January 9, 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, January 12
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10am. Pastor Rick Booye will continue our series on The Light of the World. Children's and Youth ministries meet at the same time in their respective locations.
Wednesday, January 15
Join Pastor Travis in the Fireside Room next Wednesday evening as we continue 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
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
The Great Reversal of Fortunes

“Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach …” Luke 1:25

The account of Zechariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1 is truly a remarkable story. Zechariah and Elizabeth are an older couple; he’s a priest, she comes from a priestly family. Luke says, “They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.” So, these are two God honoring people. Their lives were lived for God’s glory. They weren’t perfect, but they sought to live a life that honors the Lord. But Zechariah and Elizabeth didn’t have any children. Elizabeth was barren, which was a terrible disgrace in those days. Today, many women decide with good reasons not to have children, but in Jerusalem in those days you wouldn’t choose not to have kids. In fact, many people taught that if you couldn’t have kids you were under God’s discipline, or worse, under God’s curse (which is completely false). So being barren for Elizabeth was extremely difficult. 

Do you have a deep disappointment or a deep emotional scar because of something that’s happened to you, or something that hasn’t happened to you, but has happened to the vast majority of your friends? If you do you can identify with Elizabeth. If you carry with you deep disappointment or shame, imitate Elizabeth, because she didn’t allow her disappointment to turn into bitterness against God. She trusted God to do for them what was right and good.

God sends the Angel Gabriel to tell Zechariah that Elizabeth in her old age will conceive and bear him a son, and they’re to name him John! Luke tells us, “Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Lk. 1:24-25). 

This account starts with sadness over Elizabeth’s barren state and ends with great joy and gladness over what God has done for them. And what’s even more beautiful is knowing that what the Lord did for Elizabeth is what Jesus does for His people! Elizabeth rejoices by saying, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach …” This is what God does for you in Christ! He takes away your disgrace, your shame that’s connected with your sin, and replaces it with joy and gladness. It’s the great reversal of fortunes. 

At the Cross, Jesus took upon Himself your disgrace, your shame and your sin, therefore, when you place your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, all your shame, all your disgrace that accompanied your sin is wiped away and paid for by God Himself, so that you, like Elizabeth can worship, you can celebrate, and you can enjoy God forever.

Pastor Travis

Thank you from the Pastors and Staff!
We appreciate all your kind words of encouragement, notes, prayers, gifts, meals and goodies. May the Lord continue to provide you and your family with much insight and joy as you study His Word with us. 
Take Note
Is Service Cancelled? 
To get instant notification when a Service is cancelled, subscribe to TCFinTouch and a special email will be sent to you. Notifications also appear in the Church Life app, our social media, and the Church Office phone greeting.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found items will be donated at the end of January. Most found items are kept at the Information Counter. Lost Bibles are put on the wall rack in the Worship Center. Kids items are located in the Children’s Ministry Office in the Youth Center. Unclaimed items are donated frequently. Jacki: 541.878.3501 or jacki@trail.org
Children and Youth Ministry Volunteer Meeting
Saturday, January 11

This is a mandatory meeting for anyone currently volunteering with ages 0-High School, as well as those interested in doing so.

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.
Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605 or  debbie@trail.org
Galatians: Paul's Manifesto
Wednesday, January 15

Join Pastor Travis on Wednesday evenings for a series through the book of Galatians.
6:30-8pm in the Fireside Room.
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
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.

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 Fireside Room

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.
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. Hotel cost is separate.

Register at weekendtoremember.com

Half-price off conference ONLY when you register Jan. 6-27 and use group name: TCFMarriageMinistry

$100 discount Jan. 27 and AFTER if you use the same group name.

Ben or Theresa Wewerka: 541.826.7489

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 the for the nations.

Prayer Ministry Director, Darrel Wiltrout: 541 . 865.7716 or wiltrout@trail.org

Men's Ministry
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.
Single Ladies' Dinner
Monday, January 27

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
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
Children's Ministry

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
Eagle Point Access Food Pantry

Reminder for those who volunteer at St. John's Church:
Monday, January 13  is TCF’s turn. Thank you for helping!
Pastor Kelly: 541.878.3501 or kelly@trail.org

pacific bible logo

Pacific Bible College is looking for a Spanish teacher.
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
2019 was a year of amazing growth and ministry here at The Pregnancy Center and we are so excited for what God is doing in our community and the place He has called us to rise up and meet the needs of women in crisis. We find ourselves in need of fellow sisters and brothers in Christ who feel a calling to step into ministry to these same women and we have three volunteer opportunities that need to be filled as quickly as possible.

First, we are in need of women who would be willing to be trained to be mentors in our office. This position is a once a week commitment for a minimum of 3 hours on the same day each week. We would provide training for you to learn how to take your assigned clients through the Earn While You Learn program. This education program covers everything from pregnancy related information, through parenting infants and life skills. This program is an invaluable tool for our clients as they learn to create healthy lives and healthy families.

Second, we are in need of women to be mentors on our Mobile Medical Unit. This position would also be a once a week commitment for 3 or 4 hours. We would train you to assist the nurse with greeting clients as they enter the van for medical services, helping with the intake process and being the “observer” during ultrasound procedures. This is a vital position that allows the nurses the freedom to focus on the tests, procedures and interventions.

Third, we are looking for people (men or women) who are willing to be trained as Sidewalk Advocates. Sidewalk Advocates are instrumental in directing clients to the Mobile Medical Unit and the life-affirming services of The Pregnancy Center in a peaceful, prayerful and legal way. Clients who might otherwise choose abortion at our local abortion provider. This 5 hour training will happen on Saturday, February 1 st from 9am – 3pm and will give you all the tools you need to reach the hearts of women so they can confidently choose life.

If you feel an interest or calling to be involved in this pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family work please give our office a call to learn how to get started right away. 541.772.1921

Beth Sheets
Executive Director
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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