Tuesday Word
April 7, 2015

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

Please welcome with me Trinity's newest members into Full Membership who joined during our Easter Vigil on Saturday: Anne B & Don Barber, Linda Buth, Signe Erickson, Sherry Gaither, Jhanna & Ryan Gilbert, Carolyn Hopkins, Bonnie Jernigan, Pat Murphy Landis, Kelly Lundy, Matt & Crystal Pinkoson, Nick & Susan Reed, Beverly Steiff and Jennifer Stirling. As Baptized Members: Colin Emerson Hays, Harper Hanna Gilbert and Thatcher Shaw Gilbert. We look forward to growing together with them on this journey we call knowing, loving, and serving God. When you see them, reach out and welcome them to Trinity.

Also, please join me in praying for this wonderful group of young people who will be joining Trinity this coming Sunday as a part of our Confirmation Class: Luke Alexander, Leah Barone, Davis Beck, Ella Crosby, Nathaniel Cuneo, Charlie Delatorre, Charlie Dupee, Aiden Eisenchenk, Cameron Fortner, Robyn Jaszczak, Lindsay Jenkins, Garrett Johnson, Ally Kemph, Shailey Klein, Brice Miller, Sophie Miller, Stephanie Miller, Austin Montini, Emma Morey, Megan Muchnick, Sadie Murray, Gabrielle Rousseau, Dale Schanuth, Patrick Schanuth, Kamryn Sill, Mallory Tutton, Amanda Villanueva and Bay Walker.

We are so grateful for all of these persons and any and all who have been a part of their spiritual journey.

Also, starting tomorrow night, Wednesday Night Dinners and programming are back with these three offerings on Wednesday nights for the next five weeks:
  1. 6:35 Contemporary Worship in the Trinity Chapel
  2. Five Marks of a Methodist - deepen your understanding and practice as a follower of Christ led by Rev. Aaron & Rev. David (Room 232)
  3. Tai Chi, led by our own Dr. Randy Sherwood; this ancient form of meditation and exercise, as Randy leads it, will be excellent; Room 203/204  (suggested donation of $10 each week per household)
And, who finds it difficult or impossible to understand the Middle East?  All of us!  Over the next several months we will be having a series of "Conversations" with persons who have experience and knowledge of that part of the world.  We are fortunate to begin our "conversations" with Mr. Terry Anderson, the famous American journalist who was captured in 1985 in Lebanon and held there for 6 years.  He is now an Adjunct professor of Journalism at UF.  This first event will be Sunday, April 19 at 5:00 in room 232.  This isn't an attempt to "solve" the Middle East, but rather to gain greater understanding through conversation.

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Esther Rodríguez
Friday: Rev. Cliff Patrick
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau 
8 | Five Marks of a Methodist Book Study, 6:30 - 8:30, 232
8 | Introduction to Tai Chi, 6:30 - 8:30, 203/204
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
12 | Confirmation Sunday, 9:40 am
12 | Baptism Orientation, 11am, 108
13 | Coaching for Alignment, Purpose & Passion, part II, 6:30 - 8, 232
13 | Family Promise Fundraiser, Northwest Grille, 5-9pm
18 - 25 | Haiti Mission Trip (spots available, contact Ted)
19 | "Conversation" with Terry Anderson, 5pm, 232

A Word from Rev. Esther
Easter blessings! What a glorious season we're in- continuing to marvel, ponder, and absorb the Resurrection and its implications for us. I hope you'll join us at the 6:35 service in the chapel this Wednesday as we do just that - we'll be looking at Christ the Victor. The following week, for six weeks, we'll start a series titled, 'The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith' - looking at the parable of the prodigal son. I'm excited about this series, as it's had an impact on my life; I hope you'll come. As always, Coffee Talk for young adults meets after. Thanks to all our staff and volunteers for such a great celebration this past Sunday!

A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, what a week we had last week! By far it was the most meaningful Holy Week I have ever experienced and I am so grateful for the privilege it was to share it with all of you. Please pray for me this week as I leave to meet with friends and colleagues from around the conference for the second of our Courage to Lead Retreats...perfect timing for a couple days of rest and renewal.

I hope you will join Rev. David on Wednesday when he kicks off our study of Dr. Steve Harper's Five Marks of a Methodist. The group will meet from 6:30-8pm in room 232. I am looking forward to joining in next week.

Finally, you won't want to miss worship on Sunday - I am so excited that we will be welcoming 28 confirmands into the life of our church! And if that isn't enough I also have the privilege of sharing a very exciting announcement that will benefit each and every one of you...you'll have to come on Sunday and see for yourself! See you then!
  • This week's Mission Box is Gator Wesley.  Gator Wesley is the United Methodist Campus Ministry serving the college campuses of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.  It is their mission to offer God's radical love to every student in Gainesville and to form a community of disciples grounded in Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  They also have a vision to see students boldly committed to following Jesus and characterized by their living out of the Gospel in every aspect of their lives, passionate worship, holiness of heart and life, and courageous witness in the world through evangelism and mission bringing God's kingdom to earth.
  • Spring Yard Sale: It's this Saturday!! 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. Nothing to sell? Come shop!
  • Take a look this week at the items in the display case on the second floor of the Education Building. They represent some of the activities of the Missions Committee throughout the past year.  Also note the beautiful quilt hanging in the hallway brought back from the latest Mission trip.
  • 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.
  • Mark your calendars! We are taking a team to Malawi July 29-August 15.  For more information contact Ted.
  • Power Ministries Handi-Camp is an organization to let physically challenged kids and mentally challenged kids come for three days in the summer in several states for fellowship and worship with the Lord.  They are in need of Bibles (translations: Good News, New Century, Living, New English, Today's Modern English, and NIV).  If you would like to donate, please drop off your items at the Trinity Bookstore.  Contact Kim (416.3074) for more information.

Faith Mission


Faith Mission, located at 3701 NE 15th Street, is a collaboration of Trinity, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and the surrounding neighborhood.  Many thanks to the 28 Trinity folks who came out to one of the two "Visiting Faith Mission" afternoons recently.  We appreciate you taking the time to visit and learn more about what's happening and what's coming.  Thanks also to Pastor Essie Merricks (Faith Mission Chaplain), Mount Pleasant UMC volunteers, and Kids Count staff and volunteers for organizing a great Easter Egg Hunt for neighborhood children last Friday.  


This week at Faith Mission:


* Meetings will continue with community members and social service providers as we work to develop a better understanding of both the strengths and needs of the neighborhood.  Last week, Lashay Anderson (social worker who works near Faith Mission), Tracey Hickmon (of the Black on Black Crime Task Force), and teachers and school administrators shared insightful information for us.

* Do you like working with numbers?  Researching data?  Organizing information?  In addition to visiting with residents and meetings with area leaders, churches, and social service providers, Faith Mission will be learning about the needs of the neighborhood through data.  There are a variety of sources of information, and we are looking for a volunteer to serve Faith Mission through data research and organization.  If you are interested in this important way to help us understand where Faith Mission can make the greatest impact, please email or call Ward (416-3050).

* The Kids Count after school program for K-3rd graders is in operation at Faith Mission on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 - 5:45p, and Fridays, 1:30 - 4:30p.  Kids Count has very helpful UF students who volunteer, but they will be completing their semester in a few weeks so additional volunteers are needed 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.
Youth Ministry
  • Thanks to all the Yoots who made the Sunrise Service to special again this year!
  • Confirmation Sunday is this Sunday! 28 of our middle schoolers will be confirming their faith in the 9:40 am service.
  • Salt & Light Night at Youth Group, 5:30 - 7:30pm
  • Visit our website for High School retreat forms, due this Sunday! Summer mission trip forms are available there too!
  • 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
  • A special "shout out" goes to our egg stuffers, egg hiders, food donors, greeters, tech group, and Sunday School teachers!!  Over 100 volunteers help make our Easter Celebration a joyous occasion!
  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • Would you like your child baptized?  Baptism is one of the two sacraments in the United Methodist Church.  All parents are asked to participate in a Baptism Orientation prior to the baptism of their child.  The next Baptism Orientation will be held Sunday, April 12th, at 11:00am in the Children's Ministries Office (Room E108). 
  • 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. Register now to be a part of this awesome week! We also 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.

  • Can't be a VBS volunteer?  Help us with VBS supplies!  Visit our "needs" board outside our office, room 108, and choose an item or 2 to donate!
  • Register your child for Summer Time Fun and/or CrossTrainers! For more registration and details, visit our webpage.
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
  • Sonlight Sunday is April 19th. The Sonlight Choir and Band will lead all aspects of all three services and all proceeds raised will support Sonlight on their summer tour.
  • Come support us for spirit night at Sonny's BBQ! Join us at the 39th Ave location on Tuesday, April 21st from 5-9pm, and 25% of your bill will be donated to Sonlight for our summer tour. You have to present a flyer, so get your flyer here, from a Sonlight member, or from the receptionist desk!
  • Sonlight de Mayo: We invite you to join us for Trinity's LAST Wednesday Night Dinner for the school year! We will be celebrating Sonlight de Mayo with a taco bar in the Worship Center on May 6th. Dinner will run from 5:30-6:30pm and cost adults $7, children $3, and children 0-5 eat free, with a $25 family cap. All proceeds support Sonlight on their summer tour. Please contact Erin Cushing for tickets (416.3052).
  • T-ball and Coach-Pitch registration is open! Season runs June 16 - July 28, Tuesdays & Thursday evenings. 
  • Sports Ministry is looking for a new intern! If you are interested, contact Ben for more information and how to apply.
Adult Ministry
  • Rev. Aaron & Rev. David will be leading 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. They 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.
  • 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.
  • Workshop: 'Coaching for Alignment, Purpose & Passion' part II, April 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.
  • 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 in 203/204, 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.
  • The Marriage Course:  Tonight is our final session of this amazing course.  Volunteers are still needed tonight to help with set-up & décor, assist in kitchen, serve meals/dessert, clean-up, & especially to assist child care staff (expecting 32 couples & 41 children to feed & care for tonight).  Contact Sharon & Earl McDow (371.4092).
Caring & Support
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 in the O.Dean Martin Prayer Room off the Atrium. All cancer patients, survivors, friends and family are welcome! Anne Wister who specializes in Craniosacral Therapy for pain, injury, and recovery as well as for migraines. allergies, TBI, and fibromyalgia will be coming to share with us. If you need to contact us, call Margie at 386-462-9592
  • 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).
Food Services
  • The Trinity Kitchen ministry would like to send out a huge Thank You to all of the wonderful volunteers that assisted in making the Passover Seder a fantastically successful event. What a blessing to be part of a supportive church community. We would also like to thank Monica Feliciano and Michelle Meert from Simply Devine Catering for the delicious dinner and all of their time, talent, and hard work.
General Announcements
  • Called To Action, who provides our local and global community with opportunities and resources to compassionately support, empower, and transform disadvantaged families and individuals in meeting their basic needs, will host this weeks Wednesday night supper. They will be serving chicken parmesan, pasta, garlic toast, salad and dessert. Please come support this wonderful organization and find out all about their ministry. Adult meals are $7, Kids are $3 (0-5 eat free), $25 family cap.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, April 14, Morning UMW Circle Meetings, 10 a.m.; Faith Circle, 9:30 a.m.
  • 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 Lois Helsel & Family on the March 29 passing of her husband Ben Helsel.

Today is Cris Barnes 92nd Birthday, Happy Birthday!

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 on April 5 were In Honor of and In Celebration of Carter and Barbara Nute, who on April 10th will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

The Rosebud was placed on the Altar to The Glory of God and the birth of Shepherd William Knight, son of Sarah & Joe, grandson of Jeni & David and great grandson of Anne & Bill Knight.

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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