Trinity to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Flo Johnston Faith in Focus

February 20, 2014

If the big snow last week changed your plans, there’s good news: It’s not too late to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

As part of a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, Trinity Presbyterian at 13000 Blues Farm Road, rescheduled its special Valentine’s Day Dinner until tonight at 7 p.m.

Now this is no hum-drum dinner out, but a celebratory event with a spectacular Italian menu that includes salad and bread sticks, a pasta selection and a special dessert.

The price of dinner, only $10, also includes the option to have a photo taken and emailed to you at no extra cost, creating a keepsake of the event for your future enjoyment.

For a memorable evening, come dressed to impress and be prepared to have a special time with a special person.

Here is a quick run-through of what’s on tap during upcoming months as part of this special year in the life of this vibrant congregation:

MARCH: Pancake supper, starting at 5 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, the night before Ash Wednesday. This is a gift to the community so the price is only $5 with a wish from the church that folks who attend will find a warm and welcoming place to splurge and take advantage of “all you can eat.”

APRIL: The church will team up with Monroe Camp and Retreat Center for a festival event from 2-6 p.m. on April 5. This will include live entertainment, food and craft vendors, games, horseback riding and hay rides. The price is right at $5 per car, so see how many folks you can cram into a 1957 Chevrolet.

MAY: Concert on May 17 by Randy Stonehill, a contemporary Christian artist and Shelly Sutton, a member of the congregation and a singer and songwriter. Details later.

JUNE: Still in planning stage.

JULY: Actual 50th anniversary date for the church. A carnival at the church on the last weekend of the month is planned, and the church’s first pastor, the Rev. Roger Decker, will preach that Sunday.

AUGUST: Month of Mission in which church members will act on their Christian commitment to go into the community spreading the love of Christ and showing it by helping, visiting and spreading good will and positive energy all month long.

SEPTEMBER: Relay for Life teams will take part in a walk. This will be accompanied by a Presbyterian Yard Sale in which items will be contributed by all the Presbyterian congregations in the area.

This calls for a personal note: In a future column I will tell you what I have observed about Presbyterians and yard sales, craft sales or bazaars. Please remember that my observations in this column are just that, not a call on whether or not a particular idea is good or bad. Hey, I bet they will have some good stuff in this sale!

OCTOBER: Alzheimer’s month during which the church will hold a walk on the All American Mile to benefit research.

NOVEMBER: Punkin Chunk accompanied by live entertainment and a bounce house for the kids.

DECEMBER: Still in the planning stage.

Thanks to Jennifer Langford, a member of the seven-member church planning committee, who supplied all this information.

A reminder: It’s not too late to buy one of my $10 tickets to the Rainbow Tea on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Unionville Baptist Church, 19400 Blakely Road.

If you “don’t ever go out on Saturday night,” or “don’t have the $10 in your budget” or “don’t think any of your friends will be there,” then don’t blame me for making you feel bad when I tell you how much fun I had and how much my friends and I enjoyed the very special dessert table.

P.S.:I’m looking for a Christian church doing the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 5. If you are a member of such a congregation, please let me know. I would like to talk to you.

Flo Johnston can be reached at 910-361-4135 or or a note to 2200 Elm Ave., Apt. 114, Laurinburg NC 28352.