I Am the Vine

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When I was in confirmation many moons ago, our Pastor would choose confirmation verses for the students. I don’t remember much about the process other than receiving the verse shortly before confirmation Sunday. I’m not certain I really understood the significance of a confirmation verse at the time. I ended up with John 15:5, our […]

What’s Happening Over At UB? – A Ministry Update

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For years we have felt a call at First Trinity to be involved in ministry at the University at Buffalo (UB), but have struggled to figure out exactly what that looks like.  We’ve come alongside other ministries encouraging and helping them.  I’ve helped lead a weekly small group alongside students.  We hosted Lifetree Café on […]

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

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  Rumors are destructive. I wonder if you’ve had this happen to you: Someone asks you about a topic because they “heard” something about you from others and want to find out if it’s true or not. I’m thankful for that person because I can correct the rumors, but I worry about the 99 others […]

Florida Mission Trip Day 6 Recap

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“Today we ate breakfast, cleaned up, and headed to the airport. We enjoyed our remaining time together in the car and over lunch. Despite some talkative neighbors towards the back of the plane, travels went smoothly and we were soon greeting family at the Buffalo Airport.” – Jordan Trautwein  “It has been a crazy week! […]

In with the New

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Can I tell you something shocking about me and Christmas? One of the small joys for me on Christmas day is opening presents from my mom to see what new clothes she got me. I know, right? You’re probably thinking, “Who is this guy!? He’s clearly no David Fabian or Carl Fretthold to dig receiving […]

Florida Mission Trip – Day 5 Recap

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“What an awesome week- full of pure joy, huge smiles, and lots of dance parties! GKTW empowers all of us to do everything we can to help families embrace every moment of their vacations. This morning I got to take pictures of kids meeting Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and my personal favorite, Belle. You should […]

Florida Mission Trip Recap – Day 3

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“Today we had the morning off so we went to the beach and an escape room. Seagulls tried to ruin our lunch in the beach by stealing three people’s sandwiches from their hands, but we survived. The escape rooms were super cool (my team had to maneuver through laser beams like ninjas). We went to […]

Florida Mission Trip – Day 2 Recap

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“Our first day at Give Kids the World was totally awesome. I drove a train through dinosaur infested jungles as the kids tried to count them all. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy were there for the kids to get a little bit of Disney. The Halloween party was amazing cause we weren’t supposed to say […]

Florida Mission Day 1 Recap

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We had some technical difficulties getting this posted last night, but I think we’re back in business now! While we head off to start Day 2, you can enjoy this recap from our day of travel and settling in.  Each day a couple different team members will share about the day from their perspective.  We’re […]