TRINITY
PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH
Trinity Tidings  April 2018   Volume 32, No. 4
Welcome to our new online version of Trinity Tidings.

Upcoming Events at Trinity:

April 1
Easter Sunday
Communion Sunday
7am Community Sonrise
Service at Trailblazer Park
10am Children’s Easter Celebration
Easter Worship Services
9am and 11am
 
April 29
Youth Sunday
 
May 4
10th Annual
Swamp Rabbit Trail 5K
 
May 6
ONE WORSHIP
-Communion Sunday
- Reception of Confirmands
-Congregational Meeting and Lunch following      the service
 
May 9
WNL Finale Cookout
 
May 20
Graduation Sunday
 

Wednesday Night Live

Join us for our regularly scheduled Wednesday Night Live activities.

         5:30pm WNL Dinner
         6:00pm Children’s Choir
         6:30pm CWE, Adult Bible Study
         6:30pm Chancel Choir Practice

April 4th Menu:
Chicken Marsala,
roasted potatoes, green beans and pie




April 29, 2018

Please join us for worship as our
young people lead both
 the 9am and 11am services!
Calling all Graduates!!
 
Our Graduate Recognition Sunday will be May 20, 2018. If you have a December 2017 or Spring 2018 high school, college or technical school graduate in your family, please submit a brief bio and a photograph to the church office by May 11th. There will be a reception to honor our graduates immediately following the 11:00 am worship service. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our youth and young adults!
 

Dear Friends,

I get so excited anticipating Easter morning worship! Christmas Eve worship certainly involves more decorating of the sanctuary, and the liturgical pageantry associated with Christmas Eve worship is inspiring and romantic, yet in my mind nothing compares with how our sanctuary feels on Easter morning! Here in the foothills, more often than not, the day dawns with brilliant sunshine and the weather is often warm and Spring-like. Our congregation’s tradition of a huge cross decorated with flowers placed prominently in the sanctuary is wonderful! Our choirs and musicians add so much to our worship each Sunday of the year, and on Easter they go all out! Often, people arrive for worship wearing new clothes purchased just for the occasion! The Scripture readings are always focused on the incredibly phenomenal news of the resurrection; the tomb could not hold God! Jesus is alive!

The joy and excitement of Easter morning worship is quite intentional. Across the centuries, the church has very carefully designed and intended Easter worship to be joyful and full of excitement. This is as it should be, for the news of Christ’s resurrection is life-changing for anyone that receives it! Understandably, then, the church publicly proclaims this good news as exciting news for all! However, it only truly becomes “The Good News!” when we receive it personally as a message for us as individual children of God. Another way to say this is that the message of Easter is “Good News” only in so far as each of us receive and embrace that the resurrection happened for us – not generically, but specifically for each of us individually!

Properly received, then, the resurrection means that death is not the final word for us. It means that God is a God of life not death. It means that there is no power in our lives that is a rival for God’s power. It means that even the power of our sinfulness is overcome by God’s power to create life and overcome our failings. Without a doubt, the foundation of joy that supports Easter morning worship is without parallel and unmatched.

Given its significance, is it not thought provoking and curious for us that the scriptural accounts of how the empty tomb was first discovered. The reality of the scriptural witness is that the initial shock of the empty tomb created much more anxiety and ambiguity in the individual hearts and minds of the first disciples than our response to it come every Easter morning would indicate. If we compare each Gospel account of the discovery of the empty tomb, we will quickly notice how differently that moment is recorded. Yet they all share something that is customarily absent from our worship: anxiety and fear!
Why has the church not included these reactions in our worship over the centuries? I don’t have an easy or comprehensive answer to that question. However, it is clear that over the centuries we in the church have sanitized and domesticated the shocking and radical reality of the resurrection. One way we have done this is by depersonalizing the message of the resurrection.

I suspect that part of why the church’s worship across the centuries has downplayed these elements of the resurrection accounts is likely because it is unsettling. Resurrection from dead is contrary to what we expect. It challenges our assumptions about who we are, and what our lives should be about. AND, that is exactly the point. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ changed EVERYTHING in creation. Encountering that level of change is anxiety producing, especially when we consider it as a personal experience. Coming face to face with someone you know was dead instills ambiguity in our mind. The resurrection of Jesus Christ has opened doors for us that were otherwise shut and locked tight!
So, I encourage us to follow to the witness of Scripture. In addition to our traditional forms and customs of Easter worship can we allow Scripture to really grab us? As the scriptural witness reveals, it is okay to be amazed. It is okay to really wonder what it all means for us. Repeated accounts in the Bible reveal that shock and fear, in the face of a living encounter with God, is a good thing!

During these days of Easter - let us be personally amazed! Let us be personally shocked! Let us be aware that God can do ANYTHING! Receiving the Good News of the empty tomb means that we can now have a full heart of new and exciting possibilities! It means change is possible for us personally! Praise God!

Happy Easter!
 Marc
Welcome to Our Newest Member!
                     Dianne Tartaro
 
     We welcome the newest member of our Trinity family, Mrs. Dianne Tartaro. She hails from Richfield and Westchester county, Connecticut. Her career was in financial planning and analysis with Kraft Foods until retirement, fifteen years ago. Dianne enjoyed serving on her church's Session and also the Committee for Preparation for Ministry in the Hudson River Presbytery.
    Two years ago she and her husband decided to move to the Woodlands to be near their daughter and son-in-law who teach at Furman. Dianne enjoys history and is improving her Latin language skills in classes at OLLI. On Sundays she can be found among the "Wood-landers" at our 11:00 A.M. worship service.
From the Director of Christian Education & Youth
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these
       who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
                        Matthew 25:40
 
       Both our children and our youth had the opportunity this past month to follow Christ’s command to serve others as we prepared our hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. As part of the Spiritual Retreat Children’s Program, our children and Middle School helpers made beautiful Easter cards, which we then delivered to the residents of Heartland Health Care Center. The smiles of the residents were every bit as beautiful as the cards! Our Middle School and Senior High Youth volunteered at the North Greenville Crisis Ministry, preparing condiment packages to be distributed to those in need. The staff members at North Greenville were amazed at how quickly and efficiently our youth completed the job.
 
It wasn’t all work and no play for our youth! Some of our Senior High Youth attended the Foothills Presbytery Senior High Mini-Retreat at Montreat, where the theme was “Chosen,” based on Isaiah 43:1: “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Christian Short, our own Presbytery Youth Council member, did a great job helping plan and lead this retreat. The youth closed out the March activities by attending Winter Jam—a Christian music concert. Thanks to the Garabedians for making this event possible!
 
April will be equally busy! The month will begin with a special Easter morning program for the children and close with Youth Sunday on April 29 th . We hope that you will be present on the 29 th as our Youth will lead both the 9:00 am First Worship and the 11:00 am worship. 
 
May your hearts and lives be filled with the joy of Easter!
 
                                                                        In Christ’s service,
                                                                                Terri
The children made beautiful Easter cards during the Annual Spiritual Retreat and delivered them to Heartland Health Care Center.
Our Middle School and Senior High Youth volunteered at the North Greenville Crisis Ministry, preparing condiment packages to be distributed to those in need. 
January Session Digest
Members Present : Sherry Ogletree, Dennis Tavernetti, Jeff Burton, Mary Pace, Justin Mullis, Thomas Barksdale, Olin Blanton, Bob Lewis, Lawrence Garabedian, Mark Bostian, Dennis Mitchell and Chuck Verdin.
Members Absent and Excused : None.
Opening Prayer: Marc Mason opened the meeting with a reading from a passage from Isaiah (Chapter 65) and with prayer.
Declaration of Quorum : A quorum was present.
Pastor’s Report and Housekeeping Details :
Marc Mason gave an update on members who are sick, in the hospital, and recovering. 
Monthly Budget Reports : Mary Pace presented the December monthly budget reports. She reported that December was a good month that resulted in a surplus for the month in the Operating Account and also a surplus for the month in the Building Fund. For the year ended December 31, 2017, she noted there was a deficit of approximately $3,600 in the Operating Account and a surplus in the Building Fund of approximately $26,000. Olin Blanton made a motion to approve the monthly budget reports as presented. Lawrence Garabedian seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Diaconate Report : No report.
Membership Update : As of January 11, 2018, the church has 478 members, of which 464 are resident and 14 are non-resident.
Clerk Report : Approval was asked for approval of the minutes of the Stated Session Meeting on December 14, 2017, and for the minutes of the Annual Joint Board (Session/Diaconate) Meeting on December 14, 2017. Jeff Burton made a motion to approve both sets of minutes. Justin Mullins seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Communications : None
Old Business Ad Hoc Financial Review Committee – Sherry Ogletree reported that the plaque for McKinney Hall is ready. It will be unveiled on 1/28/18. The committee has scheduled three “Step Up Challenge opportunities for 2018.
New Business : None
Standing Committee Reports
Benevolence & Mission : Dennis Tavernetti reported that the committee had not yet met formally. However, the annual report for requested benevolence and mission projects had been submitted. 
Discipleship : Dennis Mitchell reported that he is getting to know the members of his committee. He discussed how he plans for the committee to operate, and he reported that it is planning to have regular meetings (on Sundays) at least initially.  
Finance & Stewardship : Mary Pace reported that six (6) line items on the 2018 Operating Budget (that was approved in the December 14, 2017 Stated Session Meeting) needed to be amended based on additional information obtained shortly after such December meeting. She presented a proposed amended 2018 Operating Budget, which reflected and highlighted the following six (6) line items (proposed amendments): 
1) Pledged Contributions, 4) Officer Administrator - salary (account # 675)
2) Non-Pledged Contributions, 5) Office Administrator – FICA/Medicare (account # 680)
3) Faith Bridge, 6) Electricity (account #820)
Such proposed amendments were discussed and approved, and the 2018 Operating Budget, as amended, was approved as presented.
Long-Range Planning : Bob Lewis reported that his committee is formulating plans to establish a memorial (columbarium) wall/garden and that more details are expected at the next meeting.  
Personnel & Administration : Sherry Ogletree reported that Terry Luzynski had started recently and that the reception to welcome her had gone well. 
Property & Grounds : Lawrence Garabedian reported that his committee had met recently and that Stan Coleman was in the process of passing (to Lawrence Garabedian and Mark Bostian) all of the contact information for individuals/parties/contractors who assist with the upkeep of the building and grounds. Marc Mason also reported that a gutter was recently unclogged and that flashing on the roof near the sanctuary was recently repaired and that efforts were underway to have a third party review the roof for possible hail damage. Marc Mason further reported that the carillon (musical instrument housed in the bell tower) is in need of repair with a possible repair estimate in the range of $1,600 to $2,000 plus. The committee recommended that the repair expense come from the I/O “Deferred Maintenance” account. 
Spiritual Development & Evangelism : Justin Mullis stated that he plans to meet with Marc Mason and will allocate or assign actions as needed to committee members. 
Worship : Jeff Burton reported that his committee had met and that lists (and/or calendars of assignments) had prepared and circulated for those assisting with worship. 
Finance & Stewardship (continued) relating to Capital Campaign Report: Mary Pace reported that the Building Fund had received approximately $493,000 (total of pledged and unpledged receipts) over the past three (3) years. 
 
Motion to Adjourn with Prayer : Thomas Barksdale made the motion to adjourn with prayer. Sherry Ogletree seconded the motion. The motion passed. Marc Mason closed the meeting with prayer at 8:20 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Chuck Verdin, Clerk                              Marc Mason, Moderator
February Session Digest
  Members Present : Sherry Ogletree, Jeff Burton, Mary Pace, Justin Mullis, Olin Blanton, Mark Bostian, Dennis Mitchell, Chuck Verdin, Bob Lewis, and Lawrence Garabedian.
Members Absent and/or Excused : Dennis Tavernetti and Thomas Barksdale
Opening Prayer: Marc Mason opened the meeting with a devotional: Matthew 26:30-46 and with prayer.
Declaration of Quorum : A quorum was present.
Pastor’s Report and Housekeeping Details :
Marc Mason gave an update on members who are sick, in the hospital, and/or recovering. 
The Lord’s Supper was celebrated on March 4, 2018.
There was a discussion about the Church’s membership roll. Marc Mason expected that there will be a report for recommending membership removals next month
Marc Mason reported that the 2018 Confirmation Class should have six (6) participants. The Session examination of the confirmands is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. He said that a reception is planned on May 6, 2018, after the One Worship service. 
Marc Mason gave a report on the Fellowship Community National Gathering: Discipleship in a Divided Time!
Marc Mason recommended a called congregational meeting for May 6 th for the purpose of electing the 2018 Officer Nominating Committee. Sherry Ogletree made a motion to call for a congregational meeting on May 6, 2018 for such purpose. Olin Blanton seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Monthly Budget Reports : Mary Pace presented the February monthly budget reports. She reported that there was a deficit of $391 for the month of February in the Operating Account and a surplus for the month of $2,979 in the Building Fund. Bob Lewis made a motion to approve the monthly budget reports as presented. Jeff Burton seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Diaconate Report : Marc Mason gave a report from the Deacons’ recent meeting.
Membership Update : As of March 8, 2018, the Church has 476 members, of which 462 are resident and 14 are non-resident.
Clerk Report : The minutes of the Stated Session Meeting on February 8, 2018 were presented. Mary Pace made a motion to approve such minutes. Olin Blanton seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Communications : There were no communications. 
Old Business Ad Hoc Financial Review Committee – Sherry Ogletree reported that the recent “Step Up” Challenge appeared to be going well.    
New Business : Justin Mullis gave a report on the recent Foothills Presbytery Meeting in Clemson. He reported that there was much discussion of child protection policies, including background checks, and legal issues related to such policies. 
Standing Committee Reports
Benevolence & Mission : No report. 
Discipleship : Dennis Mitchell reported that there have been six (6) individuals’ sign up for the youth field trip. He also reported that the youth were planning to work at the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry. 
Finance & Stewardship : Mary Pace reported that a more comprehensive and condensed financial report was going to be used in the in the monthly Church newsletters starting in March. 
Long-Range Planning : Bob Lewis reported that this committee planned to meet tomorrow to discuss possibly adding a columbarium to the Church’s facilities. 
Personnel & Administration : No report. 
Property & Grounds : Mark Bostian and Lawrence Garabedian reported that they met recently and are assembling an emergency contact list for property matters (e.g., plumbing maintenance, and electric).  
Spiritual Development & Evangelism : Justin Mullis reported that planning was underway for the 2018 Spiritual Retreat to take place on Palm Sunday weekend.  
Worship : Jeff Burton reported that his committee met this past Tuesday. He further reported that the committee voted to approve the purchase of a drum set for First Worship, and he noted that the cost for same was within the budget. 
 
Motion to Adjourn with Prayer : Mary Pace made a motion to adjourn with prayer. Olin Blanton seconded the motion. The motion passed. Marc Mason closed the meeting with prayer.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Chuck Verdin, Clerk                          Marc Mason, Moderator
Called Congregational Meeting Set for Sunday, May 6 th
 
The Session has scheduled a called congregational meeting for Sunday, May 6 th , immediately following our ONE WORSHIP service that morning. The purpose of this congregational meeting will be to elect the congregational officer nominating committee for 2018. Our congregation’s Policies & Procedures manual states that the nominating committee each year will include 2 elders whose terms are concluding, 1 deacon whose term is concluding, and 4 at-large members nominated from the floor of a congregational meeting.
The Session will place in nomination the 2 elders. The Diaconate will place in nomination a deacon. We will need 4 nominations from the floor. The congregation will then elect the nominating committee.
Once the nominating committee is elected it will begin its prayerful discernment of who God may be calling to serve as elders and deacons for our congregation. Each year, we elect 4 elders and 3 deacons who serve 3 year terms.  
Hopefully, the nominating committee will complete their work, and present a slate of elders and deacons at a congregational meeting following our August 26 th ONE WORSHIP service. Please prayerfully consider individuals you feel are called to serve on our 2018 nominating committee, and prior to our May 6 th meeting secure their willingness to serve BEFORE you place them in nomination at the congregational meeting.
Notes from Our Choir Director

In April we are excited to offer our Furman students some opportunities to be involved in new ways that will challenge them as young musicians while adding greatly to our worship service! Mid-month, Katie Jennison, a regular soprano in the choir, will be stepping in to guest conduct our anthem, and later in the month, Kurestin Miller, who sings alto in the choir, will accompany us in a piece with unique and thrilling organ accompaniment. Our final practice for Chancel Choir before Summer is Wednesday, April 25. Beginning in May, our “Summer Choir” schedule will start, where we will be working on accessible anthems and choir favorites. These will be rehearsed in the choir room on Sunday mornings before the 11 am service. If you’ve been looking for a low-stress commitment but you’re interested in singing, the Summer choir is a great place to start! Wednesday night practices will resume in August. Have a request? The Summer is a great time to try out new ideas or reprise old favorites you may not have heard in worship in a while. We love suggestions- Just let Leah know!

Tentative April Music Ensemble Anthem Schedule, 11am Worship
 
April 1       (Easter Sunday) Chancel Choir
                    “With a Voice of Singing"
April 8         Ben Bagwell, soloist
April 15      Chancel Choir w/ Katie Jennison, conductor
April 22      Chancel Choir w/ Kurestin Miller, organ
April 29      Youth Sunday
May 6         (Bluegrass/One Worship)
Cherub & Junior Choir “I’ll Fly Away”

CHERUB/JUNIOR CHOIR PRACTICE SCHEDULE UPDATE:
Our Children will sing “I’ll Fly Away” as part of our Bluegrass Sunday/One Worship service on May 6. Our final practice for this will be Wednesday, April 25 @ 6 pm in the choir room. All kids are invited to participate! Kids will love being a part of this fun, upbeat anthem.       
From the Director of Music Ministry
Happy Easter! We hope you had a Spirit-filled Holy Week celebrating the story the gospel and how we are continuing to live it out. We are quickly approaching the end of the school year and, with it, the end of Wednesday night choir rehearsals, the final night being May 2 nd .  Be sure to join us May 9 for our end of year picnic at Paris Mountain State Park! A hearty thanks to all of our faithful choir members along with our seasonal additional members and Furmanites for making this another great season of worship! Furman student Katie Jennison will make her Trinity conducting debut April 15.
 
Our 9am service continues to grow. Look forward to seeing some additional student leadership in April and May with additional instrumentation, new faces, and familiar faces leading the music in worship for the first time. April 29 will be a youth led service in both the 9am and 11am service. May 6 will be a One Worship service at 10am to celebrate the closing of the school calendar year and the approach of summer. If you would like to participate on any of our 9am or 11am teams, please feel free to let me know!
 -Eric Barnhart
 
Small Groups For Everyone!
Sunday Adults:
 
Fellowship Class: Focus - Rotates study of the books of the Bible with Christian books and studies that enrich our lives. Format- Combination of lecture with interactive discussion, all in a relaxed environment. Leadership changes annually with a rotation of teachers from our class.

Christianity and Contemporary Issues: Focus - Discussions relate the messages contained in Scripture passages to current headlines. Format - lecture and interactive. Facilitators – Mary Pace, Annette Taylor and class members.

Trinity Class: First Sunday School Class created at Trinity and has been active ever since. Focus- Study of the Bible with the help of the Standard Lesson Commentary. Format - lecture and interactive with class discussion strongly encouraged. Teachers - Beauford Williams, Fred Moehlenbrock and class members.
 
Sunday Youth:
6th-12th Grades—Terri Luzynski

Sunday Children:
CWE 4K-1st Grade—Robin Blakemore, Joanna Newcomer, Leslie Weikle
CWE 2nd-5th Grades—Allen Clark, Eric Smith
 
Tuesday Morning Women:
 
Rachel Bible Study meets weekly at 10:00 a.m. A lesson is presented by one of the participants taking turns each week. Facilitator - Nancy Simonton

Wednesday Night Live Small Groups :
 
CWE 1 st – 5 th Grades : Led by Terri Luzynski

Childcare is available through 5K.

Adult Bible Study : A seminar style format encouraging discussion. Meets in the Thorpe Building. We are continuing our focus on the passion narrative and resurrection account in John’s Gospel. Led by Rev. Mason. 

Thursday Morning Men:
 
Men’s Fellowship meets Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a biscuit and coffee breakfast, a devotional, followed by a program. Programs include guest speakers from the community as well as members of the group. Facilitator - John Burns

Monthly Groups:
 
Miriam Ladies Group meets one Sunday afternoon per month at different members’ homes.

Naomi Ladies Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. at members' homes. They also study a selected series which is moderated by one of the class members. Facilitator - Esther King
10th Annual Swamp Rabbit Trail 5k

Friday, May 4, 2018
- Race at 6:30pm
- Block Party @ Gateway Park , 7:00 – 8:30pm
Race details can be found at www.ghs.org/swamprabbit5k


  NEEDED ITEMS:  Individually wrapped, pre-packaged single serving snacks such as
                              Chex mix, trail mix, goldfish, pretzels, etc.
 
GOAL:   2,000 “Trinity Swamp Rabbit Snacks”
 
Please help us reach our goal of “2K for the 5K” by placing donations in the baskets in the
Narthex and McKinney Hall.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:    2-3 people to work the Trinity tent at the Block Party
15-20 people to man the water station at the church.
 
  Anyone interested in helping during the 5K should contact Justin Mullis, 864-384-5175.
 
Wednesday Night Live Finale Cookout
Wednesday, May 9 th at Paris Mountain State Park

Shelters S-005 and S-006 in the Mountainside Shelter area
(follow the signs when in the park)

Come celebrate the year’s end with
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Smore’s, and FUN!
 Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of good fellowship!
 
                 Dinner will be served at 6pm,
but you are welcome to use our reserved facilities ALL day.

        Please sign up in the Narthex to bring a side item, dessert, or drinks.
 
      Contact Justin Mullis,
     864-384-5175, with questions.
 
Missions News
Well Wishes from Water of Life
 
Thanks, in part, to the generous support of Trinity members and others in the greater Greenville community, “Water of Life had one of its best years yet. By the end of 2017, discipleship was being cultivated in 92 churches throughout Sierra Leone. In Liberia, 150 wells were drilled and 286 repaired, while 2.4 million people came to know about Christ in 100 new villages in India.”

But, God’s not through with Water of Life yet. “As long as there is one person who does not know the love of Christ for themselves and as long as there is one person who does not have access to clean water, we’re not finished. Water of Life has a goal of reaching the world with the gift of clean water and the gospel of Christ.”

We here at Trinity are blessed to be part of this important ministry that brings new life to so many people around the world. Should you want to travel to Africa to help dig a well this year, contact Lynda Fredsell for details.     
Grounds for Peace
There’s a new kid on the block where our missionary Mark Adams and his family live. And that kid’s name is Café Justo y Mas – a year-old coffee shop that’s having a positive economic, cultural, social, and spiritual impact on the people living on the border in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Café Justo is the coffee of choice, and people from many different backgrounds have found a place where they can fellowship and enjoy a healthy, peaceful atmosphere. Café Justo y Mas is committed to providing opportunities for people in recovery from addictions to have a supportive work environment and to re-integrate into society.

Coffee farmers are encouraged by the amount of Café Justo that is being used at the coffee shop. They know that money from their coffee sold at the café, like the Café Justo we sell here at Trinity, is lifting them out of poverty. Now they don’t have to leave the country they love most to make a decent living.   

You can make a difference, too, in the lives of a coffee family by purchasing a bag or six of their 100% Arabic coffee – Regular or Decaf, beans or ground, dark or medium roast. A full pound of Regular coffee - $9.00; Decaf coffee - $10.00. Lynda Fredsell at lfredsell@att.net will be happy to take your order. Deadline is April 15 th .

The Café Justo project is supported by your Benevolence and Mission Committee.
SonSpark Labs VBS
June 25-28, 2018
5:30-8:30pm
 
    At our first VBS Planning Meeting of the year, those present selected SonSpark Labs as the 2018 VBS program. The children of our church and our community will learn that GP4U=J (God’s Plan for You is Jesus) as they explore answers to universal questions such as “Who made the world and who made me?” and “What is God like?”
 
The SonSpark Labs at Trinity will be open from 5:30 to 8:30pm on June 25-28, 2018, with dinner being served from 5:30-6:00 pm each night. We need lots of scientists, lab technicians, and assistants to complete our work at SonSpark Labs. If you can lead or assist with a center, have fun with a small group of children, decorate, help with meal prep or simply be available to serve as needed, please contact Terri at the church number or terri@trinitytr.org asap. Better yet: Come to the next VBS planning meeting on Sunday, April 8, 2018, immediately following the 11:00 am worship, in Room 105 of the Thorpe Wing.
 
In the meantime, please start looking around in your basements, garages, and storage rooms for items that will be useful in creating our lab such as: 
Lab coats, Goggles, Beakers
Chemistry sets, Cylindrical vases, Test tubes
Periodic tables, Plastic tubing, PVC pipes
Rubber insects, Skeletal models, Microscopes
Science fair poster boards, Gears & cogs, Pool noodles
Styrofoam balls, 20” air filters, Colorful duct tape
Lava lamps, Rube Goldburg Projects, Colored card stock
Anything else that looks like it belongs in a laboratory!
 
We will not need these items until early June, but please let Terri know what you have available for use.
Youth News!
March blew in with lots of cold but also with opportunities for fun, fellowship, and service. Thanks to all who participated in our service project at North Greenville Crisis Ministry!   Sometimes the littlest things can make a big difference; just imagine if you had to eat your meals without any condiments! We will never know who we help with our efforts at North Greenville, but they will know that someone cared.
 
       Here’s what’s happening in the weeks to come:
 
April 1 Easter Sunday NO EVENING YWE MEETING
All Youth are invited to assist with the children’s Easter celebration from 10:00-10:50 am.
 
April 8 Regular YWE Schedule
This is an important week for all to attend as we will be focusing on the scripture to be used on Youth Sunday.
We do not yet have a dinner volunteer—any takers?
 
April 14 Service Saturday for Sr. Highs:  Serving The Woodlands                                                         
9:30 am Meet at Trinity and bring hand gardening tools and work gloves. We will be assisting the memory impaired residents in planting their garden from 10:00 am until noon and will then have lunch together.
 
April 15 Regular YWE Schedule with dinner provided by Cindy Clark
 
April 22 Combined MSY/SR to Prepare for Youth Sunday
6:00 pm Dinner provided by Kristen & Justin Mullis
6:30 pm Worship & Announcements
7:00 pm Youth Sunday Preparation
 
April 28 Saturday Service and Fundraiser Day
5:30 am (GULP) Hamilton Chapman, Chase and Justin Mullis, Thomas and David Barksdale, Henry and Alan Waldrep, Eric Smith, Jeff Wingard, and Tom McCorkle will be assisting with the Mutt Strut to serve the Greenville Humane Society and to raise funds for the mission trip to Orlando.
April 29 Youth Sunday!!
We will be leading both the 9:00am First Worship and the 11:00am Worship. All youth need to arrive at 8:30am.
 
Regular YWE Schedule with Leslie Weikle providing dinner.
(This will be a purely social evening after the hard work of the morning!)
 
May 4 Swamp Rabbit Trail 5K Service Opportunity
5:30 pm We will be assisting with the water station at the covered shed at the Farmer’s Market.
 
May 6 Regular YWE Schedule with dinner provided by Dee Klug.
 
May 13 Mother’s Day NO YWE
Do something wonderful for your Moms and Grandmothers!
 
May 19 Service Saturday Rise Against Hunger
8:30 am Meet at Trinity. We will travel to Eastminster Presbyterian to join with volunteers from all across Foothills Presbytery to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger. The goal is to pack 30,000 meals between 9:00 and 11:00 am!
 
May 20 Regular YWE Schedule Dinner TBA
 
May 28 Memorial Day Weekend
Please let me know if you are available to meet that night, and we will plan accordingly.
Peace & prayers,
         Terri
Financial Review
Below is a detailed view of the latest budget approved by the Session. In keeping with transparency of Trinity’s financial position, this view provides more information than the Sunday bulletin version. It will always be two months in arrears due to the fact that the newsletter is always published before the Session meets.

Flower Calendar Sign-Up
It’s not too late if you would like to sign up to provide flowers for the church sanctuary on a specific Sunday; flowers can be given in memory or in honor of a loved one, and it will be noted in that day’s bulletin announcements. The Sunday dates still available are:

June 17, June 24
July 22, July 29
August 5, August 12, August 26
September 2, September 16, September 23, September 30
October 7, October 14
November 4, 11
 
Please call Myriam in the church office, 864-834-9897, for more information or to sign up.
Thank You!

 
Trinity Family,
 
Many thanks for the prayers, cards, emails and concerns during my recent surgery. I’m happy to report that I’ve been released by the surgeon and am able to resume my normal schedule.
 
You have always been so supportive to Terry and me. We are blessed to be a part of such a caring church as Trinity. 
 
Thank you,
Sandy Thrasher

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[ Below is a note from a family who was helped through the Angel Tree ministry at Christmastime.]
 
Thank you for the kindness and smile it brought to Noah and Angie at Christmas. God’s never ending blessings will be your reward. God’s dedicated servants helped in the time of need.
 
                         Tabatha & Shane Peebes
North Greenville Crisis Ministry

Thank you for your continued support for this ministry.
 
Their current needs include:


*Mac-n-cheese
*Spaghtetti sauce and pasta
*Paper products

 
 
Please place donations in the shopping cart in McKinney Hall.
 
Sermon Audio Files Now Available
 
To access Sermon Audio on the website:
1) Go to  www.trinitytr.org
2) On the menu in the upper right hand corner between the options CALENDAR and CONTACT US you will see an option entitled MEDIA.
3) Roll your mouse over MEDIA and a menu should appear. 
4) Click SERMON AUDIO.
5) It will take you to the iTunes website where you are now on the preview page for the Trinity Podcast. 
6) Click the blue button that reads VIEW IN iTUNES under the green Trinity logo on the left side. 
7) You will receive a prompt to open iTunes. Or if you don’t have it, you will be prompted to download iTunes.
8) For Windows/PC Users: if you already have iTunes on your computer and receive a prompt to download it again, click the gray button to the left of the blue download button indicating that you already have iTunes on your computer and you wish to sign in.  
iTunes will then open to the Trinity Podcast Page.
To receive a copy of each new sermon to your iTunes every week:
When you reach the podcast page in iTunes, click SUBSCRIBE under the green Trinity logo on the left side.
To receive a copy of a particular sermon to your iTunes:
When you reach the podcast page in iTunes, scroll down the list of sermons and click “GET”
on the right hand side of the sermon you’d like to have a copy of.   
 
April

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1   Linda Beazley
3   Anna Ogletree
     Meredith Loftis
5   Grant Bumgarner 
7   Karen Robertson
     Isabelle Capobianco
9   Maryanne Campbell
     Martha Bacon
     Dot Bishop
10 Leslie Mason
11  George Schackel
13 Marty Chapman
16 Frank Ogletree
17  Marion Garabedian
      Esther King
      Nora White
      Emerson Oswald
18  Tammy Kozic
19  Cheryl Lenderman
22  Audrey Smith 
25  Jean Cannon
26  Dean Kennett
      Benjamin Huminski
28 Janie Burton
      Leslie Bowers
30 Marshall Hartley
      Melissa Kozic Jones
If you don’t see your name or the name of someone you love on the birthday list,
please call the office so we can update our list!
Email trinity@trinitytr.org or call Myriam at 864-834-9897.
Newsletter Deadline: The deadline for newsletter information is the 25th of each month. Please send all information to the church office (834-9897). If you are able, please E-mail info to trinity@trinitytr.org  
Church Office Hours
9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Monday through Friday