Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May 2017 bring you joy during the journey. In conversation with a sister of mine, I was reminded of the important work I have to do in 2017. She reminded me that OUR MOST IMPORTANT WORK is the work we do on and with ourselves, "inside work." In the winter months Tim, the handyman, doing ...

What Gift Shall We Bring

What Gift Shall We Bring

They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, ...

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you ...

Celebrating Children this Christmas

Celebrating Children this Christmas

As I reflect upon my first several months as the resident bishop of the Indiana Area, I can’t help but feel a deep gratitude towards the warm welcome that you have offered my family and me, as well as the Kingdom work we have witnessed thus far during our time in Indiana.   One of the many...

A Time to Pray

A Time to Pray

Brothers and Sisters -  I invite all United Methodists in Indiana and beyond to pray with me for our nation and our leaders. At 12 p.m. EST, Tuesday, November 8 at Roberts Park United Methodist Church (in the Sanctuary) at 401 N. Delaware Street in Downtown Indianapolis, I will gather ...

The World Series is a sign of hope

The World Series is a sign of hope

All is right with the world. Yes, this may seem a bit of extreme optimism or naivety. However, I have evidence of this as the World Series is underway. I may be the only person living in Indianapolis Metro who is both a Chicago Cubs fan and a Cleveland Indians fan. To be more accurate, I ...

A More Excellent Way

A More Excellent Way

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. – Psalm 8:1 (KJV) Guidelines for United Methodists during this election season   From ¶164b of the United Methodist Book of Discipline on the Political Community and Political ...

Glory Sightings: The Children came with joy

Glory Sightings: The Children came with joy

A few weeks ago, I attended Sunday worship at Carmel UMC where the Rev. Patti Napier preached an excellent sermon, and the music and hospitality were deeply touching. What struck me, though, was when the children were invited to come forth for the children's sermon before departing for...

Let Us Walk Together

Let Us Walk Together

An African proverb states, "if you want to go fast walk alone, if you want to go far, walk together." As your new bishop I have experienced "Hoosier Hospitality" and the kind of introduction to Indiana that reflects the rich history of the United Methodist Christian witness in this part ...

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