Community Groups

Snow Cones & Prayer at Bastille Day

David Berglund, who is a member of Trinity City Church and the Snellby Community Group, writes about his Community Group's participation in Bastille Day in Merriam Park. David and his wife Chelsea write about film and art at their blog Movie Matrimony.

Some of the Trinity City Church volunteers at Bastille Day in Merriam Park

Some of the Trinity City Church volunteers at Bastille Day in Merriam Park

The Twin Cities are particularly apt at taking advantage of our summers. There are countless activities and festivals that pepper our cityscape throughout these cherished warm months and there is a seemingly innate understanding of the importance in taking full advantage of such agreeable weather.

Yet, when tragedy strikes our city and our world, it makes these moments bittersweet. While it is not helpful to wallow in lament, it can also seem insensitive to revel when others in the world are mourning. Perhaps there were not better examples of this tension than the several Bastille Day celebrations that took place over the weekend. Events that were built to celebrate our local communities and honor French culture were held only days after a similar French celebrations in Nice were rocked by unspeakable violence.

A family gets some snow cones. 

A family gets some snow cones. 

Our Community Group saw this as an opportunity to offer our support through prayer and invite others to do the same. So, we handed out snow cones on a hot day, took prayer requests, and asked through simple prayer cards that our Twin Cities neighbors, who are no strangers to pain, pray for France.

The prayer we provided is universal, and is fitting for any people seeking comfort when facing difficult questions in the face of pain:

Father God. We are struck by the convergence of brokenness and beauty in the world--how small and helpless we feel in the midst of both. In the wake of yet another incredible tragedy, we ask that You bring great healing, compassion, peace, and unity to Nice, to France, and to the world, even as we are angry and frustrated and uncertain as to where You are in the midst of this messy life. May Your Loving Spirit dwell in and among the people of Nice to bring restoration. Let us know Your Gospel as one that unites people in renewing this Creation and ultimately brings all things closer to You through Your Son. Amen.

The prayer for Nice written by Chelsea   Berglund.

The prayer for Nice written by Chelsea Berglund.

Summer Connecting and a Prayer Quilt

If you had told me a year ago that I would have a yard full of Trinity folks at my house on a Thursday night, I would have thought, “Well, it wouldn't have happened because I probably didn't even know these people at that time.”

I remember when I first came to TCC last summer. I came because of my love of Jenna. I came to pray with my friend. I cried. I wanted to come again. I came again. I brought my family. I stayed. I'm still here.

That is the power of relationship, of connection. Our lives have been changed by that one invitation, from Jenna, to know her a little better. My hope is that a million of those little moments happen for all of us as we gather in homes and yards this summer to know one another a little better.

At the first social, I learned that Lisa is from Apple Valley, Jole is only leaving us for a year, and Rachel had a rough Thursday. I learned Reed was not married to Laurel, McKenzie comes from an island, and Marshal had a bike accident. Pete and Sara grew up near the town Steve and I used to live in, and Megan remembered that I did not get to try her amazing dessert last time she made it – so she brought it again and gave me the first piece. Greg doesn't mind being by himself. 

I imagine our entering into covenant membership with you all as reflecting some of the vows I made when Steve and I married. We are together for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish – or at least, I would like to aspire to that. We prayed over the quilt made for Sonja in that very spirit. She is our sister in Christ and she counts on us to hold her in prayer as we love and cherish her in this time of sickness.

We did it. We connected. What a great time that was. Thanks for coming. Y'all are really a great community. We are grateful to be following Christ with you.


Liz & Family

This post is written by Liz Palmer, who hosted the first Summer Social with her family and Community Group.