Tuesday Word
October 7 , 2015

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Worship: Sundays @ 8:15 am, 9:40 am, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Dear Friends,

Amazing!  Yes, it was amazing that this past Sunday 150 children in Malawi were sponsored through World Vision - that brings Trinity's sponsorship to around 350, which will forever impact those children's lives and lift the community in which they live.  It would be great if we could reach our goal of 400, or 50 more; see Rev. Aaron's note below on how to sponsor.

Amazing, too, that Trinity's support locally for Kids Count is also strong.  Kids Count was our mission box this past Sunday; such great things happening there.

Let's not forget the more than 130 people that came out Sunday night and walked/ran 3.1 miles at our 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Run to raise over $1,500 for our Youth Missions.

I'm looking forward to our "Blessing of the Animals" tomorrow night - Wednesday, at 5pm and again at 6:30.  Bring your pets to the area near the new Welcome Center.  Speaking of blessings and animals, on Sunday morning, in the chapel at 10am, our 2nd graders and their families had a special time of Holy Communion - both in explanation and experience.  Just as we finished sharing, a tiny, very young fawn appeared just outside the chapel walls.  It was so neat.

Also, tomorrow night the District Superintendent from Cuba, the area where our sister church is, will be with us for dinner, where he will say a few words, and then meet with all persons interested in learning more at 6:30pm in the Education Building.  On future Wed evenings, we have two very special programs, so mark your calendars:
  1. October 21 - Dr. Matthew Jacobs returns to speak on The Crisis in Syria
  2. October 28 - Dr. Jacob Tillman, a Pharmacist, will speak on Safety with Medications
This Sunday, I'll be preaching on the question many of you have been asking since the tragic shooting in Oregon last week, as to whether you/we should affirm our own faith in Christ in such a terrible setting.

Financially, September was both a good month and an expensive month, as we had major expenditures in kitchen replacements, playground mulch, carpet replacement in the children's wing of the Education Bldg, and the new sidewalk from the chapel to the Atrium, resulting in a Y-T-D shortfall of $20,000.  A strong third quarter will make that up and more, we trust.

One more "amazing" thing: the Gators' jump in the polls from 25 to 11- that's amazing, and exciting and thrilling.  We wish them well as they head to Missouri.

Love and prayers, Dan

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Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson     
7 | Blessing of the Animals service, Worship Center, 5 & 6:30pm
9 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30pm (register by 10/7)
11 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40am, 222
11 | Order of St. Luke Healing Service, 9:40, Chapel
11 | Family Promise Fundraiser, 4-7pm, First Magnitude
11 - 17 | Family Promise Families on Campus

A Message from Rev. Aaron
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I am still in awe of the movement of God in our World Communion Sunday services this past week. Amazing. I am so grateful to our worship team for the hard work that went into preparing the space so beautifully and the incredible music that was sung in Zulu and Swahili. I am also grateful to all of YOU for rising up and sponsoring 150 more children in Nkhoma/Chilenje, Malawi! It was such a special day. If you missed worship this week, you can watch the service online.

I also want you to know that is not too late to join the work of God in Malawi by sponsoring a child through World Vision. We have 50 child sponsorship forms remaining and for less than $40 per month, you too can change hearts and lives in Malawi. If you are interested, please contact Ted Grueser.

I'm looking forward to preaching at the 6:35 service this week, when we will continue with our series on the Sermon on the Mount. And, in case you were wondering, I've been too busy to write the next installment on my blog about Y-Malawi but will be catching up very soon. Have a great week.

Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),
  • This week's Mission Box supports Called to Action.  Called to Action's mission is to provide our local and global community with opportunities and resources to compassionately support, empower, and transform disadvantaged families and individuals in meeting their basic needs.  Many at Trinity have had the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the projects Called to Action focus on, with the packaging and shipping of food globally, building and repairing homes and directly feed hot meals to people in need.
  • You Don't Want To Miss This!  Jose Ramon, Superintendent of the Spiriti Sanctus District will be here tomorrow, October 7th.  At 6:30 in room 204 we will have an opportunity to hear him speak and share about what's going on in Cuba and the growth that is taking place in the Methodist Church.
  • 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.
  • FamilyPromiseFamiliesVolunteers 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 hosted a community building group Monday.  After the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston, a small group came together to talk about community building and racial reconciliation locally.  The group includes pastors, SWAG leadership, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding leadership, law enforcement leadership, and others active in the community.  At this meeting, the group shared powerful personal stories and began to focus on roles to play in the community that are not being served by others.
  • Thanks to Ben Haines and the Crosstrainers group, Caren and Caitlin Rowe and the Girls on the Run group, Erica Watson, Linda Kilmer, and Nanette Carnes for doing all the work to pull together really neat personal item bags for children in the neighborhood!  These will be much appreciated.
  • Kids Count, the after school program serving K - 3rd grade, is serving 20 children daily, volunteers are very welcome.  Stop Now & Plan program (SNAP), the 13 week, early intervention program for elementary students and their parents, meets on Tuesday evenings.
  • Facility improvements continue.  The new stage is coming along, with (hopefully) the electrical installation this week.  We're looking into ways to improve acoustics in the main building and we'll complete the installation of the new smart board projection system as well.
  • Know someone interested in Girl Scouts?  We're excited that Faith Mission will be hosting a new Girl Scout troop on Sundays, 2 - 3:30pm, beginning October 11.  This new troop is recruiting members and it welcomes adult, college, and high school volunteers who would be interested in leading fun & exciting activities.  Volunteers are required to complete a background screening ($6) and become a registered member of GSUSA ($15).  Please contact Susan Patrick (244-9675), for more information on both joining the troop or volunteering.
  • Have some great children's books at home?  This is the last week we're gathering 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 Trinity.  Books will be collected until October 11.
  • Do you have 30 minutes to be an "encourager" for a Rawlings Elementary student?  Spending time once a week with a young student who needs encouragement can have a huge impact, and the mentoring program at Rawlings will kick off with an orientation at the school (3500 NE 15th St) this Thursday, 10 - 10:30am.  Please email me for details if you are interested or know someone who would be great serving in this way.
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:
    • 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
  • We had over 130 runners turn out for Sunday night's Pumpkin Run 5k!  It was a gorgeous day full of family fun, a supportive race community, and a little sweat. We raised around $1500 for our yoots missions!
  • Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the pumpkin patch by volunteering, purchasing pumpkins, posting pictures on your social media, and just all around being amazing.  We are off to a great start this year and we couldn't do it without you!
  • Our Salt & Light Night for October is this Sunday the 11th, from 5:30-7:30pm.  Our topic for the night is "Oh Snap, Jesus sticks it to the man."  We have a guest worship leader:  Rev. Aaron!  Bring a friend and $3 for one of Franny's delicious dinners.
  • The Great Pumpkin Harvest featuring Trunk N Treat is right around the corner on October 25th from 4-7pm, the more trunks the merrier!  Sign up with your friends and let us know if you'd like to be next to each other, we will reserve spots for you!
  • Mark your calendars for the 18th to unload just a few more pumpkins for the patch... c'mon, it's a good workout for a great cause!
Want more? Visit the Yoots website
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing

Upcoming October dates:
  • 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!   
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.
We have activities for kids of ALL ages, visit the Sports Ministry page!   
Adult Ministry
  • Wednesday Night Dinners are 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. This week's menu is a free spaghetti dinner!
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Deciphering 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.
  • 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.
Looking for a course, Bible study or Sunday school class? Look no further than the Adult Ministry page
Caring & Support
  • The Order of St. Luke Healing Service will be held on October 11th at 9:40am in the Chapel. Dr. Don Armstrong, retired professor from the UF College of Medicine, will speak on the amazing, well-documented healing of his dear friend who had multiple cancers and is now cancer free. Come hear this astounding account of God's healing and pray for those you know who are in need of healing, and pray for yourself. Prayer is powerful.
  • 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! We will meet Thursday, October 15th at 5:30 in the prayer group 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.
  • 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 - 9:00.
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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • There will be a special presentation at St. Augustine Catholic Church, tonight, October 6, at 8pm, by Dale Recinella, Death Row Chaplain, about his 25 years in prison ministry and what he has learned about the death penalty.
  • 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.

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 Wright and Paula Maurer and families on the recent passing of their mother, Shirley Wright on September 28.

Happy birthday to Frank DeNuzzo, who turns 80 tomorrow, October 7; and to Richard Cook, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on October 8.

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 flowers are given by Kathy Post and Carter & Karley Post, In loving Memory of James & Vivian Nolan.

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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