the door to Pastor William Day’s room. He had just arrived from assisted living to the medical floor and was assigned to my wing. He welcomed me warmly: his grip strong and his voice clear. His thick grey hair was neatly combed, a bit unusual for someone on my floor. In fact he seemed perfectly healthy, if not gregarious. Within minutes we were swapping stories of ministry, his drawn from some 40 years in the parish, mine from exactly one at seminary. A Methodist, he had served nearly everywhere one could imagine up and down the east coast. And then I found myself in the waning days of World War II as the newly ordained Pastor Day had received news of his first parish assigned. He wasn’t telling about something that happened long ago in the past – he was living it out in the present. I was a classmate of his at seminary receiving the good news of his assignment and impending marriage. He was very excited. She was a lovely woman from a good family.

So I had this choice – did I go along for the ride wherever this train of thought might lead or gently try to bring him back to the present. To the small but room filled with a few photographs of a wife who could no longer care for him or the children and grand children who adored him or the framed note of thanks from his last parish for his blessed service there. Then it occurred to me – if the past is where he wanted to, then that is exactly where we should be. “Tell me about the wedding,” I asked. And that is exactly what he did.

It was the farewell tour of a sort for Elijah with his prophet heir-apparent, Elisha, in tow. Every town they approached Elijah would gently suggest that Elisha stay put while he would go forward. But Elisha could not let Elijah go. Couldn’t bear the thought of the bonds of friendship being severed. So Elisha followed Elijah to Bethel, to Jericho and finally to Jordan. And in each town a whole company of prophets would go out and meet them, reminding Elisha that that day, his master would be taken from him. As if he needed anyone, especially some fifty-odd people, to remind him of his private fear. And as they entered Bethel and Jericho and Jordan Elisha must have wondered, had to have wondered: “Would this town be our last time together? Would this town separate us and leave only the memories of what was?”

A few weeks later I found myself once again knocking hesitantly on the door to Pastor Day’s room. Time for another visit. “Who are you?” he asked, turning his wheelchair to face the door. Almost reflexively I looked down at my nametag. “Hey, Pastor Day,” I said. “It’s Chaplain Spencer. We met a few weeks ago when you were transferred here.” A confused look took hold of his face. “I was?” he said. And then quickly added: “This is my room.” I looked around for something, anything, to move the conversation forward, saved finally by the framed pictures on the night stand next to his bed. “Well,” I said, “Mind if I come in? And look at that! Tell me about those beautiful grand children - are they yours?” And so he did.

The time had nearly arrived for Elijah. We read: “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said, "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit." Elisha wanted the greatest gift to be passed on. To be able to remember and put into practice in his own life all that was in Elijah’s life. "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit," he asks.

Even as Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders such as dementia peel away memory and recognition and eventually functioning, the legacy of the years remains. Love, experience, treasured memories, the innumerable ways in which one life touched, shaped and formed another, these things live on; continue in the child, the spouse, the friend and neighbor. They become a legacy that no disease can tarnish or take away.

Pastor Day’s daughter called: she was coming to visit. The summer heat had given way to a beautiful day and Pastor Day and I met her outside. She wanted to wheel him around a bit and spend some time with him. To walk and talk and remember. It didn’t occur to me until much later what it must be like for her, never knowing if the next visit would be the one in which he could no longer recall her name or who she was. It didn’t occur to me until much later if each visit was filled for her with fifty voices in her mind: “Today he will be taken from you.”
More than memory, more than love, more than life itself, something else binds us together against the forces that seek to tear us from one another: time and distance, Alzheimer’s and dementia, even death itself. That priceless treasure is God’s promise for us in and through Christ Jesus, our Savior. Through God’s gift of grace in Christ, we know that as nothing separates us from the love of God. Likewise: we know, trust and believe with our whole hearts that nothing can separate us from one another, bound together as we are in Christ. As memory fades and years add upon years until death comes, we are still bound together in Christ. Through Christ we live in the promise that the day shall come when all that diminished us will fade, when all that leaves us broken and fearful and sad shall fade. When God’s reign of love and peace will rule in its fullness and together we shall arm in arm and hand in hand stand before our God and rejoice forever whole again.
Thanks be to God! Amen!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TRINITY'S ANNUAL MINISTRY FAIR
SUNDAY MARCH 1st 9:30AM to 10:AM
Over 30 ministries expected to participate.
Food. Fellowship. Fun!
Come discover more about what the Holy Spirit is doing in, with and through the people of Trinity! Learn about this summer's upcoming VBS. Our confirmation program. The Men's and Women's Ministry. How anyone can make a prayer shawl. Discover what's in store for next year's Intergenerational Sunday school (version 2.5)! Find out more about our Prayer Labyrinth and learn how to volunteer to help out during worship and for other activities. Learn more about our Butterfly Garden or how you can lend a hand for work day. Feeding the Hungry, sheltering the homeless, and working for Justice in Broward County - all of this and more!
Not to be missed!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

VOW RENEWAL SUNDAY SERMON STARTER Song of Songs
My beloved speaks and says to me:‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come.

It doesn’t take too many years for the questions to begin:
Hey mom and dad, how did you meet?
Hey mom and dad, how did you know that you were in love?
Hey mom and dad, how did you know that you wanted to spend forever together?

Our children tend to be curious about our past. As our children grow into young men and young women they discover that God has delighted to create young men and young women to fill the world with joy and wonder and then they begin to wonder if we, their fathers and mothers, ever experienced what they are experiencing, the birth pangs of love. Being a teenager is tough. The heart seems like such a fragile thing. And so they spend endless hours talking on the phone and texting and updating their Face Book and My Space pages to what end? For some, it is to gather in a community of friendship in which they, too, can sing their songs of love: endless and longed for, absent and hoped for.

Our children grow up into teenagers, young men and women, and are curious about our past even more: When did we fall I love? Why? What was it like?
That’s why the Song of Solomon touches us as it does. How it captures the freshness, the innocence, the passion of young love but more than that - it teaches us to sing. Oh, some may declare it a metaphor of God’s love for God’s people or Christ’s love for his Church, and I will grant that that certainly could be true, that such a reading was probably necessary to ensure that this poem of intense and passionate love found its way into the Holy Scriptures, Jewish and Christian. However, in pondering through what means the Holy Spirit used to ensure this love poem came to be preserved, let’s not tarry this day on such details.

To preach on love might seem trite, a bit of fluff on a weekend filled with hearts of chocolate filled confections and millions of dollars worth of Hallmark cards, red roses and candlelight dinners. It might be painful for those who have experienced the brokenness of love turned inward or replaced with pain and brokenness and loss. It might for the widow and widower be a mixed bag – memories of a lifetime together and of the loss that brought that life to an end and began a new one. But the song is ultimately about an undying hope. The healing power of love. A promise.

We read:
My beloved speaks and says to me:‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come.

I do not remember the exact vows that Piper and I shared these nearly 20 years ago. We wrote them ourselves by hand and who knows where those scraps of paper ended up. I am sure that we vowed to love and honor, to live and laugh, to face all circumstances of our lives in a sure and certain hope that together with God we would see ourselves through. Something like that. In nine years of ministry I have heard hundred of couples share similar vows. You know how they go – I take you to love honor and cherish in sickness and health for richer, for poorer until death parts us. All of us in time, I think, come to realize that these promises must be lived into in order to fully understand their implications.

I remember a time, not that many years ago, when my health – mentally, physically and even spiritually found itself up against a wall. It was then that these vows of ours became words of healing, of transformation, of the promise of wholeness. I had foolishly allowed the pressures of trying to live up to the impossible image of a successful pastor, an image created in too many books and magazines, take hold of me. This image crafted by a few very successful pastors who wrote books sharing their systems and successes could easily convince a new pastor that if they only worked hard enough, followed the right formula, poured themselves into their work that such hard would result in success. For these few famous pastors it seemed that everything they touched turned to gold, their churches were full and the ministry hummed along like a well-oiled machine. They knew what to say, what to do – in every circumstance. They had it all together with something to spare. More and more I tried to put this congregation on my back and climb the mountain believing that if I only worded harder, longer, with more intensity that I could be as successful as them.

Many of us, perhaps, tell such stories to ourselves – if we only try harder, work harder, find the right book, listen to the right expert, that we will achieve all that we can. We want to be the best at what we do, but fail to count the cost, and use a distorted picture of what “the best” truly is. Even in ministry, we can allow the culture to dictate who we are and who we want to be.
If you were around back in the fall of ‘04 you saw the roof damaged by a hurricane and the septic system fail completely and services cancelled by one hurricane after another. Each burden added to the challenges of every day ministry. Sunday after Sunday I stood behind the altar, fumbling through words half unconscious from the inability to sleep, eye twitching from stress, esophagus burning from reflux. Weeks went by sucked into in a black hole with no hope of climbing out. Imagine waking up every day and believing in your heart that there was no hope that things would ever getting any better. Such was my life. Some of this some of you know, but perhaps what you didn’t know was how my marriage saved me. I cannot tell you what day the music died in my life, lost in stress-filled days and overwhelming despair, it came upon me suddenly and took everything. But I know this: somewhere in the darkness, that awful quiet darkness, the day came when a song filled the air so strong that it carried me back. When the melody of my marriage proclaimed a word of healing that broke through the darkness and vanquished despair.

My beloved speaks and says to me:‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come.

Love rooted in faith provides the music in our marriage. Marriages can become, I believe, a place where God works healing. Where songs of hope sing into our souls and lift our eyes to the light and carry us through places where we could not otherwise walk.

In a wedding sermon of 1531, Luther says “God’s word is actually inscribed on one’s
spouse. When a man looks at his wife as if she were the only woman on earth, and
when a woman looks at her husband if he were the only man on earth; yes, if no king
or queen, not even the sun itself sparkles any more brightly and lights up your eyes
more than your own husband or wife, then right there you are face to face with God
speaking.

In Scripture, God’s words come as much in speaking as in song. As we witness the vows renewed this day, we are privileged to hear the songs of two people that God has joined together in a love nourished and nurtured by faith and life, but most of all but the grace-filled love of God himself. There in that song they have found healing and hope, strength and renewal. They have bound themselves in its melody and make their bed in its harmony.

If we listen closely, perhaps we might find ourselves singing right along. If we listen closely perhaps the music in our own lives might find further nourishment. Amen.
FEB 22 AT 8AM and 10:45AM THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL SERVICE FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES ARE TOUCHED BY ALZHEIMERS AND MEMORY LOSS
On Sunday, February 22, at 8AM and 10:45AM, we will hold our inaugural service in commemoration of those whose lives are touched by Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. The service will include a dramatic reflection written by a caregiver whose spouse has Alzheimer's disease, special hymns and prayers, a blessing for those participating in this year's Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk®, an exhibition in photos and words: "Isolation Unveiled: Refocusing Alzheimer's and Caregiving" on loan from the Meyerhoff Senior Center, Hollywood, Florida, and more. People are encouraged to bring in photos of their loved ones, living or deceased, who have suffered from Alzheimer's disease or memory loss for a special display for the service.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, as many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s roughly the population of Minnesota and greater than the populations of 25 other states. Approximately 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime, and every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in this country. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.

Monday, February 09, 2009

YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY AT TRINITY
Entering Deeper into the Love of God
through Worship, Prayer, Scripture, Learning and Servanthood!

Bible Studies
(All Take place in the church hall unless otherwise noted)

DAILY BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
15 minutes a day in God’s Word – from FEB 25th through Easter Sunday April 12th.
Post your thoughts and reflections on Trinity’s own Bible Study Blog at http://tlcbiblestudy.blogspot.com/
Those who desire to be a part of our online Bible Study BLOG community just need to contact Pastor Keith so he can have the special instructions sent to you.
For those who desire to partner, the posting on the blog is optional. Partner covenants will be handed out on SUNDAY FEB 22nd. Partners serve to encourage one another in the daily bible reading discipline.

TUESDAY MORNINGS at 8:30AM led by Earline LaCroix

MONTHLY (WELCA) Ladies Study (Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:30PM)
The Books of Daniel and Esther.
All women welcome!

MEN'S STUDY – 1st Tuesday of the Month at 7:30PM. Topics vary. ALL MEN ALWAYS WELCOME!

Pastor Keith’s Bible Study and Bread Baking
Four SUNDAYS - March 1, 15, 22, 29
“Exploring the Passion Story” and “Baking the Breads of Lent and Easter”

March 1st – - The Triumphal Entry and Whole Wheat Matzo
(to be kosher one has to finish making it within 18 minutes – up for the challenge?)

March 15th – The Judas Dilemma and Transitional 6 Braid Challah
(make with a mix of bread flour and whole wheat flour for better nutrition)

March 22nd – The Last Supper/Gethsemane and Chocolate Babka (Think, like a chocolately Bundt cake with chopped pecans and chocolate chips)

March 29th – At the Foot of the Cross and Hot Cross Buns/Easter Morning Biscuits (crisp honey sweetened biscuits perfect to pair with some strong coffee)

ALSO FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT...
Beginning Sunday February 22nd - LENT DEVOTION BOOK DISPLAY in the Narthex. Sign out a book for your devotional reading this Lent.

WORSHIP
Walking the Labyrinth, Bible Study and Soup and Bread Suppers.
March 4th, 11th, 19th*, 25th and April 1st
We'll gather at 6:30 for a soup and bread meal. Then, at 7, we'll move chairs outside and light candles at the labyrinth. We'll have a short Bible reading/study (10-15 minutes) and then we'll walk the labyrinth.

Weekly Sunday Lenten Services of Holy Communion at 8AM and 10:45AM

Ash Wednesday:
Imposition of Ashes 7AM and Noon and Holy Communion Worship with Imposition of Ashes at 7:30PM (Prelude music at 7PM)

March 8th Special worship Guest: Alathea – a charming female duet with five CD’s and the John Lennon Songwriting prize under their belts and a Christian bluegrass folksy sound that is simply irresistible.

Maundy Thursday:
7:30PM Service of Holy Communion with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday:
From Noon to 3PM – Stations of the Cross at Trinity’s Prayer Labyrinth with the sanctuary open for those who desire a quiet time of prayer and reflection.
Tenebrae (Service of Readings and Shadows) at 7:30PM

Easter Sunrise 6:30AM at Trinity’s Butterfly Garden
Easter Morning 8AM Service of Holy Communion.
Easter Morning 10:45AM Service of Holy Communion

INTERGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (IGSS)
MARCH 1 - Trinity’s Annual Ministry Fair returns!
From 9:30AM to 10:30AM Over 30 ministries will be represented around the room to share the story of their ministry and answer questions. Come out to see what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the people of Trinity! Take the opportunity to follow your gifts and passions and get more involved! Coffee hour will be extra special featuring Fair Trade Coffee and lots of goodies! Exciting stuff!

MARCH 8th Make A Joyful Noise! We focus on the role of music in worship with Special guest, Christian recording artist Alathea.

MARCH 15th PRAYER: The Basics - what is it, types, how and why and so forth
including Psalms, the prayerbook of the Bible

MARCH 22nd PRAYER: Walking the Prayer Labyrinth

March 29th PRAYER: THE LORD's PRAYER. Presented by our Confirmands

APRIL 5th Palm Sunday: Special program

April 12th Easter Sunday: Egg Hunt and other special activities!


SOME KEY SERVANT OPPORTUNITIES
Feeding the Hungry at First Lutheran, Fort Lauderdale
March 18th and April 15th.
Sign up on your worship slip or contact Nancy Berger, Jean Myers or Rhonda Roberts.

Trinity’s Week to serve the Coalition to End Homelessness’ Church-based Shelter Program
March 23rd through March 27th. Sign up at worship or contact Lyn Joseph or the church office.

BOLD Justice is a network of 25 churches and synagogues joined together to do justice in Broward County. Affordable Dental Care and Affordable Housing were last year’s two issues with Jobs, Wages, and Unemployment joining this year. Once the organization researches the issues, they define what can be won and rally together with meet with those who have the power and authority to change and deliver justice. And good things happen when we join together! Last year over $800,000 was won to help Broward County’s most needy receive dental care.

TRINITY’s JUSTICE MINISTRY NETWORK MEETING February 22nd.
BOLD Justice Rally March 5th at 7PM
BOLD Justice Nehemiah Action! Thursday April 2nd at 7PM
Carpooling available.
Contact Janean Baumal or the office for more information.
GOD'S SPA RETREAT
Luther Springs, Hawthorne, Florida April 17-19, 2009
COST: $155-St. Peter House or $125-Morgan Village
This weekend retreat for women is a time for renewal, relaxation, and rest. Come together and enjoy time away from laundry, telephones, cooking and careers. Meet new friends and soak in the beautiful scenery and solitude of Luther Springs. Weekend activities may include: lots of pampering, learning, devotions, and several spa-type activities such as facials, hand/foot scrubs, and massages. Free time can be spent reading a book on the front porch, resting by the pool, hiking, canoeing or paddle boating on beautiful Vause Lake, or just spending time with God and deepening your faith. The cuisine will offer a wide variety of healthy choices. We will conclude the weekend with Sunday morning worship and a light brunch. There will be an extra fee for some spa services.

Piper and some others will be carpooling. Please let Piper or the office know know ASAP if you are interested in attending. Of course, you may also check the block on your worship slip.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

FEBRUARY 8, 2009
is AUTISM SUNDAY

We will remember those whose lives are impacted by autism during a special time of prayer following the sermon.

The first ever AUTISM SUNDAY was held in the second week in February in 2002 Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. Churches in the UK prayed for all people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. A historic Service for Autism was held at St.Paul's Cathedral in London. This was the first ever service for autism held at the Cathedral - many families and children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome from all over the UK attended this service - people from all walks of life including peers from the House of Lords, authors, broadcasters and dignitaries joined children, young people and adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The event was highlighted on press, radio and television in the United Kingdom. There are 60 million people with autism around the world. Autism Sunday is now held in churches in other parts of the world to prayer for parents, carers and all people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

What is Autism? An Overview (From Autism Speaks Website: www.autismspeaks.org)

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. Autism was first identified in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital. At the same time, a German scientist, Dr. Hans Asperger, described a milder form of the disorder that is now known as Asperger Syndrome). These two disorders are listed in the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as two of the five developmental disorders that fall under the autism spectrum disorders. The others are Rett Syndrome, PDD NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. All of these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors. For more discussion on the range of diagnoses that comprise autism spectrum disorder.

Autism spectrum disorders can usually be reliably diagnosed by age 3, although new research is pushing back the age of diagnosis to as early as 6 months. Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child or their child's failure to reach appropriate developmental milestones. Some parents describe a child that seemed different from birth, while others describe a child who was developing normally and then lost skills. Pediatricians may initially dismiss signs of autism, thinking a child will “catch up,” and may advise parents to “wait and see.” New research shows that when parents suspect something is wrong with their child, they are usually correct. If you have concerns about your child's development, don't wait: speak to your pediatrician about getting your child screened for autism. If your child is diagnosed with autism, early intervention is critical to gain maximum benefit from existing therapies. Although parents may have concerns about labeling a toddler as “autistic,” the earlier the diagnosis is made, the earlier interventions can begin. Currently, there are no effective means to prevent autism, no fully effective treatments, and no cure. Research indicates, however, that early intervention in an appropriate educational setting for at least two years during the preschool years can result in significant improvements for many young children with autism spectrum disorders. As soon as autism is diagnosed, early intervention instruction should begin. Effective programs focus on developing communication, social, and cognitive skills.


Friday, February 06, 2009

UPDATE
We have been praying for an awful lot these past months.
Hardly a week goes by without special emails from people whose hearts are aching from the challenges that family and friends or even they, themselves, are facing. Pastor's plates are typically full and these past weeks have found mine especially so. Mom has spent most of this week in ICU with a blood clot in her lung. She is now on the mend and should be home in a few days. Dad will enter the hospital in a few days for a total knee replacement. Thank you in advance for your prayers and patience.
MEN’S MINISTRY PRAYER BREAKFAST
The Men’s Ministry will host a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday February 28th at 9:00 AM. The Prayer Breakfast is also open to all male members of the church, their male family members and their non member male friends. The cost is a $3.00 donation per person.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

TIME FOR THE MEMORY WALK!
Saturday February 28th at Hollywood North Beach Park
7:30 AM Registration Opens 9:00 AM Walk Begins.
Ron McCoy has graciously put out information brochures in the narthex or you may simply go on line and pre-register so that you do not have to go early on the day of the walk to register there. To register on-line go to www.memorywalks.com and just click on the Broward Memory Walk and follow the prompts to join a team--Trinity Lutheran - Pembroke Pines. Any questions - please get in touch with Ron.

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event
to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research --
and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight
against this fatal disease. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than
$230 million for our cause.

By joining Memory Walk, you'll be walking with a purpose -- and MOVING
us ever closer to a world without Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization
in Alzheimer care, support and research, is dedicated to finding
prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's.

Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

On February 22nd, Trinity will weave into its liturgy reflections, scripture, prayers and more for those whose lives are impacted by memory disorders like Alzheimer's.