By: Terey Delisle
“A Welcoming Community of Faith Hope and Love,” reads the sign at the Trenton Assembly of God, which has stood at the corner of Cherry and Third streets since 1966.
Pastor Jim Kushner and his family arrived at the church in August of 2008. Before coming to Trenton, he was the pastor at in a small college town in upstate New York. He also served as a campus pastor at the University of Michigan for 10 years.
The church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God Pentecostal Christian church. This faith is “not dissimilar to Baptist or some of the independent churches,” Kushner explained. “We believe in the active work of God’s Spirit. We do pray for healing and believe God heals today. Sometimes he uses doctors, and sometimes he heals directly.”
He says that the church teaches to trust in God and to learn to walk with Him through even the difficult times.
“We are a small congregation,” he said, “with a lot of young families.” Indeed, a lot of the church’s activity is based around its youth groups.
For elementary school-aged children, the boys “Royal Rangers” group, and the girls (simply referred to as the Girls Group) are similar to Boy and Girl Scouts, adding Christian instruction, Kushner explained. The groups also get involved in community activities and other charities.
“The Girls Group just recently got involved in the world mission focusing on Africa,” he said. “They made pillowcase dresses for girls in Africa and shipped them there.”
The youth group, which is for middle-school-aged students and older, meets and worships together to learn more about their faith. They are also very active with the Goodfellows at Christmas.
The youth groups also assist with the church’s small food pantry. The pantry has food and hygiene items for members of the church who are in need. If the church becomes aware of a member of the community who is in need they are also welcome to visit the food pantry.
“We haven’t turned away anyone yet,” Kushner said.
On May 19, the church will hold a “garage sale.” The members of the church will be donating items that will be available for a “free will donation,” meaning that people can pay whatever they can afford for items they need.
“If someone cannot afford to pay anything, they can still have the item if they need it,” Kushner said. Anyone who would like to donate items for the food pantry or the garage sale can call the church.
In addition to the regular services, the church holds family nights on Wednesdays, which include a variety of activities for the whole family, and on alternating Fridays the men’s and women’s groups meet to talk and share their stories. The members are encouraged to bring their sons and daughters to these groups.
Other special activities are held throughout the year, such as Easter breakfast, and Christmas and Thanksgiving lunches.
The Trenton Assembly of God is located at 249 Cherry St. in Trenton. Service times are: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Sunday worship service, 11 a.m.; coffee time prayer, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:30 a.m.; family night, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; and men’s/women’s nights (alternating), Friday, 7 p.m.
For more, visit the church’s Website at mitrentonag.wordpress.com, or call (734) 675-1938 for more information.