Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
December 8, 2015

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

Fear - we find ourselves living in fear - understandably so, in light of the many incidents of late.  My Bible Concordance indicates there are a lot of occurrences of the phrase, "Do not be afraid," but it also indicates a lot of occurrences of the phrase "they were afraid."  Finding a balance between these two is a goal to be sought; to be naively unafraid would be silly and irresponsible; to be overwhelmed by fear or to use fear for one's own ends would be demagoguery.  The Nativity story has both elements:  Joseph, Zechariah, Mary, the Shepherds are all told by the angel, "Do not be afraid."  And Joseph is warned by the angel to escape from Bethlehem and flee into Egypt - out of a healthy fear of the wicked Herod who would kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two or younger.  And so today, we must seek to live in both realities, don't we - somehow, with both a deep trust in God and a healthy awareness of the reality of evil.  Joseph, husband of Mary, may help guide us this Sunday as the subject of my sermon in our series, "Come and Worship; Prepare, Promise and Protect."  I hope you can be with us, and please pray for me.

The worship center is so glorious with all the decorations, and will be even more so with the addition of Poinsettias that you so faithfully provide.  You can place your order here - in memory or honor of someone or several someone's.

And be sure to get your Dinner tickets for the Combined Choirs Concert on Wednesday, December 16.  December 13 is the last day to order them.

As is our practice, we are keeping you apprised of our finances each month at Trinity.  The good news continues as year-to-date, our giving is ahead of our expenses!  Thanks be to God.  And we are hopeful for a strong December.

Regarding our commitments to the 2016 Budget, they continue to come in.  So far with 359 responses we are at 81% of our 2016 budget, as you can see from the thermometer.  Hopefully all of our members will mail in their "estimate of giving" card this week.

That's all for now.  God bless, Rev. Dan

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

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Order of St. Luke Healing Service, 9:40am, Chapel
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Christmas Concert, 11am
16 | Christmas Concert (7:30pm) and Dinner (5:30pm)
16 | Live Nativity, 5:45 - 7:30pm
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The holiday season is in full swing already! Reflecting on what the past week has already contributed, and looking at the week ahead on my calendar, I am sensing a need for finding ways to pause in the midst of the busyness and center myself. I'm sure you, too, know what I mean. One of the ways we can do that is by downloading the smart phone lock screen image that is consistent with this year's theme for Advent and Christmas (Come and Worship) and using it as a reminder to pray Psalm 86:9 whenever we see it come up on our phones. You can download it here. A couple more things:
  • The next installment about Malawi is up on my blog. You can read it here.
  • I'm looking forward to preaching at the 6:35 service tomorrow night in the chapel, with a sermon titled "Prepare God's Arrival!" on Luke 3:1-6. Hope to see you then!
Grace and peace be with you,
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 these 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
  • In case you missed it Sunday, you can see the "What is Faith Mission?" video and hear from a diverse group of people connected with this Trinity-led initiative.
  • The library at Village Green & Forest Apartments has been reorganized and stocked with new books for the families and children.  Many thanks to Jane McMullen and Olga Arias, volunteers, for making this happen and to Lashay Anderson, social services coordinator, for all the ways she partners with Faith Mission.
  • We're hearing great things about the new mentoring initiative at Rawlings Elementary.  This is a collaboration with Rawlings, Greenhouse Church, and Faith Mission.  Mentors are building relationships, children are really responding, and the Greenhouse Church interns are planning special events for the mentors and mentees.
  • We're completing renovations we wanted to accomplish in this first year and we're planning ahead for critical needs.  The stage will be done this week (!), and the entry is being reorganized to provide better access to information like employment support, childrens activities, and a Faith Mission calendar of programs and events.  We're also gathering information on two critical needs - acoustics and a starter sound system.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • Thanks to our 300+ adults and children who participated in the Advent Festival!  AND.... Many thanks to the 40+ wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen!! 
  • Thank you Trinity!  5 vehicles transported all 140 Guardian ad Litem gifts to the downtown office.  It's exciting that the Trinity family is making a difference in the lives of these precious children!
  • Join us for a Polar Pajama Party at the next Parent's Night Out on December 11 from 5:30-8:30. Our "themed" Parent's Night Out will feature a pizza dinner and hot chocolate, Christmas crafts and the viewing of Polar Express for ages 12 months and walking through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register by TOMORROW.
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming events.  Visit the bulletin board outside of the CMT Office or our website for more details:
    • 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)
    • 3 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45am, room 125
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Please join us this Sunday for our annual Family Christmas Dinner, Slideshow of the Year, and new this year:  Family Christmas Jeopardy!!  Come join us for some festive, friendly,  and fun competition. Reserve your seats here
  • The Yoots will be helping with the hot chocolate in the welcome center for the Live Nativity on December 16.  If you want to want to come and help or just hang out and drink delicious hot beverages with us, we would love to see you!
  • If you're going to be around for Christmas Break we are thinking about some impromptu activities like lunch bunches and pj's and pancakes... if you're going to be around we would love to see you, hit us up! 
  • Save the date for the Spring Kick-Off with the UF Improv group coming out for Comedy night!  January 3, 5:30-8:30pm.
Music & Worship Arts
Alice Wallis
  • concertOur 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.
Ben Haines
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
General Announcements
  • Please come to the Order of St. Luke's Healing Service December 13, at 9:40 in the Chapel. Betty Fair, brand new member of Trinity and graduate of the Alpha Program will be speaking on her recent healing.  She has x-rays to show it.  Come and see! It will be a beautiful service with special music and the Chapel decorated so beautifully.  Come and add your prayers to those of the Order of St. Luke.  Pray for others,  pray for yourself.  Hope to see you there.
  • 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!
  • Each Monday morning some wonderful members of Trinity take the altar flowers and make smaller, beautiful arrangements in coffee mugs that are then delivered by our amazing visitation teams to hospitals and shut ins; what a wonderful ministry.  Feel free to drop off any extra coffee mugs you might have at the receptionist's desk, and thanks for placing flowers on the Altar - they serve in more ways than we might imagine!
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 is extended to Brenda Cox and Jacques McKenzy in the passing of Latroy Antonio McKenzy on November 28.

Happy Birthday to Annelle McIntyre who turns 94 today; also to Lois Helsel, who celebrates her 94th birthday on December 11.

Altar Flowers
This week's flowers are given by the Kilby family in loving memory of Richard Kilby.

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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