January 21, 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, YouTube, and Facebook

Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Outdoor Pavilion

  • Awana, Children and Youth Ministries Available
  • Service is Simulcast to the Indoor Fireside Room*
  • Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook

*Masks are required for indoor venues

*Please join the TCF family online if you are not feeling well*

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THANK YOU from the TCF Pastors and staff!!!

We appreciate all your kind words of encouragement, notes, prayers, gifts, meals, and goodies. May the Lord continue to provide you and your family with much insight and joy as you study His word with us.
From Our Pastors
Wisdom from Above

Who among you is wise and understanding? By his good conduct he should show that his works are done in the gentleness that comes from wisdom.  But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.
James 3:13-18 (CSB)

This passage, from the pen of the Lord’s half-brother James, practically preaches itself, doesn’t it? The context is about the way we talk, the way we use words. Chapter 3:1-12 warns about the misuse of the tongue (see especially verses 5-12). Chapter 4:1-12 describes the source of quarrels and fights among the Christians who were “speaking evil of one another” (v.11).

Into this texture of tension, James, a pastor/apostle with a very pointed style, lays this clarifying message of wisdom. He addresses those who think of themselves as “wise and understanding.” Doesn’t this describe most people? Don’t we want to think of ourselves this way? Then he describes the two sorts of “wisdom” that people routinely use in daily life. These actually demonstrate whether or not a person is “wise and understanding.” Wisdom here does not mean the Greek idea of speculative philosophical discourse, but the Hebrew notion of practical common sense that produces a godly, virtuous, and productive life.

The two sorts of wisdom that James has in mind could not be more opposed to one another, either in their source or in their outcomes. One is from “below” and shows its colors in angry zeal (jealousy), a profound obsession with the Self in competition with other people (selfish ambition), overweening self-confidence (boasting), and practical denial of the Truth (living and speaking that is at odds with God’s ways). The result of this wisdom is chaos, anarchy, political turmoil (the actual definition of the Greek word “disorder”), and all sorts of bad behavior (evil/vile deeds). The source of this wisdom, says James shockingly, is earthly (in direct contrast with what comes from God), unspiritual (from the flesh rather than the Holy Spirit), demonic (originating in the Devil). Really James, don’t sugar-coat it! Demonic? Wow!

The other sort of wisdom has a profound gentleness about it. This word “gentle” is sometimes translated “meek” but it means strength under control, a safe, deep character. This wisdom is morally and ethically good (pure), committed to and experiencing peace (peace loving/peaceable), considerate, magnanimous, forbearing (this important NT word is sometimes translated “gentle” but is different from that in verse 13. See Phil.4:5). It is cooperative, considerate, compliant, open to reason, submissive (this Greek word means the opposite of obstinacy and self-seeking). And that’s not all! Real wisdom is “full of mercy and good fruits,” which refers to a compassionate heart always ready to help those in need. And it is “impartial,” meaning the utter absence of any sort of discrimination against anybody (a very hot topic these days). And finally, it is “sincere,” which is literally “un-hypocritical.” In other words, this way of living is not an act that people put on, but is a true and authentic reflection of God’s own character implanted in the redeemed human soul.

The source of this second kind of wisdom is God himself (from above). This is why James is so insistent (borderline gruff) as he exhorts his flock to plant a crop of goodness (harvest of righteousness) in peace, as true peacemakers.
Interesting, huh? Radically different ways of life (wisdoms) from profoundly different sources, with eternally contrasting results. Three guesses (from looking at the news and the net) as to which of these two sorts of wisdom our culture is operating in. Another three guesses as to where the Lord is guiding our hearts in this troubled world, especially with how we use our words.

Christians ask their pastors (or should ask them) how to respond to the turmoil in our country as genuine believers. It seems to me that we should consider being peace-sowers and Wisdom teachers, patient, kind, Gospel persons. We should be less fearful, less angry, and more confident of God’s work. Perhaps we should put our thoughts, blogs, posts, tweets and casual conversations through this wisdom grid and maybe press “delete” instead of “send.” Perhaps we should take a page out of Saint Francis of Assisi’s journal:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
where there is sadness, joy.

Oh, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Just a thought…
Pastor Rick
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
Women's Winter/Spring Bible Study
The Book of Daniel

Small groups are meeting throughout the area beginning mid-January for a 12-week study of the book of Daniel as explored in the book "Be Resolute" by Warren Wiersbe. As always, God's word is alive and well. The prophecy found in the book of Daniel is an amazing example of living well in difficult circumstances.

Cost for the book is $10
Register HERE

Please Contact Cyndi Harrington for details on venues and meeting times. 541.826.9415 / cyndi@trail.org

Men's Prayer Gathering
Friday Mornings

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.
Middle School & High School
Join us for dinner and a movie!
6-9pm | Outdoor Pavilion | Cost $5
Taco Soup • ice cream • soda • popcorn

The Greatest Showman (2017)
A musical drama based on the life of PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an uplifting story about a 19th century visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (PG)

Register at trail.org

*Must fill out permission slip! Download HERE

QUESTIONS? Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or robert@trail.org
Wednesdays through May 26, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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
Monday, February 1, 2021 6:30pm - 9:00pm
TCF Adult Classroom

Meet to pray for TCF supported partners and outreaches. Open to all. (no childcare)

Questions? 541-878-3501 or outreach@trail.org
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 21 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 21 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

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.
Looking for a place you can have Great Impact?

Is God calling you to serve those in need this year?
The Pregnancy Center has openings for some of their vital community services.
  • Earn While You Learn Mentorhelping clients to learn essential pregnancy, parenting and life skills
  • Patient Intake Specialistwitness ultrasounds, explore feelings regarding pregnancy (if needed), and provide information about other TPC services and other necessary referrals.
  • Parent Pantry Organizer - sort and display baby items and keep the pantry beautiful and easy to use for clients.  
  • Sidewalk Advocates - Working alongside the mobile medical unit, being a presence out on the sidewalks in downtown Medford or Ashland to help guide women toward the services on the MMU or at the clinic.
  • Mobile Medical Unit Assistantsprovide witness for ultrasound services provided on the MMU.
  • Brochure & Flyer deliveryrestocking specific locations with brochures or flyers occasionally – helping people stay informed of the services offered.
  • Newsletter and Mailings Helpers preparing newsletters and other mailers for the post office

All necessary training and materials are provided
Contact Ronda today at 541-772-1921
Jackson County Right to Life commemorates Sanctity of Human Life on Sunday, January 24th with the film, “Gosnell” - The true story of the crimes and trial of physician and abortion provider, Kermit Gosnell, featuring updates by speakers Perry Atkinson (KDOV) and Beth Sheets (Director of The Pregnancy Center). No charge for this important event. Check out the flyer below for details.

For Tickets:
Contact Jackson County Right to Life: 
541-494-1545 or email: info@Jacksoncountyprolife.org
or call Paula Brookins: 541-821-3337
Dancing in the Fire: The True Story of Malou Faublas
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
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Trail Christian Fellowship
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