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Trinity Metropolitan Community Church of Gainesville  (Trinity MCC)
...For My House Shall Be Called A House of Prayer for ALL Peoples.   Isaiah 56:7
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      The mission of Trinity Metropolitan Community Church is to spread the message of God's inclusive love.

    • Dear Trinity Members and Friends,

       So much has happened in our world over the past weeks.  I want to address three events.  By the way, this is something I do regularly both in the church newsletter and often in my preaching.  First is the very sad incident in Tampa where Pastor T.W. Jenkins of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church called the grieving mother and husband of Julion Evans to inform them the funeral for their recently deceased loved one could not be held in his church, because the deceased was gay.  I have been deeply concerned about this situation and the extreme act of spiritual violence perpetrated on this family by Pastor Jenkins and his church.  I want you to know and I hope you’ll share it with others that we don’t behave like that in Metropolitan Community Churches.  We welcome people from all walks of life and we care for them, particularly in times of deep grief and need.  I firmly believe Jesus would have performed that young man’s funeral and I assure you I would, as well.  Many of us, too, have experienced acts of spiritual violence so we know firsthand how painful those experiences can be.  Let us commit to praying for this family and let us commit ourselves to always living out the all-inclusive message of the Gospel of Liberation.

       The second event is the unjust killing of Michael Brown. I can only imagine what it must feel like to be his mother today.  The list of young African-American men harassed, targeted, injured and killed by out of control police is growing much too rapidly.  While I am fiercely supportive of good law enforcement, I am also aware that much like preachers, it only takes a few bad ones to make us all look bad.  Pray for Michael Brown’s family, pray for his parents, pray of our law enforcement officers and first responders, pray for our country. After all it is true, we need to get God back in America. 

       The third event I want to highlight is in light of the untimely death of Robin Williams.  Depression is a common disease that impacts many people and their families. Unfortunately, the stigma still attached to mental health issues continues to prevent many from getting much-needed treatment. I hope Trinity can always be a safe place for people, especially when they struggle with depression and other mental health issues. 

       So what does depression look like?  It looks like you and I look.  Depression impacts well-educated people, uneducated people, wealthy people, poor people, clergy, laity, professionals, laborers, people of faith and people of no faith – basically depression impacts everyone.  Some symptoms of depression include sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, change in weight and/or eating habits, changes in sleep patterns, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death or suicide.

       If you suffer with depression, please get the help you need and deserve.  If you are considering harming or killing yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  If you are a student and want help designed specifically for you, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.  Both of these lines are staffed 24/7 with people who are waiting to help you.  Finally, if you need help connecting to resources, contact your pastor.  Most of us are not licensed mental health professionals, so we cannot provide counseling or treatment, but we will always do our best to connect you to competent, licensed and qualified mental health professionals in the community.  You are important to us and we will do our best to support you in every way possible.

       If you would like to know more about depression and other mental health issues, please visit www.mentalhealth.gov.  It is very clear to me that God is calling us to be a light in places where people feel hopeless, helpless and alone.  Let’s remember that now and in the days ahead.

      Al and I look forward to sharing our time with you over these final two weeks of our time in Gainesville.  In case we forget in the rush of leaving, thank you so much for all you have done for us and for your support of the ministry of Trinity.

       Have a wonderful, safe and happy week.

      Very fondly,

      Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt

      Pastor

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