Tuesday Word
March 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,

I can't recall a Season of Lent that has been more meaningful to me spiritually than this one.  I think the "experiential worship" and coordinated, integrated worship services have touched a spiritual note with all of us, certainly with me.  This coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, we will see Jesus as King, through the lens of John's Gospel.  I encourage you to read chapters 18, 19 of John, and count all the references, both direct and indirect, to Jesus as King.  John gives a hint of his focus in the earlier, Palm Sunday passage:  "Blessed is the King of Israel," and "See, your King is coming."  (John 12:13-15).  I'm looking forward to sharing this message with you, and you won't want to miss how the worship service will end!

If you haven't yet dedicated a Lily in memory or honor of a loved one, please feel free to do so here, or this Sunday in worship, our bulletins will have envelopes inserted for this purpose.  The dedications mean so much, and the Lilies beautify our worship center.  Don't forget: on Easter morning to bring flowers for the Blossoming Cross!

The last day to purchase tickets for the Seder meal on Maundy Thursday, April 2 is this Sunday; please see Erin Cushing, our Sonlight Director or email her here.

A large group of folks are planning to become members of Trinity during the Easter Vigil in the Chapel at noon on April 4, the Saturday before Easter.  If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Carmen, our membership secretary
.  We will love to welcome you!   

Finally, we included an insert in our bulletin this past Sunday; it was a good and strong statement from our Bishop, Kenneth Carter, about the persecution of Christians across the world, and a prayer that he would like us to pray often this week.  You can access the "Bishop's Call to Prayer" here.

Rev. Dan

P.S. Thanks to the several of you who have already indicated your additional giving to Trinity in response to the recent letter from our Church Council and Finance Committee.  You are amazing, and you are generous.

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Esther Rodriguez
Friday: Rev. Cliff Patrick
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson 
3/30-4/4  Holy Week Noon Services, Chapel
4/2  Passover Seder Dinner, 6pm Worship Center
4/3  Good Friday Evening Service, 7pm Chapel
Easter Vigil, 12pm Chapel
Easter Sunrise Service 7am
        Easter Service, 8:15
        Easter Service, 9:40
        Children's Easter Celebration, 9:45
        Easter Service, 11:00

*Please note that the church office will be closed this Friday, March 27 and also on Friday, April 3.

A Word from Rev. Esther
We continue to (metaphorically) head toward Jerusalem and the events of Holy Week.  I'm beginning to feel a weight, as I typically do this time of year, for we cannot get to the glory of Easter without the pain of the cross.  As we continue to search ourselves this Lent, this Wednesday at the 6:35 service in the chapel we'll be looking at 'The Torture and Humiliation of the King.'  I've been struck as of late at the questions of 'why' -- why did Jesus have to suffer as he did? We'll be looking at Jesus' suffering as incredible signs of love and presence in suffering.  I hope to see you there!
A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, I am praying for a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break for us all. Only one more week until Holy Week! Can you believe it? I am so looking forward to all of the special worship services we have planned throughout the week and hope to see you all there. If you haven't already, be sure to buy your tickets to the Passover Seder!

I also wanted to let you know about a special opportunity coming up right after Easter. Marian Boyle, Professional Certified Coach, will be presenting a two week workshop, "Coaching for Alignment, Purpose, and Passion," on Monday April 6th and 13th from 6:30pm to 8pm in room 232. Discover ways coaching can enable you to:
  • Find your purpose and passion
  • Explore strengths and achieve goals
  • Bring alignment to work and life 
  • Realize your full potential
      See you Sunday!

  • This week's mission box will support the FUMCH Madison Youth Ranch. The Ranch is a place of love and safety for children who are desperately in need of both. The Ranch has been operational with the first group of children since July 2014. The focus of these funds will go toward making a difference in these children's lives. Let's continue to show these children how much Trinity loves and cares for them.

    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.

  • Preparing for the yard sale on April 11? Please remember that the HONOR center can always use adult size bicycles, tires & helmets click here or to donate music stands, instruction books, keyboards with 60 key minimum click here.  Also,   table or standing fans for the residents rooms in our old building where the uneven air conditioning doesn't cool sufficiently in summer please contact Nan Gordon or call 225.3851

Faith Mission


Faith Mission is located at 3701 NE 15th Street.  What is Faith Mission about?  It's about collaboration - churches, neighborhood, and organizations working with one another to intentionally have a greater impact on the well-being of our community together than we can separately.  It's about kinship - working with, not doing for, the neighborhood to build a more thriving community.  And it's about grace - participating in God's Kingdom where all are transformed.

This week at Faith Mission:

  • Thanks to everyone who came out to visit Faith Mission last Thursday (and thank you also for writing prayers on the blue banner!), and special thanks to Pastor Essie Merricks, Jean Evans, Dick Schaeffer, and Debbie Herring for hosting. If you did not have the opportunity to come last week, you are very welcome to come by on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:00p to 4:30p and see the property, the facilities and renovations in progress, and the Kids Count program in action.
  • This is Spring Break week for the public schools, so the Kids Count  and SNAP  programs will be taking a week off.
  • Have you visited the Faith Mission MyTrinity web page? If you have volunteered at Faith Mission in 2015 or indicated a desire to be a part of the Support Team, you'll see that you are already listed as a participant. While just underway, we are using the MyTrinity Faith Mission group to share information and to post events on the Faith Mission calendar. Check this out when your time permits by logging in to MyTrinity here  and selecting the Faith Mission Group.

Youth Ministry
  • Happy Spring Break! Tomorrow we'll be volunteering at The Village from 9:30 AM to 1 PM, then serving Wednesday Night Dinner here at Trinity from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Anyone who has served with us during the first half of the week is welcome to join us Thursday-Sunday at New Smyrna Beach! If you decide to join us last minute, please bring a form with you and let us know ASAP.
    It's not too late to sign up for ASP and SIFAT! We still have spaces open for both trips, so if you're interested, check out the forms for SIFAT here  and ASP here  and turn them in with your deposit to the youth office.
    The High School Spring Retreat is only a month away! Come hang out with us for a fun weekend of sand, sun, and devotionals at New Smyrna Beach. The form for the trip is here .
Children's Ministry
  • The Children's Ministries Office and Stepping Stones are closed THIS week (Alachua County's Spring Break).  There will be NO CHEERS on Wednesday, March 25th.  CHEERS will resume on Wednesday, April 1st.

  • Mark your calendar for our Easter Celebration on Easter Sunday, April 5th, at 9:40!  Join us at 9:40 for our wonderful children's Sunday School program, followed by refreshments, singing under the oaks and our family egg hunt! Don't forget your Easter basket!  (Note: There will be no Children's Sunday School at 11:00.)
  • Join us as we "SPRING" into our next Parent's Night Out on Friday, April 10th, from 5:30-8:30!  Our "themed" Parent's Night Out will be a fabulous night of dinner, "Spring" crafts and activities for all ages, 12 months through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register here by Wednesday, April 8th .  

  • SAVE the date:  May 3rd is Children's Sunday!  Our Trinity children will be leading the 9:40 worship service so we need all of our children's beautiful voices! Parents, please plan to be in town on May 3rd.
  • VBS: Be Moved! June 8-12, 9-12:00:  Experience God's unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. VBS Planning is underway and we need VOLUNTEERS!  Sign up on the bulletin board outside the CMT Office (rm. 108) or email Machelle if you are interested in volunteering during the week. Volunteers can sign up their children now by clicking here.  Registration opens April 5th for all!

  • Register your child for Summer Time Fun and/or CrossTrainers! For more registration and details, visit our webpage. Registration opens April 5th for all!
  • Craft Need:  Paper/cardboard egg cartons (NO STYROFOAM, please).  Please drop off in room 108. 
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
    • Palm Sunday crosses for $1 - these will also be sold in the bookstore
  • We are still looking for a few more volunteer refs for Upward Football and Cheerleading. If you're interested in giving a few hours a week to help out with a great sports ministry, contact Ben.
  • Sports Ministry is looking for a new intern! If you are interested, contact Ben for more information and how to apply.

Adult Ministry
  • Wednesday Night Dinners - come join us for FOOD, FUN, and FELLOWSHIP! Tomorrow's menu: Pasta with Meat Sauce, Texas Toast, and Salad.  This week's dinner is served by the Youth Department and supports Youth Missions. Time: 5:30 - 6:30; dining is open until 7 pm. Adult $5; Child $2 (0-5 eat free); $15 Family Cap.
  • Financial Peace University will begin April 21 - June 16 (6:30 - 8:30; rm 222).  Click HERE to register.  Member kits are $100 and available at the Trinity Bookstore for purchase.  Childcare available upon request.
  • Tuesday Morning Moms (9:30am; rm 203) will begin a new study on April 7 called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst.  Study guides are available at the Trinity Bookstore for $8.  Childcare is available. 

    • The Trinity Bookstore will be closed this week during Spring Break.  We will reopen Sunday, March 29.
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 (214.662.4869).
General Announcements

  • LOOKING FOR HELPERS to set up for the PassoverSeder dinner.  We will meet in the Worship Center on Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30am.  The more the merrier, and the quicker the work!!  Please call Beth Haines if you are available to help with this. (352.373.9469) or email.
  • Good Friday Evening Service, Friday, April 3rd at 7 pm in the Chapel with Rev. Cliff Patrick.
  • Easter Vigil: Membership/Baptism Service: 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, May 17th at 12:15pm in room 209. Let us know if you need Childcare.  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!
  • The Trinity Bookstore will be closed this week during Spring Break.  If you would like to place a book order or visit the bookstore on a different day, please contact Kim at 416-3074.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Trinity member, Reeves Byrd, 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 Thursday, April 9th. 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.
  • Trinity Travelers - There are still a few spaces available on the August 9-22 trip to Scotland.  For further information please contact Jim Cook


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 94th Birthday to Miriam White on the 27th, and Ingrid Williams who turns 80 on the 29th.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to David & Christopher Oakland on the March 4 passing of their dad Dr. Thomas Oakland.  A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 28 at 11am in the Worship Center.  Christian Love & Sympathy is also extended to Rebecca Cato, Joyce Frassanito, Louise Biba, Betty Pippin and their Families on the March 19th passing of their mother Rebecca Nystrom.

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 29 are to the Glory of God. 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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