Welcome to  Trinity Today  - monthly e-news and opportunities at Trinity UMC  

Our Ash Wednesday service will be held on Wednesday, March 1 in the Sanctuary, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will include communion.
The Lenten season will commence on March 1st and culminate with Easter. Eastertide will continue until Pentecost.


Holy Week will begin with our Palm Sunday services on April 9th followed by a Maundy Thursday service in the evening, a Good Friday service, and an Easter Sunrise service plus both regular services on April 16th.
In This Issue
Birthdays
 
March 1 Hubert Talton
March 2 Samantha Lilly
March 2 Sharon Lyster
March 3 Steven Gagnier
March 4 Ed Hencinski
March 6 Peggy Ferrara
March 7 Barbara Brunning
March 7 Russ McGehee
March 7 David Wall
March 8 Ryan James
March 8 Eva Jerome
March 12 Jody Churms
March 14 James Cole
March 14 Latrell Hill Keblaitis
March 14 Sue Jackson
March 15 Arnon Clemente
March 18 Jerrie Shepard
March 20 Mary Gilmore
March 22 Aria Brunning
March 22 Brian Smith
March 22 Karl Umberger
March 24 Judy Ward
March 27 Spencer Salinetro
March 28 Roy Hall
March 28 Dale Sisk
March 29 Conya Hartman
March 30 Riley Wasdin
March 31 Carolyn Nicholson

Anniversaries
 
Mar 3 David & Jennifer Griffis
27 years
Mar 4 Mike & Kim Pertler
17 years
Mar 10 Dick & Barbara Brunning
66 years
Mar 17 Howard & Joanne Osterhouse
50 years
Mar 17 Bill & Anne Welsheimer
66 years
Mar 18 Ed & Louise O'Quinn
22 years
Mar 23 Troy & Jennifer Panda
22 years
Mar 25 Bob & Sandy Allinson
28 years
Mar 28 Lee & Beth Britton
53 years
Mar 30 Raymond & Bertha Fletcher
10 years
Administrative Council

The next Administrative Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 27th beginning at 6 p.m. (Council meetings are open to members of Trinity.) All ministry team leaders are reminded to submit your team's action plans and written reports to Barbara Bradley, council secretary, no later than Friday the 24th.

John Campbell, Chair
(386) 734-9224
Trustees' Update

We will be purchasing and installing a video surveillance system for the church this month. This needed improvement may also prompt us to make other security changes, such as to our doorbell/keypad entry systems.  Once the system is installed, we will ensure that all members and visitors are informed of all relative changes.

Charlie Daniels, Chair
CALLING ALL TRINITY RUNNERS AND WALKERS!

With a wonderful showing at the ME STRONG event in DeLand, and with our focus on staying strong and healthy, here's another opportunity to run/walk in a charity event to help one of our favorite causes, the Florida United Methodist Children's Home.

The 7th Annual Run  4 Life 4 Miler for Suicide Prevention will be held on Saturday, May 20th beginning at 7:00 a.m. The distance is four miles and the run  begins and ends on the campus of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in historic Enterprise. The 4-mile course is on magnificent oak canopy roads along the shore of Lake Monroe. It is one of the most uniquely beautiful areas and race courses in Central Florida. 

The goal of this race is to bring awareness to mental health/depression issues and to raise funds for programs providing support to those in need. It is also in remembrance of those who were overwhelmed by their struggles and felt suicide was their only option. All race proceeds will go to the Children's Home and other local suicide prevention programs.

Click  HERE to learn more and register online.

Thanks, Trinity family, for your unending support of all God's children!

Blessings,

Kitwana & Andrea McTyer
Children's Home representatives
Citrus Grove Elementary Partnership
Sneakers for Kids
 
In 2015, Trinity received a grant from the Alice Lockmiller Endowment For Children from the Florida UM Foundation for $1500. Additional funds were contributed by members which enabled us to create a Sneakers for Kids Campaign. The grant stipulated that we continue this project for two years. We are now in our second year and, to date, we have given 119 children at Citrus Grove Elementary School brand new, sturdy sneakers and two pairs of socks each.

Citrus Grove Elementary, our school-church partner which has 70% Title 1 students, has received our help in other ways, including backpacks, field trip monies, food for the weekend, and clothing.  After our last distribution of sneakers back in December, we showed a balance of $400. To provide a second pair of shoes to needy children this spring, we will need additional monies. Each pair of sneakers costs about $30.

A portion of the Lenten offering this year will go toward the Sneakers for Kids campaign. Please consider supporting this project with your gifts. Any amount will be greatly appreciated by all involved, especially the children, their parents and teachers.
 
Lana Saxon & Kathy Clark, Coordinators


Lay Servant Ministries
Lay Servant Training Opportunity

A Weekend of Learning: Lay Servant Ministries

Friday & Saturday, March 24-25
Christ Hispanic UMC - Orlando

Lay Servant training prepares the laity to be in ministry through caring, communication and leading. The key emphasis of the Lay Servant Training is to provide leadership training and education on church polity which will enable lay persons to become confident Disciples of Jesus Christ, to teach, do visitation, lead committees/teams, lead small group ministries and grow in personal understanding of God's call on their life.

Trinity has had several certified Lay Servants over the years, including Lee Packer and Anita Campbell. They are more than happy to discuss how the training has equipped them to serve the church and our Lord.

Download the  Lay Servant Training brochure here. The brochure must be signed by Pastor Brian before submitting.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 17th. Registrations received after the 17th will be returned, as participants will not have time to receive materials and prepare for the course.  For more info, contact Lee, Anita or Pastor Brian.
Building Committee Update

A number of surveys are needed to prepare the Plymouth Avenue property. The tree survey has been completed and the paperwork submitted. The preliminary conceptual for the new church property will be delivered to the county this month.

Alex Ford, Chair 

Easter Seals Walk-a-Thon

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, April 21, Easter Seals will be holding a fundraising walk-a-thon to raise funds for the critically-needed services they provide to children with special needs and their families. The event will be held at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.

More information on the event will be shared in the April newsletter. Contact Loren a Carr for details.
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
 
On April 8, at Orange City UMC, from 9 - 12 noon, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida will conduct a training for providers of youth services and anyone else interested. This training will offer a common definition of Human Trafficking (HT) and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. It will explain how children are recruited, who the exploiters and customers are, the effects of trauma, and how to identify youth who have been exploited.

Devereux works with the Florida Department of Children and Families to help survivors of HT and has worked for over 25 years in the state offering services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual trauma, and more recently sexual exploitation. The class is free and open to all.

For more information, call Lana Saxon, 736-1008.
The Historian's Corner

I am very interested in working with our youth on an inter-generational project to record video and oral histories from older members of our congregation. If this project (or similar activities that will include reviewing, collecting, preserving and displaying Trinity's historical artifacts - in advance of moving to our new church home) interests you, please give me a call. Thank you!

Tom Cunningham, Church Historian
386-734-5019

A Note from the Editor

 
Lent is a time in the life of the church when we are called to  enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance...when we seek to realign our lives and focus toward God.  It is a time to give up things that are not so good for us, as well as take on new things, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. In doing so, we seek to live as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

I recently found a video which offers viewers a personal chance to reflect on the 40 days of Lent through photos and singing of "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown." The video features the a cappella singing of the hymn along with photographs of God's creation and quotes from Scripture. Watching it is like taking a four-minute "mini retreat."

Charles Wesley wrote the lyrics in 1741 and this "poem" was first published in the Wesley brothers'  Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1742 . The original poem featured 14 verses. Today, four verses are published in the United Methodist hymnal as hymn #386. In this video version, the lyrics are sung to a traditional Scottish tune called "Chandler." Click HERE to visit Trinity's YouTube channel and enjoy Desktop Meditation.

Grace and Peace,

The Editor

Credits: Lyrics are sung by United Methodist missionary, the Rev. Romeo del Rosario. Photographs were taken by United Methodist Communications photographers Mike DuBose and Kathleen Barry.
TRINITY MUSIC MINISTRY

VOICES NEEDED to join us to sing for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter!  Here is our rehearsal schedule.  Will you consider using your talents to be a part of this special season? For more info, contact Conya Hartman.

Easter Choir Rehearsal Schedule
 
Sunday,
March
19
2-4 pm
rehearsal
Sunday,
March
26
2-4 pm
rehearsal
Sunday,
April
2
2-4 pm
rehearsal
Wednesday,
April
5
7-8:30 pm
rehearsal
Sunday,
April
9
2-4 pm
rehearsal
Sunday, April 9 11 am Palm Sunday service
Wednesday,
April
12
7-8 pm
rehearsal
Thursday,
April
13
7 pm
Maundy Thursday service
Sunday,
April
16
11 am
Easter service

Faith Partners' Ministry

On Thursday, February 16, Karin and I attended a meeting hosted by the City of DeLand regarding a planned homeless day shelter. The shelter will be operated by the Neighborhood Center, with its primary focus on serving the homeless of west Volusia County. The  City of DeLand is looking for support from all of the communities on this side of the county, including individuals, businesses, organizations and churches.

The center will provide food and emergency shelter for the homeless, along with counseling and other needed support services, with the goal of obtaining permanent housing. Once the shelter is open, the city has asked that all agencies dealing with homeless populations encourage and direct individuals and families to the Neighborhood Center. This has been done intentionally so that, in the near future, other nonprofits and area churches will no longer have to provide for this population. Instead, those groups can preserve and direct resources to those who may have housing but are at-risk of losing it because they are living from paycheck to paycheck; i.e., the working poor.

Faith Partners' Ministry has not received any further interest from other churches to join together in this ministry. First Baptist Church of DeLand provides help with utilities. First Christian Church Disciples of Christ has also joined us. They have given us a monetary donation and provided volunteers.  Stetson Baptist, who joined us early on, backed out because their congregation did not want to serve outside of their church.

This seems to be the consensus with the churches of DeLand.  Karin and I have put many hours and dollars into this ministry. Volunteers and donations started to drop off before we were involved, and it has become increasingly harder to find those who are committed to the mission.

Considering the new homeless shelter and the changes it will bring, I would like to propose that we form a small task force to discuss the future direction of Faith Partners' Ministry. This group will need to work together over the next five months to review what exactly is being planned for the shelter, how it will affect what we are currently doing, and what options can we take to ensure that the needs of our constituents can be met in the future. A  few  options that could be considered include:
  • adopting needy families that members could mentor and minister to, leading them to self-sustainability
  • continuing to assist individuals by responding to written applications and evaluating each person's needs on an individual basis
I have talked with members who have said they do not support the ministry because they see it as a way of enabling people. I agree. What started out as being a helping hand has now evolved into a lucrative handout. 

I'm sure there  are many more ideas that can be explored, and I know there are ways  we could better serve our community than what we are doing now. I also believe that members of our congregation would feel led to support the ministry, if they knew their dollars were being spent wisely - on things that were well-planned and communicated.

Together, we can explore what other communities are doing to best serve the least, the last and the lost. Together let's find a better way! Give me a call or email me by clicking HERE.today, please?

Blessings,

Steve Roland, Faith Partners' Ministry

New Support Group starting at Trinity!

Trinity has now partnered with Halifax Health Hospice to host a new monthly support group for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9th in the Wesley Room beginning at 3 p.m. with subsequent meetings to be held the second Thursday of every month.

Halifax Health Hospice will provide the services of a specialist in grief counseling to lead the group.  "Gina Francolino is a certified bereavement counselor with years of experience in facilitating," said Brian Carr, Trinity's senior pastor. "Support groups are considered a safe, validating place of respect and open communication where participants can learn from and support one another. We are so very glad to be partnering with Halifax Health Hospice and providing such a vitally-important service to our community," he concluded.

For information about the Trinity event, contact Francolino at 386-425-9889 or email her at ginamarie.francolino@halifax.org. Pastor Carr also can be reached at 386-734-4425.

CHANGES MAY BE COMING TO OUR FALL FESTIVAL AND MANY HEADS, HANDS AND HEARTS ARE NEEDED FOR ADVANCED PLANNING. CONTACT MELISSA FULLER TODAY FOR DETAILS AND TO VOLUNTEER!
My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy March! Happy Ash Wednesday! You don't hear that too often do you? I mean really, what is happy about remembering that we are mortal beings? What is happy about remembering that we come from dust and to dust we shall return? What is happy about having it thrown in our faces that we are sinful beings? What is happy about being reminded that we need to repent? Morbid way to enter a new month, isn't it? Or is it?
Today, March 1st, Ash Wednesday is an ancient day that begins the season of Lent. According to The United Methodist Book of Worship, "Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means 'spring.' The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. The First Sunday describes Jesus' temptation by Satan and the Sixth Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday) describes Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death. Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection."
This explanation of Lent begs the question, what will we do over the next six weeks to fully prepare ourselves for Easter? Often, Lent is dominated by sacrificial fasting of something dear to us whether it be chocolate or soda or snacks or television or the internet or ___________________________ (you can fill in the blank for yourself). I have a hunch that the original intentions of fasting during Lent was to make more room for Christ in one's habits, to make more room for Christ in one's thoughts, to make more room for Christ in one's actions, to make more room for Christ in one's attitudes, to make more room for Christ in one's life, to make more room for Christ in one's heart. Therefore, if we choose to "give something up for Lent" it should be solely to invite Christ to fill up that now empty spot. If we choose to give something up for Lent (and we aren't forced to give anything up for Lent) but if we do we should fill up that empty spot with something that will lead us closer to Christ.
Giving something up for Lent should mean that we fill up that empty spot with devotional reading or extended times of prayer or sacrificial giving beyond the norm or serving someone in a special way without them even knowing, if possible. One option for us at Trinity this Lent is one of our one hour Lenten Reflection Times either on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. or Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. or Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. when we will reflect on the week's readings from 40 Days with Wesley and the lectionary readings of the week. You can pick up a book during worship this Sunday. Another option is to intentionally pray for Trinity, our staff, our ministries, our community, our state, our nation, our world and any other specific needs you may have each Saturday at a specific time of day so that we may bathe the day before we gather to worship in concentrated times of prayer.
A third option is self-sacrificial giving. This year our Lenten and Easter offerings will go toward our ongoing ministry of "Sneakers for Kids" led by Lana Saxon and focused on providing new sneakers for children at Citrus Grove Elementary and toward "United Methodist Student Day Offering" which provides scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. Over the last four years, three of our young adults have received wonderful scholarships from the United Methodist Church and we feel the responsibility to help defray the education costs for others as a grateful, generous response. We are also working on a special service weekend coming up in late-April to get our church out of the seats and into the streets in self-sacrificial service to the community around us. If you have any ideas of where our church is needed and can meet those needs, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Whatever we choose to give up or add on during Lent to more fully prepare us for Easter let us always remember that the in-our-face reminders of our mortality and sinfulness throughout Lent simply serve to remind us that we need Jesus and that Jesus has provided everything for us to be redeemed, forgiven and fully-filled with his Spirit to equip us for eternity! So again I say, Happy Ash Wednesday!
May GOD richly bless you as you richly bless all those around you by living, loving and leading like Jesus.
Pastor Brian
PASSIONATE WORSHIP
Sermon  Topics  for March 
March 5

First Sunday in Lent

"Walking in the Wilderness"

Matthew 4:1-11

March 12

Second Sunday in Lent

"Night-Time Religious Rendezvous"

John 3:1-17 

March 19

Third Sunday in Lent

"Getting the Drink"

John 4:5-42 

March 26

Fourth Sunday in Lent

"In the Dark"

John 9:1-41 

Worship Team News

Last month, Trinity's Praise Team sang a medley of favorite hymns that everyone enjoyed. The Chancel Choir, led by Conya Hartman, sang "Blessed Redeemer" - a wonderful anthem that you may enjoy seeing and hearing - whether for the first time or again! Click here to watch! How blessed we are that such an amazing group of musicians share their talents with us each week. Thank you, Father.

Order forms for Easter flowers (hydrangeas) will be in church bulletins this month. The cost is $10 each and the form must be turned in by Monday, March 20th. You can designate your flowers as a memorial or honor tribute.

During the Lenten season, we pray you will make plans to join us, not just on Sundays but for all special worship services. Each one has been carefully planned for the purpose of welcoming you, our members, but also welcoming visitors. Remember, every guest who enters a church is seeking a loving caring Savior to help them, lift them, give them peace, understanding and to save them from sin. Be receptive and hospitable. Engage them in conversation and allow them to see Jesus in you. Open their hearts and minds with a smile and kind word so that the Holy Spirit can easily flow into their souls. I'm willing to bet they will remember the experience and will want to come back again.

Carla Rhoderick, Team Leader  
Master Calendar
The church's master calendar can be seen online at anytime 24/7. Visitors can view both previous and coming months.  Click here to view.

Hard copies will be available in the church office or in the Narthex on Sundays. To add or correct information seen on the calendar, contact Lori Jones at  trinitymgr@cfl.rr.com  or 734-4425.
INTENTIONAL DISCIPLING & EVANGELISM
Communications News

The global United Methodist Church has a phenomenal communications division worth checking out periodically for information in all formats (publications, video and audio files, plus PowerPoint slides, graphic images, Twitter feeds, photography and other tools all designed and approved by our denomination to help promote and communicate God's Word.
 
Here is a link (https://vimeo.com/25564158) to a video that United Methodist Communications (UMCom) recently released that you may find interesting. Actress Pauley Perrette is best known for her role as scientist Abby Sciuto on the popular television show, NCIS. In the unpredictable life of a Hollywood star, Perrette shares how her faith keeps her grounded. "I have Romans 12:21 tattooed on my finger. It's 'Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,' and that's been an incredible mantra for me. It gave me my power back -- that mantra."
 
There's quite a lesson to be learned from this video. It's simple, really. We are going to church to learn about and remember Jesus, to learn, remember and put into practice what He taught his disciples, and to love all people, even those who are different from us. Ah. That's a tricky one. Almost everybody only wants to spend time with people who they feel most comfortable around. People generally want to hang out with people who have their same amount of money, have the same skin color, are their same age, like the same food, and watch the same TV shows. Other kinds of people are strange to them, like Abby Sciuto.

Perrette's character on television is known for her quirky behaviors and dress. At first glance, she stands out. She's different. Does that mean we steer clear and avoid developing a relationship with her? Well, there's an inherent danger with that, because the world is filled with many people who are very different. Eventually, if we only spend time with people like ourselves, we will be tricked into believing that we are better than those who are not like us.

And what would Jesus say about that?
 
Editor
Children & Youth News

Last month, the elementary Sunday school classes took Valentine's Day cards and candy to residents of the Alliance Health and Rehabilitation Center. This was definitely a win-win encounter for both our children and the residents! In fact, it was so successful, we have decided to revisit the center again around Easter.

February was a a busy month for Trinity Youth too. We had a successful car wash which raised over $500 to help offset funds needed for Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park this summer. We also raised over $350 in cash and in-kind donations through our Souper Bowl drive. The monies and supplies have been given to Faith Partner's Ministry for manna bags.

In March, our youth are going camping with youth from First United Methodist Church of DeLand to Fort Desoto State Park (near Tampa) for Spring Break. The dates are March 12-15. [NOTE: DeLand's annual CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, March 12th. Since Trinity's Youth will be in Tampa, we will not participate this year. If you would like information on the walk, contact Lori Hansard.]

SAVE THESE DATES! We will have another car wash March 25th from 9-12 a.m., plus another fundraiser - a church-wide spaghetti dinner - on April 2nd to continue to raise funds for our mission trip and church camp.

Thank you for supporting our children and youth, enabling them to be involved in these activities. It's been said "there is a season in a person's life when they are most open to learning what it means to trust God. It's a season - sometime between the ages of 4-14 - when they are more impressionable than they will ever be in their lifetime. It's when people are forming their understanding of the world, of relationships, of love, of God."

At Trinity, we should be "intentional about ensuring that they get the right impression, for what  is rooted in the heart of a child is almost impossible to uproot in the life of an adult..." (by Matt Guarva)

Blessings,
Mrs. Lori, Mr. Jeff, Mrs. Lorena
Mr. Brian and Mr. Frank

RADICAL HOSPITALITY
Hospitality Team Update

The next meeting of Trinity's Hospitality Team will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 6 p.m. in the Wesley Room. We will be continuing our task to find new ways to be  radically hospitable to strangers and seekers - both inside and outside the walls of the church.

"Christian hospitality is the active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ..." (Quote from the 2008 Winter issue of The Circuit Rider.)

Just how do we accomplish this task? No one idea or individual holds the answer. It will take a dedicated, committed effort. Consequently, we are looking for a few good men, women and youth to help us in our quest to grow our church and make disciples. Won't you join us?

Call or email me for more information at  rossd48@gmail.com.

David Ross, team leader

SALTY SERVICE
Trinity Angels

Trinity Angels will be meeting on March 21st at 11 a.m. at the church. Dr. Donna Sallee or a representative from her organization will be coming to speak to the Angels about Ruth House.
 
Anyone interested in coming or joining the committee please call Debra Wood at 386-747-8804.
EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY
MORE NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA CONFERENCE

January 13, 2017
By Rev. Dr. Craig Nelson | FLUMC

Editor's Note: This story about mentors at a church making a difference to the lives of children at a local elementary school was submitted by Rev. Dr. Craig Nelson of First UMC St. Petersburg.

Our church has a ministry with Melrose Elementary School in St. Pete. This is not news to most of you, but yesterday I was so amazed by what I got to see at the school that I just had to share it with you.

When you walk into the heart of the school, which you have to do to get to the library where our party was, you pass landscaping that our church provided a couple of years ago. Being led by a scholar (that's what students are called there), we came into the library, which was packed half by people I didn't recognize and half by people I did. We had as many volunteers there as they did teachers. As I came in, teachers were sharing the blessings of our volunteers being there.

Volunteers from First UMC St. Petersburg are currently working as math and reading tutors at Melrose Elementary. The goal is to bring 25 percent of the school's children up to grade-level proficiency.
One told about how her children fought over being on the list for the next week to be able to read with their guest friends (our church volunteers). That teacher later told me she was so appreciative of the fact that the children could hear the reading correctly and then read it themselves. She asked if we could have a reading blitz where 30 of us would come at the same hour and take each child in her third grade class to spend an hour reading. I told her we would try.

Our church is praying that Melrose's composite grade will no longer be an F. I would love for them to get an A, but I began to ask what we had to pray for. For them to not receive an F, they need 25 percent of their children to score at, or above, grade-level proficiency. That would give them a D.

I was then thinking, wait...that means of the 80 children in the school's third grade last year, less than 20 could read and do math at the third grade level. That evening I shared this statistic with the staff parish relations committee. I broke down crying. It was just too much for me to comprehend that the vast majority of those children weren't reading at grade level.

According to our county's website, only 10 percent of the fourth-graders at Melrose read at fourth grade level or above. Ten percent. It is into this reality the teachers of Melrose drive every morning. It is a reality that is just 2.5 miles from our church.

So what are we doing? We are sending volunteers to the school in all grade levels, including the preschool. Math and reading tutors and mentors go every week and just help out. We help in other ways too.

Did you know that last year the attendance rate was at 50 some percent? Yesterday it was at 93 percent. Why? The principal asked our church if we would sponsor a field trip to Chuck E. Cheese for the children who had perfect attendance. We did.

The children loved it and told others about it. They have now gone twice. The school has since been awarded a grant for this activity. One of the teachers told me that they now tell their parents, "I've got to get to school today!"

Something is changing there. You can feel it. This is why we are praying for Melrose every Sunday from the pulpit, and the volunteers who have taken selfies are praying every day for their adopted teachers. It's for those children and their brave teachers.
MissionInsite - Serving our community begins with understanding it

For over a decade, more than 250 national and regional church agencies and over 125,000 faith-based institutions around the country have seen how MissionInsite's FaithConnect solutions enable them to better understand their congregants and community at large. The Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is one of those institutions.

MissionInsite's FaithConnect database and geographical interface system provides important information about changing demographic patterns in our community that will impact future congregational, regional and denominational mission efforts. Patterns like the lifestyle preferences and interests of the hundreds of individuals and families living in the neighborhoods around our new church property.

How, you ask? Well, imagine knowing what social values they hold fast, what life concerns they have, what they believe in, what is their religious preference, what moral/social issues do they align with, what are their needs, and why they don't attend church? And now can you imagine how - by using that information - we will be able to design new and improved worship services, mission and outreach activities, and children's educational programs around the needs of those same families. The result, of which, is increased interest and probable attendance in our church.

As part of the Florida Conference United Methodist Church, Trinity UMC has free access to MissionInsite for relevant and strategic data information on past, present and future populations around our new church property. All we need is an individual who is skilled and experienced in using GIS (geographical interface systems) and a willingness to help set up our MissionInsite program. If this is you, please contact Pastor Brian.

Watch this short video on YouTube ( https://youtu.be/GPM8t1f8-2Q) to learn more about MissionInsite and visit their website located at  http://www.missioninsite.com.

Trinity United Methodist Church  386-734-4425  www.trinitydeland.org
306 W. Wisconsin Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720