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					                                                                                                 Trinity United Church

                      Times at Trinity                                                            128 - 10th Ave North
                                                                                                 Creston, BC VOB 1GO

                                                                                             Office Hours:
      Summer 2009                                                       Volume II issue II
                                                                                             9-Noon Tuesday to Thursday

                                                                                                       Our buildings
                                                                                                       are scent free

                                                                                                 Inside this issue:
                                                     Minister’s Message
                                                                                             A word from the Chair           2

                                                                                             Profile                         3

           VU: #278, "In the Quiet Curve of Evening" by Julie Howard, 1993                   Stewardship                     4

            In the quiet curve of evening...in the cracks between the stars...
                   In the gaps between the meaning...You are there...
                                                                                             Plans, Prayers and Possibilities 5
             In the melting down of endings....In the silence of my rooms...
    In the empty cave of grieving....You are there...You are there....You are there...

So go some of the lyrics of one of my personal favourites that seem very fitting as I        Youth Sunday School             7
compose my final message to you in our June newsletter. I am so thankful that the
dream of this newsletter has come to full fruition as one place of naming and claiming
our shared experience of being the church together. Of course, there are many other
dreams I celebrate as having come to life as well, such as our all ages events and           Kids page                       8
special services, our clarity of purpose as a church Council, the formation of a
Stewardship committee and the soon to emerge webpage....

Then there are the dreams of what we might have been about that I am obliged also to
release into God's care. This, I believe is our work as faithful followers in the way of
Jesus: to embrace all that we have been about together, to let get of all that we have
not been about; and then to let go of all the if only's and might have been's....

Still, having known for many months now that our pastoral relationship will end in just a
few days' time, I'm surprised at the depth of sadness I feel at having to let go and let
God....And so it is, as we say our goodbye's, I need you to know also that I am obliged
to maintaining a healthy distance from you, freeing you to go about the challenging work
of discerning your future as a faith community. This is as it should be, no more no less.

While I will be intentionally absent from your worship services and your events for the
next 12 months or so, this is no reflection on the depth of care I have for you all.
Rather, this intention springs from a wish to respect the wisdom of my elders at national
level who set the recommended policies and practices in place for good reason.

Please know I will continue to hold you in my prayers and ask you to do the same for
me in this time of transition as we go about the work of blessing and releasing one
another into God's care. All this and more I offer in hope, faith, and trust in a God who
loves us more than we might ever ask or imagine. May it be so, amen.

Rev. Liz
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                                     A Word From the Chair
 A busy season has just ended and another begun. With summer upon us I can tell you
 all is well with Trinity United. We are just now saying final farewells to Reverend Liz. It
 was good being your friend for the last two years; we will miss you very much. I
 understand that from our Worship committee all our summer Sunday services are
 covered with volunteer lay ministers. We have two Licensed Lay Worship Leaders in
 our congregation as well. It may be some time before a new minister is found. We
 have a hard working congregation that is used to bumps. I am hopeful that by early fall
 we will have an interim minister.

        The re-birth of the catalpa tree is amazing, a sign of promise and renewal. The
 new shoots with lovely green leaves, maybe the tree is determined to live the full 100
 years. An interesting question, do we or don’t we???? I have no particular opinion or
 suggestion but an interest in how we deal with it. Do you have an opinion? Let’s hear

        Property is getting a handle on the projects at hand. Thanks to Walt and Bob for
 the renewed stairway. And thanks to the Barker family for the nicely mowed lawns. We
 could use a volunteer to help Wendy with the courtyard.

       Your Executive council is working through the summer to keep on top of things.
 Our appeal offering is ongoing. Please consider a one time donation toward the
 physical health of our church.

 I trust all is well with you and hope you have a great summer.

 Ron Hurry
 Chair of executive council

                                            Did you Know?
 You can take bottles, drink cans; milk cartons etc. to the bottle depot and ask them to credit the Trinity
 United Church Account. While there was some confusion, that has been straightened out.

 If you don‟t drive and have a few containers that can be recycled bring them to the church, there will be a
 white container with a blue lid that says recycle cans, juice containers etc. Please make sure they have
 been rinsed out before they are put in. Someone will take the container to recycling as it gets full.
 Anyone who sees it is full, feel free to take it to recycling if you are going and tell them the account.

                                           Stewardship Committee

An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. -Sir John Templeton
              Volume II Issue II                                                                      Page 3

                                                         Profile of Merla-Lynne Pollitt
                                          Merla was the fifth of five daughters of John and Madge Melling. She was
                                          born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School
                                          and Business College all happened in Calgary.

                                          In her younger years, Merla had two years of naval training and just about
                                          when she was assigned to her ship, she unfortunately had to have major
                                          back surgery. She was honorably discharged from the navy.

Go-Go dancing was her love in her teens and she danced in a cage, with high boots and a mini skirt, complete with
the long pony tail for such artists as Robby Lane and His Disciples and Bobby Curtola. She also did some dance
modeling for Tan Jay Clothing. Her training and education led her through 35 years of office experience. The first ten
years, Merla worked for various oil companies in Calgary. Then it was off to Kamloops, BC where she was office
manager for Cariboo College, followed by a position of Administrative Assistant to the Personnel Manager in the
Human Resources Department of Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd.

Merla then moved back to Calgary and lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a short time until she secured a
position in the Probation Department in Rocky Mountain House. She only stayed in this position for two years and
then went to be the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools of Rocky Mountain School Division.

Her husband, Gary, had been working for an Alberta gas transmission company called Nova for most of his adult life.
As a result of his expertise, Nova transferred Gary to Turkey. Merla joined him in Turkey, where they were engaged.
Not long after that, Gary and Merla were married on December 17, 1988 at the Lutheran Church in Rocky Mountain
House. They traveled to Vancouver, BC on a train for their honeymoon. Merla had never been on a train and Gary
had never been to Vancouver, so off they went.

A year later, they were transferred to Malaysia, where they lived amongst the local people, namely Chinese,
Malaysians and Indonesian people. They enjoyed Malaysia for two years. There is absolutely nothing the same in
Malaysia as there is in Canada. It was a huge culture shock at first. They made many friends there and as a result,
Merla learned some of the Mandarin, Malay and Indonesian languages. As a matter of fact, she taught English to
Gary‟s co-workers and they, in turn, taught her their languages.

They were transferred back to Edson, Alberta after Malaysia. One spring when they were deciding where to go on
vacation, they decided to come to Creston and do some camping. The moment they entered the valley, they looked at
each other and said “this is home”. Gary called his employer and asked for an early retirement package and Merla
called their realtor and told them to sell their house. They bought a house with an acre of land and built Pair-A-Dice
RV Park. They operated the park for nine years.

Gary is still pipelining today, however, it takes him away from home for months at a time. Merla enjoys retirement and
cares for her poodles, cockatiel bird and her cat. She loves all animals and occasionally rescues a wild species of fur
or feather. She is a novice “green houser” and has recently grown 40 Ox Heart Tomatoes that she gave to some of
her treasured church family members here at Trinity. Merla has started a book about one of her former beloved
animals. It is about her cat named “Wussy”. The title is “For the Love of Wussy”. Wussy has now gone to the
Rainbow Bridge, but is still very much in her heart. Merla has enjoyed working with the people of Trinity United and is
a member of the U.C.W group and chairperson of the Ministry, Personnel & Education Committee.
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                                          Stewardship in 1834.

Robert Evans, father of Mary Evans (nom de plume of George Eliot) was a prominent member of his church. He
undertook to raise subscriptions for the enlargement of the Parish church. He wrote to his patron, Francis
Newdigate as follows:

"Your father gives 100 pounds, the Bishop ten pounds, the local Tory M.P. Mr Dugdale twenty-five pounds, and
other worthies twenty or fifteen pounds. (He, himself had pledge twenty pounds and continues his letter to his
patron.) ... I put down more for myself than I should have done if I had considered my Station in Life but I find it
every Churchmans duty to support that church which I hope will never fall -- now Sir, we are waiting for your Mite to
say what you intend to Give, your father told me that his son wd give something ..."

No beating around the bush in that appeal for funds!

submitted by L. Beduz


   We would like to give a big „‟THANK YOU‟ to those who responded in April when our food cupboard was
   almost empty. We got some wonderful donations but the cupboard is still not overflowing and during the
   summer months we seem to have many hungry transients stop by. This is a list of some of the food that is
   nice to have in the cupboard.

   Canned Fish, Canned Meat, Kraft Dinner, Canned Soup, Canned Beans, Canned Vegetables, Canned
   Pasta, Canned Stew, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Pasta (900 grams), Minute Rice, Noodles and sauce, Pasta
   Sauce, Peanut Butter, Jam, Cheese Whiz, Tea, Coffee, Juice. Thank you for your ongoing support!

                                       Ministry & Personal Committee

                               The Ministry and Personnel Committee members include:

                               Merla Pollitt, Chairperson       Fern Phillips, Secretary

                                           Denis LaRose      Francis Woods

       The M & P Committee is a confidential, consultative body that supports the staff of the pastoral charge
       and members and adherents of the congregation. Written comments about any part of our ministry
       can be sent to the M&P Committee.

       The committee meets at least once a month and reports to the Executive Council quarterly or more
       often as circumstances warrant.
         Volume II Issue II                                                                  Page 5

                                    Plans, Prayers, and Possibilities
                                  By N. Graham Standish Taken from the Alban Weekly

Back in 1997, we knew something was coming. But we didn't know what. We had been growing as a
congregation for a few years, and we were running out of room. We needed more storage, classroom, and
youth program space. The problem was that we weren't quite sure what to do about it all.

When I first came to Calvin Presbyterian Church to be its pastor, some fairly serious issues with the building
needed to be dealt with—issues that made it difficult for me to agree to become the pastor. The church was
worn down. It had been in decline for more than 30 years. They had gone from a high of about 380 members in
1965 to about 215 members when I came. During that time, they had to cut budgets and struggled to determine
what was or wasn't an economic priority. They faced the same dilemmas that most of our mainline
congregations face today, which is how to support ministry in an aging building, one that requires increased
funding to maintain.

By the time I came to Calvin Church, the building was in very poor shape. The sanctuary was dingy, with
wrinkling carpet that had been pulling up from the floor for years and could no longer be stretched to fit the floor.
Everything in the sanctuary was either dark brown or a deep shade of red, making for a worship space that
seemed tired and old. The primary colors of all the classrooms were dark brown and burnt orange. In the
downstairs classroom, a heavy tarp that acted as a classroom divider sagged from its ceiling track. After I visited
the church building for the first time, I drove away teary-eyed. I loved what I had seen of the people of the
church, but I sensed that I could spend my whole career there renovating a building in disrepair. This was not
something I wanted to do in my ministry. In the end, though, I sensed God calling me to this church despite my

Three years after I had become Calvin Church's pastor, changes had been made. We had begun to grow and to
receive new members. We had renovated the sanctuary, making it brighter and more vibrant, while also
retaining its traditional charm. But we knew there was more to be done, and we didn't know what to do. We were
left in a quandary: do we build on, build up, or build out? We decided to wait and see what God would lead us to
do. Waiting is hard for any congregation to do. We wanted to figure out our options and to develop a definite
plan. Instead, we were waiting, seeking, praying, and trying to discern God's plan.

In the midst of waiting, we decided to consult with an architect to determine what sorts of actions we would need
to take if we kept growing at our current pace. The architect told us that either we had to buy new property (at
least 17 acres) and move, or we had to buy the three lots with houses on them adjoining the church. He
encouraged us to move. We discussed these possibilities within the church, and in the end we were clear that
God was calling us to remain where we were. Then God acted. Immediately upon discerning that we were
called to remain where we were, we discovered that the first of the three houses targeted by the architect was
for sale, and that its asking price had been reduced by $10,000 that week. We acted quickly.

We called a meeting of the session to discern whether God was calling us to buy this house. We toured the
house and then spent more time in prayer. We struggled with the practicalities: should we spend money on the
house, or save our money for other eventualities? Some session members who had previously had bad
experiences in declining churches cautioned us against buying the house. One commented that in her mother's
church, a young pastor had persuaded the church to engage in a capital campaign and then departed, leaving
the church with a crushing debt. It didn't matter that I had no intentions of leaving in the middle of a campaign.
This elder believed that pastors couldn't be trusted in such matters. Eventually, we were able to put aside our
more practical concerns and to pray. We sought
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God's will, and it became apparent that God was calling us to buy the house, using money from the sale of the
church manse several years earlier, as well as money collected as part of our capital campaign.

Buying this house became one of the greatest gifts that this church had ever experienced. We called it "Faith
House," because we believed it reflected our faith that God would reveal a path for us—and God did. Over the
ensuing three years, we ended up buying the other two properties the architect had targeted for us.

Our leadership's willingness to recognize that something might be coming, and to wait and prepare for it, was
essential to the health of Calvin Church because it created the opportunity for growth by removing obstacles.
The church leadership was willing to look and plan ahead, while remaining open to God's possibilities, to the
power of the Holy Spirit. What the leadership of Calvin Church did was not easy by any stretch of the
imagination, because it meant moving in two directions at the same time. On the one hand, the leaders had to
be proactive, planning for growth. On the other hand, the leaders had to be willing to wait, pray, and discern.

Too often leaders and churches are not very open to the power of the Holy Spirit and the leadings of Christ.
Many churches and leaders are reactive, waiting until a problem arises before trying to figure out a solution or a
strategy. They get caught up in a crisis-management approach that consists of waiting until they are fully
ensconced in a crisis, or on the verge of one, and then trying to figure out how to deal with it. Their solutions are
rarely God-inspired. Instead, their decisions could be characterized as either grasping at straws or doing what
they've always done; thinking that if they just work harder and better, what they've always done will eventually

The more effective leaders and churches act proactively, scanning the horizon to anticipate potential problems
or possibilities, and then creating elaborate plans and processes to deal with them. They develop one-, three-,
five-, and even 10-year strategic plans, complete with goals and strategies to accomplish them. Unfortunately,
no matter how proactive they are, they can never get quite enough information, understand their situation well
enough, or foresee events clearly enough to prepare for all eventualities. They fail to take into account all sorts
of demographic, sociological, generational, and religious trends that can hit like a tornado, ripping apart
churches and their plans.

The problem with both reactive and proactive approaches is that the world is changing so quickly and
dramatically that it leaves reactive leaders feeling overwhelmed by the constant problems they face in their
churches and surrounding cultures, and makes proactive leaders feel like failures, because they can never
gauge the church and the surrounding culture accurately. Reactive leaders constantly face a world they cannot
understand and react to properly, while proactive leaders try to understand the world but eventually get
overwhelmed with information and struggle to determine which information is relevant in the face of a constantly
shifting culture.

The changes occurring today are rapid, and they do create anxiety among mainline church leaders. Also, they
require the development of new approaches to congregational life—some of which renew old rituals and some
of which create new rituals. We are responsible for leading the church through a time of transition in which the
old ways no longer make sense and the new ways are not yet clear. The church needs a kind of leadership that
is able to anticipate the future while simultaneously discerning God's path for getting there. This leadership
cannot be dominated by fear and uncertainty, but instead must lead in faith toward a direction that is discerned
as much as it is planned for.

                                             Volunteers Needed
   In order for the Newsletter and the emailing of the announcements to continue we need:

       1. People to volunteer to do the newsletter gather information and print it off.
       2. Someone with the ability to flip documents into a PDF file. This is required to email the newsletter
          and weekly announcements out.
       3. Someone to do the announcements.

   Interested persons can leave your name at the office or contact Dorothy Robinson.
      Volume II Issue II                                                                       Page 7

                                      Youth Sunday School

The 2008/2009 Youth Sunday School year closed off by participating in an all generation Pentecost
service. To celebrate its year the youth and there families had a potluck bowling party on Friday, June
17 at 5:30 PM for all youth that had participated in a Trinity United Church Functions.

During the spring the Sunday School kids and their teachers put on a very successful choir and spaghetti
feed as well as a couple of pancake breakfasts.

The youth will be adding a foos ball table, a floor hockey table and a ping pong ball table to the basement
decor over the summer.

Do to the large spread of ages in our Youth Group and the growing number of kids starting to participate
in our functions we are looking for some more personnel to help us out with Sunday School time and
other functions. If you have any time you would be willing to give to our youth, please talk to Lawrence

Any ideas of projects or spiritual training would be gladly listened to.

Thanks to all the people who have made our Sunday School year a success and great experience!!!

                                                Lawrence Kolthammer

                                    It's time to say so long to all
                               But not to worry, will meet in Fall.
                                Summer's upon us, it took so long,
                               That when it came, I broke in song.

                                  As you swim, camp and hike,
                                     All fun summer things.
                                   Visiting friends and family,
                                  maybe to even laugh and sing.

                            Just know that while you do all this,
                          You are in our hearts, and will be missed.
                           We pray that God takes care of you all,
                          Bringing you safely back to us in the Fall.

                                           Submitted by Lori Barker

                                        A bit of Holy Humor
             There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible
                        to her brother in another part of the country.
                "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
                       "Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
                                                        Kids Page

                                             Why did the weatherman bring
                                             a bar of soap to work?
                                                   He was predicting showers.

                                             Why did the teakettle get tired?
                                                     It ran out of steam.

                                             How can you tell a toy is nervous?
                                                      It's all wound up!

                                                           Color me

Why did the pig want to become a comedian?
           Because he was a big ham!

Why can a piano unlock so many doors?
        Because it has lots of keys.

What goes up when rain comes down?
                An umbrella