Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
December 29, 2015

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

As we say good bye to 2015 and look to the New Year with both anticipation and anxiety, we remember the words of God to Joshua:  "Be strong and courageous, for I am with you wherever you go!"  That's our theme for the month of January, and our prayer is that you will receive God's strength and courage for whatever lies ahead.  We're back to all three services this Sunday, January 3.

Mark your calendars for two important Sundays in January:  Dr. Kent Fuchs, President of UF, will be preaching all three services at Trinity on January 10 and on January 24, the famed Bethune Cookman University Concert Chorale will be at Trinity for the 9:40 and 11:00 services; we're hoping David and Courtney will be with them!

If you haven't turned in your pledge card, please send it in or fill one out online.

God bless, Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: no 6:35 this week
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau

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8 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 (RSVP by 1/6) 
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By the time we gather again for worship it will be 2016! It's hard to believe, isn't it? A couple reminders:
  • There will be no 6:35 service in the chapel on December 30. The 6:35 will resume on January 6.
  • My Christian Believer class will not meet on January 3. We will resume on January 10.
Happy New Year from me and my family to you and yours!
Ted Grueser
  • This week's mission box will support the FUMCH Madison Youth Ranch.  The Ranch is a place of love and safety for children who are desperately in need of both.  The focus of these funds will go toward making a difference in these children's lives.  Let's continue in 2016 to show these children how much Trinity loves and cares for them.
  • We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to host at Trinity 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.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • THANK YOU to all who participated in our Children's Christmas Eve Service! 
  • Would you like your child baptized?  Baptism is one of the two sacraments in the United Methodist Church.  All parents are asked to participate in a Baptism Orientation prior to the baptism of their child.  The next Orientation will be held January 3, at 8:45 in room 125.  
  • Join us as we "break the ice and jump into the New Year" at our next Parent's Night Out on January 8 from 5:30-8:30. Our themed Parent's Night Out will be a fabulous night of dinner and "Frozen"  activities for all ages, 12 months through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register online by January 6.  
  • CHEERS will resume on January 13 for 3 year olds (by 9/1/15) through 5th grade.  On-line registration is open for all NEW registrants.
  • Would you like to volunteer in Children's Ministries?  If so, we would love to hear from you!  There are so many fun and meaningful events with which you can help - Sunday School, CHEERS and CHEERS Cherubs, special events and more!  Contact Brian for more information!
  • The Children's Ministries Office will be closed this week. We will resume our normal office hours on January 3.
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Meet us tomorrow for Moe's and a Movie ... details on the Trinity Yoots FB page and in our e-mails.
  • Spring Kick-Off is January 3 at 5:30 in the Youth Building.  We have invited the UF Improv Comedy Team to come in and share the gift of laughter with us!  We will meet from 5:30-8:30pm.  Bring $8 and friends that love a good laugh.  We will even get to do some of the routines with them!
  • High Schoolers:  Get your retreat forms in to go with us to: stay in a cool mountain house, play in the snow, hike around a waterfall, possibly go horse back riding, and more!  Click here to print your form at home and turn it in ASAP!
  • Can't wait to see you all either tomorrow or next year!  Have a fun and safe New Years Eve!  Make a resolution to grow closer to God this year... 
Music & Worship Arts
Alice Wallis
  • Registration for Rejoice!, our Wednesday afternoon program for kids age Kindergarten - 5th grade is open now and begins January 13.
  • We are looking for a few people who are artistic and technically minded to help with the weekly live streaming of the 9:40 Worship Service. This includes running the switcher/mixer and help composing the video shots. Please email to JD if you are interested in learning more.
Erin Cushing
  • Don't forget that we do not perform this Sunday morning at the 9:40am service, but that we do have regular rehearsal 3-5:30pm. Have a Happy New Year!
  • Other upcoming dates:
    • Regular rehearsal is on January 3 from 3-5:30pm
    • Return to the 9:40am service on January 10
    • Week of January 10 - 16 is Spirit Week at Napolatanos - tell your server you are there to support Sonlight!
    • Lock-in will be from Friday, January 15 at 5pm to Saturday, January 16 at 2pm - I will be sending out RSVPs in early January to make sure we plan enough food for the overnight event
Adult Ministry
David Leonard
  • Wednesday Night Fellowship Suppers begin January 13 with Free Spaghetti Night at 5:30pm in the Worship Center.
  • Journey Through The Bible As One Story: Sundays, beginning January 17, 3:30-5pm.  Have you ever wanted to read the Bible as one seamless story?  You will have the opportunity to explore the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text alongside the writings of the New Testament. Class materials are $20 and available in the Trinity Bookstore. Childcare is available.
  • Disciple 1: (part 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. (Part 2 will be in the fall)
  • Disciple 2: (part 1)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. (Part 2 will be in the fall)
  • Financial Peace University: Tuesdays, January 19-March 15, 6:30-8:30pm. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, this 9-week course presents biblical, practical steps to financial freedom.
  • Families on a Mission Sunday School class (11am,Youth Building) will begin an Alpha Parenting course for teens on January 10.  Study guides are $7 and available at the Bookstore.
  • Tuesday Morning Moms (9:30am, E203/204) will begin a new study on January 12 called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver.  Study guides are $12.  Childcare is available.
  • 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!
Caring & Support
Jim Cook
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
General Announcements
  • The Bookstore will have limited hours during Christmas break.  We will be open on January 3 from 9am - 12:30pm.  For more information, please contact Kim.
  • 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 (resumes January 13)
  • 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
Happy Birthday to Shirley Brotherton, who turns 96 today, and to Sue Hobday, who turns 95 on January 1 
Altar Flowers
This week's flowers are given to the Glory of God.

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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