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Beloved Siblings in Christ,
Have you heard the term "pastoral care"? If so, you've likely heard it in the context of hospital visits and priests helping parishioners in crisis. But pastoral care is so much more. Practically speaking, nearly everything the church does is pastoral: celebrating good news, counseling, fellowship events, community building, social and emotional support, financial support in crisis, and on and on.
At the moment we are fortunate to have three full time priests and two (unpaid) deacons. But we have 800+ members. Even if we divided those members up between the five clergy, that's 160 or more individuals each. Add in help from staff, who also assist in pastoral care, and we're still at an impossible number. That's where you come in!
Jesus' one command was to love each other. When you learn someone is ill are you sharing God's love when you let the church know? Sure. But, there are countless acts of love you can perform personally. At Trinity we intentionally build a culture of "invite, welcome, connect," but we also work to build a culture of concern for each other. We are bound by a duty of care, as Jesus commanded. So, pick up your directory* and drop a note to someone, open your Facebook and send a private word of encouragement, or drop a plate of cookies off for your pew mate. Caring for each other feels good. Join us!
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
The staff and clergy of Trinity Episcopal Church +
*Need a directory? Email Hannah Middlebrook