Trinity United Methodist Church celebrated Homecoming on Sunday, October 27, 2013. There were 126 people in our congregation on this beautiful Sunday morning. We gathered in the sanctuary and began our worship service at 10:30. The children greeted our congregation with a big cheerful “Welcome Home”! Trinity’s Chancel Choir beautifully sang, “We are a Church, we are a congregation and together we have come to worship and praise”.
Our current Pastor, John Paul Prine and former Pastor, John Peter Belec blessed us with words from the scripture of John, Luke, 2 Timothy, Titus and Jeremiah. Pastor Belec delivered the message titled “Home Away From Home”. He reminded us that Home is not the Building; it is the people who live in it. Our home is our place of safety and unconditional love. It is where we feel a sense of belonging. While on this earth, we go through battles of all kinds. We may be worried, stressed, and at times doubtful. However, this Home, this earthly home, is not our last home. John 14:23 (NIV) says, “Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” By having Christ in our heart we can make Heaven our last abode. This is done by living by faith and not by sight. Scripture of 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV) says “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” This is what we are to do people ~ keep the faith! By keeping the faith, we will be rewarded to dwell with the Father in our eternal heavenly home. 2 Timothy 4:18 (NIV) says “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
During this Homecoming Sunday, joyful music filled the air. Pastor Belec played the piano and sang while his Trinity family clapped and praised along with him. A younger member of the Trinity UMC family was recognized for her artwork and helping to update our church bulletin. We also welcomed a new member into our Trinity UMC family whom we are very blessed to have. We received a blessing through the word of God and broke bread with our family and friends on this last Sunday in October.