Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
January 26, 2016

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

1.  If possible, plan to attend our "Leaving a Legacy; Faithful Expressions" seminar, February 3 at 7:00 in room 232.  This is sponsored by our Trinity Foundation, and led by the Florida United Methodist Foundation, and it is important for Trinity and for you and your family.

2.  Words fail me (and I imagine all of us!) to express adequately my appreciation, admiration and affection for Rosemary Davis as she retires from being the superlative parish visitor for Trinity.  Rosemary's hospital visits were so welcomed and appreciated by everyone.  While Trinity members were her primary focus, requests came in from all over the state (and country) for visits, and Rosemary was there - there with grace, prayer and heartfelt concern.  As Rosemary shared with our staff:  "It makes it easier to leave knowing that Lenora Rousseau will be taking my place."  In typical Rosemary fashion, she has spent the past three months showing Lenora the ropes.  We will celebrate Rosemary's remarkable ministry this Sunday with a reception between the worship services, where you can share your appreciation in person.

3.  Have you turned in your Lenten Devotional to Jim Cook yet?  We need yours and about 25 others by Friday.  Send it to Jim.

4.  Have you picked up (or ordered) your name tag yet?  They are so helpful to all of us know one another as we become more and more family.  You can do this each Sunday at the Welcome Center - where you can also volunteer to help make coffee.  Thanks.

5.  This Sunday, January 31 is a BIG Sunday; in the morning, I will be joined for the sermon by Myra Monroe and Megan Poole as we celebrate Accessibility Sunday.  Our sermon will be from our text of Joshua 1:9, and focus on "Wherever We Go."  The Mission Box will also be for this important ministry.  And Sunday night we will have the famous "Talent/No Talent Show & Pie Auction" at 6:00pm.  We still need some acts and some pies.  Contact Julie to be in the show, and Kim to donate a pie, and plan to come out for a great evening.

6. Our Stephen Ministry is so awesome:  one person helping another person one hour a week to get through a rough patch in life.  We have several trained and ready Stephen Ministers - both men and women - who are ready to help.  If you or someone you know, are going through one of those periods (which all of us do), then email Rev. Lenora Rousseau and she will guide you to the next steps.

7.  The new Art Show is up; provided by the Gainesville Fine Arts Group; always a treat.  A reception for the artists and guests will be at noon - second floor of the Ed. Bldg.

Love and prayers, Dan
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Upcoming Events
27 | Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:30, Worship Center
29 | Lenten Devotionals due to Jim Cook 
31 | Accessibility Sunday
31 | Coffee with the Pastors, 9:40, 222
31 | Talent/No Talent Show and Pie Auction, 6pm, Worship Center 
3 | Superbowl themed Wednesday Night Dinner, 5:30pm, Worship Center
3 | Estate Planning Workshop, 7pm, 232
5 | ALERT, 10:30 (Bible Study), 11:45 (lunch), Worship Center
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Yesterday, I spent the day with some of my colleagues from the North Central District at one of our sister churches, New Covenant UMC in The Villages. We were together for our regular monthly meeting but also had the privilege of learning from theologian, pastor, and author Leonard Sweet. It was an inspiring time, to be sure, but it was made even more special by being able to congratulate, face-to-face, my friends who were successful in their interviews with the Board of Ordained Ministry last week. As I mentioned during worship on Sunday, our District had a strong showing - my wife, Lenora, included. Thank you for all your encouragement, support, and congratulatory words. It is such a blessing for us to be in ministry together and last week marked an important step on our journey.

This Wednesday at the 6:35 service in Trinity Chapel I will continue our series on Fasting (can you believe Ash Wednesday is only two weeks away?) with "Opening the Door to God's Blessings" from Isaiah 58:1-14. Hope to see you there!

One more thing many of you have been inquiring about - we are working on putting the final details together for The Marriage Course that Lenora and I will be leading on Thursday evenings, beginning March 31st and concluding May 19th. Look for links to online registration beginning next week!

Grace and peace,
Ted Grueser
  • This weeks Mission Box is for the Friendship Accessibility Ministry, a group that helps raise awareness of disability issues, helping the congregation to understand disabilities and therefore create an accepting, warm, and welcoming atmosphere for persons with disabilities. They work closely with all ministries here at Trinity to integrate people with disabilities and their families into the church. This group also ensures that Trinity's facilities and programs are always accessible to all persons with disabilities.
  • Mommy Reads is collecting the following items (new or used) for Lowell Correctional Institution on an ongoing basis: women's clothing (pants/tops/jackets), card games, puzzles, coloring books/crayons/colored pencils, ANY sport balls/pumps, board games, aerobic/workout videos/CDs, CD players, games/books for the kids visiting. Items can be left at the church desk. Contact Beth Haines with questions.
  • 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, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen 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.
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton
  • Volunteer Opportunities! Do you have 30 minutes a week to be an "encourager" for a Rawlings student?  The new mentoring program for 4th and 5th graders is going well with volunteers serving during the school lunch period.  This program is a partnership with Rawlings, Greenhouse Church, Ermon Owens, and Faith Mission to build additional support and encouragement.  We have six children recommended for this program who do not have mentors.  Could you help one lunch period each week?
  • Ready to make a positive impact on a child's life by volunteering with an after school program?  Kids Count welcomes teen and adult volunteers for the K-3rd grade after school program.  Volunteers are an integral part of Kids Count - helping with homework, reading with the children, supporting the staff with daily activities - and you can choose any hour of time to serve between 3pm and 5:30pm Monday - Thursday and 1pm to 4pm on Fridays.  Ready, set, go volunteer-once-a-week?
  • Like to plan events and parties?  Faith Mission is hosting monthly gatherings of neighborhood families that includes a meal and a fun event for both parents and children.  Several families help plan each month's event with the support of Faith Mission and Kids Count staff, and it would be very helpful if we had at least two volunteers who could help with preparations.  Are you that party volunteer?


Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • It's not too late to join us for CHEERS!  Children ages 3 by September 1, 2015 through 5th graders are invited to be a part of this fun, mid week program on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30.  Join us for exciting, interactive bible lessons and games, dancing, recreation and singing! On-line registration is open.
  • Dads: Register for "Always and Forever" Daddy-Daughter Dance on February 19 from 5:30-7pm. It's a fun evening of dancing, crafting, eating and photos!
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • 31 | Elementary Children Sing in Worship, 9:40
    • February 7 | 3rd Grade Amazing Bible Challenge
    • 12 |Parents Night Out (RSVP by 2/10)
    • 19 | Daddy-Daughter Dance, 5:30 - 7:30 (RSVP)
    • 21 | Baptism Orientation, 8:45am, E125
    • 21 | 9:40-4th Grade Scavenger Hunt (parents join 4th grader in 207) 
    • 28 | Summertime Fun/CrossTrainers/Fusion registration opens to TUMC & Stepping Stones families. VBS registration opens to volunteers and their children.
Stepping Stones
Jan Banks
  • Stepping Stones enrollment for returning students and siblings begins on February 1; Trinity members, MOPs families and those on the wait list on February 8; and open to the community on February 16. For more information or to schedule your tour contact the preschool (416-3025). You can also visit their webpage.
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Thank you all for your prayers for our high school retreat; 19 of us made it up to Dahlonega and had a great winter retreat!
  • Join us and the Church family at the Talent/No Talent show this Sunday night in the Youth Building at 6:00!  Bring money to bid on some delicious homemade pies to support Friendship Accessibility Ministries, then sit back, and enjoy the show!
  • Breakfast buddies is back!  Meet us at the Bagel Bakery Friday mornings at 7:00 AM for fellowship and the best bagels in town.
Music & Worship Arts
Alice Wallis
  • 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 JD if you are interested in learning more.
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing
  • Sonlight will resume our normal schedule on January 31
  • On February 7, Sonlight will be offering a soup and salad lunch to celebrate "Souper" Bowl Sunday. Be on the lookout for more details!
  • February 22 is spirit night at Piesanos for all three Gainesville locations from 4pm-closing. Just mention to your server that you are there to support Sonlight and we will receive 20% back!
  • Upcoming dates:
    • January 31 - meet 8:15am in the choir room; rehearsal 3-5:30pm
    • February 6 - Souper Bowl Sunday prep
    • 7 - Souper Bowl Sunday Fundraiser; Officer's meeting at 2:15pm; rehearsal 3-5:30pm
    • 14 - No Sonlight am or pm
    • 21 - Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
    • 22 - Spirit Night at Piesanos - all three Gainesville locations from 4pm-closing; 20% back if you tell your server you are there to support Sonlight
    • 28 - Rehearsal 3-5:30pm
Sports Ministry
Ben Haines
  • Flag Football Evaluations will take place on the Sports Fields at Trinity from 2-4 PM on January 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
  • Misty Mornings Sunday School class (9:40am, E207) will begin a new DVD study called Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey on February 7.  Books are available at the Bookstore for $16.  New participants are always welcome!
  • Upcoming Studies:
    • 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
  • UMW General Meeting, January 26 at 9:30am in 232. Beth Haines will share the Mommy Reads program conducted at Lowell Correctional Institution.
Caring & Support
Lenora Rousseau 

I am so excited about embracing my expanded role here at Trinity! If you or anyone you know is need of care or support, please do not hesitate to contact me (416-3033). If it's not something that I can help you with directly, I will make sure you are connected with the appropriate ministry to receive the care and support you are seeking. 

  • There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister!  These needs could be a loved one who is hospitalized, terminally ill or in a job crisis.  It could be someone grieving a death or serious loss.  Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.  If you or someone you know would benefit from a Stephen Minister, please call Lynn Cunningham at 372-1027 or Fred Korzec at 386-462-6198.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in 225. Contact Frank Wallace. 
  • Thursday Weekly Prayer Group: "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)  All are welcome to join or leave a Prayer Request at Trinity Chapel.  We love praying for others!  Meets Thursdays at 7pm (except 3rd Thursday at Faith Mission, 6pm).  For more information, contact Jay Schnedl.
General Announcements
  • Chef Franny will offer picadillo, rice, mixed vegetables, plantains, black bean soup, 1905 salad and tres leches cake for Wednesday Night Dinner as we continue the church-wide UMW Latin American study. The program on Art and Culture will be presented by UF Art expert Bob Westin and Harn docent Tara Thornock. The Kitchen is open from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Adult meals are $7, children 5 and up $3.
  • 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.
  • We are planning a big celebration to honor Dan and Jan Johnson on the occasion of his retirement. The celebration will be on Saturday, June 4, at 11:00am, and will be followed by a barbecue lunch from noon-2:00pm. Check out the web page we have set up to give you all of the information for the party! Please RSVP, and plan to create a page to add to the scrapbook that will be from all of us. Look at the website again soon when we will have opportunities for you to sign up to volunteer your time to assist with various parts of the celebration. 
  • 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).
  • Carter Nute will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in 222 on February 1. 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 register. Call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow at (352) 333-3036 to register. 
  • Join us this Sunday for the opening of the annual Gainesville Fine Arts Association Winter Show. We are honored to host this juried show featuring some of the most talented artists in the Gainesville area. A reception will be held on the 2nd floor of the Education Building at noon. Meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.
  • 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
  • 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

Happy Birthday to Harry Kimmell, who celebrates his 98th birthday today!  A happy birthday also to Vam York, who turns 91 on January 30.  

Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given in memory of Eston Rickey Barefoot, who passed into eternal life on 2/1/2001.  They are given with love from his wife Susan, his daughter, April Tisher and her husband Chris, as well as his grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas and Samantha Tisher.

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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