November 14, 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, November 17
Come worship with us this Sunday at 10am. Pastor Rick Booye will continue our study through Philippians. Children's and Youth ministries meet at the same
time in their respective locations.
Wednesday, November 20
Join us in the Fireside Room next Wednesday
night. Pastor Garret Harrington will continue our
study through Nehemiah . 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
Sunday, November 10
Pastor Rick Booye
If you missed a service, or live out of our area, we invite you to listen to our recent teachings from Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights by clicking the link below.
From Our Pastors
Worship 101
 
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:24
 
Worship is such a huge, multi-faceted topic, but it's often times misunderstood in today's church. Personal preferences can lead to worship wars that pit tried and true hymns against contemporary worship songs, and this can truly cause division within the body of Christ. And technically, we praise with our lips, but we worship with our lives. Real worship engages when we leave the parking lot and deal with traffic on Highway 62, but that's a topic for another time.
 
In the past year, I've been blessed with a job that just makes me smile and give thanks to our great God. I get to teach and lead worship at Cascade Christian Middle and High Schools, and what a joy it is! Our worship teams agree that in addition to ongoing prayer for our student body, our two main goals are to educate and encourage the worship culture at Cascade. To that end, I've tried to explain some basic reasons why some people choose to worship God, while others either barely participate or just plain refuse to enter in. And by the way, what a privilege it is to worship with our Trail family every time we gather! But all of us go through desert seasons in our Bible reading, devotionals, prayer, and worship, so allow me to offer these eternal truths about this mystical, supernatural topic. If you've ever felt distanced or distracted during a worship service, re-calibrating your focus can be helpful.
 
We worship God because of who He is . . . Creator, Alpha and Omega, Abba Father and a host of other names that declare His glory. We worship Him because He is faithful, especially when we're not, and He alone is worthy of our praise. We don't worship God because life is always good; we worship God because He is always good!
 
We worship God for what He's done. Getting in touch with the cross and terms like justification, sanctification, propitiation, and double imputation can sharpen our focus and take us deeper into the reality of what He's accomplished and the riches of His truly amazing grace. We worship God and give Him thanks because He rescued us by sending Jesus to defeat sin and death once and for all. And as we enter into this most holy season next month, it's a perfect time to thank Him with our heartfelt praise.
 
We worship God because of what He's going to do. The Bible is full of His promises, and you have hidden some of them in your heart as reminders. I encourage you to go back over and review your memory verses and see how many are promises He's already kept! And as you read the Word, keep looking for verses of healing and encouragement only the Promise Keeper can provide.
 
We worship God to bless and honor Him, because He desires it, and it pleases Him. Worship is not for us, even though we do benefit from it. True worship is always about Him and never about us. Worship leader and songwriter, Matt Redman, has said that when we lift our voices together, we reach way beyond the room and touch heaven. What an amazing privilege and opportunity, and yet some choose to merely observe. Pastor, speaker, and author, Louie Giglio, wraps it up well when he says that worship is a participation sport in a spectator culture. 
 
We worship God because He commands us to. The final verse in the Psalms (150:6) is both an encouragement and a command. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” That phrase is repeated well over 200 times in the Bible, and it's not a suggestion.
 
We worship God because we love Him and want to draw near to Him. Matthew 18:20 tells us that where two or more are gathered, He is there, and we feel God's presence as we offer our worship and praise. Pastor Rick reminds us that something supernatural transpires when we make a conscious choice to sing. The Holy Spirit stirs within us and begins the process of transformation, aligning our hearts and minds with Him, removing distractions, doubts, and fears. What an amazing God we serve, and He alone is worthy of our praise.
 
During the past year, I've asked students to come up with reasons why some people simply do not choose to enter into worship, and their answers are both honest and insightful. I don't like to sing, my voice isn't that good, or I'm tone deaf tend to lead the list. The honest truth is most people don't like their own voices, but only between two to five percent are actually tone deaf, to varying degrees. Some of them say I don't like the songs or the way they're being played, or I'm too self-conscious and embarrassed to really sing out. Many of the guys have bought the lie that real men don't worship. I remind them David was a fierce warrior and a mighty worshiper, so please walk away from that lie. One brave 7 th grade boy said the real problem was CDM . . . Cool Dude Mode, or simply being too cool for the room. Too cool for God? Really?
 
So I encourage them to take a step back and realize that all of the reasons people choose to worship are about God, and the reasons why others refuse to enter in are all about self. We've seen growth in our chapels and praise Him, but we also covet your prayers for the heart of worship to grow and thrive at Cascade!
 
As we enter into this season of giving thanks and then celebrate the birth of our Messiah, what a fitting time to recommit to the power, purpose, and potential of worship and praise! It's great practice for the heavenly choir you'll join one day, and it also leads a new generation of worshipers before His throne. Name above all names, worthy of all praise, my heart will sing how great is our God!
 
Looking Forward,

Ken 
Take Note!
The new streamlined trail.org website is live! Come see what's new, and check out the fantastic new sermon audio player with an easy-to-use interface and comprehensive search functions. If anyone is having trouble on the new site, hit CTRL+F5 to refresh your browser. It's a good idea to re-save trail.org bookmarks, too...

For assistance, contact our Church Office: 541.878.3501 or info@trail.org
Upcoming
Evening Worship
Sunday, November 17

Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room for one hour of meditative worship and Communion. Child care available.
GriefShare
Monday, November 18

A series on grief recovery that occurs Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm until December 2. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. No child care and cost is $25. You're welcome to attend a class before paying to see if it's a good fit for you, but please register first.

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org
Friendsgiving
Saturday, November 23

Join us in the Fireside Room for games, dinner and fellowship! Games from 4-6pm (bring board and card games) and potluck from 6-8pm. All ages welcome!
Baptism
Sunday, November 24 at 12pm

Trail Christian Fellowship hosts several Baptisms each year. The next one is Sunday, November 24th. 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
Christmas Celebration with The River
A concert with a Celtic flare for the whole family
 
Join us on Saturday, December 7 at 6:30pm in the Worship Center to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus featuring the music of The River and a special Christmas devotional from Pastor Travis. This evening is for the entire family and our community, so invite your friends and neighbors! There is no charge for the event, but a love offering will be gratefully received.
 
Church Office 541.878.3501
Happy 40th Birthday TCF!

Join us on Sunday, January 5 at 10am as we celebrate 40 years of the Lord’s faithfulness to Trail Christian Fellowship.
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
Meals, Transportation and Visitation Volunteers Needed
Help for those in our congregation is needed in all these ministries.
Please contact the Church Office or speak with Pastor Kelly for details.
541.878.3501
Box Tops for Education

Drop off unexpired labels at the Willingheart Window anytime. TCF labels help towards school supplies for Navajo Mission Students in Farmington, NM. Check out Boxtops4education.com for a list of participating products. Thank you for your support!
Men's Ministry
Women's Ministry
Single Ladies' Dinner
Monday, November 25

Single ladies of all ages are invited to join us for a home-cooked meal the last Monday of every month from 6-7:30pm in the Fireside Room. We enjoy great food, fellowship, and an occasional guest speaker. Please sign up at the information counter on Sunday and indicate any child care needs. If you don't attend TCF, you are welcome! Call the Church Office to sign up! 541.878.3501.

Cyndi Harrington: 541.826.9415 or cyndi@trail.org
Mom's Group
Tuesday, November 26

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. Contact Cyndi for details.
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 3yrs 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 heart, 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 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, November 21 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, November 21 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 541.821.0459 or send an email to  celebraterecovery@trail.org . You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our  Facebook  page.
Area Events
The Pregnancy Center will be offering a very important training opportunity for individuals who would like to volunteer with us to peacefully and effectively help women and men choose life at our local abortion facilities. This is a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy program that will instruct volunteers how to reach a woman’s heart and redirect her to the Mobile Medical Unit and the services that help her confidently choose life.
 
The training includes a comprehensive 4 hour training seminar, access to a 20 video advanced training series and much more. Training will be held at THE Pregnancy Center on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested individuals are asked to please RSVP to 541.772.1921 by Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m.
 
Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Flyer below.
Green Bag Day
Seasonal foods are appreciated (stuffing, pie mixes, canned yams, canned and dried fruit, etc.)!
Bring your bag to the food pantry box in the foyer near the Information Counter on or before  Sunday, December 8 . Outreach@trail.org
Pacific Bible College

Spring semester begins January 6. Registration is now open!

Pacific Bible College is looking for a Math teacher and a Spanish teacher.
541.776.9942
Last chance to register is Noon on Friday November 29
 
 You are invited to an evening of amazing redemption stories, lovely music, fun raffles, and a delicious buffet dinner. Christmas at the Ridge Dinner Extravaganza will inspire, encourage and move you.
 
Come hear powerful testimonies of the transformational healing taking place in the lives of young survivors of sex trafficking as they experience hope and restoration.
 
Redemption Ridge Executive Director Kirsten Arreguin will share the incredible successes during the last year, as well as update our supporters with developments they can expect to see in the future.
 
Please join us for a magical evening celebrating the real-life miracles our girls have experienced at Grace House.
 
Tuesday, December 3rd
5:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Grand Valley Ballroom
Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Rd
Medford, OR 97504
 
To make your reservation visit
Seating is limited  
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 .
Jackson County Good News Club
Impacting the Community for Christ
As the children return to school, we are putting together teams to share the Good News of Jesus’ love in the public schools. If you have a few hours, 1 day a week during the school year, Child Evangelism Fellowship can use you. Whether you have a passion for teaching, listening to memory verses, or just love kids and can help set up and walk the kids to club, we need you on a Good News Club team in Jackson County. Contact the Jackson County CEF office at 541.500.8880 or
Connecting with the Community
Senior and Disability Services

Jackson and Josephine Counties' governmental agency on aging (Senior and Disability Services), would appreciate your assistance to better understand what services are needed to ensure that those facing aging or disability issues – or those who are caring for someone facing these issues – are able to live where they want as independently as possible. 
The survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. No identifying information is being collected and your responses are confidential. We would greatly appreciate your responses. 
 
To take the survey online:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeniorNeeds2019

If you have any questions regarding the survey, or to request a paper copy of the survey along with a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope, please contact:

Berta Varble
Senior and Disability Services
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
155 N. 1 st Street
P. O. Box 3275
Central Point, OR 97502
541.423.1384
 
Thank you for your help so we can better serve you and our community.
Attention all homeowners with wells:

We received a friendly reminder from Susan Baker to test annually for nitrate and
quarterly for coliform. If you have any questions please contact Susan.

Susan Baker, REHS
Drinking Water Program Coordinator
Jackson County - Environmental Public Health
140 S. Holly St., Medford Oregon 97501
Office: 541.774.7843
bakerse@jacksoncounty.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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18881 Hwy 62
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