Tuesday Word
July 7, 2015

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Dear Friends, 

I share with you five things:

1. Several of you asked about the book I mentioned Sunday; it's "100 Places to See in Your Lifetime" by Life - America the Beautiful.  The movie I mentioned was "McFarland."  It's the true story of the town of McFarland, CA, and their high school, made up almost entirely of Mexican Farm Workers, who win Nine State Cross Country Championships.  Great movie.

2.  We need you - to help us be exceptionally welcoming!  The new Welcome Center will be completed in mid-August; here's what we need:
 A.  80 Greeters - your team will be "on" once or twice a month.
 B.  20 Golf Cart Drivers - you'll be "on" once a month or so.
 C.  20 Coffee makers/servers - you'll be on once every 6 weeks.
Please email my assistant, Tammy and say "Yes, sign me up!"  We will have an orientation meeting over lunch on Sunday, Aug. 9 at noon.
 D.  Wear your name tag.  We're getting a machine that will make them "on the spot" for $2.00.  It should be here in a couple of weeks. We'll let you know.

3. It's not too late to order an "engraved brick" - for around the Welcome Center, but the cutoff is now July 20, so order it today - either online or by emailing Tammy.  They're $100.  Maybe for your children, your Grandchildren or someone else.  So far we have 105 orders.

4. If you're not getting the DSE, I encourage you to do so.  Here's why:  On Sunday, I encouraged everyone, in the spirit of Elijah, to "listen daily for the "still, quiet, whisper" of God.  Each DSE will be a Scripture of God speaking to someone, and that will become the catalyst to each of us "hearing" the whisper of God.  

5. Finally, the window for signing on to the Chile/Argentina (January 16 - 30) trip is August 15.  Brochures are in the church office.

God bless, Dan

P.S. I've prepared a second installment in our conversation on the Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage, and will be sending it out later today in a special Emessage.

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Friday: no service June & July
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau 

Please note that the Church Office will be closed each Friday in the month of July.
12 | Baptism Orientation, 11am, 108
16 | Healing Touch Cancer Support Group, 5:30, O. Dean Martin Prayer Room
19 | First Family Promise guests arrive at Trinity

A Word from Rev. Aaron
Friends, it sure has been a busy summer and it doesn't appear it will let up anytime soon. I pray that all of you are enjoying yourselves and find glorious rest and renewal along the way.

I'll be preaching at the 6:35 service on Wednesday and in the Worship Center on Sunday, both times with sermons from passages on the Sermon on the Mount. I've really enjoyed looking at this "greatest sermon in the history of ever" and I'm looking forward to sharing with you. See you then!

One more thing, we continue now with our "Summer of Shorts" and this week's video focuses on the third component of our membership covenant - gifts. I've found that tithing is something that many preachers are hesitant to talk about because of the misconception that "money is all that the church cares about." The video rightly points out another way of looking at tithing - we aren't giving God 10%, rather God has given us 90%. I like that. And I like donuts. Enjoy the video.
  • This week's Mission Box is for the Fisher House Foundation.  The Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to loved ones at the most stressful time - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.  For more information please visit the National Fisher House Foundation website

  • Family Promise (IHN) will begin serving homeless children and their families again when the first guests arrive at Trinity on Sunday, July 19.  Opportunities are available to serve as hosts in the evening, overnight, or on Saturday, July 25.  Several drivers to transport guests each morning and afternoon are especially needed.  Please consider helping to make Trinity a "place to call home" for these families in need. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Marilyn Clugston.

Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page

Faith Mission   

Faith Mission, located at 3701 NE 15th Street, is a church and neighborhood collaboration.  Last week I wrote how partnering with others to serve in the neighborhood is essential (and scriptural!) for Faith Mission to fulfill its purpose, and that these partnerships can take many forms - with residents, with nearby schools, with organizations, and with churches.  As an example, we've continued discussions with Greenhouse Church's local missions team and together we've identified mentoring elementary students as a potential area of partnering.  We're going to be working during the summer with Rawlings' leadership on organizing a mentoring program to begin in the fall.  Another example of partnering is our petition drive to hopefully bring the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic weekly to the neighborhood.  In addition to the work of Faith Mission to gather signatures for the petition, staff and residents in two nearby apartment complexes, Rawlings Elementary leadership, and a nearby church all actively worked to inform the neighborhood and gather signatures as well.  We'll present our "case" and the petitions to UF later this week.

This week at Faith Mission:

  • Thanks to Dick Scheaffer the effort is underway to utilize a variety of data to help Faith Mission better understand our neighborhood.  Analyzing data related to families, economics, health, and education will supplement our surveys and our conversations with people who live and work in the area.
  • Some new furnishings (chairs and tables) are in place, and we're looking forward to a volunteer team getting started on a new stage in the main building!
  • Thanks both to the Children's Ministry and the Sports Ministry personal item bags are being created for children in the neighborhood who can, at times, not have access to basic hygiene supplies.  These will be kept at Faith Mission and at one of the local apartment complexes.
  • Hospitality Team Members - please be on the lookout for an email later this week about several events coming up in August that will need your help! 
Find more opportunities to serve on the Faith Mission page.
Youth Ministry
  • Wednesday, July 8th from 12 to 4 pm - Lunch Bunch at Moe's and GSP at HOPE. Wear sneakers and clothes you can paint in!
  • Sunday, July 12th: T-Shirt Decorating Party from 5-7 pm (for both SIFAT and ASP missions) and 7:00pm mandatory ASP meeting: teams will be released and final payments and paperwork are due!

Want more? Visit the Yoots website

Children's Ministry
  • 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, July 12th, at 11:00am in the Children's Ministries Office (Room E108). 

  • PARENTS: Summer Sunday School is underway! 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.
  • 3rd Grade Parents:  3rd Grade Bible Presentation is Sunday, September 13th at 9:40. Please register your 3rd grader by September 6th.  If you are in 4th grade or 5th grade and did not receive a bible, please email Machelle.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to receive a bible from Trinity.

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)
    • Sonlight Service Day on August 13 (details coming)
    • Tree-umph (high ropes course) on August 14 (details coming)
  • I will also be sending out information about two new Sonlight opportunities - an a capella 10th - 12th grade ensemble and a Sonlight Tech Crew (for high school students).  Be on the lookout for more info!

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.

Find out about all our sports activities on the Sports page

Adult Ministry
  • 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.

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

Caring & Support
  • The Healing Touch Cancer Support group meets this month on Thursday, July 16th at 5:30 in the O. Dean Martin prayer Room off the Atrium. We welcome Barb Thomas of Cancer Connections who will be sharing how this medical-minded group can help us by offering the latest information concerning cancer research and treatments being offered in our hospitals locally. If we can help you with questions, call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
  • 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
  • Please welcome with me the following persons who joined Trinity on Sunday: Julie and Scott Crosby, Wells Hood and Jim Jessup.  We are so grateful for all of these persons and any and all who have been a part of their spiritual journey.
  • With the anticipated completion of Trinity's new Welcome Center in mid-August, we are using the month of July to gear up to become "extravagantly welcoming."  And we need YOU to participate.  Here are our needs: a.) 80 people to agree to be an official greeter at least one Sunday a month (this means you arrive 20 minutes early or stay 20 minutes after worship, and greet, either in the parking lot or around the Hub/Welcome Center.  We're hoping young families with children will do this, singles, older, all ages.  b.) 20 people to be on our Golf Cart team ministry. c.) 20 more coffee makers and servers to give one Sunday every two months. d.) All 140 of you who agree to serve - attend a "Welcoming Orientation" luncheon on Sunday, August 9 at noon. You'll learn specifics and answers to all your questions. e. 1,000 people to wear your name tag every Sunday.  Don't have one?  No worries. We're getting a machine that will make you one, on the spot, for $2.00.  It will be here before August 1. Email Tammy if you would like to volunteer. 
  • 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' date is TBA.  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.

  • Trinity member, Carter Nute, 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 Monday, August 3rd. 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.

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 (this will not meet over the summer, resumes September 10)
  • 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 Ed Kissam, who turns 90 on July 12.

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 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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