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Church with long standing in town serves today’s needs

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Jeffrey Ahlen, right, along with other members of Trinity United Methodist Church of Roswell, 1413 S. Union Aven., serve a meal during its Halloween party. Trinity is one of Roswell’s oldest churches. (Submitted Photo)

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Trinity United Methodist Church has been in Roswell for a long time. Originally established as First Methodist Episcopal Church North in 1903, the church has cycled through feast and famine. Now, under the guidance of Pastor Glenn Thyrion, Trinity is on its way to feasting again.

Thyrion and the congregation understand that you get as you give. They always keep an eye out for ways to serve the community and the world at large.
The church collects non perishable food to donate to the Salvation Army for its hunger relief programs. According to Feeding America, more than 48 million people face hunger daily in the United States alone. The Salvation Army serves more than 56 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, mobile meals, community gardens and other programs.
The donations from Trinity United Methodist Church help the homeless and families who have fallen on hard times.
One of their efforts that many would not have thought necessary is the Canceled Stamps for the Veterans Hospital work. The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club collects United States and foreign stamps and coins, post cards, sport collector cards and other like items to pass onto Veterans Affairs support centers across the country to be used as therapeutic hobbies for those who could be best served by such activities.
Among the largest of their efforts is the United Methodist Women’s Ministries. These ministries are dedicated to helping women, children and youth in a variety of ways. They equip women and girls around the world for leadership roles in their communities. They educate women, children and youth to enable them to make personal change and to transform the world around them. They advocate for justice and foster spiritual growth in their works. The UMW does all this by funding international, national and regional ministries, and offering grants.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is another of their larger outreaches. UMCOR assists the most vulnerable people affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Their website says that they believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.
UMCOR helps people in more than 80 countries including the United States with humanitarian relief in the face of war, conflict or natural disaster.
Although United Methodist Churches have been around a long time, they remain in touch with current issues and adjust their ministries accordingly. Recently, Trinity participated in a human trafficking awareness campaign at the Superbowl.
The people of Trinity United Methodist Church reach out to a variety of international groups as well. From Heifer International, a group dedicated to ending hunger and poverty worldwide, to Imagine No Malaria, to the Santa Elena Mission in Mexico to the Shoebox Ministry.
McCurdy Ministries and Four Corners Native American Ministries are two of the area ministries the church reaches out to.
McCurdy Ministries started out as McCurdy school in 1912 and had grown to be a K-12 charter school with supporting ministry in the Española Valley.
The church’s members support a number of local causes as well.
The Roswell Refuge for Battered Adults provides a safe environment and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and educates the community about the effects of domestic/sexual assault and violence on adults, children and the community.
The Assurance home gives stability to kids who have been hurt and abused and have no other source of stability in their lives. It gives the kids a real chance at starting their lives on the right foot.
The Community Kitchen, where church members volunteer regularly, provides a hot meal daily on weekdays for those in need, such as the homeless and nearly homeless. They also provide sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.
Habitat for Humanity gets help from a variety of volunteers, including members of Trinity Methodist Church, to help families in need build a new home for those families.
Harvest Ministries feeds the hungry with donated food from all over Roswell. Trinity United Methodist Church is proud to assist them as needed.
They also host a neighborhood Halloween party every year, make special dog treats for the CASA dogs at Christmas time and donate dog food to the CASA program.
After 114 years in Roswell, Trinity United Methodist Church thrives on its connection with our town, state, nation and planet via ministries of giving.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.