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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,

Wow!  What an amazing and fun celebration of 75 Years we shared February 16th!  It was a special privilege to have our Synod Bishop, Pedro Suarez, and his wife, Deacon Aura, here for our celebrations.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the planning, contributed to the 75th Anniversary Fund, and was present to delight in the worship and feast and program together!  Our musicians outdid themselves – and I have to admit that I cannot get that tune of our commissioned Anniversary hymn out of my head!  By the way, you can see the composers’ framed original work in the hall beside the Music Board.  And, as you can see in the right hand column here, we met and exceeded our Anniversary fund goal of $75,000, and had a blast recognizing and gifting our ministry partners at the program.  Pastor Jason Chesnut, who filmed the weekend, will present us with some treasures to remind us of this event, and to follow Trinity into the future as we continue to Be Neighbor and Share God’s Transforming Love!

Praise Team at Celebration worship
Bishop Pedro and Deacon Aura
Chancel Choir at Traditional Worship
Bishop officiating Holy Communion
Delicious luncheon celebration
So many people; so much reminiscing
Singing our Commissioned Hymn during our Celebration program
  • Praise Team at Celebration worship
  • Bishop Pedro and Deacon Aura
  • Chancel Choir at Traditional Worship
  • Bishop officiating Holy Communion
  • Delicious luncheon celebration
  • So many people; so much reminiscing
  • Singing our Commissioned Hymn during our Celebration program

I am reminded of a camp song I loved to play on the guitar around the campfire – maybe you remember it too?  The chorus says: “Have you seen Jesus my Lord? He’s here in plain view.  Take a look, open your eyes.  He’ll show it to you.”  And each of the verses then identifies special places to “see the Lord.”  I especially love the fourth verse:  “Have you ever stood in the family, with the Lord, there in your midst, Seen the face of Christ on each other, then I say…you’ve seen Jesus my Lord.” 

Pastor Bobbie

We are now in the Season of Pentecost.
At Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit's descent on Jesus' twelve apostles and His command that they go out to heal and make disciples. We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence within and among us today.  We believe that we, too, are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and are sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world. All the world. Every. One.

 


       

 

We Celebrated 75 Years, February 2020!

Our Florida-Bahamas Synod Bishop Pedro Suarez and his wife, Deacon Aura, joined us the weekend of February 15-16. Bishop Pedro brought our Gospel message.

Our luncheon was a delicious catered event. Al Ernst, internationally-known comedian, made us laugh out loud at the program that followed.

A video of our Celebration Program can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Tiw0162jM

In 2019, in preparation for our 75th Anniversary, Trinity established a goal to raise $75,000 to use directly and/or through Trinity’s Mission Endowed Fund to support ministries in our community and world.

As of our Celebration we had raised $82,937.50 that was designated:  $60,662.50 for Trinity’s  Mission Endowed Fund, and $22,275.00 directed by donors and assigned to specific ministries. Our ministry partners receiving gifts to date:
Anchor House of Manatee
Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Inc.
ELCA World Hunger
Habitat for Humanity of Manatee County
Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County
Just For Girls
Lutheran Disaster Response
Our Daily Bread
PACE Center for Girls
Parenting Matters
Prine Elementary
ROOTS Performing Arts Camp
Together In Mission, Florida-Bahamas Synod
Tree of Life Preschool and Daycare (celebrating 30 years’ serving this community with Trinity)
Turning Points

Many of these ministries' representatives were present to receive their gifts and share news about their work in our community, the state, country and/or our world.

Trinity is blessed to have an active Health Ministry Team

The members if this team assist with pastoral care as well as provide a variety of programs, screenings, and monthly advise to Trinity folks.  Sue Michaels serves as Parish Nurse and faithfully visits people in area hospitals, assisted living or care facilities, as well as in-home to support the ministry provided by Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Fred.  

Many thanks to all who serve to care for each other and our neighbors in times of need.