WEATHER, TURNOUT, SPIRIT
The weather for Trinity’s Fall Festival and Run for Two Schools on November 10 could not have been more lovely. Neither could the spirit of the two hundred plus folks who joined in the festivities brought about by a grand partnership between Trinity’s congregation and its school.
So, who had more fun…the adults or the children? What a irrelevant question! Fifty-three adults and kids participated in The run for Two School, some running….some serving water. Twenty-nine adults and kids gave it their all in Zumba. In the Scotch Auction, who yelled “twenty-five cents” the loudest? Who enjoyed the hamburgers or the hot dogs the most? You tell me.
Did you know that over 100 crafts were lovingly made and donated to the Christmas Bazaar? What about those beautiful quilts? One of our members saw those beautiful quilts and decided to do all of her Christmas shopping at the Christmas Bazaar! And how about the job Eric Hoin did as the MC of our entire Festival and Anna Webb and our Trinity students did in that touching presentation to Pastor Dave Wolber, our former Bishop and chief “dreamer and doer” of the Village of Hope?
Here’s a great story: one young lad wanted badly to win the basket of school supplies and crafts for his mom, who is a teacher in our Sunday School. The boy simply ran out of money and feared he would not be able to buy the basket. A sympathetic adult, the boy’s main bidding competitor, realized how much the boy wanted to buy the basket and entered a bid of $80.00. Then, he told the boy to mark his name beside it and quietly walked away. Choked me up when I heard about it.
Behind the scenes and cheering us on were those innumerable folks who gave of their time and treasures to make this grand day a reality, including twenty-eight people who stepped up to “sponsor” this event with nothing more than their names on the back of the event tee shirt.
No one deserves more thanks than Thrivent, our primary event sponsor, who stepped up big time to “match” the proceeds of the event to the tune of $1800.00! Such a wonderful partner in our congregation and in our personal insurance and retirement planning are our brothers and sisters around the country who are members of Thrivent.
Now….the bottom line. I really hesitate to mention the money we made in this event since all of us involved in planning this event do not consider the money raised its primary purpose. But, there is a school in Kissimmee called “Trinity” and a school in Haiti called “Village of Hope” who will sing an alleluia when they hear that we netted…yes….netted…over $10,000 for their incredible ministries. May God be praised!
Fred More, General Chair
Event Planning Team