Trinity Trumpeter | September 3, 2021
Hey Friend!

Here’s a Riddle for you: What’s the difference between a BLIND date and a BLIND church visit?

According to Candy, it is Steve Broxson and REVEREND Butts!!

Years ago, Candy and Steve met on a BLIND date, fell madly in love, and married. Steve, their only child Shawn and Candy visited Trinity on a recommendation. Of course, the next thing they knew, REVEREND Butts was knocking on their door asking if he could come in!

After that, the Broxson‘s became permanent “fixtures” at Trinity United Methodist Church and have been deeply involved ever since. Candy started volunteering with the youth and was a co-founder of the College ministry. She also taught parenting classes and served on several committees at Trinity, presently serving as chairman of the Memorial Committee and a team member on the Beautification Subcommittee.

Candy hails from Houston, Texas, and began working at the Eglin Federal Credit Union when Shawn was a baby. She retired after 42 years as the Sr. V. President of Human Resources, claiming it was a “great career of helping people by giving them jobs and seeing them thrive, get promoted, and earn more money.” Steve grew up here locally and retired at the same time from the family Moving and Storage business, allowing them to spend many joyful times together at home these days.

Son Shawn used his political science degree from the University of Florida to start his own business in Washington DC. He and his wife Lexi had their first child, Thomas Scott, last April during the Covid shutdown. Their grandson was named after Candy‘s brother and Lexi‘s father. Candy exclaims, “He is our pride and joy, and we fly to D.C. every opportunity we can to love on him!”

Candy loves going on annual vacations with an Amtrak trip, parasailing, Gaylord Hotel ICE experience, a Yurt, a Rodeo, a cruise, and much more! Steve has also retired from his avocation as a 30 year Champion Silhouette shooter. Candy’s favorite hobby is “hand-painting greeting cards, and I love sending them to friends and family.” So watch the mail because you may be receiving a “BLIND“ greeting card.
Dear Friends,

Years ago, when I participated in a training event on how to do spiritual direction,[1] I learned about centering prayer. Since then, centering prayer has become a source of life for me, a way of experiencing God’s rest in a busy world.

Centering Prayer is the practice of sitting silently with God while consenting to God’s presence and action in our lives. Early Christian saints practiced this way of praying, and this prayer practice is being reaffirmed today by Christians throughout the world.

If you feel the desire to grow closer to God, if you want to grow in your prayer life, and if you want to experience God’s peace that passes understanding even during the storms of life? Then, you may want to try centering prayer.

If you are interested in learning about Centering Prayer, I invite you to join me in room 102C at 9AM on Saturday, October 9 for an introductory workshop. You will learn the basics of centering prayer, and we will practice this prayer together.

If you would like to explore this prayer practice further, you will be invited to participate in a 40 day process where we will work together through J. David Muyskin’s book Forty Days to A Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer. My goal is for all of us to grow in the discipline of prayer.

Please email me at or call the church office at 850-862-4169 if you would like to participate.

[1][1] Spiritual direction is coaching people in discerning how God is at work in their lives.
Dear Friends,

               If we want to live into our God-given purpose, then we are to take up the practice of service. Jesus said, “You know that among the nations, those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  But it is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:42-45).

               I want to be a healthy Christian, and I want us to be a healthy church. We are beginning a new sermon series on September 12 called VITAL, where we look at the 5 characteristics of healthy churches. We will begin on September 12 by talking about Vibrant Worship.

               Did you know that the word worship means service? Worship is service to God. When worship ceases to be service, it becomes a spectator sport and entertainment, and then it misses the point. Vibrant worship is worship that involves service. We choose to engage in worship rather than sit back and ask to be served. Remember, we are not the audience of a worship service; God is the audience.

               To help us engage the practice of service during worship, we are initiating a new program called Attend One/Serve One. Our goal is for people to attend one worship service where they can focus on God and the prayers and songs and then serve at another service as greeters or on our technology, safety, hospitality teams, or in whatever way is needed. There are many ways to serve.

               To find out where you can serve, I invite you to our Attend One/Serve One luncheon on Sunday, September 12 at 12 PM. Let us know you're coming by heading over to our Facebook page and click "GOING" on the Attend One, Serve One event.

ALWF United Methodist Conference Response to Hurricane Ida
Friends of the Alabama West Florida Conference,
In light of Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi over the weekend, I wanted to provide you with an update on what we know so far and make you aware of ways you can help. To our knowledge, we have not had any reports of significant damage in our conference... Click the button below to read the entire response from Director of Disaster Recovery, Christ Ackerman.
Tuesday evenings beginning October 5 at 6 p.m. and Wednesday mornings beginning October 6 at 10 a.m. in C112. Join Paula for this 8-week study on the Book of Psalms: An Ancient Challenge to Get Serious About Your Prayer & Worship. The study is by Sandra Richter, and all ages are welcome!

Cost: $15.

To register, call the church office, 862-4169, or email Paula,
The Books & Beyond group will be reading "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah for September. Below is a brief glimpse of the book. Click the button below to see a preview of the book!

The group's next meeting will be on September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the downtown food trucks (near the FWB Library). If you plan to attend, it is encouraged that you have the book read by this date.

This group is open to all! If you are interested in participating, don't hesitate to contact the church office for more information or email
We are currently looking for individuals interested in serving in the church office during the week. This position would be needed Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The responsibilities include answering the phones, front door, folding program/bulletins, other tasks as needed.

If you are interested, don't hesitate to get in touch with the church office or email
The Our Daily Bread Kitchen is returning to HOT MEALS on Monday, September 27 at 12:00 p.m.
They are currently looking for volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please utilize one of the sign-up sheets in the Narthex on the Sanctuary or contact the church office at 850-862-4169.
We are hosting auditions for the annual Trinity Kids Christmas musical "Jingle Bell Beach"!

September 14-21
Grades K-8

For more information, please contact Lisa Simon, Music Ministry Director, at 850-862-4169 or email
The Backpack Feeding Program sponsored by Trinity Kids will begin soon for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Trinity UMC feeds 75 children at a local elementary school on the weekends. We provide them with 2 breakfast meals, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 snacks. All items are individually wrapped. We are currently in need of the following:
Fruit snacks,
Fruit cups (packed in juice)
Granola bars
Cereal bars
Applesauce cups
Instant oatmeal
Pudding cups
Peanut butter and/or cheese crackers
Microwaveable packets of macaroni and cheese
15 oz cans chef-boy-ar-dee pasta
Ramen noodles

Please drop off all donations at the church office. For more information, contact Paula Roane -
Saturday, September 4 • Clean Up Day @ 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sunday, September 5 • Urban Air @ 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. • $20

Sunday, September 12 • TSM Parent Meeting @ 6 p.m • Notary will be there, dinner served, upcoming events announced

To stay up-to-date on all things Trinity Student Ministry, check out Instagram (tumcyouthfwb).
Trinity UMC is starting a DRAMA MINISTRY!
Do you love drama? Then join the new Drama Ministry! Tell the Gospel stories through drama during workshop services, fellowship events, or wherever God leads us!

Open to ages 5 and above!

For more information, contact Lisa Simon, Music Ministry Director, at 850-862-4169 or email
Chancel Choir begins rehearsals for Christmas Cantata on Wednesday, September 8, at 7:15 p.m.

Rehearsals will take place each Wednesday. Anyone ages 14 and up is welcome to participate!

For more info, please get in touch with Lisa Simon, Music Ministry Director

Every Thursday, starting September 9 from 5:45 .m. - 7:00 p.m.

Open to ages 14 and above!

Playing handbells is a longstanding Methodist tradition! Trinity’s handbells are over 40 years old.
If you love puzzles, music and can count,
Handbells are a beautiful way to help lead Trinity UMC in worship!

Reading music is not a requirement.

For more info, please get in touch with Lisa Simon, Music Ministry Director

Trinity United Methodist Church's new Trustee Beautification Subcommittee members have really stepped up and been busy updating and improving the exterior “Beauty” of Trinity. Our goals are broken down into phases, and The 1st phase began after we assisted Trustees with rust removal and pressure washing. Then the subcommittee began coordinated painting with our signs and logo and a new landscape for buildings A and B- which is now completed!

Our committee has been vigilant, courageous, and persevered through almost a full year of planning and implementing. Before beginning our efforts, we also coordinated with the Trustees for a new lawn pump, a totally revamped irrigation system, and dead and dying trees and brush removal.

We now CELEBRATE with you the joy and uplifting hope it has brought and will continue to bring to our congregation and our local community. We have set up a Restricted Account #8092 and are receiving monetary donations for the next 3 Phases.

If you would like to help provide funding or learn more about how to help, you may reach Team Leader Karen Baker at 850-376-1700 or

Karen Baker
Team Leader / Finance Team Chair
Monday, September 6 • Labor Day Church Office Closed.

Tuesday, September 7 • Tuesday Morning Women's Group @ 6:30 a.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall (Weekly)

Tuesday, September 7 • Trinity Tuesday Begins @ 3:00 p.m. • Kids Area
Wednesday, September 8 • Prayer Gathering @ 5:00 p.m. • Sanctuary (Weekly)

Wednesday, September 8 • First of All Small Group @ 5:30 p.m. • C105 (Weekly)

Wednesday, September 8 • SPR Team Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. • C102

Thursday, September 9 • Men's Bible Study @ 7:00 a.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall (Weekly)

Thursday, September 9 • Hand Bell Practice @ 5:45 p.m. • Choir Room

Sunday, September 12 • Attend One, Serve One Luncheon @ 12:00 p.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, September 12 • TSM: Parent Night @ 6:00 p.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall

Monday, September 13 • Trustee Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. • C102

Tuesday, September 14 • Tuesday Morning Women's Group @ 6:30 a.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall (Weekly)

Wednesday, September 15 • Prayer Gathering @ 5:00 p.m. • Sanctuary (Weekly)

Wednesday, September 15 • First of All Small Group @ 5:30 p.m. • C105 (Weekly)

Thursday, September 16 • Men's Bible Study @ 7:00 a.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall (Weekly)

Thursday, September 16 • Emmaus Cluster Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. • Memorial Fellowship Hall

For a full calendar of events, click the "Full Calendar" link below.
Barbara Brewer
Carol Carugo
Alex Craig
*Will Curtis
Olga Delory
Eve DiMaria
Marion Drake
Jan Ginter
Tina Hunter
Leslie Kaiser
Kathy Knight
*Mary Ann Lawrence
Scott Laird
Larry McDonald
Ann McGrath
*Gary & Ginnie Newsom
Noah O’Malley
Bill Reeves
*Kellen Searle
Robert Taylor
*Family of Lorraine Tucker
James (Pete) Weist
*DiAnn White
Hannah Williams
Those affected by Hurricane Ida
Victims of War

Bold = New to Circle of Concern
* = Church Member

Let us care and pray with you! If you or someone you know needs prayer, please complete the Prayer Request form below. The Circle of Concern list is updated and sent out monthly, and individuals are on the list for 4 weeks.

You may also e-mail or with any requests or updates.