Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
January 5, 2016

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

Happy New Year, and I have just 6 things for you:
  1. We are very excited that UF President Dr. Kent Fuchs will be preaching at all 3 services this Sunday.  Our Gainesville community has come to love and appreciate Kent and Linda, and now our Trinity family gets to give them a warm, Trinity greeting.
  2. Also this Sunday, our own Dr. Jacob Tillman, a Pharmacist and Coordinator of the Pharmacy Residency program at the VA, has arranged for a "Health Clinic" from 9 - 11:30 in rooms 222, 224 and 227.  Local pharmacists will be available to answer questions about your medications, provide education on smoking cessation, high blood pressure, diabetes and medication safety.  You may bring in your medications or a list of them and one of the pharmacists will be happy to talk with you about them.
  3. The new Welcome Center and the Coffee Making has been a huge success!  So huge, that we need several more coffee makers; slots are for 7:30 - 9:30 & 9:30 - 11:30.  It's a great way to meet new people and serve your church family at the same time.  Email Diane Buhr or sign up at the Welcome Center.  And, an FYI - the Welcome Center has been fully funded by your donations!  Many, many thanks.
  4. I'll be involved with two Mission Trips in 2016; here are the dates and places if any of you would like to go too:
    1. Lagos, Nigeria, WATS (West Africa Theological Seminary); Ted Greuser and I are going Feb. 25 - Mar. 5.  Frank and Nancy Moses are going too, about that same time.  Several of us went six years ago.  We would love to have you go, as there is plenty to do to help this important seminary in the Methodist Tradition: construction, library, medical.  Contact Ted.
    1. Russia: St. Petersburg - Moscow and lots of special places in each city and in between. Dates: Sept. 6 - 15 (approximate); I'll be staying over for the Moscow Theological Seminary Board meeting.  I'll share costs in a few weeks, when I know them.
  5. We continue to make good progress toward our 2016 budget, and are now at 90%, with about 120 households who have historically provided estimates of giving, but haven't yet responded.  The current 10% shortfall in our budget would mean a reduction of $300,000, which would curtail Trinity's ministries significantly.  If you have not yet returned your card would you do so today?
  6. My Wednesday morning Bible study in the Chapel resumes this week.
I leave you with my prayer for you in 2016:  That you (and I) draw closer each day to the God who loves you, that your love and devotion increases each day for the Christ who saved and saves you, and that you engage each day in a "self emptying" that is accompanied by a daily "infilling of the Holy Spirit" into the very center of your life.  Amen.  Much love, Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: Kimberly Webster
Sunday: Dr. W. Kent Fuchs

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Upcoming Events
8 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 (RSVP by 1/6)
10 | Order of St. Luke Healing Service, 9:40am, Chapel
10 | Health Clinic, 9 - 11:30am, 222, 224 & 227
13 | Wednesday Night Dinners begin with free spaghetti dinner, 5:30 - 7pm
13 | Rejoice! (2pm) and CHEERS (4pm) begin
13 | Fasting Sermon Series begins (6:35, Chapel)
17 | A Journey Through the Bible begins, 3:30 - 5pm, 225 
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Friends, my family and I are in the mountains of western North Carolina this week for our winter retreat. Please pray for us as we seek rest, renewal, and reconnection with God and each other. One quick thing: John and Kimberly Webster will be leading this week's 6:35 service on Wednesday in the chapel. Then, next week, we will begin a 4-week series on fasting to help us prepare for the season of Lent. God's grace and peace be with you in this new year and always!
Missions
Ted Grueser
  • This week's mission box supports the Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Their mission is to build a safety network of partnerships that will work together to identify, rescue, and restore victims of all forms of human trafficking within Alachua County.
  • As you begin to ponder those New Year's resolutions why don't you consider joining Trinity on one of our many Mission opportunities? WE NEED YOU!  For more information on any of these trips please contact the Missions Department.
    • January 17-24, El Salvador with Living Water
    • February 4-11, Cuba - Cienfuegos Methodist Church
    • February 25-March 5, Nigeria with WATTS
    • March 19-26, Nicaragua with Missionary Ventures
    • April 9-16, Jamaica with CSI Ministries
    • April 30-May 6, Spring ASP - Tennessee
    • June 18-25, Guatemala with Porch de Salomon
    • July 16-24, Youth ASP - Tennessee
    • October 1-8, Honduras with Living Water
  • Trinity is sending a youth and adult medical mission team to Matagalpa, Nicaragua in March. This team will set up clinics in rural villages and will serve over 1,000 people. The following is a list of needed items that can be donated (please, no prescription medicines) Collection boxes will be available in front of the sanctuary, at the front desk in the Education Building, and at the Youth Building. Please turn in donations by February 2nd. Aspirin, acetominophen, and ibuprophen for children and adults, Vitamins for children and adults, Prenatal vitamins, Antacid treatments such as Tums, Pepcid, Zantac, etc., Antifungal treatments (for athlete's foot, etc.), Cortisone cream, Creams or patches for muscle aches such as BenGay, Sunscreen and hand lotion, Waterless antibacterial hand sanitizer such as Purell, Dental floss and floss picks.
  • 4 families with children are making their home at Trinity this week. January 9 they will be at the church all day, volunteers are still needed to be in the Atrium for 2- 3 hours, especially during the afternoon. The parents are responsible for their children so there is little to do, this is an easy way to make a difference and you might even have fun! Contact Marilyn.
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton
  • We're looking forward in 2016 to building upon the foundation Faith Mission has established with our community partners - churches, neighborhood, school, nonprofits. Coming up, our opportunities may include a middle/high school boys group, outreach for new health care options in the neighborhood, building capacity for adult education and employment, and participating in and hosting trainings.
  • With school back in session, both the Kids Count after school program (daily for K-3rd grade students) and the Rawlings mentoring program (Tues-Thurs for 4th-5th grade students) start up again this week.
  • On Saturday (3-5p) Faith Mission will begin hosting a monthly Girl Scout Fun Day for all girls involved in community troops in the area.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • 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!
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • 10 |1st Grade Baptism Celebration, parents join your 1st grader in 111 at 9:40
    • 31 | Elementary Children Sing in Worship, 9:40
    • February 12 |Parents Night Out
    • 7 | 3rd Grade Amazing Bible Challenge
    • 19 | Daddy-Daughter Dance, 5:30 - 7:30 (RSVP)
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Happy New Year!  Thanks to everyone who came out with us on Sunday night for the most hysterical Spring Kick-Off Ever! 
  • We will have an open Youth leadership team meeting this Wednesday night in the youth building from 6:30-7:30pm.  If you've ever wondered what Ya'll is or if you want to know more about it, come check it out!  We will have yummy snacks and cool stuff to talk about for the spring calendar.
  • Let's keep the momentum up for our Salt & Light Kick-Off this Sunday at 5:30pm.  We will continue to worship together and then have separate high school and middle school discussion times, so we hope to see you all there!  Bring $3 for snack supper and a friend.
  • High School Students:  There are only a couple of spots left on the retreat and the forms are due THIS Sunday the 10th, so get them in ASAP!  You can print one off at home by clicking here
  • Middle School Students: Fresh off the press are our Middle School Mystery Trip Forms, print yours off our website and get it turned in to guarantee your spot!
  • Please pray for our Confirmation group headed out on their retreat this weekend.  We have had such an incredible time of learning and growing together and this weekend will definitely only continue that trend.
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.
Sonlight
Erin Cushing
  • We're back at the 9:40 service this Sunday- see you 9am Sunday morning in the choir room!
  • January 10 - 16 is Spirit Week at Napolatanos - tell your server you are there to support Sonlight.
  • Lock-in will be from January 15 at 5pm to January 16 at 2pm - RSVP here.
Sports Ministry
Ben Haines
  • Flag Football Evaluations will take place on the Sports Fields at Trinity from 2-4 PM on January 10, 31, February 7 & 21. Early registration ends on January 31.  Deadline to register is February 21.  All Flag Football players must attend one of the evaluation days.  Cheerleaders do not need to attend an evaluation. Register online or forms are available at evaluations and the Trinity front desk.
Adult Ministries
Kim Lewerenz
  • 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.
  • Women Growing in Faith (Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, 232) begins a new study called Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings by Jessica LaGrone on January 19. Member books are $14.
  • 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
  • The 4 week UMW Church-wide Latin America Mission Study begins 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
Lenora Rousseau
  • This Sunday the Order of St. Luke will hold its monthly Healing Service at 9:40 in the chapel. The talk, "Growing Stronger Spiritually" will be given by Jahala Stirling.  The beautiful liturgy will be from a healing service in the Abbey of the Isle of Iona, Scotland. Please come, to pray for those who need healing:  a friend, a family member, our country, our world, yourself.  Come join your prayers with those of the Order of St. Luke.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
General Announcements
  • Come out and support the Friendship Accessibility Ministry on January 31 at 6pm.  We will be hosting our annual Talent/No Talent show & Pie Auction.  To reserve your talent or no talent act please contact Julie Mishoe.  If you would like to donate a homemade pie please contact Kim Lewerenz.
  • 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 is January 31, 9:40am in 222. Please register online, or email Carmen.
  • Thanks to everyone who wrote an Advent devotional--what a blessing you provided.  Easter is early this year and that means we have a shorter turnaround period for writing Lenten devotionals. Our deadline will be January 29th.  We need 47 devotionals for the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter.  This year's theme will be, "How I See Jesus".  Please send your devotional to Jim Cook, include your writing, a scripture verse, a closing prayer thought and a title if you wish (250 words). 
  • 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 Mike Sapp and Holly Reagan on the loss of their wife and mother, Jan Sapp on December 26; Amber and Ben Saxon on the loss of their daughter, Bryton on December 30; Phyllis Mawhiney and family on the loss of her husband, Dr. Robert "Bob" Mawhiney on December 31; and Ruthanne Curry and family on the loss of her father, Robert Lamason on January 1.

We welcome Trinity's newest members into full membership: Marion Boyle and Gerald "Jerry" Vlastos.

Happy birthday to Helen Armstrong, who turns 97 today, and also to Marjorie DeHoff, who celebrates her 80th birthday on January 11.
Altar Flowers
 
This week's flowers are given by Jack Garrett in Memory of Janet Garrett.

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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