January 7, 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 Worship Center
  • Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook

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
Our Faith and Politics

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…
(1 Timothy 2:1-3) NIV

It was the morning after the presidential election in 2020. I remember feeling confused and disillusioned about politics and where our country was going politically, socially, and morally.
Feeling the full weight of disappointment that my political expectations were not going to be met, I felt a moment of clarity and peace. I was drawn to a passage in my mind from 1 Timothy 2:1-3
“Pray for the King and all those in authority…For this pleases God our Savior.”        

The moment I read the verses the inner struggle, anger, and sense of brief panic was gone. The power of what I was reading lifted a huge weight off the chest of my perspective like a huge crane moves a steel beam like a toy.

The setting from which the Apostle Paul voiced these words was suffocating and hopeless. He was lodged, or better said, stuffed, into a small damp and dark cell below ground level in the Mamertine Prison of Rome for the purpose of awaiting his execution that would soon be ordered by the crazed Emperor Nero.

He dictated this letter to his friend and physician Luke. He couldn’t write his final two letters to Timothy himself because he was chained to a rusted post with Romain chains.
Not far from where Paul was held were many other believers also 20-30 feet under the marble and stone streets of Rome in the catacomb tunnels huddled together for prayer, communion, and fellowship in order to be safe from the unruly Roman government’s iron fist. It was in this hopeless culture that Paul encourages the believers; that the very royal leadership they were hiding from, they should pray that God would work through. “First of all petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for…Kings and all those in authority…This is good and pleases God our Savior.”

Notice that Paul doesn’t say pray for them if you agree with their policies or pray for them if you liked them politically or pray for them if they judicially support your interest. It’s as if the Lord is saying whether you respect the person in high office or not, you at least need to respect their position, because the Sovereign God of the universe allowed them to be placed in that position, whether we understand or support it or not. In the Book of Daniel we read “He controls the course or world events. He removes kings and raises up others” (Daniel 2:21).

I recently spoke with my daughter, Christina, who is 38 years old and is a wife and mother of three girls. I asked if she remembered what I told her and her brother growing up about their attitude or how they spoke about a president that wasn’t popular or liked by many. She said yes (which shocked me) and said you told us that whether we liked the president or not he was still the President of the United States of America and for that reason alone we should respect him for his position.

This is not the first time God allowed rulers of nations to govern his people through policies and ways that were inconsistent with their faith. We must be clear that it is our Sovereign God that allows and permits rulers to come and go at his bequest. As Jesus said to Pilate “You would have no authority over me if it wasn’t given to you by my father in heaven” (John 19;11).

Another thing that Paul stated that was very appealing to me personally. With the stress I was feeling at the time and the sense of having no control of where our country was sliding, I needed peace. Paul continues his reasoning and states that when we pray for those in places of high authority we should do so “that we may live peaceable and quiet lives.” Believe me, the last thing I was feeling the day after the election was peace and inner quiet. Interestingly enough, a few verses after these Paul also says “I want men everywhere to pray lifting up holy hands without anger and disputing” vs.8. In other words, you cannot simultaneously stay angry, spiteful, and resentful, or have a peaceful and quiet life while praying for God’s will and blessing for another.

With a lot of political unknowns going into a New Year, there is only one stable truth to rest our life on and that is: God is still, and will always be, in control of the course and events in His world, not our inconsistent and vacillating governmental systems. He is our Rock and never changing King and He has been here before.

Proverbs 21:1 says it best; “The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.”

So whatever the changes and outcomes are politically and culturally going forward, our faith is secure, our truth is never changing and our God is in complete Sovereign control. So, “First of all petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for…Kings and all those in authority…This is good and pleases God our Savior.”

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.

Questions? jacki@trail.org | 541.878.3501 ext709
Coming Up
GriefShare
Wednesday, January 13

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
Women's Ministry
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 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. 
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.

Global Outreach
MISSION CONNEXION NORTHWEST

Over the past 20 years TCF has sent a group to Portland to attend one of the largest missions conferences in the US, Mission Connexion. Due to Covid restrictions, we are bringing Mission Connexion to Southern Oregon - virtually! We will host the Main sessions in the Worship Center. Additionally, several rooms will be set up to host the breakout workshops and make our guest wi-fi available for you to attend any workshop you wish.

Join us for all or part of the following schedule at no charge:

Friday • January 15th
  • 4:00pm – “Doors Open” to Exhibitors
  • 5:00pm – Workshop #1
  • 6:15pm – PLENARY Session #1 – Daniel Fusco
  • 7:15pm – Close of Plenary Session

Saturday • January 16th
  • 9:00 – 10:00am PLENARY Session #2 – Dr. Issam Raad
  • 10:10 – 11:10am Workshop #2
  • 11:15 – 12:15pm Workshop #3
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm PLENARY #3 – Natacha Chantel
  • 1:45 – 2:45pm Workshop #4
  • 3:00 – 4:00pm PLENARY #4 – Greg Stier
  • 4:00-4:15pm Close

More information and to register visit missionconnexion.org
Questions? email outreach@trail.org

*We will be following all Covid guidelines including indoor mask and distance requirements. Beverages will be available for take out but you will need to bring your own food and snacks.
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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