Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
February 23, 2016

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

I leave this Thursday, along with Ted, our Missions Director, to travel back to Lagos, Nigeria, to teach preaching for a week at our partner seminary, West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS).  Five years ago we began a relationship with WATS with a group of 17 of us from Trinity.  WATS is a large theological seminary in the most populous country in Africa, with the greatest growth in Christianity in the world.  WATS is a strategic seminary, and I and Trinity are privileged to be connected with them.  The modernization of their library and internet learning is the result of our support.  Ted and I will appreciate your prayers.  As you know, Trinity is engaged in mission locally, nationally and internationally, even as Jesus commanded:  "Go into all the world..."

I'm excited to have our dear friend, Rev. Kandace Brooks, back to preach at our Wednesday night Lenten service this week.  Kandace received her call to preach at Trinity; you journeyed with her during her husband, Neil's illness and death, as a most loving community.  I'm sure many of you will want to come Wednesday and greet her.

What an excellent team of women we have working on this year's Women's Retreat; they have created an outstanding event that all the women of Trinity will not want to miss - Saturday morning, March 12, with a great "Bible in 100 minutes" the night before.  See below for specifics.

Finally, our friend, Troy Holloway (we could never have done financially what we did at Trinity without Troy!) is coming back to Trinity on April 27, for a luncheon presentation.  More details to follow, but please save that date!

Love and prayers,
Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Kandace Brooks
Sunday: Rev. Aaron Rousseau
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28 | House of Hope Prayer Walk, Chapel, 3pm
2 |  Lenten Worship Service, Rev. David Dodge, 6:30pm
6 | Sonlight Sunday 
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I am so excited to preach this Sunday: "I AM: The Light Of The World" - John 8:12-20 (CEB). See you in worship!

I am also excited that Lenora and I will be co-leading The Marriage Course on Thursday evenings, March 31 - May 19, 6-8:30pm. If there is one thing that 14 years of marriage and 3 children have taught us, it's that a strong, loving, and lifelong relationship takes effort and dedication to keep the fun and romance alive. We are always learning ways to make our marriage better. You're invited to experience eight focused-date nights for you and your spouse to enjoy a delicious meal and private conversation - aimed at helping you grow closer together. Register here, cost is $110, and includes all meals and childcare. For more information, contact me or Lenora. And, please, tell your friends!

Have a great week!
Ted Grueser
  • This week's mission box will support Trinity's Spring Break Youth Medical Mission trip to Nicaragua, March 20-27.  A team of high school youth and adults will set up and provide medical clinics for a week in the mountains of Nicaragua.  This is an awesome trip for our youth to experience firsthand the medical field and impact so many lives in the villages where we host clinics.
  • 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
  • Faith Mission's purpose is to be an active community of faith which closely partners with area residents for the well-being of all. The Faith Mission Leadership Team has established the following priorities for 2016:
    • Nurturing the spiritual development of people who serve with Faith Mission and who live and work in the neighborhood. (Hosting regular prayer gatherings and prayer walks, hosting trainings that enhance understandings of human dignity and families in poverty)
    • Developing healthy, ongoing relationships with families and expanding awareness of Faith Mission in the neighborhood. (Organizing family gatherings, participating in neighborhood and school events, hosting community events)
    • Enhancing the well-being of neighborhood children, youth, and families in sustainable and empowering ways (Partnering with children's programs (Kids Count, Girl Scouts, Rawlings mentoring), organizing youth and women's programs, and supporting accessible healthcare for families)
    • Helping participating congregations be informed, supportive, and active in the ministry (Communicating regularly, creating "exposure" volunteer & training opportunities)
    • Learning from organizations with experience in community development (Meeting with local organizations, visiting mission sites, attending workshops)
These priorities will guide all our efforts.  Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or thoughts.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones 
  • Easter eggs need "stuffing"! Pick up a bag in the Children's Ministries office, room 108.
  • Be a part of Trinity's Summer Camp!
    • Summertime Fun: Children, age 1 (and walking) by April 1, 2016, through incoming 1st graders, are invited to join a fun-filled morning of activities, crafts, music, movement, and free play related to special Bible themes.
    • Crosstrainers: Incoming 2nd - 7th graders are invited to join an outdoor-based day camp. Children will play and learn fundamentals for basic sports, participate in group games, and enjoy a fun Florida summer.
    • Fusion: Fusion is for incoming 1st & 2nd graders only and spaces are limited!  This new hybrid day camp will incorporate elements of Summer Time Fun (STF) and Crosstrainers (CT) programs into one.
  • Mark Your Calendars:
    • February 28 | Summertime Fun/CrossTrainers/Fusion registration opens to TUMC & Stepping Stones families. VBS registration opens to volunteers and their children.
    • March 18 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 (RSVP)
    • 20 | 9:40 & 11am, Sit Together Sunday
  • 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.
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • Please be in prayer for our Youth staff, parents, and 20 middle school students going on our Middle School Mystery Trip this weekend!
  • Don't forget about small groups meeting on Wednesday nights, 7:30 for boys in the youth building and 8:00 for girls at Kylie (middle school) and Julie's (High School) Houses! 
  • Friday Morning Breakfast Buddies at Bagel Bakery at 7am.  Start your Fridays off on a delicious note of warm bagels and hot coffee, oh, yeah, and awesome company!
  • UMYF Sunday Night is our Leap Day Party!  Come out for a fun night of life sized board games like Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship, and more!  If you need to get even more excited than you already are, check this clip out of hungry hungry humans.
  • Kylie and Evan will be leading some awesome Spring Break/Holy Week activities, check out the link to add them to your calendar: Holy Week 2016
  • High School ASP Forms and Middle School Radius Forms are now available and we are taking sign ups!  Print yours off and get it in to reserve your spots!
Dance Camp
Susan Kovi
  • Dance Camp 2016: Registration will begin on March 7 for girls who are currently in 1st - 5th grade. Camp is July 25-29, 9am - 1pm with a performance on the 29th at noon.  For more information or to register please contact Susan Kovi (416-3039).
Sonlight Youth Choir & Band
Erin Cushing
  • Upcoming dates:
    • 28 | Rehearsal 3-5:30pm, officer applications are open
    • 6 | Sonlight Sunday, 7:30am call time; Rehearsal 3-5:30pm - everyone in worship center
      9 | Wednesday Lenten Service at 6:30pm (dinner at 5:30pm) RSVP here
      13 | Officer's meeting at 2:15pm; rehearsal 3-5:30pm; officer applications due
      20 | No Sonlight am or pm - Happy spring break!
      27 | Sonlight morning only, all meet at 8:30am in the choir room
      31 | Tour 2016 deposits due
Adult Ministries
Kim Lewerenz
  • 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
  • womenBible 100: Friday, March 116 - 8pm led by Beth Demme. Cost is $10.  For more information about Beth visit her website.  She will also be our keynote speaker at our upcoming Women's Event on March 12.   Register Now.
  • Trinity Ladies: Register now for our upcoming Women's Event #WomenLivingUnfiltered on March 128 - 1pm.  Cost is $25.  For more information contact Kim (416-3074). 
  • United Methodist Women:
    • February 28 - Prayer Walk for Her Hope and House of Hope. Everyone is welcome, golf carts are available.
    • Leadership Team Meeting, March 1, 10am, 222
    • The Church Women United's World Day of Prayer, March 4, 9:30am at Mt. Carmel (2508 NE 8th Ave)
    • Morning Circle Meetings, March 8, 10am
    • Faith Circle Meeting, March 8, 9:30am
Caring & Support
Lenora Rousseau
  • Caregiver Support Group: Meets every Monday from 7 -8:30pm in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. All are welcome.  For more information, contact Frank Wallace.
  • Need Someone to talk to? There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend! 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.  In addition to our clergy and parish visitation team, our Stephen Ministers are also here to help. If you or someone you know would benefit from speaking to a Stephen Minister, please contact Lenora.
Sports Ministry
Ben Haines
  • March 11 is the Trinity Family Campout on campus. We'll provide s'mores and hot chocolate and a fire if you want to cook your own dinner. Continental style breakfast in the Youth Building Saturday morning. Email Ben for more info.
General Announcements
  • The Wednesday Night Dinner menu is Chicken Tortilla Soup, Black Bean and Corn and Tomato Medley, Garden Salad, Chips with Salsa or Queso and Cheese Quesadillas. Gluten free option available. The Kitchen is open from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Adult meals are $7, children $3, 0-5 eat free.
  • Easter Lily Dedications ($14) will be open February 28th - March 20.  Envelopes will be available during Sunday services for those who would like to pay by cash or check, or you may pay online here.  If you have any questions, please contact Shannon (416-3005). 
  • On Holy Saturday (March 26) we will be having a special Membership/Baptism Service at 12pm in the Chapel. If you are planning to attend, please arrive at the Chapel by 11:30 am for a brief orientation. The service is entirely devoted to those being baptized and/or joining Trinity. You are welcome to invite family members or friends to be a part of this very special experience. For more information, contact Carmen Nelson (416-3004).
  • If you are looking to make Trinity your church home, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming 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 class is designed for visitors and gives you the opportunity to meet our ministers and learn about the many ways to become involved in our church family. The next Coffee with the Pastors is March 13 at 9:40am in 222. Please register online. We would love to meet you and to welcome you into the membership of our church! Childcare is available with a reservation.
  • Reeves Byrd will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course in E222 on March 3. 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. Call Mrs. Lynda LeGrow (333-3036) to register.
  • 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 Eugene "Gene" Wigington and family on the passing of his wife of 72 years, Mildred "Midge" Wigington in Pawley's Island, S.C. on February 6; Beverly Jones, Karen Kilgore and families on the passing of their mother, Betty Jane Williams Kinchen on February 17; and Gloria Mayberry and family on the passing of her husband, Maurice Edward Mayberry on February 19. 
Happy Birthday to Ann Whiffen, who celebrates her 80th birthday on February 24th. 
Altar Flowers
This week's flowers are given by Nick Koenigstein in honor of his daughter, Niki Hartke, for her birthday on February 26th.   

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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