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2100 Whitehaven Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Ph: 773-3322 | Fax: 773-3366
Just look out the window or down the street and you will be in awe of the changing leaves. With them comes our Annual Trunk or Treat and Halloween celebration at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. On Saturday, October 20th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m, our activities will include free pumpkin painting and cookie decorating inside, as well as free trunk or treat in the back parking lot. Before or after, please stop inside for some delicious food and a basket raffle. You need not be a member to enjoy the festivities!
Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY, is excited to be offering Sunday School Classes for children (Pre-K to grade 5) during the 10:00 a.m. service and will include a variety of activities in order to engage children of all ages and learning styles! The children can look forward to learning about God's amazing love through skits/plays, crafts, games, cooking and other creative learning modalities.
Nursery Care (birth - 3 years) will be provided during the 10:00 a.m. service, and childcare will be offered for parents who have an interest in attending Adult Sunday School classes at 9:00 a.m. All fall classes and child care will begin on Rally Day, Sunday September 9th. Our Blossoms, Buds and Seedlings will grow in Christ's Love as they "let (their) roots grow down into him, and let (their) lives be built on him". For questions about classes and registration contact Kate Fonte, Trinity's Children and Family Ministry Coordinator at KFonte@gitumc.org.
Trinity United Methodist Church is also pleased to offer students in fifth through twelfth grade an exciting youth program. Youth Sunday School will be held during 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. hours. We also have a youth activity in our gym on Sunday nights from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Each Sunday night has a different activity such as glow in the dark kick ball, human bowling etc. We also do outings such as Darien Lake and Splash Lagoon. At U-Turn youth ministries every teen counts and is special to us. You are not a number! Our Sunday School starts on Rally Day, September 9th and our Youth Night Activities begin Sunday, September 23rd. Any questions regarding our youth program can be answered by contacting Mark Von Wald, Youth Director at email@example.com or by contacting the church at 716-773-3322.
On Saturday, May 19th at noon, Trinity U.M. Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., is celebrating women everywhere with Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. A dramatic portrayal by Denise Reichard. Ticket Price: $14 and included lunch catered by The Village Inn. Menu: Chicken with lemon caper sauce, Vegetable Lasagne, Fruit salad, Broccoli salad, bread, cake, coffee, tea, lemonade. Contact to purchase tickets: (716) 773-3322. Please make reservations by Wednesday, May 9th.
Trinity U.M.C., 2100 Whitehaven Road is hosting a community Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 1st from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., free of charge. No reservations necessary.
Mary Stewart Photos.Trinity United Methodist Church held it's annual Fall Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 14th. Children looked forward to doing the trunk and treat where participants gave out candy from their car trunks, lined up in the parking lot. There was also face painting and painting of pumpkins. A raffle and basket auction was also held. Baked goods and other food items were available.
From left: Top row: Mina Atkinson, Nancy Hayes, Jill LaMantia, Jung Lee.
Trinity UM Women have been making gift bags for lady veterans since 2009. On July 9th, Women Veterans Program Manager Jill LaMantia attended a Trinity Church service to give an update on the new Women's Wing and the "Pink Bag" project. As of this date, over 1000 bags have been assembled. The number of female veterans has doubled over the last 10 years and WNY cares for almost 4000 female enrollees. There is now a Women's Primary Care Provider at each of the eight Veterans sites/outpatient clinics located from Buffalo to Olean.
Seated: Ellie Zarbo, Pat Shaw & Heidi Fritschi.
Not in picture: Sharon Nichols, Sheila Colan, Catherine Long, Betty Killian.
Four or more times a year as needed, the Pink Bag ladies meet to create a floral arrangement on 25 or more bags, and fill them with personal items. If you would like to donate to the project, drop off the following items to Trinity Church office; tooth brushes, medium size tooth paste, deodorant, bars of soap, shampoo, moisturizer (medium), lip balm, hair brush (medium) or monetary contributions.
From left: Catherine Long, Pat Shaw, Nancy Hayes, Betty Killian and Elle Zarbo.
Trinity United Methodist Women were made aware of a new program for lady veterans at Veterans Hospital in 2009. Trinity Church member Dan Brown suggested the Women discuss a project of gift bags with personal items with Jill LaMantia at the VA. She is the Women Veterans Program Manager. After talking to Jill, the Women agreed to start with 100 bags.
Four or more times a year a group meet to create a floral arrangement on 25 or more bags. They are then filled with personal items. Thanks to the Trinity Congregation, and the District UMW donations, they have gone over 1,000 bags. July is designated Pink Bag month and the group will be making bags each Sunday at the church.
On Sunday, July 9th, Jill LaManita will be at the church to give an update on the new Women's wing at the VA, and how the program is proceeding. Donations of the following items would be welcome: tooth brushes, medium tooth paste, deodorant, bars of soap, shampoo, moisturizer (medium), lip balm, hair brushes (medium) or monetary donations. Pink Bag Ladies are: Ellie Zarbo, Sharon Nichols, Jung Lee, Mina Atkinson, Sheila Colan, Catherine Long, Betty Killian, Pat Shaw, Nancy Hayes and Heidi Fritschi.
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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
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gitumc.org.
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 email@example.com.
Trinity Church Vacation Bible School - June 2016
Black speck in upper left of picture is Mercury crossing the sun.
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.
Rev. Robinson with his telescope.
Current Trinity Church Rev. Sung Ho Lee and Rev. Paul Robinson.
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.
Phyllis Lange Honored - May 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.
Historic Trinity Committee Disbands - February 2016
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.
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.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 2016
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.
Trinity Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat - October 2015
Cross Illumination at Trinity UMC - July 2015
Mike Sexton of H.M.S. Electric installing new led lights.
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.
New light on left replaces 250 watt bulb on right.
From left: Tim Callahan and Dale Berger of BDL Parts & Lighting.
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.
Vendor Sale at Trinity UMC - June 2015
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.
One Starry Night at Historic Trinity - November 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.
Trinity UMC Fall Festival - October 2014
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.