Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
December 1, 2015

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

I love the glorious season of Advent - the music, the lights, the joy, hope and promise.  My thanks to Jim Cook for editing the wonderful Advent Devotional, "Come and Worship,"  that YOU, the members of Trinity have written.  You can get a hard copy at Church, or receive it as  our Daily Scripture Emails (DSE's) - if you're not signed up for those, you can do so  here. In addition, I'm asking everyone to read the best Life of Christ ever penned - the Gospel of Luke during Advent: One chapter a day, starting today; 24 chapters, completing on Christmas Eve.  Read it as if for the very first time. God will amaze you!

Be sure to read all of this Tuesday Word to learn about all the Advent/Christmas opportunities.  I especially encourage you to plan ahead for the Christmas Concert with combined Choirs and Exaltation Ringers on December 13 at 11:00 worship and then the dinner and concert on December 16 - reserve your tickets for the dinner here.

It seems this notion of retirement is catching on - I just learned from Jim Cook that he, too, will be retiring at the end of December (we will be celebrating the ministries of Jim and Linda Cook, Rev. David and Donna Leonard, and also the dedicated head ushering of Jack and Laura Shaw with a reception on December 13 between services). Here are "words of gratitude" from Jim:

15 years of gratitude sums up much of my feeling about the time I have been able to be a part of the Trinity Staff. The quality and commitment of the staff as a group is so superior. The friendships I have been able to develop within the staff have been a highlight of my time here. Being a staff member has also allowed me to get to know so many in the church family that I would otherwise not know. The sense that we are all focused on accomplishing the same goals of excellence has been inspiring. The variety of involvement I have known during my time here has been wonderful. The great thing is that I will have continued connection both here and at the Conference level beyond retirement. I'm sure the blessings of being a part of Trinity will only continue. That feeling makes me say again, a very sincere, Thank you. Since Linda and I will remain an active part of the Trinity family, I look forward to seeing you at church as usual.
Fondly, Jim

Love and prayers,

Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson

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Upcoming Events
2 | CMT Family Advent Festival, 5:30 - 7:15pm
4 | ALERT Bible Study (10:30), lunch (11:45am)
5 | Sonlight breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11am, Youth Building (email Erin to register)
6 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40am, 222 (Register
6 | Trinity party at Skate Station, sponsored by Alpha. 5-8pm
13 | Christmas Concert, 11am 
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends,

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. Our family sure did. We watched this week's 9:40 service online from my Dad's house - what a beautiful start to Advent! It made me feel an even greater sense of excitement for all that is in store for us this wondrous season! Come thou long expected, Jesus!
  • I finally was able to write the next installment on my blog about our trip to Malawi. This one is about our time with World Vision and contains several photographs of Janet Holley and Barbara Inskip meeting their sponsored children. You can read it here.
  • I'm looking forward to preaching at the 6:35 service tomorrow night in the chapel, as we kick off the Advent season with a sermon titled "Make Ready Your Hearts" on Luke 21:25-36. Hope to see you then!
  • If you've not yet picked up your Stronger Than Ever photo, please do so from the table at the back of the worship center this Sunday. Beginning next week, they will be available at the front desk.
  • We've created a smart phone lock screen image that is consistent with this year's theme for Advent and Christmas (Come and Worship). You can download it here, I encourage you to use this as a daily prayer throughout the season.

Grace and peace be with you,
Rev. Aaron 

Missions
Ted Grueser
  • Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches shifting the Christmas narrative from shopping and consumption to Worshiping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More, and Loving All.  This year at Trinity the Advent Conspiracy focus will be Faith Mission, a church and neighborhood collaboration on NE 15th Street.  Mission box donations on December 6, 13, and 20 will support the work of Faith Mission.  Over the next three Sundays we'll learn about different aspects of this Trinity-led local mission, including its purpose, people, partnerships, and programs.
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton

As a community development initiative, Faith Mission draws on information from a variety of resources to enhance our understanding of the neighborhood.  The better our understanding of both the strengths and the challenges of the neighborhood, the better we can focus to enhance well-being.  What does a snapshot of the area within walking distance of the Faith Mission facility on NE 15th Street look like?
  • A mixed-income neighborhood with a middle class of around 250 families, yet over 400 families have an average household income of only $16,000 per year.
  • There is an elementary school (Rawlings) with a history of low overall student performance but now has a wonderful new fine arts program backed by strong leadership and committed faculty and staff.
  • 60% of families with children are single parent households (and closer to 80% for low income families), yet there is an early learning center expanding to support parents in a variety of positive ways.
  • Crime includes battery/assault, narcotics, and theft and there is a gang presence; however, there are growing positive partnerships among diverse organizations (churches, nonprofits, public school system, and city departments) and neighborhood residents.
Faith Mission is serving the neighborhood primarily through programs for children that also include family outreach.  As relationships are built and our understanding increases, partnerships and work will expand in increasingly impactful ways for children, youth, and families.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • Our Family Advent Festival is TOMORROW from 5:30-7:15. Join us for a special evening of dinner (5:30-6:30), crafts (6:00-7:00), caroling and Chrismons (7:00-7:15)!
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming events.  Visit the bulletin board outside of the CMT Office or our website for more details:
    • 5 | Sonlight breakfast with Santa
    • 11 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30pm (RSVP by 12/9)
    • 16 | Live Nativity, 5:30 - 7:30 (sign up your child now, room 108)
    • 24 | Children's Christmas Eve Service, 5pm
    • 27 | 1 Family Friendly Service, 9:40 (No Sunday School/Childcare)
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Our regular Wednesday night activities resume tomorrow!  Waffle Cone Wednesday at 3pm, Ya'll at 6:30 (helping with the Children's Advent Festival), and Small Groups after.  Hope to see everyone back in their routines!
  • This Sunday night is our annual Christmas Caroling event!  Wear something festive and Join us at 5:30pm for dinner in the youth building before we head out to spread some Christmas Cheer, afterwards we will go to Kylie's house for hot chocolate and s'mores!  It's our BIG event night so we will be back for pick up at 8:30pm.
  • Please RSVP (here) for the annual Family Christmas Dinner so we can have a head count to start prepping food!  Also, there is a rumor going around that there will be Christmas Jeopardy, get ready for some friendly and festive family competition!
  • The Spring Calendars are out!  Download yours here.
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing
  • 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.
Music & Worship Arts
Alice Wallis
  • Our annual Trinity Christmas Dinner will be on December 16 at 5:30 in the Worship Center, with our Combined Adult Choirs and Exaltation Ringers presenting their annual concert at 7:30pm. Please plan to join us for this great tradition! Dinner tickets are available online, at the receptionist desk during regular business hours or at the bookstore on Sunday mornings until December 13. No ticket or reservation is required for the concert.
Sports
Ben Haines
Adult Ministries
David Leonard
  • Gainesville Church Women United meeting, December 4, 9:30 - 11:15am in the Chapel. Program by UMW.
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
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
  • Join us for the Live Nativity on December 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Invite your friends and neighbors to gather around the big oak tree, sip hot cocoa and view the live nativity (preschool and elementary children dressed as the nativity characters).  It will be an evening you will not want to miss!
  • Help homeless children in Alachua County and enjoy a holiday meal with Santa and Mrs. Claus (6-8pm) at the same time! Join other Family Promise supporters on December 7, from 5-10pm at Northwest Grille and 10% of what you spend will be donated to Family Promise.  Kids eat for just $0.99. Spread the word to your family, friends and co-workers!
  • 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.
  • Save the Date! The Trinity Family Christmas Party at Skate Station sponsored by Alpha will be on December 6 from 5-8pm. ALL are invited!
  • Carter Nute will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in a one day session in 222 on December 7. This classroom refresher for motorists age 50 and older is offered for a modest fee, you do not have to be an AARP member to attend. To register, call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at (352) 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

For more information, please contact Kim  

Family Matters
 
Christian love and sympathy to Patricia Bannister and the family of Grace Lister Winslow on her passing on November 19; Denise Snyder and the family of Phillip E Snyder on his passing on November 19; the family of John Jerome Schroepfer, Jr. on his passing on November 21; Eloise and Donna  Lutz and family of Avis Irene FisherPeters on her passing on November 21. 

Happy Birthday to John Hermann, Charles Thomason and Harold Snider who will  turn 80, 93 and 92 December 2.  Francine Bangstad celebrates her 98th birthday on December 5, along with Dorothy Linney, who will be turning 91. 

Altar Flowers
 
This week's flower are given by the Schroepfer family in loving memory of John Schroepfer.

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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