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2100 Whitehaven Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

Senior Pastor: Rev. J. Paul Womack
Associate Pastor: Rev. Edward McCutcheon

| Ph: 773-3322 | Fax: 773-3366

Fall Festival At Trinity UM Church - 2006

   A Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The day will feature a silent basket auction, a light lunch, a church dinner (Chicken BBQ 4:30-7 p.m.) in combination with the Historic Trinity Craft Show (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (Click
Historic Trinity Craft Show for more information.

Teachers' Prayer Breakfast - 2006

   A Teachers' Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2006 in the Trinity UM Church family room, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
   Special guest speaker will be Mary E. Haggerty, principal of Huth Road Elementary School. The annual event is for teachers, education leaders, professors and those retiring, and those involved in any way in a school setting. For more information, or for reservations, call 773-3322.

Teens, Chaperones Leave for West Virginia WorkCamp - 2006

Ginger DeMita Photo - Click photos for a larger view

   This large group from Grand Island, NY is spending the week in Oceana, West Virginia where the youths are working on home renovations for low income people as part of the Reach Workcamps program. The Reach Workcamp participants (33 youths and eight adults) left Trinity UM Church parking lot on Saturday morning, July 22, 2006 and will be back on the Island on Saturday evening, July 29th.
   Photos of the Workcamp activities may be email to

Death of Trinity UM Church Organist Announced - 2006

    John Lummen, who served as the organist and accompanist at Trinity UM Church for almost 10 years, died on Friday, July 14, 2006 in his St. Catharines home. He was 57. He and his wife, Gwen, founded the John Lummen School of Music in St. Catharines in the early 90's. John also had a long career as a professional piano and organ performer. Besides his wife, Gwen, he is survived by his daughters, Anastasia, Chelsea, and Linda, and one grandson. A Memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July, 23rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, or to the Music Ministry, at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

Trinity UM Church Hosts "In the Spirit" Auction -
Grilled Hotdog Lunch - 2006

   Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., will host an auction, "In the Spirit," as a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2006 in the family room of the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The raffle will consist of theme baskets, gift certificates, and other items. Proceeds will be split 50/50 to benefit Trinity's Apportionments Fund & Samuel's CAN Go To College Fund. A bake sale and a bottle/can collection will take place at the same time.
   Local businesses are invited to donate a gift certificate or other item to the auction, which will give local merchants advertising at the same time. A donation information form is available and should accompany the item so it can be appropriately identified.
   A grilled hotdog lunch with drinks will be available to purchase after the service. For more information, contact Michelle Swartzmeyer, 828-5095.

Concert "Stained Glass" At Trinity UM Church - 2006

   Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., will host a concert by the Jr./Sr. High Youth singing group, "Stained Glass" from the Church of Christ, Canton, PA. Your Love is Amazing is being presented on Monday evening, June 26, at 7:30 p.m.
   Through music, dance, and drama, lights, and sound effects, a story is told of a young girl's journey of life, and the way that God communicates with her. The audience will experience the fact that, no matter what your age or circumstance, God's love is amazing.
   The colorful and contemporary choreography, music, and setting is designed to appeal to people of all ages, and beliefs, churched and unchurched.
   All are invited to come and be inspired by a group of talented youth who love the Lord, and want to pass their message of love on to you. There is no admission. A free will offering will be taken.

Regina Truitt Named Lay Person of the Year - 2006

   Regina Truitt was honored as Lay Person of the Year for Trinity United Methodist Church during the Niagara Frontier District Laity Banquet held Sunday, May 21, 2006 at Samuel's Grand Manor. Regina is editor of the Trinity Tidings, treasurer of United Methodist Women of Grand Island, and is a member of the church finance committee.

Trinity Church Hosts Chiavetta BBQ Chicken Dinner - 2006

   Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island, NY will host a Chiavetta Barbeque Chicken Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006 at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Dinners include homemade pies and beverages. Take-out will be available. Tickets are $8 and only sold at the door. The community is invited.

Trinity Church Concert, "A Spring Bouquet of Music" - 2006

   The Trinity Church Music Ministry presents "A Spring Bouquet of Music" 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21st, featuring the church choir, tollers, orchestra, women's choir, men's choir and more. "Enjoy "yummy" refreshments and friendly talk after the concert. Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. The community is invited.

Seminar, Sermon On The Mount, At Trinity Church - 2006

   Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island will host a seminar Saturday, February 18, 2006 and Sunday morning, February 19, on the best-known teachings of Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount, led by linguist Philip Stine of Wilmington, N.C. The seminar begins will a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For details, call the church office at 773-3322.

Trinity Church to Sponsor Financial Planning Seminar- 2005

   A Tax and Financial Planning Seminar, open to the public, will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
   Certified Public Accountant R.J. Wynne will cover Medicaid Planning, Education Trusts, Life Estates and creative methods for Charitable Giving. There is no charge for this event and light refreshments will be served.

Trinity UM Church Adds Attractive New Fence - 2003

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for a larger view

   A new, white, picket fence has been added to the Trinity UM Church property this summer and is a very attractive addition. Julie & Eric Cook of Inside & Out Home Improvements are credited with the work. The photo was taken from Whitehaven Road looking towards the Historic Trinity Chapel.

Trinity's Rev. Paul E. Robinson Retires - 2005

   Rev. Paul E. Robinson has retired as senior pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church. Rev. Robinson and his family moved to Grand Island, NY in 1990 when he was named senior pastor. Trinity's Staff-Parish Relations Committee honored Rev. Paul and his wife Ellie at a party in June.
   Rev. Robinson has accepted a position as assistant pastor, primarily responsible for weddings, at the American Protestant Church of Paris, France from January 1 through June 30, 2006. This is the church the Robinson's daughter and her family attend and will enable them to be within a half hour of their grandchildren.
   While living on Grand Island, Paul was a member of the Grand Island Fire Company, the Grand Island Ministerium and served on the Grand Island Connections Board.
   Rev. J. Paul Womack is the new senior pastor at Trinity UM Church.

Trinity UMC Introduces New Pastor - 2005

   The congregation of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Island, has announced the appointment of a new senior pastor, the Rev. J. Paul Womack. Currently a mobilized United States Army Reserve Chaplain, Rev. Womack has spent most of the last two years on active duty, serving both stateside and in Iraq. He will begin his ministry at Trinity Church on July 1, 2005, replacing the current senior pastor, the Rev. Paul Robinson, who is retiring.
    Rev. Womack and his wife, Rev. Natalie Hanson, District Superintendent of the Niagara Frontier District, are the parents of Bethany (Nashville, Tennessee), Catherine (Rochester) and Anna, who is a middle school student. Rev. Womack, a native of Tennessee, has served United Methodist congregations in the Western New York area since 1975. He was most recently, prior to activation with the Reserves, co-pastor of the Williamsville United Methodist Church. He also served the Covenant United Methodist Church in Rochester and served as the Rochester Community Minister. Active in interfaith and ecumenical work in Rochester, he served as chair of the Interfaith Forum, the Commission on Jewish-Christian Relations, the Christian-Muslim Dialogue, and was president of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches. He holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and serves as the Staff Chaplain for the 98th Division (Institutional Training). He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
   He received his BA from Middle Tennessee State University, his Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt, a Master of Arts in Religious Study at Canisius and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
   “Many things in ministry appeal to me,” Rev. Womack notes, “from Bible study to church history to pastoral care and the supportive role a pastor can provide in enabling a person to access the resources of faith for life of love, justice, hope, and mercy. I have appreciated the ecumenical and interfaith experiences ministry has afforded me. I happen to believe that it is a denial of faith if one’s religious life makes them mean-spirited at the worst and indifferent at the least when it comes to human relationships, especially toward those persons of different backgrounds and traditions. I believe the church has an instrumental role in promoting a local community and global community that is more than merely tolerant, but hospitable, kind and generous. I hope we can help create something of that spirit at Trinity Church on Grand Island.”

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ At Trinity UM Church - 2005

   A Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2005 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Dinners will include homemade pies and beverages and takeouts will be available. Tickets are $8.00 and sold only at the door.

Twenty-one Young People Confirmed At Trinity UM Church - 2005

   The following students, mostly eighth graders, were confirmed by Rev. Paul Robinson and Rev. Edward McCutcheon and welcomed into Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 15, 2005. The confirmants are:
Joseph Dylan Aladeen
Michael William Baker
Amy Margaret Bidell
Tyler Jay Booth
Robert Alexander Demita
Nicolette Anna Fadel
Chris Jacob Harper
Jenna Michelle Hutzler
Charles Bernard Laqvallee
Susan Elizabeth Pioli
Robert Oscar Rutland, III
Victoria Jane Schaber
Anthony Michael Schojan
Lee Alexander Schuster
Kyle Patrick Thompson
Nicole Elizabeth Winter
Shaun Nicholas Winter
Zachary Todd Winter
Aaron William Wood
Arlene Ann Wunsch

Music, American Style At Trinity UM Church - 2005

   The Trinity Musicians of Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, will present a program of musical entertainment drawn from the vast heritage of American music at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2005. The folk songs of Appalachia, the songs of the Cowboys, the music of America's greatest songwriter, Irving Berlin, a walk through the world of Disney movie music, will all ring through the air in the Trinity sanctuary. "Even Joshua will be there to tell his story about some stubborn walls, helped along by the Trinity Tollers," a spokesman for the show said this week.
   All of this fun, and refreshments too, will be for the benefit of the instrument fund for the Methodist High School Band of Sierra Leone, in Freetown, of which Trinity brother Bernard Wesley is an alumnus. A free will offering will be taken.
    Those with brass instruments, including saxophones, gathering dust around the house, are urged to donate them and give them a chance to sing again and bring the joy of music back to the streets of Freetown. Instruments may be dropped off at the church on the evening of the concert, or any other day during regular business hours.
   Everyone is welcome.

Jim Ellson Wins "Miss Trinity 2005" Pageant - 2005
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Jacob Lange                                               Tom Burkman

Rev. Jim Lange                                        Miss Trinity Jim Ellson

Rev. Edward McCutcheon                                        Bill Pioli                                        Tom Pollard

Rev. Paul Robinson                                        Dave Wilkinson

John Bidell, who entertained while the votes were counted, is shown with his back-up chorus. Lynne Aladeen is on the left and Terri Bellanca is on the right (Can you identify the girl in the middle?).

Tom Pollard and Stan Ellson

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Josh Lange Photos except for those of Bill Pioli and the "back-up singers" taken by Amy M. Bidell

   Nine men of Trinity UM Church took their turns in the casual wear, talent, evening gown and interview as they vied for the title of Miss Trinity 2005, an event to benefit this year's Workcamp in Tennessee. A standing room only crowd of over 200 watched the pageant, with Stan Ellson serving as MC. Highest vote getter (100 votes per dollar bill) was Jim Ellson, who graciously took "her" walk down the runway after receiving "her" crown. For "her" talent, she chose to lipsync Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman."
   The title of 1st runner-up went to Dave Wilkinson and runner-up was won by Bill Pioli.
   The show began at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17th in the church family room, and the contestants drew non-stop laughter as they posed, curtsied, blew kisses and performed their high levels of talent for an appreciative audience. The contestants, in the order they appeared were Tom Burkman (Tomoko - Miss Sunday School), Jim Ellson (Foxy Cleopatra - Miss Youth Ministry Advisory Council), Jacob Lange (LaFonda Lange - Miss Middle School), Rev. Jim Lange (Legs Lange - Miss Turtle), Rev. Edward McCutcheon (Elementary Elle - Miss Elementary), Bill Pioli (William Wilhemena - Miss High School), Tom Pollard (Tantalizing Tomi - Miss Music), Rev. Paul Robinson (Paulette Von Doo - Miss Staff), and Dave Wilkinson (Diva W - Miss Workcamp).
   Between the $5 admission (well worth it) and the voting, a total of $3,500 was raised to benefit the trip to Tennessee for this year's work camp, to be attended by Island youth and adults.

Men Of Trinity To Compete For "Miss Trinity 2005" Title - 2005

   Men of Trinity UM Church will participate in the Miss Trinity 2005 competition to benefit this year's Workcamp in Tennessee. Voting will be by $1=100 votes for your favorite. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, with entrance donation of $5. The list of contestants includes Paul Robinson, Tom Pollard, Jim Lange, Bill Pioli, Dave Wilkinson, Jim Ellson, Tom Burkman, Jake Lange and Edward McCutcheon.

Trinity UMC Offers "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws" - 2005

Jodi Robinson Photo

   What is it? It will be a time of fellowship and learning with Professor Richard Middleton, biblical scholar at Robert's Wesleyan College. The program deals with imaging God in a broken world and relates to scripture found in the book of Genesis. The dialogue will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to look at the Bible and the practical issues in their lives. One of the sessions will explore the idea that to obtain salvation, enemies must be destroyed. Professor Middleton will look at the history of this idea from ancient biblical times to the present. This is of extreme relevance since we all live in post 9/11 times.
   Where is it? Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Blvd. from 9 am. to 3 p.m. March 5, 2005 and includes breakfast and lunch. Cost is $15 per adult and $5 for youth. Scholarships are available so everyone may attend. Child care is available upon request. The event will conclude with a presentation by Professor Middleton on Sunday, March 6th, on the Tower of Babel from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. with the sermon "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws." Again related to Genesis, the sermon will present how persons can work, raise children, play, and have hope in a world of violence.
   How to attend or questions? Call the church office at 773-3322 or Karen Hull at 839-9160. With the chaos of our world surrounding us in our daily lives, we can all benefit from this program....see you there!

Trinity UMC Appoints New Pastor - 2005

   The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), on behalf of Bishop Violet Fisher, has announced that Rev. Paul Womack has been appointed pastor of Trinity UM Church effective July 1, 2005.
   For the past year, Rev. Womack has been on mobilization status as a U.S. Army Chaplain. He has a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Colgate-Rochester, a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Vanderbilt University, and over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience. He is originally from Tennessee.
   Rev. Womack has recently returned from service in Iraq where he built a church, ministered to the U.S. troops, and supervised other chaplains.
   Rev. Womack's wife, Natalie Hanson, is serving as the District Superintendent. They are the parents of three children.
   Serving on Trinity's Staff Parish Relations Committee are Mike Meaney, Bobbie Cap, Diane Blum, Sandi Barclay, Sheila Miller, Martha Martin, Charlie Yund, Richard Seibert, Adam Kaiser, Jacob Lange, Gary Conschafter and Jackie Mordaunt.

Mount Union Choir To Appear At Trinity UMC - 2005

   The Mount Union Choir from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2005 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. This appearance is part of the Choir's 2005 concert tour.
   The Mount Union Choir is among the nation's oldest choral ensembles, tracing its roots to 1896. One of five choral organizations at Mount Union College, the Mount Union Choir is the College's premiere choral ensemble. Its repertoire spans 1,200 years of music history, with something for virtually everyone.

Trinity's Christmas Concert - 2004

   Trinity's Christmas concert after worship on December 12, 2004 included some fun songs. Shown from left are John Lummen, Libby Ponton, and Kathy and Tom Pollard hamming it up. Scroll down for a Christmas calendar of services being held at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Advent/Christmas Schedule At Trinity UM Church - 2004

• December 19
   10:30 a.m. Worship, Carols and other Christmas music - Sermon: "Little Did The Inn Keeper Know"
   5 p.m. Christmas Drama/Musical: "The First Leon" - Stars are the elementary Sunday School youth - Concludes with the Birthday Party for Jesus
• December 24 - Christmas Eve
   5 p.m. Christmas Eve Service for families with young children - Youth band plays
   7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service - Sonlight Singers sing
   11 p.m. Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion - Chancel Choir sings
   Each service is filled with the familiar scripture and carols that make Christmas Eve so special. Each service concludes with the traditional singing of Silent Night and the lighting of individual candles. Child care is provided for all three services.

"Affairs to Remember" Workshop At Trinity UM Church - 2004

Will I last forever?
What do I need to get there?
While I’m at it what can I do for others
   A Workshop titled Affairs to Remember will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. "Get up early and be there at 8:30 a.m. if you want to join us for a light breakfast or at 9 a.m. if you just want coffee." The workshop will last until 11:00 a.m.
Learn a lot about:
• Long Term Care Insurance
• The New Medicare Law!
• Charitable Giving
   A group of community specialists will explain the importance of these topics and will be available to answer all questions and will have literature available. Learn how simple it can be to serve yourself, your family, your heirs, and your community.
   All members of the community are invited. Those planning on attending are asked to call the church office, 773-3322, to register. "If you forget, please come anyway."

2nd Annual Octoberfestival At Trinity UM Church On Saturday - 2004

Shown from left are Silent Auction Co-chair Debbie Robinson, Heather Robinson, OctoberFestival Chairperson Gail Conschafter, and Silent Auction Co-chair Leslie Stube.

   Members of Trinity United Methodist Church will host their 2nd annual OctoberFestival from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2004 at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Featured will be a Chiavetta's chicken dinner ($8 per person), music and entertainment performed by Trinity's finest talent! The event will also include a silent auction, children's games and activities, in addition to a basketball foul shot tournament. "Who could ask for a better way to kick off the Fall season in Western New York?" a spokesman for the festival said this week. For more information, contact the Trinity Church office, 773-3322.

Teachers' Prayer Breakfast - 2004

   A Teachers' Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2004 in the Trinity UM Church family room, 2100 Whitehaven Road. For more information or for reservations, contact Trinity UM Church, 773-3322.
   Following breakfast will be a message from the Rev. Paul E. Robinson, Trinity senior pastor. The breakfast is open to teachers (active and retired), education leaders, professors, and for those involved in a school setting (public, private, Sunday, church, youth ministry or adult education).

Trinity United Methodist Youth "Make a Difference" at Reach Workcamp 2004


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   Fifty-two youths and adults from Trinity UM Church participated in the Reach Niagara Falls Workcamp the week of July 18-24, 2004. This camp brought together 350 youth and adults from all over the United States.
   During the week the workers are broken down into work crews of about six or seven. Each work crew is assigned a house for the crew to repair. This workcamp worked on a total of 41 houses. "This is a great week for the youth to build not only houses, but also to build relationships," Trinity Assistant Pastor Rev. Edward McCutcheon who accompanied the group said. "They obviously build relationships with other campers, but the remarkable thing is the bond that is built between the homeowners and the young people."
   The theme for the week was "Who Am I?" Each day during special times, the youth and adults reflected on this idea as it related to Workcamp. Rev. McCutcheon explained it this way. "It is very easy to go through life day to day and never realize the need around each of us. In addition, we sometimes forget that our christian lives find meaning in service. This week is a great reminder of our Christian mission to those around us. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to speak with our actions the love of Christ in our lives."
   "This is a great week for the youth to grow in their spiritual walk with Christ, as they reach out in love to their neighbor. The youth of Trinity participate in this ministry annually, and they plan to "Make a Difference" next summer, although the location has not been determined," Rev. McCutcheon said.

Assistant Pastor Appointed At Trinity UM Church - 2004

   Edward McCutcheon has been appointed to Trinity United Methodist Church as assistant pastor with emphasis on youth ministry. The appointment was made July 1, 2004.
   Born in Conway, South Carolina, he graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 1996. He then attended Duke University Divinity School where he received his Masters of Divinity.
   Upon graduation from Duke, Rev. McCutcheon was appointed to Cayce United Methodist Church were he served as associate minister for five years. His focus at Cayce UMC was youth and children. He was an officer in the United Methodist Fellowship of Adults in Youth Ministry.
   Rev. McCutcheon is married to Stephanie Blanton McCutcheon whom he met while attending Wofford. The couple, almost immediately after arriving here, joined Trinity's youth workcamp and assisted with the 52 Island young people on the Niagara Falls project. Mrs. McCutcheon will be entering the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy this fall.

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ at Trinity - 2004

   A Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004. Chicken dinners ($7.50) include homemade dessert and beverage. Take-out will be available. A hot dog dinner (chips, dessert and beverage) is $3.50.

Trinity UM Church Offers Financial Seminar - 2004

   A seminar, "Fun With Finances: For Single Folks," will be presented on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in the Family Room of Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. The seminar will be led by Steve Morgan, Principal, of Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C. To accomodate the schedules of those who wish to attend, the presentation will be given from, 12:30 - 2 p.m., which will include a complimentary lunch, and again from, 6:30-9 p.m., including a complimentary dinner. The seminar, sponsored by the Trinity Planned Giving Ministry Team, is open to the public. Reservations are not necessary, however, they may be made for either session by calling the church office at, 773-3322, or by signing up before or after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. "Please join us for, food, fellowship, and fascinating financial information."

Seventeen Young People Confirmed At Trinity UM Church - 2004

   The following eighth grade students were confirmed by Rev. Paul Robinson and Rev. Frank Newsome and welcomed into Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 28, 2004. The confirmants are:
John Charles Bidell
Lauren Elizabeth Braun
Daniel Joseph DeMarco
Rebecca Lynn Donnelly
Jessica Lynn Doyle
Nicholas Francis Geib
Shari Lyn Geblein
Kevin Michael Holzle
Kory Matthew Holzle
Marissa Jean Lange
Craig Herbert Meaney
William Page Newsome
Andrew James Rogers
Rebecca Ann Sobol
Alexander Stephen Webb
Christopher Kent Webb
Morgan Leigh Weir

Carolyn Arends in Benefit Concert At Trinity Church - 2004

   Trinity Church will host a very special benefit concert for the Mark Lange family at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004. The one and only Carolyn Arends and her friend, Spencier Capier, will provide a great night of music and insight. Carolyn Arends has won many music awards and is the author of two books. The concert will be held at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road and light refreshments will be served.
   Mark Lange suffers from the debilitating and little understood disease, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). There is no known cure and is currently treated by pain management through medication. Admission will be collected as a free will offering at the door.
   Those wishing to contribute but not unable to attend the concert may send donations to Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Make checks payable to Trinity United Methodist Church, with “Mark Lange Benefit” on the memo line. Questions may be directed to the church office at 773-3322. "Please do not miss this opportunity to do something positive and enjoy some great music!" All proceeds will go to the Lange family.

"Psalms: Hymns of the Heart" At Trinity Church - 2004

   "Psalms: The Hymns of the Heart," a Lenten seminar series, is being offered March 19-21st at Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road (773-3322). Guest speaker will be Rev. Robert Hill of Asbury First UMC, Rochester, NY. Rev. Hill is the author of "Snow Day."
   Schedule is:
• Friday, March 19 - 7:30 to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, March 20 - 9:30 a.m. to noon and 7:30-9 p.m.
• Sunday, March 21 - 9-10 a.m. SS and 10:30 a.m. worship
   Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per student. Childcare will be provided. Fee is for entire seminar series, paid at the first seminar attended. Registration is ongoing. Pre-registration is most helpful and appreciated.

Father-Son Banquet At Trinity Church - 2004

   A Father-Son Banquet, catered by the Como Restaurant, will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Trinity UM Church family room. The evening, open to all fathers and sons in the community, will feature a fun, musical program by Glen Colton (
Glen Colton Website).
   "It is an opportunity for fathers and sons, men and boys to gather for a time of fun and fellowship," a Trinity spokesman said this week. "Don't have a son? Borrow one who may not have a father in the area. Don't have a father around? Borrow one," he said.
   Tickets at $10.00 per person must be purchased by Wednesday evening, March 10. No tickets will be sold at the door due to catering requirements.

Trinity "Band" Plays For Octoberfestival - 2003

Band members (left) trombone player Don Mason, trumpet George Rogers, drummer Scott Thompson, clarinet Libby Ponton (hidden Tom Peters sousaphone), Tom Pollard (saxophone), and Kathy Pollard (piano).
Barbi Lare Photo - Click photo for a larger view

   Trinity UM Church members held a financially successful Octoberfestival on October 18th featuring everything from hayrides and live entertainment to a chicken dinner and silent auction.

Financial Planning Seminar At Trinity Church - 2003

   The Planned Giving Ministry Team at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., will present a Financial Planning Seminar from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2003. The evening will include a complimentary dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the seminar at 7:15 p.m.
   The presenter for the evening will be James Barrett, an experienced financial and estate planner. His topic will be the gifting of retirement accounts. Mr. Barrett will also address questions regarding estate plans in general.
   Although open to any age, folks in their 40's are especially encouraging to attend. Planners for the event advise that though not necessary, reservations would be helpful and may be made by calling the church office at 773-3322. All members of the Grand Island community are cordially invited to attend.

Octoberfestival At Trinity Church - 2003

Trinity Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner details.
   Parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., invite one an all to OCTOBERFESTIVAL 2003. The event will take place at the church from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003.
   The Festival will feature Chiavetta's Chicken Dinner a super silent auction, live musical entertainment, foul shooting contest at Historic Trinity, and special activities and events for children. "Come join us for - food - fun - and fellowship."
  • Chiavetta's Chicken dinner from 4-7 p.m.
  • Entertainment/children's activities from 4-7 p.m.
  • Hay rides
  • Silent Auction from 4-8. (Highest bidder need not be present to win!!)

    Teachers' Prayer Breakfast - 2003

       A Teachers' Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at Trinity UM Church. Reservation forms are available at the church office, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Cost is $5 with checks made payable to Trinity United Methodist Women.
       Kathryn Pollard, an Island resident and a Home and Career Skills teacher in the Kenmore school district will be the featured speaker. The breakfast is for teachers, education leaders, professors, retired teachers, youth ministry, adult education or church school teachers.

    Benefit Concert In Memory of Barbara Nutting

       A benefit concert for Niagara Frontier City Ministries, given in loving memory of Barbara Nutting, took place in Trinity UM Church 7 p.m. June 8, 2003. Rev. Paul Robinson of Trinity Um Church gave the welcome. The Trinity Orchestra was directed by Jill Newsome. A wide range of music was presented by musicians from First United Methodist (North Tonawanda), Bethany UM Church (Tonawanda), First UM Church (Niagara Falls), Hope UM Church (Niagara County), Pendleton Center UM Church, St. Paul's UM Church (Niagara Falls) and Trinity UM Church, Grand Island. Mrs. Nutting, who died June 1, 2003, was an active member of Trinity UM Church.

    Ruth Muck Honored At Trinity - Kum On In Closing

       The Kum On In store will be closed for good on June 30, 2003. It all started 20 years ago when longtime Island resident Ruth Muck overheard a conversation among a group of young women at Trinity UM Church in 1981. They were discussing the high cost of children's clothes and how quickly the children grew out of them. That is when Ruth came up with the idea of a children's clothing exchange and what evolved was the Kum On In Clothing Store. The Church's administrative board supported the idea and it took hold with an opening on Monday, May 3, 1982. Ruth wrote to all of the pastors of the Island's churches explaining the concept of the ecumenical, non-profit store which would be run by all volunteer help.
       Ruth, who has remained an active worker in the store for over 20 years, was recognized at the Sunday, June 8, 2003 Trinity Church worship service for not only starting the store that has helped so many families clothe their children, but for going above and beyond to those who came through its door.
       Grand Island Supervisor Peter A. McMahon attended the service and read a proclamation of recognition for Ruth. Cake was served in her honor after the service.
        "Ruth Muck's Recollections of the Kum On In Clothing Store" was printed and passed out at the service. The summary was from an audio taped conversation On May 29, 2003 of Ruth and Mary Cooke and summarized by Mrs. Cooke.

    Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ at Trinity

       A Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2003. Dinners include homemade dessert and beverage. Take-out will be available.

    Youth Ministry Presents "Bright Lights On Broadway"

    Fred Claus Photo - Click photo for a larger view
    Pictured are Emily Cole who played Annie as she is joined by three members of the 76 trombones troop. They are Molly Wynne, Matt Robinson, and Johnathan Goc.

       The youth ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church presented "Bright Lights on Broadway" on May 15-16, 2003. The musical event held in the church was a fund raiser for the youth ministry. As they have done in years past, high school members of the ministry will be attending a workcamp again this year. The 2003 trip will be to Shiprock, New Mexico in July to help rebuild and fix up homes for needy Native Americans in that area.

    Daughter Dinner At Trinity - May 2003
    Photos are of Denise Reichard as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Lauri and Lauren Rogers, and Heather Burkman and Lindsey Fetzer.
    Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos - Click for larger view.

        Trinity's United Methodist Women's group hosted a "Daughter Dinner" on Wednesday, May 7, 2003. In the past this event had been an annual mother-daughter dinner. Since every woman is a daughter, this opened the event up to more participants. The daughters enjoyed a wonderful catered dinner followed by a program of music, tributes and prizes. Lauri and Lauren Rogers, a mother-daughter duo, performed a duet with violin and piano and also with both playing the violin. Donna Webb read a poem as a tribute to mothers and daughters. Heather Burkman and Lindsey Fetzer played a lovely flute duet. The featured performer, Denise Reichard, had the audience mesmerized with her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female American doctor. Chairman of the event was Ellie Robinson.

    Dynamic Christianity - 2003
       Have you ever wanted to know who God is, why we have the Bible, or what is forgiveness? Are you a religious skeptic or a newcomer to faith? Are you a longstanding member of a church but would like to be able to articulate your beliefs more effectively? Dynamic Christianity is an opportunity for you. The eight-week class will survey the central beliefs of Christianity. It will begin Tuesday evening, April 29, from 7:00-8:30pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. Each session will include teaching, examination of the scriptures and historical creeds, and a discussion. Topics include sources of Christian beliefs, the character of God and Jesus, grace, the Bible, church and Christian living. For more information or to request child care during the sessions, call the church office at 773-3322.

    "Bright Lights On Broadway" Coming To Trinity UM Church - 2003
       A spring dinner show is coming to Trinity UM Church. Rev. Frank Newsome, associate pastor at Trinity UM Church and his wife, Jill will handle most aspects of the meal and the exciting musical show being held Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, 2003.
       The Trinity Family Room will be turned into a very nice restaurant where an excellent dinner will precede a night of musical entertainment titled, "Bright Lights On Broadway."
       Only 125 tickets at $25 will be sold and a sell-out is expected. Tickets are available at the church office, 2100 Whitehaven Road, with checks payable to Trinity United Methodist Church. Ticket will also be sold after the 10:30 a.m. worship services on April 27, May 4 and May 11.
       A nursery for children through age 5 by reservation only (at time of ticket purchase) will be available.
       The Dinner Show is a major fundraiser for Trinity's high school group of 46 youth and adults who will travel to Shiprock, New Mexico in the near future to do home repairs on the very poor Navajo Indian Reservation.

    Easter Service at Trinity United Methodist Church - 2003
       Trinity United Methodist Church, on Sunday, April 20, will offer a 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast for all ages and entire families. There will be a short drama program during breakfast which will prepare attendees to celebrate the Risen Lord immediately following the breakfast. Reservations are necessary by calling 773-3322. Trinity will hold a special Easter Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

    Palm Sunday Service at Trinity United Methodist Church - 2003
       Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a special Palm Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. April 13, 2003. It will begin with a story of Palm Sunday, followed by a song performed by the Sonbeam Choir. There will also be hymns accompanied by a flute trio, brass, handbells and girls' ensemble. Children will be distributing palms to members of the congregation during the service in preparation for Easter. Please join Trinity for their Palm Sunday service.

    Historic Trinity Opens For Prayer
       March 20, 2003. . . Historic Trinity (the white church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd.) will be open every day for people to come and pray for the world in this time of crisis and need. The church will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. "We encourage families and individuals to come at some time during the day, every day, on the way or on the way home from work, or whenever they are able to do so," Rev. Paul Robinson of Trinity UM Church said this week.
       "We hope that this haven of quiet and peace will aid us in our attempt to keep perspective and hope, as well as a chance to pray for all those involved in this war," he said. "Also, we are encouraging anyone who has a loved one or acquaintance who is involved in this conflict, to bring a picture to put on the big bulletin board in the foyer of the "new" church. It is not important that they have any relationship to Trinity Church. Let us be faithful in our prayers to our loving God," said Rev. Robinson.

    Benefit Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church
       Parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church will offer a special benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2003. The music will range from classical to sacred and will feature the Trinity Belles, Tollers, and Clarinet Ensemble, as well as several soloists. It is a reflective concert which should provide a meaningful experience during the Lenten season and all Islanders are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the last phase of refurbishing the church organ. Donations to this fund may be made at any time.

    Trinity Planned Giving Ministry Team Offers College Savings Presentation
       March is the month! Yes, the Trinity Planned Giving Ministry Team is sponsoring financial planning expert, David Schilling, of Wealth Management Group, on Saturday morning, March 15, from 9-11 a.m., and also on Friday evening, March 21, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Mr. Schilling's topic will be, SAVING FOR OUR CHILDREN'S COLLEGE. HIs presentation will include information dealing with:
  • Financial Aid
  • Coverdell Education Savings
  • Pre-Paid Tuition Plans
  • UGMA/UTMA Plans
  • 529 College savings
  • Savings Bonds
  • Roth IRA'S
       Mr. Schilling will also discuss Income tax, compound interest, and the Rule of 72. Bring your questions and concerns. These presentations could be extremely important in helping parents achieve that college dream for their children.
       Refreshments and child care will be provided. These seminars are open to anyone, not just members of Trinity. "Call the church office during regular business hours to register, or just come on over on the day of your choice," a spokesman for the Planned Giving Ministry said this week. "We hope that many of you and your friends will take advantage of this important and informative educational opportunity," he said.

    Saving For Our Children's College
       If you are planning on sending your children to college, then mark in your calendars, Saturday morning, March 15, 2003 from 9-11 a.m., and Friday evening, March 21, 2003 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. These will be two very significant dates in helping parents achieve that college dream for their children.
       The Planned Giving Ministry Team at Trininty United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road will present David Schilling of Wealth Management Group whose topic will be "Saving for our Children's College." Refreshments and child care will be provided. Registration may be made by calling the church office during regular business hours at 773-3322. Watch for more details in the February and March editions of the Grand Island e-News.

    Brennen Manning Weekend Event At Trinity UM Church

       The community is invited to join parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church for a weekend with Brennan Manning. Brennan Manning has written over 15 books, of which several, including "The Ragamuffin Gospel," have been best sellers. Nationally known, he will be speaking from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2003; 9 a.m. to noon and from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 1. He will preach at Trinity on Sunday morning, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Cost of the weekend is $15 if purchased by February 23 or $20 at the door. Call 716-773-3322 for reservations.
       Click to read about the life and vocations of Brennan Manning.

    Trinity's Soul Cafe Featured In Buffalo News
    The Soul Cafe, a new Saturday gathering at Trinity UM Church since October 2002, was featured in the January 25, 2003 edition of the Buffalo News. Click "Buffalo News 1-25-03" for the complete story, A Jolt of Religion.

    Steve Bell Concert At Trinity
    A Steve Bell concert will be offered 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2003 at Trinity UM Church. Steve Bell is a superb guitarist who lives in Canada and has won many music awards there. For information on the artist, click Steve Bell.

    Christmas Eve 2002 At Trinity UM Church
       Music filled the air during the Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2002 held at 7 p.m. in Trinity UM Church. As the story of the birth of Jesus unfolded through scripture readings by members of the church, others contributed vocal and instrumental music truly enjoyed by those attending.
       Among those offering musical selections were Laura Vivier ("O Holy Night"), Terry Eberhard and Chris Simpson on flute and oboe ("Two Carols"), Amanda Kingston on saxophone (Medley), Terry Eberhard, Lindsay Fetzer and Erin Waite on flutes ("Silent Night"), Gillian Brown ("Ave Maria in A Minor"), and the Sonlight Singers and Joyful Noise Alumni ("Do You Hear What I Hear?").
       Rev. Paul E. Robinson gathered the youngest in attendance for the Children's Moment and Rev. Frank Newsome's sermon titled "Blue Cord on the Fringe," was most inspiring.
       The annual Christmas Eve service ended with the entire congregation, with hand-held candles aglow, singing "Silent Night."

    Soul Cafe' At Trinity
    The Soul Cafe' is held every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. "A Simple Christmas" with hammered dulcimer and more will be featured this Saturday, December 21, 2002. A band from Houghton College will perform on Saturday, January 18, 2002.

    Art Show Saturday, December 14, 2002
    An Art show featuring works by Jonathan Rogers with prints and greeting cards for sale will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2002 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Admission is $7.

    Family Music Night With Birthday Party For Jesus
       Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road will be the site of a "Family Music Night With A Birthday Party For Jesus." The event takes place Sunday, December 15, 2002 beginning at 6 p.m. The community is cordially invited.

    Sing Noel! A Carol Service
       The Trinity Chancel Choir of Trinity UM Church will present Sing Noel! - A Carol Service, by Hal H. Hopson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2002. The music, which features the organ, string quartet, handbells and percussion, will be presented in the church, 2100 Whiteahaven Road.

    Soul Cafe' At Trinity Opens - September 2002
       A Grand Opening for Soul Cafe' at Trinity was held in the family room of the church at 2100 Whitehaven Road on Saturday, September 21, 2002. Soul Cafe', a coffeehouse/worship experience, will be open at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday night. Included will be discussions around the table, great and varied musical styles, drama, multimedia presentations, and much more. A special Soul Cafe' concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2002 will feature Carolyn Arends.
       A post card mailed to the community urges residents to "Come out and do something good for the soul." For more information,

    Trinity's Fall Festival 2002
    A roast beef dinner with homemade desserts will be offered during the Fall Festival at Trinity UM Church from 4-7 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2002. Among a long list of for sale or for bid items will be jams and jellies and "One of a Kind." The event also includes a Mini Bazaar and Country Store.

    Island Teens Pitch In To Rebuild Homes Of Less Fortunate
    About 367 high school students traveled from around the country to attend the Reach Workcamps program based at Niagara Falls Middle School July 21-27, 2002. A large crew of teens and adult supervisors from Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island took part. Trinity UM raised $5,000 and served as the local sponsor for the camp. For the complete story click "Workcamp."

    Four Nights Under the Big Top - Music Under the Tent at Trinity Church
       Music minded parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church are inviting the community to come and enjoy the musical offerings of some talented groups. The event, suitable for all ages, is billed as "Four Nights Under the Big Top" and takes place on four Sunday nights beginning at 5:30 p.m. under a tent at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. A catered cookout by One-Eyed Jacks with pulled-pork and B-Que chicken with music by Andrew Peterson is set for Sunday, July 7, 2002. Other dates and features are: "Frank and Friends" featuring "Eddie & the Sondogs" - Sunday, July 14; Trinity Contemporary Band - July 21; and Silers Bald - Sunday, July 28. An offering will be taken to help defray expenses and food will be served.

    Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ at Trinity

       A Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2002. Dinners include homemade dessert and beverage. Take-out will be available.

    Trinity Offers Music Ministry Concert
    A Music Ministry Concert will be held 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2002 at Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. All are welcome. For further information, call Jill Newsome, 773-3322.

    Isle Women Attend Methodist Assembly

    Phyllis Lange is shown center.

    Nancy Hayes and Phyllis Lange of
    Trinity United Methodist Church attended
    a convention of the United Methodist Women's
    Assembly April 24-28, 2002 in Philadelphia.
    Over 9000 women took part in the event.

    Trinity Offers Seminar on David
       A seminar on "Journeying with David" will be offered by Trinity United Methodist Church from February 8-10 at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
       The seminar will be led by J. Richard Middleton, who will address the saintliness and sins of the beloved Old Testament shephered boy and king. The seminar will run from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8; 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 9; and 9-10:15 a.m. Sunday, February 10. There will be a continental breakfast included on Saturday morning, and Middleton will preach at Trinity's 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Child care will be available.
       Middleton, who devoted 10 years to campus ministry in the United States and Canada, formerly taught the Old Testament at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and is currently associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Roberts Wesleyan Colletge in Rochester.
       For a brochure and registration information, call 773-3322 or e-mail
    Trinity Church. All interested are encouraged to attend.

    Prayer Vigil At Trinity
    To help the Grand Island community with yesterday's catistrophic news, a Prayer Vigil at Trinity UM Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road will be open to everyone from 3-11 p.m. today (Wednesday, September 12, 2001). Spiritual help will be available.

    Skateboard Event

    Fred Claus photos
       A Skateboard/Rollerblade/Scooter event took place Monday, June 25, 2001, at Trinity UM Church. Coordinators of the church event were Sharon Dzierba, Doug Eberhard and Lynn Aladeen. Mark Eberhard is shown in the midst of a stunt.

    Trinity Church Members
    Hold Another Chicken BBQ

    Barbi Lare photos
       The Chiavetta's crew had plenty of chicken ready, and Trinity supporters were on hand to devour the meal and all the extras offered to the diners. No one could tell us how many years this event has been going on, but the tired workers, including Chairman Gail Conschafter, claimed that it was forever. Shown are Judy Siehnel, Sharon Nichols, and Jane Duffy serving up the meals, and Joe Marchant is working the grill where 420 chicken halves were barbecued.

    Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ at Trinity

       A Chiavetta's Chicken Barbecue will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Children's menu is a hot dog and chips for $3.50. Adult menu includes a half chicken, salad, dessert and beverage for $7.

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