Tuesday Word
June 23, 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,

Sonlight is back!  And they had an AMAZING tour.  What an amazing group of youth, adult support and the awesome director, Erin Cushing!

This Sunday we begin a summer sermon series called "Myths and Half Truths," that we often hear in Church and in religious language.  Some are harmless; others cause a great deal of pain.  This Sunday I'll be preaching on the often heard and used phrase:  "There but for the Grace of God go I."  I've said it in the past, but no longer.  I'll tell you why I don't, and why I hope you don't either.

I'll be wearing my name tag Sunday; I hope you will too!  The completion of the Welcome Center is now set for mid-August, so you have lots of time to volunteer to help with greeting and welcoming!  And, have you ordered your engraved brick yet?  You have until June 30.

Want to know more about the Trinity Travelers Cruise to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay?  The Director of Educational Opportunities Travel, James Ridgeway, will be here on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm to meet with the group of folks going with us in January 16-30, and anyone who wants to find out more about the trip.

Remember, on July 5 (and only that one Sunday) we will have one Worship Service - at 9:40.  Come, meet your fellow Trinity members you don't usually see!

Blessings, Dan

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Julie Mishoe
Friday: no service June & July
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson 

This summer we will have all of our regular Sunday Worship services except for July 5, when we will have one service at 9:40 am. Friday Night Praise will not gather in June & July. 
28 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40 or 11am, 222. RSVP
30 | Trinity Travelers Cruise info meeting, 7pm
July 5 | 1 Service, 9:40 am

A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, I type this having just returned from meeting Sonlight in Nashville on Friday and finishing out the tour with them. I was fortunate enough to see their final concert in North Carolina on Saturday and then worship with them in the same church on Sunday morning. And let me tell you...I have never been prouder of Sonlight than I was this weekend! They ministered to me and everyone else in attendance in a very powerful and meaningful way. They really did an amazing job. Next time you see Erin Cushing, please thank her for her leadership and congratulate her on a job very well done.

Three more things:
1. It's been a very busy couple weeks, so, starting today I will be spending some personal time with my family and enjoying a brief summer vacation. Please pray for our reconnection, rest, and renewal!
2. You won't want to miss the 6:35 service this week. My dear friend and YOOTS very own Julie Mishoe will be preaching!
3. The next five videos in our series "Summer of Shorts" will help illustrate the five key components in our covenant of membership at Trinity United Methodist Church - prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. First up is "prayer." What does it mean to pray to a God that we cannot see? What really is prayer?
  • This week's Mission Box is for our Youth Summer Mission Trips: Appalachia Service Project & SIFAT.  Over 80 of our youth and volunteers will head out of state to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Please support these opportunities for our youth to put their faith into action. 

  • Are you still looking for something to do this year that will allow you to make a difference in someone's life or even better a whole community? The Living Water Mission Trip to Guatemala (September 19-26), still has spots available for YOU.  The work is digging a water well and teaching water hygiene to the community but the joy is the fellowship with the team and the community and serving in a beautiful country. The trip cost is $2,000 and includes airfare, meals and accommodations. The trip is limited to 12 people, ages 14 and older. If you are interested in participating, or more information about trip specifics, please email Ted.

  • Please remember in your prayers this week the mission team from Trinity as they are heading to Highgate, Jamaica this Saturday.  The mission team will be building the house that was funded by the children of VBS and our congregation.  It's so amazing to see how Trinity continues to impact so many around the world and even as close as our neighbors here in Gainesville.

  • We are excited to be the first host church for the reopening of Family Promise of Gainesville on July 19-25. Many volunteers will be needed to make Trinity a welcoming place for homeless children and their families. Please consider helping in some way. We need evening, overnight, and Saturday hosts; van drivers to transport families each day; groups or individuals to provide meals;  help setting up rooms on the first Sunday and taking down on the last; and volunteers who can wash sheets and towels. For more information or to volunteer contact Marilyn Clugston or visit our Family Promise table at church on Sunday.

Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page

Faith Mission   
Much of the current work of Faith Mission, located at 3701 NE 15th Street, is about (a) relationship building, (b) supporting programs or initiatives for the neighborhood, and (c) learning from others.  And on the latter - Faith Mission's moving-up-the-learning curve includes everything from listening to area residents to benefiting from the experience of others locally and around the country.  We had two really good opportunities to learn this past week - a lunch we hosted with residents of the Village Green & Forest apartment complex to introduce Faith Mission and hear their thoughts on both the strengths and the needs of the neighborhood, and a roundtable discussion with people from SWAG, Greenhouse Church, and the Department of Juvenile Justice who shared their experiences of building lasting relationships with residents.  Both gatherings were very positive and helpful.

This week at Faith Mission:
  • We're continuing neighborhood outreach in nearby apartment complexes and a subdivision to introduce Faith Mission and to gather input using our survey.
  • Meetings to learn about positive community programs will continue including with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.
  • Facility improvements involving additional roof work and a new stage are in motion thanks to Johnnie Dennard, a Faith Mission Leadership Team member.  Alan Parker of Parker Door Services is doing a great job replacing the old doors and many thanks to Tom Fillmer for helping make this happen.
  • We're very appreciative of the new Hogtown FC soccer club agreeing to bring soccer for children to our neighborhood in August.  One of the themes we are hearing from residents is a need for more nearby opportunities and activities for children, and this will be a super program for the kids.
Find more opportunities to serve on the Faith Mission page.
Youth Ministry
  • Wednesday, June 24th from 12 to 4 pm - Lunch Bunch at Moe's and Gainesville Service Project
  • Thursday, June 25th we will have WATER WARS out here in the youth building from 1pm-4pm... come on out for a fun day of water and games!

Want more? Visit the Yoots website

Children's Ministry
  • PARENTS: Summer Sunday School has begun! Incoming 1st through 6th graders (at both 9:40 and 11:00 hours): "Check-in"-rooms 228/229; "Check-out"- big playground.  Preschool Classes: Little Lambs-Rm. 114; Dawning Doves and Loving Lions-Rm. 113. WE STILL NEED HELP on several Sundays!  Please email Brian.
  • Sit Together Sunday is July 5th at 9:40. We will have only 1 service at 9:40 and elementary children (K-5th grades) will be joining their family for worship in the Worship Center.  We will offer childcare for our preschoolers (Pre-K and younger). The Children's Ministries Office will be closed and will resume regular programming on July 12th.

There are more great things for your kids on the CMT page

Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
  • We have a Sonlight Fun Night scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm in the Youth Building.  Pizza and a movie! All incoming 7th-12th graders interested in being a part of the 2015-2016 Sonlight Youth Choir and Band are welcome!
  • Sonlight Listening Parties will be at 6:30pm in the choir room on July 16, July 23, and July 28. All incoming 7th-12th graders interested in being a part of the 2015-2016 Sonlight Youth Choir and Band are welcome! Don't forget, you can submit your song idea (or ideas!) here, or on the Sonlight website! 
  • Sonlight is teaming up with Youth Ministries this year for Youth Week! Some of the events will be with Youth and some will be just Sonlight events. Here's what you can expect that week: 
    • Family BBQ and Sonlight parent/member meeting on August 9 at 6pm
    • River tubing on August 10 (details coming)
    • Sonlight Officer Meeting August 10 from 5-8pm in the choir room (dinner will be served)
    • Sonlight Back-To-School Boot Camp August 11 and 12 from 5-8:30 (dinner will be served)
    • Tree-umph (high ropes course) on August 14 (details coming)
    • Sonlight regular rehearsal on August 16 from 3-5:30pm. 
    • Sonlight back in the loft on August 23 at 9:40am 

Access previous performances, tour info and more on the Sonlight page!   

  • Soccer registration is in full swing! Register at Trinity (download the form), or online. It is $85 for early registration, after July 19th it will be $100. Evaluations (everyone must attend 1) will be held at Westside Baptist from 5:30 - 7 on July 6, 14, 16 & 28. At Trinity from 2 - 4pm on July 19 and August 2.
  • Sports Ministry is looking for a new intern! If you are interested, contact Ben for more information and how to apply.

Find out about all our sports activities on the Sports page

Adult Ministry
  • Invitation To Romans - 8 sessions, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM, June 24th - August 12th. Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself.  Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther, and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time.  The hope of this course is that participants have a more informed commitment to Paul's radical vision of God's relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other.  This study is meaty and extremely enjoyable for those students with some familiarity of Romans and with a strong biblical foundation to rely on.  Sign up at worship or click here. Books are available at the bookstore for $15.
  • Dan and Jan will be leading a trip along the coast of Chile, around Cape Horn, up the coast of Argentina and Uruguay from January 16 - 30, 2016, with special guest lecturer, our own Dr. Bob Westin.  It would be grand to have many of you from Trinity join us.  You can access the itinerary here. If you are interested in the trip email Tammy.
  • Trinity Ladies:  If you are signed up for the Proverbs 31 online Bible study - here are some suggestions to share with you to help make this a great experience. 
    • You will notice a lot of emails each week so to stay organized, create a folder or label in your email to store all Proverbs 31 emails.  If you fall behind you will be able to quickly go back to the folder to find each one.  Then flag the email when you have read it.
    • Keep a journal along with your daily and weekly reading.
    • Join the MyTrinity group "Women's Online Bible Studies" for our own discussion. 
    • If you have questions at anytime during the study - please don't hesitate to contact Kim Lewerenz.

Looking for a course, Bible study or Sunday school class? Look no further than the Adult Ministry page

Caring & Support
  • A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting and a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports & encourages. Whatever the crisis or difficulty, Stephen Ministry equips Lay people to provide individual, confidential Christian care to those in our congregation and community facing tough times. You will meet weekly for at least 1 hour. To receive care from a Stephen Minister please contact Kay Walker (336-2006) or Fred Korzec (219-5652).
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 pm-8:30pm (E225). Contact: Mary Steinwandt (214.662.4869).

If you're in need of love and a helping hand, the Caring & Support page offers a search feature so you can find the support you need. 

General Announcements
  • Are you interested in joining Trinity UMC? If you 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, 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, June 28 at 9:40 am and 11:00 am in room 222. To register for Coffee with the Pastors click HERE or email Carmen Nelson to receive the form via email.   We would love to meet you and to welcome you into the membership of our church!  Let us know if you need childcare.
  • TCR is Back! (Trinity Circuit Riders) We will meet on 6/27/15 at TUMC at 8:00 A.M. We will ride out on our motorcycles at 8:15 to Akin's in Bell for breakfast. Contact Tom Wallace if interested.

Bible Studies
  • Women Growing in Faith, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30, E232
  • Tuesday Morning Moms, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30, E203 (will not be meeting over the summer)
  • 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 (DSE) is available upon request 

If you would like more information or would like to visit one of these groups, please contact Kim.  

Family Matters

Happy Birthday to Isabel Russo, who turns 92 on the 26th.

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

In memory of Paul Corey who shared his love & faith and made me laugh for 43 years!  Missing you every day, Marcey

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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