Trinity Tidings February 2019   Volume 33, No. 2
Welcome to our online version of Trinity Tidings.

Upcoming Events at Trinity:

February 3
Communion Sunday
Soup-er Bowl of Caring

February 9
Officer Retreat

February 10
Confirmation Class Orientation

YWE Bowling
February 15-16
Middle School Youth Lock-In

February 25
VBS Planning Meeting

March 2
Basketball Banquet

March 3
Basketball Recognition Sunday

Youth Event to
Moonshine Mountain

Soup-er Bowl of Caring - Sunday, Feb. 3
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Please help celebrate Soup-er Bowl Sunday by bringing your donation of cash and/or cans or packages of soup on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Our youth volunteers will collect your donations in the Narthex at both services.  You may designate your donation to the Rams or the Patriots. Let’s see who wins our Soup-er Bowl!! Thank you for being a blessing to those in need!
Wednesday Night Live (WNL)
Join us for our regularly scheduled
Wednesday Night Live activities!
5:30pm WNL Dinner
6:00pm Sounds of Joy (Junior)Choir
6:30pm CWE & Adult Bible Study
6:30pm Chancel Choir Practice

WNL Menus in February:
February 6
Pot Roast
Mashed Potato
Green beans
Salad w/ Dressing
Chocolate Mousse
February 13
Turkey Tetrazzini
Salad w/dressing
Garlic Bread
Red Velvet Cake
February 20
Roast Pork loin
Sweet Potato
Collard Greens
Salad w/ Dressing
Corn Bread
Banana Pudding
February 27
Sweetish Meat balls
Egg Noodles
Green Beans
Salad w/Dressing
Chocolate Cake
Dear Friends,

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. In these days leading up to February 14th, our culture will be awash in sentimentality. We will be surrounded by the word “love.” So, it is timely for us to consider the very idea of “love.” Surrounded by all this “love” talk and imagery, it is worth taking a moment to consider the distinctions between the type of human love celebrated on Valentine’s Day, and the divine love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ.
In John 3:16 the evangelist wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” From among the six different Greek words for love, John chose “agape” to describe how God “loves” us. Agape, in this context implies unconditional. So, God loves us unconditionally! This means God loves you, right here, right now, right now while you are reading this! God loves YOU without caveat. Stunning if we stop to consider what this means. Why should God love us? What have we done for God? What could we do for God? Can we equally return to God the love we receive?
The type of human love celebrated on Valentine’s Day is always, at some level, transactional in character. It is transactional in that we offer love, and in some way we expect a return on the offer. It may be a return of loyalty, companionship, or something else, but understood from a strictly human perspective, love is inevitably a two-way street; it is transactional! We give something and inevitably we receive something in return. We commit ourselves to the covenant of marriage, and in return we enjoy life-long companionship. We commit ourselves to a friendship, and when we are in need we know we can turn to our friend.
On the abstract level this is the phenomenon of human love. Now, you may suspect I am being cynical or pejorative about this, but that is not my intent. Rather, what I hope to express is that it is impossible NOT TO expect something in return for our love of another. So, the inherent nature of human love as a two-way street is not necessarily a bad thing, it is simply a way to acknowledge how human love works. Another way to understand this is to say simply that all human love is in some way tinged by self-interest.
Although over simplified, it is fair to say that the difference between human love (the Greek word is “Eros”) and divine love (agape) is this “tinge of self-interest”. God sent us Jesus Christ simply because He loves us. What did Christ gain by coming to humanity? The humiliation and agony of dying on the cross! Yet Christ came into the world and became one of us out of love. God loves us, simply and totally! And while we are rightly called to respond to God with our obedience, devotion, praise, and love, scripture reminds us that even in our purest moments we are still “tinged with self-interest” (Romans 7:14-25).
It is my hope you will enjoy and celebrate Valentine’s Day! It is fun, and the human love which we share with one another is in itself a precious gift from God. At the same time, I hope you will pause for a just a few minutes to see how categorically different God’s divine love for us is from our love for one another. I also   invite us to remain mindful that we are the recipients of a love we cannot adequately return, but gratefully receive; the divine love of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only way we can respond to this love is to live our   lives with an attitude of rejoicing and unceasing thanksgiving!
God Bless,
Trinity Presbyterian Church Basketball
Please come out and support our Trinity teams
at their basketball games! 
Below are schedules for the remainder of our season.
Upcoming ...
Play off Games: Monday evening, Feb. 11
                               Tuesday evening, Feb. 12
                               Saturday morning, Feb. 16
                               Monday evening, Feb. 18
                             (Schedules will be posted in the bulletin)
Basketball Banquet: Saturday, March 2nd
Basketball Recognition Sunday: March 3rd
For questions, please contact Tom McCorkle, 864-787-2707 or
Tea for Friends!

If you would like to join our Trinity team and
deliver welcome packages to our visitors each week,
please contact Chris Marsh
 via text message or phone call at (864) 525-0181.
 We look forward to hearing from you soon!
North Greenville Crisis Ministry
Thank you for your continued support for this ministry.

IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Socks new and gently used, all sizes; Blankets; Coats/Jackets; Winter Clothes, all sizes- adult and children's

CURRENT NEEDS include: Canned Meat, Canned Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Macaroni & Cheese/Pasta, and Plastic Grocery Bags.
Please note donations are now being collected in the Narthex at the Welcome Center.
Newspapers Needed!
This is a plea for help for the large numbers of kittens and puppies at the Greenville Humane Society. Bedding is needed. Please bring your newspapers (Newsprint only; NO slick pages please!) to McKinney Hall and put them in the box beside the grocery cart. Tom McCorkle will deliver them for us!
All is Well With Water of Life
Water of Life is in the miracle business. At least, that’s what the village people think every time a well is dug and people have fresh water for the first time in their lives. First comes the water; then comes the church and the hearing of the Word of God for the first time.

Now Water of Life has an additional ministry in India – saving young children who are forced to work in mines. God is working miracles through Water of Life every day:
  • 21st century slave owners in India are willingly releasing slaves from their mines.
  • Cholera has all but been eradicated from an area in Sierra Leone where high concentrations of wells have been drilled.
  • Hindu and Muslim doctors and nurses are choosing to serve in Christian medical clinics because they’ve never experienced a free clinic that was truly open to all.
  • People from Sierra Leone, Liberia and India are being baptized by the thousands.
Trinity is blessed to be a partner in mission with Water of Life.
Missions News
A Word from Mark Adams,
Our Missionary on the
Mexican Border

Immigrants are a strength of our nation and yet are often criminalized. Take, for example, the recent policy to separate immigrant children from their parents. … As we grieve the sad reality of families being separated at the border, we are grateful for the witness of Café Justo, a coffee farming cooperative that brings people together over a delicious cup of coffee. Café Justo makes it possible for families to be reunited, to be together, to stay together, to celebrate together, and to grieve together.
In the face of bad news, God calls us not only to lament but also to live out good news. For those of you who choose to live out good news through the simple act of drinking Café Justo – thank you for helping coffee farmers make a decent living for their families. For those of you who have yet to partner with these farmers, I encourage you to prayerfully consider brewing justice in your home and office.
Lynda Fredsell is now taking orders for Café Justo by email ( ) or by phone (246-7449). Regular ($9.00) and Decaf ($10.00) Ground and beans. Medium and dark roast. Deadline – February 15th. Thank you for your continuing support!
Thank You!
Thank you, Trinity Presbyterian!
We at PYC would like to thank you for your generous support of the youth and for joining us at Bonclarken this year. Without you and your youth, we would not have such a close-knit community to help strengthen our faith in Christ. Thank you for donating your time and energy into helping our youth thrive. We would also like to thank you for your donation to Coins for the Carolinas.  We raised much more than ever expected. This will go along way towards helping those in need.

Thank you,

Kira Waters,    Joan Jones, Rosie Edwards,
PYC Clerk            Adult Moderator    Youth Moderator
Thanks so much!
Everyone enjoyed the bag of goodies! It was a generous expression of a generous people. I thank each of you for being a blessing. I love my church family.
Jean Kennett
Trinity Welcomes Trey Duncan
as Chancel Choir Director
Trey obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music from Furman University in May of 2018. While studying voice with Lisa Barksdale, she suggested he participate in the newly formed First Worship service at Trinity. He has called Trinity home ever since. Though he initially played guitar and sang in the First Worship service, Trey soon began participating in the chancel choir as a soloist and conductor. In January of 2019 he officially became the Chancel Choir Director for the traditional worship service and the Assistant Worship Leader for the First Worship service.
From the time he started playing bass in church in his hometown of Lexington, South Carolina, Trey has had a passion for worship. This took many forms, including leading worship for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at White Knoll High School and Furman University and being invited twice to play with his band in Christian music worship rallies on the state house steps in Columbia. He learned conducting from Dr. Hugh Floyd and honed this craft as the music director for the Furman University Bell Tower Boys and Furman University Mosquitoes. He currently teaches guitar, ukulele, and voice at NoteAbility Music School, and he is very excited for the opportunity to grow the Trinity choir and lead the congregation in musical worship."
Trinity Tag Sale Notice
If you are doing any spring cleaning or decluttering after the holidays, please remember that you can donate your gently used items to be used for Trinity’s Tag Sale coming up in June. We have space to store items until the sale, so bring them by the church! Please contact Terri Luzynski, 864-834-9897 or for more information!
Welcome to Trinity's Newest Members!

Say "Hello!" to Tom Smith. A twenty-five year resident of Marietta, he grew up in New Wilmington, Pa. Since retiring as a human resources director, Tom is enjoying his second career with The Blood Connection. He transports needed blood supplies to hospitals. Tom and Susan, his wife of forty years, are animal lovers. They have six dogs and twelve cats at their home! ( WOW!) Welcome to Trinity Tom!
Stewardship Corner
Welcome to the “Stewardship Corner!” This will be a monthly [hopefully] commentary on all things Stewardship.

This month Team Stewardship welcomes our newest team member- Katherine Christie! Katherine joins the other team members- Hugh Cunningham, Esther King, Leslie Weikle, Brian Williams, and yours truly. We look forward to serving you, the congregation, as we work together to fund God’s work at Trinity through your contributions of Time, Talent, and Treasure.

Our message for January is two-fold:

-Thanks to all for your response to the “From This Rock” campaign! Pledge participation and total pledged amounts reflected your commitment to the financial support of Trinity’s mission. And another “thanks” for the tremendous response to the recent “Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction,” a great example of how your gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure work together for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

-A reminder for all who provide financial support for God’s work at Trinity- there are a number of methods of giving designed to fit everyone’s giving preferences. For space considerations, they are not listed here but they can be found on the church website- just click on the “Giving” tab.

Thanks for reading “Stewardship Corner.” Look for future editions to focus on the many ways that you can choose to be a part of the “Trinity Experience” through your contributions of Time, Talent, and Treasure.

Dwight Hammack,
Chair-Team Stewardship 

YWE - Trinity's Youth Worship Experience
YWE meets weekly on Sunday evenings from 5 - 8 pm
5:00-6:00pm Middle School (6th - 8th grades)      Led by Terri Luzynski
6:00-7:00pm Dinner for all youth                                McKinney Hall
7:00-8:00pm High School (9th - 12th grades) Led by Terri Luzynski
Trinity’s Youth serving at the soup kitchen at Project Host
Small Groups For Everyone!
Sunday Mornings 10:00AM

·  Christianity and Contemporary Issues-  
Discussions relate the messages contained in
Scripture passages to current headlines.
Format: Lecture and interactive
Facilitators: Mary Pace, Annette Taylor and class
members. Meets in Room 203

·  Scripture in the Sitcoms
(*will resume in April)
Classic sitcom episodes will be used as modern  
day parables to teach spiritual truths. 
Facilitator: Denny Mitchell
Meets in the Library, Room 202

·  Trinity Class
The 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.
Meets in the Thorpe Building, Room 105

·  Fellowship Class
Rotates study of the books of the Bible with Christian books 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.
Class Contacts: Theresa Horton, Claudia Burns
Meets in the Thorpe Building, Room 107

·   6th-12th Grades, Led by Terri Luzynski,
   Room 218


·   CWE 4K (before 9/1) through 1st Grade
Led by Robin Blakemore, Ashley Haynes, and
Leslie Weikle in Room 229

·   CWE 2nd through 5th Grades
Led by Allen Clark and Eric Smith in Room 201
Sunday Evenings

5:00-6:00pm Middle School (6th- 8th grade)
Led by Terri Luzynski

6:00-7:00pm Dinner for all youth- McKinney Hall

7:00-8:00pm High School (9th - 12th grades)
 Led by Terri Luzynski

Wednesday Night Live (WNL)
(Resumes January 9th )

5:30pm Dinner
6:00pm Sounds of Joy (Junior) Choir
6:30pm CWE for children in 1st—5th grades
                    Led by Terri Luzynski
6:30pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30pm Adult Bible Study:
 Call Narratives in the Old Testament: A Look at 
 Prophets and Other Troublemakers
This is a seminar style format encouraging discussion.    
   Led by Rev. Dr. Marc Mason.     
   Meets in the Thorpe Building, Room 107.

Mid-Week Small Group Opportunities

·   Rachel Bible Study (for Women)—Resumes January 8th.
A lesson is presented by one of the participants each week. This group meets at church in the Thorpe Bldg., Room 105 at 10:00am on Tuesday mornings.
Facilitator: Nancy Simonton

·   Men’s Fellowship —Resumes January 10th. Biscuit and coffee breakfast and a devotional, followed by a program including guest speakers from the community as well as members of the group.
Meets 7:30am Thursday mornings in the Thorpe
Building, Room 105; Facilitator: John Burns

Monthly Group
·   Naomi Ladies Group:  Study of a selected series which is moderated by one of the class members. 
Meets on the 4th Thursday of every month at 3pm at members’ homes.
Facilitator: Esther King
Youth News!
We seem to be on a soup theme right now! Our January service project was serving at the soup kitchen at Project Host, then there was the Chili Cook-off, and now it is time for the Soup-er Bowl collection. When we weren’t serving, eating, or collecting some form of soup, we were delving into the meaning of some popular Bible verses.

In February, the Youth Small Group lessons will be about the radical and grace filled love that God has for each of us. We will also have some much-loved social activities like ...

Bowling:   Middle School and High School Youth
Meet at the church at 5:00 pm. We will head to Spare Time for a couple of hours of bowling and return to the church at 8:00 pm. The cost is $10.00 per person, plus whatever money you need for food and other activities at the bowling alley. Make sure to wear or bring socks.
Middle School Youth Lock-in:  Arrive at the church at 8:00 pm. (Eat dinner before you come.) The night will be filled with crazy fun, a service project, movies, and sleep--if you choose. The lock-in will end at 8:30 am Saturday morning.
Here’s the calendar for February and March:

Feb. 3 Soup-er Bowl Collection at both services.
        Wear your team colors!
5:00-6:00 pm Combined Middle School/Sr. High YWE
6:00-6:30 pm Dinner provided by Kristen & Justin Mullis
6:30-7:00 pm Worship/Announcements 
7:00-8:00 pm Open Gym and Game Night
10 5:00-8:00 pm Bowling
Feb. 15, 8:00 pm to Feb. 16, 8:30 am Middle School Lock-in
Feb. 17
5:00-6:00 pm Middle School YWE
6:00-6:30 pm Dinner provided by Lucy Hammack
6:30-7:00 pm Worship/ Announcements 
7:00-8:00 pm Sr. High YWE
Feb. 24
5:00-6:00 pm Middle School YWE
6:00-6:30 pm Dinner provided by Leslie Weikle
6:30-7:00 pm Worship/ Announcements 
7:00-8:00 pm Sr. High YWE
Mar. 3            
12:00-5:00 pm Lunch and Moonshine Mountain
Mar. 10          
 5:00-6:00 pm  Middle School YWE
 6:00-6:30 pm Dinner provided by Doris Childress
6:30-7:00 pm Worship/Announcements 
7:00-8:00 pm Sr. High YWE
Mar. 15, 5:00 pm to Mar. 17, 2:00pm Montreat Sr. High Mini Retreat
Mar. 17 NO YWE
Mar. 24 TBA Winter Jam
Mar. 30
11:00 am-6:00 pm Service Saturday
Thornwell Children’s Home
Mar. 31
5:00-6:00 pm Middle School YWE
6:00-6:30 pm Dinner provided by Julie Rogers
6:30-7:00 pm Worship/Announcements 
7:00-8:00 pm Sr. High YWE
Peace & prayers,
Trinity's Annual Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction (Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser)
From Our Director of Christian Education and Youth
“For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” 
                                                  Psalm 107:9  

   I feel fairly certain that Psalm 107:9 was not referring to chili and desserts, but I am also sure that no one left our Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction hungry! THANK YOU to all who contributed to make this fundraising event a huge success! It takes a lot of chefs, bakers, servers, and cleaners to feed the Trinity crowd, and we appreciate each and every one of you. Together we raised $2,457.00 to support our youth on their mission trips to Nashville and Charleston this summer!  

Our judges (Julie Rogers, Anna Kate Wingard, and Henry Waldrep) made the great sacrifice of tasting all 23 varieties of chili. (Who knew there could be so many chili options!) Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Trinity Traveling Trophies:

Best Over-all: John Short  Don’t You Wish You Had Some?
Best Vegetarian: Julie Stephens Taco Chili
Spiciest: Eric Smith  Beware
 Most Unique: Cathy Ronald  Chicken Chili

 Congrats also to the Best Over-all runners-up: Blake Blakemore (2nd), Eric Smith (3rd), Curtis Tharpe and Ryan Huminski (tied for 4th).

 Thank you to Leslie Weikle the creator of our Traveling Trophies and to Ryan Huminski for memorializing last year’s winners. (Eric Smith is trying to see how many times his name can be burned into the “Spiciest” Traveling Trophy!) Finally, thank you to Ted Huminski for the two beautiful hand-turned wooden bowls that added to our funds raised.

While not all things—or people—are as easy to love as chili and desserts, the love-themed month of February is a good reminder that we are called to share God’s love with one and all. Now that your hearts have been heated by the spicy chili and your dispositions sweetened by the delicious desserts, go forth and love each other as Christ first loved us.

In Christ’s service,
Vacation Bible School Planning Meeting
Trinity’s 2019 Vacation Bible School will be the week of June 24 th . Our theme will be In the Wild—Amazing Encounters with Jesus, so you know the week will be wild and crazy!  

Our first planning meeting will be Monday, February 25 th at 6:30 pm in the Trinity Classroom (Room 105 in Thorpe). The time (morning vs. evening) for VBS will be determined at this meeting. If you are willing to serve in this important community outreach opportunity, please plan to attend. If you cannot attend, but would like to be involved, please contact Terri at the church number or at
From the Director of Music Ministry
2019 is in full swing for Trinity’s music ministry! Our first One Worship service was January 27. We combined our 9am and 11am worship teams to celebrate as the family of God His goodness and love. Our Furman friends joined us along with several other seasonal voices for a mighty choir accompanied by vocalists from our 9am worship, violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, drums and piano.

For February, here are some highlights:
Feb 3 – Communion
Feb 6 – Dress Rehearsal for Sounds of Joy (Junior Choir) 6pm
Feb 10 – Sounds of Joy (Junior Choir) 11am service
Feb 17 – Ars Orandi gathering 5pm @ Coffee Underground ( for more info)
Feb 24 – Rehearsal for Young Women’s Ensemble after 11am service for March 10 service

We look forward to worshiping with you!  
CWE and WNL Children's Programs
This past month, our children learned a lot about self-control during CWE and WNL. We hope that you saw their knowledge put into practice! 
In February, the CWE and WNL life application is SERVICE: Lending a Hand to Someone Else. (Yes!!! Start them out young on this concept!) The lessons include Jesus washing the feet of the disciples (John 13:1-17), Peter encouraging all to use their gifts (1 Peter 4: 10-11), Feeding the 5,000 (John 6: 1-13), and serving for the right reason (Matthew 6: 1-4). The memory verse for the month is Mark 9:35: “Jesus sat down and called for the twelve disciples to come to Him. Then He said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last. They must be the servant of everyone.’ ” 
Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am for CWE and on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm for WNL. CWE is for children in K4-5th grade. WNL is for children K-5th grade.  A nursery is provided for younger children. Join us and bring a friend!
Financial Review - December 2018
Below is a detailed view of the December 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.
Sermon Audio Files Now Available
To access Sermon Audio on the website:
1) Go to
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. 
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.   
February 2019 Calendar

Happy Birthday!
2      Jean Lay
3      Suzanne Messich
       Georgia Blanton
4      Chuck Turner
5      Helen Johnson
       Lisa Tiffany
6      Emily Huminski
       Cathy Ronald
8      Christian Short
9      Elliott Snow
12    Boots Plyler
       Megan Smith 
14    Robert Scherer
17    Mabry Anne Mullis
18    Todd Childers
19    Delores Canham
20    Todd Childers
21    Caleb Bennett
     Delores Canham  
23    Alice Huminski
      Eric Smith    
25    Bob Lewis
       Sherry Ogletree
       Meredith Turner 
27    Charlotte Stewart
29 John Bishop
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 or call Myriam at 864-834-9897.
Flower Calendar Sign-Up
A sign-up sheet to provide flowers for the Sanctuary on Sundays is available at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. If you would like to do so, please sign up to provide flowers on a specific Sunday; flowers can be given in memory of or in honor of a loved one and it will be noted in that day’s bulletin announcements.
2019 Offering Envelopes
  If you have not picked up your
2019 Offering Envelopes,
please come by the office
Monday—Friday between 9am and 1pm.
Thank you!
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  
Church Office Hours
9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Monday through Friday