About Us

Who we are and what we are about are a reflectionof the ministry and vision of our Pastor, The Reverend Doctor Bobbie Blackburn. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,
      Happy New Year! It’s Advent! The new church year is underway and we are headed straight for the celebration of Jesus’ Birth!
      I love the season of Advent more and more each year. While, as a child, I remember it being the hardest time of year...those weeks that led up to Christmas seemed to take FOREVER...now I treasure these days in a different way. They have become days to intentionally stop and break from life as usual, and take account of what I am doing and how I am living into God’s hope in an intentional way.
      So we made Advent Wreaths at GIFT and when we did, we created the first actual functional Advent Wreaths I have ever been a part of creating. This was thanks to an Action Team from Thrivent so that we could purchase premade wire candle holders, instead of trying to stick pointy plastic candle holders down into a foam ring that you then covered with garland. I am now in possession of an advent wreath that I am confident will not topple over with lit candles, explode into flame on the table, or otherwise interrupt our Advent Devotions during our daily practice of candle-lighting and prayer in these four weeks.
      I look forward to sharing with you all the joyous celebrations that accompany the coming of Christ’s birth as well. We will remember Paul Clark as we celebrate the Dedication of our New Handbells December 2nd at 11am worship. I am  grateful to RingSide Sarasota players for coming to inspire us with their talents at this event!
      For the first time, we are hosting the Sweet Adelines’ Christmas Concert on December 1st at 2pm (tickets are available at the door) and this promises to be a great entry to the season!
      We will have a blast at the BBQ and Caroling on the Beach on Coquina December 9th - pretending the sand is snow as we sing carols…     
      I always cherish our Children’s Christmas program: the little ones are just priceless and they are having such fun learning their songs!  Come out on Saturday, December 15th to the 5:30pm worship and hear these folk sing about Jesus’ Birthday and then join us for our traditional Taco Fiesta!
      Be sure to plan to celebrate Christ’s birth with your Trinity Family - and invite friends and neighbors to come as well...Monday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at 4pm, 7pm, and 10:30pm!
      And again, many thanks to everyone for all the assistance with calls and visits and caring for our flock together.  You all rock!
      Grateful to be Following Jesus with You,

                              Pastor Bobbie