Tuesday Word
March 10, 2015

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Dear Friends,

First, I want to share with you an important story, but, before I do, I share how excited I am about our Lenten Worship series so far:  The Potter, the Foot Washing, and then this past Sunday, the Seder/Passover (you definitely want to see that on our Web site if you missed it Sunday!  Lenora Rousseau did such an outstanding job, and everyone learned so much), and this Sunday we go with Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane, and I'll be preaching about prayer.

Now, back to the story - that happened with one of our members, who has given me permission to share it with you because it conveys so clearly what we think happened in many instances as people approached their pledging to our 2015 budget:

Trinity Member calling Laura in our Business office:  "I'm sorry, I was so busy in December I forgot to get my pledge in to Trinity.  And I don't remember exactly what it was."
Laura:  "Last year you gave $1,000 to Operating Budget and $2,400 toward the Mortgage pay off."
Member:  "Oh, good.  Since we've paid off the mortgage, put me down for just $1,000."
Laura:  "Thanks, and I'll be glad to do that, but can I share with you something?"
Member:  "Sure."  
Laura: "Our hope was that many of our members would transfer the amount they've been putting toward the mortgage now toward Missions, because we have made a big commitment to support Faith Mission in East Gainesville and other local missions."
Member:  "Oh, great idea.  Put me down for the full $3,400."

If this story strikes a note with your situation, our Finance Committee and Church Council are asking you to prayerfully reconsider your pledge to Trinity for 2015, because truly our commitments to local mission and the care of our 15 year old facilities are both in that category of "possibilities we could imagine" doing once we paid off the mortgage.  Please give this your earnest consideration

As was noted at last night's Finance Committee meeting:  "Once a need is made known to Trinity, Trinity comes through!"  Indeed, February was a good month:
Income   -   $250,858
Expenses - $219, 830

Year to date:
Income  -  $451,777
Expenses - $430,958

Please feel free to ask any questions.  We want to keep you well informed.
God Bless,

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Esther Rodríguez
Friday: Rev. Cliff Patrick
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson 
11 | Wednesday Night Lenten Dinner, 5:30 - 7:30
11 | Lenten/6:35 Service, Chapel
12 | Spiritual Gifts Class, 6:30, 211, Register
13 | ALERT Bible Study, 10:30
13 | ALERT Luncheon, 11:45
13 | Daddy/Daughter Dance, 6:00, Youth Building, Register
15 | Trinity Tour, 11am, meet in front of Worship Center
15 | Sunday School leaders lunch, 12:15, RSVP
19 | Spiritual Gifts Class II, 6:30, 211
20 | Parent's Night Out, Register by 3/18
22 | Coffee with the Pastors, 11am, Register

A Word from Rev. Esther
This Wednesday at the 6:35 service in the chapel, we will be looking at when Jesus was turned over to the officials-Condemned by the Riteous. Coffee Talk for young adults meets after the service. Also this week, the spiritual gifts study begins on Thursday, click here to sign up or for more information. Lenten Blessings to you!

A Word from Rev. Aaron
We are looking for a part-time receptionist, 25 hours a week, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you are interested, please send your resume to jobs@trinitygnv.org.


  • This week's mission box supports the PACE Center for Girls.  PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a nationally recognized and research based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women.
  • Jamaica Mission Trip: Are you still looking for something to do this summer? What about something that will allow you to make a difference in someone's life. This summer we have a trip to Jamaica with CSI Ministries. The dates are June 27th - July 4th. To learn more about this opportunity and others check out our Missions Page on the Trinity Website to sign up or contact Ted Grueser at tgrueser@trinitygnv.org
  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is gearing up for its major mobilization of the year, and it's shaping up to be an unmissable moment: The Parade & Concert for Fair Food in St. Petersburg on March 21! Spring Cleaning?
  • Preparing for the yard sale on April 11? Please remember that the HONOR center can always use adult size bicycles, tires & helmets (contact Diann@piercepages.com), music stands, instruction books, keyboards with 60 key minimum (contact frets4vets@gmail.com) and table or standing fans for the residents rooms in our old building where the uneven air conditioning doesn't cool sufficiently in summer (Contact Nan Gordon) or call 225.3851.
Faith Mission


Faith Mission, located at 3701 NE 15th Street, is a church and neighborhood outreach collaboration. Trinity's Lenten theme of Sharing His Footsteps is also a wonderful theme for the beginning of Faith Mission. As the daily devotionals are reminding us, Sharing His Footsteps means loving like Jesus, caring like Jesus, showing patience like Jesus, and being guided in relationships by Jesus - all so important to any ministry, including Faith Mission.


This week at Faith Mission:

  • Renovations continue, and roof work is completed - an important step. Carpeting in the main building will be installed this week, and new doors will be installed soon.
  • Thanks to Harvey Baxter for finding a home for the old organ. It was donated to a local veterans group as originally the organ was presented to Faith UMC in honor of a young man who lost his life serving in Vietnam.
  • Do you have the gift of hospitality? We are organizing a small group that will do things like prepare special Thank Yous for teachers at Rawlings from time to time.  Please email Ward if you can help in this way. (And thank you to those who've already responded to serve)
  • Rev. Esther is helping Faith Mission organize a prayer team - a group that will lift up the leadership, volunteers, churches, and neighborhood with the Spirit who "sets our hearts on fire, fills us with desire to love, and calls us to serve one another." Would you like to serve the Faith Mission ministry by being a part of this prayer team? Please contact Rev. Esther if you are interested and would like to learn more.
Youth Ministry
  • Our Spring Break schedule and form are finalized and posted on the Yoots website! We are completing service projects around town the first half of the week, and headed to New Smyrna Beach for the second half. Check out the schedule here and turn in a completed form to the youth staff.  
  • This year our high school retreat will be April 24-26th at New Smyrna Beach! Turn in your registration form and $50 deposit by March 29th to reserve your spot. 
  • Spots are still available for summer mission trips! Check out SIFAT for middle school here and ASP for high school here.
  • Youth volunteers can sign up for volunteer training on March 8th in the Youth Building from 12:15 to 4:30 PM. Training comes with free lunch and CPR/First Aid certification. CPR certification is open to youth as well! Please email us to let us know if you or your youth are interested in this training.
  • The ARC St. Patty's Day Dance will be on Sunday, March 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Come out to the Youth Building and have a blast dancing with the residents!
Children's Ministry
  • Easter eggs need "stuffing"! Pick up a bag in the Children's Ministries office, room 108
  • Summer Time Fun and Cross Trainers Registration IS OPEN for Trinity members and Stepping Stones families!
  • VBS Registration IS OPEN for VBS volunteers and their children
  • Mark Your Calendars:
      • 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
      • April 5th, 9:40 - 11:30 - Easter Celebration!
      • April 5th, VBS Registration opens
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
  • Sonlight would like to extend an invitation to all 7-12th graders who love to sing and experience worship through song! We rehearse on Sundays from 3:45pm-5:30pm. Please come check us out!
  • Upcoming Fundraisers
    • Bake sale on March 15th starting after the 8:15am service. 
    •  Zaxby's night on Tuesday, March 17th from 5-8pm
    • Palm Sunday crosses for $1 - these will also be sold in the bookstore
  • 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.
  • Adult leaders of Sunday school classes, small groups and programs, our Leader Luncheon will be THIS Sunday, March 15 in room 222 at NOON.  Please RSVP by Thursday to Kim Lewerenz
  • 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. Register Now! 
  • The Marriage Course: Volunteers needed 3/10, 3/17, 3/31 & 4/7 for help with set-up & décor, assist in kitchen, serve meals/dessert, clean-up, & especially to assist Child Care Staff (Tonight we have 34 couples & 44 children to feed & care for tonight).  Also interested in fresh spring flowers if you have azalea, camellias, or other flowers in bloom to share.  Contact Sharon & Earl McDow (371-4092.)
  • The Life Changing Gathering Bible Study has resumed at 6:00 pm in E225. They are studying "EMOTIONS: Confront the lies. Conquer the truth." by Charles F. Stanley.
Caring & Support
  • The Gainesville Breast Cancer Group will meet Monday, March 16, in 224 from 7-9 p.m. Their guest speaker will be Dhruv Singhal, Md, Assistant Professor, UF College of Medicine, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. He will be speaking about Lymph node Transfer Surgery. Any questions please contact Nancy Mackintosh (386.418.3737).
  • 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 (214.662.4869).
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support meets on Thursday, March19th at 5:30 in the O.Dean Martin Prayer Room off the Atrium. We welcome Deborah Morrison from UF who will be introducing us to a new Therapeutic Horticulture program for cancer patients and survivors at UF's Wilmot Gardens. You don't want to miss this opportunity! Call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
General Announcements
  • 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.
  • Family Promise of Gainesville is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director for Family Promise of Gainesville. This is full-time position with an anticipated start date on April 6, 2015. Click here to view the full job description. Please send your cover letter, resume and 3 professional references here.  
  • Gainesville Fine Arts Association Winter Member Show: This beautiful show of almost 100 pieces is on display now on the second floor of the Education Building but only until March 23rd.The juried show features over 30 of Gainesville's most talented artists. Don't miss it.
  • 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.

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, Wednesdays, 6:00pm, E225
  • Weekly Prayer Group, Thursdays, 7pm, Chapel   
  • Dan Johnson's Daily Scripture Email is available upon request
Family Matters

Happy Birthday to Ruthe Reese who turns 95 on the 11th.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to The Delaney Family on the March 2 passing of Gwendolyn Dulaney.

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

The Altar Flowers for March 15 are placed in honor of Ellen Portillo's 82nd Birthday

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

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