More Than I Imagined

I started my internship at Holy Trinity last August.  I walked in the north doors and into the office.  I introduced myself and met everyone in the office that day.  It was a start of a journey for me and for this congregation.  Holy Trinity has had interns in the past, so you all had some idea of what to expect. But for me, this was new.

I was welcomed that first weekend at services and then after a while I began to feel at home.  I feel like I have been part of this community for quite some time now.  A year isn’t that long in reality, especially with some of you being members longer than I have been alive!   

While I know a year isn’t that long, it also feels like I have been here for quite some time.  Time is strange that way, while it might feel like it has been forever, it also feels like I just started.      

On that first day I walked into the church office wondering if I would find my place here.  I am leaving this place knowing that I have found a place in this world; I feel a part of something.  That is due in no small part to how Holy Trinity welcomes the newcomer. I was welcomed into a faith community that invites, welcomes, and honors all people and nurtures them to grow in service with Christ. Thank you for making me feel welcome and a part of this community.

An internship is a way for a seminarian to gain ministry experience and competence.  Without the support of congregations like Holy Trinity, internships would not be able to be offered to seminarians.   

Holy Trinity has made a commitment to being a place where an intern can learn and grow in a safe environment.  You are shaping the next generation of pastors as you welcome interns into your midst. Your feedback, your support, your prayers, your welcoming spirit has been a blessing to me and will continue to be a blessing for future interns.  

Thank you to Pastor Tim and Pastor Pam for everything they have helped me with this past year.  Both of you have been wonderful role models and have helped me to better understand what it means to be in pastoral ministry. 

Thank you to the staff that have helped me along the way.  The staff at Holy Trinity is excellent and is second to none.   

To all of you here at Holy Trinity, thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow.  Thank you for all your support and feedback.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Holy Trinity family for this past year.

It has been an incredible year with you all. This internship was meant as a learning opportunity. While I have learned about preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and the ins and outs of pastoral ministry, I have also learned more than I could have ever imagined. I’ve learned to take joy in community. I’ve learned to listen more than I talk. I’ve learned that our hearts have an endless capacity to love. I’ve learned by your example how to serve selflessly. This congregation is full of life.

Holy Trinity will always hold a special place in my ministry journey and in my heart.  I will leave Holy Trinity learning more than I could ever imagine and full of gratitude.

Please keep our family in your prayers.

In Christ, Travis Segar