Trinity Church in the Pines Quarterly Newsletter
January - March 2024

Church Mailing Address
Trinity Church in the Pines
P.O.Box 676
Grand Lake, CO 80447 

Pastor’s Message (below Prayer Concerns)

We Keep In Our Prayers...

A friend of Bob Scott's who is experiencing an emotional and mental health crisis.

Beth Vreisman Hill, who is in the hospital undergoing treatments and is experiencing set backs.  Please pray for healing and wholeness.

Anita Rogers, who is undergoing radiation treatments.

Linda Troute is recuperating and healing from recent foot surgery. Prayers for her continued healing.

Dwight and Rene Gorbold request prayers for their son Jeremiah, who is experiencing a tough time in his life.

Thanksgiving for Neal and Jean Cross's recent fun visit with their grandchildren.

Steve and Barbara Meyer's recent fun visit with their grandchildren.

Peter and Karen Rempel as they joyously await for their daughter Ellie, to give birth.

 

For past prayer concerns please click on "Ministries" tab and then click on "Prayer and Care"

Pastor's Message

Dear Members and Friends of TCP,

Does it seem possible that Christmas was already seven weeks ago and that we are about to enter into the season of Lent!?!  Our Ash Wednesday service on February 14th marked the beginning of the Lenten season.

Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by remembering the history of God’s faithfulness.  From generation to generation, God has been among us with steadfast love and abundant mercy.

In the Western Church, the season of Lent is from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday; six weeks and four days (40 days).  Sundays are not fast days.  In the Eastern Church, Lent extends 8 weeks (40 days).  Saturdays and Sundays are not fast days. The forty days of Lent are observed in memory of Christ’s 40-days’ fast in the desert.  The Church Council of Nicea (AD 325) decided that Easter should be the first Sunday after the first paschal full moon on or after the vernal equinox (March 21).  Easter can fall as early as March 22 or as late as April 25 (Paschal full moon is the 14th day of the lunar month).  This year Easter falls on March 31st.

During these 40 days, we also acknowledge that, while God has been faithful, we have not.  Instead, through Jesus Christ, God offers us forgiveness and newness of life.

During Lent, recall the Easter story, remember our Baptismal vows and resolve to make changes in our lives.  Each day, spend time reading Scripture, in meditation, and in prayer.

The season of Lent is roughly ten percent of the year, 40 days.  A tithe of our time given to serious reflection about life, our faith journey, our spiritual life, our virtues which need to be made strong, our vices which need to be abandoned.  This does not mean that we have a cavalier attitude about spiritual needs the rest of the year, but the period leading up to Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday, is to be a special time of reflection.

In a little booklet, From Death to Life by Frederick Beuchner, there are some questions which have helped me as I move through Lent.  Here are a few of those questions – perhaps they will be helpful to you:

Am I really trying to love God?

Do I act as if I’ll never die?

Am I willing to repent?

What would I do if this were my last day?

Do I ever really listen to God?

Am I a joyful and grateful Christian?

Do I often miss chances of doing right?

We all have questions that are unique to our needs.  We all have struggles that are unique to who we are.  We all have blind spots, points of doubts.  We are all sinners in need of a Savior.  Lent affords us a special time, a special opportunity to struggle and be strengthened, to seek and to find, to knock and have doors opened to us.  My prayer is that we will be blessed indeed and empowered anew for service as we make our way through this special season and prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter.

Let me keep Lent

Let me not kneel and pray,

Forego some trifle everyday,

Fast, and take sacrament –

And then hold ancient grudge,

Lent tongue to slander –

Deny the very Lord

Whom I would glorify!

 

Let me keep Lent,

Let Thy light shine

Tilll my illuminated face

Become a testament

Read by all,

That hate is buried, self-crucified

New born the Spirit

That shall rise on Easter morn!

                                   ~ Unknown

With Love and Gratitude,  David

Dear Friends,

I urge you to read and prayerfully consider the following information from our Session and Treasurer, Steve Meyer.

Consider Year End Giving to Support TCP

 

            First, donating appreciated securities is quick and simple.  You, the donor, receive the current value of the security as a charitable deduction but without the tax liability for the capital gain.

Second, if anyone over the age of 72 has not yet made their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA or SEP for 2023 it is not too late!  You can have the distribution made directly to Trinity Church in the Pines by December 31st and you will not have to declare it as personal income because it goes directly to the church.  As always, check with your qualified tax advisor for specifics related to your personal situation.

Third, your cash or check contributions can be given to TCP when you are in church or by mailing them to the church.  The TCP mailing address is PO Box 676, Grand Lake, CO 80447.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

Let’s remember our friends by dropping them a note!

Barbara & Glenn Shull 917 Scenic Drive Ft. Colliins, CO80526

Marv Fischer & Gay Shaffer 650 Mango Drive Castle Rock, CO 80104-5342

Karenann Manley Julia Temple Memory Care 3401 S. Lafayette St. Englewood, CO 80113

Steve Mulligan The Suites in Parker 9398 Crown Crest Blvd. Parker, CO 80138

Harry Canon 9000 N. Congress Ave. Apt. 336 Kansas City, MO 64153

Ed & Ruth Kroon 5500 E. Peakview Ave. #2222 Centennial, CO 80121

Gala Wenzel 9629 Applewood Trail Denton, TX 76207

 

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Money Matters… JUST A REMINDER AS WE CONSIDER YEAR-END GIVING …  

As we consider year-end giving, there are two tax efficient ways to give in order to support TCP.  ​ First, donating appreciated securities is quick and simple. You, the donor, receive the current value of the security as a charitable deduction but without the tax liability for the capital gain.  ​ Secondly, if anyone over the age of 72 has not yet made their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their IRA or SEP for 2022 it is not too late!   ​ You can have the distribution made directly to Trinity Church in the Pines by December 31st and you will not have to declare it as personal income because it goes directly to the church. As always, check with your qualified tax advisor for specifics related to your personal situation.  

 Trinity Food Bank Has Become Something More

Due to COVID our Food Bank at Trinity has closed.  At the time we could not risk allowing people into the church.  We felt this would put our administrator and pastor at risk unnecessarily.  So as not to waste the food we had downstairs, we gave it all to the Mountain Family Center Food Bank in Granby.  They were very appreciative of our large donation.  It has all been used well and given out to those in need.    In the meantime, your generosity has allowed us to make our foodbank much more. In partnership with Mountain Food Market in Grand Lake, Trinity has been offering $100 gift cards to purchase the groceries they want, (except tobacco and alcohol).  The cards are at the market.  All one has to do is mention the Trinity gift cards to the cashier and they will be helped – no questions asked.  So, if you or someone you know is in need of this assistance, we are only too glad to help! ​ 

 

Men’s Breakfast Group  meets every Thursday morning for good food and great fellowship in our fellowship hall.  This is open to all men, so invite your friends/neighbors to join us.  Hope to see you at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. ​ ​

The Knitting Ministry The Ladies of the Knitting Ministry at TCP  meet together in the fellowship room on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:00am.  Our Mission is to knit and deliver prayer shawls to people experiencing a setback or illness and are in need of comfort. Please feel free to join us.  If you would like more information about our group, please contact Melody Anders, (303) 917-3923, manders63@msn.com   All are welcome. ​ ​

Church is Open for Live, In-Person Worship Services

Masks are welcome, but not required.  If you still are not comfortable coming to church, or if you are out of town, you can still participate in our worship.   We continue to live-stream our services each Sunday morning at 9:30.

You can view our service on our website: tcpgrandlake.org 

OR

  • Trinity Church in the Pines Facebook page
  • our link at Twitch: https://twitch.tv/tcpchurch  also at 9:30.   
  • And yet another way is to click onto our YouTube link that is sent out over email each Thursday or Friday, along with worship bulletin, announcements, Scriptures for the morning, and music to follow along.

If you would like to be on this email list, or know of anyone else who would please let me know.  Just send your or their email to me at heild@me.com   ​

 

THANK YOU for stepping up and helping us make Trinity Church in the Pines great!Thanks to our corporate officers and the session for all they do and thank you for your willingness to serve.   Ike Hull, Clerk,  Steve Meyer, Treasurer and Elder,  Neal Cross,  Karen Smith, Elder,  Geoff Elliott, Elder  and David Heil, Pastor. ​ We also thank those that are serving Trinity Church in the Pines in their care positions. Thank you for your willingness to serve.   Melody Anders, Deacon  Brooke Mark, Deacon Kate Elliott, Deacon.   Thank you to the musicians who provide us with music each Sunday morning,   David Heil,  Geoff Elliott,  Neal Cross,  Mandy Cluck, Dennis Stafford, Daryl Troute, Jerry Pope, Patrick Warfle. ​

 

TRINITY CHURCH IN THE PINES

604 Lake Avenue, P.O. Box 676 Grand Lake, Colorado 80447

(970) 627-3510 (Church Office)

Website:  www.tcpgrandlake.org

Pastor Rev. Dr. David C. Heil, 970-685-7046  heild@me.com

Trinity Office email:  tcpingrandlake@aol.com