BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
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When Pastor Paul says “All are welcome” he’s not kidding. Last week our church home was filled with all kinds of God’s beloved creatures, some with feathers, some with fur, and many with four legs. It was our annual Blessing of the Animals.

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For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. Psalm 50:10-11

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God loves animals. And so do we, and it was a wonderful time to have all these lovable creatures in our midst and filling us with the joy they give their guardians every day.

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Two legs or four… ALL are truly welcome at Trinity!

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BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
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Our thanks to all the people of the Trinity Family and the greater Astoria/LIC community for your generosity AGAIN with our annual Backpack and School supplies drive.

We were able to collect over 50 backpacks this year to help our children be ready for the start of the school year.

This year, in addition to some local children at area schools we were blessed to share our resources with some very worthy children from two different groups:

Immigrant Children in a Detention Center here in NYC- The Metro New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provides a youth ministry for these kids, ages 7 to 17 years of age, getting them out of their facility for recreation and enjoyment. Trinity provided 50 backpacks filled with supplies for these children from other countries. What an honor to help them live with dignity as they begin school in their new country!

Children with the Hour Children program here in Astoria. This program provides housing, meals, job training & placement, counseling and life skills to mothers recently released from incarceration, so they can build healthy, independent and secure lives. Children live with their mothers and receive training, tutoring, and of course go to school in the local community. We are honored to help children in our community be ready for the new school year.

Trinity is so thankful to YOU for helping us in our community outreach. Without YOUR support, we would not be able to accomplish so much for our neighbors from near and far.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU!

Please contact Luisana Santana TrinityLICOutreach@gmail.com for more information.

CITY HARVEST LENTEN DENIAL
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This past Lenten season the Trinity Council voted to give our Lenten Denial offerings to City Harvest. The council recognized that City Harvest, one of the oldest food rescue programs in the country, is an essential part of the safety net for New Yorkers experiencing hunger and poverty, many in Queens, many in our own neighborhood. That’s because in addition to rescuing food from businesses, food expos, and farmers’ markets, and delivering that food to soup kitchens, shelters, and pantries all over the five boroughs — every day — City Harvest also gives away food at Mobile Markets, teaches nutrition classes, and advocates on behalf of those in need. 

Trinity donated a generous $1,200 to City Harvest in July. It’s a donation that every Trinity family member should celebrate. Chelsea Ettlinger emailed Trinity to express her gratitude and to tell us just how much our donation means, and just how far it goes, to support our neighbors. 

Chelsea writes: “This generous donation will help to feed 4,800 New Yorkers. Your gift goes towards supporting our fleet of 22 refrigerated trucks to be on the road seven days a week picking up food from over 2,500 generous food donors and delivering this food, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs. We rescue and deliver some 167,000 pounds of food each day.”

City Harvest also sent this letter to thank you, Trinity family, for your generosity and faithful spirit:

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Trinity, you did this. You! Thank you so much. We hope you feel emboldened to keep giving to — as you’ve seen here — make a big change in someone’s life, even by giving a little. 

You can donate at City Harvest here: https://giving.cityharvest.org/donate-now. Just $1 helps feed a New York City family in need for a day. It could be the family next door.

Peace and Blessings.

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TRINITY & NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
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On Tuesday August 6th, 2019, Trinity Lutheran Church participated at National Night Out Against Crime in the 114th Precinct, an event co-sponsored by the 114th Precinct Community Council and the 11th Civilian Observation Patrol, Inc. We were part of the organizations that met at Astoria Park for the community-driven event. 

Being the “welcome place” Trinity took this opportunity to rediscover the needs in our community as we engaged our neighbors in conversations and talked to them about our many outreach efforts that include the canned food pantry, monthly community supper, and the purpose of our August school supplies drive that culminates on August 25th, 2019 with the Blessings of the Backpacks. 

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Our neighbors, from different walks of life and faith practices, were pleased to learn about our year-long efforts to bring our community together. During the month of August, we invite the community to participate in the school supplies drive that will benefit the children in our community and children in an immigrant detention center here in NYC. 

We also took the opportunity to meet members of other churches in Astoria, government agencies such as NYC Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens amongst others, and organizations that have similar goals to keep our communities vibrant and safe.  

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There were pony rides for kids, Dunk-A-Police Officer, our Police Officers made and served hot dogs, games, and even a movie night right after the event. National Night Out brought a true sense of community as we all laughed and played together. 

We are grateful for everything the 114th Precinct and Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nuñez does in our community all year long and pray that our Police Officers are kept safe. 

We look forward to seeing you at National Night Out 2020! 

If you have any questions about our outreach efforts, would like to donate to our food pantry, donate school supplies, or have a need, please email Luisana, the Director of Outreach, at trinitylicoutreach@gmail.com

THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
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Hello my Trinity Family, the Lord be with you. I feel very blessed and grateful to share with you how the Lord called me to start the ministry I’ve been facilitating for the past two years called “Women of the Bible.” About two years ago I was sitting in my usual pew, and it was Lent, and Pastor was reading one of my favorite stories of Jesus’s ministry, which is the Samaritan woman at the well. The story has often fed me spiritually and it means a lot to me. And as I listened to it I thought to myself, “Jesus did a lot of awesome things, usually with a female follower, why doesn’t anyone talk about that?” 

It is said in the Word that we are made in God’s image, which means I am made in God’s image, Pastor Paul is, and so are all of you here. And I feel that, when you approach the Bible, you go for spiritual nourishment; when I read the Bible I want to hear the Lord, I want to feel Christ’s love, and in order to do that you need to be able to see yourself, and find yourself, in the Word. When you facilitate a feminist Bible study you spend a lot of time talking about that.

I felt that I wanted to share all of the things I loved about the Bible with other people. I wanted to help people see themselves—specifically women—when a lot of times in organized religion we don’t always have the full voice that we should… which is why I’m Lutheran. 

One of the most rewarding things for me is when people will come up to me and say, ‘I never knew this woman’s story and it helped me feel closer to God,’ or ‘it helped give me strength.’ And there are times in my life when I think: God, I need to be brave like Esther. I need to be fearless like Judith. I need to listen and ponder like Mary.

So when you’re able to see yourself in the Word you become closer to the Lord, you’re able to understand your faith a little bit better, you’re able to find comfort in this holy book that’s been gifted to us.

I feel very blessed that I’m at a congregation where my pastor is supportive of such an unusual ministry. I feel thankful for all of you who have supported it over the past two years. And I feel thankful to God for calling me to this service to help people become closer to him. Amen.