July 16, 2020

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

Ministry Update:
Join us Outside This Summer!
Sundays
Outdoor Sanctuary
7:15am | 9:00am
Children & Youth Ministries Provided at 9am only

Wednesdays
Baptism Courtyard
6:30pm
Children & Youth Ministries Provided


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

Miss a service?
Get caught up with previous services on the trail.org archives
Next Week
Sunday, July 19
We continue exploring the depths of the book of Acts in the Outdoor Sanctuary at:
7:15am & 9am
Nursery, Children and Youth Ministries are provided at the 9am Service
Please bring a lawn chair.
Wednesday, July 22
Now in the Baptism Courtyard, we're currently going through the book of 1 Samuel on Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Nursery, Children and Youth Ministries are provided
Recent Teachings
Missed a message, or just want to hear it again?

Visit the sermon audio archive and catch up on our studies
From Our Pastors

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:44

Recently at a friend’s house, I was able to take part in the nighttime prayers as they tucked their little one in bed. The prayer went something like this (names are changed to protect the innocent), “Dear God, I learned in church that I got to pray for those I don’t like…you are God, so you know I don’t like Billy. But I want to obey you. So, God, I pray for Billy…I pray when he gets out of bed tomorrow, he steps on dog poop. Amen.”

Out of the mouths of children! I would be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t have a tough time not laughing, I would also be lying if I pretended I have never prayed like that for someone I didn’t like. As cute as this prayer is, it is safe to say, this wasn’t what Jesus had in mind when He said:

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Matthew 5:43-47

Our prayer is interceding with God on our enemy’s behalf. How did Jesus view his enemies? He prayed for them, served them, and gave his life for them. How do we usually see our enemies? Prayer is usually the last thing that goes through our mind when it comes to our enemies, and if we do pray for them, it is often like that country song, “Pray For You” by Jaron Lowenstein:

I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill
And knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, honey, I pray for you.

Jesus is calling us not just to do good things for our enemy, like greeting them and helping them, but He is asking His disciples to have His heart. Romans 5:8 reminds us of this, “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In fact, in Luke 23:34, Jesus prayed this for His enemies as He was being crucified for our sins, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” His heart is for the lost. Loving and praying for our enemies is not a burden, but a blessing. By praying for our enemies, you experience God’s love for you more deeply and powerfully.

People are bound to hurt us, but as we take that hurt to God, He changes the way we think, act, and live:

· When we pray for our enemies, it encourages us to have a heart like Christ.
· When we pray for our enemies, we are entering into the presence of God, who knows our heart.
· When we pray for our enemies, it changes our desires towards them.
· When we pray for our enemies, it exemplifies the sincerest form of love, eternal reconciliation.

Like the Apostle Paul said of the Jews (many of whom persecuted him) in his letter to the Romans, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved (Romans 10:1).” I’m sure glad someone listened to Christ and prayed for me, and may God give us the grace to become ever more Christlike.

Learning To Pray,
Pastor Garret
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. Help each other put a face to the name and please upload a profile picture!

Questions?  jacki@trail.org | 541.878.3501 ext709
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
Baptism
Sunday, July 26 after the 9am Service

If you're ready to take this important step of faith, please listen to “The Obedience of Faith: Baptism" at the link below, or request a CD. After a brief conversation with a TCF Pastor,
you may register.
 
To speak with a Pastor, call the Church Office at 541.878.3501
Children's Ministry Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Sunday, August 9, 6-8pm

Current Children’s Ministry volunteers (through 5 th Grade) sign up for a dinner in YOUR honor! Bring your spouse and children and join us in the outdoor pavilion area for food, fellowship, and water games for the kids. Space is limited, so register online at trail.org by Monday, August 3.
Save the Dates!
Divorce Recovery Workshop
September 17-19 at TCF
Details coming soon.
Outreach
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: https://thepregnancycenter.us/
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 eaglepointfoodproject.com  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 accesshelps.org
or call Access 541.779.6691 (Mon-Thur). 
Questions? email outreach@trail.org or call 541.878.3501 ext. 704
Box Tops for Education Update

Thank you for your contributions! With your help, TCF donated 6,300 points in 2019 towards school supplies for Navajo Mission Students. The Box Tops program is now going all digital. No more clipping, just download the app and choose McKinley Elementary School, 1201 N. Butler Ave. Farmington, NM (hint, search by zip code 87401 ) then scan your store receipts. Check out Boxtops4education.com for details. We’ll still accept unexpired clips at the Church Office/Willingheart Window and mail them to the school. 
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.
Registration opens Sunday, July 26 at trail.org.
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.
Men's Bible Study

Discussion topics are centered on the previous Sunday's sermon. You can view/listen to Sunday services at trail.org or Youtube. We meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Please contact Pablito for location!

Pablito: 949.246.9615 or pablito@trail.org
Youth Ministry
Teen Outing: Rafting the Rogue
Sunday, July 26
1pm-6pm

Cost is $15. Permission slip required. Space is limited. Bring water bottle, sun block, modest swimsuit, and a life jacket.

Registration opens July 10 at trail.org.

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or  robert@trail.org  
Save the dates!
July 26
Rafting. Leaving the church at 1pm and returning at 6pm. Things to bring: modest swim suit, sunblock, water bottle, and life jacket (optional). $15
 
July 30
Hike up Grizzly Peak. Meeting at the church at 10am and returning at 3pm. Things to bring: lunch, water bottle, hiking shoes, sunblock, and backpack (optional). $5
 
August 6
Lake of The Woods swim area. Meeting at the church at 10am and returning at 4pm. Things to bring: lunch, modest swim suit, towel, sunblock, water bottle, and fishing pole (optional). $5
 
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
Take Note: No Dog Days on July 22.
Children's Ministry program available for parents attending Service.
Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer months, we offer “Dog Days of Summer”; TCF’s Children's Ministry for kids 4 years old through 5 th 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 debbie@trail.org

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 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
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  celebraterecovery@trail.org . You can also keep up with Celebrate Recovery on our   Facebook   page.

Area Events
June 4, 2020


Dear PBC Community,   
                                                                   
Fall enrollment is open and we are excited to announce the launching of our first Bachelor’s degree – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. The Fall 2020 offering of a baccalaureate degree is exciting for three reasons:

Future Christian Leaders Educated Here
Students can now stay in the valley and receive an excellent baccalaureate degree while staying engaged in ministry at their church and our community.

Academic Value Increases
The academic value increases for PBC credits– both at the Associate level and the Baccalaureate level. PBC as an institution gains value in the higher education marketplace.

Positive Financial Impact
Students will not have to pay university level tuition and can potentially graduate debt free. Upon successful employment their degree increases their earning potential by approximately 40%.

As you can see, the step into four-year degrees will impact our Southern Oregon region for years to come and incrementally increase with each graduating class. Our philosophy is to add marketable programs/degrees as the needs of our region dictate.

We are open for Fall 2020 enrollment and plan to offer online and/or in person classes, maintaining COVID compliance. If you or someone you know may be interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, call for an academic consultation at 541-776-9942 or go Here to register.

Feel free to contact me or Stuart Boyer, our Chief Academic Officer, if you would like to chat about how Pacific Bible College might fit your higher education goals and needs in this season of your education.

Blessings,

Mike Robinson
President, PBC
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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Trail Christian Fellowship
18881 Hwy 62
Eagle Point OR 97524
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