Trinity Anglican helps Texas flood victims

The recent floods in the Blanco and Wimberley areas of Central Texas have damaged 1,400 homes, destroyed 70, left 500 families homeless, killed six, and nine more are still missing and presumed dead. The devastation and human and physical loss is overwhelming.

Trinity members prepared and donated food for ADRN volunteers and flood victims, donated 200 pounds of clothing and shoes, and $1,000 in Home Depot gift cards to be used in the rebuilding of homes.

“Trinity has supported ADRN as they’ve responded to the damages caused by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, the fertilizer explosions in West, Texas, as well as other hurricanes and floods,” said the Rev. Dale L. Chrisman, Rector of Trinity Anglican Church. “Our members have a heart for compassion and outreach and they always respond generously when disaster strikes our brothers and sisters.”

Trinity Anglican Church was formed in November 2009. Meeting in Villa Antonia, a special events facility between Cedar Park and Lago Vista, Texas, the church is in the early stages of building its own facilities in the beautiful hills near Lake Travis. The church is a member of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), a fast-growing organization of 980 churches in 32 dioceses around North America. The ACNA is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which consists of approximately 85 million members.

ADRN was founded when Austin church leaders determined that a Christian response to disasters was needed. ADRN meets the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster. The organization’s mission statement says it will mobilize the Body of Christ to organize, mobilize, prepare, train, and respond quickly to meet the needs of those affected by a disaster.

Photo Caption:
Trinity Anglican Church of Lago Vista, Texas presents checks and gift cards to Stephen Brewer, Associate Director of ADRN (Austin Disaster Relief Network) to help rebuild the 1,400 homes partially destroyed and the 70 homes totally destroyed in the Memorial Day Floods in Wimberley, Blanco, Taylor, and Smithville in Central Texas.  (l to r):  Stephen Brewer, Associate Director of ADRN; the Rev. Dale L. Chrisman, Rector of Trinity Anglican Church of Lago Vista; and Robyn Pond, a Trinity member and ADRN Coordinator.

Development – Support the Work of the Anglican Church in North America

In the book of Nehemiah, chapter 3 recounts not only the families who helped, but which gate they built by name. (e.g., The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate – Chapter 3:3). What a great picture of everyone chipping in to help. I grew up learning this very endearing quote from the English playwright, musician, and composer John Heywood (1497 – 1580), “Many hands make light work.” In fact, I think it is safe to say that anything created or built of lasting and significant effect comes as a result of many people working together.

2009 was the founding year of the Anglican Church in North America. It really has been extraordinary to watch how this Province has grown and grown and grown these first five years.  We have grown from 6 dioceses in 2009 to more than 30 now with plans to plant new dioceses down the road. We have grown by planting churches and we have grown by the faithfulness of local congregational clergy and lay leadership.  It will take us more than 52 days (like Nehemiah), but by God’s grace, we continue to become a United, Biblical, and Missionary church.

I am often asked why the Province raises funds for its work.  The answer in two parts is very simple. First, just like a church plant, we began as a call (from our brothers and sisters in GAFCON) and a dream. We had so much enthusiasm but so little capital. In many respects, I think the Lord wanted us to learn from Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Horses and Chariots represent power and might to the Psalmist. But the call is not to trust in the “things” of this world but the Lord. We had to learn to depend on God to provide. And He did!  Over and over again, so graciously. Some times we anxiously wondered, yet he proved himself faithful. As many of us have heard, “God is never late and rarely early.”

The second reason is collaboration. The money we raise is primarily used for projects that end up influencing and assisting congregations at the local level. We believe the most exciting frontlines of ministry is the local church. Our Provincial strategies are geared towards seeing resources, projects, and leadership bless the church and lay leadership of this province.  You could say our focus is “catalytic”. We want to provide the ‘sparks’ that start something that eventually becomes part of the life of this Province. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35) so the gifts that come to this province go to the province.

To that end, we are closing in our Fiscal year end. Would you consider a gift to help us bless others? Would you consider supporting the work of this province to support the work of the Kingdom of God? Would you prayerfully consider the words of Jesus who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

In Christ,

Alan Hawkins
The Rev. Canon Alan J. Hawkins
Canon for Development
Contact info:
alan.hawkins@anglicanchurch.net
724.266.9400 ext. 301

         

             

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Mary of Bethany Language Fund for Ministers

Regent College is thrilled to announce the creation of a new scholarship fund allowing anyone in full-time vocational ministry to initiate or refresh their study of the biblical languages. Established by an anonymous donor, the new Mary of Bethany Language Fund for Ministers will provide up to $10,000 per year in student aid.

For more information please visit http://www.regent-college.edu/about-us/news/2015/new-scholarships-for-ministers-to-study-biblical-languages