“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.
Three years ago Trinity was greatly blessed when Jesus sent Rev. Jill Daniel to us to be our Minister of Discipleship. Jill has shared a great ministry with us, working together with children, youth, parents, and members to build up the Body of Christ. Her husband Ken has been by her side, helping in every way.
As you know, our Bishop, Scott Jones, has advanced a wonderful new vision for our Annual Conference, “We Love All God’s Children.” He has created a new ministry position in the Conference staff to lead this new ministry outreach to children and their families, and he has appointed Jill Daniel to be the first director. She is supremely gifted and experienced in early childhood development and ministry to at-risk children; there is no one more qualified to help the larger Church begin this new witness.
June 24 will be Jill’s last Sunday with us. That day we will have a special reception for her immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service, so mark your calendar. Though we will have many opportunities to express our appreciation, I want to thank Jill for providing such excellent ministry for the Lord and for our community. We are grateful for both Jill and Ken, and we know that the Lord is sending them to a new place of discipleship and service.
At the same time, we are excited to welcome another Jill – Jill Frantz – as our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries. Jill has a background in both youth and children’s ministry, with a degree in youth ministry from a United Methodist college. She will be our lead youth director and will supervise our children’s and family ministries.
I also want to thank Stephanie Denham for serving these past two years as our part-time Coordinator of Children’s Ministry. Stephanie has been a bright light among our young ones and has been a great witness to Christ’s love for our children. Her husband, Dustin, who has helped her in this ministry, is now in a job transition which requires them to go in a new direction. We are so grateful to Stephanie and Dustin for their ministry among us.
I would ask you to pray for Rev. Jill and Ken and for Stephanie and Dustin as they are in transition, as well as for Jill Frantz as she comes to be a part of our ministry team. Jesus is continually calling and sending his disciples, and it is no accident that our Sunday worship liturgy is structured around the dynamics of call and response. Let’s practice responding to God’s call by gathering together for worship on Sunday, and let’s be ready to go out into the world, sent to serve!
Grace and peace, Bob Shield
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison | Beaumont, TX 77706
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