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Our Many Gendered God

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Elected today to new terms on Trinity's congregational council:
Richie Cannezzaro (3 year term)
Nadira Fauder (3 year term)
Harry Furey (One year term)
Alex Berger (One year youth term)
Elizabeth Furey (One year Youth Term)

Continuing to serve in their present terms:
Kristin Berkey-Abbott
Earline LaCroix
Denise Payne
Devika Jeboo
Reed Talbert
Pastor Keith

Thank you Janean Baumal, Dany Vega, Ron McCoy and all who assisted or supported the Trinity Justice Ministry Spaghetti Dinner today! A diet-buster to be sure, but well worth it!
Next up: Wednesday evening's feeding the hungry at 1st Lutheran, Ft Lauderdale.
Thanks in advance to all of our cooks and volunteers and to Jeanne who keeps it all organized and going strong!

Friday, January 27, 2012

This Sunday
During the 8AM and 10:45AM services

 Richie Cannezzaro (3 year term)
Born and raised in Queens NY. And now living in Davie, Richard is married to Marilyn and has two adult daughters. Richie retired from Verizon NY Telephone Company as a power technician in 2002. Richie joined Trinity in 2007 and participates in the Men’s Group and the Altar Guild at the 10:45AM service as can be found helping out at many of Trinity’s activities during the year in whatever needs to be done.  Richie was elected to council in 2011 for a one year term.

Nadira Fauder (3 year term)
Nadira has been a member of Trinity for the past two years along with her son, Terry. They both attend the Sunday school each week as well as the 8 o’clock service. What attracted Nadira to Trinity was Trinity’s worship services, ministry events and activities and the way in which people kept inviting her to be a part of them. She participates in Trinity’s Feeding of the Hungry, Church-based Homeless Shelter, Operation Christmas Child, Pumpkin Patch, and Pancake Breakfast.

Harry Furey (One year term)
Harry has been a member at Trinity for over ten years and previously served on Trinity’s council. Harry is a yacht captain on the Perfect Lady and spends his spare time behind the lens of a camera – where we so often see him at Trinity in support of our many ministries and activities. Many of the photographs on the digital picture screen in Charter Hall have come from his work. Harry says that one of his greatest joys at Trinity has been watching his own daughter grow up here from Kindergarten age to high school age, and along with so many of the other wonderful children at Trinity.

Alex Berger (One year youth term)
Alex is 15 years old and has attended Trinity since he was born. He was brought to Trinity by his grandparents. He attends 8 AM service, was baptized at Trinity in 1996 and confirmed in 2008. He is a sophomore at McFatter Technical High School and hopes to become an engineer one day. He enjoys football and playing video games. He currently serves Trinity by ushering, reading scripture, helping with the pancake supper, Easter breakfast, and feeding the hungry at First Lutheran. He has also participated the last years in the drama on Maundy Thursday, unloading and selling pumpkins and yard day.

Elizabeth Furey (One year Youth Term)
Elizabeth has been going to Trinity for the past 10 years. She helps out in the nursery, has served in worship as lector, reader, and acolyte and participates in youth activities and youth led-worship services and the YP Choir.  She has assisted in training of new acolytes, played  in the hand chimes, and supports other Trinity activities in a regular basis. Elizabeth has served this past year on council in one of the two youth terms and is eligible for a second one-year term. 
8AM and 10:45AM this Sunday

10:45AM this Sunday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The lessons for Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10)
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

What on earth are we to make of this Gospel? Here we see Jesus casting out demons, an act which might make us modern folks very uneasy. We don't believe in evil spirits, do we?

Do we?

In her book, Preaching Mark, Bonnie Bowman Thurston points out that the person who had demons was cast out of the worshipping community, and thus away from the presence of God. She encourages us to wonder what "demons" separate people from our worshipping community today.

We might broaden our scope to think about what “demons” separate people from their larger communities in general. We might turn our analytical skills back on ourselves. What separates us, as individuals, from the communities of which we yearn to be part?

For some of us, it is that we just do not feel worthy. In her book High Tide in Tucson, Barbara Kingsolver describes her childhood as a child who read a lot; as a consequence, she says she’s often surprised as a grown up to find that people really do want to be friends with her. Many of us suffer from the kind of low self-esteem that might be described as a demon plaguing us.

Or maybe we don’t want to be part of any of the societies we see around us. Maybe we’re turned off by the values which can be so different than ours. Maybe we’re surrounded by mean people, by greedy people, by people who do not want the best for us. It’s not a far stretch to describe some of the larger communities in our world as demon possessed; evil does seem to be in charge.

For many of us, the issue is time. We’re increasingly overburdened by our to-do list. For those of us still lucky enough to have jobs, we’re likely doing not only our work, but the work of those who have been fired or not replaced. We work longer hours, and then we have family commitments, and our possessions need attention. We never have much down time, even when we sleep or go on vacation. We may feel tormented by demons who never leave us alone, who bedevil us so much that we cannot think.

For many of us, those demons are our electronics. Many of us are possessed by our smart phones, by our Internet ramblings, by all the things which promised to connect us (the demon seduction) but that leave us with so little time to make real connections with that which would bring us joy.

For this week, let us think about all of our personal demons and all of our societal demons. Let us decide how we will attempt to cast them out. As a church, what can we do to minister to those afflicted? As individuals, can we be doing more to reach out to those who, for whatever reasons, feel on the outside of our communities?

When my mother-in-law was sick in the hospital, the hospital had us wear visitor stickers on our shirts. Sometimes I would forget that I was wearing mine, and I'd go to the grocery store. I noticed that people treated me more kindly. That sticker showed that I wasn't having a normal day.

We should go through our lives, seeing our fellow humans as wearing similar stickers that show their need for our gentle treatment. Think of what a different world we would inhabit if all people of faith made gentle treatment of their fellow humans a daily practice. Think of how those demons would be diminished.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

JAN 22nd 2012 SERMON MARK 1: 16-20
Congregations have spent many many years trying to be places of welcome for the right reasons and for the wrong reasons. Places of welcome. Working over and against the ideas of being a “B&B” church – backs and butts – all too often what visitors might see when they enter a congregation’s place of worship. – the regular attender’s backs and butts, the members, all knowing each other and paying attention to each other and ignoring the stranger in their midst. Over the years I have shared many stories with you of welcome or a lack of welcome on the part of different congregations because this was and continues to be crucial. If congregations are places where the Kingdom of God is especially present for people – then they absolutely must embody the Spirit of welcome of Jesus – because people can read – and in the Bible the Jesus that people meet is a Jesus who welcomes all to the table. Saints and sinners, rich and poor, people of good moral character and people of questionable reputations.  Being a welcoming church is absolutely crucial because not only can people read but they visit congregations with their eyes wide open and their ears wide open and they know when people are being genuinely welcoming or just faking it or even not faking it and just plain inhospitable. Visitors know radical welcome and hospitality when they experience it (and when they do not).
Jesus welcomes all – you with me so far? Do you believe in your hearts that that is true? Jesus who ate with Pharisees and outcasts, healed the powerful and the poor, who invited a tax collector and in today’s gospel, fishermen, to be a part of his ministering community. Jesus welcomed all. Praised Jews and Samaritans who most Jews wouldn’t even speak with – praised them both. Jesus welcomed all.
But the problem is that many congregations never get beyond the struggle of welcome and radical hospitality. As important as it is to be a welcoming church that practices radical hospitality, there is more. More beyond the threshold of the front doors. More beyond the coffee hour and the doughnuts and the yogurt and blueberry parfaits.
Jesus puts it simply in our gospel for today: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
They do not sit around the shore of the Sea of Galilee and make a cozy campfire and wait for people to show up and pat one another on the backs and say “See how welcoming we are!”  What they do is to go and follow Jesus. 
OK, they were not a church. They did not have a building. They never had to replace an air conditioner or a roof or make sure the proper paperwork was filed with the IRS or wonder if peope will find the new wine an acceptable compromise. But as much as people like to weigh in on this whole religion versus Jesus debate – people saying I hate religion, but I love Jesus, stuff like that; what religion does and also the faith communities that religion helps to shape and form through the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit, is to disciple people. You can’t disciple yourself. And God calls us into community to provide others to walk with us in our discipleship. Jesus disciples the disciples and then they, in turn discipled others who disciple others and so on and so on, until folks like you and me are getting discipled. Most congregations tussle and struggle over being a place of welcome and practicing radical hospitality and they never  find the time or energy or nerve to wrestle with the primary verb of the Great Commission: GO!
Now, back in the day and in some congregations that day is still going on, a very long day indeed, there were these Evangelism Committees, who do good work on behalf of the entire congregation, a couple of people getting the privilege and joy of this work. But, then no one else has to think about it, right? Well, hey there is this committee that does all of that inviting, exercising this foundational aspect of discipleship on behalf of everyone else. But you just can’t sub-contract parts of your discipleship out to some committee, especially the parts that you might not like or that make you uncomfortable. 
In the gospel today these fishermen are not born knowing how to be disciples. Jesus shows them. Teaches them. Holds them accountable.
When these fishermen think that children should be not seen and not heard and start pulling them away from Jesus, Jesus teaches them that the kingdom of God belongs to people just like those children.
When the disciples are arguing over who is the greatest disciple, Jesus teaches them that the first must be last and servant of all.
When the fishermen are all impressed with the rich sums of money that people are putting into the temple treasury, he points out that the poor widow who had only a few coins is the one that they ought to pay attention to because she gave our of her poverty all that she had.
Jesus disciples these fishermen and they, in turn, disciple others.
And then here we are as a congregation working to be a better discipling community, one where disciples are equipped and set loose to disciple others.
God wants to build up God’s Kingdom; for God’s promise of salvation to be heard and experienced in every place, by everyone.  And God accomplishes God’s purposes, true? So if that what God is about – people coming into a saving relationship with God through the hearing of the Good News and the work of the Holy Spirit  – then God is going to accomplish God’s purposes. So the question for us really is – do we want to be a part of God’s work or not?
Having a mission doesn’t automatically make people disciples, but disciples will always be about Jesus' mission. Jesus bid those fishermen to leave their nets and come and follow him so that they could fish for people. They were invited to participate in the mission of Jesus. It wasn’t their mission – it was Jesus’ mission.  And it still is. And the invitation is now in our hands. Written out with our names, so that there is no mistake. “Follow me,” Jesus says, “And I will make you fish for people.”

Friday, January 20, 2012

Attention all Trinity Ladies! We are taking a van to God Spa! Go to http://www.lomfla.org/ to register online before April 2nd. And let Piper know you are going so we can arrange transportation.


Luther Springs, Hawthorne

April 20-22, 2012
What woman out there doesn't need some time for renewal, relaxation, and rest? A perfect weekend opportunity awaits you. Meet new friends and soak in the beautiful scenery and solitude of Luther Springs. Weekend activities may include: devotions, music, inspirational conversations, journaling, and several spa-type activities such as facials, hand/foot scrubs, and massages. There will be an extra fee some spa services. Lodging available in the new Keuhner Conference Center, as well as the Morgan Village Cabins.

If paid in full by
April 2, 2012
If paid in full after
April 2, 2012
Keuhner Center
$125.00 per participant
$150.00 per participant
Morgan Village
$110.00 per participant
$135.00 per participant

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The Readings for Sunday, January 22, 2012:

First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm: Psalm 62:6-14 (Psalm 62:5-12 NRSV)

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

I'm interested that in this Gospel (as well as other stories we've had recently, like Mary's call in Advent), people don't seem to hesitate. They don't weigh the cost of discipleship. They don't create a spreadsheet that compares the pros and the cons.

No, God beckons, and these men leave their normal lives immediately.

The story we get in today's Gospel seems like a young person's story. How hard is it to give up everything when you're young and don't really have all that much to give up? I think of the mother of Andrew and Simon Peter, who must wonder if her sons have lost their minds. I imagine her sighing, saying, "Eh, they're young. They'll come to their senses and come back to the family business--I give them 6 months of this homeless lifestyle, following this wackadoo Jesus."

I think about Jesus moving in the world today, and I wonder if we’d recognize him and if we’d drop everything to follow him. Would we think about our jobs and the current unemployment rate and the likelihood that we’d never find a full-time job again if we dropped everything? Would we think about our family obligations? Would we worry about our stuff and our mortgages and how we’d pay our bills if we just dropped everything to follow Jesus?

Would we even hear Jesus at all? Many of us wander through the world with our cell phones pasted to our ears or our fingers, careening into innocent bystanders because we’re so oblivious. What would Jesus have to do to get our attention?

Our Bible stories train us to look for burning bushes, so we ignore the still, small voice that speaks to us out of the darkness of a sleepless night: it's not God, it's indigestion. We're ready for hosts of angels, or bright stars, or wise men who let us know that there's a new savior on the scene. But if God speaks in a small whisper, can we hear over the din of our electronics?

And if we hear, can we make time? I see God as the friend who continues to invite me to lunch, the one to whom I say, “I’m super-busy this month. What’s your calendar like for next month?”

The good news is that God continues to call us anyway. No matter how many times we reject God and God's hopes for us, God comes back to see if we're interested.

God has great visions for us. But even if we can't rise to those grand plans, God will entice us with smaller parts of the larger vision. And then, years later, we look up, amazed at how our lives' trajectories have changed.

What is God calling you to do? And if you're not comfortable with the larger plan, are there smaller bits you can do right now?

Maybe you're not ready to go back to school, but you could take a class or two. Maybe you can't leave your job, but you could try something different through volunteer work. Maybe you can't solve the larger social justice issue that keeps you up at night, but you could write a letter or educate your fellow citizens.

We are all so much greater than we know. Christ came to us to show us what is possible in a human life--and so much is possible. What part in this great human drama were you born to play?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

‎10:45AM worship helpers
still neeeded for the following
(please post if interested!)
FEB 5th Coffee Hour, Assisting Minister, Nursery, and one acolyte
FEB 12th Coffee Hour, Assisting Minister, one Communion Assistant and one acolyte

No Yoga this week - Yoga returns next Thursday 9:30AM until 11AM - ALL WELCOME!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Maya McCoy is willing to offer free piano lessons to children interested in beginning piano. These lessons will mostly be available on Sundays after church. If your child is interested, please contact Maya at mkmccoy95@gmail.com or 954-790-1918 to schedule lessons on an individual basis. Space/time is limited.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Jan. 15, 2012:

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]

Psalm: Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 NRSV)

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Gospel: John 1:43-51

In this week's Gospel, we see the start of Jesus' ministry--and what a simple start it is. A low pressure invitation to come and see.

Note what is left out of this narrative. I assume that many people declined Christ's invitation, for all the standard reasons: no time, conflict of interest, kids have after school activities, guests in town for the week, laundry and grocery shopping to do, too much work to do before quitting time; we are people with responsibilities; we can't just abandon them to follow some guy around the countryside. Experts tell us that it takes 4-8 invitations before a friend will come with you to church. Imagine what Jesus faced as he offered invitations to total strangers.

And notice that Jesus carries on. Jesus doesn't go off in a huff. Jesus doesn't spend time complaining about how he'd rather have a different sort of ministry. Jesus doesn't whine to God that God promised him something different, one of those mega-churches perhaps. Jesus walks from town to town, issuing a simple invitation: Come and see. The ones who respond to the invitation offer the same invitation to their friends. Come and see.

Jesus doesn't do spectacular miracles in the Gospel of John, at least, not at first. He tells Nathanael that he'll see great things, but he doesn't wow the audiences with his powers.

There are several powerful messages for us here in this Gospel. We, too, have been offered this invitation. Come and see. And what are we to make of what we see? How do we respond? Do we tell others? Do our lives change? Can other people tell that we've been changed?

One of the tasks that God calls us to do is to transform the world we live in, to make the Kingdom of God manifest here on earth. No small task. But God has given us an example of how to do this: Christ's experiences on earth show us the way.

For those of us who are members of small churches or small ministries, we should take heart in this example. Jesus doesn't start with a huge group. Jesus doesn't start with a huge budget. Jesus doesn't even have a building to call his own. Jesus shows us what we can accomplish with a small group of dedicated people.

Perhaps this doesn't sound like good news to you right now. Maybe you're tired and not feeling so dedicated. Maybe you find yourself waking up at 2 in the morning with doubts consuming you and eating away your stomach lining. Pay attention to the Gospel lessons in the coming weeks. God can work with that kind of disciple too.

In the meantime, listen for God. On a daily basis, an hourly basis, God constantly calls us to come and see. God always calls us to transform the world and God promises that transformation is possible, even probable. We are Resurrection People: Life blooms even in the middle of death, even in the deep midwinter.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 8th sermon is now online on this BLOG and at http://youtu.be/lIoy_pP3QpI

2011 Giving Statements

2011 Giving Statements have been emailed out for everyone who has supplied an email address. Those without a vaild email address will be able to locate their statement in the narthex beginning this Sunday. If you did not receive a statement please contact Dottie Cerrone or the office. To receive a statement you must be a Giving Envelope user.

Giving Envelopes for 2012 are now available in the narthex. If you desire a package of them and do not find a set with one with your name on it please contact Dottie, the office or put a note on your worship slip. 

Led by certified instructor Diane Jansen will begin THURSDAY JAN 12th  
No cost in JAN or FEB,
then beginning in March the cost will be
$12.00 per class with a donation for each class back to Trinity.
Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00
Please bring Comfortable casual clothing, mat or towel
Preparations for the WELCA Rummage Sale  that supports our women's ministry work at Trinity, in our community and in the world will take place on Saturday FEB 25th from 8AM to 2PM. Your clean and working rummage  may be dropped off in the designated area of Charter Hall  (left side - look for sign) during regular hours and on Sundays. Please call ahead if you are uncertain is anyone is there to receive your donation. No mattresses or furniture please.

Baked goods will also be welcome - sign up on your worship slip beginning this Sunday. Volunteers to assist with set up, working the sale and clean up are also needed - sign ups will take place soon.
If you have any questions please Contact Dany Vega or Earline LaCroix.

Thursday, January 05, 2012


There will be a special congregational meeting during both the 8AM and 10:45AM worship services on Sunday JAN 15th. Special congregational meetings are limited in purpose and scope to the expressed purpose for which they have been called. This meeting has been called by your congregational council in order to vote on their motion concerning the timing of the annual regular council elections and the voting for the 2012 spending plan/budget.

At a similar special congregational meeting held January 16, 2011, the congregation approved one-time changes that allowed for the elections for Trinity’s congregational council to be held on the last Sunday in January and the annual budget cycle to be moved to July 1, 2011 through June 30th 2012 with the budget vote held in the late May-early June timeframe. Pending constitutional revisions that should be brought before the congregation prior to the end of 2012, your congregational council is asking that these changes remain in place until such time as the Trinity Constitution is revised and approved.  
Prior to 2011, we held the council elections and the budget vote simultaneously during the winter semi-annual congregational meeting.  
As the motion comes from the council, a second will not be necessary.
The motion will be placed on the floor, questions directly pertaining to the motion will be entertained and the vote called for.
Rather than the previous practice of voting what we think to be right, we are continuing to 
expand a practice in which we focus on God’s will and not our own. So during the vote we will be asking:
“All who sense that it is God’s will to prayerfully hold our council elections on Sunday January 29th during the 8AM and 10:45AM  worship services and to prayerfully vote on our 2012 Spending Plan/Budget on Sunday June 3rd during all worship services held that day, say ‘yes’; all who do not believe that this is God’s will say ‘no.’”

 Then we will ask:
All who sense that it is God’s will to continue this pattern of Trinity council elections on the last Sunday in January and Budget/Spending Plan voting during a Sunday in late May/early June until such time as the Trinity Constitution is revised or amended or other congregational action to change this pattern is taken say ‘yes’; all who do not believe that this is God’s will say ‘no.’”
Results from the two services will be added together and the results released through BLOG, email and bulletin.

Please note: Should there be a nomination from the floor for council at the 10:45AM service on January 29th, then the January 29th meeting will be considered a nominating meeting only and the elections will take place at both services on Sunday February 5th.
(updated schedule)

EASY no-knead baguettes WED JAN 11th
Potluck at 6PM, Class at 6:30PM
Beignet-a-palooza! SUNDAY FEB 19th 12:15PM
Learn to make yummy New Orleans-style beignets (doughnuts). Feast on the results! Drink some good coffee!
Learn about the Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday tradition and get ready for Lent!

Friends not only welcome, but expected - why not bring yours?
Trinity's WELCA Women's Group and the Trinity Men
will be meeting this Tuesday at 7:30PM - ALL WELCOME for fellowship, prayer and Bible Study!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012:

Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters. (Ps. 29:3)
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

This Sunday marks the baptism of Christ. I love the words of God in this baptism: "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased." Note that God says this at the beginning of Christ's ministry, before Jesus has actually done much. In fact, in this Gospel of Mark, the baptism scene is our first introduction to Jesus. Mark doesn't give us a nativity story.

Here's the best news of all: God feels the same way about you.

God feels the same way about you: you are God's chosen ones; God is well pleased with each and every one of you.

For those of us who might have grown up with the idea of an angry God, a punishing parent, this message can be quite powerful. God loves you, regardless of what you've done, in spite of what you've done. God's love has nothing to do with what you've accomplished.

Certainly God has ideas of how we can live our best lives, in much the way a friend wants what's best for a friend, a parent wants a child to make choices that will lead the child to fulfillment. But regardless of what we've done or not done, regardless of the roads we've taken, regardless of how well we're living our mission to be the light of Christ in the world, God loves us.

This is a powerful message as we start the new year. For some of us, a new year is a chance to beat ourselves up over how much we haven't accomplished. We think of all the past resolutions we haven't been able to keep. We think of all the ways we haven't been our best selves. We think of all the people we've disappointed. We can quickly spiral into a vicious circle of self-hatred and depression.

God knows all the ways we might not deserve it, but God loves us anyway. Again, that's the great thing about being a Lutheran and believing in grace--God knows us completely, and God loves us thoroughly. We don't have to do anything to earn this love. Indeed, we can't.

Look at the great lengths God has gone to to let us know of that love. Think of the Christmas and Epiphany stories. God becomes a little baby, born in a stable--and why? To let us know of God's love. God becomes a refugee because of Herod's jealousy. God loves us so much--the Bible is full of stories that show God going to great lengths to show humanity this love. An observant person might say that God still goes to great lengths to get our attention.

The juxtaposition of the Christmas/Epiphany stories and the Baptism of Christ also gives us an opportunity to see how differently people respond to this gift of grace and love. Herod is so threatened that he slaughters every child in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. John, on the other hand, tells everyone about the coming arrival of Jesus.

How will you respond to God's great gift of love?