Tuesday Word
September 22, 2015

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Dear Friends,

What an awesome team you have here at Trinity!  While I was at the Board meeting of the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow for Eurasia (I'm chair of the US portion of the Board), and then got into a several hour delay at the Amsterdam airport, Shannon alerted Rev. Aaron so that he wasn't totally surprised when I later asked him if he would be able to preach for me - this was Friday!  He sprang into action.  John Webster went to plan B.  Everyone was awesome, and, as Jan and so many others said, "Aaron did a great job!"  And wasn't Sonlight amazing, too!  And our Chalice and Chancel Choirs, also!

Speaking of Choirs, Trinity is hosting the 30th Annual Festival of Choirs this Sunday eve at 5:00.  The combined choirs of five Churches will be under the direction of Mihoko Tsutsumi, our very own treasure!  You will want to be there if at all possible, both to hear the choirs and to welcome Mihoko back "home."

As you may have seen in the bulletin, we will begin a second offering of engraved bricks for our Welcome Center, starting October 1.  Order forms will be available at that time through the website or Shannon in the pastor's office, rm. E230.  Each brick is $100, and payments can be made through the website or to Shannon.  The bricks will be installed just in time for Christmas!  Contact Shannon (416-3005).  The new Welcome Center will be formally dedicated on Sunday, October 25.

Be sure to notice the new sidewalk between the Trinity Chapel and the Atrium, another fine addition to our Trinity campus.  Thanks to the Trustees, and thanks to the Trinity Foundation for a grant toward part of the funding, and of course, to YOU, Trinity members who make these things possible.

Back to my time in Moscow:  the UM Seminary there is 24 years old.  Both the President and the Bishop of all of Eurasia are graduates of the seminary.  There are currently 50 students enrolled, with several hundred graduates leading the growing Methodist movement.  The Dean is also a graduate - Olga, who Trinity supports and who was with us back in the Spring.  I'm grateful for the way that Trinity supports solid theological education around the world, persecuted Christians, humanitarian aid, community development, housing, medicine, education.  Together we can do a lot of good in the name of Christ. 

I hope you'll join me for our Youth's Great Pumpkin Run (5K); there's a friendly competition between the youth and the church staff; will be a lot of fun and will benefit our youth missions (see below for details). 

Love and prayers, Dan

Quick Links
Upcoming Events (September 22 - October 4)
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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson   
23 | Pumpkin Run Tshirt registration deadline
27 | Gainesville Choral Festival, 5pm, Worship Center
30 | Stephen Ministers Training Class begins, 6:45pm, 222
1 | Pumpkin Patch opens
2 | ALERT, 10:30 am (Bible study), 11:45 am (lunch)
3 | Missions Yard Sale, 7am - noon
4 | Great Pumpkin Run 5k, 6pm

A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends, I had a great time at the New Room Conference in Franklin, TN, last week - a gathering of folks from all around the Wesleyan tradition seeking to "band together" for the renewal of the Church. The sermons and the worship were so inspiring! Will you join me in prayer this week for a mighty movement of God's Spirit to bring renewal to Christ's Holy Church?

Now that I'm back, I was able to catch up on my blog. You can read my latest post here. I also want to remind you that we received new sponsorship forms from WorldVision for children in the same region of Malawi. Y-Malawi church partners sponsor more than 5,000 children in Nkhoma/Chilenje, which is AWESOME, but WorldVision currently has more than 4,000 children on a waiting list. If you have questions about child sponsorship or if you are ready to make the commitment, please talk to me or Ted.

I'm also looking forward to being back at the 6:35 service tomorrow night where we will be continuing our discussions on the Sermon on the Mount. Hope to see you there!

Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),
  • This week's Mission Box is for Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County. Their mission is to inspire and empower the youth of Alachua County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens.
  • Mark your calendars! The Fall Missions Yard Sale will be on October 3rd from 7am - noon. 2 tables for $25.
  • If you're looking for an opportunity to serve why don't you check out the Trinity Mission page for a list of Mission Trips for 2016?  If that's not your thing, why don't you check out some of the opportunities to serve at Faith Mission right here in our own community.  We have many ways you can get involved, just email us to learn more. 
  • The Little Dresses for Africa project is still going strong.  To date, the Trinity group has sent over 1,400 dresses to such places as Appalachia (sent with ASP), South Africa, Malawi, Guatemala, India, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico.  Because we have heard that some human traffickers avoid villages where they see the Little Dresses, we know that we will continue to sew.  If you would like information about this wonderful mission, or would like to donate usable fabrics to the sewing group, please contact Jeannine Cawthon (352-375-2349).
  • The Trinity Bookstore is selling handmade clothing from Pakistan that will help support the work of Rev. Augustine Joseph (founder of Disciple Union Ministries).  Disciple Union Ministries is a Christ-centered, non-profit ministry in Pakistan with a mission to plant churches, disciple believers, spread the Word of God & minister to the poor.  For more information or if you would like to visit the bookstore, contact Kim Lewerenz.
Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page
Faith Mission
Whether with programs on-site or in the area, the facility, or special events, volunteers both from church and the neighborhood are playing key roles with Faith Mission.  Just in the past six weeks volunteers have -
  • Cooked and served a meal for teachers and staff at Rawlings Elementary;
  • Provided "gifts of appreciation" for Rawlings teachers;
  • Provided books to Rawlings students at the Meet the Teacher event;
  • Visited with area residents and gathered surveys;
  • Gathered socioeconomic data and logged survey information into our database;
  • Gathered and organized personal items to be provided to neighborhood children;
  • Organized books and games at a nearby apartment complex;
  • Organized Saturday soccer for area children;
  • Served as homework helpers, encouragers, and activity supporters at the Kids Count after school program;
  • Set up a basketball goal, installed a mailbox, painted our new doors, and begun building a new stage.
Thanks to all who have volunteered with Faith Mission!  The following are examples of current volunteer opportunities:
  • Have some great children's books at home?  The small library at Village Green Apartments is being renovated.  Recently volunteers organized the current book collection and found many to be old and not in good shape.  So time for a book drive!  If you have gently used books for children from pre-school to middle school and would like to donate, please bring them either to Faith Mission (a box is set up in the breezeway) or to the Trinity reception desk.  Books will be collected until October 11.
  • Wondering how to make a positive impact on a child's life? Option #1: Serve as a mentor to an elementary student at Rawlings Elementary.  This is a wonderful way to provide encouragement to a child.  The program will begin the week of Oct 5 - see attached for details.  Option #2: Serve as a volunteer (teens and adults welcome) for the Kids Count after school program for K-3rd grade students.  Volunteers are an integral part of Kids Count - helping with homework, being an "encourager", reading with the children, and supporting the staff with daily activities - and can choose any hour of time to serve between 3 - 5:30pm Monday -Thursday and 1 - 4pm on Fridays.
Want to get involved? Visit the Faith Mission webpage
Children's Ministry
  • CHEERS is underway!  It's not too late for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th to be a part of this fun, mid-week program on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30.  Join us for fun science experiments, cooking, crafty creations, games, dancing, recreation and singing!  Register online today!
  • CHEERS Shepherds still 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!
  • Upcoming Events:
    • October 4, 6pm: Pumpkin 5K Run (Register by 9/23 for a shirt!)
    • October 9, 5:30-8:30pm: Parent's Night Out (Register by 10/7)
    • October 25, 4-7pm: Great Pumpkin Harvest
There are more great things for your kids on the CMT page
Youth Ministry
  • Sign up, and then help us promote our 3rd annual Pumpkin Run!  Sunday night October 4th, the gun goes off at 6:00pm.  All proceeds go to our youth missions.  We will have a new course this year taking us beyond Trinity's property, and prizes for those who show up in costume!  Get more information and register now!
  • This Sunday night is the setting up the patch to prepare for pumpkin arrival, 5:30 - 7:30. We will be arranging hay, setting up tents, photo ops and all things fall on Sunday night!
  • Check out our website and join our facebook and instagram accounts to keep up to date on the latest TrinityYoots info.
Want more? Visit the Yoots website
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
  • September 27 - Sonlight meets at 9am in choir room; Rehearsal 3-4:30pm (Gainesville Choral Festival begins at 5pm - Sonlight members who are working the events should wear their teal logo shirts and plan on staying until 7pm)
Access previous performances, tour info and more on the Sonlight page!   
Adult Ministry
  • Wednesday Night Dinners are back! Dinner prices are $7 for adults and $3 for kids (0-5 eat free) with a $25 family cap. Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, the dining room will stay open until 7:00 pm.
  • Financial Peace University began last Tuesday, but it's not too late to join the class!  They meet TONIGHT 6:30 - 8:30 pm, rm E222.  Member kits are $100.
  • Alpha is here! Thursday, September 24, 6 - 8:30 pm in the Trinity Banquet Hall. New guests are still welcome! Dinner is $7.  Free Childcare for ages 1 - 12yrs (need to register in advance for childcare). For more information visit the Alpha page or contact Janise McNair. Let your friends know it's time to #TryAlpha!
  • Men's Wednesday Morning Bible Study will start a 10 week study of portions of Genesis on Wednesday, October 7, from 7 - 8:15am in 232.  All Trinity men are invited, coffee and donuts are provided.  Call Marv McMillan (335-2069) for more information.
Looking for a course, Bible study or Sunday school class? Look no further than the Adult Ministry page
Music & Worship Arts
  • The Gainesville Choral Festival, featuring adult choirs from Trinity and 4 other Gainesville Churches, will be held at Trinity on Sunday, September 27, at 5:00pm in the Worship Center. Former Chancel Choir Director, Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi, will be our guest conductor. Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of great music!
For more information about joining a choir, volunteering and more, visit the Music page.
Caring & Support
  • It's not too late to join our Stephen Ministry Training class.  If you feel that God is calling you to become a part of this caring ministry, please call Lynn Cunningham at 372-1027.  Some of the topics that we will cover in the training include listening, assertiveness, confidentiality, and ministering to people in specific situations, such as divorce, illness, and grief.  Stephen Ministers are also trained in how to refer the care receiver for additional help.  We will be meeting in room 222 on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 - 9:00pm.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace.
  • There will be no Dorcas meeting September 22nd.  Look for dates in October. 
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
  • Have you registered yet for the Great Pumpkin Run 5k? Mark your calendar for October 4th at 6pm, register by September 23 to get a shirt. Come and join us to support Youth Missions!!
  • Bus Driver Substitute's Needed: We are looking for individuals to be added to our substitute list for bus driving.  We will train you on the bus and the route for Sunday mornings.  We typically need drivers on Sunday morning or the first Friday of the month.  If you are interested or need more information please contact Susan Kovi (416-3039).
  • Are you interested in joining Trinity? If you want to learn more, 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, Trinity and what is expected of members. The next Coffee with the Pastors' is October 11 at 9:40 am in room 222.  Register online or email Carmen.  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 in 222 on Monday, October 5th. 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 regiser, call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at 333-3036.

Bible Studies
  • Women Growing in Faith, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, E232
  • Tuesday Morning Moms, 9:30-11:30 am, E203
  • Men's Prayer and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7:00 am, E232
  • Wednesday Morning Pastor's Bible Study, 9:15 am, Chapel
  • Thursday Morning Bible Study, 10:30 am, E226
  • Weekly Prayer Group, Thursdays, 7:00 pm, 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 Midge Wigington, who turns 95 today; Virginia Walker, who turns 91 on September 23; and Catherine Peters, Eileen King and William Sistrunk, who will all celebrate their 91st birthdays on September 26th.

If you are celebrating your 80th or 90+ birthday and would like it announced in the Tuesday Word and/or the bulletin, contact Kelly Ping
Altar Flowers

This week's altar flowers are given in Honor and Recognition of my 99-year old aunt, Ramona Syverson, in Arizona. ~ Jim & Pam Ivey and Marcia, Ramona & Kyndra Monroe

If you would like to place flowers on the Altar in honor or in memory of a loved one please contact Shannon.
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