About the Pastor
 

Rev. Alice Johnson-Curl, Pastor

I accepted the call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring 2006.  Being part of this faith community is a blessing!  Without a doubt, the greatest gift the members have is the gift of hospitality.  Everyone who enters feels truly welcome.  There is a deep desire to discover what God is calling us to do and then moving into that ministry.  This is clearly witnessed in the new ministry With God We Can (read about this exciting ministry partnership under the link News and Press).  The people who gather as Trinity are committed to grow in faith and be Church.  It is a sacred privilege to be their pastor.



 

From the Pastor's Desk

February 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

14Then Joseph got up, took the Child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”     Matthew 2:14-15

I’m feeling a bit displaced.  There is a large gap in the ceiling exposing the attic; the bathrooms are gutted to the studs; boxes hold the contents of the offices and Sacristy and library and nursery and Gathering Space.  In the hallway, sections of wallboard are missing as with the baseboard.  A constant drone of fans, dehumidifiers, and driers sounds throughout the whole wing.  It could feel desolate and unnerving and even scary – but it doesn’t. The area is drying, and talk focuses on repair and reconstruction.  We’ve been re-located to the “old” wing; worship is returned to Resurrection Hall.  And our life together as Trinity Lutheran Church continues even if it requires knowing which box contains items for daily ministry – it’s only an inconvenience, a temporary one at that.

The Holy Family flees their home to find safety in a foreign country.  I suspect their sense of displacement was so much more difficult, dangerous, threatening than anything we experience.  Yet Joseph did as he is told.  In a new country he and Mary and Jesus continue to live together as a family until they are able to return home.

This winter weather event was not how I anticipated beginning a new year of ministry with you.  But, here we are, perhaps given a holy opportunity to pause and reflect on being this faith community called Trinity Lutheran Church, to consider the gifts God provides and how to use them (and maybe better appreciate them), and to live into and beyond the inconveniences in life and the world, to reclaim our identity statement With God We Can!

Thank you for your partnership in ministry.

You continue in my prayers.

Peace,

Pastor Alice

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