Community

Community Involvement

Trinity UMC is "in the heart of the city, sharing the heart of Christ."   We seek active involvement with the community that surrounds us to share God's love in tangible ways because "Faith is what we do." Besides programs that Trinity sponsors, we increasingly partner with other churches and organizations.  The following partial list gives an idea of the kinds of ways that Trinity is actively involved in the community.

Al-Anon

Al-Anon meets on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room #1.

Community Breakfast

Several dynamic teams provide breakfast to people from the community every Sunday morning. Friendship is served along with pancakes and waffles.  Come and help fix breakfast, or come and eat – or both!  Everyone is welcome.

C.U.P. – Churches United Pantry

Ten Lima area churches commit to supporting CUP food pantry financially and with volunteers.  Each church has a representative on the Board of Directors to help with decision making. Additional financial support comes from other organizations.  Days and hours vary.  Call 419-221-3243 to check availability and required documentation. 

Faith Partners

Persons of faith from many congregations and many different professions come together one Saturday a month to network and to share knowledge and resources on how to effectively increase aware of and treatment for addictions to alcohol and other substances.  Allen County Faith Partners is a local affiliate of the national Faith Partners organization.  For more information on national Faith Partners, click here.  Trinity United Methodist Church participates in Faith Partners.

Family Promise

Family Promise of Lima-Allen County provides shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance for homeless families with children.  Houses of worship provide rooms for overnight shelter; social services agencies refer homeless families and provide a day center; and the congregations supply the volunteers.  Because existing resources are used, a Family Promise Network is cost efficient, having no need for a sizable paid staff, facility construction or renovation costs.

The day center is housed at Grace House, 129 S. Pierce Street in Lima, which already houses a food bank and the offices for the West Central Ohio Health Ministries.  The day center includes an office for the director, laundry and shower facilities, phones and computer services for researching job and housing opportunities.

Click here for more information about Family Promise in general. Click here to email the Director of Lima-Allen County Family Promise.

Free Store

The Free Store, located in Trinity's Fellowship Hall, provides quality clothing and household items to those who "shop" for free.  In addition to material items that will keep shoppers warm and comfortable, we want shoppers to know that they are loved and cared for.

Habitat for Humanity

Trinity is one of nearly a dozen churches participating in the Habitat for Humanity, Lima Area, Inc. local affiliate to build low-cost housing in partnership with families.  Costs are kept low because all labor and some materials are donated.  During the building of the houses, friendships are forged with the partner families, who work alongside the church workers.  To learn more about the national organization, click here.   www.habitatforhumanity.org

Heart of Lima Neighborhood Assn. (HLNA)

Trinity is a member of the downtown Heart of Lima Neighborhood Association.  As part of the HLNA, we partner with businesses, residents, and other churches in ways that make the downtown neighborhood more inviting and friendly and enhance downtown life.

Tutoring

Trinity participates in tutoring students in the Lima City Schools through the RALLY program.

United Methodist Men

Trinity UMC's United Methodist Men (UMM) has been meeting for many years. Over the years, the men who participate have enjoyed fellowship and working together on projects to support missions around the world. Trinity UMC's UMM currently supports secondary education for several children in Haiti. Recently, area UMM groups have come together to support local area missions and outreach, such as Allen County Health Partners and the Salvation Army locally, and the Worthington Children's Home in central Ohio. For information about joining UMM activities, contact Frank Cooley by phone at 419-339-7453 or by email at fcooley@wcoil.com.

United Methodist Women

The organized unit of United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women whose purpose is:

        to know God and to experience freedom as a whole person through Jesus Christ, 
        to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and 
        to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Membership is open to any woman, whether or not she is a member of the United Methodist Church, who indicates a desire to participate in the purpose of the organization by any one or more of the following ways that are open to her.

Prayer, giving and study.  Action, service, interest, time and ability.

In addition to these regularly occurring opportunities for community involvement, Trinity also participates in other events such as the Live Nativity (in cooperation with St. Rita's Medical Center) and Vacation Bible School in cooperation with several downtown churches.