The members of the Esther Group of Trinity United Methodist Church is a group of women whose purpose is
to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ:  to develop a creative
supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the local ministries of the
church.

Esther Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.  On the first Tuesday at 1:00 pm, the group meets at the church for
business meeting and program.  On the third Tuesday at 11:00 am, the group meets to go to lunch at a local restaurant.

The Esther Group title derives from the Biblical story of Queen Esther

Esther as rhetorical model: 1


Since she used only rhetoric to convince the king to save her people, Esther has been interpreted as
a model for a successful rhetoric of marginalized groups persuading those who have power over them.  
According to Susan Zaeske, the story of Esther is a "rhetoric of exile and empowerment that, for
millennia, has notably shaped the discourse of marginalized peoples such as Jews, women, African Americans."  Zaeske argues that
Esther speaks not only for women but for a multi-gender oppressed group and does it in such a way that "depicts rhetorical dynamics,
not only of Jews living in a foreign court, but also of women coping in a society intensely hostile to their gender."  In this way, Esther's
rhetoric has been interpreted not as strictly feminist rhetoric or strictly Jewish rhetoric but rhetoric of intersectional exiled or
marginalized groups.

1  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther

                                      
Groups In Mission

Women's Groups

Esther Group
Eve Circle
                                     
The Eve Circle meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in a members home, at church or a local
restaurant.

Our mission is to uplift and encourage lives through scripture, community action and joyful fellowship.
Please join us as we seek God's words and apply them in our daily lives.  Currently we are journeying
through the Women of Faith Study.     

Men's Groups
                                  
United Methodist Men meet each Wednesday morning to have breakfast, discuss maintenance/repairs to
church buildings and parsonage as well as enjoying fellowship with each other.
Emmaus Walk:
                                
Trinity UMC actively participates in the Emmaus Walk project.  Several of the members are leaders within the
project.  Please contact the church for more information or times of the next Walk.
A Journey With Christ
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them. - Luke
24:15

The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins
with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new
way as God's grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a
sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders
prayerfully consider each applicant and in God's time, the person is invited to attend a three-day
experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other
in their ongoing walk with Christ.

Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in
the Emmaus community, each participant's individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are
developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways
to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.
The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for
Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a
way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.
What happens on the Emmaus Weekend?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and
participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy.
These talks present the theme of God's grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian
community and how it is expressed in the world. You'll also discover how grace is real in your
life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to
understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience God's grace through the prayers
and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community. You will leave with an
experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service
and leadership.

What Happens After the Emmaus Weekend'?
You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth
Day.