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As you know, we usually publish the newsletter on the last Sunday of the month, which means articles are due the Sunday before. As I write this month's article, I look out my office window and even though it is only 1:00 in the afternoon, the sky looks like 5:00 on a winter day. We have had rain every day for over a week, some of it drenching and accompanied by thunder. That along with the oppressive humidity has curtailed many of our outdoor activities. Yet, there is some good news to this. We plant quite a few annuals around our gardens and planters on our deck. It can take almost 45 minutes to water them. That is one activity that I have been happy to miss out on thanks to the weather. Meteorologists are predicting a beautiful sunny weekend, reminding us that things change.

Most of us are now in summer mode. The summer clothes have finally returned to their convenient spaces in our drawers and closets. There will be no choir practices, confirmation classes and fewer meeting for the next few months. Many of us will try to take some vacation time and get some well needed rest before we gear up for our fall activities. Over the summer we will have some activities besides worship. On June 26th we had our summer movie night. We moved this activity to June, since the picnic is now in July and we try to have one congregational activity each month during the summer. On Saturday, July 20th we will have our annual picnic at the Red Bank Battlefield. It you have been to one, you know that a good time is in store. Also, if you have never been to one, there is no better time than the present. In August we will have our Vacation Bible School ending with our congregational block party.

As the summer comes to an end, we will begin the process of putting together a new pictorial directory. As you may know, we have received a good number of new members over the past couple of years. It would be helpful to them and us to have this new directory. Also, it has been seven years since our last directory. My first directory at Trinity was in 2006 then again, seven years later in 2013. Although the pictures will be taken in 2019, the official publication of this directory will be 2020. If we follow this trend our next directory would be scheduled for our 100th anniversary, which would be a perfect time to memorialize our congregation in pictures.

Pictorial directories have a twofold purpose. One, they help current members to get to know each other. Two, they become time capsules, capturing the congregation in a moment of time. When we look at old directories, we become nostalgic as we see members who have moved out of the area, are no longer active, or have entered the church triumphant. We look at the group pictures from the activities page and remember the bonds of friendship that formed as we served our Lord in different ways.

From the desk in my office I can see a picture from our first directory (taken in 2005). In the picture are my mother and step-father who have since entered the church triumphant. My sons Dan and Jake were entering first grade and kindergarten respectively, Jake just finished high school in June. Amy and I were a little younger. When I look at that picture, many memories flood into my mind and I can still remember the six of us sitting in a pew on the Johnson Ave. side of the church, waiting for our time with the photographer. As the summer progresses, look for more information about this project, volunteer to help if you are able, but most importantly, have your picture taken!

Grace and Peace,