February 13, 2020
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, February 16
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10am. 
Pastor Travis Connick will be teaching. Children's
and Youth ministries meet at the same time
in their respective locations.
Wednesday, February 19
Join Pastor Travis Connick in the Fireside Room next Wednesday evening as we continue our study 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
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
“But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’” Genesis 3:9-10

It was December. I had invited my best friend over for an afternoon of fun. On the way home from church, the clouds rolled in and by the time we made it up to our driveway, it was pouring rain. That rain was not in the plans for the afternoon of fun I had planned. What were two preteen young men supposed to do trapped in a house that was getting the floors worked on? We tried a little bit of this and a little bit of that and found ourselves with a cup of hot chocolate near our wood-stove in an intense game of monopoly.

My younger sister did not want to play Monopoly. In fact, she tried to play what many younger siblings like to play: Annoy Older Sibling anyway I can. Have you ever heard of that game? This version was played by her running through the house, and our game, scattering pieces everywhere!

With my last roll I had purchased a motel on Boardwalk, and my friend was lined up perfectly…victory was almost mine! Out of the corner of my eye I saw my sister peek around the corner. She was coming in for another round of A.O.S. It was my turn, and as I reached for the dice, she made her move. I had had it with her. As she stepped over my arm to continue through our game, I tripped her. The satisfying flailing of the arms, the slow-motion of her falling, I knew the outcome. I had tripped my sister and saved my game. The sickening sound of her head meeting a concrete step was not in the plan. I instantly knew I had done wrong and wanted to hide.

I don’t think I need to address the guilt that we feel when we sin, but what about the lasting shame and condemnation of that sin? Let’s take a look at how God relates with Adam and Eve after they sin.

God’s grace is displayed throughout the entire Bible; it is not just a New Testament thing. The same God who showed Adam and Eve grace after they sinned, is the same God of grace who deals with you and me today.

Notice God seeks out Adam, “Where are you?” God certainly knew where Adam was, but he wants Adam to realize where Adam is. He is giving Adam and Eve the opportunity to admit their sin. Even though Adam and Eve initially blamed others, they did end up saying, “I ate it,” (Genesis 3:12-13).

After admitting we are wrong, we need to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is pouring your heart out in prayer to Him, admitting your failure, and then repenting from your sin. Repentance is turning away from the sin. It is changing directions, getting back on the right track and running from the temptation that led you to the sin in the first place.

It seems like a lot of us can admit our sin, ask for forgiveness and repent. It is the believing in God’s grace that stumbles us. What is God's grace? God's grace is God providing for a need caused by our sins. Why would a Holy God pay for our sins? Why does God meet my needs created by my own doing? It is because He loves us unconditionally, with a love that is so contrary to our worldly standards. Do you know what is harder than understanding His love? It is accepting His love and His grace. I think a lot of us feel this. Like Adam and Eve, we realize we have sinned, and the best we could do is sew fig leaves and try and hide from God.

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21

Accepting God's grace and forgiveness is putting on His garments of love. Grace is accepting from God that which we can never do on our own. What we are saying to God by not accepting His grace and forgiveness is this, “My sin is bigger than you.” Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Acceptance of His Grace is when we stop holding ourselves condemnable for what Jesus died for.

Let's put on His garment of grace and get out of these silly-looking fig leaves. “…where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

Pastor Garret
Take Note
MyTCF will be down for maintenance  on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14 from 8pm-1 am. During this time you will not be able to log-in to your MyTCF account, the Church Life app or register for events.
Upcoming
Galatians: Paul's Manifesto
Wednesday, February 19

Join Pastor Travis on Wednesday evenings for a series through the book of Galatians.
6:30-8pm in the Fireside Room.
TCF's 40th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, February 23 at 6:30 in the Worship Center

You're invited to a birthday party! TCF is turning 40 and we're celebrating with food and fellowship as we reflect on God's faithfulness through stories from lives touched by His work through 40 years of Trail Christian Fellowship history.

There is no charge, but please register.
Child care up to 5 years old with advanced registration.
Night of Illusion
Friday, February 28 form 6:30-8pm

Illusionists David and Teesha Laflin are coming to Central Medford High School (815 S. Oakdale). This event is recommended for children 4 years of age and older. No charge but donations will be accepted. Check out davidandteesha.com.

Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605
NextGen Conference
Saturday, February 29 from 9am-2pm
Westminster Presbyterian in Medford

Rogue Valley Children's Ministry Network Annual Conference. Featuring speaker/Illusionist David Laflin. A sack lunch provided for registered guests. CEU's available. No child care. Cost is $25. Register at rvcmn.org

See flyer for details.

Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605
Great Commission Festival Dinner
February 29, 4-8:30pm

Hear how God is expanding His Kingdom in various parts of the world.

Doors open at 4pm for time time to visit with TCF Partners.
Dinner is from 5-6pm followed by at time to hear from our Partners.
 Registration for dinner is open until Thursday, February 27 or when all spaces are full. This registration includes the option of child care with dinner through 5th grade. Registration for the rest of the evening is open until February 29. No charge.

outreach@trail.org or 541.878.3501
Evening Worship
Sunday, March 1

One hour of worship and Communion at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room. Child care available.
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, March 2 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.
Weekend to Remember Marriage Getaway at Sunriver
March 6-8

This getaway is a fabulous weekend at beautiful Sunriver resort. It'll provide encouragement, hope and practical tools to help build and grow your marriage. $100 discount if you use group name: TCFMarriageMinistry. Hotel cost is separate.

Register at weekendtoremember.com

Ben and Theresa Wewerka: 541.826.7489
Box Tops for Education
Thank you for your contributions! TCF donated 6,300 points in 2019 towards school supplies for Navajo Mission Students in Farmington, NM. Drop off unexpired labels at the Willingheart Window anytime. Check out Boxtops4education.com for a list of participating products. Thank you for your support!

Men's Ministry
Women's Ministry
Women’s Bible Study
 
For our Spring study, Janis Rubus will teach through the Gospel of John chapters 13-21. We will meet Friday mornings February 7 - March 27 from 9-11:30am in the Fireside Room. Cost is $10. If you’re paying with cash or check, please still register.
Child care available for nursery – 6th grade.
 
Church Office: 541.878.3501
Mom's Group
Tuesday, February 25

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 Cyndi Harrington for more information: 541.826.9415 or  cyndi@trail.org
 
 *During the summer months, the Mom's group still meets at private homes.
Single Ladies' Dinner
Monday, February 24

The Single Ladies monthly dinner is a great time to come together with our sisters in Christ and share a home cooked meal. It's a wonderful time sharing food, fun and fellowship. Held in the Fireside Room from 6-7:30pm. No sign-up, just show up! All ladies are welcome.
Church Office: 541.878.3501
Children's Ministry
AWANA

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, February 20 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, February 20 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
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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
Eagle Point OR 97524
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