Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Strength to Love
In a time when there is so much that seems to divide people, how can Christ lead us in our relationships with one another? As Trinity enters a new year focused on the theme of "Deeper," we begin with this series that takes us deeper in our commitment to love through our differences and across divisions. We'll find, as the title of a collection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sermons suggests, that the kind of courageous love Jesus models requires great strength. Come be challenged and inspired to be a more faithful follower. Sundays, January 14 - February 11.
 
This weeks sermon will be "The Most Powerful Weapon" (Romans 12:9-21), by Rev. Catherine Fluck Price.
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box is for Habitat for Humanity. At Habitat, they believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, they build communities, they build hope, and they build the opportunity for families to help themselves. Your donations this week will go towards the Interfaith House. This is a house in our Gainesville community that is being sponsored by a large group of churches in the area. Trinity needs to raise $6,000 towards our part of this house sponsorship. (text to give: habitat)  
Wednesday Night Dinners 
Join us for food, fun & fellowship! The menu for January 24 is pesto and sun dried tomato turkey, spaghetti squash, green beans, garlic parsley flatbread, soup, salad, and blueberry cobbler with cream. Dairy and gluten free options are available. The kitchen will be open from 5 - 6:30pm. Adult meals are   $7 , children 6 and up are   $3 , 0-5 eat free with a $ 25 family cap.
 

Community Conversation
The Trinity Church Council is hosting a series of "town hall" style events to provide ongoing and open dialogue between the general congregation and lay/staff leadership of the church. The next Trinity Community Conversation will be held January 29 at 6:30pm in room 232 with a focus on Children's Ministry and Stepping Stones Preschool. All members of the Trinity community are welcome and encouraged to attend. To prepare accordingly, we ask that you RSVP if you are planning on attending the Conversation. If you would like to submit a question ahead of time, there is an opportunity to do so in the registration form.
Staff Updates from Pastor Aaron
I wanted to provide an update on where things are in our process of finding best-fit candidates for our Director of Student Ministries and Sonlight Director openings. We are pleased to report that over the past several weeks we have received many resumes from qualified applicants for both openings. Search committees have been established for each and they have been at work screening resumes to identify candidates who we feel might be a best-fit for Trinity.  With regard to the Director of Student Ministries, initial interviews with our search committee will occur this Thursday evening. Interviews for the Sonlight Director opening will be scheduled in the near future. We will continue to provide updates as they are available. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 416-3009 or email me.
Walking with Wesley
You're invited on February 17 from 9am - 3pm at First Ocala UMC (1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala) to attend "Walking with Wesley, From the Steeple to the Streets." The $10  registration fee includes a morning training session with professor and author Dr. Paul Chilcote and a "Fresh Expressions After Party." The event also includes multiple experiences such as: Burritos and Bibles, Tai Chai Church, Bar Church (root beer on tap), "Hugs" Nursing Home, Tattoo Parlor Church, Dinner Church Improv Jam Sessions, and Prayer Walk Training. Register online   here.
Stepping Stones Enrollment
Stepping Stones Preschool Community Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will begin on February 7. Enrollment will open for toddlers & twos on February 7 and threes & fours on February 8. Enrollment is processed on a first-come, first-serve basis and a new wait list is created at this time. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for open enrollment or have any questions please contact the Stepping Stones office at 352-416-3025. We're looking forward to another fun-filled school year!
Children's
Come "Be my Valentine" at our next Parent's Night Out on February 2, from 5:30-8:30pm.  Our themed evening will be a fabulous night of dinner and Valentines activities for all ages, 12 months and walking through 5th grade $12/child, $30/family cap. Register by January 31.  
 
DADS: Bring your favorite little girl to our Daddy-Daughter Dance on February 23 from 5:30-7pm in the Youth Building.  We will have crafts, a photo booth, heavy appetizers and a dance floor. Please sign up here by February 22.  $10/dad, daughters are free.  Email Amy for questions.
Adult Ministries
Women Growing in Faith (Tuesdays,  6:30 - 8:30pm , rm 232), will begin a new study on  February 6  called  The Miracles of Jesus: Finding God in Desperate Moments, by Jessica LaGrone.  Class materials are $13.  Books will be available for purchase at the bookstore on January 28 .
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Sports Ministry
If you would be interested in participating in a Men's 50+ Bowling League, please email Scott Crosby for more information.
Faith Mission
With Faith Mission there are a wide variety of ways to plug in as a volunteer! We have one-time opportunities like sharing about your hobby or vocation with neighborhood children or delivering a meal to the Leaders Overcoming through Faith group.  And we have weekly ways to serve such as Kids Count's new Winning Reading program or mentoring at Rawlings Elementary or Bishop Middle School. If you have any questions feel free to contact Ward Simonton.
Greek Festival
Our neighbors from the Greek Orthodox Church just down the road have reached out to us to invite us to their upcoming Greek festival from February 2 - 4. Download the flyer with more information here.
Free Family Photograph
It's not too late to be in the directory! Photographers will be onsite January and February to photograph our families for the directory.  Every family will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 and a copy of the directory for their participation. You will also have the opportunity to purchase other photo packages as desired.  Click here to select your preferred date and time slot.  If you need assistance in selecting an appointment time or you would like to serve as a volunteer host during photography times, please contact Jordyn (376-6615). 
Christian love and sympathy is extended
to Bert Flanegan and family on the passing of his daughter, Amy Lynn Flanegan, on January 9;
 
to the family of Margaret Kennedy King (Peg King), on her passing on January 12;

to Dora Lee Bryan and family on the passing of her sister-in-law, Jocarrol Smith, on January 12;
 
and to Joyce Perry and family on the passing of Vincent Lamar Perry on January 20.
This Sunday's altar flowers are given to the Glory of God.

If you would like to provide the altar flowers, please contact Bree
(416-3017). If you need to make arrangements for assistance or special accommodations during Sunday services, please contact  Shannon (416-3005) Monday - Thursday. If you would like to have your milestone birthday announced in the Tuesday Word, please email Kelly
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