Why I Love Trinity And Pledge Every Year
Our initial attraction to Trinity Episcopal Church was the outstanding youth programs. On the basis of a recommendation by the Hight family, our youngest children enrolled in Rite-13 and progressed through Journey to Adulthood. I attribute much of their success as adults to their experiences at Trinity. I fondly remember years of baking cookies, hauling kids to Bradford Woods, and cleaning vacant lots in the neighborhood. I also relish the memory of them flashing smiles at me as they returned from the communion rail during mass.
I made a natural progression to the Trinity outreach programs. Trinity’s outreach efforts have provided multiple opportunities for me to give back to our community and to support those in need. Volunteering at the Mid-North Food Pantry, painting the dining room, serving dinner at the Day Spring Center, and working along-side my son on Habitat for Humanity projects, have been very rewarding and fulfilling.
During a term on the Vestry, I served a year as Outreach Coordinator. It was at this point that the fledgling Childcare Committee, citing the absence of affordable early learning throughout Indianapolis, floated the idea for an early learning program for infants and toddlers. I asked to join the group which enjoyed the wholehearted support of the Vestry and Clergy and the rest is history – St. Nicholas Early Learning Inc is now an independent 501(c) (3).
Most recently, I have been pleased to be involved with the Working Group on Social Justice and Reconciliation. The response from parishioners and Clergy has been very encouraging. Lots of hot topics and useful information have been presented and discussed.
Finally, the fellowship and camaraderie of the Wednesday morning Men’s Breakfast group and participating in the hospitality of the Guild of Unexceptionable Cuisiniers is most enjoyable.
So, in addition to the usual expenses necessary to run a parish, I know that the annual pledges from my wife Judy and I contribute to nurture and support these important programs. It continues to be money well spent.