An Enote from Rodney

Friday January 17, 2017

An eNote from Rodney

Dear Trinity Congregation,

Cheryl and I have returned from Alabama and it is good to be home. I want to thank the Rev. John McCullough, James Pharr and Andrew for conducting the worship service last Sunday. Jennie Lynn Krichbaum also told me that a whole bunch of you stayed after worship and helped put Christmas away for another year. Thank you for that.

This Sunday will be the first Sunday in the church season of Epiphany. Roughly, Epiphany means “to be revealed.” In Advent we expect Jesus birth and then during Christmas we celebrate it and then during Epiphany we come to understand who Jesus is. One of my favorite passages during this time of year is the story of Mary and Joseph losing Jesus in Jerusalem and finding him in the Temple debating with the Pharisees. That’s God, incarnated as a twelve year old boy whose parents are looking for him. The scripture lesson for Sunday is Matthew 3:13-17. It is the baptism of Jesus. Would you read the story before Sunday morning?

The Wednesday evening meals will start back this week. Dinner begins at 5:45. Let the church office know if you would like to make a reservation.

On the cover of the most recent newsletter I talked about the presentation Sharon Blythe did concerning the ministry she oversees, Room In the Inn. It’s a ministry where churches in the Asheville area host 12 homeless women overnight for a week and provide them meals. The program is spelled out in more detail on the cover of the newsletter. Are there two or three folks in our congregation that would take this week on as a one-time project and see how it fits with our congregation? Please let me know if you have a heart for this or just want to talk to me about it.

To all my Clemson friends, go Tigers and go Bama. The Bama/Clemson game is shaping up to be a great game. And please don’t tell my mother that I had anything kind to say about any team who was playing the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday. It may snow and we are working to make sure we have snow removal on Sunday. But if it feels dangerous to get to church from where you are, please choose safety.