Upcoming Events

Northport is an exciting place for you to be in the summer of 2017.

This list of “Upcoming Events” is being made on June 15, 2017.  Last year Phil Garrison got this image of the Strawberry Moon on June 20. full moon on June 20, 2016 - making her way into the sky - Northport, MI This year that moon was on June 8.  He didn’t get a picture of it, but he and Patricia do have strawberries ripening in the parsonage garden.DSC03883

Some dates you might not want to miss at Trinity and in Northport between now and October:

June 17:  Celebration of the Life of Elaine Charter – at Twelve Noon.Elaine-Charter-1495121771

Elaine concluded her book of poetry with this poem that became the title of her book:

Full Circle

We know

God has come

Full Circle

When a sparkle

from my eye


the twinkle in yours

On June 18 we begin a nine week worship series, with a wonderful two week interlude in  early July:  On the Mend – Though the weeks of June, July, and August at Trinity we’ll learn from the Gospel of Mark and other texts about the wounds of living that hold us back from being the ones God is aching for us to become.  How might we let go of patterns of living that do not serve us well . . . in order to take hold of new possibilities that set us free in Jesus’ incomprehensible loving forgiveness?

Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day – On the Mend:  From Shallowness – Mark 7:1-8  & James 1:17-27.  Eugene Peterson, in the Message Bible, translates one of the verses from James in words like these:  “Whoever catches even a glimpse of the free life in God will find delight and affirmation.”  Bill Plachetzki, bass, and Steve Lindor, guitar will provide our special music of the morning singing, “From a Distance” and “Love Overflowing.”  Trinity’s Choir anthem will be:  a Gaelic rendition of “Morning Has Broken.”





Friday, June 23, 10:00 am – Jerry Kilgore Graveside Service – Leelanau Township Cemetery

Saturday, June 24 – Wedding of Megan Bell and John Hughes

Sunday, June 25  – On the Mend:  From Being Closed – Mark 7:24-37 & James 2:1-10.  This Sunday will be an invitation for us to recall who, for us, is “in” and who is “out.”  According to James, God has chosen those who are “down and out” to be the “first citizens of the realm of God’s love.”  Choir Anthem:  “Siyahamba.”

Friday, June 30 – Music in the Park – Igor and the Red Elvises – Russian Beach Boys.

Sunday, July 2 – An awesome Sunday of Music with Nancy Flanagan and friends.  Nancy Fitzgerald and Terry Gremel will be communion celebrants.

Friday, July 7 – Music in the Park – Steve Sandner – Jazz Standards.

Sunday, July 9Rev. Jody Betten, pastor of the UCC’s new church start in Traverse City, New Waves UCC, will be our guest preacher.  She will have just returned from the United Church of Christ General Synod in Baltimore.  She will be an enthusiastic voice for the family of the UCC that is Trinity’s family.

Friday, July 14 – Music in the Park – New Third Coast – Americana/Folk.

Saturday, July 15 – Celebration of the Life of Virginia Thomas at 11:00 am.Andreas Parents May 18 08 005You are invited to attend her service and also to be part of the folks who will walk behind “the historic Northport hearse” that will leave from the Northport Fire Hall  at about 1:30.   This will be the first time in 100 years that the hearse, owned by Virginia and Will Thomas and recently donated to the Northport Historical Museum, will actually be used to transport the remains of a person to the the cemetery.

Virginia is remembered by her family in these (and other) words:

Virginia was known for her unwavering kindness and generosity of spirit. She saw the good in everything. She instinctively put others first, taking genuine interest in their lives and pursuits. The prevailing sentiment among those who knew her was, “I love Virginia.”

She was a woman of remarkable strength, calm and quiet determination. She strived to be a great wife, mother, and friend, yet never took herself too seriously or asked for recognition. She was known for her smile, gentle hand squeeze, accomplished piano playing and oatmeal pancakes. Her sources of pride were her children, grandchildren, her life with Will and her relationships with family and friends.

Sunday, July 16 – On the Mend:  From Controlling – Mark 8:27-38  & James 3:1-5.  Choir Anthem – “Hymn of Freedom.”

Friday, July 21 – Music in the Park – Mule Bone – Blues

July 22/23/25/26/27/29/30 – “Leading Ladies” – Northport Community Arts Center

Sunday, July 23 – On the Mend:  From Arrogance – NEW MEMBER SUNDAY – Mark 9:30-37 & James 3:13-18.  Choir Anthem – Amazing Grace.”

Friday, July 28 – Music in the ParkRFD Boys – Folk/Bluegrass

Sunday, July 30 – On the Mend:  From Preconceived Notions – BAPTISM SUNDAY – Isla and Hendrix Voelker – Mark 9:38-50, James 5:12-20, & Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day.” Choir Anthem – tbd.

Also on Sunday, July 30 – Matt Fitzgerald, Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.07.01 AM pastor of St. Pauls UCC, Chicago, one of the UCC’s Daily Devotional writers, son of John D, Fitzgerald, Jr. (pastor here when Trinity was formed in 1965) and Nancy Fitzgerald (charter member of Trinity) will be preaching at Omena Presbyterian Church at 10:00.  Matt will be a guest preacher at Trinity some August Sunday in 1918.  Welcome home to Northport and Omena, Matt.

Friday, August 4 – Music in the Park – Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers – Folk claudiaschmidtandsallyro

Sunday, August 6 – On the Mend:  From Missing What Matters – Mark 10:13-16 , Hebrews 10:10-13, and words of Henri Nouwen on L’Arche.  Choir Anthem – “Seek Ye First” with the Handbell Choir.

Friday, August 11 – Music in the Park – Jeff Tucker – Classic Rock.

Sunday, August 13 – On the Mend:  From a Heavy Heart – Matthew 10:17-31  & Hebrews 4:12-16.  Choir Anthem – tbd.

Friday, August 18 – Music in the ParkTo Be Announced

Sunday, August 20 – On the Mend:  From Being Great – Mark 10:35-45, Hebrews 5:4-10 & Mohammed Ali and Parkinson’s.  Choir Anthem – tbd.

Friday, August 25 – Music in the Park – Looking Forward – Crosby, Stills, Nash Tribute.

Sunday, August 27 – On the Mend:  From Blindness – Mark 10:46-52, Psalm 126, & Josephine Rowan, Lighthouse for the Blind.  Choir Anthem – “Song of the Soul.”

Friday, September 1 – Music in the Park – Don Julia and the Microtones – Reggae/Ska

Saturday, September 2 – Wedding of Kailey Specht/Trevor Cline

Tuesday, September 12 – The Tuesday Study Group will begin a new book recommended by Sandy Zwemer – “Jesus Before the Gospels,” Bart D. Herman.

Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 pm –  Trinity Reads Book Discussion

“The Revolution Where You Live,” Sarah van Gelder.   Unknown

Friday, September 22, 11:00 am – Graveside service for Dorothy Bartlett Crosby and John Strong Crosby at the Leelanau Township Cemetery.

Saturday, September 30Leelanau Uncaged

Saturday, October 7 – 7:00 pm – Belko Peace LectureSarah van Gelderth“Creating Beloved Communities Locally.”

Saturday, October 21 – Wedding of Katherine Johnson & Arica Tomlinson.

Sunday, October 22 – Guest Preacher, Rev. Jason Coulter, pastor Ravenswood UCC, Chicago.