Our Vision

The Vision  A Call to Connect and Serve

Will you match your gifts with the needs of others?

Orientation of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Let us help you get connected at Trinity United Methodist Church

It is the vision of Trinity United Methodist Church to bring you and others together in a small
group, Christian environment where you are encouraged to develop your understanding of faith
through fellowship, Christian Education, Sunday School, Book Clubs, Movie nights, Community
Outreach, Inner City Mission, and Global missions in the sharing of experiences and Christian
community.

Trinity United Methodist Church is beginning to embark on the journey of celebrating
intergenerational ministries involving all God’s children.  Within the context of the church you will
find small groups such as:

•        Food and Flick Nights:  Contact Cathy Bryant
•        Book Club Nights: Contact Debbie Lisandrelli
•        Mission and Outreach in the greater Syracuse Area contact Cathy Bryant
•        Sunday School: 10:15 AM every Sunday, except during the summer
•        Tuesday Morning Bible Study:  Contact Priscilla Cole
•        Blood Drive: contact Anne Reed
•        Thursday Morning Bible Study: Oleatha Teska
•        Committee Meetings: contact the church office
•        Families For Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT): contact the church office
•        Gamblers Anonymous: contact the Church office
•        Tuesday fellowship Meals: contact Linda Smith
•        Mary Circle: contact Gerry Cleary
•        Prayer Chain: Mary Zachol
•        Baptism and New membership class: contact Rev. Hunt
•        Teens and youth: contact Cathy Bryant
        No More Malaria Campaign: Contact Betty Donvito
•        Children’s Nursery and Preschool featuring classes for 3 and 4 year olds: contact the
church office

The above small groups may focus on specific ministries, expand your knowledge of Clay,
Trinity congregational life, provide you with forums through which to connect with others, and
improve your outlook to life and living.  You will find the diverse leadership of the groups
knowledgeable with a depth of faith that will help inspire you to continue to grow in your love of
God and neighbor.

Trinity UMC has a long standing tradition of being a congregation with a mission since its
inception.  Serving meant among other things carrying out the congregation’s administrative
business, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, keeping attendance, keeping financial records,
singing in the choir, putting on community dinners and the like.  Today, as members of the Body
of Christ we are asked to continue to grow as a congregation that celebrates our gifts of time,
talents, treasures beyond the immediate community.  We can use the gifts God has given us to
serve others and to deepen our relationships with God, neighbors near and far.  The orientation
class will help lead you in the right direction.  It will provide you with information about the
ministries offered through Clay, Trinity UMC as well as opportunities for Bible Study, Sunday
School, Fellowship meals, Outreach and the like.  Through orientation we hope to help persons
find their unique place in mission and ministry.  For more questions contact the Church office by
calling 315-652-9186 or via e-mail claytrinity@cnymail.com.

Bible Scriptures to Confirm our Spiritual Gifts and Reasons to get Connected and Serve our
Neighbors Near and Far.
Ephesians 4:10-13
10 And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He
handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts,11 filled earth with his gifts. He
handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher 12 to train Christ’s followers
in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church,13 until we’re all moving
rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully
mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.

Ephesians 2:10
2 And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily,
pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love,

1 Corinthians 12:4-14
4 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit.5 God’s
various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit.6 God’s
various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all.7 Each
person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone
benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! 8 The
variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding 9 simple trust, healing the sick 10
miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues.
11 All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of
God. He decides who gets what, and when.12 You can easily enough see how this kind of thing
works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs,
cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same
with Christ.13 By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal
lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and
integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word
and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed
and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once
used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We
need something larger, more comprehensive.14 I want you to think about how all this makes you
more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the
different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together.

10 Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it:
11 if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright
presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One
mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
Glory Just Around the Corner.  1 Peter 4:10-11