Tuesday Word
August 25, 2015

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Dear Friends,

What an awesome first Sunday back!  Wonderful music, super greeters and coffee makers, and just a wonderful spirit.  As one of our first time visitors said, "I felt welcomed at Trinity from the moment I parked my car!"  That's Extravagant Welcoming!  And this next Sunday, I've learned that the Welcome Center will be ready for us to serve coffee from inside it!  An official dedication will be later in September.

Also, this coming Sunday we are very pleased to have Dr. Owen Roberts as our guest preacher!  Dr. Roberts is the Superintendent of Alachua County Schools, is an excellent speaker and also an outstanding preacher.  I hope you will all be there to support this champion of education and children.  Dr. Roberts will be preaching at the 9:40 and 11:00 services.  I'll preach at the 8:15 service.

If you would like to learn about and experience the beauty and power of the Book of Psalms, and also become a part of a 10 week, small group experience and meet some new people, I encourage you to sign up for "Invitation to Psalms." It begins September 13 at 9:30 in rm 224, and is led by Dr. Orvin Jenkins. Be sure to sign up.

The bricks around the Welcome Center look great, and especially the engraved ones!  If you didn't get around to ordering one, don't worry, as we will have another offering toward the end of the year.  And a huge thanks to Trinity member, Scott Robinson of Robinson Renovation and Custom Homes who donated all the engraving of the bricks, which allowed the money to be used to cover some of the cost of the Welcome Center. If you have ordered your brick but haven't paid for it yet, please bring your $100 check, payable to Trinity UMC, and drop it off at the church (please include "Engraved Brick" on the memo line).

And finally, we are very pleased to announce that Shannon Rosselle will be the new Pastors' Administrative Assistant, starting September 1.  I know you will want to welcome her warmly; here is a brief word about her: Shannon is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and still counts the beach among her favorite places, though Gainesville has been her home since she set foot on the University of Florida campus as an undergrad.  A wife and mother of two, she has previously worked in the hospitality management field and is looking forward to new experiences as part of the Trinity team.  When she is not enjoying time with family, Shannon can be found reading, planning adventures for her Brownie Girl Scout Troop and contemplating signing up for her second marathon (maybe!). 

Love and Prayers,  Dan

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson/Dr. Owen Roberts 
25 | Disciple Orientation session, 7pm, 211
26 | Youth Waffle Cone Wednesday Kick -off, 3pm, TCBY
27 | Prayer gathering, Faith Mission, 6:30 - 7pm
28 | Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, 10am, Youth Building
29 | Trinity Circuit Riders, 7:30 am
30 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40am, 222 (RSVP)
30 | Life South Blood Drive
30 | Youth Salt & Light kick-off, 5:30pm, Youth Building
2 | Youth Small Groups begin
3 | Family Promise Night, Napolatanos, 4-10 pm
4 | ALERT, Bible study (10:30) lunch (11:45)
7 | Labor Day Holiday, Church offices closed

A Message from Rev. Aaron
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It has now been more than a week since I returned from Malawi and I'm feeling back in the rhythm of things here at Trinity. It's a good thing, too, since Gabrielle started 7th grade and Nathan started 1st grade yesterday. My prayers are with all of you as you return to your routines, as well. Four things:
  1. I finally took the time to write my first blog about the trip to Malawi. You can read it here.
  2. I hope you'll join us on Wednesday, September 9th, at 5:30 for a free spaghetti dinner and stick around for a special presentation in the Worship Center on the trip to Malawi and all the other mission work that happened by and through Trinity this summer.
  3. We are continuing our series on the Sermon on the Mount at the 6:35 service. Hope to see you in the chapel tomorrow night. 
  4. I'll be teaching Christian Believer this fall, Sunday afternoons starting September 13th. You can sign up for that here.
Grace and peace be with you,
  • This week's mission box will support the FUMCH Madison Youth Ranch.  The Ranch is a place of love and safety for children who are desperately in need of both.  The Ranch has been operational with the first group of children since July 2014.  The focus of these funds will go toward making a difference in these children's lives.  Let's continue to show these children how much Trinity loves and cares for them.
  • We're still accepting applications for the Living Water Guatemala trip, September 19-26. Sign up here, or contact Missions for more information.
  • Enjoy great food and company while helping Family Promise at the same time! Purchase a meal at Napolatanos, on September 3rd between 4-10 PM. 10% of your meal and beverage charge will be donated to Family Promise, carryout orders are included. Be part of the community response to assist homeless children!
  • Vote for Called To Action for the Sunstate charity of the month!! Go to the Sunstate Federal Credit Union facebook page (link HERE), Click on "Vote" then either Skip or Verify the "Like" message. Scroll down to Called to Action box and click on vote box. Everyone can vote once a day everyday in August. They can win $1,000!!
  • Mark your calendars! The Fall Missions Garage sale will be on October 3rd.
Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page
Faith Mission
One of the ways Faith Mission serves in the neighborhood is by partnering with other organizations such as Kids Count in Alachua County, Stop Now & Plan, Hogtown FC, Peaceful Paths, and Rawlings Elementary.  How are we identifying our partners this year?  We're using the following guidelines for our 2015 partnering relationships: Will it help meet a need in the neighborhood? Will it empower individuals or families? Will it help build relationship and trust? Will it strengthen capacity? Will the program have good leadership? Will needs in organization, time, funds, and/or volunteers be reasonable? Will the Faith Mission facility be adequate (if a program on-site)?

This week at Faith Mission:
  • Kids Count, the after school program serving kindergarten through 3rd grade students, begins operating five days per week at Faith Mission this week (3 - 5:30pm)!  20 children are enrolled and there is already a significant waiting list.
  • There will be a monthly time of prayer for the neighborhood, for the work of Faith Mission, and for individual prayer concerns beginning THIS THURSDAY, August 27, from 6:30 to 7 pm and will continue on September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17.  All are invited and welcome.
  • Hogtown FC will continue soccer training sessions Saturday morning at Rawlings.  There is a need for more regular, easy-access activities for children in the neighborhood, and soccer is a great addition.  20 children turned out for the first session last week!
  • Many thanks to those who've responded to volunteer in various ways recently.  An updated list of Faith Mission volunteer opportunities can be accessed here, check it out!
Want to get involved? Visit the Faith Mission webpage
Youth Ministry


We are praying for all of you during the start to your new school year! 

  • Thanks to all of our parents and volunteers for an awesome kick off on Sunday night!  If you weren't able to make it and would still like a t-shirt with this years theme on it we have one for you!
  • We will kick off Waffle Cone Wednesday this week at the TCBY in Thornbrook at 3pm, meet us there and we will buy the ice cream!
  • Small groups will kick off NEXT Wednesday, September 2nd
  • Join us in the youth building on Sunday morning at 11am for Sunday school and Sunday night for our salt and light kick off at 5:30pm.  Feel free to Bring a friend!
Want more? Visit the Yoots website
Children's Ministry
  • CHEERS and Rejoice! begin September 9!  Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th are invited to be a part of these fun, mid-week programs on Wednesdays from 2-5:30 pm. Rejoice (from 2 - 4) is a musical program and CHEERS (4 - 5:30) includes science experiments, cooking, crafty creations, games, dancing, recreation and singing! Registration for both programs are open, simply click on the name of the program for the registration links.
  • Join us for "Pajama Movie Night" at our next Parent's Night Out on Friday, September 11, from 5:30-8:30pm!  It will be a fabulous night of wearing your favorite pj's, watching a terrific movie, eating pizza and participating in fun activities!   PNO is for ages 12 months - 5th grade; cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register and pay on-line by Wednesday, September 9. For questions contact Virginia Lewis (416-3014). 
  • 3rd Grade Parents: 3rd Grade Bible Presentation is Sunday, September 13th at 9:40. Please register your 3rd grader by September 6.  If you are in 4th 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!  
  • 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.  Please contact Brian Wittstruck (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
  • It's never too late to join Sonlight! Contact Erin if you are interested in being a part of Sonlight - as a singer, instrumentalist, or tech crew member. You can also visit the website for more information, and all forms for registering as a member - Student and Family information form, Photo release form, Handbook agreement form 
  • Upcoming Dates:
    • August
      • 30 - Sonlight meets at 9am in choir room; Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
    • September
      • 6 - No Sonlight am or pm (Labor Day weekend)    
      • 13 - 9am in choir room; Officers meeting at 2:15pm; rehearsal 3-5:30pm
      • 14 - Sonlight Spirit Night at Zaxby's on NW 43rd (Monday night) from 5-8pm  
      • 20 - Sonlight meets at 9am in choir room; Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
      • 27 - Sonlight meets at 9am in choir room; Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
Access previous performances, tour info and more on the Sonlight page!   
Music & Worship Arts
  • Join us for the Fall Rejoice!  "Speak Life".  Rejoice is a musical program for children who are currently in Kindergarten - 5th grade.  We will begin on Wednesday, September 9th at 2:00.  For more information please contact Susan Kovi, register today!
Would you like to join a choir? Volunteer? Check out the Music & Worship arts  page!   
  • Soccer practices begin this week. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Find out about all our sports activities on the Sports page

Adult Ministry
  • Tuesday Morning Moms (9:30 - 11:30am; E203-204) begins Gideon: Your weakness. God's strength. by Priscilla Shirer on September 8.  Member books are $15. Childcare is available.
  • Women Growing in Faith (6:30 - 8:30pm; E232) begins Children of the Day by Beth Moore on September 8.  Members books are $18.
  • Trinity Ladies:  Are you looking for an online study this fall?  Proverbs 31 will begin a new online Bible study beginning September 8 called Taming The To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer.  For more information click HERE.
  • If you will be leading a class or ministry and would like a Ministry Table for one Sunday or more, please contact David Leonard (416-3001) to reserve your space. Also, if you need an online registration form, please contact Kelly Ping.
  • ALERT (Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement) is a nondenominational luncheon and program event for seniors.  Meets monthly, first Fridays, 11:45 am, in Worship Center B. Our next meeting is September 4.  Come early for Bible study in the Worship Center at 10:30 am.  
  • Fall Course Offerings: Class materials may be obtained through Trinity's Bookstore or your class leader. Click on the name of each class for online registration.
    • Disciple Orientation Session, August 25, 7:00 pm, 211.  This is primarily for those who have registered for, or are considering, Disciple 1.  It is a very different format than other studies, requiring significant preparation for a long weekly class.  Though exceedingly rewarding, it is intense and requires commitment.  Come and see what it is, then decide how you can benefit and grow from it.
    • Disciple 1 - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study is a 34-week overview of the Old and New Testaments
    • Disciple 2 -Into The Word Into The World is a 32-week study covering Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts (prerequisite: Disciple I)
    • Disciple 3 - Remember Who You Are is a 32-week study covering the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament letters of Paul (prerequisite: Disciple I)
    • Disciple 4 - Under The Tree of Life is a 32-week study covering concentrating on the Writings (Old Testament books not in the Torah or the Prophets), the Gospel of John, and Revelation (prerequisite: Disciple I)
    • Disciple Sunday School Class - Looking for a Disciple Bible Study class but can't do the 34-week, 2˝ hour weekly class?  This is for you!  It's one hour of Disciple Bible Study in Sunday School format.  Sundays, 9:30 am, room 224.
    • Invitation To The Old Testament is an 8-week exploration of the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text
    • Christian Believer - Knowing God With Heart And Mind is a 30-week study focusing on classical teachings of the Christian faith with words, symbols, hymns, and the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators
    • Financial Peace University - a 9-week class teaching God's ways of handling money
    • Alpha - an 8 week course that provides a practical introduction to the Christian faith while giving guests an opportunity to openly explore the meaning of life. Alpha is fun, relaxed and totally non-pressured (that's probably why over 19 million people around the world have already done it!). If you are interested in hosting or helping out with a small table group - either at your home or at Trinity, or if you just want more information, please contact Sharon McDow and Janise McNair.
Looking for a course, Bible study or Sunday school class? Look no further than the Adult Ministry page
Caring & Support
  • Stephen Ministry is our congregation's on-to-one caregiving ministry.  God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of some crisis or tragedy.  Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers once a week to listen, explore feelings and pray.  Our church needs more Stephen Ministers.  We will offer a new training class beginning on September 30 at 6:45 in 222.  An informational meeting will be held on September 16 at 7 pm in 222.  Please consider becoming part of this important and rewarding ministry.  Click here to register for the training.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 pm-8:30pm (E225). Contact: Frank Wallace.
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
  • The Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking quarterly meeting is Friday, August 28, 10 am - 12 pm in the Youth Building. The focus will be on local resources, particularly for adult victims, as we have learned this is the area of greatest need. There will be brief presentations by service providers and opportunity to discuss additional needs. All are welcome.
  • Trinity Circuit Riders will ride our motorcycles to the Café in Trenton Florida for breakfast on August 29. We will meet at TUMC at 7:30 AM and leave at 7:45 for Trenton. Contact Tom Wallace for more info.
  • 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, Reeves Byrd, will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in a one day session convenient for Trinity members in 222 on Thursday, September 10th. This classroom refresher for motorists age 50 and older is offered for a modest fee, you do not have to be an AARP member to attend. To register, call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at 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
  • ALERT, first Friday of the month, 10:30 am, Worship Center
  • 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 Pat Braynard, who turns 80 on August 29.

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Patricia Gregory of Gainesville and Kerry Ramunno of Salem, Ohio and families following the death of their father, Joseph Stanley Kowalski, Special Friend of Trinity, August 12; as well as Stephanie Baldwin, Michael Clifford, Philip Clifford and families following the death of their mother, Suzanne S. Hundley, Trinity Member on August 19.

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 this week are in honor of John and Wilma Gordon's wedding anniversary.

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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