Tuesday Word
September 1, 2015

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Dear Friends,

I am writing to ask you to consider giving an extra offering to this week's (September 6) Mission Box - it is for "Persecuted Christians Around the Globe."  This is a serious, horrendous happening, and, while we can't solve it, we can and must do our part.  Most of this week's offering will go to support the Ministry of Rev. Augustine Joseph, the Christian Pastor from Pakistan that we met at Trinity two weeks ago. His family and his congregation have suffered greatly.  In addition, we want to send some of our offering to help those Christians in Syria and Iraq and Iran; we may do this through UMCOR; I am open to agencies that you may know of (please let me know of any credible agencies you are aware of).
Also - I believe ALPHA is the best "short course in Christianity" offered anywhere.  It's 10 weeks of fellowship, food, inspiration, and you learn the key truths of our Faith, while making great friends!  I encourage anyone and everyone to take this course - it begins on Thursday, September 17, with a preview night on September 10.  You can find more information and register here.

Love and Prayers, 

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau  
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
8 | Tuesday Morning Moms resumes, 9:30 am, 203
8 | Disciple I - IV begins, 7pm (register)
9 | Rejoice! (2:30 pm) and CHEERS (4pm) begins
9 | Wednesday Night Dinner kick-off, FREE Spaghetti, 5:30 - 7, Worship Center
9 | Malawi & Summer Missions presentation, 6:30, Worship Center
10 | Exploring Jesus' Teachings resumes, 10:30, 226
10 | Alpha Preview Night, 6pm, Worship Center
11 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30, (RSVP by 11/9)
13 | 3rd Grade Bible presentation
13 | Youth Confirmation begins
13 | Disciple Sunday School class begins, 9:30, 224
13 | Christian Believer preview night, 3:30, 226

A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Fall must be approaching because there sure is a lot happening at Trinity! All good things and may they be all God things, too! Several quick things: 
  • I wrote my second blog about the trip to Malawi. You can read it here. I will post the third entry later this week (after I finish preparing my sermons for Wednesday and Sunday).
  • Many of you have been asking to hear more about Malawi, so 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.
  • 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 where we will be discussing Fasting for Grace, Matthew 6:16-18.
  • I will be kicking off a short sermon series on the life of King David on Sunday - God Chooses Us, 1 Samuel 16:1-13.
  • I will be leading Christian Believer beginning with an orientation on Sunday, September 13th at 3:30pm. Several of you have already signed up but there is always room for more. Sign up online or at the discipleship table at the back of the Worship Center on Sunday.

    Have a great week everyone!

    Grace and peace be with you,
  • This week's mission box will be shared between the Ministry of Rev. Augustine Joseph, the Christian Pastor from Pakistan that we met 2 weeks ago and Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Please read Dan's letter above 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!
  • Mark your calendars! The Fall Missions Garage sale will be on October 3rd.
Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page
Faith Mission
  • The work of Faith Mission parallels a portion of Dr. Owen Roberts' message this past Sunday.  There are external factors in the Faith Mission neighborhood, some positive and some negative, that impact children and families.  There are individual factors (e.g. health, capacity, education, faith) that impact each person's well-being who lives in the neighborhood.  From Faith Mission's perspective there are the ways that our faith guides us, motivates us, and inspires us as we serve with our new neighbors.  It was good having Dr. Roberts share with Trinity and there will be opportunities for Faith Mission to further partner with the school system in the months ahead.
  • This week at Faith Mission 
    • Are you wondering how to get involved with Faith Mission?  We are partnering with Greenhouse Church and Rawlings Elementary to organize and support mentors for 4th and 5th grade students who will truly benefit.  Serving as a mentor to an elementary student is a wonderful way to provide encouragement to a child.  Mentors are asked to commit 30 minutes a week during the lunch period (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) to visit, encourage, and be a friend with a student.  Please email me if you would like learn more!
    • Many thanks to those who've responded to volunteer in various ways recently.  An updated list of Faith Mission volunteer opportunities (particularly ways to serve for people not on the Leadership Team) can be accessed here. Check it out and feel free to share.
    • In terms of programming this week - Kids Count, the after school program serving K - 3rd grade, is in operation at Faith Mission daily and Hogtown FC will continue soccer training sessions Saturday morning at Rawlings.  
    • Listening and learning are a priority of Faith Mission, and we're continuing our outreach using "conversational surveys" with residents in the neighborhood to introduce Faith Mission, gather input, and talk with those who may be interested in serving with us in the months ahead.
Want to get involved? Visit the Faith Mission webpage
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.
  • CHEERS Shepherds NEEDED-Volunteer to "shepherd" children from one exciting activity to the next on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5:30.  No lesson planning and preparation!  Email Brian if interested!
  • 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!  
  • ATTENTION all parents of children in grades 2nd through 5th:  It's time to get our Acolyte Ministry Team started again!  Parents and children, please join us on Sunday, September 20th in the Worship Center at 12:05 for a brief orientation.  We will be exploring what it means to be an acolyte as well as practicing the acolyte's role on a Sunday morning. There will be a sign-up sheet available for those children who would like to be part of this wonderful ministry.
There are more great things for your kids on the CMT page
Youth Ministry
  • We have extended the Rock the Universe deadline to this Friday morning!!  Come play at Universal and Islands of Adventure with us on the 12th and join in on some incredible praise and worship concerts!  Forms are on the website, parents are welcome to join us!
  • Please be in prayer for the 10 sixth graders coming on the cabin in the woods retreat this weekend.
  • UMYF this week is capture the flag night!  Come out from 5:30-7:30 for food and fun, bring your game face and a friend!
  • Small groups start this Wednesday, September 2nd, email the youth staff for directions.
  • The Great Pumpkin Run 5k registration is open! Race will be on October 4th, register by September 23 to receive a t-shirt.
Want more? Visit the Yoots website
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:
    • 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!   
Adult Ministry
  • Calling all moms!  You're invited to a community of moms just for you! MOPS and MOMSnext is for all moms with kids birth through high school. It's a place for friendship, authentic community, support and growth - because Better Moms Make a Better World!  Meetings every other Wednesday starting September 9 from 5:30-7:45pm. Dinner and childcare are provided!  Email to RSVP and for more information.  
  • 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 please join us for an online Bible study with Proverbs 31 Ministries called Taming The To-Do List from September 8 - October 9. You'll need to register for the study directly with Proverbs 31 to receive their weekly emails which will help you follow along.  To feel more connected, you are also invited to join our own Trinity discussion blog. If you would like to order a book through Trinity or have further questions please contact Kim Lewerenz.
  • 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 1 - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study is a 34-week overview of the Old and New Testaments, begins September 8.
    • Disciple 2 -Into The Word Into The World is a 32-week study covering Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, begins September 8 (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, begins September 8 (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, begins September 8 (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 beginning September 13, 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, begins September 20.
    • 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, begins September 13.
    • Financial Peace University - a 9-week class teaching God's ways of handling money, begins September 15.
    • Alpha - starts September 17. What is the Alpha Course? Who is it for? How long does it last? What's the format? Find out at the Alpha Preview: Thursday, September 10 6:00-8:30 pm, Trinity UMC Banquet Hall. Dinner $6. Free Childcare (ages 1yr - 12yrs). For more information visit the Alpha page or contact 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 one-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
  • Mommy Reads will be making trips on September 19 and December 12. We will spend the morning at the Lowell Correctional Facility taking an audio recording of incarcerated mothers reading to their children, then we send the book and recording to them so they can still have their mother read to them at bedtime. Our day usually goes from 8am - 2pm. A simple background check must be done through the prison, and we normally have a "training" session the week before the trip.  This is a wonderful opportunity to serve!  Please think about joining us or supporting us financially or with donations of new books for children up to middle school level.  Books must be able to fit in a flat rate envelope. For more information, please contact Beth Haines (373-9469).
  • Friendship...Partnership...Service. The United Methodist Women (UMW) will honor the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at their Fall Kick-Off event on Saturday, September 19 from 10am - noon in the Youth Building with guest speaker, Pam Garrison on "Disaster Response: The Role of the Church." 75 UMCOR school kits will be assembled as the mission outreach project, everyone is welcome! For more information regarding UMW and Circles, please contact Marie Samec or Gail Werner.
  • 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 (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 (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 Jo Ann Pruitt, who turns 80 on September 3 and John Ritter, who also turns 80 on September 5.

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 memory of Bill Mottinger.

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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