DISCOVERY WEEKEND 2014
DISCOVERY 2014 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
Dear Element – I write to you a few hours after Discovery 2014 has finished. I am tired, my body aches and we still have so much to clean up. But the overwhelming feeling that I have right now is thankful. I am thankful for the 515 students that participated in the weekend. I am thankful that I got to take a moment out of Discovery to officiate a marriage ceremony for a former Trinity student. I am thankful for the hundreds of adult volunteers who pour out countless hours preparing. I am thankful for the college students who come back every year to serve as leaders because of what Discovery meant in their lives. I am thankful for the opportunity to prepare 20,000 meals for the people of Haiti. I am thankful for the parents and young adults willing to stay the night at the church with the mid-highs. I am thankful for the Sunday school classes that opened up their spaces and who served meals. I am thankful for the thousands of dollars given by the church in scholarships for students. I am thankful for our parent coordinators Catherine Walker and Nancy Hale. I am thankful for my amazing youth staff David Hayes, Robert Sturdivant, Ryane Clayton and Tori Tenniswood, who have worked 65+ hours a week for the last month preparing for this weekend. I am thankful to serve a church that doesn’t put a limit on God. It would be easy to sit back and say “it’s too big” or “those aren’t ‘our’ kids” (statements that I hope God never says) – but instead Trinity says “YES!” Our church responds with, “let’s make it happen, let’s reach beyond our walls, let’s fulfill the Great Commission, let’s welcome those who are or look different and let’s make sure they feel KNOWN by the church and most of all KNOWN by God”.
I am thankful. Because of this church and hundreds of students have grown in their faith, they have served those in need and they have come to understand what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. So thank YOU!
But most of all, I am thankful to serve a God who cares about me and who cares about you. I am thankful to serve a God who desires a relationship with us, and a God who showed up in amazing ways over these last 48 hours. Discovery is an amazing thing to witness, but the real treasure happens when you get to be a part of God’s amazing handiwork. So thank you, church.
David Thompson Minister of Students