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Pastor's Pen

The Future

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dear friends in Christ,

Trinity was informed this week by our realtor that the potential buyer of the church properties has decided to terminate our pending contract. They have opted out of the purchase and sale agreement. This means, we no longer have a current buyer of the property and it has gone back on the market.

The reason the buyer opted out was the cost of the renovations they needed to do with the property was well above their budget and not feasible for them.

The Council leadership been assured that the realtor receives inquiries about the church properties regularly and the council is hopeful that there will be another buyer soon.

Until that time we continue to hope, pray and trust that God’s in the lead. I know for some of us this can feel like an unpleasant rollercoaster ride. I pray you are able to breathe deeply and find comfort knowing our God never abandons and always abides.

If you have questions that member of the Church Council or I might be able to answer, please do not hesitate to ask.

I am enclosing words from our Bishop, Rev. Abraham Allende. He sent this to us upon hearing of this most recent news. I am grateful for the Bishop and his staff and their continued partnership.

Peace,

Rev. Angela Freeman-Riley

Dear Pastor Riley and Trinity,

We know not what the future holds, but we know who holds the future!

Thank you for the update on the sale of Trinity. As disappointing as it is, we always live in hope that God's purpose will be fulfilled, even when it doesn't happen as we expect.

Please know that we are holding you and the good people of Trinity in prayer, that God's abiding presence will calm their fears and ease their anxieties and that they go forward in confidence and faith.

Also take comfort in knowing that we walk alongside you in that journey.

+Abraham Allende

Bishop Northeastern Ohio Synod

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