Trinity Church in the Pines Quarterly Newsletter
April - June 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...

Barbara Leutwiler, as she transitions care facilities for husband Robert, who is battling dementia.

Alisa Meyer, daughter of Steve and Barbara, who is recovering from a broken ankle.

Elizabeth Boeve is recovering from ankle surgery.

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,

Our Calling From God

Sometimes our language betrays us!  Clergy are “called by God” to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.  Everyone else has to go out and “find” a job.

What do we Christians mean by Call?  We mean that God has a purpose for each one of our lives.  The primary call is the call to discipleship.  Jesus said to his first disciples, “Come and follow me.”

Jesus calls us to be Christians more than just to do something.  The doing then turns out to be a living out of the being a Christian.  For example, in marriage, one is called to be a husband or wife.  The doing grows out of living in the role and in the relationship.

In our baptism, God expresses his claim on our life.  Living out the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ as a learner or follower is the fulfillment of our Call from God in baptism.

Baptism was the only ordination that Jesus ever had and it represented God’s claim on His whole life!  Not Jesus, not Paul, not even the original twelve disciples were ever ordained clergy!  Jesus, Paul and the twelve disciples were called by God to full time Christian service.  And so are we!

You and I are called by Jesus to be His disciples.  The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church sets down the meaning of discipleship in these words:

“A faithful member accepts Christ’s call to be involved responsibly in the ministry of His Church.  Such involvement includes:

  1. proclaiming the Good News
  2. taking part in the common life and worship of a particular church
  3. praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian Church
  4. supporting the work of the Church through giving of money, time and talent
  5. participating in the governing responsibilities of the Church
  6. demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the Church
  7. responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others
  8. living responsibly in the personal, vocational, political, cultural and social relationships of life
  9. working in the world for peace, justice, freedom and human fulfillment.”

If you follow from start to finish this sequence, it takes you a while to get beyond the Church and out into the world.  Even so, these nine claims put together make up a comprehensive call to full time Christian service.  How are you responding to God’s Call? 

With love and gratitude,

David

Dear Friends,

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

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

DeAnn Tibbetts 652 Breckenridge Dr. Broomfield, CO 80020

 

 

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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