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He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! As we continue to celebrate the joy of the resurrection throughout the Easter season, and we enter into the month of May our thoughts race toward the impending secular holiday and the official beginning of summer. However, before we get to that there are a few things happening here at Trinity. First our Sunday school will be holding its annual plant sale on May 4th. Social Concerns will host a spring brunch on Sunday, May 5th. Then on May 12th, Mothers' day, we will have our next Praise Band Contemporary worship service at 10:00am. On May 11th, we will host our annual Walk for Awareness and Hope for those affected by drug addiction. Our next 10:00 Unity service will be on Sunday, May 26th, Memorial Day weekend. Our annual Church Picnic at Red Bank Battlefield Park will be on July 20th.

Once again it is time to begin the process of applying for the Spencer M. Bennett Family Scholarship Fund. A total of ten students have received disbursements from the fund in 2018. It is now time to plan for next year. Anyone planning on applying for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year will need to fill out an application. Students may apply each year for a scholarship. If you have previously received a scholarship from the fund, there is a one-page re-application form to fill out. All students applying for the first time must fill out the entire form. The amount of money available depends upon the income from the fund and number of applicants. This year the deadline for application is June 9th. No applications will be accepted after this date. Below are some of the current guidelines for applying:

Purpose of the Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide one or more scholarships for the benefit of deserving parishioners at the discretion of the Pastor of the Church and the candidate must meet the following criteria:

(a) Be an active member of the Church;
(b) Be a matriculating college level freshman, sophomore, junior or senior;
(c) College freshman must have a grade point average of at least 2.75, and maintain a       3.0 grade point average thereafter;
(d) Secondary school graduates must have an SAT score of at least 1100 and rank in       the top fifth of the graduating class;
(e) Applications for renewal of the scholarship must be made annually by the candidate.

Distribution from the Fund. Notice shall be given to the pastor of the amount available from the fund. More than one scholarship may be granted annually, provided that the total awards shall not exceed the annual amount available for disbursement. If no annual award is requested by the Pastor, no disbursement shall be made, and interest will be added to the capital, and may be used in future years. All disbursements shall be paid directly to the college which the recipient of the award will attend. The Fund shall not be used to provide loans to candidates.

The criteria is strict, but I encourage students to apply even if they do not meet all the requirements as the entire academic situation of the student will be considered and distribution of the fund is at my discretion as pastor.

Grace and Peace,