December 31, 2020

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

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
  • Services are Livestreamed on trail.org and YouTube

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 and YouTube

From Our Pastors
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

As I am sitting here typing this, outside it is dark, cold and rather gloomy. It is a fitting finale for the year that was 2020. Thankfully, I am inside sitting near a warm woodstove, sheltered from the wintery blasts.

This year has been eventful to say the least. Once again, we have been made painfully aware of the fragility of life. We have seen the economic suffering of so many local businesses. We watched as wildfires ripped through our communities leaving devastation in its wake. We have witnessed much of the social fabric of our society unravel with shocking speed.

As I reflect on 2020, despite all the changes and challenges, I must say this has been a good year as the circumstances of 2020 have stripped away my confidence in many external things but deepened my certainty of Christ’s love and my appreciation for His power at work in and through the Body of Christ.

This has been a challenging, but fruitful year for TCF as well. As we close out 2020, in spite of all the schedule changes and setbacks, the message of Christ’s saving power and Lordship—The Gospel—continues to go forth and transform lives. Praise God!

The Lord has providentially used the last year to better prepare us to enter into the new year and He has given us:

Greater Confidence in the power of the Gospel and a Greater Awareness of the Need of the Gospel in our Region, Specifically the Upper Rogue Valley: Throughout the many months when our ministry was limited to online services only, the power of the Gospel was not limited in any way! In fact, we have received many emails from listener’s all over the United States, and all the way to the Gold Coast of Australia who were being ministered to through the different TCF social platforms. Amazing!

At the same time, this past year, with its series of losses also brought about a greater awareness of the need of the Gospel in our region as we have seen a sense of hopelessness manifest itself with terrible ramifications. Join us in praying that the Gospel continues to go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit and many more lives come under the Lordship of Christ.

Greater Cohesiveness as a Team: The Lord has blessed TCF with a tremendous staff. What was evident especially in this past year with COVID-19 and the Obenchain and Alameda fires is the unity and flexibility of our entire staff and how dedicated they are to fulfilling our mission of Helping People Think Like Jesus.

We have added several new team members who have greatly contributed to the work of the ministry. It is a joy and a privilege to work amongst such gifted, faithful, servant-hearted people. Your continued prayers for the staff undergird all of the ministry that takes place, so please continue to pray for unity, strength and effectiveness as our staff seeks to serve the Lord.

Greater Clarity with Future Initiatives: This past year while some ministry doors closed, other ministry doors opened with new opportunities that, Lord willingly, we will be able to pursue in 2021. Many of these areas include continued improvement in our technology, which will strengthen a currently existing strategic partnership. Additionally, we are praying that 2021 will bring forth new Global Outreach endeavors in regions that desperately need to receive the Gospel. Would you consider praying and partnering with us as we pursue new ministry opportunities in the upcoming year?

Greater Certainty on the Importance of Being Vitality Connected to the Body of Christ: This past year all of our lives were disrupted in some way due to COVID-19, leaving many people isolated and disconnected from a sense of community. This reality has had a disturbing consequence. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ latest assessment of their mental health is worse than it’s been at any point in the last two decades. The only demographic subgroup who didn’t report a decline (in mental health) were those who attend religious services weekly. That group showed an increase of 4 percent compared to 2019.1

While many people in our surrounding communities were living in insolation, we have witnessed the Body of Christ reach out to them to provide needed connection and community; while others were living with great fear, we have seen Christ’s people offer tremendous hope and encouragement and when life became unstable for many, the members of TCF have brought stability through hands on ministry.

  • The men’s ministry split and stacked 13 cords of wood for widows and single women.
  • The many phone calls you all have made to check in on each other and offer encouragement through prayer.
  • The countless hours, meals made and hospitality offered during the wildfires as TCF’s campus became the base of operations for the Sheriff’s department and fire crews.
  • The tremendous generosity of financial resources to provide relief for many as economic hardships were faced.

For all these and so many more, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

More than ever, we have greater certainty on the importance of being vitality connected to the Body of Christ. As we enter into a new year with new opportunities for connection and service, would you prayerfully consider your involvement in the life and ministry at TCF?

Looking forward to serving alongside you in the new year,

Pastor Travis




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
Coming Up
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, January 4
6:30-9pm

Join us at TCF to pray for our supported partners and outreaches.
Open to all, no child care.
GriefShare
Wednesday, January 6

This is a weekly support group that meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. Check out griefshare.org for more details. 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
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 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

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
Thursday, January 7 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
American Heritage Girls
Thursday, January 7 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.
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.

Outreach
Dancing in the Fire: The true story of Malou Faublas, a single woman missionary in Haiti & Dominican Republic
 
Follow along with her as she journeys back to Haiti, the county of her birth, to share the Word of God. From there the Lord moves Malou into her own ministry next door in the Dominican Republic where she discovers Haitian people clustered in tiny immigrant villages known as bateys. These field workers are known as Haitians or Dominico-Haitians who fled Haiti for a better life in the Dominican Republic. They arrive with little hope, poor health, the voodoo religion, and a distrust of outsiders. Malou has spent several decades helping these immigrants find a better life and eternal hope. See how a single woman, called by the Lord and with help from others, has helped transform an entire area.
Purchase a copy on Amazon or we will have copies at TCF in a few weeks. A portion of the proceeds go to support the ongoing work in which Malou is involved.

Questions? (541) 878-3501 ext 704 or outreach@trail.org
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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