Posts from December 2017

Where Are You From?

My heart raced and my throat tightened, two of my trademark anxiety symptoms. I had no appetite for breakfast, so I downed an instant breakfast protein shake. No, I wasn’t getting ready to go skydiving. I was driving my kids to school, and I was thinking again, “I just don’t like this place.” My discontent festered in my stomach, making me nauseous. My daughter whined from the back seat, “How come the heat’s not on?” I don’t like this place…

Reading “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner

First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. We’re just finishing up with “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner. The book was recommended to us by Director of High School and Youth Ministries Rebekah Freed. The subtitle for the book is “What You Believe Can Open…

Help the People of Costa Rica this Christmas with a Special Offering

We have a tradition of supporting ministries outside First Trinity through a special offering on Christmas Eve and Easter. For Christmas, we focus on an international ministry. We’re excited to be supporting Josh and Kari Keithley, missionaries to Costa Rica. Josh was on staff at First Trinity in 2004-2005 for his DCE Internship. We’ve asked Josh to share their plans, which you can read below. To the community of Tonawanda and family and friends of First Trinity: It is an…

Choose Joy

You may have noticed that in many Advent wreaths, the candle marking the third Sunday of Advent is pink (sometimes called “rose-colored”) instead of purple. This is because the third Sunday is called “Gaudete” or “Joy” Sunday, translated from Latin. The change in color represents a lightening of the mood of Advent. While Advent is a time of expectancy and anticipation, it is also a time of waiting. And waiting is hard. Joy Sunday tells us “you’re over halfway there,”…

Where is God when I feel alone?

As an introvert, I like my alone time. Sunday afternoons are spent crashing on the couch or playing computer games by myself after a people-filled weekend. If I don’t get that alone time, I get cranky and grumpy. Being able to schedule and keep alone time is critical for my health. But what happens when you aren’t the one choosing the “alone” time? Many people struggle with feeling lonely, even when surrounded by people. Whether you’re an introvert or an…

In Praise of Facebook and Fridge Friends: Where is God when I feel alone?

I have a dear friend who is 91. She raised four children, as I am doing now. A few months ago, eating dinner together, she said to me, “You’re lucky to have Facebook.” I stared at her. Did she just say I was lucky to have that thing I have a love-hate relationship with, that I feel guilty about spending too much time on, that people use to say things they would never say to someone’s face? Furthermore, I’m used…