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P r e s by te r i a n s To d ay OCTOBER Easterlin, who lived ve houses down from them. In 1998, with the help of the Northwest Leadership Foundation, the Herrons created structure and funding for ActsSix scholarships for promising urban leaders. Easterlin received one of the scholarships to Whitworth University. Now, she is Trinity's learning center coordina- tor, providing homework help, study skills, teacher advocacy and adult mentoring to students at Jason Lee Middle. Easterlin is grateful for Trinity's providing a place of refuge for her. "I was accepted there. I didn't have to worry about anything else," she said. "It's the same for kids today. I try to create fun for them and keep them focused in the moment. I get in the muck with people, to support and love them, regardless of where they are." And that's what 25 members at of University Place Presbyterian Church, Trinity added a medical clinic for those without health insurance. Easterlin's grandma took her there when she needed health care. "It was this incredible group of older adults who thought they were young," said Kevin Hunter, whose family with small children was one of the rst to join Trinity in the early '90s, and experienced the turnaround. When he moved to Tacoma, Hunter bought a house in "the Wedge," two blocks from Trinity. That was signicant because the Sixth Avenue side of the street cut through Tacoma's north and south addresses. The other side was Division Avenue — the technical line of demarcation. "This old gray-haired congrega- tion of 25 straddled that," he said. "It's amazing how committed they were to God's vision to stay in the neighborhood." Impressed, Hunter and his wife, Kim, went to two other young families, with two or three kids each, and asked them to come to church with them. Suddenly the membership had increased by six adults and seven to nine children — and tripled the youth group. Hunter initially worked for Young Life urban ministries — and then for World Vision, which awarded a $100,000 vision grant to cover work being done in the neigh- borhood by Tim and Anna Herron, who had started a learning center for kids in their garage. The Herrons, educators involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, didn't start attending Trinity until 2000, when their then- University Place associate pastor, the Rev. Harlan Shoop, became Trinity's pastor. What would become Trinity Learning Center at Jason Lee Middle School was initially open to the kids they knew — including Trinity were doing in 1987. Many, like Pœugmacher, who died in 2003, are no longer physically present in the congregation, but their spirits are alive. "She was a passionate vision- ary who wasn't afraid to speak her mind," Hunter said. "She kept us focused on what God wanted us to do as a church." Trinity's membership is now over 200. In April 2019, construc- tion will begin on a new Bryant Neighborhood Center in the church's basement, which is part of a $4.7 million "Here for Good" campaign. The church has received $1.16 million in pledges from Trinity members and another $1.5 million from community partners, including an anonymous $1 million gift. Paul Seebeck is a communications strate- gist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency SEND FOR OUR FREE INFORMATION KIT & DVD 1011Military Road, P.O. Box 39, Buffalo, NY 14217; Toll Free 1-866-276-3686, e-mail: Visit us at BLENDING ARTISTRY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP SINCE 1946 C O L U M B A R I U M S $&ROXPEDULXPLQWKHOLIHRIWKH&KXUFK SUHVHUYHVDWUDGLWLRQRIUHPHPEUDQFH An Armento Columbarium is an affordable alternative that preserves cherished memories and delivers a message of comfort in the knowledge that those that have touched our lives will always remain in the company of family & friends.

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