Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
February 2, 2016

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

Good news! We just learned that our good friend and former Assoc. Minister, Mark Becker, now in the prestigious role of President of the Florida United Methodist Foundation will be here tomorrow night to make the presentation on "Leaving A Legacy," 7:00 in room 232.  Please plan to attend, to see a dear friend and learn helpful information for yourself, your family and your church.

This Sunday we conclude our sermon series on Joshua 1:9 with a special gift and word of encouragement.

Love and prayers, Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson

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Upcoming Events
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
10 | Lenten Wednesday Night Dinners begin, 5:30pm, Worship Center
10 | Ash Wednesday Service, 7pm, Worship Center
12 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30-8:30pm (RSVP by 2/10) 
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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The Holy season of Lent begins one week from tomorrow! That makes me all the more grateful for the sermon series we've been doing at Wednesday's 6:35 service in the chapel on the spiritual discipline of fasting. Tomorrow we conclude with "Finding Freedom Through Discipline" from Luke 4:1-21. Hope to see you there!

I am also excited to let you know that registration is now open for The Marriage Course that my wife Lenora and I will be leading on Thursdays from March 31- May 19, from 6 to 8:30 pm. The 8-week course requires a pre-paid registration of $110, which covers the course materials and the dinner deliciousness prepared by our kitchen staff. Limited spots for childcare are available, so register now! Each session is a "date night format," beginning with the opportunity to share a meal and quiet conversation with your partner in a romantic setting. Later, you watch a DVD lesson and are then given more time for discussion. Don't worry - during the discussion time, background music is playing and your tables are spread far enough apart to ensure your privacy. Lenora and I participated in this course two years ago and it strengthened our marriage. Speaking of our marriage, today is our 14th wedding anniversary - Happy anniversary, Lenora! I love you!

Have a great week everyone. Grace and peace, Aaron
Ted Grueser
  • This week's Mission Box is for Trey and Larissa Genser, missionaries serving in Mozambique with Overland Missions.  Overland Missions exists to take the Gospel of Christ to the most remote and forgotten places on earth. We identify these regions and begin the process to spread the good news of Christ until the Gospel has reached its full effect. This means not just sending a team of missionaries over to preach the Word, but deploying a measurable, accountable and effective strategy to empower the local believers to carry on the mission of spreading the Gospel among them in a sustainable way.
  • Mark Your Calendars.  The Spring Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 2
  • A community needs your help! April 24-30, Trinity will be taking a team back to El Salvador to drill a well with Living Water.  If you are interested in being a part of this great opportunity please contact Ted. There are limited spots available so act fast.  There are scholarships available so don't let money stop you from taking advantage of God using you in the world.
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton
  • How can churches and other faith-based organizations serve to meet needs of persons, neighborhoods, and communities in ways that are self-sustaining and transformational?  That was a focus of the Beyond These Walls conference I attended in Atlanta last week.  And while there are no easy answers, there are churches and organizations (like St. Luke's UMC, The Wesley Mission Center  & Significant Matters) that are providing insight through their work.  Building on existing strengths of neighborhoods and incorporating programs that empower (e.g. educational, employment) are examples of common themes.  At Faith Mission, we'll continue to draw from other organizations as we learn how best to serve with our NE 15th Street corridor neighbors. 
  • See the webpage for volunteer opportunities at Faith Mission!
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones
  • 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:
    • 7 | 3rd Grade Amazing Bible Challenge (parents join 3rd grader in rm. 127) 
    • 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.
  • Save the Date for Vacation Bible School: June 13-17 from 9-12:00 for those who have completed  Pre-K through 5th grade.  Registration begins on April 2.
Stepping Stones
Jan Banks
  • Stepping Stones enrollment is open now for returning students and siblings; 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
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to support the annual talent/no show on Sunday, it was a great church family event!
  • This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday!  We will have our high school and middle school parties at host homes for the first half of the games.  Check out the website for addresses and locations.
  • We have extended the deadline to turn in middle school Mystery trip forms until February 14. Hurry up and reserve your spot!
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing
  • 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:
    • 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 February 7 & 21. 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 19, 6-8:30pm. Taught by Rev. Aaron Rousseau and Lenora Rousseau. Register Now.
    • The Holy Spirit book study: Wednesdays, April 6 - April 27, 6:30-7:30pm, 203/204
  • Tomorrow continues the Latin America Mission Study, 210/211, 6:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Women.
  • All women are welcome and invited to join the United Methodist Women. Contact President Elaine Robinson,  or Laura Navarro
Caring & Support
Lenora Rousseau 
  • If you or anyone you know is need of care or support, please do not hesitate to contact Lenora (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 contact Lenora.
  • 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.
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support group meets this month on February 18 at 5:30 in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. Our topic this month led by Joanie Knisley is ANGELS. Join us for our sharing of experiences. All cancer patients and survivors are welcome as we walk together on our cancer journey. For more information, call Marcey (331-2960) or Margie (386-462-9592).
  • Join Lifeline Singles in the youth building on February 5 at 6pm for our monthly "Meet and Greet". Bring a dish to share and $2 for paper goods. Call Carol (219-2635) or the website for more information.
General Announcements
  • Superbowl 50 Wednesday Night Dinner! The menu includes Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Fries, Regular Fries, Spinach Dip, Veggie Sticks, Cheeseburger Soup in a Bread Bowl and Brownie Sundaes. Make sure you come dressed in spirit attire! The Kitchen is open from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Adult meals are $7, children 5 and up $3.
  • 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
  • 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 & Sympathy is extended to Sandy A Sabbagh and family in the passing of her mother, Dorothy ('Dot') Ostman Anthony on January 17, in Pleasanton, CA and Mary Alana King and family in the passing of her mother, Freda Burton King on January 25. 

Altar Flowers
This week's altar 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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