Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
November 10, 2015

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

Thank you.  We're off to a great start in reaching our 2016 budget goal, as you can see from the thermometer below - already over 1/3 of the way home!

Several of you brought your "estimate of giving" card to church this past Sunday.  If you didn't, would you please bring it Sunday, mail it in, contact Laura, or fill it out online? Otherwise, we will need to send another card and letter to everyone we haven't heard from in a couple of weeks.  

I know we are all grateful (a) for our young families and the great videos they are producing, (b) those who are taking and providing the great photos - you have one more Sunday to get yours taken, (c) the finance committee for stewarding carefully and wisely your gifts (for year-to-date through October, our expenses are only $1,334 over income (that is amazing!), and (d) the call of Christ on our lives to "Go and make Disciples!" and be a part of the most compelling purpose and vision, one with eternal dimensions!  Thanks.  Your gifts absolutely do make a difference!

Love and Prayers,
Dan

Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau

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13 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30pm (RSVP by 11/11)
15 | Life South Blood Drive, 8:30am - 12:30pm
15 | Pledge Card Sunday
18 | Surviving the Holidays, 7-8:30pm, 209
19 | Thanksgiving Basket Food drop-off days end
19 | Thanksgiving Basket packaging begins (Sign-up)
21 | Fresh Expressions Vision Day, 9:30 - 3:30, Worship Center 
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends,
Several things this week:
  • I'd like to thank Russ Crowder for taking the photographs for our 2015 Fall Focus on Generosity this past Sunday. I processed the photos for another 70 of you today and I know you won't be disappointed.The photos will be on a table in the back of the Worship Center for you to pick up this Sunday. Also, as Dan already mentioned, if you haven't yet had your photograph taken, this will be the last Sunday!
  • I'm really looking forward to this week's 6:35 service on Wednesday in the Chapel. We will have special guest speakers, some elements to help us close out the time we've spent on the Sermon on the Mount over the past several weeks, and I will have the privilege to lead music! See you there!
  • FreshExpressionsI hope you'll consider joining me for something really exciting on November 21st. Trinity is one of four churches in the Florida Conference hosting a "Fresh Expressions Vision Day" from 9:30 to 3:30. Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world.  Begun in England nearly 10 years ago, it has resulted in the birth of over 3,000 new communities in the UK alone.  Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; and it is now taking shape in the US. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God's people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our post-Christian society. Because of Bishop Ken Carter's enthusiasm for Fresh Expressions, and through support from the Florida Conference, the discounted cost for this event is only $10 (includes lunch and materials). It's going to be a great event! Register here and if you have any questions, please email me.
  • You might remember that last year I encouraged you to sign up to receive Advent devotionals from LEC Family. My wife, Lenora, and I are contributors this year (along with many others) and would love to have you join us for this special time. You can sign up to receive the devotionals here.
  • Finally, speaking of Lenora, if you happen to see her, please welcome her to Trinity's staff. She has joined us part-time to partner with Rosemary Davis and Pat Kilby in Parish Visitation. Also, tell her, "Congratulations!" She received notification over the weekend that she has been granted an interview with the Board of Ordained Ministry in January, when they will consider her application for Provisional Elder.
Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),
Aaron
Missions
Ted Grueser
  • This week's mission box supports Smile Train, an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to cleft lip and palate. Cleft repair surgery is simple and the life changing transformation is immediate. Their sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery in their communities.
  • TOTE A TURKEY to CHURCH days are November 15 - 22. Use your new Trinity cloth tote bag to help fill the freezer truck by the worship center with enough turkeys for all 1,100 Thanksgiving Baskets! Don't have a bag yet? Stop by reception or the back of the Worship Center to pick one up. Food drop off days will be weekdays through November 19 from 10am - 4pm.  Together we can give families in need something to be thankful for. Sign up to help package!
  • A community needs your help! January 17-23 Trinity will be taking a 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. There are limited spots available so act fast.  We will have a short info meeting November 15 after the 11:00 service in the Missions office.  There are scholarships available so don't let money stop you from taking advantage of God using you in the world.
  • On Tuesdays in November we will offer a yummy baked potato lunch in the Atrium kitchen from 11:30am-1pm to support Family Promise. Bring one of the listed items or a $5 donation in exchange for a baked potato with all the fix'ins (deodorant, razors, shower gel, lotion, toothpaste, basic meds {otc Tylenol for kids, tummy trouble meds and tylenol for adults}, bath towels or wash cloths). 
Faith Mission
  • John Perkins is one of the founders of Christian community development and his decades of work with Mississippi families in poverty has influenced many.  At 85, Dr. Perkins is still going strong and in January he will bring his Gospel message of strengthening families and communities to Gainesville for a special event organized by Greenhouse Church.  More info will come as the event details are made public.
  • This week with Faith Mission the Kids Count after school program will be in session each day except Veterans Day, and the schedule will be the same for the new mentors for Rawlings students.  The Stop Now & Plan early intervention program for boys and their parents will be in session Tuesday evening.  On Friday we'll have the first Kids Count and Stop Now & Plan family meal gathering that we hope to become a monthly event.  Please keep the children and families in these programs in your prayers.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • THANKS to all of our wonderful families who sponsored a total of 130 Guardian ad Litem children!
  • Our Family Advent Festival is December 2nd from 5:30-7:15. Join us for a special evening of dinner, crafts, caroling, Chrismons and cookies!  Reserve your dinner tickets online for the delicious family friendly dinner! (0-5-Free; Children: $3; Adults: $5; Family Cap: $16).
  • Mark your calendars for additional events.  Visit the bulletin board outside of the CMT Office or our website for more details:
    • 13 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Please register by November 11
    • 15 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45 am; Live Nativity Sign up begins; Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Brunch, 9:40 & 11am
    • December 2 | Family Advent Festival
    • 5 | Sonlight breakfast with Santa
    • 11 | Parent's Night Out
    • 16 | Live Nativity, 5:30 - 7:30
    • 24 | Children's Christmas Eve Service, 5pm
    • 27 | 1 Family Friendly Service, 9:40 (No Sunday School/Childcare)
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • We would love for you to join us for any or all of our Veteran's Day plans tomorrow.  We will be going to the Annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Veteran's Memorial in Kanapaha Park.  The Celebration starts at 9:30am, the program begins at 10:15.  We will get there just a few minutes before 10am, bring a lawn chair of your own.  Click here for a link to the program.  Afterwards we will go grab a quick lunch at Moe's so we can catch the 12:45 showing of the movie "Woodlawn" at the Regal Theater on Newberry Road.  Pick up will be at the theater at 3pm.  Bring lunch and movie money, and we will buy the popcorn.  Parents and Siblings are welcome to join us.  If you need a ride from the park to the Moes and a movie please let us know ahead of time so that we are sure to have room in the vehicles for you.
  • This Sunday at UMYF we will have our annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!  This tradition has quickly become a holiday favorite.  The youth staff provides the main course, and the youth each bring in a favorite Thanksgiving side dish to share.  So start practicing those recipes!  After we eat we will go out and collect canned goods for Trinity's Thanksgiving Baskets and return to sort them.  We will go from 5:30-8:30 and youth either bring a side dish or $3 for dinner (but we prefer the side dish).
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing
  • Sonlight is selling pies again to raise money for our 2016 Tour! You can choose from apple or pumpkin pies. All will come frozen and are $12. You can order and pay online, or see a Sonlight member in the back of the Worship Center. Payment is due at time of ordering. Orders due by November 19, pick up on November 22.
  • SantaSonlight is hosting Breakfast with Santa! All children up to 5th grade are invited to join Sonlight on December 5 from 8:30-11am in the Youth Building. Santa will be there with his sleigh along with some cheerful elves and reindeer! For more information or to make your reservation, please visit our website.
Please see our web page for more information.
Adult Ministries
David Leonard
  • Women Growing in Faith (Tuesdays; 6:30 - 8:30pm; E232) begins an Advent study November 17 called Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected by Jessica LaGrone.  Members books are $10.
  • Dr. Randy Sherwood is leading a workshop on practical mindfulness meditation on Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm; 203/204 through December 2. The workshop is $10/session/household.  Click HERE to register and pay for the class, you may also pay in class.
  • District UMW Meeting, Growing in Blessedness. 9am in the Worship Center, all are welcome.
Sports
Ben Haines
  • Upward Basketball & Cheerleading registration is open until December 11. Forms are available at the reception desk, at all evaluations, or online.
  • Order your fresh Frasier Fir Christmas Tree from Sports Ministry now!  The trees are delivered fresh from Virginia and are available for pick up or delivery.  Order online or find a form at the front desk. Don't wait! All proceeds benefit Sports Ministry.  Deadline to order is November 22!
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support Group meets on November 19 at 5:30pm in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. This month we will be discussing God Visits and Visions, Hearing His Voice and Receiving His Messages! All cancer patients, family members, friends and cancer survivors are welcome at our meetings. For more information, call Marcey 331-2960 or Margie 386-462-9592.
  • holidaysHave you recently lost a loved one and are having trouble facing the upcoming holiday season? Let us help you get through the holidays. Our church will hold a 1 night session called "Surviving the Holidays," on November 18, from 7 - 8:30pm in 209, led by Stephen Ministers. This group will use the Griefshare materials, which will include a video, discussion, and helpful handouts for all participants.  Anyone feeling this need is invited to come.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
Facilities
Susan Kovi
  • If your group currently meets at Trinity and you have not already scheduled your group for 2016 please contact Susan to reserve your room.  Room reservations are not automatic and must be redone each year.
Foundation
Laura Richardson
  • Trinity Foundation is accepting applications for funding now through December 2, requests will be considered at the December 10 meeting. Your application should include how funds will be used and how the organization adheres to the principles & goals of Trinity. All applications should be sent to Laura Richardson, Foundation administer. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Burger.
General Announcements
  • AdventAdvent Devotionals needed! This year's theme is, "Come and Worship the Newborn King." Please send your 250 word devotional including scripture, title, and a short prayer to Jim Cook no later than November 17.  Some helpful ideas to consider in your writing:
    • what it means to to "come and worship" the Christ Child
    • how you experience a sense of worship of God, of Jesus
    • what worshiping Christ means in your daily life
    • what worship here at Trinity means to you
  • Don't forget to visit the Fall Art Show on display now on the second floor of the Education Building.  This invitational show features our own John Webster, Linda Bryant, Alice Wallis, and Jean Pearson. The show illustrates how art is everywhere and Trinity has some of the best creators.
  • If you would like to join Trinity, the way to do it is through Coffee with the Pastors. It is a casual gathering in which you'll learn more about the United Methodist Church, who we are at Trinity, and what is expected of members.  The next Coffee with the Pastors will be December 6 at 9:40am in 222. Please register online, or email Carmen.
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 Susan King and family on the passing of her husband, Malcolm King on November 5;  and to Shelley Russell, Jacqueline Wright and family on the passing of their mother, Pat Detweiler on November 4. 

Happy Birthday to Bob Peart, who turns 90 on November 11, and to Cliff Kinsey, also turning 90 on November 12.  Jean Warner celebrates her 80th birthday on November 13, and Edith Gatsche will be 97 on November 14.
Altar Flowers
 
This week's Altar flowers are given by Mike & Bev Browning, who would like to say thank you so much to everyone for your love, support and prayers.  They are doing so well!

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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