Tuesday Word
July 21, 2015

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Trinity family,

Please continue to pray for Pastor Dan and his wife, Jan, throughout the rest of the month - that they enjoy Sabbath rest and experience renewal of body, mind, and spirit while they are away on vacation. Pray also for our Trinity YOOTS mission teams - our high school students are in TN and our middle school students are in AL. Would you believe that between the 2 teams they had to replace 4 tires on the way to their destinations? They return this weekend. Finally, please pray for me and my colleagues who are part of the Courage to Lead cohort while we gather together this week from Tuesday through Thursday.

Now I'd like to share a few other important items with you:
  • Trinity is very pleased to be hosting guests this week for the reopening of Family Promise. If you are able to volunteer, please call our front desk at 376-6615 and we'll get you in touch with the right people.
  • I'm looking out my window and see the construction crew busy working on the roof of our Welcome Center. While they are building the structure, we're building our hospitality team and still need volunteers. We're establishing a rotation of 80 greeters, 20 golf cart drivers, and 20 coffee makers/servers. An orientation meeting will be held on Sunday August 9th over lunch at noon. If you would like to be a part of this important work, please email Carmen Nelson and she will add you to our list.
  • Our name badge maker is here but we are working on designs and the process for taking orders. We'll let you know as the details come together. If you have an older name tag, please continue to wear it!
  • This week's video in our series "Summer of Shorts" focuses on the final component of our membership covenant - witness - and might be my favorite so far. It serves as a powerful reminder that every one of us has importance and value to God's kingdom. No matter what we do to make our living, we are all ministers of the gospel and bear witness to the love of God through Jesus Christ! 
Finally, I want you to join me in thanking Tammy Karafa for her service here at Trinity as Dan's executive assistant. She has resigned effective July 31st so that she can return to her true passion and calling - to work with children and families. Tammy has accepted the position of Children's Ministry Director at Keystone United Methodist Church. I'll pass on to you these words from Tammy: "I thank you for the opportunity of working with you, a wonderful staff and the Trinity church members, I have been richly blessed by my time at Trinity." Many blessings, Tammy!

We will be posting for this open position soon. In the meantime, if you or someone you know might be interested please let me know.

Have a great week everyone!

Grace and peace,

Worship this week: Jim Cook is leading at the 6:35, David Leonard will be preaching the conclusion of our series "Myths and Half Truths" - "Everything happens for a reason"

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Jim Cook
Sunday: Rev. David Leonard 
25 | Trinity Circuit Riders (TCR), 7:30 am
26 | Pathfinders Sunday School class begins Adam Hamilton study, 9:40, 211
26 | Youth Missions Potluck, after 11 service, Youth Building
27 | Sonlight Spirit night, Jason's Deli, 5-10pm

  • This week's Mission Box is for Peaceful Paths.  Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis hotline, victim advocacy, children's programming, education and training, counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, violence prevention programs, and batterer's intervention programming. Peaceful Paths is a member of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

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.  As the outreach of Faith Mission grows, so will the opportunities for volunteers to serve.  Next month we'll provide a list of a wide variety of ways for volunteers to plug in!  In the meantime, you can check out the following opportunities to serve with Faith Mission in August:
  1. Supporting the neighborhood's National Night Out Event, Tuesday, August 4: National Night Out is an annual event promoting nonviolence and healthy, drug-free communities.  Faith Mission has been invited to table at this event at Village Green & Forest Apartments and it will be another chance to introduce ourselves to residents and listen to their thoughts about the neighborhood.  We'd like to have drinks on hand for children and adults (it will be a late afternoon event - so typically HOT) and it would be great for a volunteer to purchase drinks, Trinity will reimburse you and bring them chilled to Faith Mission between 4 and 5pm on August 4. We need 3 gallons of sweet tea, 2 gallons of unsweetened tea, 50 Capri Suns or similar pouch drinks, and 2 cases of small bottled water. Trinity will reimburse you.
  2. Supporting Rawlings Elementary teachers and staff Luncheon on Monday, August 17: Most 1st - 5th grade students who formerly would have gone to Duval Elementary will be going to Rawlings this year, so big changes are happening at the school including many new teachers.  August 17 is the first day back for teachers, and we want to welcome the staff to the new school year with a great meal.  Steve Swanson has graciously offered to cook for the ENTIRE staff of 70!  Steve is a wonderful cook and the meal will be fantastic.  But we need volunteers to purchase drinks (8 gallons of tea and lemonade - Trinity will reimburse) and bring them to Rawlings by 11am on August 17 and 3 volunteers to help setup, serve, and cleanup - from 11 - 1.
  3. Supporting Rawlings Elementary Staff Road Trip on Wednesday, August 19: Rawlings has been designated a Fine Arts Magnet School for the new school year.  Teachers will be traveling to Tallahassee to visit a similar Fine Arts Magnet elementary school on Wednesday of pre-planning week. Rawlings leadership has asked if Faith Mission could assist them in preparing 40 swag bags for their road trip that day.  Rawlings will supply a t-shirt and academic year calendar, and Faith Mission would like to include a water bottle, 4 - 8GB USB flash drive and 3" x 3" sticky note pad to each bag. So if you're a great shopper, online or otherwise, or a great negotiator with a local business, this is the PERFECT shopping volunteer opportunity for you! You can identify the specific items and sources, and we can make the purchases directly or you can purchase them and be reimbursed.
  4. Love books?  Love to organize?  Help clean and organize the small library at the Village Green & Forest Apartment complex anytime in August.  There are books and games in this room that need to be organized by age and interest area, particularly for children.  2 people are needed for this in addition to 2 residents who will help as well.  This is perhaps a 6-8 hour job that can be divided up according to the schedules of the volunteers.
If you can help on any of these volunteer opportunities please email Ward by August 3.

Want to get involved? Visit the Faith Mission webpage

Youth Ministry
  • Please pray for our Youth Staff and members, as both middle and high school are away on mission trips. If you need anything, please feel free to email our Administrative Assistant, Kellie as she will be checking emails throughout the week.
    • July 18th-25th - Appalachia Service Project (ASP): High School
    • July 19th-24th - SIFAT: Middle School
  • The Missions Potluck will be Sunday, July 26th following the 11:00 service. Please come celebrate the amazing things our youth are doing, and bring a side dish to share! 
  • Youth Week Sign Ups have been released! Print the form from our website 

Want more? Visit the Yoots website

Children's Ministry
  • 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.
  • "Jump Into Space" at the next Parent's Night Out on Friday, August 14th from 5:30-8:30!  Our Parent's Night Out will include a fabulous night of dinner and "out of this world" activities for ages 12 months and walking through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register and pay on-line by Wednesday, August 12th.
  • Our next Baptism Orientation will be Sunday, August 16th .  For more information, please call Elizabeth Jones, 416-3045.
  • Promotion Sunday is August 24th.  If you are retaining your child, please let Machelle know so that we can update our records.
  • 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.
  • FALL OPPORTUNITIES: Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a child?  Come and be a part of our Children's Programs! We are looking for Sunday School teachers and youth helpers for all age groups who can commit to at least 1 Sunday a month.   We are also looking for CHEERS leaders, our Wednesday program from 4-5:30 for ages 3 through 5th grade.  (Fall Sunday School begins on Auguist 23rd and CHEERS begins on September 9th). Please contact Brian Wittstruck at (416-3008) to tell us how you'd like to help!

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

Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
  • We had a wonderful turn-out last week for our Sonlight events! I hope that we can continue seeing returning and new members for Sonlight at our other summer events. All events are open to any rising 7th-12th grader interested in joining Sonlight - and friends are welcome! Our website is updated with current information.
  • July 23 & 28: Listening parties in the choir room from 6:30-7:30pm. Snacks will be provided!
  • July 27: Spirit night at Jason's Deli from 5-10pm 
  • August 9: Family BBQ (times TBD)
  • August 10: Sonlight officers meeting from 5-8pm in the choir room (dinner will be provided)
  • August 11 & 12: Back-To-School Bootcamp from 5-8:30pm (dinner will be provided) - attendance is highly encouraged because we will be rehearsing new music and voting on the set list for 2015-16!
  • August 13: Sonlight Service day (times TBD)
  • August 14: Tree-umph with Youth
  • Sonlight High School Opportunities: Starting next month, Sonlight will be expanding it's reach with an A Capella Ensemble and the Sonlight Tech Crew - email Erin if you're interested in joining either of these groups!

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. Evaluations (everyone must attend 1) will be held at Westside Baptist from 5:30 - 7 on July 28 or Trinity from 2 - 4pm on August 2.

Find out about all our sports activities on the Sports page

Adult Ministry
  • Pathfinders Sunday School class is starting a study of Leading Beyond the Walls by Adam Hamilton on July 26.  This is a 3 week study using the presentations made by Adam at the Florida Annual Conference.  The class meets at 9:40 in Room 211.  All are welcome to attend.   
  • 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
  • Loving and caring for one another is something Jesus calls us all to do.  Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for listening and caring can put those gifts to use, bringing Jesus' love and care to those who most need  it.  Ask God whether Stephen Ministry is the right ministry for you.  Training classes will begin on September 30.  Call 372-1027 for more information.
  • 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 Rik DeVoe who joined Trinity on Sunday. We are so grateful for him and all who have been a part of his spiritual journey.
  • Fall is quickly approaching; is your group on the calendar?  Please make sure your class/group is on the calendar for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.  Please fill out the online request form and if you have any questions please contact Susan Kovi.
  • Trinity Circuit Riders (TCR) will meet at Trinity at 7:30 am July 25th to ride to Alice's Restaurant in High Springs for breakfast. The Old Boys Scooter Club is going there as well. We will ride our motorcycles out at 7:45 AM.  Contact Tom Wallace for more information.
  • 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 Carmenif 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 August 30 at 9:40 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.

  • 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 meet over the summer, resumes September 8)
  • 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 (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 

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 June.
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