Posts from April 2015

Jesus is the Center

This is part of a series of posts about our new vision statement. Click here to see all of them so far. The first line of our vision statement is: First Trinity is a growing family who is passionate about our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering that this is five years out and looking at who we are, we are passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the core and center of all we do. Without Him we are nothing.…

Living Hope

Playing guessing games with kids is always interesting. Our son, Eli, used to play a version of “I Spy” about animals. He once famously said, “I spy something animal. It’s taller than a grown-up, flies, eats branches, and has claws.” After many guesses, we gave up and he told us it was a lion. Obviously, there’s no way we could have gotten that from his description. He was the only one who knew the answer. (And I use the word…

Living Faith

Some questions always elicit the same response from me. It’s probably because I asked many of those same questions and my mom already responded the same way. A great example is “can” questions. “Can you go to the store?” I know my limitations and abilities, so I answer, “Of course!” I don’t actually have to go, however, because the person only asked if I can. My sarcastic answer is usually followed up with, “Will you go to the store?” It’s…

Middle School Retreat Update: Part 1

This is the first in a series of three guest posts by Haley, a sixth grade student that went on the Middle School retreat in March. I asked her to share her experience at the retreat. Be Still… And Walk This Way. What should I start with: the memories, the warmth shown, the greetings, the laughs? How about God? Who is he? What does that almighty, powerful being do for us? What impacts did he make on the Ohio Middle…

A Vision for First Trinity in 2020

As we cast a vision for 2020, it is broad strokes. This is not a strategy or a road map of how to get where we want to be. It is a vision of what we are moving toward, so that in five years, it describes what we will look like. What we truly want is to be the people God calls us to be. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,…

The Easter Offering Update

Well, Easter has passed and we have our first update for the Easter Offering. You can read some of the back story for the Easter Offering in this post, but the brief version of the story is this: we wanted to make a difference in our community this Easter with a special offering for Jericho Road Ministries. God has worked amazing things through the outrageous generosity of His people. In total, people have donated $7,934.60. In addition, the Erie County…