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Welcome

Everyone is at a different point in their spiritual journey. Whether you are unfamiliar with church, coming back to church or a regular participant in church, you will feel at home at Trinity.

Our Vision: We Are The Love Of Christ In Action.

Bienvenidos

En nuestra jornada espiritual cada uno de nosotros se encuentra en un lugar diferente. Si usted no conoce nada acerca de la iglesia, o tal vez  está regresando a la iglesia, o es un participante regular en la iglesia, usted sentirá que Trinity es como estar en casa.

Nuestra Visión: Somos el amor de Cristo en Acción

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Map and Directions

We are conveniently located in Southeast Huntsville, in the heart of one of the city’s most active areas. We serve families in our neighborhood as well as surrounding communities and look forward to having you join us.

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Service Times

8:15 - 8:45 am: The Gathering Simple service in Sanctuary (front of campus). Weekly communion, everyone welcome.

8:45 – 9:45 am: Childcare and Sunday School for all ages.

10 - 11 am: Children's Church 4 years old – 1st grade enjoy a Mini-message, Bible story movie, crafts, games and more! Join us in “The Garden” Room 173. (Childcare available for 3 years old and younger on Children’s Hallway.)

10 - 11 am: Cappuccino & Christ Worship with the C&C Band and a vibrant message in our back campus auditorium. Enjoy a cup of Cappuccino or coffee to enjoy during the service. Everyone welcome!

10 - 11 am: Traditional Traditional
With historic, sacred symbols and liturgy, worship in a traditional setting with beautiful stained glass, organ music and choir. Everyone welcome.

Welcome to Trinity.

Trinity’s friendly and inviting congregation will provide a warm welcome when you arrive. Our church provides a place where all are welcome with open hearts, open minds and open doors.

Service Times

8:15 am to 8:45 am
The Gathering in the Sanctuary (front of campus)

10:00 am to 11:00 am
“Cappuccino & Christ” Contemporary in The New Room (back of campus)
Traditional in the Sanctuary (front of campus)

 

 

Blog

Eyes that See - Matthew 25:31-40

“"Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?” Matthew 25:37

I’m a visual person.  
When I can see people, I can hear them better.

When I don’t like something, I just don’t look at it
(my disorganized bedroom, or the evening news, for example!).

Life is just so much easier, when I don’t need to see things that make me uncomfortable.more...

Stories with an Impact: The Final Exam - Matthew 25:31-40, Ezekiel 34:14-16

You’ve seen the cartoons and heard the jokes. Before you can enter the pearly gates of heaven, St. Peter quizzes you, usually on some subject that is extremely arcane or silly. In a more serious vein, some religious leaders present the crux of the matter as being some theological fine point — usually dealing with whatever they’re arguing over with other Christians.

That’s not the way Jesus puts it, especially in these verses. The main scripture this Sunday is Matthew 25:31-40. In this passage, Jesus presents a ‘final exam’ as concerning whatever compassion we showed to others. (It’s a similar issue as the one he presents in the parable of poor man Lazarus, ignored by the rich man but taken to “Abraham’s bosom” in Luke 16:19-31.)

Note that neither group — the sheep nor the goats — know they are treating or failing to treat Jesus. They’re all surprised! So, why did the sheep do these good things if they thought it wouldn’t get them any ‘brownie points’ with God?more...

Why Retreats? Why Trips? Why Travel?

If I had a dollar for every time a student looked at me and asked,  “Wait ... what do you do everyday?”, then I would have a lot of dollars in my pocket. The fact is that a good portion of my time in the office is spent planning trips: booking travel, arranging details, finalizing details, thinking out possible problems, organizing speakers, curriculum, and worship, making plans for food, recruiting adults to travel with us, making sure we have vehicles to travel in, organizing and publicizing registration, and simply doing what it takes to make our travel flow smoothly and safely. It's a lot of work, when you look at it from my perspective. And as a church with over one hundred active students, we take a lot of trips.more...

Stories with an Impact: A Fruitful Word - Matthew 13:1-9, Isaiah 55:8-11

How great are Jesus parables! To this day, they are simple and memorable and challenging. They are not cute or sentimental or quaint. They are vibrant and daring — even for those who have heard them many times and think they already know where they’re headed.

Today’s parable is from Matthew 13:1-9. In the story the farmer seems to be throwing seed ... everywhere. Is that like the Kingdom of God, so generous as to be wasteful? A lot of seed seems to fall on unproductive land where it doesn’t seem to have a chance. But some seed bears such a rich harvest.

The Hebrew Bible reading for Sunday is Isaiah 55:8-11, wherein God reminds us that our ways are not God’s ways. True, sure. If only we can remember that. Most of the time we just assume that our take on things is the same as God’s take. Certainly our leaders/ politicians/ pastors seem super-confident about their interpretation of scripture as being THE ONLY TRUE interpretation. (Or, rather, “reading.” They say they are just reading the Bible and, therefore, they are the only ones loyal to the Bible. They don’t recognize any interpretation bias on their own part or any taint that they might read into scripture.)more...

Grounded - Matthew 13:1-9

“But some seeds fell on fertile soiland they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted.” Matthew 13:8

Here at Trinity, our clergy team gathers, prays, discusses and plans our sermon schedule months in advance.  Our “sworn oath” as ordained Elders is “to preach and teach the Word, to provide pastoral care and counsel, to administer the sacraments, and to order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry.” [¶ 340 Book of Discipline].

If preaching pastors are not grounded in practices and disciplines in faith, then we cannot fulfil our calling of “preaching and teaching God’s Word” in a compelling, accurate, and transformational manner.

Same goes for everyone else who considers themselves a believer and follower of the Christian way. As followers of Christ, are we humbly opening ourselves up to receive God’s Word, even if/when it goes against what we want?more...

I Am Generous - Matthew 20:1-16

Have you ever witnessed an extraordinary and unexpected act of generosity? Has this act of generosity impacted your life? When we are impacted by acts of generosity, we are usually grateful. But what happens if we just witness these acts of generosity? Sometimes, we resent God’s grace for others.

This Parable, Matthew 20:1-16, is a strong lesson from Jesus about grace and God’s generosity. The values of our world and society teach us to give in order to get, but Jesus turned the world’s values upside down and clarified to his disciples and to us about the rules of the kingdom of heaven. He starts saying “The kingdom of heaven is like ...” The landowner is God and the believers are the workers and Jesus is saying that in his kingdom things are different, he is a generous God and the last can be first and the first can be last. “Wait a minute Lord, how come Lord? But I was here first so I deserve more.” Jesus reminds us “I am generous, are you resentful because of that?”more...

What Counts - Matthew 20:1-16

I recently finished watching the first season of The Good Place. It’s a tv show that follows a woman named Eleanor Shellstrop to the afterlife where she is brought to “the good place” (versus “the bad place”) after her untimely death. What gets interesting is that she’s not supposed to be there--she’s not been a good person up to the point of her death. In one of the early episodes it’s revealed that there’s a points system for tracking how good people are or are not. Have enough points at the time of your death and you get to go to the good place! Don’t meet the cutoff and it’s off to the bad place for you! Points come from selfless actions, like starting hospitals in war-torn countries at the risk of your own life or holding the door open for strangers. The better your actions, the more points you earn. The worse your actions, the more points you lose. This all sounds logical, right? This is clearly how the world works. We do good and good things should happen to us.more...

More than Interest[ed] - Matthew 25: 14-27

The Master replied, “You should have at least put my money in the bank, so it would have gained interest.” Matthew 25:27

My friend’s mom once commented that she was hesitant to order something online in the evening, because “the internet was probably closed.”

Don’t I wish.

There are too many things to do, and not enough time to do them, even though nothing closes anymore.

We create more things to do, and so
we think we can accomplish more,

but we can’t,

which leads to discouragement,
which if left unchecked,
results in indifference.more...

Stories with IMPACT - Matthew 25:14-30

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was leaving on a trip. He called his servants and handed his possessions over to them. To one he gave five valuable coins, and to another two, and to another he gave one. He gave to each servant according to that servant’s ability. Then he left on his journey.”

The first two servants get creative and take risks. They double their money, though we aren’t told how they do this. We are told it is a long time before the master returns, so perhaps some risks paid off and the dividend reinvestment plans were booming for years. Perhaps one of the servants went to Vegas and got lucky.

In this story that Jesus tells, I really feel for the third servant.  To be honest, if my boss were to tell me he was leaving, hand me a large portion of cash to watch over, and then wish me luck while walking away ... I do not know that I would do anything particularly adventurous with that money. Which Jesus tells us is not a mark of good judgement, but rather a judgement of ability!more...

Food For Thought: Bringing Hope, Glorifying God

This Sunday, October 1, is our next FFT collection. There are many reasons for people to have to ask for help. We can bring hope to people as we use our gifts to glorify God. This collection will go to Holmes St. UMC’s food pantry. They have requested:

(Please, no glass containers)
Grits
Oatmeal
Coffee
Juice
Powdered milk
Canned Vegetables
Hamburger Helper
Mexican meal kits
Canned meat (Vienna sausages, ham, chicken, and tuna)
Macaroni and cheese
Canned spaghetti sauce
Spaghetti pasta
Velveeta cheese
Crackers (such as Goldfish, Cheez Its)

They have had many requests for drinks.more...

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