Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

The Lenten Journey

The Lenten Journey

As many of us received ashes to mark Ash Wednesday, February 14 began our season of Lent. A season marked in the Christian Church by 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Easter. Repentance, fasting, and prayer during the season of Lent help to prepare us for ...

What We Need In 2018

What We Need In 2018

Wisdom is intergenerational. When I take time to stop, listen, and ponder the wisdom that comes from those younger than me, as well as those who have traveled the road of life for many years, I am always blessed. The diversity of humanity lends itself to deep wells of encouragement that ...

Christmas is the Antidote for our Fears

Christmas is the Antidote for our Fears

Christmas is the Antidote for our Fears Bishop Trimble shares his Christmas message in a short video celebrating the season of Advent and the coming year. Watch the video here.  As we continue on the road to Christmas, my family and I are praying for you and your loved ones to experience ...

Advent Opportunities

Advent Opportunities

The first Sunday of December marks the first Sunday of Advent, a word derived from the Latin word “adventus” which means “arrival or approach.” While the weeks will pass quickly and the rapid change of the weather will cause seasonal adjustments to bundle up for there winter ahead, there ...

Approaching Thanksgiving

Approaching Thanksgiving

“I will give thanks to the Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 9:1-2 (NIV)  I love the season of autumn. The colors, the sunrise, the retrieval of sweaters and jackets for the brisk mornings and cool evenings. It is a time of shortened daylight and ...

An Open Letter to all senators and congressional leaders from Indiana

An Open Letter to all senators and congressional leaders from Indiana

Dear Senator, I am a registered voter residing in Noblesville, Indiana. More importantly, I am a parent, concerned citizen, and lover of peace and freedom. I write you as a one who prays for you and your leadership on behalf of this country. As Bishop of The United Methodist Church of ...

Mother Earth is Angry

Mother Earth is Angry

Mother Earth is Angry Mother Earth is Angry   Earthquakes and storms   Not once but again and again   The hottest day ever   Wildfires and droughts   Wildlife gives witness   That climate change is real   Mother Earth is angry   And we are too busy   Too busy to confess   Too busy to ...

Praying for Vegas and for an End to Gun Violence

Praying for Vegas and for an End to Gun Violence

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”–Matthew 5:9 Brothers and Sisters, There are thousands of people offering their thoughts and prayers to the community of Las Vegas and families in the aftermath as we all process the violence of Sunday evening’s ...

Praying for Vegas and an End to Gun Violence

Praying for Vegas and an End to Gun Violence

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” –Matthew 5:9 Brothers and Sisters, There are thousands of people offering their thoughts and prayers to the community of Las Vegas and families in the aftermath as we all process the violence of Sunday evening’s ...

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