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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 2017

    The Trinity Tollers handbell choir invites you to their 8th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner includes all the pancakes that you care to eat, a serving of sausage, syrup, applesauce and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under, children 3 and under free. The proceeds will be used to help the choir attend the 2017 Handbell Festival at Onondaga Community College at the end of June. Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Tollers.


Trinity United Methodist Church Three Kings Dinner - January 2017

    On January 6, 2017, everyone in Grand Island was invited to attend a free lasagna dinner at Trinity United Methodist Church. Some 40-50 Island residents came and enjoyed fellowship around dinner tables with Trinity members. This venture was the product of conversations between two adult classes and Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray. In a November meeting at the church, McMurray impressed upon the classes the need to provide settings on the Island for people to cultivate friendships and get to know their neighbors. Members of the Contemporary Issues Class and the Questions of Faith Class took up the challenge. The dinner was publicized in Island commercial establishments, local press and Facebook.
    Baked lasagna, salads and desserts were contributed by Trinity members. Trinity folk served as table hosts and servers, engaging the visitors in friendly conversation. Formal welcomes were offered by Pastor Lee and Supervisor McMurray. A trio from the choir entertained the crowd with songs. Information tables surrounding the Family Room represented County Social Services, the Sheriff's Department, the Golden Age Center, the Neighbors Foundation and Trinity Church.
    This was truly an act of faith. Since no reservations were required, the planners had no idea whether one person or 500 would show. The church's characteristic spirit of cheerful welcoming was felt by all who came. It is possible that some of these guests will return, seeking more of what Trinity offers. Already the classes have met to strategize next steps in the project to engage the Island community. Stay tuned or visit the website www.gitumc.org for ways you can help in the next venture.
The Trinity Family


Three Kings Dinner - December 2016


    The people of Trinity United Methodist Church have been looking into ways to improve community life. One need in Grand Island is to bring people together, to enable folk to meet their neighbors and make friends. Two Sunday morning church classes have joined forces to offer a free dinner, open to any Island resident.
   The "Three Kings Dinner" will take place on Friday, January 6th. Lasagna and tasty desserts are on the menu. This will be a chance to extend the happiness of the Holiday Season, renew acquaintances, make new friends and enjoy a time with Island neighbors. Everyone is welcome, no exceptions. The dinner is offered without cost and reservations are not required. Come any time from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Social service representatives will be present to provide information about their programs.
   Trinty Church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road, just east of the 190, across from Town Hall Terrace. For more information, contact the church office at 716-773-3322.


Trinity United Methodist Church Fall Festival - October 2016

    Trinity U.M.C. is hosting the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to include a "Taste of Trinity", serving pulled pork, sausage and hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, chili, baked goods and more. A basket auction, including quilts will be available and Trunk or Treat and children activities, such as face painting, pumpkin painting and other crafts from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Sunday Funday at Trinity United Methodist Church - August 2016


    Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, invites and welcomes everyone to Sunday Funday on September 11th. If you are looking for a church, a faith community of loving and caring fellowship, we welcome you. If you have been thinking about coming back to church for your children, come and see if Trinity Church is for you and your family. Are you thinking about renewing or starting a relationship with God? We, the people of Trinity United Methodist Church welcome you to worship with us, explore what Trinity Church offers to you for your faith growth, fellowship in faith and opportunities to serve the community.
    Come and experience the loving and welcoming spirit of Trinity Church. Worship service is at 10 a.m., one service for all. Nursery care will be provided. Picnic lunch, hotdog/chips/beverage is available, $3/person and maximum $10 for family, will follow worship service. You and your children can enjoy games for all ages and bounce house as well. Open house for Sunday school for children, youth and adults start at 9:30. You are all invited. After the service, tours of church buildings, historic and new, will be available. If you have any questions, please call at 773-3322 or email at gitumc@gitumc.org or visit www.gitumc.org.






Trinity Church Vacation Bible School - June 2016

   Trinity Church will host a vacation bible school camp on July 12-15, Tuesday-Friday at 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. What is exciting about this year’s VBS is its new format. The title of this new format is FAM JAM, which stands for Family and Me, Jesus and Me. This new format aims to provide fellowship and fun for Trinity's youth families and their friends. We will have an Art Night, Sports Night, Carnival Night and Water/Fire Night. Each evening will commence with a worship with singing and a Bible lesson given by Pastor Lee under the tent before we break up into groups for the evening's activities. Activities will be planned for the whole family to enjoy, and each night will end with a special treat and prayer. Register by June 20th by calling Alice Mock in the Church Office at (716)773-3322 or emailing Kelly Petrie, Director of Children's Ministry at cedirector@outlook.com.

Mercury Transit Experience - May 2016

Black speck in upper left of picture is Mercury crossing the sun.

Rev. Robinson with his telescope.

Current Trinity Church Rev. Sung Ho Lee and Rev. Paul Robinson.

    Rev. Paul Robinson (retired) set up his telescope at the Trinity UMC parking lot on Monday, May 9th to witness the Mercury Transit across the Sun. The Mercury Transit can be seen only about 13 times per century, currently occuring in either May or November, with spring transits happening about a third of the time. The event takes about 7.5 hours to complete. For more information, go to NASA Mercury Transit webpage. Rev. Robinson has been excited about the stars since he was a young child. The telescope featured in the photos was a gift from the Trinity congregation at retirement.






Phyllis Lange Honored - May 2016

    Trinity UM Church member Phyllis Lange was honored on May 3rd at the Network for Religious Communities banquet. Phyllis has been involved with Buffalo soup kitchens since 1982 when she organized and cooked for the new Good News Dining Room at Asbury Delaware United Methodist Church. A year later Phyllis became the coordinator of workers and a daily volunteer. When the dining room closed in 1990, Phyllis came to the Central City Cafe working the 4th Friday of each month and recruiting volunteers. When she stopped this in 2013, she designed a monthly offering at her home church, Trinity UMC, to support the Central City Cafe. For her dedicated support of the work to feed others, the organization has honored her.






Historic Trinity Committee Disbands - February 2016

    The Historic Trinity Committee started in 1991 with the purpose of promoting the use of and maintenance of the Historic Chapel and East room for a variety of functions, concerts and community events. Major projects that Historic Trinity Committee has done include white siding, bell tower repair, window coverings for stained glass windows, kitchen renovation, elevator installation, roof repair and landscaping. The commottee has done many fundraisings to provide financial resources for these projects.
    Recently Historic Trinity Committee came to a conclusion that they had accomplished their mission and disbanded. They turned the balance of their fund to the Trinity Church trustees and the fund was designated to the maintenance of Historic Trinity building. Thanks to recent committee members; Sharon Nichols, Lois Kaiser, Betty Killian, Shirley Luther, Fay & Rich McDonald, Susie Myers, David & Sylvia Long, Joe & Barbara Macaluso, Ginger Mason and Grace Kammerer.
    Thanks also to past members: Jennie Palmer, Dave Palmer, Bill Koch, george DeGlopper, Karen Bullock, Nancy Shiffhauer, Martha Martin, Fred Killian, Vivki Wilkinson, Tim Mordaunt, Harvey Long, Peggy Shall, Jay Martin, Suzanne Thomas, Marlene Grazen, John Harbison and Nancy Gorrell. Special thanks to Don Mason who has done so much for the gymnasium, heating system and many others.






Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 2016

    The Trinity Tollers handbell choir invites you to their 7th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, from 5:00-7:00p.m. Dinner includes all the pancakes that you care to eat, a serving of sausage, syrup, applesauce and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and unde, children 3 and under free. The dinner will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. The proceeds will be used to help the Tollers attend the 2017 Handbell Festival in Scranton, PA. Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Tollers.






Trinity Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat - October 2015

   Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 24th. The festival runs from 11-4pm and Trunk or Treat from 2-4pm. The festival includes "A Taste of Trinity" offering pulled pork, soups, chili, baked goods, sausage, Korean food and more. There will be a basket auction and for children "Trunk or Treat", a Creepy Corridor haunted house and Halloween craft room from 2-4pm.






Cross Illumination at Trinity UMC - July 2015

Mike Sexton of H.M.S. Electric installing new led lights.

New light on left replaces 250 watt bulb on right.

From left: Tim Callahan and Dale Berger of BDL Parts & Lighting.

   An all island effort was needed to get illumination to the Trinity UMC cross at the top of the church on Friday, June 26th. It has been over 25 years since the steeple has been displayed at night and long-time church member Phyllis Lange is to be thanked. Islanders Tim Callahan and Dale Berger of BDL Parts & Lighting specialize in LED conversion. The new LED lights replace a 250 watt bulb that had a life expectancy of 20,000 hours. The new LED's are 100 watt, are rated at over 100,000 hours, and reduce cost by 75-80%. Electrician Mike Sexton of H.M.S. Electric installed the lights 40 feet up in the air with equipment provided by Rick U'Ren of R.B. U'Ren Equipment Rentals. All participants are Grand Island residents. Next time you're driving by at night, take a look.






Vendor Sale at Trinity UMC - June 2015

   Trinity United Methodist Women are hosting a vendor sale. If you are a vendor or crafter or have flea-market or garage sale items to sell, you are invited to rent a space at Trinity United Methodist Church's large parking lot at 2100 Whitehaven Rd. on Saturday, July 18th from 8 am - 2 pm. The parking lot space will be approximately 10'x10' ($15). In case of rain, the sale will be held in the church. For questions and/or to make a reservation to sell, call the church office at 773-3322 weekdays from 9 - 4pm.






One Starry Night at Historic Trinity - November 2014

    Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., is sponsoring "One Starry Night" an advent celebration on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at Historic Trinity Church. Travel back in time to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born, take a walk through Bethlehem, meet shepherds, villagers, shopkeepers, Roman soldiers and wisemen. Visit the Marketplace, make crafts, taste the food of Bethlehem, hear stories and take a keepsake photo. Everyone is welcome to this family event. See flyer and pre-register at Trinity website or by calling the church office at 773-3322.





Trinity UMC Fall Festival - October 2014

   Trinity United Methodist Church is having a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A "Taste of Trinity" will feature pulled pork, hot dogs, sausage, Gramms Maurer's chowder, Ruth Boettcher's German Potato Salad, Chili, Macaroni 'n cheese, baked goods, dessert and more. "Trunk or Treat" is from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., a safe way for children to dress up and trick or treat from open trunks in the parking lot. For a nominal fee, there are games, prizes, crafts and fun inside. Paint a pumpkin: $1 for small, $2 medium.
   There will also be a silent basket auction with many gift certificates from Grand Island businesses and restaurants, along with baskets prepared by church members. The church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road.






Pink Bag Project Fundraiser - June 2014

    The ladies of the "Pink Bag Project" at Trinity United Methodist Church are hosting a fundraiser at Bob Evans Restaurant, 6543 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls on Wednesday, June 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., dine in or carry out. The Pink Bag project began in 2009 and the bags are filled with toiletry items and given to hospitalized female veterans. If you would like to donate items to the project please call Nancy Hayes at 773-7127. Items needed include: Tooth Brush & medium size paste, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner (medium), moisturizer (medium), hand sanitizer, bar of soap, lip balm and hair brushes (medium). Monetary donations are also accepted.






Krolick's Good Friday Fish Fry - April 2014

   The Trinity United Methodist Women are hosting a Good Friday Fish Fry by Krolick's on Friday, April 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Tickets are $10 pre sale for fish and $9 for chicken fingers. Dinners include potato salad, coleslaw, roll and butter, beverage and homemade dessert. Tickets at door are $1 more. For tickets/information, please call Jan at the church office at 773-3322.






Kudos for Pink Bag Project - April 2014

    The ladies of the "Pink Bag Project" at Trinity United Methodist Church recently received a letter from the Women Veterans Program thanking them for the donation of over 600 gift bags over the past few years. The Pink Bag project began in 2009 and the bags are filled with toiletry items and given to hospitalized female veterans. If you would like to donate items to the project please call Nancy Hayes at 773-7127. Items needed include: Tooth Brush & medium size paste, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner (medium), moisturizer (medium), hand sanitizer, bar of soap, lip balm and hair brushes (medium). Monetary donations are also accepted.