Trinity United Methodist Church
Tuesday Word
March 22, 2016

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

Today I'm reflecting on 22 years of Easter Celebrations and 22 years of singing and hearing the Hallelujah Chorus at the end of each Easter Service - the glory, wonder and joy of our Christian faith is beyond ordinary language and requires the inspiration of a Handel and a Charles Wesley whose "Christ The Lord is Risen Today" will forever ring in our ears.  I have such joy in anticipating celebrating with you this world changing, life-forever changing event we call Easter.

And, if you are interested in joining Trinity or celebrating the sacrament of Baptism, contact Carmen or me and join us in the Chapel this Saturday at noon for our Easter Vigil.  

God bless, Dan
Worship This Week
Wednesday: No Wednesday Service
Sunday: Julie Mishoe (7am) Dr. Dan Johnson (8:15, 9:40, 11am)
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Upcoming Events
24 | Passover Seder Meal, 6pm
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
31 | Marriage Course begins, 6pm (Register)
1 | ALERT, 10:45 (Bible Study) 11:30 (Lunch)
2 | Missions Yard Sale, 8am - 12pm
2 | Family Promise Bed Race, Sante Fe, 10am
3 | Confirmation Sunday  
A Message from Rev. Aaron
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My prayers are with you as this holy season of Lent draws to a close and I am expectant for all that God has in store for us this week: our Passover meal together on Maundy Thursday, worship in the chapel on Good Friday and on Holy Saturday, and celebrating the risen Christ on Easter morning. It is sure to be a glorious week!

The 6:35 service will not be meeting during Holy Week but will resume in the chapel on March 30.

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 is for Living Water International to fund a well in El Salvador.   A team from Trinity went to El Salvador in January and put in a well in a remote community.  While we were there they shared a need for a second well in that same community because of the distance people had to walk to get clean water.  Most of the people would end up still getting there water from the river because of the distance.  We need to raise $5500 for this well.  A team from Trinity will go down April 24-30 to drill this second well.  
  • Did you know that there is a Trinity mission team in Matagalpa, Nicaragua this week?  The team of high school youth and adults will set up and provide medical clinics all 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.  Please remember to lift them up in your prayers.
  • 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. Support can be given by cash or check at the reception desk (checks payable to Family Promise Gainesville with Trinity Race Team in the memo) or online. The four bed pushers and their passenger Princess Leia (aka Lenora Rousseau), need you to come out on April 2 at 10am to cheer them on. 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
Children's Ministry
Elizabeth Jones 
  • 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 this Sunday 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're continuing on with all of our Holy Week/spring break events! Here's what's going on for the rest of the week:
    • Tuesday - Visiting the Village - 12:30 - 3:30 PM
    • Wednesday - Movie Night! Time TBA
    • Thursday - Holy Thursday Lock-In - 6 PM
    • Friday - Good Friday Service - 12 PM
    • Saturday - visit our website for a devo to do with your family!
    • Sunday - Easter Sunrise Service - 7 AM (No Youth Group, Sunday School, or Confirmation)
  • For more details about our Holy Week events, click here!
  • Mark your calendars for Confirmation Sunday on April 3rd! We are so proud of our confirmation group this year, and we hope you will be there to officially welcome them as new members of the church at the 9:40 service!
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:
    • 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:
    • 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
  • 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. We will gather Thursday, 7-8pm to pray.  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).
  • 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
  • There is no Wednesday Night Dinner this week. Volunteers are needed for the Passover/Seder Dinner on Thursday to help serve and clean up. Please contact Franny (416-3027) if you can 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 Trinity Talents Art Show goes up on April 11, we need your talent! The show is open to any member, friend or associate of Trinity. Pick up an application at the reception desk and bring your art 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.
  • It is year four when Methodists around the world meet together to set policies for the church at the General Conference.  A beautiful gift of prayer beads is being given to each delegate to the Conference. On April 3rd at 2:00 a group will gather at First Methodist Church in Ocala to construct the prayer beads to be taken to Portland. Come for an enjoyable time of creating the gifts and using your crafty skills for the good of the church around the world. Please click here to RSVP or contact Jim Cook.   
  • 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

Happy Birthday to Fran Allison, who turns 91 today; and to Martha Matthews, who celebrates her 90th birthday on March 26. 
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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