A deep commitment to God and the sharing of God’s love is what has driven the congregation of Trinity, Troy, to continue its service through the ebb and flow of life over the years.
As with so many churches, we struggle with “numbers.” But we have come to understand that how many is not the measure of success, it is the commitment to how well we serve our community.
With strong leadership and a strong volunteer base, we continue to be active in projects that were started years ago, such as Partners In Hope, a community organization that works with families to go from crisis to stability, and from stability to thriving and giving back to the community. Trinity continues to support PIH, which was started by former Trinity clergy, the Revs. Mel and Barbara Schlachter, with members serving in leadership positions and offering direction, volunteers from our parish, grants from Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) and support of their work.
Another important Trinity ministry that continues to serve Miami County is the Dr. E. Robert Torrence Medical Fund. The Torrence Medical Fund works with the Health Partners Free Clinic and the Miami County Dental Clinic to provide short-term financial assistance to meet a legitimate but unaffordable medical need. Monies are raised by grants and donations.
Trinity has space and we use it! We have a dedicated 12-step room with ten different 12-step groups who meet daily. We have a space where one of our members offers Pranic Healing. We have rented rooms for offices for small ministries who need a place to start and grow. And at the present time, our parish hall provides space for two planned services by a nondenominational congregation.
A labyrinth was constructed on our property by one of our youth who was working towards his Eagle Scout status. Later, a pollinator garden was designed and planted at the front of the labyrinth by two of our members. People in the neighborhood are welcome to walk the labyrinth and sit by the garden.
Our dedicated leadership, vestry and committees are exploring ways to use our parish hall to host speakers to educate the community on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease and Hospice care. We hosted a symposium on the opiate crisis with speakers from agencies in the community. We are in the planning stages of using some of our space for a sustainable garden, and creating our own version of NPR’s “StoryCorps”, which will be an intergenerational effort to “record” the life faith stories of members in our parish and in the community.
We made a decision a year and a half ago to have a consistent pastoral presence during this interim time, and a part-time priest in the new year. Our Sunday Forum continues to draw people from within our church and from the community for discussions relevant to the issues we face today and how we work through them using our faith. Our Sunday services continue to feed our parish with God’s word.
“Name, claim and aim gifts,” says Trinity’s supply priest, the Rev. Nancy Hardin. “Our congregation is a true community who is becoming more and more spiritually formed into discerning how to live God’s call to us by finding Christ in all things. It is through understanding that the neighborhood is not only the houses around the church, but a true call to extend ministries and hospitality to the community.”
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Char McClure serves as the parish secretary at Trinity, Troy.