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Thankful Thursday Moment (It’s a long moment this week… :-))

This week, I am feeling very thankful for all the volunteers who carry out the mission and vision of the Trinity community.  Many of these folks are thanked in the bulletin each week – people like Alison, who adds our recorded sermons to Trinity’s website (you can listen to them at www.trinitychurchofaustin.org/sermons); Donyvon, who picks up the bulletin materials each week and returns them each Sunday, folded and fabulous; Susie, our own kitchen goddess who, in partnership with Laura, washes all of our kitchen towels and napkins.  She also volunteers at Hope Food Pantry, organizes congregational care, and serves in many other capacities, as well; all the volunteers who count the offering each Sunday; those who read the liturgy during worship; the friendly, smiling faces of folks like Gary and LeeAnn, who stand out front on Sundays and greet us all as we come in; my very own beloved mom, Patricia, who comes each Wednesday to help with general office work (filing, filing, filing!!); and Trey and Linda, volunteers from the community who come each Monday to make sure that all the Sanctuary chairs are well-stocked with pencils and envelopes.

There are also so many other volunteers who participate on teams – folks like Ginny, Troy, Alison, Rolando, Cari, Tanya, Mark, and others who are part of the Homeless Task Force, showing up every Sunday morning (at a time when I believe folks should, by law, be tucked up in their beds fast asleep! :-)) to make coffee and sandwiches for the downtown homeless; Hope Food Pantry volunteers like John and Donna Henrickson, Mary Lett, Susie Tacchi, and so many others, who are here throughout the week, bringing donations from around the community, stocking shelves, and providing 2-3 days worth of food to around 90 families per week; Mariposa organizes a group of amazing folks from Trinity and the general Austin community, people who show up on Thursdays when the temperature drops below freezing to feed and house 30 homeless men; the United Methodist Women, who sponsor Reading is Fundamental for a local elementary school each year, putting books in the hands of children (some of whom have never had a book of their own before!); Kay Gharemani, who works with Ridgetop elementary and organizes volunteers to provide holiday baskets to 10 families with very few resources, providing them with food and gift cards on Thanksgiving and Christmas; and all the dedicated leaders who participate on committees and teams who are vital to Trinity’s sustainability.

I can 100% guarantee that there are numerous folks that I’ve forgotten to list here, but please be assured that this is absolutely a reflection of my dire need of a memory upgrade rather than on their value to this community.  To all of you, named or not, you ARE Trinity.  This is your community, your church – you are the reason why so many folks have made Trinity their spiritual home.  Thank you!  I look at this list and feel amazed and awed at all that each of you do.

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