All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,

          Greetings on this May 1st, 2023!  May begins times of celebrations such as graduations, weddings and vacation time away.  It took Susan and me some time when we first moved here to Florida to adjust to graduations and the end of school in May and schools starting up in August.  Growing up in New Jersey we did not get out of school until the middle of June and then we didn’t return to school until September.  Trinity Tots Preschool end of the year program will be May 21st at 4:00PM in the sanctuary.  You are welcomed to attend if you want to experience the wonderful program Susan, the staff and the students are able to put together for the parents and the students. 

          I did get an update from Pastor McLean today.  He is no longer internally bleeding and he is feeling better.  He hopes to get out of the Hospital in the sometime in the next few days.  He sounds stronger and on the mend. 

          Tomorrow, Tuesday May 2nd, the Heartland Circuit will meet here at the church beginning at 9:30AM. 

          There will be a Church Council meeting on Monday May 8th, 2023 at 10:00AM at the rear of the church. 

          May 9th, 2023 at 11:30AM the Ladies Guild will meet at the Golden Corral here in Lake Placid for their Spring Luncheon. 

ALL LADIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.  

 

I stated earlier that there would be a Congregational Meeting on May 21st, the Meeting is actually May 28th. 2023 following church.  At this meeting we will have the election of two of our council offices and ratification of three policies for the church. 

As a Pastor, I believe that leaving a legacy is arguably the most powerful thing you can do in life.  Leaving a legacy enables you to have influence into the future even after you are out of the picture yourself. It’s key to optimizing your impact on our families, churches and those around you.  Legacy building can take the form of ensuring the long-term viability of the church and leaving it stronger, more productive, and more stable than it was before.  Thinking about your legacy is also a great way to ensure that you are taking into account the long-term perspective of the impact of your life or church and resisting the temptation to overly focused on short-term gain.

How can you keep your legacy in mind as you go about your everyday decisions? Recall your predecessors and how their actions affected you. What resources did they leave behind for you, your families, your church family?  How did they provide you with opportunities? How did they shape your family values and life’s richness?

While you can’t always reciprocate the deeds of prior generations because they are no longer with us, you can pay it forward by behaving similarly to the next generation of people who will follow you.  When we know we have benefited from the legacy of the prior generation, that gets us thinking about the positive legacy we want to leave for future generations, and we tend to make better long-term oriented decisions.

One day in 1888, a wealthy and successful man was reading what was supposed to be his brother’s obituary in a French newspaper. As he read, he realized that the editor had confused the two brothers and had written an obituary for him instead. The headline proclaimed, “The merchant of death is dead,” and then described a man who had gained his wealth by helping people to kill one another. Not surprisingly, he was deeply troubled by this glimpse of what his legacy might have been had he actually died on that day. It is believed that this incident was pivotal in motivating him to leave nearly his entire fortune following his actual death eight years later to fund awards each year to give to those whose work most benefitted humanity. This is, of course, the true story of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and the founder of the Nobel Prize.

People feel better in the face of death if they are a part of something that will live on after them. Having a positive impact on future generations can help fulfill that need. Nobel lives on through his legacy, and receiving a shocking reminder of the inevitability of his death helped him to get there. His story also illustrates how avoiding a negative legacy can be more motivating than simply wanting to build a positive one.

Ultimately, beyond your life in Christ impacting people around you, your legacy is all you’ve got at the end of this earthly journey this side of heaven.  Think about how you want to be remembered by other people and act on those thoughts. Leave something meaningful that will outlive yourself.

 

 

Rev. Richard A. Norris

Trinity Lutheran Church

25 Lakeview Street

Lake Placid, Florida 33852

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