Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
December 15, 2015

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

As a farm boy and something of a shepherd myself, I've always felt a special affinity with the Shepherds of Bethlehem in the Nativity story, and would surely have been "terrified and filled with awe" had I seen a "great company of the heavenly host" as they did.  And yet I long for a similar sense of awe - don't you?  An awe that moves beyond the mundane and humdrum, the daily; or better stated: an "awe" that infuses the daily with the divine.  Yes!  That's what we want, and I believe that's what God wants for us this Christmas.  Let's seek it together in these days of advent, watching for it through the actions of a child, an elderly saint, or one of God's four legged creatures - or a visit from an angel!  I'll see you Sunday, where we'll listen with the Shepherds to the "Concert in a Field."  Come join me!  Love and prayers, Rev. Dan

P.S.  We are still receiving "commitment" cards for the 2016 budget, which is good news, because we still have a ways to go.  Currently we are at 83% of our goal, as you can see from the thermometer. 

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

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16 | Christmas Concert (7:30pm) and dinner (5:30pm)
16 | Live Nativity, 5:45 - 7:30pm
16 | Poinsettia Dedication order deadline
21 | Longest Night Service, 7pm, Chapel
24 | Christmas Eve Services
25 | Merry Christmas!
27 | 1 service at 9:40 am, no Sunday School or childcare  
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends, I pray that the blessings of this holy season find you in the midst of the busy-ness. One such blessing came for me on Thursday evening as I watched our precious Stepping Stones pre-school students (my daughter, Abigail, among them) tell the Christmas story. Although it was a bit of a hectic evening (I went from there to another Christmas gathering), I was grateful for that sacred moment in the middle of things. So, as Christmas fast approaches, I invite you watch for the same thing - sacred moments in the middle of whatever you are doing in the days ahead.
  • I'm almost finished with my blog-series on my August trip to Malawi. You can read the latest installment here.
  • It's going to be a great day at Trinity on Wednesday. Christmas dinner. Live nativity. Christmas concert. Nestled in between those events will be "A 6:35 Christmas" - an acoustic, contemporary lessons and carols service in the chapel at 6:35pm. Hope to see you there!
  • This season can be difficult for many who might be mourning the death of loved ones, experiencing divorce or broken relationships, navigating job loss or financial hardship, suffering severe illness, or any other number of challenging circumstances. This is why we are offering a Longest Night Service on December 21st in the chapel at 7pm. During this hour, we will be creating sacred space - with song, prayer, Word, and sacrament - to remind us of the promise we are given in Luke 1: "Because of our God's deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace." Please be sure to invite your friends and loved ones who might be struggling this season to this very special service.
Grace and peace be with you,
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 these three Sundays we'll learn about different aspects of this Trinity-led local mission, including its purpose, people, partnerships, and programs.
  • We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to host at Trintiy for Family Promise January 3-9.  The guests will be at the church all day on Saturday and hosts can be there for 2-3 hour shifts.  Several evening and overnight hosts are still needed.  What a great way to start 2016 showing Christ's love to these families right here at our church. Please contact Marilyn Clugston to volunteer.
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton
  • In case you missed the Advent Conspiracy videos on Faith Mission the past two Sundays, you can see one on Programs & Community Support here and the other on "What is Faith Mission?" here
  • SNAP Celebration:  On Tuesday evening the families who participated in the 13 week Stop Now & Plan program will celebrate completing the fall sessions!  We're very proud of these parents and children who worked hard to develop new pro-social skills.
  • Time of Prayer at Faith Mission: December 17, 6:30-7pm.  This is our informal monthly prayer gathering and all are invited and very welcome.
  • Family Gathering: December 18, 4:30-6pm.  This will be our 2nd monthly gathering at Faith Mission of Kids Count and SNAP families and we'll have snacks and a great variety of Christmas Crafts for the families to work on together.
  • Girl Scouts: December 20, 2-3:30pm.  This is a new troop for girls in grades K-12.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • Join us for the Children's Christmas Eve Service at 5pm.  This special service, led by children, is for children of all ages--young and old.  (Childcare will not be provided.)  Children, come dressed in your favorite character or animal from the nativity scene.  Don't forget to bring a bell to ring.
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming events.  Visit the bulletin board outside of the CMT Office or our website for more details:
    • 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)
    • 3 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45am, room 125
    • 8 | 5:30-8:30 Parent's Night Out (rsvp by 1/6)
    • 13 | 4-5:30 CHEERS, CHEERS Cherubs (children 3 by 9/1/15) and Rejoice! begins
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Tomorrow night the Yoots are helping with the hot chocolate station at the Live Nativity from 5:30-7:30pm in front of the Welcome Center.  We would love to have you out there with us to celebrate the season and spread joy and sprinkles on hot chocolate.
  • High Schoolers:  Get your High School Retreat forms in ASAP so we can reserve your spot!  We are headed up to a mountain house in North Georgia and have some fun winter activities planned for you.  Forms are on our website.
  • There is NO UMYF on the 20th or the 27th, enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.
  • We will have a PJ's & Pancakes in the youth building on the 23rd at 10am.  It's free and casual, come in whatever you rolled out of bed in and curl up with some delicious pancakes and watch ELF with us.  Because Buddy the Elf makes Christmas that much better.
  • UMYF will resume with the spring Kick-Off Comedy event on January 3rd with the UF improv group coming to entertain and teach us some hilariousness.  Hope to see you there!
Adult Ministry
David Leonard
  • UMW's Sunshine and Village Circles' traditional "Love in Action" Christmas gathering with Her Hope residents and staff will be at 3pm in the Atrium.
  • Wednesday Night Fellowship Suppers begin January 13 with Free Spaghetti Night at 5:30pm in the Worship Center.
  • Invitation to Old Testament: Sundays, January 17-March 13th, 3:30-5pm.  Explore in 8 sessions the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel, the background story of the New Testament, through the magnificence of a Creation hymn, the law and wisdom teachings, the warning of the prophets, and the poetry of the Song of Solomon.
  • Disciple 1: Tuesdays, January 19th-May 10, 7-9:30pm. The best 34-week overview of the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God and God's calling on our lives.
  • Disciple 2: Tuesdays, January 19th-May 3, 7-9:30pm. A deeper look at Genesis-Exodus and Luke-Acts that focuses on developing a relationship with God through transforming spiritual disciplines and reinforcing one's witness to the world.
  • Financial Peace University: Tuesdays, January 19-March 15, 6:30-8:30pm. A 9-week, Christian based course teaching you to get out of debt the same way you learned to walk-one step at a time.
  • Other Coming Studies:
    • ALERT (Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement) is a nondenominational luncheon and program event for seniors. Meets January 8th, 11:45am, in the Worship Center.  Come early for Bible study in the Worship Center at 10:30am.
    • The Alpha Marriage Course: Thursdays, March 31-May 12, 6-8:30pm. Taught by Rev. Aaron Rousseau and Lenora Rousseau
    • The Holy Spirit book study: Wednesdays, April 6 - April 27, 6:30-7:30pm, 203/204
  • Save the Date: The UMW Church-wide Latin America Mission Study is approaching.  4 Wednesdays, beginning January 13, from 6:30-7:30pm, we will gather in the education building to become better acquainted with our Western Hemisphere neighbors.  Welcome to everyone!
Music & Worship Arts
Alice Wallis
  • concertOur Combined Adult Choirs and Exaltation Ringers will present their annual concert tomorrow at 7:30pm. Please plan to join us for this great tradition!
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • We are offering a Longest Night Service on December 21st in the Chapel at 7pm for those who might be mourning the death of loved ones, experiencing divorce or broken relationships, navigating job loss or financial hardship, suffering severe illness, or any other number of challenging circumstances. During this hour, we will be creating sacred space with song, prayer, Word, and sacrament to remind us of the promise we are given in Luke 1: "Because of our God's deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace." Please be sure to invite your friends and loved ones who might be struggling this season to this very special service.
  • Christmas is a joyful season for most people.  But for those who have lost a loved one or are facing some other challenge, the holiday season can be quite stressful and painful.  Sometimes it helps to just talk to someone about your feelings.  Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and help you through difficult times.  To learn how you can receive care, call Fred Korzec at 386-462-6198.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
General Announcements
  • Join us for the Live Nativity tomorrow 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!
  • The Last Countdown! The Trinity Art Show, "Every Day, Everywhere Art," ends this month.  This unique show features graphic and photographic art by Sharon Bartz, Linda Bryant, Joyce Pearson, Grace TeSelle, Alice Wallis, and John Webster.  Looking for a place to bring your holiday visitors?  Come to Trinity. Stroll the Art Show and the Wood Carving collection by Chuck and Pam Goad on the second floor of the Education Building and then head to the nature trail, the Chapel and the Memorial Garden. Nature and nurture!
  • Reeves Byrd will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in a 1 day session in 222 on January 7. 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 attend. For course registration call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at (352) 333-3036.
  • If you had your photo taken under the Trinity tree and have not picked it up yet, you can get them at the receptionist desk during normal business hours.
  • If you need to make arrangements for assistance or special accommodations during Sunday services, please contact Shannon at 416-3005, Monday - Thursday.
Bible Studies
  • Women Growing in Faith, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, E232
  • Tuesday Morning Moms, 9:30-11:30 am, E203 (resumes January 12)
  • 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 Janice Legler and the family of Dr. Donald Wayne Legler on his passing on December 9.

Welcome Trinity's newest members into Full Membership: Doug and Lynn Haller, Brittany Nicole Matheny Jones (also Baptized), Tim and Anne Martin, Gisele Martin, Gabriel Martin, and Garnet V. Work.
 
As Baptized Members: Elizabeth Craig Clugston (child of James and Audrey Clugston), Travis Ryan Dixon (child of Derek Howard and Aileen Dixon), Preston, Justin and Mason Haller (children of Doug and Lynn Haller), Keeley Paige Marthenze (child of Michael and Amanda Marthenze) and Garron Martin (child of Tim and Anne Martin).
 
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.

Happy Birthday to Art Anderson who turns 94 today.  Happy Birthday also to John Kemph who celebrates his 96th birthday on December 17 and to Marti Stevens, who turns 95 on December 20. 
Altar Flowers
 
This week's flowers are given in memory of George Pridgen, with love from Priscilla.

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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