Tuesday Word
March 31, 2015

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Friends,

During this holiest week of the year for all of us who are followers of Jesus, I hope you'll do at least a couple of these things:
1.  Come to one of the noontime services in the Trinity Chapel.  Just sitting there in quiet, prayerful reflection is enough, but you also get to hear a wonderful message.
2.  I would invite you to come to the Seder meal this Thursday, but it's already reached its max at 300 people!  Thanks be to God for such a great response.
3.  Read through the last chapters of one or all of the four Gospels, and enter into the story of Jesus' Passion - for us and the whole world.
4.  Catch some quiet moments to pray, especially on Friday as we remember our Lord and Savior.
5.  Invite your neighbors and friends to join you for one of our four Easter Worship Services (7:00 Sunrise, bring a lawn chair; 8:15, 9:40 and 11:00).  I'll be preaching on two very different, yet similar persons in the Resurrection Story:  Mary Magdalene and Thomas the Doubter; we're all a little like each of them.  We will then conclude our worship with the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus!  Here's the truth: more and more people are knowing less and less about The Story - the life giving story.  Let's commit to sharing the Good News.

Please remember to bring flowers for the Blossoming Cross on Easter morning!

If you've been one of those who have been thinking of joining Trinity, there's no better time than this Saturday at the Easter Vigil in the Chapel at noon.  Already 20 persons are planning to join; we would love to have you, too!

Our friend, Rev. James Johnson, of Greater Liberty UMC here in Gainesville is in need of some volunteer carpenters who can help with a project in their church sanctuary on NW 23rd Ave.  If you can help, please contact Rev. Dan or Tammy.

A blessed Holy Week to you all,
Rev. Dan

P.S.  A big "Thank You!" to our congregation! We know many of you did conscientiously increase your pledge for 2015, and have also responded to our latest appeal; your Finance Committee and Church Council are so aware of the amazing generosity of our Trinity family over these many years, and we never will take that for granted!  Thanks and God bless.

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Friday: Rev. Cliff Patrick
Sunday: Julie Mishoe (7:00 am)
             Dr. Dan Johnson (8:15, 9:40 & 11:00 am) 
3/30-4/4 | Holy Week Noon Services, Chapel
31 | Faith Mission tour, 3 - 4:30pm, 3701 NE 15th St.
2 | Passover Seder Dinner, 6pm Worship Center
3 | Good Friday Evening Service, 7pm Chapel
4 |
Easter Vigil, 12pm Chapel
5 |
Easter Sunrise Service, 7:00 am
      Easter Service, 8:15 am
      Easter Service, 9:40 am
      Children's Easter Celebration, 9:40 am
      Easter Service, 11:00 am
6 | Coaching for Alignment, Purpose & Passion, 6:30 - 8pm, 232
8 | Five Marks of a Methodist Book Study, 6:30 - 8:30, 232
8 | Introduction to Tai Chi, 6:30 - 8:30
10 | ALERT Luncheon
10 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 (RSVP by 4/8)
11 | Missions Spring Yard Sale, 7am - 12pm, Worship Center parking lot

*Please note that the church office will be closed this Friday,  April 3.


A Word from Rev. Esther
"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride."

I love this hymn by Isaac Watts and it's been on my mind this Passion/Holy Week. I'll even be singing it this Wednesday at the 6:35 service- one of many opportunities this week to contemplate on the significance of this powerful time. I hope it doesn't pass you by and leave you the same. May your reflections be honest and may you absorb the length, width, height, and depth of God's love.

A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, Holy Week is upon us! There are so many special opportunities for worship this week as we remember all that God has done for us...I am looking forward to all of them and to sharing them with you, my church family.

I want to remind you about another 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.

Finally, I want to invite you to join me and Rev. David for a five week discussion on a new book from Dr. Steve Harper - "Five Marks of a Methodist." The group will meet on Wednesday evenings, from April 8th - May 6th, 6:30 to 8:30 in 232. We will discuss the five marks that confirm our identity as genuine and fruitful followers of Christ: A Methodist Loves God, A Methodist Rejoices in God, A Methodist Gives Thanks, A Methodist Prays Constantly, and A Methodist Loves Others.

Books are available for purchase in our bookstore for $9. A Kindle version is also available.
Missions
  • This week's Mission Box is Moscow Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church.  The Seminary's mission is to prepare pastors and lay leaders for the United Methodist Church in Eurasia. Let's support the students, faculty and administrators through our prayer and our mission offerings.
  • We Need You! We have two open spots on our trip to Haiti April 18--25 and would love for each of you to be able to go and see what God is doing in Haiti.  If you are interested please contact Ted . Please don't let money be an issue if you are truly interested there are scholarships available.  Please let me as soon as you can.
  • 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.
  • Spring Yard Sale: It's that time of year to save your treasures from spring cleaning and make some money at the Spring Yard sale April 11th from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm. Table rental is $25 for two eight foot tables. No need to sign up, just come Saturday morning.

  • Did you know that a group from Trinity spent their Spring Break in Panajachel, Guatemala? The team helped build two houses for needy families. 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!"

Faith Mission

 

Faith Mission, located at 3701 NE 15th Street, is a collaboration of Trinity, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and the surrounding neighborhood. This neighborhood is within the 32609 zip code, one of the zip codes in our community identified with wide-ranging socioeconomic-related challenges. The Leadership Team, consisting of members of Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, and the neighborhood, is working hard together to get this new mission off to a wonderful beginning.

 

This week at Faith Mission:

  • Would you like to visit Faith Mission? You are very welcome to come by today (March 31), from 3:00p to 4:30pm and see the property, the facilities and renovations in progress, and the Kids Count program in action! There will be people on hand who will be glad to show you around. The property is at 3701 NE 15th St, near the corner of 15th St and NE 39th Ave; look for the Faith Mission sign on the east side of the street.
  • Additional volunteers are needed! The Kids Count after school program for K-3rd graders is in operation at Faith Mission on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 - 5:45pm, and Fridays, 1:30 - 4:30pm. Kids Count has many great UF students who volunteer but they will be completing their semester in a few weeks. Additional volunteers are needed and very welcome to help in this whole-child oriented program! Please email Bill Hutchinson or call at 372-0038 if you are interested in learning more about this great way to serve.
  • There will be an Easter Egg Hunt this Friday at 3pm for neighborhood children. If you can provide punch or cookies for this event please call Pastor Joessa Merricks, Faith Mission Chaplain, at 339-1382.
Youth Ministry
  • The youth will be leading the Easter sunrise service in the Memorial Garden at 7 am this Sunday. There will be no UMYF on Sunday evening. Happy Easter!
  • Confirmation Sunday is coming up! Come see our awesome 2014-2015 class get confirmed into the church at the 9:40 AM service on Sunday, April 12th.
  • There will be a parents meeting on Sunday, April 12th at 4:30 PM. Following that, we'll have an awesome night of Experiential Worship. $3 gets you dinner, see you there!
Children's Ministry
  • Our Easter Celebration is THIS Sunday, April 5th, at 9:40!  Join us at 9:40 for our wonderful children's Sunday School program (this will be our only hour of Sunday School), followed by refreshments, singing under the oaks and our family egg hunt! Don't forget your Easter basket!  For our 11:00 attenders, please join us under the oaks OR join your family for worship. There will be no Children's Sunday School at 11:00.
  • Girls currently in 1st - 5th grade join us this summer for the Trinity Dance Camp.  The camp will run from July 27-31st from 9am - 1pm.  For more information or to register please contact Susan Kovi (416.3017).  Registration will begin on April 1st.  Spaces are limited.
  • 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!
Sports
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • Workshop: 'Coaching for Alignment, Purpose & Passion' Monday, April 6 & 13, 6:30p-8 pm in 232 (childcare available). Discover ways coaching can enable you to find your purpose and passion, explore strengths and achieve goals, bring alignment to work and life and realize your full potential. For more information, contact Marian Boyle, Professional Certified Coach.
  • Women Growing in Faith (Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm; rm 232) will begin Broken & Blessed by Jessica LaGrone on April 14.  Study guides are available at the Trinity Bookstore for $12.
  • The Trinity Bookstore will close at 11:00 am on Easter Sunday.
  • Trinity is offering a 5 week Introduction to Tai Chi exercise program that explores the core therapeutic ingredients of Tai Chi through gentle movement, mindfulness, and breath awareness. The exercises are fun and easy to learn. Wednesdays from April 8 - May 6, 6:30  - 8:00 pm, suggested donation of $10/session. The research is showing that Tai Chi may lessen the effects of diseases such as arthritis, COPD, Parkinson's, while leading to more energy, flexibility and balance.
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
  • NEXT week's Wednesday Night Dinner, April 8, will be served by and supports local mission group Called to Action.  5:30 - 6:30pm  Adults $7; Child $3 (0-5 eat free). There is NO Wednesday night meal this week.
  • Next Joining Opportunity: Easter Vigil Membership/Baptism Service. April 4, Holy Saturday at 12:00 pm, in the Chapel. If you are planning to attend, please arrive at the Chapel by 11:30 am for a brief orientation. The service is entirely devoted to those being baptized and/or joining Trinity. You are welcome to invite family members or friends to be a part of this very special experience. For more information, contact Carmen Nelson (416-3004).
  • 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, May 17 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!
  • Enjoy a delicious meal and support Family Promise at the same time!  Purchase a meal at Northwest Grille, 5115 N.W. 39th Ave, on April 13th between the hours of 5-9 PM and 10% of what you spend will be donated to Family Promise.   Kids eat for 99 cents on Family Night;bring your family and tell your friends!
  • The Trinity Talents Annual Art Show is only 2 weeks away and we need your artwork. Any Trinity member, friend or associate is invited to submit up to 8 items. Virtually any artwork that can be hung on a wall or fit in our art display case is welcome. Bring us your drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, carvings, fabric art or jewelry on April 13th from 8:30-noon.  Applications are available at the Welcome Center or the Reception Desk. An opening reception will be held at noon on April 19th.  Any questions, please call Grace Teselle at 372-8673.
  • 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

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Sharlene Dean on the March 21 passing of her sister, Sharon Bokoski of Orchard Park, NY.

A very Happy Birthday to Dorothy Anthony who turns 96 on April 3rd and Pat Detweiler who turns 80 on April 5th.

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