December 26, 2019
Welcome to this week's edition of TCFinTouch
The e-newsletter of Trail Christian Fellowship

As followers of Jesus, we meet throughout the week for worship, prayer, Communion, Bible study and fellowship. Our overall mission can be summed up as:
Coming Up
Sunday, December 29
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10am. Pastor Rick Booye will be continuing the Christmas Eve teaching on The Light of the World. Children's and Youth ministries meet at the same time in their respective locations.
Wednesday Evenings
No Service January 1.
Join Pastor Travis in the Fireside Room on Wednesday, January 8 as we begin
our series through Galatians. Service begins with worship at 6:30pm.
Children's ministries are at the same time. 
Youth Programs
Our Sunday morning service has programs for
children and youth through 12th grade.

AWANA is for kids age 3 through 6th grade.
We meet in the Youth Center on Wednesday nights from 6:15-8pm
Nursery and Children's Program for 0-2 years old.
Middle School and High School students meet in their respective locations.

Debbie Conley (Nursery-grade 5): 541.878.3501
Dakota Lacombe (Middle School): 541.951.1100
Nate Bailey (High School): 541.951.6952
Recent Teachings
Missed a message, or just want to hear it again? Visit the sermon audio archive and catch up on our studies, with the most recent sermons at the top.
From Our Pastors
Feeling Forgiven

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus …
Romans 3:23-24
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:1-2

This may strike you as odd, but one of the most common feelings that Christians have is a sense of “conviction.” That’s the Christian term for it, but if you don’t know what it is, it feels just like plain old guilt. It is a work of the Spirit on a redeemed conscience that pretty consistently reminds us that we are not perfect yet. Paul tells us about the condition of our souls in Romans 3:23, where he says that we have all sinned and are falling short of the glory of God, and are being justified by his grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Note the present active verb “ are falling short ” in that verse. It means we are more or less always in a state of moral imperfection in this age. The awareness of this is painful to us, but it is the ministry of the Spirit, the gracious gift of a sensitive conscience toward our own failures and sins. It aches a bit. But it also keeps us in repentance and honesty about who we are (No deceit as David said in Psalm 32. No kidding ourselves about our sinfulness. 1 Jn.1:8-2:2) True Christians have an increased awareness of their own weaknesses and failures, even as they press forward in repentant obedience to the Lord. It’s an odd combination of feelings that accompanies the Lord’s life within us in this fallen age.

But that’s not all it says. We are also being justified by God himself, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. This is a present passive verb, which means that something is happening to us presently, daily, constantly. We are always being justified, even as we routinely fall short despite our efforts to do what is right. What a stunning and wonderful reality! Martin Luther put it in the Latin phrase simil justus et peccator, which means “simultaneously a sinner and justified.” As Christians there is never a time when we don’t need the Lord’s grace— and never a time when we don’t have it.

The awareness of both our human failure on the one hand, and his abundant, divine, and legal grace poured out richly on us on the other hand, is what makes us humble and courageous, trusting grace as we press forward in our halting and stumbling attempts at obedience. I often refer to my life as “flailing forward.”

Christian friend, beware of two ditches, one on either side of the straight path. Some folks seem to think they don’t really need grace any more now that they are “holy.” You can tell because they look down on everybody else. They are basically Christian Pharisees. Others seem never to feel truly forgiven and declared righteous, new creatures in Christ, free from the guilt and condemnation of their sins. You can tell because they have precious little joy and peace. They are anxious and fretting, always waiting for God’s other shoe to drop— on them. Mature believers in Christ feel both unworthy in themselves and yet profoundly loved by God the Father all the time. This combination of feelings is what propels them forward in mission and draws them back to the cross daily.

Just a Thought,
Pastor Rick

Take Note
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Upcoming
Evening Worship
Sunday, January 5

One hour of worship and Communion at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room. Child care available.
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, January 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Meet to pray for TCF supported partners and outreaches.
Adult Classroom. All are welcome. No child care.
Galations: Paul's Manifesto
Wednesday, January 8

Join Pastor Travis on Wednesday evenings for a series through the book of Galatians.
6:30-8pm in the Fireside Room beginning January 8.
Children and Youth Ministry Volunteer Meeting
 
This is a mandatory meeting for anyone currently volunteering with ages 0-High School, as well as those interested in doing so.
 
Choose either:
  • Monday, Jan 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, Jan 11th, 9-11am
 
Volunteers  must  attend one meeting. Find out what is new, what is expected, and gain some valuable tools while interacting with like minded volunteers. Snacks provided. Child care is available with advanced sign-up. Space is limited, so sign up now!
 
Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605 or  debbie@trail.org
Mission ConneXion
January 17-18

Come with us to Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin for the largest outreach conference in the NW. Check out missionconnexion.org (link below). Kellen: 541.878.3501
Men's Ministry
No meeting on December 31. We will resume on January 7.
Women's Ministry
Mom's Group
Tuesday, January 14

Moms and moms-to-be are invited to connect with other moms and children that are in the same phase of young family life. Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the school year,*
9-11am in the Youth Center Great Room. We share a brunch breakfast, teaching, and great fellowship. Children are welcome to participate, and childcare is available. Pick up a calendar in the Nursing Mom's Room.
 
Contact Debbie Conley for more information: 541.261.2605
 
 *During the summer months, the Mom's group still meets at private homes.
Women’s Bible Study
 
For our Spring study, Janis Rubis will teach through the Gospel of John chapters 13-21. Friday mornings starting February 7 from 9-11:30am in the Fireside Room (no meeting March 6). Cost is $10. If you’re paying with cash or check, please still register. Child care available for nursery – 6th grade.
 
Contact Janis Rubis for more information: 541.878.3501
Children's Ministry
AWANA

No AWANA on January 1. Will resume January 8.

AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love, and serve Him. AWANA is for kids age 3 through 6th grade. Register in the Sunday School foyer Sunday through Thursday, or click the link below to download documents to fill out and bring in to the Children's Ministry Office. Let us help your kids and grand-kids hide God's Word in their hearts, Wednesdays at 6:15pm. 

Debbie at 541.261.2605 or debbie@trail.org
Prayer Warriors by Email
If you would like to be a regular part of praying for the Children's Ministry and receive an email prayer letter periodically to keep up with what God is doing with the next generation, email debbie@trail.org to get on the list. This will be a blind copy email and your email address will not be shared with others.
Debbie Conley: 541.878.3501
Trail Life USA

Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered outdoor character development adventure program for boys and young men ages 5-17. TCF’s Trail Life troop meets every other Thursday from
6:30-8pm during the school year. For more information about the Trail Life USA organization, click  HERE .
 
  • For TCF’s Troop Information, and to confirm meeting times, contact Matthew Paradela: 541.625.0359

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-8pm at TCF.
American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is a faith-based character building program for girls ages 5-18. Girls learn leadership and team building skills while growing spiritually. TCF’s AHG troop meets every other Thursday from 6:30-8pm during the school year.
 
  • For Trail Christian Fellowship Troop information and to confirm meeting times, please call Karrie Hovis at 541.951.3135 or email ahgroguevalley@yahoo.com 
  • For more details about the American Heritage Girls organization, click HERE.

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-8pm at TCF.
Celebrate Recovery
 Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-Step program that helps participants live fuller lives by breaking the chains of addiction. Join us at 6pm every Tuesday for dinner and fellowship, followed by the meeting at 6:30. Celebrate Recovery is for any and all who struggle with addiction, abuse, hurts, habits, or hangups.
 
If you have questions or need child care call Paige Winfrey 541.878.3501 or send an email to  celebraterecovery@trail.org . You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our  Facebook  page.

Area Events
You are invited to start the new year with a deeper walk with Christ through
this free 4-day HeartChange workshop: Jan 2-5, 2020.

Trinity Baptist Church, 2555 Corey Rd.

For more information contact Mary Neel: 541.220.6860 or mary@organicgathering.org
Pacific Bible College

Spring semester begins January 6. Registration is open!

Pacific Bible College is looking for a Spanish teacher.
541.776.9942
Redemption Ridge is looking for Care Specialists to work directly with the girls at Grace House. This is an amazing opportunity to affect the lives of hurting teenage girls. The job is located in the upper Rogue area. For more information please call Redemption Ridge 541.816.4415 or email kirsten@redemptionridge.org .
If you've been hunting for small group fellowship and Bible study, check our website. There's no better opportunity to reach out and connect with brothers and sisters. Pastor Travis: 541.878.3501 or travis@trail.org
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Trail Christian Fellowship
18881 Hwy 62
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