Trinity Memorial Warren Starts Anti Child Trafficking Ministry

traffickingTrinity Memorial Church, Warren began an Anti Child Trafficking (ACT) ministry in the fall of 2015, learning about the horrific lives of child victims of sex trafficking. Because this tragedy is so painful to consider, many of us actively ignored it for years. Through God’s Grace our hearts have been opened and we are now committed to help these children. We are praying for vulnerable and trafficked children, educating ourselves, knitting prayer scarves and seeking donations for groups who provide homeless shelters and/or street support for homeless and trafficked children.

Did you know:

  • The U.S. Department of State estimates 200,000 children are trafficked in the U.S. annually?
  • Most were previously abused, unloved, neglected. They may have run away for their abusive homes or may have been thrown out. Or, perhaps they are in foster care, are mentally challenged or are victims of a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.
  • Most are trafficked between the ages of 12 and 14 and will only survive approximately 7 years, dying of AIDS, drug overdose, murder or suicide.

We seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in this ministry, praying that the ministry will expand into even more meaningful service. We dream of educating others so child trafficking will end. Dare we dream of partnering with others in the diocese and in Northwestern PA to help create a shelter or support services for homeless and trafficked children? These dreams require God’s Grace and many more committed people, churches, agencies and groups.

Please pray for these children and for our ministry. Please knit prayer scarves and donate to our ACT ministry.

We are eager to speak to churches or any other interested groups about Anti Child Trafficking (ACT). Please call me at 814-688-4425. Let’s see where God’s Grace leads.

Diane Brant

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When I Wake Up

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Joseph Glarner, a third-generation member of Trinity Memorial in Warren, is no stranger to the music industry. His work has taken him all over the country, working with artists such as the Goo Goo Dolls and companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. However, his musical and spiritual journey began at Trinity Memorial. Following some twists and turns away from Trinity and his relationship with Jesus, Joseph now finds himself back home and considers himself a “witness to Jesus Christ.”

After growing up at Trinity Memorial and being influenced by their music program, Joseph’s own music career took off. He studied in California and New York, was in a band, and by age 22 had started his own recording studio. Joseph enjoyed his music, but also felt that something was missing. He calls his experience, “my prodigal son journey:” “I was interested in worldly things.”

His journey back to Christ, and eventually to Trinity Memorial, started ten years ago when he was on tour with his band. It had become a job for him, no longer a passion, and he was tired of the nights of drinking. One day, he felt compelled to pick up and start reading the Bible. As he expected, he got some teasing from his band members. However, unexpectedly, the drummer joined him in his reading and they began discussing the Bible and Jesus. This prodigal journey led him to work at a studio where the owner was a Christian: “He sparked a fire in me to use music for the Glory of God.” Joseph also attributes his return to Jesus to the support he received from his mother: “A lot of my personal growth is due to her.”

About three years ago, Joseph was looking to do something other than produce music when the part time organist position at Trinity Memorial became available. Since then he has become the music director and has helped revitalize Trinity’s music program. He, Fr. Matthew Scott, and Andrew Pollard (another member of the music team) have worked together to create music that bridges the sacred hymns of the past with more modern music. Their music is featured every Wednesday night at the 5:30 p.m. contemplative service.

Joseph’s experiences at Trinity helped him get back to a place where he could make music for the glory of God, following years of being burned out from making his own music. “I decided to write a song every week that expressed the readings,” Joseph says, explaining how the process began. “I prayed hard to receive God’s message in a way God wanted and in a way that glorified God.”

This is how he ended up with his new CD, “When I Wake Up.” It is not typical contemporary Christian music, but rather simple, thoughtful compositions with piano and flute written to glorify God. Joseph says that he is “more than honored to share that with people.”

Trinity Memorial will be hosting a CD release concert for “When I Wake Up” on July 11th. Follow Joseph at www.JosephGlarnerMusicMinistry.org and all are welcome to the concert on July 11th at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial (444 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA).

Trinity Memorial will be hosting a CD release concert for “When I Wake Up” on July 11th. Follow Joseph at www.JosephGlarnerMusicMinistry.org and all are welcome to the concert on July 11th at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial (444 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA).

*7/31/15: Article has been corrected and edited from its original version.

Julien Goulet, Assistant for Communications and Administration, Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania