It has been three months since we arrived at Trinity and to me it feels like the time has flown by. This is an exciting time in the life of our church. It is so fun to see years of work come together as God ushers us into the next 125 years. In our “Getting to Know You Meetings,” some have asked me what my ideas for Trinity are, or how I think we should move forward. Yes, I have some ideas, but I have come to understand that God’s will for a people usually bubbles up from within the people. It’s not always the pastor’s idea but it is a team effort, between clergy and laity, to discern the will of God together.  

Now that the “Getting to Know You Meetings” are over, we will have a Visioning Workshop on Saturday, October 19th from 1-4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall where we will look at the data from the meetings, analyze what came up, and craft a mission and vision statement. Once we have this, we can begin to align our ministries with our purpose. Please save the date and plan to attend this important meeting.

Trinity is like many churches who are in decline and seeking to re-engage with the world in new ways. What has worked well for us in the past just isn’t working now. A shift in thinking is required. We currently have a form of church that is attractional. It needs to be missional (outside the walls thinking). We have been a church of programs but now people crave relationships. How we move forward into our new reality remains to be seen. I don’t have all the answers but here is what I am thinking:

1. Every great renewal movement of God starts with prayer. We should pray daily and beg God to show us the way.
2. The glass ceiling for laity needs to be shattered. The priesthood of all believers should be equipped and unleashed.
3. Chances are that we will get smaller before we grow. That is ok.  
4. We need to focus on generosity and giving ourselves away. This is just not a financial focus, but also ministries of fresh expressions to our community.
5. We are moving into the unknown. As such, we should embrace failure as expected and normal. Not everything we try will work. We learn, and we move on.  
6. We need to hold everything lightly so that the power of God can move among us. In other words, we need to get out of God’s way.  

Seasons of transitions can be both scary and exciting. But fear not, the best is yet to come!

I LOVE being your Pastor!

October 6, Luke 17: 5-10 , The Gift of God’s Love .

We cannot earn God’s favor. There is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven. God’s love is given to us freely, without cost. This is a gift of pure grace. Love like this is almost too good to believe. God is not mad at you. God is madly in love with you.

This day we will celebrate World Communion Sunday during both worship services. (To learn more about how United Methodists celebrate this special day and why, CLICK HERE .)

October 13, Luke 17: 11-19 , Thank You, Jesus .

Many people in the Bible experience healing or some kind of restoration. Although people are healed in this story, the real focus is not the healing but how those who are healed respond.

This day we will celebrate Laity Sunday during both worship services. Later in the day, we will conduct a Blessing of the Animals service at 3 p.m. on the Plymouth Avenue property.

Stewardship Campaign Kickoff

Pastor Todd will present a four-week sermon series based on the book "Earn. Save. Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money" written by the Rev. Jim Harnish. This is a practical application of Wesley’s theology of money. During the series, we will engage in a contemporary discussion of how Christians think about and use financial resources.

October 20, 1 Kings 3:11-14, If You Could Ask for Anything

All wisdom comes from God. Wisdom is better than wealth. Wisdom leads to life! King Solomon knew this. Following the death of his father, King David, Solomon had a dream in which God said, “ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.” Solomon knew he needed wisdom more than anything. We need understanding to deal with every facet of life. And so he asked for wisdom and this pleased God. We can learn from this.

October 27, Luke 16:1-13, Earn All You Can

In his sermon, The Use of Money , John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Movement, used this story that Jesus told and declared that the “right use of money was an excellent branch of Christian wisdom.”  Wait, you mean that money isn’t filthy? Money isn’t dirty? Money can serve the noble purposes of God? Yes! It’s all about our intention.
  • Saturday, October 5th - Fall Festival at Trinity - 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, October 6th - World Communion Sunday - both services

  • Monday, October 7th - The Onboarding Process - 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wesley Room. RSVPs requested.

  • Tuesday, October 8th - Young at Heart Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. RSVPs required. Fill out a form and hand in with payment to the church office.

  • Sunday, October 13th - Laity Sunday - both services. (Psst...it's also Pastor Appreciation Day!)

  • Sunday, October 13th - Blessing of the Animals - 3:00 p.m. on our new property located at 1290 W. Plymouth Avenue

  • Saturday, October 19th - Visioning Workshop - 1:00 to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited!

  • Sunday, October 20th - Stewardship Campaign Kickoff - both services

  • Saturday, October 26th - Family Fun Fest at Earl Brown Park from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, October 27th - Annual Church Conference - 2:00 p.m. at Orange City UMC

  • Sunday, October 27th - Family Pumpkin-Carving Contest – Free dinner served at 5 p.m. followed by pumpkin carving fun!

  • Thursday, October 31st: Our popular Trunk or Treat event will start at 6 p.m. in the church's Clara Avenue parking lot.

1 - Charlotte Minor
3 - Charlene Krizon
3 - John Campbell
3 - Linda Chester
7 - Dilbert Clifton
7 - Sally Hansen
7 - Melissa Fuller
8 - Heather Bonner
9 - Carroll Erickson
14-Betty Mohr
17-Denny Hansen
19-Daisy Poss
19-R.V. Helms
19-Bob Allinson
21-Hermie Clemente
21-Suzanne Forbes
21-Noah Brunning
21-Alex Brunning
23-Beth Britton
24-Vicki Butters
24-Judy Wall
25-Leon Hamilton
27-Gary Rogers
28-Beth Fogle-Miller
30-Samantha Nemecek

If your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, email address) has changed, please notify the church. You can call the office at (386) 734-4425 or email Mary Anne, office manager, at officemgr@trinitydeland.org .
Trinity Today, our monthly newsletter, is distributed 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, call the church office.

12- Ed & Valerie Hencinski
  • 34 yrs
22- Mark & Lynn Thompson
  • 36 yrs
26- Clifford & Vicki Butters
  • 56 yrs
30- Carroll & Virgie Erickson
  • 64 yrs
The church Calendar of Events is always available for viewing and can be accessed anytime - 24/7. Visit http://www.trinitydeland.org/calendar to view and print. To submit corrections, changes or new entries, send to Mary Anne in the church office email: officemgr@trinitydeland.org.
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Both of our worship services are being recorded then uploaded to our Facebook page (late service) and our YouTube channel (both services). But, did you also know that we are live streaming our early service on Facebook? Every Sunday, Pastor Todd asks us to "check in" on Facebook when we are attending church in person, but what if we are traveling or ill? Be sure to visit our Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and view the service live - online!

Recently, we live streamed a large funeral service so the overflow crowd could watch downstairs, and family members and friends from around the globe could watch. We wanted to be able to do this on our own for free, but could not because we do NOT have enough subscribers to our YouTube channel. Currently, we have 53 subscribers but need at least 100 to use YouTube Live for streaming. Please help us to achieve our goal of 100+ subscribers! Follow these simple directions to subscribe:

  1. If you are not a YouTube subscriber, you must first subscribe to that service. Visit www.youtube.com to start. It's free.
  2. Once you are a user, look for the search bar and cut-paste-enter the following address: UC5EqJ_o6MqeFOMnlNEzdmVQ (Yes, it's long and complicated. Once we get 100 subscribers, we will be able to secure a simple username!)
  3. Now you should see a picture of Trinity, which means you have landed on our channel. Look to the right for the "Subscribe" button. Click on it to join!

Already subscribe to YouTube but not our channel? Click on this LINK to go straight there and subscribe so you can watch our worship services and other videos of interest. I'll keep you posted every month to let you know how many subscribers we have and if we have reached our goal of 100! Thank you.

Anita Campbell, Communications

Trinity has been selected to participate in a new process the Florida Conference is doing to onboard new pastors with their staff and church leaders in an accelerated fashion.

The onboarding process will be fully explained to us on Monday evening, October 7th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone; however, all ministry team leaders are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in this new and exciting venture in leadership development!

Call the church office or email Pastor Todd at seniorpastor@trinitydeland.org. to let him know you will be attending.

Trinity Stewardship Campaign

This year’s stewardship campaign will use Jim Harnish’s book, Earn.Save.Give. Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money . This is a four-week small-group study using the teachings of John Wesley.

The book will be available to the congregation as soon as the shipment arrives (any day). Pastor Todd will present a sermon series covering the four sections starting October 20 and wrapping up November 10. Sunday School classes will roll out the lessons one week prior, October 13.

While tradition has Trinity United Methodist Church carrying out a stewardship campaign that ends with Consecration Sunday, Earn.Save.Give. aims to inspire each of us to be generous year round.

“You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” - 2 Corinthians 9:11

Mark Moor, Treasurer

Christian nurture, the edification of believers, helps people understand, know and love God more. Teaching, guiding ministries must be a priority to help fulfill our church's purpose.

If you are interested in serving on one or more of our nurturing ministries, email Donna Beaty.

Dear  Exciting Church,

It is not too late to sign up for the  Holy Land Pilgrimage! So far, 22 people have expressed an interest in the trip. There is no cap. We can take as many pilgrims as sign up! We are six months away from our journey so don’t delay - sign up today!

Also, trips like this are more fun with a friend, so invite someone to join you. They don’t have to be Trinity members, or even Methodists! Invite anyone you wish to join us. Flyers with instructions on how to register are in the Narthex and outside the church offices. There are no visas required to travel to Israel. Passports expiration dates should be more than 6 months after our travel dates.
Our trip Includes: All tours and guided sightseeing / Roundtrip Airfare from Orlando / Taxes, Fees, and Fuel Surcharges / Tips / First Class Hotels / Breakfast and Dinner Daily / Guides / Deluxe Motorcoaches / Drivers / Entrance Fees. Price with Air from Orlando is $3,498.00 per person. Optional costs: travel insurance, lunch out daily, and a love offering to be collected for our tour guide and bus driver.
To register for the pilgrimage, follow these steps:
1.   Go to  www.eo.travelwithus.com 
2.   On the homepage, click on the box that says, “Know your tour information?”
3.   Tour # is HL20. Date: 020420. Code: F
ID # is 54898 (this is my personal Tour Host number). All pilgrims traveling with me will need to use this number so EO will keep us together as a group.  
4.   The next screen is our trip information page. You can read all about the trip here or download a brochure. A link at the bottom of this page will take you to the online registration form. Please note that EO uses PayPal to process payments.

I’m excited to take this journey with you!

Pastor Todd
Why Sing?

In Eph. 5:18b-19 (NLT), the apostle Paul writes "...be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Whether we are singing hymns or praise choruses, the point is to sing to our Heavenly Father! To honor the Creator, we, as His creation, give thanks and glory and honor and praise for all that He has done and continues to do for us.

Whether you attend the 8:30 Contemporary for Intergenerational Worship service, or our 11:00 Traditional service that uses time-honored hymns and choral anthems, COME AND WORSHIP CHRIST THE KING!


We have begun our Christmas Candlelight Concert rehearsals, but need additional voices. If you want to join this full-sounding, spirit-led chorus, join us on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We will sing a cantata titled “LET THERE BE CHRISTMAS”. All are welcome to take part in our Candlelight Concerts. This has become a very special time in the life of Trinity, as we share with the community beautiful music with narration for the Advent Season. Email me at dirmusic@trinitydeland.org or call me at 386-734-4425 for more information.

Conya Hartman, Director of Music & Worship

On Friday, September 20th, we had a Girls Night Out-Lock In at the church. Eight girls attended and three adults chaperoned. The girls cooked a wonderful dinner, went swimming, did pedicures, played games, and socialized with each other. A good time was had by all!

Trinity Youth and parents/volunteers will be unloading the PODS into the different rooms for Fall Festival. We will be setting up the Wesley Room for Trash and Treasures, where volunteers will be working all week from 4-7 p.m. On Friday, the youth will be serving the lasagna dinner to the wonderful volunteers of the Fall Festival

On Saturday, October 26th, Trinity's youth and parent volunteers will be in charge of a variety of games at Family Fun Fest to be held at Earl Brown Park from 2-6 p.m. The church has paid a fee to set up a tent and table where printed materials will be distributed. All members and friends will be asked to wear our new tee shirts. More volunteers are needed. Please call the church office or email me, if you are willing to serve. My email address is diryouth@trinitydeland.org.

On Sunday, October 27th, we will be pumpkin-carving at the church. 
Prizes will be given for the scariest, most creative, and funniest pumpkin. Times are 5-8 p.m. We will serve a hot dog dinner with fixings. Guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

On Thursday, October 31st, Trinity will host its annual Halloween Trunk or Treat. This popular free event will be located in the south side parking lot off Clara Avenue. Times are from 6-8 p.m. Individually-wrapped hard candies will be needed to help make this event successful.

We are in the process of starting a new class for 2, 3, and 4-year-old children in the nursery during the Sunday School hour. Angel Bohner will lead the class with assistance from different nursery workers. They will play music, hear a Bible story, do a craft and eat a snack.

The elementary-age Sunday School classes will be using Pastor Todd's sermon titles to correlate with their lessons during the next three months.

On November 13th, Trinity children and youth will be visiting the Alliance Nursing home during the Sunday School hour.

Submitted by Lori Hansard, Children & Family Ministry

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

If you are interested in serving on one of our outreach ministry teams, contact me. We are engaging in some fantastic community and mission-led activities and would love to get you involved.

Dee Miller, Coordinator

Our Annual Fall Festival is quickly approaching, and we want to share how you can help:

  1. Canned sodas and bottled waters are needed for the Boy Scouts to sell. These can be put in the kitchen on the counter.
  2. Donations for all areas will be accepted through Wednesday, October 2nd. Items such as Books, Toys, Trash & Treasures, Boutique, & Silent Auction items are especially needed. Gift Cards & gift basket items are needed for the Silent Auction area, as well.
  3. Baked goods for the Country Kitchen can be brought to the worker lasagna dinner this Friday night, or delivered early Saturday morning.
  4. Volunteers are still needed. Have you signed up to volunteer? We still need greeters and people to set up and take down tables. Sign up with Melissa Fuller ASAP or email her at fuller_b@bellsouth.net.
  5. Put a Fall Festival sign in your yard, or place a magnet on your car to promote this, our 42nd annual festival!
  6. Share the Fall Festival event/evite on Facebook with your friends!

Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing you this week!! Questions? Call the church office at 386-734-4425.
Citrus Grove Update

A special thank you to Pastor Todd who took the time to visit Citrus Grove Elementary and award every teacher with a $25 Target gift card. This gift was provided with funds raised during last year's Fall Festival. Everyone, the administrators, teachers and support staff, was most appreciative for our ongoing love and support. Thank YOU, Trinity members for making it happen!

Leslie LaRue and Anita Campbell, Partnership Coordinators


It's that time!! Trinity will launch the 2019-20 winter-spring season of its “Young at Heart” (YAH) senior adult ministry on Tuesday, October 8th.

Designed for men and women over the age of 55, this vibrant ministry program will kick off with a luncheon followed by a fun, fall-themed program aptly titled “Pickin’ & Grinnin’” featuring members of the Jackson Creek String Band. Lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. Time to start is 11:30 a.m.

All YAH events are open to the public. Cost of the lunch is $7 and paid reservations are required in advance of the event.

Never been to a YAH luncheon? First-time attendees can enjoy a complimentary meal, if accompanied by a church member. Complimentary tickets/bookmarks can be acquired through Trinity members, or by calling the Church Office at (386) 734-4425, or emailing officemgr@trinitydeland.org. First-time guests must RSVP, as well.

The Young at Heart ministry is designed to be a creative program that encompasses a range of fun initiatives, such as luncheons, dinners, day/overnight trips, volunteer opportunities, and intergenerational activities designed to promote community awareness, wellness, and lifelong learning for seniors age 55 and older. This season’s Young at Heart luncheons are scheduled through April 2020. For more information, call the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 or email us at anita.campbell2468@att.net.

We hope to see you on October 8th!

John and Anita Campbell
Blessing of the Animals

WHERE: New property located at 1290 W. Plymouth Avenue

WHEN: Sunday, October 13th at 3 p.m.

Bring your animals and pets for a special blessing! There will be food, fun, and treats for all!  Reece’s Weenies Food Cart will be on site and critters will receive a commemorative pet tag! The service will last about 45 minutes. For everyone’s safety, please make sure your pets are either leashed or in a pet carrier of some type.  

The service will be outdoors so please bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on. All animals and their humans are welcome! In the past, we have blessed dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, birds, fish, ferrets, turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders, chickens, horses, pigs, cows, and donkeys. We will have a table set up so people can remember their pets who have passed away. Bring photos, collars, mementos, even ashes, for a time of remembrance.  

Tell your friends, share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, then come on out as we celebrate our connection to God through all of His creations - big and small. If you have questions, call the church office at 386-734-4425.

Pastor Todd

The Witness Team coordinates, plans, carries out, and evaluates the congregation’s witness ministries, helping all to know and respond to the love of God in Christ. This includes intercessory prayers, planning and implementing our evangelistic efforts outside the walls of the church, including visitation and hospitality.

If you are interested in being a part of this new team, contact me by email using this link Rob Miller or by leaving me a note in the church's Witness Team mailbox outside the pastor's office.

Rob Miller, Coordinator

Helen Jackson first introduced me to the devotions written by Selwyn Hughes which I have read daily ever since. Hughes was a Welsh Christian minister best known for writing the daily devotional, “Every Day With Jesus”. He had the much sought after gift of taking complicated or misinterpreted passages in the Bible and interpreting them in ways which could be plainly understood.

In the August 27, 2019 issue of Every Day with Jesus, the devotion was entitled, “The Marks of a Preacher.” As I read on, I became increasingly aware of Trinity being blessed with one new Pastor and six retired Pastors, who met Hughes’s definitions. Actually they were Solomon’s definitions as found in Ecclesiastes.

Here they are and see if you don’t agree:

• A preacher is wise, not necessarily from his/her years but from their relationship with God.
• A preacher is able to impart knowledge to others and help them to understand the principles on which a godly life is built.
• A preacher considers the difficult issues and reflects on them (wrestling with them like a dog with a bone).
• A preacher sets those things in a logical order.
• A preacher should be able to search out and use the right words depending upon the Holy Spirit but using words to make the meaning clear.

Preachers are like windows through which the light of truth shines. Our preachers at Trinity have that quality. They all present differently but they all meet Solomon’s definition.

Do you know that October is Pastor Appreciation Month? I, for one, greatly appreciate all of our pastors and ask that you join with me in praying for them. They have enormous responsibilities and need our cooperation, love and support. Thank God for blessing Trinity with pastors of deep faith. Ask Him to work, by His Holy Spirit, in the hearts of those who have been called by Him to lead us.

Also join me in praying for these members and friends
in our church directory:

Sharon Lyster, Linda McCormick, Russ McGehee, Chuck & Judy McLaughlin and Kitwana, Andrea, Marcy, Jasmine and KJ McTyre.

Carolyn Harner, Prayer Team Coordinator
  • Like to take messages and talk with folks? Want to help in the Church Office? Contact Mary Anne Rogers.
  • Willing to be a greeter or ambassador on Sundays? Contact Dave Shipman, Susan Largen 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 Dee Miller or Dan Vergara.
  • 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 Anita Campbell.
  • Interested in serving on the Altar Guild? Contact Cherrie Casselberry or Becky Kellogg.
  • Want to help showcase our historical artifacts and write our history in preparation for our 125th Anniversary celebration? Contact Steve Jones.
  • Willing to learn how to operate our sound board and video camera? Contact Conya Hartman.
  • Interested in reading scripture and/or participating in worship services? Contact Rev. Todd Bardin or Conya Hartman.
  • Find it easy to talk with people about your faith? Join the new Witness Team to study, pray and plan for ways to strengthen our ability to witness to others. If interested, see or contact 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. Contact Judy Ross, Ann Jenkins or Susan Largen.

If you do not personally know some or all of these ministry team leaders but want to contact them about volunteering, call the Church Office (386) 734-4425 to request an updated "People Directory."


October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and October 13th is designated as Pastor Appreciation Day.

The life of a United Methodist pastor is filled with a variety of responsibilities. They preach, teach, visit, counsel, lead, consult, communicate, budget, clean, and so much more.

Pastoring a church is not a job that can be done well under the pastor’s power alone. Every pastor relies heavily on God’s guidance, strength and peace as they live into their call.

One of the best ways we can support our pastors and show them our appreciation is to regularly pray for them. But it can be difficult to know exactly what we should pray for. To help get started, we’ve assembled 15 areas of pastors’ lives and ministries where they would value your prayers.

1. Spiritual lives

Our pastors’ spiritual lives are important to their finding the wisdom, strength and guidance necessary to lead a church. Pray for your pastors’ growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit works through them to serve your congregation and community.

2. Time management

With all of their responsibilities, United Methodist pastors need to become masters of their calendars.  John Wesley knew this back in the 1700s. He instructed the preachers, “Never trifle away time.” Pray for your pastors to use time wisely, including blocking out occasions for Sabbath rest, prayer, work and family.

[To finish reading this article in its entirety, CLICK HERE . If you would like a reprint of the article, call Mary Anne in the church office at 386-734-4425.]

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