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Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
October 13, 2015
Dear Friends,

I'm very excited about our "Fall Focus on Generosity" and the amazing team God has brought together!  You'll hear from each of them throughout the next six weeks.  They are all young, they all believe in Trinity and the work of Christ, and the future.  Our theme is "Stronger Than Ever" - and that's what all of us want Trinity to be, and we will support that vision with our "prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness."  Here's the wonderful logo our team has developed.  Let's make the rope/bonds of love supporting each other and our children "stronger than ever" with our generosity!

I'm not sure anyone can discern what's going on in Syria or what a wise plan there would look like, but if anyone can, it's our very own Dr. Matthew Jacobs, a professor at UF whose expertise is US Policy and the Middle East. His talk this past Spring on ISIS was informative, brilliant and engaging. You won't want to miss his talk NEXT Wednesday, October 21 at 6:45. Because of the immense relevance and timing of his talk, we believe the crowd will be so large that we will hold it in the Worship Center - and plan to come earlier for our scrumptious Wednesday night dinner, which begins at 5:30.  

On Wednesday, October 28, Trinity member, Dr. Jacob Tillman will give an important talk on Medications and Safety. Also starting October 28 and running for six weeks, Dr. Randy Sherwood will lead six sessions on Mindfulness and Meditation.  This is always a very popular course/experience, so plan on the six weeks, excepting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  

Don't delay any further - order your brick engraving today.  Don't do like so many did last time; they waited too long to get their engraved brick ordered to be placed in the Welcome Center. You have until the end of October.  Each brick is $100.  Email Shannon or order online.

If you would like to go to Cuba in February or learn more about the trip, you need to let Ted know by the end of this month.

Love and Prayers, Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson

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Upcoming Events
15 | Sonlight Spirit Night, BJ's, 5-8pm
20 |
Family Promise Fundraiser, BJ's, 11am - 11pm
21 |
Deciphering the Riddle of Syria and the Refugee Crisis, 6:45pm, Worship Center
21 | Symposium to end sex trafficking, Sante Fe, 7 - 8:30pm
25 | Welcome Center Dedication
25 | Great Pumpkin Harvest, Trunk & Treat, 4 - 7pm  
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends, after being out of the office a lot the past couple of weeks, I finally had time to write the next installment on my blog about Malawi. You can read it here. I am still celebrating that you have sponsored more than 150 additional children through World Vision in Nkhoma/Chilenje...hearts and lives will be changed because of your financial support! Ted still has a few forms left if you are interested in joining the cause.

I'm also looking forward to continuing our sermon series at the 6:35 service this Wednesday on the Sermon on the Mount. We will be discussing "Hindrances to Holiness" and Matthew 7:1-12. Hope to see you there!

Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),
  • This week's Mission Box is for Family Promise.  Family Promise of Gainesville (FPG), formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Gainesville (IHN) is a nonprofit organization created to provide shelter and comprehensive support for homeless families with children.  Their goal is to mobilize community resources and local congregations to provide compassionate care, shelter, meals and case management to homeless children & their families.  
  • It's that time of year again, time to start thinking about Thanksgiving Baskets.  This year we need your support to make sure no family in need goes without a Thanksgiving Meal. You can get involved by organizing a food drive or making a donation!  Food drop off days will be November 2nd - 19th from 10am - 4pm..  Together we can give families in need something to be thankful for.
  • A community needs your help!  January 17-23 Trinity will be taking a mission team to El Salvador to drill a well with Living Water.  If you are interested in being a part of this great opportunity please contact Ted or sign up online.
  • familypromisebjJoin other Family Promise supporters for a delicious way to raise money.  Eat at BJ's Restaurant on October 20th, anytime 11am - 11pm. BJ's will donate 15% of your sale to Family Promise, valid for dine in or take out. This flyer is REQUIRED! Be part of the community response to family homelessness!
Faith Mission

Faith Mission is a community development initiative, indicating that our long term goal is serving in a way that enhances the well-being of all residents in the neighborhood.  People who've worked in community development for many years use phrases like: "walking alongside our neighbors" - in other words, serving but not running ahead of people who live and work in the neighborhood; "strategic neighboring" - being present, day in and day out, so lasting relationships and mutual understanding can be formed; and "leading from the back" - saying yes to bringing new capacity (perhaps skills or resources) but saying no to bringing preconceived solutions to challenges not yet understood. So community development work can sometimes seem counter-intuitive, but that's akin to faith, isn't it?
  • Faith Mission is hosting a new Girl Scout troop on Sundays from 2 - 3:30pm.  Meeting dates are October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6, and December 20.  This new troop is recruiting members and it welcomes all K-12th grade girls who are interested!  Please contact Susan Patrick (352-244-9675).
  • Do you have 30 minutes to be an "encourager" for a Rawlings student?  Spending time once a week with a student who needs encouragement can have a huge impact, and the mentoring program starts October 20.  There are 30 minute time slots during lunch and the after school.  Please email me for details.
  • An opportunity to help children simply by eating! October 14 from 6 - 10pm Sweetberries (505 NW 13th Street) will donate a portion of proceeds to the Kids Count after school program, so stop by to grab supper and support the Kids Count students at the same time!
  • Like cookies?  Need your car washed?  The parents of Kids Count students are holding a fundraiser October 17 from 9:30am - 12:30pm at Faith Mission.  There will be baked goods to purchase and parents and children ready to wash vehicles for donations.  Proceeds will go towards Christmas for families in the neighborhood.  (And if you would like to bring baked goods to donate that would be great --- please bring them to Faith Mission either Friday at 4pm or Saturday at 9:30am)
  • The next Prayer at Faith Mission will be October 15 from 6:30- 7pm.   This is a monthly time of prayer for the neighborhood, individual prayer concerns, and the work of Faith Mission.  All are invited and welcome.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events. Visit the bulletin board outside of the Children's Ministries Office (room 108) or our webpage for more details:
  • 18 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45 am
  • 25 | Great Pumpkin Harvest featuring Trunk & Treat, 4- 7pm.  We are accepting CANDY donations for the event!  Place in the orange bucket outside the CMT office
  • 28 | Last day of CHEERS!
  • November 1 | Sign up to sponsor a Guardian ad Litem child in the Worship Center between services
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • More pumpkins are coming! Please join us on Sunday night for free pizza and a much smaller truck unloading party!  Meet out at the patch at 5:30pm, we promise it won't take as long this time!
  • Sign up for a trunk for Trunk and Treat!  The more the merrier, and you can do it with your friends, just let us know that you want to be next to them. You get to have a good time, greet the community, see adorable costumes, and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing


SonlightUpcoming October dates:

  • 15 | Spirit Night: BJ's Restaurant 5-8pm - Must present flyer to server!
  • 16 | Fundraiser: Boy Scout Breakfast (details tba - evening commitment)
  • 17 | Fundraiser: Boy Scout Breakfast (details tba - morning commitment)
  • 18 | Sonlight meets at 9am in choir room; rehearsal 3-5:30pm
  • 25 | Sonlight meets at 9am in the choir room; rehearsal 11am-2pm
Adult Ministries
David Leonard
  • Wednesday Night Dinners are still going! 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.
  • Misty Mornings Sunday School class (9:40 am, rm. E207) will begin reading Revival by Adam Hamilton on October 18.  Books are available at the Trinity Bookstore for $11. 
  • syriaDeciphering the Riddle of Syria and the Refugee Crisis: Join us for a presentation by Matthew Jacobs, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida, whose specialty is US Foreign Policy in the Middle East. The presentation will begin at 6:45pm on Wednesday, October 21 in the Worship Center. 
  • UMW will be starting a Missions Study - Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God on Tuesday, October 27 in the Youth Building, from 9am - 1 pm. GCM Donation: Beans and Rice. All are welcome to attend!!
  • The Pharmacists Role in Safe & Effective Medication Use: Jacob Tillmann, Pharm.D., BCPS., Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator for North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System will be giving us an in-depth look at pharmacists and what they do, medication safety and medication use in older adults. This presentation will be at 6:45 on Wednesday, October 28 in 232.
  • Mark your calendars: Women's Event at Trinity, #WomenLivingUnfiltered will be March 12, 2016 from 8am - 1pm.
Ben Haines
  • Upward Basketball & Cheerleading registration is open. Early registration ($99) is open until October 18. Regular registration ($115) is open until December 11. Registration forms are available at Trinity's reception desk and at all evaluations. Please make checks payable to Westside Baptist Church. You may also register online.
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • Come join a team who shares God's love in devotionals with those experiencing Alzheimer's who are in a care facility!  It's a ministry of caring that will bless both them and you.  For more information, contact David Leonard.
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support Group welcomes Cheri Knecht and team from the CTSI Academy of Research Excellence at UF from HealthStreet. They will be offering health intakes for cancer patients and survivors who might be eligible for research studies and new medical advancements at UF.  This is an exceptional opportunity. All are welcome! October 15th, 5:30pm in the prayer room off the Atrium. If we can help, call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace.
General Announcements
  • Sign up for a trunk for Trunk and Treat on October 25!  You get to have a good time, greet the community, see adorable costumes, and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.
  • If you have ordered a name tag, they can be picked up between services at the Welcome Center or at the Reception Desk on weekdays from 9-4.
  • TCR will ride their motorcycles to the Backwoods Smokehouse near Interlachen for lunch on October 17th. We will meet at TUMC at 10:30am, leave at 10:45.  Contact Tom Wallace for more details.
  • symposiumMark your calendars for Wednesday, October 21, 7 - 8:30 pm at the E-Auditorium at Santa Fe. The Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking in partnership with FIGHT Inc., the Junior League of Gainesville, and Santa Fe College is hosting a symposium exploring the fight to end sex trafficking in Alachua County. Sex trafficking is a multi-million dollar industry affecting millions of individuals, particularly women and children. Florida is one of the primary entry points for the many sex trafficking victims brought here illegally from Latin America. The expert panel will include sex trafficking survivor Dr. Brooke Bello, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter, and FDLE Special Agent Jeff Vash. The speakers will share their experiences in the world of human trafficking and offer information on how our community can work to build a safety network of partnerships to identify, rescue, and restore victims of all forms of human trafficking. The event is free and open to the public. Website | Facebook | Twitter
  • Suds for Spuds! Every Tuesday in October the kitchen is hosting a "Suds for Spuds" fundraiser for the Mommy Reads ministry, who has been asked to collect toiletry items for the inmates of Lowell Women's Facility. The Trinity kitchen will offer a baked potato and fix'ins in the Atrium from 11:30 - 1pm in exchange for either a monetary donation of $5 or two full size items from this list: Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Wash, Bar soap, stick deodorant, Toothpaste/toothbrushes, powder.
  • Trinity member, Reeves Byrd, will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course on Thursday, November 5th in 222. This classroom refresher for motorists age 50+ is offered for a modest fee and you do not have to be an AARP member to attend. To register, call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at (352) 333-3036.
  • 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 Sunday, December 6 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.
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

For more information, please contact Kim  

Family Matters
Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to McCall Griggs and family on the passing of her father, Randy Blanchard, on September 27; Jason Frey and family on the passing of his brother, Gregg Andrew Frey, on September 22; and Miriam Alexander Moore, John Franklin Alexander, III, Sarah Warren and Grover Ley Alexander and families on the passing of their mother, Marjorie Alexander on October 9.

If you are celebrating your 80th, 90th or 90+ birthday and would like it announced in the Tuesday Word contact Kelly. 
Altar Flowers
This week's Altar flowers are given by Trudy Bingham in honor of Hal Bingham's 90th birthday.

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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