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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
Bill Marimow is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a longtime high school friend of mine. Like every other newspaper, the Inquirer struggles with declining readership while maintaining an increasingly important online presence to tell the news, not only regarding the greater Philadelphia area, but also to the world. It is not an easy task. Bill is responsible for leading the change from paper to electronic news. Many readers of his newspaper (and all newspapers, for that matter) decry the loss of news that you can literally touch, fold, mark on, use for wrapping or packing and, when done recycle or compost. I often feel like those readers, as well (as does Bill).
At the same time, the world of information changes so fast that even a daily newspaper cannot keep up. However, online news services can. While the Holy Trinity publishing schedule is nowhere near as hectic as a newspaper’s, the world that we live in changes rapidly enough that often our monthly Tidings newsletter is out of date by the time you read it.
Your Communications Team (Devorah Dwight, Mark Donahue, Kay Drought, Mark Edwards, Ray Masse and I) proposed to the Congregation Council that we change to a weekly format to better disseminate what’s happening here at Holy Trinity. The Council agreed to make the changes.
Beginning on March 27th, we will go from a monthly Tidings format, to a weekly format. We are already sending out an email “blast” every week, so the weekly Tidings will replace the “blast.” In its place will be a longer, more comprehensive updating of events. In addition, there will be weekly articles of interest as before, but in “summary form” with links to our website for those who wish to read further. A ten-day rolling calendar will be featured each week, as well as links to our online calendar.
Not everyone has a computer and for those who don’t - or who don’t wish to go on line - we will have paper copies available each week. Just let us know that you would like a paper copy.
The world is in constant change, but the Word of God remains the same. Hopefully this change will better facilitate our understanding and help us to become the Body of Christ here in this place.
The Rev. Dr. George Koch