“When the horse is dead, dismount”
Rev John Ed Mathison
Rev John Ed Mathison used that one-liner on us last week at the 2018 Leadership Institute, Church of the Resurrection. Years ago he created one of the most successful and largest United Methodist Churches in the world. Even today, Rev Mathison is in high demand as a conference leader on change and church growth. What a great reminder to quite putting our energy in programs or ministries that are not bring folks to Jesus. After all, isn’t that one of the main points of church? I’m going to start using that phrase, “When the horse is dead, dismount”
I want to tell you, Conya Hartman, Brian Fuller, Karen Robbins and myself not only had an amazing shared spiritual renewal, but we each came back from this conference with fantastic ideas of hope and change for our United Methodist future! Over the next few weeks, each of us will be sharing those ideas in our respective ministries and these ideas should be quite helpful on November 9-10 when Pastor Beth Fogle-Miller leads us in our transitional visioning retreat. 
If you couldn’t tell, let me be plain: I am very excited and hopeful about Trinity’s future and the great things God has in store for the United Methodist Church! I realize there is much to worry about with the upcoming Special Conference in February and our own new building construction in a few months. However, I, nor any of us, are in charge of the future. God is and I have full and complete faith in God’s ability to lead us into a Christ-centered future! The one word that I came away from the leadership conference with was, “HOPE.” Hope and faith can dissolve any worry.
“Smile and tell people Jesus loves them.” They cannot help but smile back at you even if they think you might a few bricks short of a full load. Love and Jesus can diffuse any situation. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Go out and have yourself a Jesus filled day.

Pastor Dale
"What Do We Believe As United Methodists?

October 7 We believe in the Holy Spirit - Acts 8:26-40

The ability to have faith or even believe in God is a gift, and this gift is from the Holy Spirit. This is the work of the Holy Presence among us, perfecting us, sustaining us in God’s grace. There may have been a time when we felt lost and alone. God brought us to himself through the power of the Holy Spirit. “God spoke to me!”

October 14 We believe in Christ’s Universal Church - 1 Cor 1:26-31 (Message Bible) and Acts 2:1-8 (Message)

We may love Jesus but despise the “religion” found in the church. We may have even been “turned off” by the church. The church is certainly not perfect, but Christ chose this imperfect means to reveal His perfection. Jesus chose the church to bring his message to the world, not the rich and powerful.

October 21 Practical theology: Beyond words - Pastor Beth Fogle-Miller

Ever read the words of a song and take the words to heart? Our singing teaches us to do—action! Charles Wesley called this, “a little body of experimental and practical divinity.” Theology sung, said, and lived by believers was the theological contribution of Wesley. If we cannot live an idea as a hymn or song of praise to Christ, why think it? Walking the talk.

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN - October 28 - November 18

Christ-Centered Community: Roots, stems, leaves, and fruit! - John 15:5, 12-17

How does the friendship in Christ influence the way we live our lives? “…I have called you friends, because I have made known everything that I have heard from my father.” John 15:15 Just as there is a foundation of a vine, there is a foundation to our faith from unbeliever, skeptic, not sure yet to sincerely committed in the same way there are roots, stems, leaves and fruit of a vine.
October Events

1 Charlotte Minor
3 John Campbell
3 Linda Chester
3 Charlene Krizon
7 Melissa Fuller
7 Sally Hansen
8 Heather Bonner
9 Caroll Erickson
14 Betty Mohr
14 Ryder White
17 Denny Hansen
19 Bob Allinson
19 R.V. Helms
19 Airon King
19 Daisy Poss
21 Alex Brunning
21 Noah Brunning
21 Hermie Clemente
22 Ryon King
23 Beth Britton
24 David Austin
24 Vicki Butters
24 Judy Wall
25 Darwin Bennett
25 Leon Hamilton
28 Beth Fogle-Miller
29 Madison Unger
30 Samantha Nemecek 

If your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, email address) has recently changed, please notify the church. You can call the office at (386) 734-4425 or email Lori Jones at officemgr@trinitydeland.org.
To call, write or send a member a card or email, contact the church office to request an updated "People Directory."

12 Ed & Valerie Hencinski
  • 33 yrs
22 Mark & Lynn Thompson
  • 25 yrs
24 Glenn & Margie Thompson
  • 67 yrs
26 Clifford & Vicki Butters
  • 55 yrs
30 Carroll & Virgie Erickson
  • 63 yrs
  • The church Calendar of Events is always available for viewing and can be accessed anytime - 24/7. Simply visit http://www.trinitydeland.org/events to view and print. To submit corrections, changes or new entries, send the informa-tion to Lori Jones in the church office.

  • Trinity Today, our monthly newsletter, is distributed electronically by email. Current and older issues can be viewed on the church website http://www.trinitydeland.org/newsletter. Printed copies are available for pickup in the Narthex. If you need to have a newsletter mailed to you, contact Lori Jones in the church office.
Like getting our weekly PhoneVite calls? We hope you do! If you are not getting them, call the church office at (386) 734-4425 and we can check the list to ensure your number is correct.
Bernice Fishpaw - January 2018
Hank Kobler - January 2018
Ann Husfeld - January 2018
Hubert Talton - January 2018
Louise Pennington - February 18
Jean Clayton - March 2018
David Churms - April 2018
Jerrie Shepard - June 2018
Carolyn Szell - August 2018

The building team subcommittee has been working with Dana Smith, architect, and Mike Underwood, contractor, to finalize plans. As a part of that process, we have asked for a phasing option which would allow reduction of the estimated cost of phase one down to $2.5 million. This does not mean we do not plan to ultimately move forward with the plan as designed. It does mean we feel it is wiser to move forward with a less extravagant initial phase, with the intent of putting off some of the improvements until a subsequent phase.

The plans are at what is called 60% completion, and this is the time to make such adjustments - before they get to final completion. The contractor has been in the process of obtaining real-world cost information. Despite rising construction costs he hopes to meet our request and is reasonably optimistic he can. 

We have received preliminary site-plan approval. As with the building design, we have requested some adjustments to the site plan to reduce the cost of the initial phase. Any such adjustments need to be finalized prior to submission to Volusia County for final site-plan approval. Once approval is received, we can break ground on phase one. 

All adjustments being requested are with awareness that we need to avoid being penny-wise and pound-foolish. For example, where an item can be delayed but will cost significantly more to put off, we will probably move forward. An example of this is the stormwater treatment. We could save money by building a smaller stormwater pond in phase one. But, it will cost significantly more for the pond to be expanded later. 

On Thursday, September 6,we met with Andy Craske, Vice President of Loans and Investments of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church; Dana Smith, our architect; and representatives from finance, trustees and others. Andy said, based on rough current numbers provided, we would still likely qualify for a construction loan from the Conference’s Foundation in the range we will need, assuming the cost reduction. Our Foundation mortgage loan would be at a floating rate, probably starting at 4%, for 20 years. He said most churches pay off their mortgage in 7 to 8 years. 

Giving for the capital campaign is 78.4% of goal. The total pledged is $1,223,596 with $959,620 received as of the end of July. Construction should be complete in 12 months after breaking ground.

As soon as we hear back from the contractor with his preliminary budget including requested changes, the building committee will meet again with the architect and contractor to make a final decision on revisions to the scope of work, and we will be in a position to move forward with the final plans.

Alex Ford, chair
Trinity's Administrative Council invites all members and friends to join them for a planning and visioning workshop in advance of the construction and move to our new church facility. The workshop will be held at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) on Friday, November 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. (supper included) and again from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10.

The goals for our time together include the following:

  • develop a common understanding of the construction timeline for Phase 1 and possible scenarios for Phase 2,
  • develop a short-term vision for worship, education and age-level ministries, as well as outreach at the new site, including a timeline and those who will be responsible,
  • Identify and plan for what needs to be done, here and now, to be ready to move when the construction is completed, including outlining the 2019 budget.

Who should attend? Everyone is invited, especially all current leaders and those who have an interest in serving in a leadership position. This includes Council members, staff, class and ministry leaders, and others who are interested and willing to help with the planning and implementation of some part of the transition process.

Retired pastor Beth Fogle-Miller will facilitate our time together. During her final appointment, the church she served completed significant capital renovations and construction, so she brings much experience that can help TUMC prepare not only for the physical construction and move, but also for the spiritual and program preparations for the relocation.

Please inform John Campbell, Barbara Bradley, or Lori Jones (386-734-4425) by November 7th, if you plan to attend. Reservations are needed for meal preparations. As it gets closer to the date, we will provide an agenda, parking and daily transportation information. Thank you!

Pastor Dale

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!"  Helen Keller
September 2018 found over 70 folks attending the Point of View (POV) workshops held every Wednesday morning and evening at TUMC. The workshops provided the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues facing the United Methodist Church. We discussed the diversity of our local churches, the Florida Conference, the General Conference and the Methodist Church on a global basis. We discussed the impact of the LGBTQI community, and the diverse demographics of our city, county, state. We asked and discussed, as Christians, how we can welcome ALL of today's diverse community into the United Methodist Church and the open arms of Christ. We discussed our hopes and dreams for our new building, the needs of our current congregation and the congregation to come. We had genuine respectful conversations about issues and learned the need to seek empathy in ALL aspects of communication with ALL people. We learned the importance of listening, not just hearing. We enjoyed fabulous sweets, coffee, hugs; shared communion and prayer. On behalf of the POV Committee, we sincerely thank you for your interested and very kind positive comments. Our hope is that you will contine the conversation! 

We would be remiss without thanking Wednesday Women for supplying so many wonderful snacks and treats. Amazing, just amazing! A huge thank you and hug go to Betty Kobler, Debbie Bennett, Carolyn Harner, and Becky Kellogg! As members of the POV support team, they set up, manned the kitchen, copied/collated/distributed and stapled handouts. Anita Campbell and Carolyn Harner: Your communications/promotions support was phenomenal. We could not have done this project without you. You are the BEST!

To my fellow instructors: Reverend Campbell, Reverend Fogle-Miller, Donna Beaty, and Harriet Bolin, and Reverend Golden: There are no words that can convey my gratitude for your assistance in developing the program, revising, proofing (again and again), and working so hard to learn and present this challenging material...all done with grace, humor, and professionalism! It was a joy working with you! 

Thanks be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and may God richly bless each of you!

Karen Averill
Proverbs `5:14
A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.
Proverbs 14:16
A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

To spread the love of Christ and connect our congregation with opportunities to serve our community, both locally and globally.

We enjoyed presenting information to the congregations that attended both services on Missions Sunday. If you are interested in serving on one or more of our mission and outreach ministries, contact me via email or catch me at church. I would love to tell you all about it!

Cindy Fox, Team Leader
Fall Festival is finally here! Please join with our Trinity Family as we welcome the community in with everything from antiques to homemade

Saturday, October 6th is the date we've been waiting for. Volunteers: Plan to join us at 8:15 a.m. for prayer before we open the doors at 8:30 a.m.

This is an incredible way for us to meet neighbors and friends while raising funds for Trinity's mission and outreach endeavors. Don't forget to bring your checkbook, too!
All Fall Festival volunteers are invited to dinner on Friday, October 5th at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. After a delicious meal, please stay and enjoy the Early Bird Shopping Opportunity as a "thank-you!" for all your hard work. Please RSVP to the church office by Wednesday, October 3rd. 
Love you,

P.S. Need more information or a volunteer tee shirt? Contact me by email or call the Church Office.
The Antiques and Collectibles Team says a great big THANK YOU to those who have donated lovely things for our area at the Fall Festival. We’d like to make it a personal thanks, but many have left donations at our doorstep with no name attached. So, keep the items coming – with your donor name attached. We are looking forward to a wonderful sale on October 6th.

Harriet Bolin, chair

This month, we have several openings for folks to monitor our Welcome Table at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. All materials to give out will be on hand and our umbrella table will be set up. All we need is you! Call or email us - anytime - to sign up!

Judy Ross and Ann Jenkins, co-leaders

Trinity has agreed to provide a dinner once a month to the destitute of our community through the Interfaith Kitchen, located at 1st UMC. Our regular monthly date is the third Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Think about this: Serving just two hours a month of your time could (and does) positively impact someone else's life - possibly forever. Email me, using this email address link, or see me at church on Sunday to learn more or to volunteer.

Melissa Fuller, Interfaith Coordinator
Citrus Grove Elementary staff recently contacted Trinity specifically to ask for volunteers. Here's a letter we recently received:

Good morning, Ms. Campbell.

I'm so appreciative of your church's investment in CGE students. It truly does take a village to make this happen!

I would love to have a volunteer for any amount of time that he or she is available; if someone could come once a week just for an hour or two in the morning (during reading time), that would be wonderful. If they want to come more than once a week, that's great too! Ideally the volunteer could tag-team students with me, chatting with them about what they're reading, asking comprehension questions, etc. If they'd prefer to work on other tasks rather than directly with students, that is helpful too.  

Thank you so much for your help and care. 😊

Kaitlyn Scully
Citrus Grove Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher
Citrus Grove Elementary also has a need for volunteers to help in both the library and Parent Resource Center (PRC). The center is located inside the library and is run by school staff that work with Title 1 students. Their families have signed up for special services, such as food, new shoes (donated by Trinity!), backpacks, school supplies, holiday needs, and medical assistance. Volunteers are needed to help with calling these families, taking information, entering data in a computer, and distribution.

If you are interested and can help, email Anita Campbell or call her at 386-734-9224.

Leslie LaRue, Partnership Leader
The Point of View ( POV) sessions have come and gone. All sessions were presented without pressure to change minds. Tools were offered to help us understand how the world has changed and how we as Christians can be in it but not of it. We learned how important it is to speak empathetically to others about controversial issues. Most important of all we learned how to listen without interrupting others with our own thoughts that may be triggered by something said. We learned that the folks in our new church are likely to look different than most of us at Trinity. For example, we may encounter different cultures, different dialects, different modes of dress, different socio-economic levels, different lifestyles, different skin tones. We need to be prepared and the POVs gave us a good foundation.

To put this into practice is not easy since we all have our opinions and aren’t hesitant to express them. So how should a follower of Christ, and I’m assuming all who are reading this are Christ followers, respond in these times?
PRAY - We are invited by God to come to Him in prayer when we are troubled, burdened and need His direction. Now more than ever we need to be a people of prayer because technology has changed our world forever. We need to pray that He will show us ways we can become better disciples, better servants and a better church. We need to pray for courage to sometimes get out of our comfort zones. The past is past. The future is before us and we need to pray that with God’s help we can meet the challenges all the while remaining rooted firmly in the faith.

LOVE – God sent Jesus into the world to teach us about God’s love for us and how, by being obedient, we may live fulfilling lives. His ministry ended on a cross where His blood cleansed us of our sins. We cannot grasp in our finite minds the magnitude of this kind of love. This same Jesus who laid down his life for us asked us to love God with all our hearts, souls, strength and minds, and love our neighbor (all mankind) as ourselves. This has not changed.

HOPE - Practicing Christians know the hope of eternal life through Jesus. As His disciples we have the responsibility of sharing this good news with others. We don’t hit someone we don’t know with the Gospel message before becoming acquainted. First, we listen. A young homeless man was asked what advice he would give the churches today. He replied, ‘The church’s job is to stop arguing and bring people hope.’ Because we have this hope, we must be a witness to others with our lives, our words, and by being inclusive, not exclusive.

Here is a prayer our Bishop Carter sent out in one of his recent messages:

O God, You are our judge and our hope.
In Jesus, You have come to live among us, full of grace and truth.
Give us a faith that has integrity
And a witness that has clarity, so that all may know You
And your love, and the abundant life
You have come to give us,
And that Your will may become a reality on earth, as it is in heaven.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
Please join me in praying for our church family listed in the Directory:

Freddie Davis, Betty Decker, Carol Dennis, Patty DeWeese
and John & Carol Dill

Carolyn Harner, Coordinator
Trinity Youth will be helping to unload the PODS on Sunday, September 30th and setting up the Trash & Treasures area. On Friday evening, October 5th, the youth will serve dinner to festival volunteers. During the festival, our youth will be selling items in T&T, assisting customers with loading their vehicles, cleaning up after the festival is over, and loading up trucks with leftover items to be taken to Heart and Home Resale Shop in Orange City.

Most middle school youth activities will occur during regular youth meetings on Sunday afternoons. High School youth meetings will restart on Wednesday, October 10th.

On Saturday, October 27th, a number of DeLand area churches will host a Family Fun Festival at Earl Brown Park. Sponsoring churches, including Trinity, are reaching out to families and youth in the DeLand community to get them connected with a church.

Bring your family and join with other Trinity families in the fun day-long event from 2-6 p.m. Trinity Youth will be in charge of the relay races and our church will have a table to meet/greet attendees and hand out info on our services. Volunteers are needed; get in touch with me to sign up!


Friday, October 26
Halloween Party for Trinity Youth
The Redding's House - 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, October 28
Family Pumpkin Carving Night Fun
Trinity Fellowship Hall - 5-8 p.m.

Bring your own pumpkin or contribute 1-2 for others. Hot dog dinner is free. Bring a side dish to share. This event is open to the public. Prizes given to top vote-getters!

Wednesday, October 31
Trunk or Treat
Church parking lot off Clara Avenue

Donated candy (individually-wrapped) will be needed. Decorate your trunk and come in a kid-friendly costume to help give out candy. (No choir rehearsal that night.) For more info on the above family-centered events, contact me by email or text.

Lori Hansard, Children & Family Ministry Director

Music Makers

Music Makers is going strong with 23 kids, and there will be three adult roles in the Christmas program on Sunday, December 9th during both services.

Praise Team

As reported last month, the Praise Team has picked up several new members (Dee Miller, Heather, Melissa Fuller, Brian and Bethany Smith). This has resulted in scheduling an additional rehearsal each week to help them with all the music to learn. Halleluia! Our Praise Team is rocking on Sunday mornings. But don't just take my word for it; come and hear for yourself!

Trinity Bell Choir

Very soon, the Bells of Trinity will ring again! Bell choir rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Melissa Fuller is conducting and she guarantees lots of fun and laughs while learning and perfecting the art of ringing! Contact her, if interested.

Christmas Candlelight Concerts

The Christmas Candlelight Singers will perform “Darkness into Light” on December 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. The music to be performed will feature Larry on keyboards and Corren, a local cellist. Music lovers will be enthralled, so start inviting your friends and neighbors today.

NEW! Open House Event during Advent

Trinity will host an Advent Open House on Sunday, December 2nd to celebrate the beginning of Advent. The open house, which will be open to the public, will feature our beautifully-decorated Sanctuary with music and handouts that inform visitors of our history, as well as all of the christmas events taking place that month.

Downstairs, in the Fellowship Hall, members of the Worship Team will provide goodies to eat and assist individuals and families to make their very own gingerbread house to take home as a memento. If you are interested in helping with this special event, please let me know.

Future Plans

The Worship Team is working on organizing a "Blessing of Pets" service to be held on our new church property. Stay tuned for more information on this fun, yet meaningful, service for the many pet owners in the DeLand area!

I have been working on soliciting bids for the new sound equipment we will need in our new church facility. If you want to know more about what we envision for the building (which will be a very different environment, of course), do not hesitate to ask!

Conya Hartman, Director of Music and Worship

Sarah Circle will meet October 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Library. Following a short business meeting, we will help Trinity Crafters to set up for the Fall Festival.

Susanna Circle will not meet this month because members will be preparing for Susanna's Cafe (food sale) during the Fall Festival. Hot dogs with all the fixings and create-your-own salads will be available for sale. Troop 499 will have beverages for sale to go with your meal.

The first gathering of the new season of Young at Heart at Trinity will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Young at Heart (YAH) is a ministry for senior adults age 55+. Come and enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie with other seniors. Lunch cost is $7 per person. Reservations are required. Complete the form inserted in weekly bulletins or call the Church Office. Payment is due at the time of reservation.

Funds that exceed costs will be donated to charity at the end of the season. Last year, YAH contributed $250 to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home.

This year promises to be even more fun and informative. The speaker for our first gathering will be Amanda Videll, Public Affairs Officer of the F.B.I. District Office in Jacksonville. Amanda's presentation will be "Scams on Seniors" and she will educate and inform the audience on the latest scams and how to avoid being a victim. Testimonies will be heard from two or more members of Trinty who have fallen prey to scammers.

Future plans include a trip on Sun Rail to Winter Park where will enjoy walking around town, shopping, eating lunch, touring the Morse Museum and other sites before the return ride home.

Come and join us at YAH. Invite your neighbors and friends. Remember, the person who brings the most guests wins a prize! Questions? Call or send us an email, if we miss you at church. Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. to noon
Cluster Conference
Lakeside Fellowship Church
Sanford, FL

Open to all members of the church, this conference will take the place of a local charge conference in our church. Trinity leaders will be attending and reporting on events and activities of the past year. If you would like to attend, call the church officer or notify Pastor Dale to reserve your seat on the bus.
Faith, Hope and Charity - The Church Awakened

"Grateful to God - Coming Together in the Greatest of Expressions"
Thanksgiving Celebration - Details coming in November
40 Days of Love - West Volusia
October 9 - November 17

Goal is to spend 40 days of praying, caring, and sharing the Gospel to transform West Volusia County. Sign up to pray for your neighbors. Learn how by visiting www.blesseveryhome.com.
Perform random acts of kindness wherever you live, work or play. Learn more by visiting www.40DaysofLove.net
Save the date for the DeLand Celebration Rally to be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Location to be announced, possibly Earl Brown Park or Spec Martin Stadium.
National Night Out - a free, family-friendly event!
35th Anniversary
Tuesday, October 2nd
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
DeLand Police Department Parking Area, 219 Howry Avenue, DeLand

National Night Out is an annual event dedicated to building a strong community partnership with first responders and other public servants.

Where did the tribes of Manasseh and Efraim come from? Who was Boaz’s mother? When did Methuselah die? Is the Old Testament a mystery to you? Confusing? Irrelevant? Then this new Bible study is for you!

Starting Wednesday, October 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and continuing weekly until Wednesday, November 21, Cindy Fox will be leading an Old Testament Survey. No homework is required and our only text is the Bible! 

Join us in the Wesley Room for new insights and a clearer understanding of how the Bible is one story - God’s story - from start to finish. Email or call Cindy if you have questions (386-479-4041).
For those who are looking for a deeper insight into some of Pastor Dale's teachings and leadings, he has created a blog which can be viewed anytime on the church website. Click HERE  to read his latest blog! And, to get an email notice about new blogs being posted on the website, click on the red button below to sign up or contact Lori Jones in the church office for assistance.
  • Want to help in the office? Contact Lori Jones.
  • Willing to be an usher or greeter on Sundays? Contact Dave Shipman or Jennifer Griffis.
  • Love cooking and want to serve on our Kitchen Team? Contact Betty Kobler.
  • Want to serve the least of these through our monthly Breakfast at Trinity ministry? Contact Lana Saxon. Or Interfaith Kitchen? Contact Melissa Fuller.
  • Excited about going to Cuba or taking other mission trips? Contact Cindy Fox or Dee Miller.
  • Willing to call, write or visit homebound members? Contact Debra Wood or John Campbell.
  • Want to help our TLC (Trinity Loving Care) team with funeral services, receptions and bereavement calls? Contact Debbie Bennett.
  • Love kids and want to serve as a volunteer or mentor in local schools? Contact Leslie LaRue or Anita Campbell.
  • Interested in serving on the Altar Guild? Contact Cherrie Cassleberry or Becky Kellogg.
  • Want to help preserve, protect and pack our historical artifacts for the BIG MOVE? Contact Debbie and Steve Jones.
  • Willing to learn how to operate our sound board? See Conya Hartman.
  • Interested in reading scripture and/or participating in worship services? See Pastor Dale or Conya Hartman.
  • Want to help get our new Nurture Team up and running? Contact Donna Beaty or Pastor Dale to learn more.
  • Find it easy to talk with people about your faith? We would love to form a team that will focus on ways to strenthen our ability to witness to others. If interested, see Pastor Dale or Rob Miller.
  • Are you an outgoing extrovert and love people? Willing to serve as an "ambassador" for Trinity at church and area events? Consider joining the Hospitality Team. See Judy Ross or Ann Jenkins.

If you do not personally know a ministry team leader and want to contact them about volunteering, call the Church Office (386) 734-4425 to request an updated "People Directory."

Click here for a video of Bishop Ken Carter encouraging support of Florence survivors.
A Message from Bishop Carter:
Hurricane Florence was one of the worst storms to hit the Carolinas
and caused catastrophic flooding. We remember well the overwhelming
sense of destruction and hopelessness with Irma, and we also remember
the outpouring of support, gifts and prayers received through our vibrant
and resilient United Methodist connection.
To date, more than 7,000 flood buckets have been sent to the Carolinas
from UMCOR and adjacent conferences. Your financial contributions are needed now, for Floridians know first-hand the importance of UMCOR’s financial support for Irma response and long-term recovery.

When you make financial donations to UMCOR, you can be assured that every dollar will go to the program you specify. UMCOR can guarantee this because all their administrative costs are covered by the UMCOR Sunday offering and other undesignated gifts.
Please pray. Pray for God’s peace and guidance in the aftermath of Florence. Pray that people will see God in the midst of the destruction because the people called United Methodists were there. And, as the waters recede, our Disaster Recovery ministry will continue to provide updates on future needs.
As a conference on mission together seeking an adaptive response, we remain future-focused and passionate about people. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Carolinas and across the connection.
#On Mission Together
UMCOR Advance #901670

How are things progressing with regard to the Way Forward?

  1. For information about the Point of View (POV) process, which has been happening in many of our local churches, click here. The purpose is to create empathy in congregations and communities and to approach the LGBTQ conversation from a posture of listening to scripture and each other. POV was developed by a cross section of leaders across a theological spectrum and is also being used as a resource in other conferences.
  2. Rev. Alex Shanks will be present in the eight districts this fall to review the three plans that are present in the Commission on a Way Forward’s report to the Special Session of the General Conference. To see the plans click here.
  3. The Special Session of the General Conference will be held in St. Louis, February 23-26, 2019. To learn more about the Special Session or how to attend the Special Session as a visitor, click here. The names of our delegation to the General Conference, with equal representation of laity and clergy and led by Molly McEntire and Rev. Alex Shanks, are listed here.
  4. The Conference Table, convened by our Lay Leader Paulette Monroe and Bishop Ken Carter, will include an open conversation with our General Conference delegates about the Special Session in February. The meeting will be on October 20 in Lakeland. To register for this gathering or to learn more about how to participate, see this link.
  5. The webpage - www.flumc.org/wayforward contains videos, testimonies, and links to the Annual Conference presentations by a number of our leaders, including Way Forward Commission members Rev. Jorge Acevedo and Alice Williams.
  6. Bishop Carter’s book, Embracing The Wideness of God’s Mercy, is published by Abingdon Press and is available online through Amazon and Cokesbury. You can learn more about the book here. It includes material that has been included in local churches and clergy gatherings in the Florida Conference, and is a traditional evangelical case for greater inclusion of LGBTQ persons in our local churches.
Puerto Rican bishop gives thanks to UMCOR
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UMNS) — In the year since Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, The United Methodist Church has been sending prayers and support. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has contributed more than $20 million, allowing the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico to establish the Renew, Rebuild and Reconstruct (Rehace) program. A series of videos produced by Michelle Maldonado of United Methodist Communications shows the impact the church has had.
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