August 6, 2020

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

Important Ministry Update:
Join us either outside
or inside this Summer!
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
Children's Ministry (Age 0-5) & Youth Ministry (Grade 6-12) Provided

Baptism Courtyard
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
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From Our Pastors
It Happened on the Brooklyn Subway
by Paul Deutschman, Readers Digest May 1949

On January 10, 1948 just over two years after the conclusion of World War II, Marcel Sternberger got on a train in the Brooklyn subway he had never been on before. He normally took a different line, but he had changed his schedule in order to visit a sick friend that morning and was now boarding a noon train to get to work. The train was full. But just as he stepped in, one man jumped up and ran off, realizing he was about to miss his station. Sternberger quickly took the seat and sat down. Next to him was a man reading a Hungarian newspaper. Sternberger had been born in Hungary and though he would not normally strike up conversation with strangers in the subway, he felt compelled to say something. He looked over the man's shoulder and said in Hungarian, "I hope you don't mind if I glance at your paper." The man was surprised to be addressed in his native language, and during the half-hour ride to town, they became acquainted.

Sternberger's companion voluntarily shared his tragic story. His name was Paskin, and he had been a law student when the war started. He was eventually put into a labor battalion and sent to the Ukraine. Later he was captured by the Russians and put to work burying the German dead. After the war he covered hundreds of miles on foot, returned to his home in Debrecen, Hungary, and discovered his entire family gone. Strangers were living in the apartment once occupied by his father, mother, brothers, and sisters. When he reached the apartment he and his wife had shared, it also was occupied by strangers. Finally, he located old friends in Debrecen who had survived the war. They sadly informed him his entire family was dead. The Nazis had taken them and his wife to Auschwitz, where they were all presumably killed in the gas chambers.

Stunned by the news, the man fled Hungary which had become a funeral land for him He headed west toward Paris and emigrated to the United States in October 1947. As Sternberger listened the story seemed somehow familiar, suddenly he remembered why. He had recently met a young woman at the home of friends who had also been from Debrecen. She had been taken to Auschwitz but was then transferred to work in a German munitions factory. All her relatives had been killed in the gas chambers, after she had been liberated by the Americans, she was brought to New York in the first boatload of Displaced Persons in 1946. Sternberger had been so moved by her story he had written down her address and phone number, hoping to invite her to meet his family in order to help with her terrible loneliness and grief.

Sternberger thought it impossible that there could be a connection between these two people, but when he reached his station, he stayed on the train with his new friend. He asked as casually as possible, "Is your first name Bela?" The man went pale as he said! "Yes! How did you know?"

Sternberger fumbled for his address book as he asked, “Was you wife’s name Marya?"

Looking as though he might faint, Paskin said, "Yes! Yes!”

Sternberger suggested they get off at the next station without explaining why. He took Paskin to a nearby phone booth. While Paskin stood there like a man in a trance, Sternberger dialed the number, and after a long delay, he had Marya Paskin on the line. Sternberger reminded her of their recent chance meeting, and she remembered him. Without explaining why, Sternberger asked Marya where she had lived in Debrecen before the war, and she told him the address. Sternberger turned to Bela and said, “Did you and your wife live on such-and-such a street?”

'Yes!" Bela exclaimed, as he turned white as a sheet and trembled.

Sternberger urged him to stay calm but then explained that something miraculous was about to happen to him. Then he handed Bela the phone, saying, "Here, take this telephone and talk to your wife!”

When Paskin realized he was really speaking with his Marya he broke into uncontrollable crying. Sternberger sent him by taxi to the address to be reunited with his wife.

The article continues by describing the emotional reunion between the Paskins, each of whom thought the other was dead. Marya Paskin hardly remembers their reunion because of the sudden release of emotions.

I remember only that when I left the phone, I walked to the mirror like in a dream to see maybe if my hair had turned gray. The next thing I know a taxi stops in front of the house and it is my husband who comes toward me. Details I cannot remember, only this I know – that I was happy for the first time in many years. Even now it is difficult to believe that it happened. We have both suffered so much; I have almost lost the capability to be not afraid. Each time my husband goes from the house I say to myself, "Will anything happen to take him from me again?"

There are, of course, many possible explanations of what happened as a result of that subway ride one afternoon in 1948. Some would argue the Paskins were the beneficiaries of lucky coincidences. By contrast, this is how the 1949 Reader's Digest ends the article.

Skeptical persons would no doubt attribute the events of that memorable afternoon to mere chance. But was it chance that made Sternberger suddenly decide to visit his sick friend, and hence take a subway line that he had never been on before? Was it chance that caused the man sitting by the door of the car to rush out just as Sternberger came in? Was it chance that caused Bela Paskin to be sitting beside Sternberger, reading a Hungarian newspaper? Was it chance—or did God ride the Brooklyn subway that afternoon?
While this is a tear jerking, heart warming story; it is so much more. There is no indication that Bela or Marya are Christians, but this is a very clear example of God’s sovereignty, providence, and grace working in people’s lives if for no other purpose than to bring glory to Himself. There is no greater purpose for God to display His attributes than to bring Himself glory. Let that sink in for a moment. God is worthy to bring Himself glory and to put His attributes on display in any and every circumstance in which He chooses to do so. The fact that people benefit from this just brings further glory to Him.

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10-11)

Through this reconciliation we can look forward to a future glory!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (Romans 8:18-30)

Dwelling on and pondering the riches of His mercy,

Pastor Kellen
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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
Save the Dates!
Divorce Recovery Workshop
September 17-19 at TCF
Details coming soon.
TPC Baby Bottle Drive Extended

Pick up a bottle at TCF, fill it with your donations (money and/or check) and return it to the TCF Office by August 26 or to the TPC Office (2019 Aero Way #103, Medford, 97504)

You may also make a donation at their webpage:
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 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
or call Access 541.779.6691 (Mon-Thur). 
Questions? email or call 541.878.3501 ext. 704
Men's Ministry
Men’s Annual Pack Trip
Thursday, August 13- Sunday, August 16

Grass Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
Cost is $50 per person. $25 for boys 12 and under.
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: Sky Lakes Wilderness
August 20

Cost is $5. Permission slip required. Space is limited. Bring lunch, water bottle, hiking shoes, 
sun block, modest swim suit (under hiking clothes), towel and a backpack (optional).

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or 
Save the dates!
August 20
Hike in the Sky Lakes wilderness. Meeting at the church at 10am and returning at 4pm. Things to bring: lunch, water bottle, hiking shoes, sunblock, modest swim suit (under hiking clothes), towel, and backpack (optional). $5
August 30
Rafting. Leaving the church at 1pm and returning at 6pm. Things to bring: modest swim suit, sunblock, water bottle, and life jacket (optional). $15
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

Note: Background checks are required for the safety of our children.
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 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 Pavilion 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 Paige Winfrey 541.821.0459 or send an email to You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our Facebook page.

Come Rejoice
For anyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups.

Viewing extended until August 15.
The Summit has ended, but…
you can still register and get all of the session replays to view on your own device, at your convenience.
Featured speaker Dr. John Townsend.
$49 per person
Register at
Talks include:
Healing from codependency
Sexual integrity
Guarding your mental health
Restoration and forgiveness
Recovery for teens
Prisoners and Native Americans
The Skit Guys
and much more!
Area Events
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.
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
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the weekly e-newsletter of
Trail Christian Fellowship
18881 Hwy 62
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