“Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Luke 21:29-31)
Summer session is underway on campus. Church Music students are on campus for three weeks, taking courses in theology, worship and music, conducting, composition, and much more. If you’re in the Columbus area, please join us for worship during summer session. Chapel is at 10:45 each morning, Monday through Friday, through June 22.
Next week our interns will be on campus, too. Students finishing up their first year of internship and students just starting internship will take an intensive course in Educational Ministry. We know that pastors and other rostered leaders are not the only ones doing ministry. Part of the role of leadership is to equip and empower others. The Educational Ministry course is a reminder that our students are not only learners but also teachers of the faith.
Changing gears, today’s column appears on June 6, the anniversary of D Day. It’s a time to remember the service and sacrifices made by our armed forces, past and present – including the chaplains who serve among them! This spring I had the opportunity to meet Pastor Eric Wester, ELCA Director for Federal Chaplaincies. One often hears talk about the declining number of young people in our congregations. Military chaplains go where the young people are. Pastor Wester described military chaplaincy as “the largest young adult ministry of the church.” As you identify people with the gifts for ministry, remember that ministry takes many forms, within and beyond local congregations. Please remember all of our chaplains – military, hospital, prison, nursing care facilities, wherever – in your prayers.
At the beginning of summer, Trinity’s phones and computers were transitioned over to Capital’s IT systems. Please make note of these changes.
Trinity Info Desk phone number: (614) 236-6856
You can also reach Trinity by calling Capital’s main switchboard: (614) 236-6011
All Trinity employees have new phone numbers, so you may need to update your contacts list.
We now use @capital.edu addresses rather than @tlsohio.edu addresses. The naming protocol is the same (first initial and last name), but users with common last names may have numbers added to their user name. For example, Martin Luther, who was email@example.com previously, might now be firstname.lastname@example.org, if Mike, Mary, Matthew, Moses, and Miriam Luther were all employed at Capital before Martin showed up :) No need to guess. You can look up faculty and staff contact information at http://www.capital.edu/directory/
May your summer be blessed!
The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.