A Message to the Parents of our College Students…
Can it have happened this fast? It seems like yesterday that they were brought to the font of baptism to have the water poured on them, while the pastor spoke those life-changing words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” For all these years of their childhood, your home has served as an incubator of sorts, protecting, nurturing, and building the seed of faith that was planted in their hearts on that momentous day. And now…off to college!
These are such critical years for our college students. Statistics tell us that it is at this time of life when many choose to distance themselves from their long-held beliefs and convictions of faith. It’s a time for them to spread their wings and establish independence. This is good! But it is also a time when they will likely be confronted with philosophies and worldviews that deny, condemn, and criticize the Christian faith, even to the point of institutional and academic persecution. Beyond that, even if they attend college locally, they are still, in a sense, far from home and apart from the unconditional love the home provides in nurturing their faith.
It is for these reasons that our college students desperately need to know and feel the support, love, and encouragement from their home congregation. One way this is demonstrated is with the sending of two college care package mailings (one in the fall and one in the spring) to our college students. The significance is not seen necessarily in the content of these packages—which consist basically of a supply of cookies, some small snack items, a copy of Portals of Prayer, and a newsletter updating them on events at Trinity. But the real significance of the Care Package is found in the fact that in receiving it, they know they are being thought about and cared for, and that their brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for them. This knowledge can go a long way in encouraging them to remain faithful to their beliefs and strong in their convictions about the faith in which they were raised.
Here on Trinity’s website, you will find a link to an online registration form making it possible for us to send a care package to your son or daughter. Or, you can fill out a card found on the table where the Sunday morning worship folders are located near the front entrance of the sanctuary.
Sending your son or daughter (or both) out of the home and off to college can be an emotional thing. Please know that the people of Trinity continue to partner with you as you remain faithful to the task of parenting your children—even at this stage in their life.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CARE PACKAGE REGISTRATION FORM
Our first care package of the year is set to be mailed out during the final week of September.
Thanks to Gary and Marianne Menzel, Crystal Welter, and Greg Black for packing each box, and a big THANK YOU to the members of Trinity for their generous donations again this year!