Trinity Tidings- Mar 17

Posted on: March 18th, 2024 by Brad Peterson

March 17, 2024


Lent 2024: “Why Follow?”

Grace: (March 20) Following Jesus allows us to live in God’s grace each day and to share that grace with others. Ephesians 2:8-9. Meal served by the Youth Gathering Youth.  OUR LAST ONE!

Crew on March 20th, 3:30 pm till 5pm for all 3rd-6th graders.

Butter Braids  Order Butter Braids to support our Youth Gathering Youth and Confirmation Youth!  Sale ends on April 7th.  Please see any youth gathering youth or confirmation youth.  There is also an order form on the table in the Narthex.  You can also click on this link, select any student, and order from them:

Bring your household items and clothes to Trinity in April! Every Saturday in April, from 9 am till noon, we are collecting items as a fundraiser for the Women of Trinity.  All items should be clean and in good condition.  Place clothes and shoes in trash bags and all other items in boxes.

Maundy Thursday Worship, March 28th, 6:30 pm

Good Friday Worship, March 29th, Noon &  6:30 pm

Easter Sunday Worship, March 31st, 6:30 am & 9:00 am. 

Easter Breakfast March 31st, 7:30 am till 8:30 am.  Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Hashbrowns, Fruit, Beverage.  Free-will offering.  Served by the Confirmation Youth. 


  We were absolutely surrounded.  Now, that might sound like an ominous sentence, but we were not in any danger.  There was no anger or fear or hatred involved here.  Rather, it was joy and awe.  Amy and I were on a whale watching tour off of Newport Beach, CA, but we were not surrounded by whales (we did see three, which was cool).  Instead of whales, what was all around our boat, were dolphins.

  Everywhere we looked, there were dolphins.  Not just 25 of them or 50 of them.  Not even a hundred of them.  Hundreds of them.  Even our guide was in awe.  They were swimming on all sides of the boat as we motored through the water.  As far as we looked, we could see them jumping and darting to and fro.  We were in absolute shock and awe.  Such grace, such beauty, such joy as we watched these magnificent creatures.  I mean, we had seen dolphins before.  Heck, on the tour we had seen a few here and there and we would even run into a pod of bottlenose dolphins (these were common dolphins).  But not like this.  Not out in their natural habitat.  Not so many of them.

  Despite everything else that happened on our vacation, I can safely say that this was our favorite moment.  It was also a reminder of just how amazing God’s creation is and how it can just leave us in awe.  It was also a reminder to be open to the unexpected in life.  You never know what might happen.  We went on a whale watching tour and though we saw whales, the best part was something different.  God brings unexpected joys in life.

  Side story: the other fun thing of the tour was we were joined by two friends, Rosie & Beth.  We actually met Rosie & Beth the day before during a Cocktail Class at the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure.  They were at our table and we mentioned the whale watching thing.  They were originally going to just going to go to the beach but thought the tour would be fun, so they called up the company we mentioned, and there they were.  They greeted us with “We aren’t stalking you!”  They were super fun people.  Again, unexpected joys.

  Allow yourself to be open to see the unexpected joys that God might bring in your life.  Remember that there is so much beauty and joy around you.  Take a risk from time to time.  You never know what might happen! 

  May God bless you today and always!


Me, Amy, Nick (our Captain), Rosie, Beth