July 2, 2020

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

ANNOUNCEMEMNT
Pastors Rick and Travis Outline the TCF Summer Schedule
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 5
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
Wednesday, July 8
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
Forging ahead … patiently.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;   giving thanks 4 to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
(Colossians 1:9-12)

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience , kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

The task before us is urgent, important, eternal. People are in desperate need of salvation, and those who already know the Lord crave nourishment, encouragement. Crises abound. The terrible “Ts” (trauma, temptation and trials) are everywhere and seem overwhelming. Our culture is slipping further and faster into spiritual oblivion. Good grief! What are we to do? God’s answer is, as usual, counterintuitive. Be Patient .

That’s right, patient. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience … But how can the Lord exhort us to patience in the face of such need? This is one of the paradoxes of the Christian life. Because he is the one at work (Rom.8:28; Phil. 2:13), we are to serve patiently, trusting his timing, his power and his wisdom. It’s one of the tests and exercises of our confidence/faith in the Lord himself. 

The New Testament uses two Greek terms that we translate “patience” or “endurance.” One ( makrothumia ) means “A state of emotional calm in the face of provocation or misfortune and without complaint or irritation.” The other ( hupomene ) means “The capacity to bear up under difficult circumstances.” Note that Paul makes these traits items of prayer, based on spiritual (gospel) wisdom and understanding. He points out that these are the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of believers. Fruit of the Spirit? Yes. This means that patience and endurance are eternal characteristics of the Trinitarian God himself, based on his surpassing wisdom, knowledge and plan. Have you ever considered that God is much more patient than we are? That he is developing this characteristic in our spirits by his Spirit? That thinking like Jesus, like God, in the Spirit, means becoming progressively more patient ?

Patience/endurance in the Bible is not indolence or laziness, it is a vigorous, quiet, purposeful quality of faith in which we press on against the odds, trusting the Lord and bearing up under the pressure. We don’t panic, running around with our hair on fire, like Chicken Little crying that the sky is falling. Instead, we calmly, consistently stay at our posts, proclaiming, counseling, teaching, witnessing, being faithful in the myriad small (and large) frustrations of this age. We know that the Lord is using the faithfulness of his people to bring about his plan on earth (Eph.1:11). Yes, it’s a stretch for us, because we secretly believe that anxiety over important issues is a sign of spiritual integrity. We think that a furrowed brow indicates an informed mind. But the Lord insists that anxiety is not one of his virtues, which means it shouldn’t be one of ours either (Matt. 6:25, Phil. 4:6).

So, calm down, press on, forge ahead … patiently.
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, 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
Coming Events
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, July 6 at 6:30pm

Meet us in the Baptism Courtyard to pray for TCF supported partners and outreaches.
All are welcome. No child care.
Family Camp
July 9-12
Join us for outdoor fun and fellowship at beautiful Willow Lake! All ages welcome.
Reserve your spot today!

For details and to make reservations, contact Debbie Conley:
541.878.3501 ext700 or debbie@trail.org
Child And Baby Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, July 19

If you would like to have your child dedicated, please read the Dedication brochure located in the Office and at the Information counter in the Worship Center Foyer (or online HERE ). Register at trail.org (space is limited, deadline is when all spaces are full or July 5).

Questions about scheduling?
Contact Jacki: 541.878.3501 or jacki@trail.org

Questions of a spiritual nature concerning child dedication?
Contact Pastor Travis Connick: 541.878.3501 or travis@trail.org
Baptism
Sunday, July 26 after 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 & 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 rd .
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 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: South Umpqua Falls
Thursday, July 9
9am - 5pm

Cost $5. Permission slip required. Space is limited. Bring lunch, water bottle, sun block, modest swimsuit, towel and shoes for mild hiking.

Registration opens June 26 at trail.org.

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or  robert@trail.org  
Save the dates!
July 9
South Umpqua Falls . Meeting at the church at 9am and returning at 5pm. Things to bring: lunch, modest swim suit, sunblock, water bottle, and shoes for mild hiking. $5
 
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
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.

Questions? Debbie 541.878.3501 or debbie@trail.org

Note: Background checks are required for the safety of our children.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
July 20-21 OR July 22-23
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
Thank you for visiting TCFinTouch 
the weekly e-newsletter of
Trail Christian Fellowship
18881 Hwy 62
Eagle Point OR 97524
Church Office Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
[ 541.878.3501 ] [information@trail.org] [ www.trail.org  ]