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Trinity's Ministry Outreach

Trinity United Methodist Church is a very Christian service-oriented family of believers. Below are descriptions of the many ways in which our members find themselves called by God to be in service as a witness for Jesus Christ to others. 


Join a group of Trinity’s committed and compassionate members whose passion is to offer Christ through the construction of homes for the needy.  Trinity’s Habitat for Humanity Building Team has been involved in the construction of several Habitat homes.  Team Leader, Doug Christianson, says, “Building a Habitat house is a wonderful local mission that truly changes the lives of new homeowners and their families for years to come.”  For more information, contact Doug at 817-899-5151.

Trinity United Methodist Church, as a part of its mission outreach into the community, supports the Arlington Life Shelter.  ALS provides shelter, training, and counseling to those in our community who are temporarily homeless to help them become self-sufficient again.  The Shelter relies on over forty Arlington faith organizations to provide volunteers who assist in its operation.  Trinity members prepare and serve a wholesome dinner to shelter residents on the first Friday night every month.  During the past year, Trinity members have contributed well over 500 hours in volunteerism, as well as over $2,500 in food, to the Shelter.  For more information, please contact Brian Dietz at 817-277-2738.

In January of 2012, Trinity began offering financial support to Dieudonne Karihano, a United Methodist agricultural missionary serving in Cambine, Mozambique.  In 2017, after Mr. Karihano’s ministry was reassigned, Trinity began to support Mr. Gaston Ntambo, a pilot for Wings of the Morning Aviation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This ministry is facilitated through the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.  Mr. Ntambo provides transportation in hard-to-reach areas of Africa, especially in emergency situations.  For more information about Mr. Ntambo’s ministry, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver in the Church office, 817-274-1345.

Almost every year, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County prepares and delivers 942,000 meals to elderly and disabled persons.  The median age of clients is 76 years.  Pet food is also provided, and additional aids such as electric fans, home repairs, and wheelchairs are available – all at no charge to the clients.  Approximately 40 TUMC members are volunteers for Meals on Wheels.  For more information on how to volunteer in this wonderful ministry, please call Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office, 817-274-1345.

H.O.P.E. Tutoring provides one on one free homework tutoring to at-risk 1st through 8th grade students in the AISD.  Tutoring sites are located in Arlington churches, and both after-school and at-night sessions are offered.  Summer Reading and Math programs are provided during the summer.  To volunteer with H.O.P.E. Tutoring, call 817-860-7775.

The School Supply Squad provides elementary grade-school supplies to the extremely poor and disadvantaged children living in east Arlington.  With ten volunteers, we cover 28 elementary and 2 Jr. High schools, working with school counselors to identify the needs for each classroom.  Ten years ago, this ministry served 17 schools; we now supply all current Title I schools and all identified “At Risk” children.  To volunteer to work with the School Supply Squad, please call Jim Burgess at 817-483-5765.

One of the great ministries that Trinity has supported for many years is Pathfinders of Tarrant County.  Trained mentoring teams from our congregation join hands with families in need to explore financial literacy, career planning, and life skills.  The program changes lives, helping families to break the cycle of poverty.  Its 85% retained employment success rate is evidence that the program really works.  The spiritual fulfillment provided from this faith walk is both gratifying and humbling.  Trinity’s participation in this program is led by Ted Mazza, who can be contacted at mazza219@hotmail.com.

AUM provides emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities to help disadvantaged families in Arlington remain safely in their homes with their water, electricity, and gas connected.  This ministry operates a small food pantry for its clients and the homeless.  AUM also owns and operates the Nu2U Resale Store.  In partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, AUM hosts a monthly Mobile Food Pantry providing free, fresh food to more than 480 families each month.  To learn more about AUM, please call Don Henderson at 817-261-6066.

The Global Hands of Healing Medical Missions was started in 1998 to provide basic medical, dental, and vision care to individuals in Latin American countries who do not have access to such services.  We currently travel to remote villages in Guatemala and Panama, where our team of professionals and assistants pull teeth, conduct medical exams, distribute needed medications and vitamins, and create prescription glasses for adults and children.  Each team includes physicians, dentists, vision specialists, translators, and other volunteers who are willing to make glasses, clean dental instruments, help with crowd control, or play with the children.  The days are long, hot, and tiring, but are also some of the most rewarding times you will ever experience.  For more information about the Hands of Healing ministry, please contact D’Ann Shidler at doshidler@att.net.

As United Methodist Women, we recognize that many women and children, here and around the world, do not have a voice in determining their health, education, and safety.  UMW works to provide them with the tools and support they need, a voice in their world, and the basic necessities of life.  As sisters in Christ, we enjoy supportive fellowship with one another as we put Faith, Hope, and Love into Action.  We have 3 Circles which meet monthly at Trinity:  the Deborah Circle meets on the 4th Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Church; the Esther Circle, which meets on the 3rd Monday at 6:30pm at the Church, and the Lydia Circle, which meets on the 1st Tuesday at 7:00pm at the Church.  For more information about UMW, please contact Tracy Talambas at tklansek1@gamil.com.

Trinity’s UMM are an active group within and beyond our church. They support other groups with outreach ministries and also create their own ministries of love and care. They offer minor repairs to needy church members, move furniture for Arlington Urban Ministries, sponsor and support a new Scout troop through the church as well as helping out many other programs and ministries. They endorse the Conquer Series “A  Battle Plan for Purity” study for men in the church. The UMM meet every first Saturday morning of the month at 7:30am for breakfast at the church and also one evening a month. Their evening meetings also include a meal and a guest speaker. For more information about UMM, please contact UMM President Mat Wisbrock at 817-713-8634 or by email at TUMM@Trinityarl.org.

The Wesley Foundation at UTA is a campus ministry sponsored by the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.  The Director of the UTA Wesley is Rev. Joseph Nader.  Trinity UMC has a history of serving the Wesley Foundation through volunteer service via church members participating in leadership positions via the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees.  The United Methodist Men also volunteer assistance to the Wesley, primarily through the provision of a monthly evening meal for the college students who attend a weekly Worship service there.  Many of Trinity’s members offer financial gifts to support the Wesley Foundation in its outreach ministries to students.  For more information about how to support the UTA Wesley Foundation, please contact Bob Sappington at 817-773-4033.

Trinity has a group of dedicated adults who offer themselves and their gifts as opportunities arise to be “in mission” to those less fortunate.  Our Handymen Team is involved with the Texas Ramps Organization to construct ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps at no cost to the qualifying clients.  The Team also assists in offering minor home repair/renovations for homebound elderly clients of our city’s Meals on Wheels program.  They offer pickup and delivery assistance for customers of the Nu2U Resale Shop in Arlington.  Also, the Team partners with Arlington Urban Ministries to distribute food items to needy clients at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church’s outlet of the Tarrant Area Food Bank.  For more information about the Adult Mission Team, please call Mike Colin at 817-654-9111 or at semi-colin@att.net.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree ministry provides Christmas assistance for disadvantaged children and senior adults meeting the federal minimum poverty guidelines.  Through the Angel Tree program, volunteers can assist at local Salvation Army locations with registration procedures for Christmas gift needs of qualifying persons.  Donors can become personally involved in helping to meet the needs of these persons by selecting a specific child/adult and providing the tangible gift item(s) requested through the registration process.  Selections are made from written requests hung from a Christmas tree placed in Trinity’s Great Hall during the Christmas season.  Gifts are then returned to Trinity upon their purchase.  For more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree, please contact Martha Meyer at martha21@sbcglobal.net for more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree Ministry.

Every year at Christmas, Trinity sponsors a Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and Bell-Ringing station.  Our members volunteer for the entire schedule of bell-ringing duty at the Trinity kettle station, which has historically been at a location near the Parks Mall in south Arlington.  A sign-up sheet for a bell-ringing shift on available dates will be displayed in the Great Hall in November each year.  Members are encouraged to sign up for this wonderful ministry and to take their place “ringing the bell” for the Salvation Army in receiving financial donations so that the less fortunate can come to know the love of Jesus Christ through the sacrifice of others.  For more information, please contact Sharon Holman at sgholman56@yahoo.com.

Members of Trinity volunteer their time to serve in the Open Arms Medical Clinic in southwest Arlington.  The Open Arms Clinic serves the non-insured or under-insured of our city, and is staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses, and others who provide free or low-cost health care to those in need.  To learn how you can volunteer your time to serve at the Open Arms Medical Clinic, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office, 817-274-1345.

Trinity members donate specific non-perishable food items for use in packing backpacks which are distributed to needy school-age children, providing them with food for the weekends when the school meal service is unavailable.  Volunteers shelve the donated food items when they are received and then pack the backpacks to be delivered to designated schools in the AISD once a week.  To volunteer to help in the BackPack Ministry, please call Kerry or Susan Jordan at 817-653-7958.

Trinity serves as a host location once a month for the CareVan Immunization for Children, which is a service that offers free vaccinations and immunizations for preschool and school-age children.  The Clinic is always in need of volunteers to help with the processing of client paperwork, offering free books for the children attending the clinic, and helping with “crowd control.”  To volunteer to serve in the CareVan Immunization Clinic, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office, 817-274-1345.

Trinity UMC partners with the First United Methodist Church of Wichita, Kansas, and the First United Methodist Church of Richardson, Texas, to send adults to the rural areas of the Latin American country of Guatemala to build cook stoves in the homes of poor Mayan families.  In the spring of 2016, six adults from Trinity spent 10 days building cook stoves for 20 Mayan families, and their collective description of their work was that it was a “life-changing event.”  For more information about the Stove-Building mission work in Guatemala, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office, 817-274-1345.

In the fall of 2015, we were blessed to have the Rev. Dr. Daniel Flores, an ordained elder in the Central Texas Conference, to facilitate the first-ever ESL class here at Trinity.  Assisting him with the classes was one of Trinity’s own members, Bob Sappington, who is a retired bi-lingual language public school teacher.  We are in the process of re-forming the ESL ministry here at Trinity.  If you have questions about ESL classes, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver at the Church office, 817-274-1345, or at brenda@trinityarl.org.

One of our Trinity members, Steve Brooks, serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that was created to serve the needs of persons in our community with special needs.  Trinity supports ASP through the work of volunteers and in other means as well.  If you have questions about the work and services offered by the Advocates for Special People, please contact Steve Brooks at sbrooks@swbell.net.

Trinity supports a ministry called “Operation Christmas Child,” a mission service entity of Samaritan’s Purse, an international ministry created by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham.  Operation Christmas Child’s main focus is to collect and send shoeboxes of children’s toys and other items to children in need all over the world.  If you would like more information about the Operation Christmas Child ministry, please contact Claire Reddig at clairereddig@yahoo.com, or Christian Hunter at jeffhunter2322@sbcglobal.net.

Based on the efforts of a Girl Scout named Rebecca Read, Trinity has entered into a missions outreach ministry to collect and provide women’s sanitary supplies for our local shelter for abused women and their children.  Blue receptacles located in the Ladies Restrooms at Trinity are the places where donations of this kind are placed.  To learn more about this unique ministry of giving, please contact Rev. Brenda Beaver in the Church office, 817-274-1345, or brenda@trinityarl.org.

In addition to the mission service opportunities listed above, Trinity members (as individuals and as classes, small groups, or family units) serve in a variety of mission ministries of their own choosing – both locally and nationally.


Staff

Brenda

Rev. Brenda Beaver

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Brenda Beaver was appointed to Trinity in March of 2006. Her current ministry responsibilities include facilitating Trinity’s program of adult Christian education/discipleship and adult mission service opportunities. She is a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader, and she holds a license to practice social work in the state of Texas.

Brenda received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Louisiana Baptist College in Pineville, Louisiana. She then received a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brenda completed a series of courses in United Methodist studies from Brite Divinity School at TCU, and was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the Central Texas Conference in June, 2010. She has considered Trinity to be her “home church” since 1993.

Prior to coming on staff at Trinity, Brenda served for 24 years as a social worker in the medical field and as a child abuse/neglect caseworker in both Louisiana and Texas. She has one son, Daniel, who is married to Katie, and has one daughter, Elizabeth. Brenda is looking forward to being a first-time grandmother in November of 2016.


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