August 20, 2020

Welcome to TCFinTouch!
The e-newsletter of
Trail Christian Fellowship

Important Ministry Update:
Join us either outside
or inside this Summer!
Sundays
Outdoor Sanctuary
7:15am | 9:00am
Children & Youth Ministries Provided at 9am only
Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Indoor Worship Center
11:00am
Children's Ministry (Age 0-5) & Youth Ministry (Grade 6-12) Provided



Wednesdays
Baptism Courtyard
6:30pm
Children & Youth Ministries Provided


Masks required for ages 5 and up when meeting indoors.
Children’s Ministry (Nursery- 5th grade) is held in the Youth Center.

The Youth Ministry (6th – 12th grade) will continue to meet outdoors. We suggest having a mask just in case they move inside or can’t social distance outside.

Join the TCF family from wherever you're at!

Note: Live Streaming is currently not available from outdoor venues, however we will make online content available as soon as possible!

Sunday 9am Service
Available Online by 1pm the same Sunday

Wednesday 6:30pm Service
Available Online by 10am the following Thursday
Recent Teachings
Missed a message, or just want to hear it again?

Visit the sermon audio archive and catch up on our studies
From Our Pastors
When God Meets Us at Our Breaking Point

1 Samuel 1:1-28

“The Lord (finally) answered my request” (1 Samuel 27)

Whether you are a young saint or elderly saint, wealthy saint or financially struggling saint, married saint or single saint, there is another thing we have in common that’s a part of our life of faith. We all have, without exception, a breaking point!

A breaking point can be defined as being pushed to the limit of what we can endure, completely coming to the end of ourselves, resources, sanity, or even our desire to continue at all. It also implies that we have no more strength on any level within ourselves and there is no one to turn to but God. Finally it implies that we literally or metaphorically fall on our faces before the Lord with nothing left to offer but our despair and dependence on Him.

It is not a lack of faith that brings us there or sin (although it can be) or rebellion to God’s ways or even a pay back from God for what we had done months or years ago.

It is common among God’s people and it’s what we find in the life of a childless and disappointed woman named Hannah in our text today.

 A highlight of 1 Samuel 1-11 gives us a glimpse into Hannah’s world:

a) She was married to Elkanah, her husband, who clearly “Loved her though the Lord closed her womb”vs.5

b) The fact that she was barren was the most shaming event that could happen to a woman of that time. God’s people believed that the Lord closed and opened the womb and many felt that if the Lord chose to close the womb it was because she was cursed or had grievously sinned.

c) What made matters more painful for Hannah was that a wealthy man, such as Elkanah, was permitted to marry a second wife who could bear his children and carry on the family name, as well as the estate left for the children.

d) The author emphasizes Hannah’s awkward life by writing the somber phrase “And Penniniah, Elkanah’s second wife, had children, but Hannah had no children” vs.2

e) What made matters worse for Hannah was that “year after year” the family would travel 15 miles to Shiloh to worship God at their three annual Jewish festivals and “Peninnah would provoke Hannah grievously to irritate her because the Lord closed her womb” vs.6-7 (Peninnah also realized, no doubt, that her husband loved and favored his first wife Hannah. It is one thing for God not to grant a request so close to our heart, but it’s another thing altogether for a relative to mock us, remind us with fingers pointed.

f) This abuse year after year multiple times was too much for Hannah to bear. She hit her breaking point and we read that “she was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.” She was at the complete end of herself and vowed to the Lord “Oh Lord if you will look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his Life.”vs.10-11

Hannah completely comes to the end of herself and tells God that if He remembers her and opens her womb to give birth to a son, she will raise him and around the age of four or five take him by his little hand and walk him right up to the temple and let him go to live and minister there the rest of his life, which her son, Samuel did.

The interesting thing was that God had denied her prayer for years. Peninnah had five children, which no doubt took some time, so we could assume that Hannah faithfully prayed for years that the Lord would open her womb, but He didn’t.

However, read that “In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said (literally) the Lord has heard my prayer”vs.20

Lessons Learned at a Breaking Point:

God Knows - Behind the scenes of Hannah’s long trial, God had a perfectly planned time frame. What the Lord is doing in our lives is not merely an individual work, but he has a higher purpose for his glory and our good in the work of His kingdom. When Hannah finally gave birth to Samuel he became the most effective voice for God since Moses, and when he was born God used him as the Godly leader his people desperately needed at that dark time in their history. He Knows.

God Hears - How many times did Hannah pray her same request through the years without an answer? God not only heard every painful whisper from Hannah but he was so close to her in her circumstances. The psalmist bears this truth out when he penned “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit” Psalms 45.

In addition, when the Lord finally broke through her desperation and she gave birth she named him Samuel which literally means “God Listens” or “God has heard me.” God Hears.

God Does - We don’t know why God answers and moves when He does, but we do know His timing is perfect and someday it will all become clear to us. One of the repeated phrases in Scripture is “This too shall pass.” Your breaking point will not continue. Pour out your soul like Hannah did. Lay it all down on the altar. Plead with the Lord in your fervent prayer and above all else submit to the Lords will again and again. Many times at the divine moment of His providential plan, he lists the pain and brings tremendous relief.

May He grant us the grace to trust Him as we leave our concerns in His care.

Pastor Bill Gallagher
Take Note
MyTCF Account 
If you consider yourself a part of the TCF family, then stay connected with a MyTCF account! You can manage your contact information, easily register for events and give securely online. Members can view the directory.

Visit trail.org and click "MyTCF Login" from the top menu bar. Need a login? CLICK HERE then follow the instructions. Help each other put a face to the name and please upload a profile picture!

Questions? jacki@trail.org | 541.878.3501 ext709
Register to Vote
Oregon Voter Registration forms are available for those who haven’t registered,
have moved or need to make an update.
Visit the table in the Pavilion on Sunday or go to 

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Jackson County Elections: 541.774.6148
Coming Events
GriefShare 2020

This is a 13-week series on grief recovery that occurs Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30pm, September 14 - December 7. 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
Divorce Recovery Workshop
September 17-19
Outreach
TPC Baby Bottle Drive Ends Soon

If you picked up a baby bottle this summer, please return it to TCF by August 26 or to the TPC Office (2019 Aero Way #103, Medford, 97504). There are still some empty bottles available if you want to make a donation (money and/or check). You may also make a donation at their webpage: https://thepregnancycenter.us/
Green Bag Update
There’s been a 60% increase in the need for food and a 75% decrease in food donations
If you’d like to continue supporting the Eagle Point Food Project, donate at eaglepointfoodproject.com or mail a check to: 

Eagle Point Food Project
P.O. Box 706
Eagle Point, OR 97524 
Eagle Point Food Project is a non-profit 501©(3) corporation
 
For food pantries and updates go to accesshelps.org
or call Access 541.779.6691 (Mon-Thur). 
Questions? email outreach@trail.org or call 541.878.3501 ext. 704
Men's Ministry
Men's Outdoor Prayer Breakfast

Men are invited to join us for a free breakfast and devotional prayer time led by TCF Pastors or Elders. Donations gratefully accepted.

NOTE: We are currently meeting in the outdoor Pavilion.
Youth Ministry
Teen Outing: Rafting the Rogue
August 30

Lunch provided after second Service
We will leave Trail Christian Fellowship 
around 12:15pm and return at about 6pm

Cost is $5

 Bring a mask for the drive, water bottle, sun block, 
modest swimsuit and a life jacket (optional)

Permission slip required

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or robert@trail.org 
Children's Ministry
Dog Days of Summer
Wednesdays June 17 - August 26
Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer months, we offer “Dog Days of Summer”; TCF’s Children's Ministry for kids 4 years old through 5th grade. Food is served at 6:35pm in the Pavilion, followed by Soccer skills training, and finishing with a lesson from God’s word. Our missions focus this summer is the Pregnancy Center. Children ages nursery through 3 years old meet in Room 2.

Debbie 541.878.3501 or debbie@trail.org

Note: Background checks are required for the safety of our children.
AWANA Volunteer Meeting
September 2, 2020
6pm - 8pm

Volunteers needed to listen to kids say their verses and lead groups! Plan on joining the other Awana staff in the Great Room for a meeting and dinner.

Please contact Debbie to sign up 541-261-2605
AWANA begins September 9
Wednesdays, September 9 - December 16
6:15-8pm

A club with a goal to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. At TCF it's designed for kids 4 years up to 5th grade. Check schedule for theme nights and breaks. Visit trail.org starting this Sunday, August 23 to download a Parent Letter, Registration Form and Schedule. There is a suggested donation to cover costs of materials but it's not mandatory to participate.

Nursery and Children's Program for 0-3 years old.

Debbie Conley: 541.261.2605
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
Celebrate Recovery
 Celebrate Recovery
A Christian 12 step program for those struggling with addiction, abuse or other hurts, habits or hang-ups. We meet in the Courtyard every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Come at 6pm and bring your own food if you'd like to share a meal with us.
No nursery or child care program available at this time.
 
If you have questions call the 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
Local Service Opportunity
 
On behalf of our Founder/President, Ron Asphole, and the Helping Hands International (HHI) team, I wanted to share the following local Service Opportunity scheduled for 08/15/20-08/29/20, namely the Hope Community Park!  
 
HHI has partnered with the Salvation Army to build an outdoor activities area (equipped with raised garden beds, sports court, outdoor eating area, amphitheater, splash pad etc.) adjacent to their Hope House, a transitional living facility for individuals and families facing homeless in Jackson County, as part of our annual Southern Oregon Makeover project!
 
We are praying for approximately 195 volunteers, spread out over a two week period (which equates to about 14 volunteers a day), to help us build this outdoor park and would love for you to help us spread the word!
 
For more information about this project, click here; for more information about HHI click here; and, for questions/comments, feel free to reply to Stefani Khaleel <hhandsstefani@gmail.com> - thank you!
September 4, 2020
7pm - 12am

Join us for a night of prayer and worship with churches from all over the Rogue Valley!
All are welcome!
Pear Blossom Park
312 E. 4th Street Medford

Sponsored by The Story Ashland

August 10th, 2020
 
Friends,
We have a young lady in need of placement at Grace House. She has just been rescued from her trafficker and her parents are desperate to get her to a safe place of healing. Mom and Dad love their daughter and never dreamed that their own child would be a victim of sex trafficking. No one ever does.
 
This family does not have insurance to cover the cost of residential treatment, but we are taking this young lady in, regardless, and are trusting that we will find a way to support her. A guardian angel sponsor has come forward and is offering to pay for almost half the cost of her treatment each month. We are looking for a second angel, or sponsors, who might want to play a part in her healing. Let me be completely transparent with you, the cost of providing a safe treatment home for these girls is very expensive. We are looking to raise the amount still needed, $2,500 each month, to support this young lady's healing.
 
If you are reading this message and you feel in your heart that it was meant for you, would you please contact us? I would be honored to talk with you about how you could make all the difference for this girl and her family. 
 
With gratitude,
Kirsten Arreguin
Executive Director
The 2020 Golf Challenge, features a four-person scramble with 7:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. shotguns and banquet seating at 6:30 p.m. Be a part of a long tradition while helping thousands of kids throughout the Rogue Valley. Youth 71Five Ministries is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit Christ-Centered organization supported through the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses like you.
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