Tuesday Word
September 29, 2015

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Worship: Sundays @ 8:15 am, 9:40 am, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Dear Friends, if for some reason you didn't receive a hard copy letter last week announcing my retirement this coming June, you can access it here. Jan and I are very grateful for your heartfelt best wishes and memories shared, and also your shared belief and conviction that Trinity will do this transition well and be "stronger than ever" in the years ahead!

I'm going to be leading a "Blessing of the Animals" service NEXT Wednesday evening, October 7, which is near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Bring your dogs, cats, snakes, turtles, etc; there will be two time slots:  5:00 - 5:30 (right before the free spaghetti dinner) and 6:30 - 7:00, right after - and it will all take place in the grassy area between the new welcome center and the parking lot.  This will be a special time for all animal lovers!

Did you know you can save and build a child's life for $35 a month?  See Rev. Aaron's article below for more info on this, but this Sunday you have the opportunity to join 200 other Trinity members in sponsoring a child in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, through one of the most reputable Christian humanitarian organizations in the world:  World Vision.  What a joyous way to celebrate World Communion Sunday - I'll see you in church!

The engraved bricks in the new Welcome Center were such a big hit, that we're needing to make a second offering.  You can order yours online now, but don't wait too long; this opportunity will only go through the month of October, and there won't be another chance for a very long time.

Oh, one more thing, if you've ever thought of going to ALERT (Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement Together) - this Friday would be a great time to visit, as the speaker will talk about "Uber" - the new transportation opportunity for seniors, which has the potential to be a huge help to many.  ALERT is Friday, October 2 at 10:30am for Bible Study and 11:45am for lunch, please call the receptionist at 376.6615 to make your reservation.  

You're the Best!  Love and prayers, Dan

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Kimberly Webster
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau    
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
7 | Blessing of the Animals service, Worship Center, 5 & 7pm
9 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30pm (register by 10/7)
11 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40am, 222
11 | Family Promise Fundraiser, 4-7pm, First Magnitude

AaronA Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends, I leave today for the Bethany Center in Lutz, FL, for my final retreat with the 2015 Courage to Lead cohort. This program has been a life-giving experience for which I have been so grateful to participate. Please pray for me and my colleagues as we gather for our last time together.
  • John and Kimberly Webster will be leading this week's 6:35 service. They always do such a great job - you won't want to miss it! We'll pick up again next week with our series on the Sermon on the Mount.
  • My latest blog on Malawi is up.
  • I am looking forward to preaching this weekend and celebrating World Communion Sunday with you. My sermon is titled "One In Ministry to All the World" on John 17:20-23 (MSG). Celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion, knowing that our Christian brothers and sisters around the world are joined with us, is always special. However, this year I believe it will feel particularly special for me as I reflect on my experience in Malawi and the power and vital importance of Christian unity in fulfilling the mission of God in our world. John Gash, President of Y-Malawi, and his wife Lori are flying in from California to join us, as a show of their unity with us and to encourage us in our goal of securing an additional 100 child sponsorships through World Vision and their efforts in Nkhoma (a child sponsorship is only $35/month). I invite you to join me in prayer throughout the rest of the week for this special Sunday. Come Holy Spirit!
Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),
  • This week's Mission Box supports Kids Count of Alachua County, which provides an opportunity for students who need extra support in the community to succeed in school and life.  Kids Count programs support the whole-child and focus on three main areas; academics, social skill development and enrichment.  They currently have two program sites, and each program is led by staff and supported by volunteers.
  • We Need Your Help: The Second Bethlehem Baptist Association and the North Central District is gathering shoes for Haiti. There are many needing shoes, sharing what you have will make a difference. Our goal is 10,000 pairs of slightly used girls, boys, women & men's shoes, all types & sizes. We are accepting donations shoes until October 15th. Please package two pairs in a plastic grocery type bag, tying the handles (NO shoe boxes please).
  • Don't forget this Saturday is the Fall Missions Yard Sale from 7am - noon. 2 tables for $25.
  • Are You Available?  We are looking for drivers that can drive our bus for Acorn Clinic.  If you would be interested please contact the missions office.
  • 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.
  • MOMMY READS is collecting full size toiletry items (please, no sample sizes) during October for the inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution. There are many inmates that cannot afford these items. Bring any or all of these items to the front desk or contact Beth Haines. Items needed: shampoo/conditioner, body wash, bar soap, stick deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes and powder.
  • Volunteers needed! Three homeless families will be making their home at Trinity From October 11-17.  Help to make this a welcoming place for these children and their parents by hosting an evening and/or overnight or during the day on Sunday, October 11 or Saturday, October 17.  Other opportunities are setting up , taking down, kitchen help, or doing laundry at the end of the week. How can you help?  Contact Marilyn Clugston.
Find more opportunities to serve on the Missions page
Faith Mission
Faith Mission is learning from organizations and churches that have great experience in community development work.  Last week Mae Griner, Johnnie Dennard, and I had the pleasure of meeting with both St. Luke's UMC and South Street Ministry in Orlando, listening to their stories and gaining insight from how each works in their respective neighborhoods.  It was a great time of sharing and learning about the challenges and the wonderful impact of community development.  The importance of training (using courses such as the Cost of Poverty Experience and Dignity Serves), identifying impactful programs such as the Circle Campaign (www.st.lukes.org/circles), and hearing St. Luke's and South Street's perspectives on what it means to truly walk alongside our neighbors were just a few of the highlights from our meetings.  

A few updates for his week -
  • We're meeting with Alachua County School System leadership to learn more about the new Parent Academy being organized and the potential kinds of roles that Faith Mission might play.  While programs for parents will be offered around the county, the Parent Academy will be housed just across the street from Faith Mission at the Fearnside Center.
  • Volunteers will be supporting the Dads Bring Your Child to School Day on Wednesday at Rawlings Elementary.  Last year's event went well and this year promises to be even better in helping fathers feel welcome and connected with their children's school.
  • Have some great children's books at home?  We're continuing to gather gently used books for children from pre-school to middle school for the small library at Village Green Apartments.  If you would like to donate, please bring your books either to Faith Mission (a box is set up in the breezeway) or to the reception desk at Trinity.  Books will be collected until October 11.
  • Do you have 30 minutes to be an "encourager" for a Rawlings Elementary student? Having lunch once a week with a young student who needs encouragement can have a huge impact - 
    • The child is 50% less likely to skip a day of school.  #SchoolEveryDay
    • The child is 55% more likely to aspire for college.   #MotivateForCareer
    • The child is 130% more likely to lead in a sport or club.   #BuildingLeadership
    • The program will begin the week of October 5 - please email me for details if you are interested or know someone who would be great at this. 
Want to get involved? Visit the Faith Mission webpage
Children's Ministry
  • Mark your calendars for our upcoming events in October.  Visit the bulletin board outside of the Children's Ministries Office (room 108) or our website for more details:
    • 4 | 2nd Graders-Communion Celebration, 9:40am (more information)
    • 4 | Trinity 's Great Pumpkin Run (Register)
    • 5 | Advent Festival Craft Planning, 10am (more information)
    • 9 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30pm (RSVP by 10/7)
    • 18 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45 am
    • 25 | Great Pumpkin Harvest featuring Trunk and Treat, 4-7pm.  We are accepting CANDY donations for the event!  Place in the orange bucket outside the CMT office, room 108.

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

Youth Ministry
  • Please come unload a semi truck load of pumpkins!  The truck arrives Wednesday afternoon and we are meeting at 5:30pm for dinner and unloading.  Students and their parents start earning pumpkin patch shift hours that night, so be sure to be there and sign in!
  • Pumpkin patch opens on Thursday!  Sign up for shifts by joining the pumpkin patch group on MyTrinity and check our 'needs' tab!
  • It's not too late for a late registration to our 5K this Sunday night!  3.1 miles of walking, running, skipping, jumping, whatever you want to do, just come do it!  Register now!!
  • We need you and your trunks for our annual Great Pumpkin Harvest and Trunk N Treat on October 25th!  Do it for the kids in the adorable costumes.  E-mail us to reserve a parking spot!
Want more? Visit the Yoots website
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing

Upcoming October dates:
  • 3 - Fundraiser: Sonlight car wash, Trinity parking lot, 8am-12pm (sign-up)
  • 4 - Bake sale at all services (sign-up); 9am in the choir room; rehearsal 3-5pm
  • 6 - Parent Fundraising Meeting - 7pm in room 224 (all parents welcome)
  • 11 - 9am in choir room; officers meeting at 2:15pm; rehearsal 3-5:30pm
  • 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

Here's our Sonlight YouTube channel that's got all our upcoming music!   

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.
  • 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.
  • Family Business Sunday School class (11am; 203) will begin reading What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell on October 11.  Books are available at the Trinity Bookstore for $15.
  • ALERT (Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement) is a nondenominational luncheon and program event for seniors that meets this Friday, October 2, 11:45 am, in Worship Center B.  It features a presentation on the city's new Uber program for seniors.  Come early for Bible study in the Worship Center at 10:30 am.
  • Interested in helping with a weekly devotional at an Alzheimer's facility?  Contact David Leonard.
  • Your last chance to join us for the Evelyn Laycock Bible Study at Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons, Georgia, is TOMORROW (Wednesday).  "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go" is the theme for the preacher, Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.  The teacher is Dr. Jim Fleming, former director of the World of the Bible Archaeological Museum and Pilgrim Center in Jerusalem.  He will show how the history and culture of the ancient Biblical world shape our understanding of God.  Contact David Leonard at 321-266-2151 if you are interested.

Looking for a course, Bible study or Sunday school class? Look no further than the Adult Ministry 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.
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
  • Welcome Trinity's newest members into Full Membership: Jon and Alison Cannon, Lori Helena, Richard and Shelia Koon, Colby Lowe and April Anne Peebles. Baptized Members: Daniel Bajorek, Abigail Ryeun-Gree Belgrade, Cate Cannon, Elizabeth Cannon, Isabella Koon and Mason Koon. We look forward to growing together with you on this journey we call knowing, loving, and serving God. When you see them, reach out and welcome them to Trinity.
  • 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.
  • Have you registered yet for the Great Pumpkin Run 5k? It's not too late! Mark your calendar for October 4th at 6pm. Come and join us to support Youth Missions!!
  • VoicesforKidsBe part of the community response to family homelessness! Attend Voices For Kids, a benefit for Family Promise, at First Magnitude Brewing Company on October 11th from 4-7 PM.  There will be face painting, balloon making, a live band, bounce house and food truck.  For a suggested donation of $15 each guest receives a pour of craft beer and a raffle ticket for great door prizes.  First Magnitude is located in Gainesville at 1220 SE Veitch Street.
  • 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 5. 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, 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 

Christian Love & Sympathy is extended to Mark Lister and family on the recent passing of his father, James L. Lister on September 18; to Shirley Waterman and family on the recent passing of her son, Darrell Phillips on September 18; to Pat Dougheny and family in the passing of his sister, Susan Ann Dougheny Voorneveld  on September 21; to JoAnna Hallman and family on the recent passing of her father, J.D. Gillman on September 23; to Wayne Mishoe and family on the recent passing of his wife, Nancy Priddy Mishoe on September 24; and to Helen Tenney and family on the recent passing of her husband, Rev. Tom Tenney on September 24.

Happy Birthday to Donna Hickson and Harold Blalack, who are both turning 90 today; Dot Arft who turns 92 tomorrow; and Shirley Shields and Doug Zant who will both celebrate their 80th birthday on October 1.

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 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 Shannon.
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