December 17, 2020

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

TCF Ministry Update:
Service Times

Sundays at 9am and 11am in the Outdoor Pavilion

  • Children and Youth Ministries Available at both Services
  • Services are Simulcast to the Indoor Worship Center and Fireside Room
  • Services are Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook

Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Outdoor Pavilion

  • Awana, Children and Youth Ministries Available
  • Service is Simulcast to the Indoor Worship Center
  • Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook
  • No Service December 23 or December 30 (Resumes January 6)


From Our Pastors
What makes the Good News, Good News?

Recently in a class I was part of, the question was asked “What makes the good news, good news?” The focus was narrowed a bit as a phrase was added “to Southern Oregonians?” or fill in the blank to whatever context you find yourself. Perhaps narrowing it down into our time frame “What makes the Good News, Good News to Southern Oregonians in December two thousand and twenty, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?”

You have likely heard people speak of this pandemic as our defining moment, our WW2 moment, the greatest crisis of our time. And while I get what they are saying, death and disease are nothing new in the history of life. COVID-19 is just one more method toward a fate we all share, not to minimize the devastating loses of this current crisis. To lend a little perspective to our current and ongoing situation, here are a few numbers you might find interesting. Sourced at worldometers.info as of 10:30 a.m. this morning.

World Population: 7.78 billion
Births: 134,878,000
Deaths: 56,625,000
Abortions: 40,989,000 (not included in the death total for some reason)
  • 3,000 a day in the US (voluntary reporting)
Under Nourished People: 848,217,000
Obese People: 772,191,300
Water Related Disease: 810,000
Seasonal Flu: 471,000
HIV/AIDS: 1,618,000
Cancer: 7,906,000
Malaria: 379,000
Smoking: 4,812,000
Alcohol: 2,407,000
Suicides: 1,032,000
Traffic Accidents: 1,299,000
COVID-19: 1,662,000

The single most dangerous place in the world? A mother’s womb. Only two in every three make it out alive. Let that soak in.

As startling as these statistics might be, they are just symptoms. They are symptoms of a much greater problem. The 7.78 billion people making up the world’s population have at least three things in common. We are all made in God’s image, that image has been marred by sin (Adam’s sin and our own), all of us have sinned, so all of us will die. One out of every one. 100%. And on our own there is no cure, no vaccine, no anti-dote.

One aspect of the good news is that we are not on our own. We are not alone. Whatever you are facing right now, God knows, and He cares.

Paul writing to the Corinthian church gives us what is probably the earliest written summary of the gospel or good news. Representing what had likely become a creed, having been written within 20-30 years of the crucifixion and resurrection.

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-26)

Our greatest enemy, death, defeated. As Revelation 20:14 tells us, thrown into the lake of fire along with Hades, the abode of the dead. Now that is astoundingly good news! Not a cure for one of many symptoms but the complete and utter destruction of death and therefore sin as well. Which is anything God would not say, do, or think. Indicating that everything is under complete subjection to Him.

A restoration of the Kingdom, God reigning as King:
· Reliable
· Trustworthy
· Just
· Good
· Worthy
· Glorious!
What’s not to like about that picture? A ruler worthy of being committed to his own glory but loving and caring for those he rules!

This is the Kingdom Jesus came to restore. What Adam had lost in the Garden of Eden; Jesus restores. God desires relationship, obedience, to reveal knowledge on His terms so that everything is under His subjection. Adam and Eve chose to do things on their terms and brought sin and death into the world. Jesus came and did things on God’s terms and restores righteousness and life in the world.

He continues that same work today, tomorrow and until the coming judgment. So, as it is said if today you hear his voice do not harden your hearts but receive the gift of salvation with gladness and rejoicing.

What makes the good news, good news to Southern Oregonians in the midst of a worldwide pandemic? Primarily the same thing that has always made the good news so good, no matter what new wrinkle the enemy throws at us. We no longer need live in fear since we have a glorious King that has sacrificed on our behalf to bring about the reality of His kingdom.

When the mess that is 2020 is weighing on your mind causing stress, frustration, grief, or any number of depressive emotions you may be dealing with, focus on the good news and the coming Kingdom. A Kingdom of life where death cannot exist. A Kingdom of creativity where the second law of thermodynamics cannot exist. A Kingdom with love where fear cannot exist. A Kingdom where we are communing with and living in harmony with the creator of the universe; doing and learning things on His terms which are just and right and holy and pure, good in every way; no more death, no more tears – come quickly Lord Jesus.

In Christ,
Pastor Kelly

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.

Questions? jacki@trail.org | 541.878.3501 ext709
Pick up the new Daily Bread at the Information Counter or contact the Church Office. You can also view this and other devotionals and studies at https://odb.org/.
Coming Up
GriefShare

Please contact the Leaders for the Holiday schedule before you attend.

This is a 13-week series on grief recovery that occurs Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. No child care and cost is $25. Each 13-week session is 'self-contained' so you don't have to attend in sequence. You may attend before paying to see if it's a good fit for you, but please contact the Leaders first.

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org
Christmas Eve Communion Service
Thursday, December 24
6:30-7:30pm

Worship, Communion and a special teaching.
Service is held in the Pavilion and Simulcast to the Indoor Worship Center and Fireside Room.
Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook.


Trail Teens (MS and HS) join the adults.
Children's Ministry available for nursery through 5th grade.
Men's Ministry
Men's Prayer Gathering
Friday Mornings
6:30-7:30am

Join us in the outdoor Pavilion for our traditional weekly time of nourishment in the Word, a preview of what's to come on Sunday morning, and devotional prayer time led by one of our Pastors or Elders.

Note: We are not meeting on Christmas day. We are meeting on New Year's Day. 
Trail Teens
Teen Dinner and Movie Night
December 31, 2020
7pm-12am
 
TCF Teens in Middle and High School are welcome to sign up for a New Year’s celebration with good food, fellowship, fun and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King shown on the outside screen in the Pavilion! Cost is $5, registration required along with a signed ‘On campus’ Teen Permission slip.
Children's Ministry
AWANA
Wednesdays through May 26, 2021
6:30-8pm

No AWANA on December 23 and December 30.

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 to download a Parent Letter 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.

Awana registration is at capacity and is now closed.
If your child is currently enrolled, please check the schedule for theme nights.

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
Trail Life USA Court of Honor
Thursday, December 17 from 6:30-8pm at TCF

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 twice a month on Thursdays 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

Next meeting is January 7.
American Heritage Girls
Thursday, December 17 from 6:30-8pm at TCF

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 twice a month on Thursdays from 6:30-8pm during the school year.
 
  • For Trail Christian Fellowship Troop information and to confirm meeting times, please call call Karrie Hovis at 541.951.3135 or email ahgroguevalley@yahoo.com. 
  • For more details about the American Heritage Girls organization, click HERE.

Next meeting is January 7.
Celebrate Recovery
 Celebrate Recovery

A Christian 12 step program for those struggling with any addiction, abuse or other hurts, habits or hang-ups. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm (masks required). You're welcome to come early at 6pm.

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
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Registration is Open!
Spring Term starts January 4th

PBC...We're Here

A quality Christian college education is closer to you
than you think, it’s right here at home…..
Pacific Bible College, centrally located in Medford.

We’re here...
  • for a fully accredited four year degree.
  • for a Bibilical education, that’s affordable.
  • for students who want to stay local, with a supportive college environment.
We’re local and here for you.
Pacific Bible College offers Pell grants and most students graduate debt free.
CRISIS INTERVENTION Class
 
…a college course to prepare pastors, first responders, counselors and health care providers for crisis, trauma and disaster situations
 
We don’t know when the next crisis or trauma
will occur within our communities – a shooting, fire, act of nature, child abduction, domestic violence, suicide and other crises. What we do know - is who will be there to help cope with the crisis – special emergency responders, counselors and chaplains.  These are community members trained and dedicated to providing counsel and comfort in crisis, trauma and disaster situations.
 
Pacific Bible College is offering this new course which will prepare participants to…
  • understand the causes of crisis/trauma and the methods for intervention.
  • gain awareness of triggers, situations and symptoms revolving around crisis.
  • deal with crisis personally and in a pastoral or counselor role.
 
The Crisis Intervention Class will be taught by Stuart Boyer, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer for Pacific Bible College. Stuart brings nearly 20 years chaplaincy experience including Public Safety Chaplains of Southern Oregon, Fergus County Sherriff Department MT, Polson Police, Fire, and Lake County Sheriff Department MT, U.C.S.D. Hospitals in San Diego CA, Public Administrator/ Guardian Office -San Diego County Division CA, Albany Fire Department CA, American Red Cross: Lake County MT, San Diego and Stanislaus County Divisions CA.
 
The Crisis Intervention class will include such topics as: death, suicide, abuse, and helping children through crisis or trauma. It will explore historical and contemporary theory and methodology of crisis intervention.  Specific emphasis will be given to understand situational and maturational crises, and the Christian implications of crisis counseling.  Students will be introduced to the basic process and application of Biblical crisis intervention.
 
Class Starts Tuesday, January 5
Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm
3 Credits
 
Register online at pacificbible.edu or call Stuart Boyer at 541.776.9942 x2
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