"He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two ..." (Mark 6:7)
When we respond to Jesus' call to follow him, eventually we find ourselves being sent by him. Jesus calls us in order to save us, but he also calls us in order to teach, equip, and empower us to be his servants and ambassadors in the world. And he calls us to work together, in partnership, rather than alone.
At Trinity Church we are blessed to have many people who respond to Jesus' call, including a great staff. In partnership with our laity, the staff help us to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I want to share some exciting news with you. The Trinity United Methodist Church will soon be adding two outstanding people to our staff team.
Beginning June 1, Mrs. Alison Naas will become the Director of Weekday Ministries. Alison, her husband, Jonathan, and their children are active members of Trinity Church. Alison has been a three and four-years-old teacher in our program for the past four years. Prior to teaching with us, she taught young elementary children in the public schools for some eighteen years. Alison earned her Bachelor's degree at Texas A & M University. Since the beginning of this year, she has served as Interim Assistant Director for our program. She brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to her new role, as well as a deep love for Christ and a caring heart for others.
Beginning July 1, Trinity will be receiving the Rev. Jill Daniel and her husband, Ken, under appointment by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, to be our new Minister of Christian Education, with an emphasis on Children and Family Ministries. Jill and Ken will be coming to us from the Missouri Annual Conference. Jill is from Atlanta, Texas, and has a rich background in a variety of ministries in the Church. She has special expertise in early child development, having worked for the Head Start program for a number of years prior to entering ordained ministry and having started a number of early childhood centers. She has a special love for missions, for music, and for helping people grow as disciples who can witness to the Gospel in word and deed. Jill is an ordained Elder. She and Ken have two married daughters and grandchildren who live in Texas.
I know you will join me in praying for these persons who have responded to Christ's call to serve at Trinity Church. We also continue to pray for Matthew, Danielle, and Wesley Thomasson as they prepare to return to Plano, and we are currently searching for an associate pastor to build on Matthew's fine work. May God bless each of us with a growing desire to follow Jesus and with a responsive heart to allow him to send us, together, to share the Good News.
See you Sunday!
Dr. Bob Shield
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison | Beaumont, TX 77706
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