Blog - August 2021

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  • How do I listen for God? Wednesday, February 1, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson Learning to slow down and listen is one of the most difficult lessons of growth for me. Listening typically isn’t one of our core values. We live in a culture tha...
  • How do I shift from change to transformation? Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson In 2019 I went through a pretty rough divorce. It was not something I wanted, and it took me a while to accept that it was actually happening. It felt like almost everythin...
  • Am I ready to love change? Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    by Tammy Hise This month our worship series has been Ready or Not. We all know that no matter what, change happens. It is the only constant. As we’ve talked about life changes, it made me ...
  • Am I strong and courageous? Wednesday, January 11, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As I step into the motion of the new year, I’ve reflected on how I handle change. Am I “strong and courageous?” The Bible repeats this phrase in m...
  • What are you searching for? Wednesday, January 4, 2023
    by Alyssa Robinson As the Digital Strategist of this church, I get a unique look into the analytics of our website, social media channels, Google account, and more. To many people this mi...
  • Am I ready for change? Wednesday, December 28, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jesus’s birth changed everything, but are we ready for that change? We’ve just spent an entire month anticipating the birth of Jesus, and Jesus is here! But ...
  • Where is hope in the Christmas story? Wednesday, December 21, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson TMUMC.ORG/christmas If you grew up in the church, or maybe even if you didn’t, you’ve probably heard the Christmas story every year of your life. The Clif...
  • Do you hear what I hear? Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    This week’s featured YouVersion Bible Reading Plan is titled “Carols & Lessons for Advent.” It dives into some of our most loved Christmas hymns and carols to explore the ...
  • How can I prepare for Christ? Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson In the United Methodist Tradition, the season of Advent represents the beginning of the new year in the Christian calendar. It is marked by the fo...
  • A Psalm of Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 23, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I love Jonah, Chapter 2. This Psalm of Thanksgiving rests smack in the middle of Jonah’s story. At this point of the story he has been in the belly of a whale for 3...
  • What is happening in our denomination? Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    a letter from Rev. Daniel Humbert In this month of gratitude, I give thanks for you and the ministry of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church of which we are all a part. Our mission of ...
  • How do I cope with grief? Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson My grandmother, Jeannine Johnson, died the day after Thanksgiving in 2020. As she took her last breaths, we were gathered around her as a family praying, singing, and tel...
  • Is God chasing me? Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah Tries to Run Away from God Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and c...
  • What if we gave generously? Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson What if we gave generously? This is a big question that I think about often. What if everyone in the world who claimed to follow the teachings of Jesus gave generously? W...
  • Does God care about money? Wednesday, October 19, 2022
    by Alyssa Robinson I have trust issues. My default setting is to assume that someone is trying to take advantage of me or manipulate me in some way. My guard is always up. Don’t worry...

Jesus as Lord

Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the Hallelujah Chorus is when the chorus sings, “King of King and Lord of Lords!” It gives me goose bumps every time. I believe these words, taken directly from Revelation 19:16, are true. In Confirmation classes I have taught students that Jesus is Lord. In seminary I had to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 30, 2021
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Jesus as Prophet

Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed the danger of contact sports. I always felt it wasn’t much fun unless you could get hurt. I had basketball goal in my back yard in high school that I painted the words “No Blood, No Foul." That was just a more fun way to play the game. I extended this... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Sunday, August 22, 2021
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Jesus as Teacher

Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one who captures my mind through a multisensory teaching style helping me encounter the subject from many different angles. That is the way Jesus teaches! Jesus, the teacher, used everyday items and occurrences to capture the listener’s attention and heart. From a wheat field to a water well, to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 16, 2021
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Jesus as Friend

Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout my life. They have been there for me and with me through thick and thin, good times and bad. Like all good friends they offered me connection, commitment and companionship. A true friend will never let you down. My earliest “best” friend was Keith. He and I lived down the street... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 9, 2021
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Jesus as Son

Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a son: Our worship series this month is called THE MAN , and it’s all about Jesus, the man. One of the central truths of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human at the same time. Our hope this month is that, by exploring the full humanity of Jesus and the many human roles he held during his ministry on earth, we can come to a better understanding of his... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 2, 2021
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