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We are looking for reliable and consistent part-time nursery workers to show God’s love to his littlest sheep. Successful applicants will be reliable workers who enjoy caring for and working with children from birth through age 10. It is of high importance for the workers to provide a safe, secure, fun and nurturing environment for all children. The workers will be responsible for providing age-appropriate care including bottle feeding, changing diapers, escorting to the bathroom, maintaining a safe environment, positively and joyously interacting with children through games, songs, toys, stories, play and prayer.
Please see the attached Job Posting_nursery
Trinity United Methodist Church will be starting a fresh expression called “Bibles and Bowling.” We will be having an inquiry meeting on January 18 at Seminole Bowl, 1940 W Tennessee St. at 6:30 pm. We hope to be part of a movement that reaches out to unchurched and nonreligious people. Contact Pastor Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This special January 2018 issue of Crossroads features summaries of talks presented at “More Than Bricks and Mortar,” a recent Lay Academy series, organized by the Trinity Historical Society. TUMC’s Historical Society’s purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate historical resources to the church family, the public, and other historical groups.
In this issue you will find short articles that highlight Trinity’s history from its earliest beginnings; the artists behind the stained glass that have illuminated our spiritual past; early missional outreach; history of sacred music, and Trinity’s “saints,” whose compassion and spiritual leadership influenced our church life. A few printed copies are placed in the Welcome Center and room 305.
Click here to read the issue.
Preparing for this annual event is the major focus of our music groups this month. Sunday, January 28, at the 11 a.m. service, we try to get all of Trinity’s music groups to participate, from our youngest (Cherub Choir) to our oldest (Heavenly Handchimes) and everything in between. Hopefully, we will have 13 – 14 music groups at that service, and we still usually finish by 12:10 p.m.!
This is a rare opportunity for all of Trinity’s musicians to participate in a worship service together.
Rev. Dr. Wayne Wyatt will preach briefly at the 11 a.m. service. The 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. services that day will hold normal church services with only the 11 a.m. service featuring all of the music groups.
Lay Academy is a series of adult education classes offered each Wednesday, from September to May. Study topics are of general interest, as well as for spiritual growth.
Class Start-Up Time
The next term begins Wednesday, January 10, and offers classes with topics of wide interest.
Starting at 4 p.m., Rev. Barbara Hynes will begin a new Bible study.
News: Fake, Real and Other
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Room 305, a class will focus on a current topic, News: Fake, Real and Other. Potential presenters include representatives of local television, radio, print media, and social media. Questions that will be explored include, “What is the state of your media in today’s news market?” “How do you define ‘fake news’ or is that even a thing?” How can you discern what is real news?” and many other topics of interest.
Elaine Freni will lead a fitness class in the Parlor, called BFC Bootcamp. Bootcamp is a combination of strength, cardio, muscle endurance and core. You get EVERYTHING you need.
Youth Bible Study
Lisa Prasse will lead the Youth Bible Study classes for combined Middle and High Schoolers. School pick-up from Raa Middle School is available Wednesday afternoons.
The Men’s Group, led by Bill Fritchman, will continue a study based on the book, More to Your Story (Discover Your Place in God’s Plan) by Max Lucado. There is more to your story than the chaos, clutter and confusion of daily life. New participants are always welcome.
Guitar Small Group
Jim McKinnell will lead this class. Bring your own guitar and learn how to play in a small group. Beginners are welcome.
Registration NOW AVAILABLE
Registration information is now available at our LA webpage. Contact Dr. Nick Quinton (222-1120) for more information on Lay Academy.
Come join us as we engage in Faith Dialogues, an ongoing discussion group. We are making a space for a small group study with intent on dialogue and reflection for spiritual, social, and intellectual development.
Our model for dialogue is based on the concept of Courageous Conversations, a United Methodist Church guidepost for confronting controversial issues.
We will spend our time together in dialogue on how we can affect our own Christian witness in the context of critical social issues like political engagement, immigration, racism, human sexuality, the environment and climate change, and violence. Course content will come from a variety of books.
We will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 2-4 p.m. Our next meeting is beginning Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
Groom’s Room (across from the Chapel)
Our next discussion will be the book, The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America, by
Jeannine Hill Fletcher. We ask that each participant purchase a copy of the book (let the facilitator know if you need financial assistance).
How have Christian theologies of religious superiority underwritten ideologies of white supremacy in the United States? According to Hill Fletcher, the tendency of Christians to view themselves as the “chosen ones” has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences.
Most participants will have read the book by discussion time, but all are welcome to attend.
Those interested may contact Princess Palmer at email@example.com for more information.
Brochures are now available in the Welcome Center for the upcoming Florida Conference trip to Italy on April 3-12, 2018, with our Bishop Ken Carter. Barbara Hynes will be leading the Trinity group. To find out more, contact Barbara Hynes at 850-284-4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ringers Needed! All three handbell/handchime groups at Trinity are looking for additional members, Trinity Ringers, Jubilation Bells and Heavenly Handchimes. Ringing is lots of fun! Ability to read music is required. We can teach you the rest! Contact Music Director, Mark Repasky for additional information
This is a special program for children ages 3 through 2nd grade during the 11 a.m. service. Children’s Time provides a fun environment for kids to explore their faith through play, while giving their parents time to be more fully engaged in worship. Children will have an opportunity to pray, hear a short children’s message, enjoy a snack, participate in service projects, as well as sing, dance, and play. Children will be dismissed from worship immediately following the Children’s Message. Preschool (VPK) gather in room 203 and Elementary (K-2nd grade) gather in room 202. If today will be your child’s first time attending, please escort him/her from the sanctuary to the classroom to meet the leaders and provide us with the necessary contact information. At the end of worship, families are asked to make picking up their children their first priority.
Keep up with Wellness events by going to https://www.tumct.org/connect/monthy-tidings-newsletter/
Mac and Cheese donations Please remember to bring macaroni and cheese to the Welcome Center. Boxes are delivered to ECHO to place in food bags for hungry families. The Trinity congregation has been supporting this program for almost three years, and the generosity shown by Trinity is genuinely appreciated by ECHO and the families who receive it. Thank you.
Please join us following the 8:30 a.m. worship service and prior to Sunday School for fellowship over coffee in the Congregate Room (Room 305).