Rodney’s Weekly Enote

Friday July 31, 2015

An eNote from Rodney

Dear Trinity Family,

There has been a nice collection of children and parents in our parking lot each morning this week. Andrew has been taking the younger children to Camp Tokoa for day camp and the reports are that they are having a very good time. Camp Tekoa was my introduction to North Carolina. As I was preparing to graduate from Penn State and come to Durham for Divinity school I received a call from a fellow at Duke asking me if I would like to spend the summer working at a Methodist camp in the mountains of western North Carolina. I said sure. Hendersonville in the summer of 1974 was my first taste of the Old North State. The iced tea and cornbread reminded me of Alabama, and a big bowl of green beans, fatback and silver queen corn sealed the deal. I ate from that bowl of beans in the backyard of a friend’s home that I believe was on Town Mountain Road.

Speaking of wonderful food memories, we will be celebrating the Eucharist (Holy Communion) this Sunday. In Greek, eucharist means to give thanks. So part of the meal is to give thanks for the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.

There is going to be an added attraction to our Young at Heart meal on this Wednesday August 5. After lunch, around 12:30, we will be showing the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Gregory Peck. This is the movie based on the iconic southern novel of the same name by Harper Lee. There will be some popcorn and lemonade so even if you don’t eat with YAH please join us for the movie. Showtime is around 12:30.

Cheryl and I will be leaving next Saturday for our annual September beach trip. Except from now on I have been told that the September trip will be in August. The girls start kindergarten this year so we are changing dates and starting new traditions. Preaching for us on Sunday August 9th will be the Rev. Brian Combs from the Haywood Street Mission in downtown Asheville. On Sunday August 16 our preacher will be the Rev. Ed Hillman who is the Director of Ministries at Givens Estates. These are two terrific guys and we are fortunate to have their ministries in our community. Come and welcome them.

As you prepare for church on Sunday, it would be nice to remember that folks from our church will be serving breakfast to the homeless at Pritchard Park downtown. They leave Trinity around 8:30am if you would like to join them. We thank them for representing us in this way and perhaps you can say a prayer of blessing and thanks for them as you rise on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday to worship.



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