This time of transition affords us an opportunity to better
understand who we are, and recognize our strengths and weaknesses. It
is a time to reflect on what we believe to be God's calling for
Trinity. What kind of a Christian community we should strive to be.
What is our own vision for our parish. In the Parish Profile Survey, we
asked you to express your thoughts, feelings and prayers for the future
of Trinity Church. This is a partial list of the many wonderful visions
the parishioners have for Trinity Church.
Live out our mission statement -- be heard in the
community as a herald, be seen as a servant, be a place where members
are spiritually refreshed and challenged to find God's will for
It is my dream that we will deepen our faith and
identity as Episcopalians and as Christians both as a parish and as
individuals. It is then, as we know clearly and with conviction who we
are in the Community of Christ, that we can reach out in fellowship,
understanding and God's love, not only to our brothers and sisters in
denominations of the Christian faith, but also to those who have come
to worship the One God through other religions.
A beautiful place that preserves a space for timeless
music, quiet reflection, heartfelt celebration, solemn worship, and
A Christian community that spiritually nourishes its
members. A Christian community that is able to use its privilege and
wealth to help those who have less.
a warm, welcoming community, that nourishes the
spiritual development of parishioners.
The Holy Spirit is present to guide and to instruct and
to affirm our life as we go together.
... a Christian community, that "knits together" its
members, in loving, supportive, enriching ways, charging us to go out
into our world and do the same.
remain an actively warm accepting place for adults and
children of all sexual orientations, as the world too often is not.
We should be a strong moral force in the community with
our parishioners very active and committed. They will develop inner
strength, courage, and a strong belief in the teachings of Christ as
they do good works.
.. continue to be a mature and grace-filled community,
as reflected in the mission statement. This community is blessed with
thoughtful, intelligent, faithful and caring people. I think Trinity's
mission and specific charism will emerge from the experience of working
and playing together.
a sense of us being an extended family; knowing each
other more, being more deeply connected in work and worship and thus
becoming the Christian Family in which outsiders see a haven of
acceptance, safety and peace.
I love Trinity! - - It's Home!
I like it that we are in an intergenerational community.
I am particularly pleased to see that people of all ages participate in
I'd like to see Trinity expand its concern for the
larger world--put more emphasis on the needs of the city, the world's
poor, women in trouble, those who are isolated or ill . . . . Such
outreach would welcome all persons to this parish, too.
To a large extent, I feel that Trinity fits this
description: welcoming, accepting and celebrating differences, active
and dynamic, and with a strong community voice.
to provide a nurturing, supportive atmosphere that
allows each of us to achieve the full potential of his/her gift/talent.
Continue our good youth work and outreach, become the
place to be a teenager--and offer for parents and kids discussion of
the issues facing youth all the time. . . . I'd like Trinity to be
"known" for its outreach.
[Let us] open our boundaries so more people can find
Christ in our community.
. . . May we continue to find ways to live out our Baptismal Covenant
as individuals and as a parish.
Many have asked for and are interested in my views of
Trinity from a newcomers' perspective. This interest shows a great
acceptance of various viewpoints and an unusual energy and capacity for
growth and change.
Keep it simple - Love God - Love your neighbor - help
those in need.
continue to focus on outreach and giving of ourselves.
We must never forget the socio-eonomic advantages of the community in
which we raise our children and continually raise their consciousness
about the struggles of people only 20 miles away.
Christian Community in which we worship and live the
Gospel in community with one another and in loving concern for the
an open, caring congregation for all. Jesus would be
very present to all of us. There would be light everywhere, in our
relationships, in our worship, in all our doings. The money issue would
solve itself with Jesus present, because the Lord does provide.
-I've always thought of church as the place to think
about what's important, and Jesus had the ultimate answer: love of God,
love of neighbor. When you give yourself over to that vision, the
result is healing, empowering, joy-producing. The mission of the church
is to draw people to that vision, to help them live it out, both inside
the community and outside it. The kind of Christian community Trinity
should be is exactly the kind it already is! I think Trinity is a
fabulous place, full of great, caring, thoughtful people who share a
deep respect for the life and teachings of Jesus. There are a multitude
of ways to express the Christian vision, in our worship, our education,
our life together. I think Trinity is right in line with the mission I
described above. ----My hope and prayer for the future of Trinity is
that it thrive, with a growing membership that values Trinity enough to
support it well creating a confident feeling of being what we want to
be, and allowing us to feel proud and joyful for the community we are.
I hope that Trinity continues its life in much the same
way that is has successfully since its beginning. As a place where
folks from this locality meet and worship Christ and spread the word. A
place where you can count on renewing your spirit. A place where you
know the news is always good in the end. I would hope Trinity continues
in these traditions, and I cherish the Episcopal ritual and ceremony.
Things change outside, but one would hope the church is steadfast in