Trinity: Generosity is in our DNA!
DNA fascinates me. I am no scientist, but as I understand it, DNA represents the unique “biochemical identity” of a living organism. A dictionary defines DNA, the shortened form of deoxyribonucleic acid, as “a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.” The most fascinating fact is that every living organism’s DNA is unique. That’s why it is so valuable in apprehending criminals―excluding all other possible offenders.
In a broader application, DNA is used to describe “the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something, especially when regarded as unchangeable.” Our new Trinity Vision Frame has tried to capture and communicate what we believe to be Trinity’s DNA. It’s important to understand that we are not trying to redefine or create a new type of church. We are growing into the unique identity God has given us.
One aspect of Trinity’s DNA is generosity with time, talent and money. We have seen this demonstrated over and again. For example, this past spring session approved our Student and Family Ministry Team goal of filling an entire shipping container with approximately 250,000 meal packages for Stop Hunger Now. The cost was approximately $72,000. That is a huge undertaking for a congregation with a sizeable ministry operating budget and a multi-million dollar capital campaign. While there was some funding from outside sources, my understanding is the majority of the money came from Trinity members. That’s over and above all the other giving! Then there was the mission project for this past Summer’s VBS of funding the drilling of a well in Ethiopia with World Vision. The total cost for the well was $15,000, but our initial goal for VBS was $5,000. That was met by the third day! So we advanced the goal to $10,000. And by Friday, just two days later—the children raised over $11,000. But they didn’t stop when VBS ended. Over the next few weeks, the children continued hosting lemonade stands, holding yard sales, and emptying their own piggy banks to raise the full $15,000!
At this time of year we ask you to consider, thoughtfully and prayerfully, your financial support for Trinity. Every gift, no matter the size, helps. “The impact we make on the Kingdom of God has little to do with the amount we give, but rather is in direct proportion to the depth of our sacrifice.” (Roy Collins). Our only source of funding is your giving. We don’t receive grants. There are no denominational subsidies. We are it! As you pray about your giving, we hope you will see how God is working through Trinity in ways that are being done nowhere else. Your generosity is key and we thank you for all you do!
See you in church!