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8:30AM, 9:45AM in the hall, or 11AM

Location:
7150 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
The SE corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave
Across the street from Broward college South Campus lake
(954) 989-1903
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Sundays at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, and 11AM

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Advent Meditation on Joseph

The reading for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Matthew 1:18-25 This Sunday we read about an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream. We've no...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Carol Folger

From Carol Folger's daughter Karen Davis:
To all family and friends:
Please join us in celebrating the life of
Carol Folger
Date: Sunday June 7th 2015...
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: 2750 SW 73rd Way
Davie, FL 33314
We will be at the community pool
(behind office, gate is open)

Stop by to celebrate a life full of love. Bring your laughter, smiles, & memories of Carol.
We will have some light snacks and drinks, but if you are planning on staying a bit, please feel free to bring you bathing suits, a cooler with drinks or something to nibble on. All are invited, hope to see you there

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
We are keeping busy and are out of some of our staple groceries:
Our last date we helped over 20 families in the first half an hour.
If you can donate jelly, peanut butter, and instant mashed potatoes that would be AWESOME!

Thank you

Update on Carol Folger

From Karen Davis, Carol Folger's daughter:
"Today has been a little rough for me...kinda sinking in 💔
Just wanted to let you all know that my mom Carol Folger did not wish for a funeral, instead she wanted to be cremated & have a celebration of her life. 😊
We decided to have a gathering to do this with an open invitation to anyone who wanted to stop by next Sunday June 7th.
It will most likely be an all day event at my place in Davie so people can come and go throughout th...e day. We have a large community pool where we can hang out and bbq. I will post the details tomorrow... We really appreciate the overwhelming love from each and every one of you."

I will post those details as soon as they are available - Pastor Keith

Keeping the Flame of Pentecost Burning

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

We continue our Pentecost journey by spending our second week with the second chapter of Acts:


Have you taken down your Pentecost decorations or do you keep them up for the full 12 days of Pentecost?  Oh, wait, wrong holiday.  But it is interesting to me how quickly Pentecost comes and goes.

As a child, I saw summer as the long, boring green season:  no special decorations, no music, no food, no children involved in worship service.

In many ways, although much has changed, much remains the same.  It's a long stretch until we make our way back to Advent.  In some ways, I'm glad.  The fifty days between Easter and Pentecost, and the season of Lent before it, make strenuous demands on the faithful.  It's good to have some fallow time.

Or maybe I should look at this time differently.  Pentecost offers us much in terms of changing our worship spaces--lots of decorating possibilities.  But it's not about transforming the surfaces of our worship spaces, much as they might need that.  It's about getting us out of our worship spaces to go out to transform the world. 

Yes, transform the world that seems so resistant to change.  No wonder we throw ourselves into our decorating projects.  The true mission of Pentecost makes us too uncomfortable to bear.

Throughout church history, we’ve seen what the presence of the Holy Spirit can do, even in the most improbable settings.  Pentecost is the holiday designed for discomfort, a celebration that should stir us to get up off the couch to go out and do great things. We learn about Pentecost in the book of Acts, after all, not the book of Sleeping Late. Perhaps that’s why so many of us approach Pentecost with a bit of apprehension.

 If we trusted in the transforming power of God, what changes might we see? How might our local society and the larger world be different? The answers to those questions might scare us.  Of course, not asking those questions should scare us more.

We live in a time of rapid change, from revolutions abroad to church schism at home. Various scholarly disciplines continue to give us new discoveries that completely reorder the way we see the world. We may not know what our next steps should be. We are people who want a plan: a daily plan, a five year plan, a ten year plan—yet the circumstances of our lives, both on the individual and the global scale, may make planning impossible.

But Pentecost reassures us with the mystical promise of the Spirit. We do not have to know what we are doing; we just need to be open to the movement of the Spirit. Pentecost promises daring visions; we don’t have to know how we’re going to accomplish them. God will take care of that.

God became incarnate to prepare humans to carry on the work of Kingdom creation. And Pentecost reminds us of our job description, to let the Holy Spirit blow into our hollowed out spaces and to fill us with the fire to dream and the resources to bring our visions to life.

In this time after Pentecost, instead of sinking into the lull of a long, green season, let us continue to think about the Holy Spirit and the call of God.  Fifty days from now, when the holiday is long gone, what might we begin to incubate?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carol Folger

Beloved Trinity Lutheran Church, Pembroke Pines,​ Member Carol Folger​ died unexpectedly yesterday. As soon as further information is available we will share it. for now please keep her family in your prayers.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

There will be a special congregational meeting during each worship service on SUNDAY JUNE 7th to provide our semi-annual financial update and to vote on moving from two meetings a year to one combined meeting the last Sunday in January to maximize participation (our snowbirds and vacationers are typically missing in June) and to synch the budget year with the calendar year now that we have accountants handling the books.
Just a prelude and point of much
Thanksgiving  - we have received more than we have spent this year thus far - a positive cash flow. Your generous sharing of what God has entrusted to you for mission and ministry has allowed us to focus more time and energy on sustaining, developing and growing that ministry! THANK YOU!
As a reminder following worship and the brief financial update we will celebrate with food at our Multi-culturalfest. We ask that folks bring a favorite food that they enjoyed growing up.
Ever in Christ,
Your Church Council

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Meditation for Pentecost

By Kristin Berkey-Abbott

We will be spending the next 2 weeks with the Pentecost text of Acts 2.  Many Christians don't ever read much more about the early church than this Pentecost text.  That's a shame for many reasons, but primarily because we tend to see the first century church as one blessed by the Holy Spirit.  Those believers, able to speak in languages that everyone could understand!  Why can't we do that?   Those believers went out to spread Christianity to the far corners of civilization!  We may compare our actions to those believers and find ourselves deficient.

We often celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of the Church, but we often fail to mention that this birthing, with all its pain and messiness, is an ongoing process.  We tend to look back at the early days of the Church with idealistic vision, but if we carefully reread the letters of Paul, we see that those churches had just as many problems as our current churches.  We tend to see ourselves as lacking, but we don't have the longer view.

Maybe we're feeling overwhelmed by the example set by that first generation of believers.  Maybe we wish this holiday could just pass us by.
Maybe we're afraid of some of the more, well, pentecostal elements of the holiday:  the speaking in tongues (but in languages that could be understood by native speakers), the rushing wind, the fire. 
Maybe you're having more of a dry bones year than a Spirit seared year.  Maybe you've been having a dry bones decade.  It might be hard for you to believe that Holy Spirit or no Holy Spirit, any flesh can be hung back on a dried out frame.

Maybe you've been whipped by so many winds that you don't know which way to turn.  Maybe it's hard for you to hear the breath of God with the howling of so many other winds in your life.

Maybe you feel scorched by circumstances.  Maybe you're looking at your desert of a life and thinking that you could use some water.

Often in nature, we see that it takes an unusual event, like a fire or a storm, to invigorate a landscape.  We look at the immediate aftermath and see a moonscape that looks forever barren.  Yet if we came back in a few years, we'd be amazed by how much new growth we'd see.  And that new growth would have never gotten a chance without the calamitous, clearing event.

On this festival day, revel in the promise of renewal that God offers.  Be alert for new visions and different directions.  Trust that desiccated ruins--whether that be our lives, our Church, our neighborhoods, our planet--can be reinvigorated.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Week 2 of the Great Commission

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

As we finish talking about the Great Commission and head to Pentecost, you may be feeling uneasy.  Like me, you may have had unpleasant experiences with people who want to testify--or worse, who want to save you, even when you patiently explain that you were baptized as a baby.

In this week, we've had a Pew Research study that tells us that more and more people are identifying as unaffiliated with a religion.  You might think that Jesus would want us to get out there and recruit those people.

But that kind of mentality can be a serious turn-off.  And some of us are deeply uncomfortable with that approach anyway.  What's a shy believer to do?

I believe that if you're living your beliefs, then you're behaving in a way that bears witness. You don't need to do any more evangelizing than that.

It's what I call the Buddhist teahouse approach to living an integrated life--but it can work for Christians too. First, some background.

In an interview with Bill Moyers, poet Jane Hirshfield explains, "Teahouse practice means that you don't explicitly talk about Zen. It refers to leading your life as if you were an old woman who has a teahouse by the side of the road. Nobody knows why they like to go there, they just feel good drinking her tea. She's not known as a Buddhist teacher, she doesn't say, 'This is the Zen teahouse.' All she does is simply serve tea--but still, her decades of attentiveness are part of the way she does it. No one knows about her faithful attention to the practice, it's just there, in the serving of the tea, and the way she cleans the counters and washes the cups" (Fooling with Words: A Celebration of Poets and Their Craft, page 112).

Can this approach work?  Can a quiet faithfulness to Christian practice be similarly attractive?  I believe that it can.  People are drawn to people of faith who are living what they believe.  People are turned off by those believers who talk loudly and behave badly.

Or is that me wimping out on The Great Commission?  Jesus didn't say, "Go live a quiet, but good, life a life that makes everyone want to be around you and wonder what your secret is. Thus you will bear witness to me."

Or did he?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Week 1 of the Great Commission

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

For the next 2 weeks, we'll be talking and thinking about the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28.

The message that Jesus brings us is refreshingly simple, in that it's easy to understand: "Go and make disciples."

Obviously, it's not that simple, and here, too, interpretations of this text have split the church. Does our commitment stop once we've baptized people? What does it mean to make disciples? There's an infinite supply of answers.

Are we to make brand new disciples each and every week or are we to work on enriching the disciples that are in our midst?  And regardless of where we fall on the spectrum of possible answers to these questions, God doesn't give us a quota.

How will we know when we're successful?  There's not an easy answer.

The God that we see in our Scriptures is a God of action. We see God creating in any number of arenas. We are called to do the same.

This is not a God who saves us so that we can flip through TV channels. Our God is a God who became incarnate to show us how to be people of action: Go. Make disciples. Teach. Baptize. Keep the commandments. We do this by loving each other and God. We love not just by experiencing an emotion. Love moves us to action.

Our job is not done once we’ve baptized. Our job is not done with the Rite of Confirmation. Jesus, as always, points the way. Why not share a meal together? Why not do some work (fishing perhaps? Building housing for the poor? Weeding the gardens?) together? Why not pray together? Why not create a beautiful work of art together?

Our Triune God calls us to go and make disciples, but two thousand years of Church history shows us a delightful diversity of ways to do that. Theologian Frederick Buechner reminds us in his book Wishful Thinking: "The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

Jesus promises to meet us there.

Monday, May 04, 2015

VBS Helpers Needed

We still need all sorts of adult and teen helpers for Vacation Bible School, June 22-26.  Call or text Tina at 786-271-3789 for more details.