TCC Email Newsletter
August 10, 2017
Pastor Tom's Note:

How to Deal With Setbacks on the Freedom Trail

In case you missed it, you can listen to Sunday’s sermon here.

On their own freedom trail, the Israelites have already faced significant setbacks (Exodus 16-17). However, what happens at the foot of Mount Sinai in Exodus 32 defines ‘epic fail.’ In fact, this building of the “golden calf” becomes THE symbol of idolatry in the Bible. Yahweh has a zero-tolerance policy for the worship of other godsClick here to read more.

Tom is generally in the TCC office weekday afternoons from 12-4P.  You can reach him at 508-358-7717, EXT 302 or at

This Weekend @ TCC

Preaching this Sunday          

Kyle Smethurst, TCC’s Student Ministry Pastor, preaches this Sunday, continuing in the sermon series “Summer of Freedom.”  


Grief Group to Begin September 19

A new ministry group begins this fall, open to those both within and outside of the TCC community. The group's purpose will be to support and encourage those grieving the death a loved one. This weekly grief support group will meet on Tuesday evenings at TCC for 12 weeks beginning September 19. The book "Understanding Your Grief" by Alan Wolfelt will be used as a format for discussion (book cost is $12). If you or someone you know could benefit from journeying with others in their grief experience, please contact one of the co-leaders, Jane Stankiewicz:, 508-314-0827 or Kathleen Barrett:, 508-308-4985.


Teddy Sayonkon Foundation - Scholarship Fund Raising Efforts Now Underway. Will You Help?

TCC member Teddy Sayonkon continues his mission work in Liberia, with an effort to raise funds for ten highly motivated children to attend a Christian school this year. Less than $500 per child will allow them to buy uniforms and attend school. Donating to support these children is a wonderful way to tangibly share the love of Christ! 


  "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1John 3:17-18


Previously nine students received scholarships and are shown in the photos to the left.

Donations of any amount can be made to the "Teddy Sayonkon Foundation (TSF)."  The TSF now has a newly formed Board (Paul Church, Kevin Johnson, Debbie Wilson and Teddy Sayonkon) and they are working to make the foundation an official nonprofit organization and gain tax exempt status.  (Unfortunately, contributions are not currently tax deductible.)  Donations can be given to any Board member, or you can mail it to PO Box 215 North Billerica, MA 01862.  

Giving to TCC through On-Line Bill Pay….
Did you know you can give to TCC online through your own bank?  Most banks offer this option through online bill payment as a free service.  You can use the following information to create an account with your bank:

Biller Name:  Trinitarian Congregational Church

Biller Address: 53 Cochituate Road
                        Wayland, MA  01778

Biller Phone Number:  508-358-7717

Account: General Fund (for tithes and offerings)

  • At this time we do not offer direct deposit into our account.

  • Bank of America users – you’ll be required to enter an account number when setting up an automatic payment.  Putting in the TCC phone number, or even 00000 should do the trick!

  • Questions?  Please email

LIFE Groups
Here at TCC, we are passionate about cultivating authentic community. Throughout the week, LIFE groups meet and rely on Bible study, discussion, practical yet compassionate care to encourage, befriend and help each other grow in relationship with Christ. We have groups in Wayland, Weston, Sudbury, Natick and Hudson who would love  to have you join them!  For more information, contact Kyle at
Away This Summer But Want an Electronic Copy of the Bulletin?
Please contact the office.  For privacy reasons, we do not publish the weekly prayer concerns in TCC's email newsletter, as the email newsletter is posted on our website. If you want to keep up-to-date with happenings and fellow congregants, contact us and can email the bulletin to you!
Students and Children
Children's Ministry

Live the Adventure (LTA) Summer Schedule through August 28.


  • All children should be registered at the check-in desk at the beginning of the service.


  • Infant through entering kindergarten children will be in the Pre-K wing the entire hour.  Room numbers will be posted. 


  • Children entering 1st through entering 5th grade will begin in the sanctuary with their families and be dismissed to LTA.  Pick-up children in Room 204 at the end of service.  


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Summer Volunteers Needed!

Summer’s here and Summer Live the Adventure is in full swing!  We are looking for folks who enjoy kids and would like to spend ONE SUNDAY morning with these fabulous kids. There are opportunities to rock babies, play with preschoolers, or spend times with elementary kids.
If so, please sign up here.

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                                        Student Ministries
Dive Summer Bible Study this Sunday, August 13th, from 9:50-10:30A.
All 5th-9th graders are invited to join us for this study in Bradford Hall! Our group will begin the morning in Phillips Hall at 9:30A, and will be dismissed to Bradford Hall during the greeting at about 9:50A.
Adult Ministries
Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study (WBS) – Register Now for the Fall!
Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study (WBS) is excited to announce our study, The Book of Acts, and our new teacher, Rachael Frase from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  How did Christianity start and spread?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the church?  Come enjoy morning coffee and fellowship with friends and learn through the Book of Acts how the gospel turns the world upside down!

WBS meets on Thursday mornings from 9:15-11:00A. The fall session runs from September 14 - November 16; the Winter/Spring session, January 4 - April 12. Cost is $50 for the entire year plus $75 for childcare.  Please register on line here.

If you additional questions, contact Amy Canute at

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  Mom to Mom Resumes September 15 - Register Now!
            September 15 - November 17                    
            January 12 - May 11
            Friday mornings, 9:30A - 11:15A

"Mom to Mom makes me a better mom as it 'gives me support' along the way...

Mom to Mom meets weekly to address issues and needs of women and family, guided by Biblical principles. We offer encouragement, compassion, and support to moms with children of all ages living at home. For over fifteen years, hundreds of Moms from the community at-large have come together and learned that they "are not alone" in the delight and struggles of raising a family. Any mom, independent of religious affiliation, is invited to join us.

Mom to Mom also offers a wonderful Christian Children's Ministry Program for infants through kindergartners. There are crafts, music, games and Bible stories for toddlers on up. A loving and responsible children's team offers your kids the best!

Please note that moms and children must be pre-registered. Placement in the children's program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration is open to children until October 6th. To register; please visit:

The program registration fee is $55/year, the children’s program fee is $75/year and scholarships are available for both.

For additional information, feel free to contact Tonya Peck at

Precepts Bible Study This Fall – Register Now!

What:    Precepts Inductive Study of Daniel, Part 1: Living Out a Biblical Worldview
Where:  The Redners' Home, 5 Marks Way, Maynard 01754
When:   Sept. 11 - Nov. 6,  Monday evenings from 7-9P
Why:     Psalm 86:11a "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.."     
Cost:     Workbook - $20

Worth:   Irreplaceable

RSVP :  Missy Ringuette at or Dorothy Redner at


Men’s Evening Bible Study to Begin Wednesday, September 13!

Pastor Tom will teach this class on the “Life of David”, Wednesday evenings at TCC from 7:30-8:30P.  All are welcome to attend.  Register on line now for this free class.


Saturday Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study to Continue Over the Summer
 Q uestions?   Contact Bill Basham at

Summer Adult Ministries on Hiatus until Fall 2017:
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study
  • Knit Together (K-Tog) - Resume Sept. 11, 2017
Volunteer Opportunities

The TCC Food Pantry, “Loaves & Fishes” offers assistance to those of TCC and the surrounding community who need help with providing for themselves and their family.  If you are in need, or if you know of someone who is in need, please feel free to visit the church office for assistance from the food pantry.  The food pantry is open on Sunday mornings and during regular church office hours. 


Donations to the TCC “Loaves & Fishes” Food Pantry are gratefully accepted. There is a collection bin on a table near the lobby stairwell.  We only accept donations of non-perishable food and personal items. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU NOT TO DONATE ANY OPEN OR EXPIRED ITEMS – WE JUST HAVE TO THROW THEM AWAY!


     Disinfectant Wipes

     Spray Cleaners:  Lysol, Mr. Clean, etc.


     Salad Dressings

Any questions regarding donations?  Contact Diane or David Newcomb at or

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12:48

TCC runs on volunteers!
Please visit the TCC “How to Serve” webpage at for more information. Here are a few current opportunities:  

Greeting Ministry
We are re-launching our Sunday Greeter Ministry. If you would like to serve as a Greeter on Sunday mornings, email

Additional Ushers Still Needed… 
Our mission:  To welcome every visitor and member to the house of God!
What is needed: Ushers are absolutely critical in helping newcomers form their first impression of TCC. You help set the tone for the worship experience to come. You are representatives of God’s kingdom.  You’re not just opening doors, providing information, handing out bulletins or collecting the offering, you are making people feel welcome!
Could you help one Sunday morning a month?  Please contact Debbie Wilson at or 508-358-7717.

Coffee Hour needs YOU!
If you enjoy having a cup of coffee while chatting with others during the 10:30 Fellowship time, please sign-up (alone or with your Small Group) to host a coffee hour!  You don’t even have to provide snacks – just make, set up and then clean up the coffee and tea!  ( Easy instructions provided – click here to see what is involved!)
Participation gives you and your group an opportunity to serve the Lord and is greatly appreciated by your fellow members .
Please sign up at the Connection Hub this Sunday or contact Robin Spinale, our new Coffee Hour Coordinator!

Volunteer Offering Counters Needed …
Are you accurate and reliable?  Volunteers count the weekly offering (mostly checks for deposit) each Sunday, and we are in need of new helpers.  Offering counters work in pairs.  Contact Aimee Mury at or 508- 358-7717, x303 if this might be a way you could help us.  Training provided!  

Have a great weekend.

Debbie Wilson
Trinitarian Congregational Church