Holiday Fair

Our Holiday Fair this year will be Saturday November 4 from 8:30 till 4:pm.
The fair features the following:
beautiful jewelry,
great books,
all handmade crafts for all ages,
closet clutter with hidden treasures,
freshly baked goodies, and
slightly used clothing.  
Be sure to stay for lunch for our delicious homemade soup or ham salad sandwiches, or maybe a hot dog. You may even buy takeout of soup or a sandwich.  It is a great time to do your early Christmas shopping here or pick a house gift for Thanksgiving.
See you there.    Sandy Boland


Acquiring Replacement Pastor(s)

Acquiring Replacement Pastor(s)

There is considerable discussion among Trinity’s members about the replacement process.  It seems appropriate to spell out this process in general terms for all members.  With the termination of Pastor Watson’s current call effective October 15, 2017, Trinity is in need of a replacement for him, and in the immediate future a temporary pastoral relationship (interim) to serve until such time as a replacement pastor can be installed.  How long this process may take is unknown.  The interim pastor serves to cover this unknown period of time.

According to the Book of Order all pastoral relationships are approved by the Presbytery, and all installed pastors are members of the Presbytery, – rather than the membership of individual churches.  With that approval process, it is incumbent upon our committees, the Interim Pastor Selection Committee, and the Pastoral Nominating Committee to work in close partnership with the St. Augustine Presbytery to achieve their final approval of our work.

Given this partnership, we will have two committees working to replace our installed pastor.  The Interim Pastor Selection Committee was appointed at the regular session meeting, Monday September 18, following Rev. Watson’s announcement that he would be requesting termination of his call as of October 15, 2017.  This committee consists of five session members, Ken Mettler (Co-chair), Bob Settles (Co-chair), Jennifer Kaczmarek, Bob Tabit, and Shirley Wilson.  With any questions about this interim process, please feel free to contact any of these committee members.   An interim pastor is employed under contract which must be negotiated, and is not an installed pastoral position.

At an appropriate time in the near future, the session will call a congregational meeting.  That meeting will elect a Pastoral Nominating Committee that shall be representative of the whole congregation.  The committee’s duty shall be to nominate a pastor for election by the congregation.  The Book of Order details the Call Process, Terms of Call, and the Installation Service.  After approval of our nominee by the Presbytery, the interim pastor will be relieved of his/her responsibilities, and Trinity’s Pastoral relationship will be restored.

Membership Committee

Dear Trinity family

It is with a heavy but thankful heart that I announce our departure from Trinity in order that we may accept a new call to First Presbyterian Church, Ocala, Florida.

Jules and I have been blessed to serve you all these many years, and we love our Trinity family. God is good, and God will see us through to our new call, even as God directs you all to your next minister.

Our final Sunday will be October 15th. We will have one service that day so that we may say our goodbyes together in the unity of Christ Jesus our Lord. It has been a great privilege to be with you, and we will miss you all. We wish you well and will always be praying for you, knowing that your witness for Christ will continue according to his will.

Yours in Christ,

Ron and Jules Watson

Hurricane Irma – Closing information for Trinity

The session has made the decision that all worship services be canceled this Sunday. Furthermore, we will not be re-opening for business before next Wednesday, September 13, and only if it is practical to do so.

Though we will not be together in body, we will be together in spirit on Sunday morning, praying for God’s mercy for our community and our country from the storm.

Please stay safe and pray for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Yours in Christ,
Ron Watson

Summer coffee plus

With only two remaining Summer coffee gatherings, our discussions will touch upon ideas for the Visioning Committee in planning Trinity’s future, among other things.  Coffee, juice, tea and sweets are also featured, – 9:00 to 9:55 before worship.  Bring your two-bits worth.     Membership Committee

Trinity’s Sunday Summer Coffee

Reverting to weekly reminders, this past Sunday’s coffee gathering almost reached a quorum.   With exotic coffees, tea, fresh juice, sweets, and small helpings of church gossip, the gathering achieved respectability.  There is no guarantee, of course, but bring whatever tickles your fancy between 9:00 – 9:55 to Mehaffey Hall on the east side of the courtyard.  New members are welcome!  We will have the double doors open for you.   Membership Committee