Tuesday Word
February 24, 2015

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Worship: Sundays @ 8:15 am, 9:40 am, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm | Fridays @ 7:00 pm
Dear Friends,

Please be sure to read the very important note below from Josh Fuller (it follows my note to you).

If you didn't have the opportunity to experience "The Potter" our own Randy Adams in this past Sunday's sermon, do yourself a huge favor and go to our website and watch it online - Each Sunday's service (9:40) is live streamed, so you can watch it at 9:40 if you're not able to be in worship OR the recorded services are posted on our web site by 8:00 each Monday morning. And, so many of you asked how you could contact Randy; he shared with me his cell number and is happy to talk with you:  352-468-3957.  Let's all pray for Randy and his remarkable ministry - oh the lives he can and will touch!

This Sunday the Pastor of our Sister Church in Cuba and I will be doing the sermon together from John 13 where Jesus washes his disciple's feet. You each will receive a small "service" towel as a gift when you come to worship.

If you're not yet connected to MyTrinity, we'd like you to take a look. As we continue to grow and our lives  continue to get busier, it is important that we stay a "small church" within a large church. MyTrinity is our online tool to help us connect with each other and find places to serve, explore ministries, stay connected and equip you, the congregation, with tools to engage with each other.

To get signed up:
1. Go to our website (TrinityGNV.org) and click on the MyTrinity link in the top right corner, or go to TrinityGNV.ccbchurch.com/login.php
2. Click on the "Sign Up" link underneath the login box and fill in your first name, last name and the email address we have on file for you
3. Check your email and click on the confirmation link and you're all set

From there, make sure you to to your profile page and upload a photo and make sure all the information we have is current. Then, play around a bit - you can search for a new small group, set your communication preferences, let us know your spiritual gifts and more. You can also go to TrinityGNV.org/mytrinity for step by step instructions and helpful tips.

Now, here is the letter from Josh Fuller, who has been such a key to Trinity's campus being a beautiful and amazing place.   His personal touches are seen and felt everywhere at Trinity.

To my dear Trinity family,

It is with bittersweet emotions I write to inform you I have resigned as your Facility Director. I have accepted the North Florida Retirement Village's Facility Manager position. My last day at Trinity will be Friday, March 6.

This process started back in October when I contacted the operations director at The Village to take a tour to see how they manage their facilities. After our meeting he informed me they had no facility manager position and were creating that position in 2015. They had realized they needed someone looking at the big picture similar to where we were at 6 years ago when Trinity created my current position. He encouraged me to apply and has been recruiting me since.

This decision was a difficult one. Not only have I cared for this campus like it was my own, I have been a part of your lives - mostly behind the scene but always making sure Trinity provided what was needed to fulfill its mission. I have been with you during times of celebration and times of sorrow. I have served alongside you helping others in our community and around the world. I have always believed the church is not its buildings but its people. And yet, I have seen firsthand how the buildings' resources meet the people's needs.

As I depart, I ask you to continue supporting this campus' maintenance. In many ways, it has been my baby over the past ten years. I hope my position on staff has made an impact in your life in some way, shape, or form.  I have cherished every moment and I look forward to seeing what Trinity accomplishes in the future.

In His name,
Joshua Fuller

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Esther Rodríguez
Friday: Rev. Cliff Patrick
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson 
25 | Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:30 - 7:30
25 | Lenten/6:35 Service, Chapel
4 | Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:30 - 7:30
4 | Lenten/6:35 Service, Chapel
8 | Baptism Orientation, 11am, CMT office

A Word from Rev. Esther
Lenten blessings! I hope you're experiencing a powerful Lent, so far. If you're looking for more ways to deepen that experience, come to our Lenten series at the 6:35 service in the chapel on Wednesday evenings - 24 Hours That Changed the World. We'll be looking at the Last Supper this week. Also, if you've never explored your Spiritual Gifts, or if you don't remember because it's been so long, mark your calendars for March 12, 19, and 26, as I'll be teaching a course on identifying what they are and how you can authentically serve.  Look for more info below under Adult Ministries. Prayers for you on this Lenten journey! 

A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, I pray that your Lenten journey has seen a meaningful beginning. I've had several of you ask for a link to the blessing for Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson I read at last week's service. You can find it here. It is also not too late to go to lecfamily.org/lent and sign up to receive in your email a daily #pictureLent devotion, many of which were written by Trinity clergy, past and present. Grace and peace be with you this week.

  • This week's mission box supports Micanopy Collaborators.  This after-school tutoring program matches children with UF students to provide one-on-one daily assistance with homework and projects.  The intense collaboration between students and tutors has created dramatic results with once failing students.
  • Trinity wants to be a church where people are putting their faith into action.  We want everyone to experience the excitement and transformation that occurs as they answer Jesus' call to "Go" and step-out in faith to Serve Others and Share the story both in our community and around the world.  So ask yourself where is God calling you to "Go?" What is God calling your family to? We encourage you to jump in and experience the joy one finds when you answer the call to "Go!"
  • LITTLE DRESSES UPDATE: Thanks so much to all who have been sewing the LITTLE DRESSES.  Missions trips are coming up so please bring your finished dresses to the church so we can get them ready to travel to their new homes.  They can be dropped off in the Missions Office or at the front desk and left for Jeannine Cawthon or Ted Grueser.
Faith Mission


Faith Mission is located at 3701 NE 15th Street.  Last week the Faith Mission Leadership Team, with 12 members from Trinity, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and the surrounding neighborhood, came together to fellowship, share ideas, and plan.   In the coming weeks the Leadership Team will be working together on long-term vision, near-term objectives, programs to host on site, and neighborhood initiatives to support.

This week at Faith Mission:
* Renovations continue.  Many thanks go to Jeff Tennant and Jack Brown for painting prep work, to Dick Schaefer on improvements at the Kids Count building, and to Sharon and Sean Sailor and Margaret, Brian, Tim, and Tony Myers from the Families on a Mission Sunday School class who painted both inside and outside on Saturday.
* Speaking of painting - we need an artist!  We're looking for someone to repaint the Kids Count logo on the small building in the back that houses this after school program.  Please email Ward if you and your brush can make this happen!
* We are very happy to be hosting the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) program beginning this week.  SNAP is an evidence-based, early intervention, weekly program for elementary age children and their parents.  The SNAP program at Faith Mission will be for boys and their parents and caregivers and is led by Melanie Kretzman and Shannon Pettit.  They have been visiting with families and training facilitators for weeks in preparation.  Please be in prayer for this impactful program.   

Youth Ministry
  • We are having our Progressive Dinner on Sunday, March 1st! 5:30 - 8:30 PM, $8. See you there!
  • We are having a parent volunteer training session on Sunday, March 8th at 12:15 PM in the Youth Building. Please RSVP if you plan on attending, lunch will be provided.
  • Spaces are filling up fast for summer mission trips! Check out SIFAT for middle school here and ASP for high school here.
Children's Ministry
  • Pennies for Promise!  We are encouraging all of our Sunday School children to bring their pennies (and change) to contribute towards the weekly offering.  Together, we will be making a difference, "changing people's lives one penny at a time".
  • Save the Date for Vacation Bible School:  June 8-12 from 9-12:00 for those who have completed  Pre-K through 5th grade.  Registration begins on April 5th.
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • March 1st - Summer Time Fun and Cross Trainers Registration opens for Trinity members and Stepping Stones families, VBS Registration opens for VBS volunteers and their children, Easter eggs need "stuffing"! Pick up a bag in the Children's Ministries office, room 108
    • March 8th, 9:40-Preschool Noah's Ark Celebration (Dawning Doves & Loving Lions)
    • March 8th, 11:00-Baptism Orientation
    • March 13th, 6:00-7:30-Daddy Daughter Dance
    • March 20th, 5:30-8:30-Parent's Night Out
    • March 22nd, 9:40 & 11:00-Sit Together Sunday
    • March 29th, Palm Sunday Palm Parade
  • We are still in need of volunteers to help with Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading! If you are interested in helping out by coaching, refereeing, or helping in the concessions stand, please let Ben know.
Adult Ministry
  • Wednesday Night Dinners - come join us for FOOD, FUN, and FELLOWSHIP! Dinner is served 5:30 - 6:30; dining is open until 7 pm. Adult $5; Child $2 (0-5 eat free); $15 Family Cap. February 25th menu: Roasted chicken and corn chowder, cornbread, cheese quesadillas, chips & salsa, salad and dessert.
  • Are you a leader of an Adult Sunday School class or small group, or a teacher of one of our Adult programs?  You are invited to attend the Leader Luncheon (along with a short presentation and discussion time) Sunday, March 15 at 12:15pm.  Please RSVP by March 12 to Kim.  We would also like for you to take a short survey that will help us serve you better as leaders.  Please click HERE to take the survey.
  • Wondering how you can serve and connect? God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve.  Join us for a three week journey of self-discovery as we learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person, through assessing individual spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experiences. March 12, 19, and 26, 6:30-8:30 in room 211.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Tuesdays, January 20 - March 10, 6:30 - 8pm, 209/210. The skills and practices you learn in this class can assist you in increasing your ability to manage stressful experiences, being more present and attentive in relationships - with God and others, reducing stress and managing anxiety and depression, helping with attention difficulties and increasing focus and concentration. There is a suggested $10 donation per class.
  • The Marriage Course: Registration is now closed.  We still need volunteers between 2/24 & 4/7 for help with set-up & décor, assist in kitchen, serve meals/dessert, clean-up, or assist Child Care Staff (we have 44 children to care for).  Also need fresh flowers if you have spring flowers (azalea, camellias, or others). Contact Sharon & Earl McDow (371-4092.)
  • Financial Peace University (FPU), Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm, March 23 - May 18.  Dave Ramsey's FPU is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money.  You will be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace.  Each of the nine lessons in FPU deals with a different topic that will change the way you think about personal finance.  Dave teaches about how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, find bargains, and experience the joy of giving.  The cost for this 9-week course is $110 per household.  To register, sign up online or contact David Leonard (416.3001) or Richard Ritari (372.5148).
Caring & Support
  • If you know someone--perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative--who is going through a difficult time, there's a wonderful way you can help them receive the care and support they need.   Tell them about Stephen Ministry!  Our Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training to provide high-quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people.  It's free, and it's a powerful way you can help a hurting friend.  To learn how to connect someone you know with a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Kay Walker-336-2006 or Fred Korzec-219-5652. Our Stephen Ministers are there to care!
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meet every Monday from 7 pm-8:30pm (E225). Contact: Mary Steinwandt or call 214-662-4869.
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the O.Dean Martin Prayer Room off the Atrium at 5:30.Your healing could be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional. All cancer survivors, patients, family and friends are invited to come join us.Our Lord meets us where we are! For more info, contact Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
General Announcements
  • Welcome Trinity's newest members: Steve & Vicki Arnett, Chip & Mary Birkner, Marvin & Irish Celso, David & Suzanne DeKay, Betty Carr Greathouse and Brian & Terrell Reichow.  We look forward to growing together with you on this journey we call knowing, loving, and serving God. When you see them, reach out and welcome them to Trinity.
  • Are you interested in joining Trinity UMC? If you are looking for a church home and want to learn more about the vision, mission and ministries of Trinity, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming Coffee with the Pastors. It is a casual gathering in which you'll learn more about the United Methodist Church, who we are at Trinity and what is expected of members. The class is designed for visitors and gives you the opportunity to meet our ministers and learn about the many ways to become involved in our church family.  The next Coffee with the Pastors is Sunday, March 22 at 11:00am in room 209. Register HERE for Coffee with the Pastors or e-mail Carmen Nelson. We would love to meet you and to welcome you into the membership of our church!
  • Join us Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 for our first monthly Trinity Tour!  If you've never been to the Chapel or Memorial Garden or Sports Fields, or the Trinity Trail, but would like to see them and learn more about our campus, then the Trinity Tour is for you. Meet in front of the Worship Center at the Golf Cart.
  • The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota will be performing at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  This is a concert presented by First Presbyterian Church Concert Series to benefit Gainesville Family Promise (formerly known as IHN).  The 75-coice choir is one of America's finest a cappella choirs and will perform folk songs, spirituals and hymns.  Please come and support Family Promise, a program that supports homeless children and their families.
  • If you are in need of a recliner/lift chair please contact Donna Edmunds (373.4705).
  • We have a church member in need of an electric scooter or wheel chair. If you have one you would like to donate please contact Josh Fuller (416.3039). Also we always accept donations of walkers and wheelchairs to help those in need.
  • Stop by the Trinity Bookstore to sponsor a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa project. Only $10 gives a little girl the Armor of God's Protection!  All donations will help purchase the materials needed to make the dress as well as help with shipping them worldwide. Please contact Jeannine Cawthon at 352-375-2349 or Kim Lewerenz for more information.
  • There is Haven Hospice fundraiser on February 26th from 2 - 5pm for you to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and treats. You can find more information about it by downloading their flyer
  • Trinity member, Carter Nute, will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in a one day session convenient for Trinity United Methodist Church members in the Education Building Room 222 on Monday, March 2nd. This classroom refresher for motorists age 50 and older is offered for a modest fee and you do not have to be an AARP member to register for the class. For course registration call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at (352) 333-3036.
  • Mary Elsie Beall, former member and UMW President, has written a book - The Rusty Old Truck. We are trying to determine how many copies we should have in the bookstore. If you are interested in purchasing this book, please contact Kim Lewerenz (416.3074).
  • Pennies for Promise - Help change people's lives One Penny at a Time! Stop by the Trinity Bookstore today and donate your pennies!  All donations will go towards Missions.
  • Sunday Morning Altar Flowers - If you wish to reserve the Worship Center altar flowers in honor or memory of someone or to the Glory of God, please contact Tammy.

Bible Studies
  • Women Growing in Faith, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30, E232
  • Tuesday Morning Moms, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30, E203
  • Bible Study with Rev. Cliff Patrick, Tuesdays 7 pm, E207
  • Men's Prayer and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7 am, E232
  • Wednesday Morning Pastor's Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:15, Chapel
  • Exploring Jesus' Teachings, Thursdays, 10:30, E226
  • Life Changing Gathering with Rev. Marvin Celso, Sundays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, E225
  • Weekly Prayer Group, Thursdays, 7pm, Chapel   
  • Dan Johnson's Daily Scripture Email is available upon request 
Family Matters

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Dr. Paul Clayton & Family on the February 1 passing of Paul's sister Mary Clayton Smith, to Jane Tucker on the February 4 passing of her daughter Judith Tucker, to Jeanette Campana on the February 12 passing of her son Robert Campana.

Christian Love & Sympathy is also extended to Amber Garrett & Family on the February 14 passing of Amber's husband Robert Garrett, to Paul Avery & Family on the February 15 passing of Paul's wife Linda Avery, and to Cherith & Paul Davenport on the February 17 passing of Cherith's mother Kathleen Demaray. 

If you are celebrating your 80th, 90th or 90+ birthday and would like it announced in the Tuesday Word and/or the bulletin, contact Kelly Ping
Altar Flowers

If you would like to place flowers on the Altar in honor or in memory of a loved one please contact Tammy.

Trinity United Methodist Church
4000 NW 53rd Ave | Gainesville, FL 32653

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Friday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm