Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
March 15, 2016

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

Easter is very early this year (March 27), and Palm Sunday is this coming Sunday, March 20.  I've appreciated all your Lenten devotionals, and look forward to being with you for all the events of Holy Week at Trinity.  The deadline for securing a place at the "Last Supper/Seder Meal" (Maundy Thursday, March 24) is Thursday. Email Alice today for your ticket.  Similarly, to place an Easter Lily in honor or memory of someone, email Shannon today or order online.

Tomorrow night we welcome back home to Trinity the Rev. Jane Huffman Pearce.  These special reunions with former Trinity colleagues have been wonderful.

Finally, as promised, we want to keep you updated on our Finances at Trinity.  Here is our status at the end of February:
  • Contributions Anticipated, YTD $578,310
  • Contributions Received, YTD $503,042
  • Expenditures, YTD $447,875

If you would like to check on your pledge, or would like to see the fuller financial summary that Church Council receives, please feel free to request this from Laura Richardson, our Business Administrator.

Love and prayers, Dan

Worship This Week
Wednesday: Rev. Jayne Pearce
Sunday: Dr. Dan Johnson
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Upcoming Events
16 | Lenten Worship Service, Rev. Jayne Pearce
18 | Parent's Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 (RSVP by 3/16)
20 | Sit Together Sunday, 9:40 & 11am (no Children's Sunday School)
24 | Passover Seder Meal, 6pm (Alice for required tickets)
25 | Good Friday Worship Service, 12pm, Chapel
26 | Easter Vigil (Carmen to register)
27 | Easter Worship 7am (Sunrise Service), 8:15am (Early Worship), 9:40am (Sonlight), 11am (Traditional). Children's Celebration, 9:40am 
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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Our partnership with Youth Ministry Institute (YMI) in our nationwide search for Trinity's next Director of Student Ministries is off to a great start! The focus group meeting that happened this past Sunday, with the Director of YMI and several students and parents, was very productive and will serve us well in the days ahead. Please pray for the work of our search committee and for the person God will provide as our next Director!

Lenora and I will be co-leading The Marriage Course on Thursday evenings, March 31 to May 19, from 6-8:30pm. You're invited to experience 8 focused-date nights for you and your spouse to enjoy a delicious meal and private conversation - aimed at helping you grow closer together. There is still plenty of availability, so register here today! Cost is $110, and includes all meals and childcare. We are also looking for additional volunteers to help us make this course a life-changing experience for couples. If interested, please let me or Lenora know.

Grace and peace be with you,
Rev. Aaron
Ted Grueser
  • This week's mission box supports PET which stands for Personal Energy Transportation.  Most of us never give it a second thought. However, for more than 20,000,000 people in developing countries who are unable to walk, it is a major concern. These individuals have suffered the loss of mobility because of landmine explosions, illness, birth defects, disease, or accidents.  The three-wheeled, hand-powered PET wheelchairs, manufactured by PET-Florida (and other PET affiliates), provide a means for these physically challenged individuals to achieve the "gift of mobility".  For more information visit their website.
  • WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP! 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.
  • The Adult Spring Appalachia Service Project team, leaving April 30 and returning May 7, is going to Greenville, TN to participate in a New Build (building a new house). There are currently 5 open positions on the team if you are interested in building construction for a needy family. Contact: William Buhi
  • The Family Promise 2nd Annual Bed Race will be on April 2 at the Santa Fe College track. Show your support for the Trinity team as they compete to be the fastest bed and to raise the most funds of any team. Your support will make a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families in Alachua county. Be sure to see the bed outside of the Worship Center Sunday. Volunteers will be there to answer questions and accept donations. Checks should be made payable to Family Promise of Gainesville and designated for the Trinity Race Team. Checks may also be left at the desk in the Education Building.  Support can also be given online. The four bed pushers and their passenger Princess Leia (aka Lenora Rousseau), need you to come out on April 2 to cheer them on.  The race begins at 10am but the beds will be there starting at 8:30. There will be a bounce house, face painting, a parade of beds and fun for all!
  • Mark Your Calendars. The Spring Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 2
Faith Mission
Ward Simonton
  • Spring (and Spring Break) is just around the corner and we're thankful for warmer temps, flowers, and longer days.  I'm also thankful for the many people who have stepped up to serve at Faith Mission and in the neighborhood in the past several months, like
    • Volunteers who serve at Kids Count;
    • Volunteers who serve as mentors at Rawlings Elementary;
    • Volunteers who work regularly on improvements to the facility;
    • Trinity's UMW who provided Teacher Appreciation Goodie Bags to Rawlings staff;
    • The volleyball team that assembled hundreds of Easter Eggs for neighborhood children;
    • Volunteers who provide leadership to the Faith Mission youth group and Sunday School classes and other Trinity folk who help provide this group with meals;
    • Kids Count, Girl Scout, Greenhouse, and Rawlings staff who are so supportive of the children in the neighborhood; &
    • All from the neighborhood who are working together to enhance well-being of children and families.
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones 
  • Parent's Night Out - March 18, 5:30 - 8:30. Register by tomorrow to attend.
  • Sit Together Sunday, March 20, 9:40 & 11:  Elementary Children will be joining their family for worship in the Worship Center.  We will offer childcare for our children Pre-K and younger.   
  • Due to Alachua County's Spring Break, there will be NO CHEERS on March 23. CHEERS will resume on March 30.  
  • Our annual Easter Celebration is March 27 at 9:40! Join us for our wonderful children's Sunday School program, followed by singing under the oaks, the Easter Story and our family egg hunt. Don't forget your Easter basket! For our 11:00 attenders, please join us under the oaks OR join your family for worship. There will be no Children's Sunday School at 11; childcare will be provided for Pre-K and younger. 
  • Be a part of Trinity's Summer Camp, registration is now OPEN!
  • VBS Registration is open for VBS volunteers and their children
  • Save the Dates:
    • Children's Sunday: May 1. Our children will be leading the 9:40 worship service so we need all of our children's beautiful voices! Parents, please plan to be in town on May 1.
    • Vacation Bible School: June 13-17 from 9-12 for those who have completed  Pre-K through 5th grade.  Registration begins on April 3rd.
Youth Ministry
Julie Mishoe
  • We'll be kicking off our spring break/Holy Week activities with Request Worship Night this Sunday! Come join us for an awesome worship night where you pick the music! 5:30-7:30, $3
  • Here are our events for the rest of Holy Week:
    • Monday - Pancakes and Easter Card Decorating, 9am - 12pm
    • Tuesday - Visiting the Village, 12:30 - 3:30pm
    • Wednesday - Movie Night! Time TBA
    • Thursday - Holy Thursday Lock-In, 6pm
    • Friday - Good Friday Service, 12pm
    • Saturday - visit our website for a devo to do with your family!
    • Sunday - Easter Sunrise Service, 7am (No Youth Group, Sunday School, or Confirmation)
  • For more details about our Holy Week events, click here!
Dance Camp
Susan Kovi
  • Dance Camp 2016: Registration is open 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:
    • 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:
    • Tuesday Morning Moms (9:30-11:30am, E203/204) will begin a new study called Seamless by Angie Smith on March 29.  Class materials are $15.  Childcare is available.
    • The Alpha Marriage Course: Thursdays, March 31-May 19, 6-8:30pm. Taught by Rev. Aaron Rousseau and Lenora Rousseau. Register Now.
    • Families on a Mission Sunday School group (11am, Youth Bldg) will begin a new study called The Book of Daniel on April 3.  Class materials are $15.
    • Women Growing in Faith (6:30-8:30pm, E232) will begin a new study called The Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury on April 5. Class materials are $15.
    • The Holy Spirit book study: Wednesdays, April 6 - April 27, 6:30-7:30pm, 203/204. Books are available at the bookstore for $13.
  • United Methodist Women:
    • 22 | General Meeting, 10am. Deaconess Mae Griner will speak, "Imagine No More HIV/AIDS." Hostess: Harmony Circle. GCM Donation: Mac & Cheese
      23 | This day is designated as the Day of Giving in the United Methodist Women.  On this date in 1869, a small group of women assembled outside the Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. There they organized for mission and established the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, which was a forerunner of the UMW.  Nearly 150 years later, the UMW at Trinity are still following this tradition with over 120 active members in many forms of mission. If you are interested in contributing to the Legacy Fund, which is a fund established to support future mission work, all monies donated on the Day of Giving will go to the Legacy Fund.
Caring & Support
Lenora Rousseau
  • Please join me in congratulating all our newly commissioned Stephen Ministers: Jay Schnedl, Nancy Walsh, Linda Galloway, Carol Ramirez, Joyce Pearson, Ann Mercer, Steve Upshaw, and Darlene Hinkle. These wonderful people have completed over 50 hours of training to prepare to serve our community with their gifts and compassion. Stephen Ministers provide a confidential source of support during difficult times of transition, isolation, crisis, or rebuilding. If you or someone you know would benefit from speaking to a Stephen Minister, please contact Lenora.
  • Caregiver Support Group meets every Monday from 7-8:30pm in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. All are welcome. Contact Frank Wallace (516-637-5754).
  • Weekly Prayer Group: All are welcome to join us for prayer or leave a written Prayer Request in the Chapel. This week, we will meet at Faith Mission from 6-6:30 PM. Come join us to pray for our community.  For more information, contact Jay Schnedl.
  • Griefshare: A journey from mourning to joy. This 10 week class begins April 6 at 6:45pm in E224. The cost for the class is $15 (scholarships available), which can be paid by cash or check the first night. Childcare will provided at no charge. Register online or contact Lynn Cunningham (372-1027).
  • Healing Touch Cancer Support Group will meet on March 17 at 5:30 in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. This month we welcome Mirabai Cardullo who will talking with us about "Tapping Into Your Inner Healer." Join us for support and encouragement! For information call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
  • The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet March 21, 6-8pm in 224.  All Gainesville area Breast Cancer Survivors are welcome!  For more information, contact Debra Rowley at (386) 418-4311.
  • FROGS MS Support Group will meet March 28, 6-8 PM in 203/204. All Gainesville Area patients and caregivers are welcome! There may be a Potluck Dinner, contact Sarah Maurer.
General Announcements
  • The Wednesday Night Dinner menu is Broccoli Cheese Soup, Toasty Sandwich Melts, Carrot Salad, Cookies. The kitchen is open from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Adult meals are $7, children $3, 0-5 eat free. A reminder that next week there is NO Wednesday night dinner. Volunteers needed for the Passover/Seder Dinner to  help serve and clean up. Please contact Franny (416-3027) if you can help.
  • Easter Lily Dedications ($14) are open through 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 hereIf you have any questions, please contact Shannon (416-3005). 
  • If you would like to join the group that will be decorating for the Passover Seder meal, please come to the worship center on March 22 at 10:30am. Please contact Alice to let her know you will be coming to help!
  • 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).
  • Easter Parking: due to increased attendance Easter Sunday, parking will be at a premium. Parking lots on the East Side, beside the Education Building, will be closed until 10:30am for parking by the 11am service. Car parkers will be distributed throughout the grounds to assist in finding open spaces to park. If you plan on being at Trinity for more than one service, including the Children's Celebration, it would be helpful to park in the area behind the Atrium.
  • Don't forget to let us know if you are coming to the Celebration to honor Rev. Dan and Jan Johnson on the occasion of their retirement! The big celebration will be on June 4 at 11am, and will be followed by a barbecue lunch on the grounds. Visit the website to RSVP.
  • Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast: designed for families interested or involved in fostering and/or adopting as well as counselors/therapists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, teachers, children's ministry, babysitters, and anyone interested in children from hard places. April 8 & 9, 9:30-6pm in the Youth Building. $50 fee which covers a workbook, light breakfast and lunch for both days.  Click HERE for more information or contact Elise Caton.
  • Carter Nute will teach the AARP Smart Driver Course on April 4 in 222. 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. For course registration call Ms. Pat Savage at (352) 284-4160.
  • The Gainesville Fine Arts Association Winter Show ends March 28 but the walls will be bare only a few days before the annual Trinity Talents Art Show goes up on April 11. However, in order to have a great show we need your talent! The show is open to any member, friend or associate of Trinity. Just pick up an application at the reception desk and bring your art work to Trinity the morning of April 11. The show will open with a reception on April 17. Artwork should be ready to hang or able to fit in the art display case.  Any questions please contact Grace TeSelle.
  • If you need to make arrangements for assistance or special accommodations during Sunday services, please contact Shannon (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 Patricia H. Yorton and family in the passing of her husband, Roger Allan Yorton on March 7; Jack Fugate and family in the passing of his mother, Kathryn Marie Hoffman on March 9; and JoMaree Peshek and family in the passing of her mother, Hope F. (Magoto) Peshek on March 13.
Happy 100th Birthday to Hazel Wendelburg on March 18th; and to Glenn Westerheim, who turns 95 on March 18th as well.  Happy 95th Birthday to Blanche Wolfe on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, and to Judy Zimmerman, also celebrating a St. Patrick's Day birthday and turning 94.     
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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