Trinity Presbyterian Church
TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
545 South Mobile Street
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
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May was Mission Month at Trinity Presbyterian. We spent time thinking about the ways that God's good work can be done in this community, and then we wanted to have a hand in doing that good work! Our theme was Matthew 25:35ff where Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."
We would like to share with you some of the stories we received from our May 6 Matthew 25:35 offering . . .
I work at a local thrift store on Tuesdays. Most of the workers are volunteers and they do a fabulous job.
This past year 24 local agencies were given $132,000 from the proceeds. Over the last 40 years, over a million $ has been returned to the community.
As a treat for these special folks I took breakfast to them. They were pleased and grateful. I had an opportunity during our opening prayer time to explain the gift.
Our family used the money, plus our own funds, to support the Model UN team from Boston International High School and Newcomers Academy, who will visit the United Nations Headquarters in NY this summer. This is a Boston Public School with a mission to provide a strong high school education to newly arrived immigrant teens as a path to success in the United States. The students are challenged with many extra- curricular activities including the Model UN team. This group of students investigate global issues and participate in conferences to solve these problems.
When it comes to money, I can spend it quite rapidly. I did take time, however, to really pray for insight to do the right thing. I bought books—devotional and puzzle books—for a disabled couple; matched the money and sent it to a friend in prison for deposit to his “snack account”. The prison is so overcrowded, what few jobs available are taken, so no way to make a little spending money for Cokes, etc.
I feel very good about these choices and I also feel very good that I’m able to be part of a congregation that includes someone who inspired this activity. God Bless Whoever it is.
Our family combined the offering money we received on Sunday and used it to buy lunch for the cafeteria workers at Fairhope Middle School. We dropped off a menu from Mary Ann's Deli and each person got to choose what they wanted to eat. Everyone enjoyed a sandwich of their choice (along with a generous helping of Mississippi Mud Cake!). It was fun to be able to feed the group of people who have fed our kids for the past few years.
I have given to a women’s shelter for abused ladies. On the board for so long; it is a sad situation for so many women. I gave the Matthew 25:35 offering and added $100.00 - - - What a wonderful gesture for the church.
Today, we paid the June lot rental at a mobile home park for a widow woman who just recently was diagnosed with cancer and has been in the hospital. She lives on a small Social Security check plus from some embroidering projects that she sells. Her illness forced her to give up this extra income. Our good friends, who go to a different church, were so impressed with our telling about the Matthew 25:35 mission emphasis, paid this woman's July lot rental. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
A Fairhope Middle School student went to the doctor in late November about unusual bruising she was having. She was referred to USA Children’s and Women’s and was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL). She went to St. Jude’s in Memphis in early December. Since the end of December, she and her mother have been at the Ronald McDonald House. The day after I mailed my Matthew 25:35 offering to this sweet family, her mom posted that she was in remission! There is still 12-14 weeks of treatment but still that was good news. Thanks be to God!
I elected to increase my $25.35 by four times. The amount was forwarded to a close relative who has been seeking employment for an extended period of time.
With the Matthew Offering, I was able to bless a young mom who has 3 children (2 of which are foster children). This offering will help buy diapers.
I paid for the cremation of a full term fetal demise for a single mom.