El Mensajero   3 June 2021
Official Online Newsletter of La Trinidad UMC
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June Worship Kits
Friday, June 4, 2021

for those participating online

Worship kits for June will be distributed curbside on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 4 - 7 PM at La Trinidad UMC (300 San Fernando St.).  The kits will include consecrated communion in pre-sealed cups for use during the live broadcast on Sunday, June 6.   Communion will also be offered using "Celebration Cups" in the in-person services on Sunday.
Worship In-Person or Online
Due to very high compliance rates with vaccination (nearing 100% among adults), La Trinidad UMC resumed in-person Worship and Sunday School activities in May.  Approximately 1/3 of the congregation has returned to in-person worship with the other 2/3 continuing to participate online.  Those who do attend in-person are faithfully using face coverings when not in singing or speaking roles.  Sewer service has been restored to the basement and foyer areas of the church.

The reorganized Sunday School classes have seen strong participation, higher than before the pandemic, with all four adult classes, Scripture Seekers, Contemporary Adult, Spanish, and Men's Class, each with enrollment over 10 students, and children and youth classes continuing weekly. 

Sunday Schedule
9 AM   Adoración (español)          10 AM Sunday School | Escuela Dominical       11 AM  Worship

Music / Choir Practice
Tuesdays  6:30 P.M.  (rehearsal lasts 1-2 hours)

Special Events in June
Sunday, June 13 - Celebration of Bishop Joel Martínez and Raquel Martinez 60th Anniversary (June 9)
Sunday, June 20 - Father's Day
Sunday, June 27 - Celebration of Rev. Noé Gonzales 90th Birthday (June 30)

Bishop Joel Martinez will be preaching on Independence Day, July 4, 2021.
La Trinidad YouTube Channel
2021 Apportionments Paid in Full

Apportionments (also known as "benevolences") are the way United Methodist local churches share responsibility for the connectional ministries of the denomination and its missions.  These expenses are shared in proportion to the expenditures of each church as compared to the total expenditures of all churches.   At La Trinidad UMC, these expenses are typically paid in ten installments over ten months.  This year, La Trinidad UMC was able to complete full payment in May.  The church will continue receiving the official and five-star special offerings throughout the year (extra-mile giving).

Estate Gift to Benefit Trustees, Music

La Trinidad UMC recently received a gift of over $100,000 provided by the estate of Mr. Henry Ramos.  Mr. Ramos was active at La Trinidad in his youth before moving out of state.  He maintained friendships here in San Antonio and included La Trinidad UMC in his estate plan.  A portion of the gift was designated to strengthening the church's music ministry, and the church's committee on finance designated the remainder toward the ongoing work of renovations in the church facility.  

A significant part of this gift was funded through a charitable annuity, a financial instrument allowing an individual to receive income in life while designating a charity as beneficiary upon death without the complications of probate court.

Click on this link to learn about CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES.
Weekly Online Gatherings
Monday Noon Bible Study

The Monday Noon Bible Study is open to all, lasts one hour, and surveys entire books of the Bible.  The weekly group is currently studying Paul's Epistle to the Philippians.

Topic: Monday Bible Study
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Passcode: 162058

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Collegiate Fellowship

The Collegiate and Young Adults fellowship of La Trinidad UMC gathers weekly online on Tuesdays at 8 PM.  Please use the following link to join:
Academia América Resumes
Citizenship Classes in English and Spanish
Academia América will be registering for citizenship classes on June 15, 2021 (Tuesday, 6-8 PM).  The weekly two-hour classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8 PM, begin on June 22, 2021 and last for 12 weeks.

Academia América abre matriculación para clases de ciudadanía el 15 de junio de 2021 (martes, 6-8 PM).  Las sesiones son una vez cada semana los martes de 6:00 a 8:00 PM empezando el 22 de junio, y duran 12 semanas.

Thank you, Clarissa!
La Trinidad UMC expresses love and gratitude to Clarissa Rivera for her faithful service as volunteer children's ministry coordinator, an office she held for five years.  Working together with her family and other volunteers, Clarissa's creativity and leadership blessed the church's children's ministry in worship services and special events for children and families, especially during this last year as she and Gloria produced bilingual videos for the church's worship broadcasts.  Thank you, Clarissa!  
Wesley Nurse
La Trinidad expresses love and gratitude to Iris Chavez for her service as La Trinidad UMC Wesley Nurse and congratulations on her new position working regionally within Methodist Healthcare Ministries relating to faith communities.  

Methodist Healthcare Ministries is seeking bilingual applicants for the Wesley Nurse position at La Trinidad UMC - San Antonio.  To inquire, please contact Minette Gaytán at Methodist Healthcare Ministries.  
(210) 692-0234
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