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This Month at Trinity UMC

FATHERS AND SONS SUPER BOWL EVENT. Save the Date! Sunday, February 1 at the Wilmette Bowl. All ages are invited by Team CYF (children, youth, families) to enjoy bowling (bumpers allowed) and pizza before the other Super Bowl begins.

Invite uncles, brothers, grandfathers and meighbors to bowl a game ot two. Monies raised will benefit Trinity missions.

PETER MAYER PERFORMS. On Friday, February 6 at 8:00 pm come hear Peter Mayer. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Peter melds a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice and virtuoso musicianship.

Peter's musical influences are varied and he's played in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and shared the stage with the likes of James Taylor, Mac McAnally, Sonny Landreth, Don Henley and others. He will be joined by a special guest, his son Brendan Mayer, a talented musician in his own right.

Order your tickets now!  Buy them in advance for $20 - they'll be $25 at the door. Proceeds go to Trinity House. 

A Just Harvest "Fabulous February"

For more than 30 years, A Just Harvest has been serving a nutritious dinner 365 days per year.  In January of 2010 we received the blessings of our Church Council to begin our partnership with AJH in February of 2010. We celebrate our five-year anniversary in February 2015 as a partner church on the third Friday of every month.
As a Partner we provide the food and the volunteers to feed about 150 patrons.  We provide the ingredients for their kitchen staff to make a delicious dinner of roast pork, macaroni and cheese (from scratch), sautéed spinach, green salad and fruit. 
The food each month costs about $280 with the Jacobs family donating the fresh fruit.
Our funding to purchase the food that we donate to A Just Harvest comes primarily from three sources.  For 16 years Trinity United Methodist Church has been selling pumpkins to raise money for the church and to support our missions.   We use proceeds from the sale to purchase the food we donate.
A second source of funding for food purchases is our Fabulous February Mission Program.  Trinity’s Sunday School students decorate sugar cookies to sell during a bake sale to raise money.   Since volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, the cookie decorating and bake sale on Sunday, February 8 provides a means for our younger children to participate in our support of A Just Harvest.  One year we had two families and their young children conduct their own neighborhood fundraiser selling hot chocolate!
Our third source are donations from Trinity members.  Please consider becoming a sponsor for Trinity’s meal served at A Just Harvest.  The meal costs about $2 per person.  A donation of $8 provides a nutritious dinner for a family of four!  Please consider A Just Harvest in your charitable giving.  Checks should be made payable to Trinity UMC with “A Just Harvest” in the memo.

We also provide 6 to 15 volunteers on the third Friday of each month to assist in light preparations before hand, serving the meal and light cleanup afterwards.  We arrive at their kitchen located at 7649 N Paulina Avenue, Chicago at 4:45 pm and are done by 7 pm.
Many Trinity members, families and friends of Trinity have served at the Community Kitchen throughout the years and a number of groups including Confirmation students, Women’s Groups, our Teens and Youth and the Disciple Bible Study Group have served together.
We have many volunteers who return regularly as they find AJH to be such a warm place. 
I am always amazed at how God looks out for our service to A Just Harvest.  There have been so many times on the third Friday I will get a phone call or email from a volunteer saying that they cannot make it.  That call or email is usually followed up within an hour or two by someone else reaching out to me asking, “Hey are you serving at A Just Harvest tonight?  Do you need any more volunteers?”  On the few occasions when we are short-handed – the patrons will pitch in to help without asking. 
Please join us in doing God’s work in feeding the hungry.   Please email or call Sarah Jacobs –,  or call 847-606-5970.

Upcoming Lent Series

Preparing for Lent
In February we start with a look at Jesus’ earthly ministry of teaching and healing.  Then, during the season of Lent, we explore the traditional “seven last words” of Christ, based on Adam Hamilton’s Final Words from the Cross
As a companion to our upcoming series in Lent (mid-February), consider reading  Final Words from the Cross by Rev. Adam Hamilton, as a devotional guide for Lent.  A few copies are available from the Church Office for $10.  Or obtain your own eBook or paperback through Amazon.

Our Prayers Are With...

Karen's family grieving the passing of her Dad.
Judy, recovering from recent surgery and preparing for additional treatment.
The family of Ellie, grieving her recent passing.  A committal service in the Memorial Garden will be held in the Spring.
Larry, recovering from an infection.

"Trinity House" Mission Effort

"Trinity House” is a mission effort to promote affordable housing and restorative justice by (1) raising $30-35K for a down payment on a multi-family residence in Evanston or Chicago, and (2) giving ex-offenders job training in rehabbing the residence. 

Trinity House Update

  • What is “Trinity House?”
    The Trinity House social justice ministry originated from the immediate need of a Trinity family to find new housing in the face of rising rents and a fixed income.  Trinity members looked for a possible foreclosed property and quickly determined that they themselves could not accomplish the goal.  The group reached out to Good News Partners (GNP), a faith-based, non-profit group with whom Trinity Church (TUMC) has had a long relationship (  GNP owns and operates several properties to eliminate homelessness in south Evanston and Rogers Park.  Along with the GNP leadership, we created a plan in which TUMC would contribute the down payment for a multi-family property (e.g. two-flat, three-flat), which GNP would manage under their successful programs.  Rents would pay the mortgage and allow tenants to “build equity” that could be used for a future property purchase.  TUMC would seek foundation funding and also contribute funds for rehabilitation materials, and GNP would train ex-gang members in construction trades while preparing the property for occupancy.
  • What approvals has the Trinity House ministry received?
    The Trinity House ministry concept was approved by the TUMC Mission Committee on November 10, 2014 and the TUMC Church Council at its meeting of November 17, 2014.  That approval allowed us to proceed to the fund-raising step.
  • How will the GNP/TUMC partnership be administered?
    This has not been finalized; however, a model is emerging where a TUMC committee would serve as an “advisory committee” to realize the vision and monitor the ministry, communicate to the TUMC congregation, and endorse plans for additional investment and fund-raising.  Otherwise, TUMC would be a “silent partner” with no day-to-day responsibility for the property or services to the tenants.
  • What is the current state of the fund-raising campaign?
    A letter was sent to the TUMC membership.  Personal visits are planned to explain the vision and request a donation.  We are currently seeking to also find a source of matching funds.  A matching program would be very helpful in making this solicitation successful.  Trinity House has received donations and pledges for a combined total of $16,650 as of the date of this memo.
Yours in Christ,
Michael Jacobs
Lay Leader

To become a partner in the vision, contact Mike Jacobs (

Trinity Announces Online Giving Opportunities

As faithful followers of Christ and caring citizens of the world, we acknowledge Christ’s message calling us to share our financial blessings for the greater good. Our generosity is not simply giving, but giving back so that God’s work can be furthered in our community and our world, through Trinity’s healing mission work. 

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