January 30, 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 2
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 5
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
Apprentice

On my first construction materials job, I started off on the end of a manual backhoe. You’ve seen these, a round dowel about five feet long with a metal scoop attached to the end. Simple example but I watched, listened, learned and participated in the process of shoveling, repairing and operating the various machinery involved in crushing rock. As I continued to learn about the process of turning big rocks into little rocks, I discovered that it is a rather complicated process. There are a lot of specifications for the gradation of rock in our roads, almost to the point of tediousness. The point being, that as I spent time seeing the process and working with and learning from other people who knew how to manipulate the various sizes of rock, I was an apprentice. I was learning a trade from people with more experience. All of us have been an apprentice in one manner or another; learning a trade, learning a skill from our parents or pretty much anything we do that didn’t come naturally, in other words, everything except breathing.

This comes as no great surprise to most of you but, Jesus is calling us to apprenticeship. Being a Christian, following Jesus, is the very essence of apprenticeship. Jesus said take my yoke upon you and learn from me, not learn about me (Matt 11:29). It’s the concept of being an apprentice. A process of being transformed to learn a skill from a master craftsman. Jesus is the master craftsman of life! The master craftsman of trusting the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit!

So that’s what we do here, at church, right? Certainly, as we study the word together and interact with one another on Sunday we are learning, but the lab, the workshop, is life out there. It’s life in our home among family, life at work among coworkers, life at play among friends, life at the grocery store with the grumpy checker. The life we live among a fallen world full of fallen people. Just like us. As the saying goes, “This is the rubber meeting the road”. This is where things are happening in our control and things are happening out of our control, both for which we should be thankful.

Throughout the accounts of Jesus’ life we see Him living in this same fallen world. Experiencing the same emotions and trauma’s that we face. Joanna Weaver reminds us in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World :

When you’re going through a difficult time, nothing means more than having someone come alongside who understands what you’re going through.

“Jesus wept” is famous as the shortest verse in the Bible (John 11:35), but to me the real power of that two-word passage from the story of Lazarus is the reassurance that Jesus under­stands what life is like for us.

He doesn’t ask anything of us that He wasn’t willing to do Himself, and He promises to be with us in all we must go through. For example:

Jesus knew temptation:  “He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan”
(Mark 1:13).

Jesus knew poverty:  “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).

Jesus knew frustration:  “He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.… ‘Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!’”
(John 2:15-16).

Jesus knew weariness:  “Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well”
(John 4:6).

Jesus knew disappointment:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks,…but you were not willing” (Luke 13:34).

Jesus knew rejection:  “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).

Jesus knew sorrow:  “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death”
(Matthew 26:38).

Jesus knew ridicule:  “Again and again they struck him…and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid [mocking] homage to him” (Mark 15:19).

Jesus knew loneliness:  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).

Indeed, Jesus experienced all of these. Should we not expect to experience the same? Are these not common to mankind? Of course! We find hope and skill in these life experiences by learning to navigate them the way Jesus did. We must not fall into the trap of thinking “well of course Jesus could do it. He is God”. Throughout the gospel accounts we see Jesus relying on the guidance of scripture, prayer, and a complete surrender and trust in God the Father. Precisely how He expects us to live.

Just a few examples: During the temptation in the desert, Jesus resists the ploys of the enemy and cites scripture refuting the falsely framed scriptural references of the enemy (Matt. 4 Luke 4). Luke 5:16 tells us “He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray” no doubt for guidance and refreshment. In the Garden of Gethsemane with great stress, stress to the point of sweating blood, Jesus asks for a different cup. Asking the Father if there is another way, but ultimately surrenders to the Father’s will. Trusting Him completely. We see further examples of His complete surrender and trust in the statements “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” in Luke 23:34 or again in 23:46 when Jesus commits His Spirit into the Father’s hands.

There is a similar account in Acts 7 “And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Wow! Stephen, a simple early disciple of Jesus, understood and trusted just like Jesus had. Do we?

If we are learning from Jesus, if we are apprentices, then we are being transformed, through the renewing of our mind, heart and soul. Coming into an ever-growing understanding of how God weaves things together for the good of all those that are called according to His purpose and are being conformed into the likeness of His Son (Romans 8) who ultimately gave up everything for the good of others. The next time you find yourself in a challenging or difficult situation, no fault of your own, consider what God might be doing in your own transformation and in the transformation of those around you.

A fellow apprentice,

Pastor Kelly
Update
Please join us in welcoming Rob Milton to the TCF Pastoral Staff!

Rob will be serving as TCF's Youth Pastor. Starting in February he will work part-time teaching on Sundays, then in mid-June he will come on board full-time.

Rob has a long history with TCF and over 15 years of experience serving the youth of the Upper Rogue through Youth71:5. This is a direct answer to prayer, and we thank the Lord for bringing Rob, Faith, Gabriel and Nathaniel to TCF. 
Take Note
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Upcoming
Vertical Marriage
January 30 - February 27

Practically work towards a vibrant marriage built on a foundation of active faith. Sessions consist of a video, discussion and workbook. Held Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in the Fireside Room. Cost is $20 per couple. Child care available.

Ben and Theresa Wewerka: 541.826.7489
Green Bag Day

Bring your bag to the food pantry box in the foyer near the Information Counter on or before Sunday, February 2.

The Green Bag Drive collected about 1,025 lbs. of food with donations from TCF in 2019. Thank you to everyone for helping us to provide food to local families.

Pastor Kellen: 541.878.3501 or outreach@trail.org
Praying the Scriptures

We meet Sundays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Adult Classroom. Anyone is welcome to attend, come regularly or when you can. We read a selected passage, discuss how it teaches us to pray and then spend time praying through that selected scripture for those in need, for our community and for the nations.

Prayer Ministry Director, Darrel Wiltrout: 541.865.7716 or wiltrout@trail.org
Evening Worship
Sunday, February 2

One hour of worship and Communion at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room. Child care available.
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, February 3 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.
Galatians: Paul's Manifesto
Wednesday, February 5

Join Pastor Travis on Wednesday evenings for a series through the book of Galatians.
6:30-8pm in the Fireside Room.
Baptism
Sunday, February 9 at 12pm

Trail Christian Fellowship hosts several Baptisms each year. The next one is Sunday, February 9th. If you are ready to take this important step of faith, please listen to “The Obedience of Faith: Baptism", or pick up an audio CD from the Willingheart window in the foyer following any Sunday service. After a brief conversation with a TCF Pastor, you may register.
 
To speak with a Pastor, call the Church Office at 541.878.3501
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
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
God has spoken: The Scriptures as the Word of God
Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 21
9am-12pm

Join Pastors Rick and Travis for this three part series on the nature of Scripture. How to read it and how to teach it. Class will be in the Fireside Room. Open to anyone, but space is limited. No charge, no child care. You must register and commit to attending all 3 classes. Coffee and snacks provided before class. Please bring your Bibles!

Church Office: 541.878.3501
Class details: Pastor Travis/travis@ trail.org
Registration help: Jacki/jacki@trail.org
Men's Ministry
Save the Date!
TCF Men's Retreat
May 29-31, 2020
Lake Bradley Christian Camp in Bandon OR
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 11

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 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 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 6 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 6 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 .
Connecting with the Community
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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