July 9, 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 12
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)
Note: This is a Communion Sunday.
Individually sealed Communion cups will be located on the tables as you enter the Pavilion. Please grab one on your way in and we will take Communion together at the end of Service.
Wednesday, July 15
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
Social Media, Sanctification and COVID

Last Sunday evening, I received an email from a young mother with a handful of children. Her health is greatly compromised, which puts her in the high-risk category for the Coronavirus and therefore her doctors have advised her to avoid large gatherings. This obviously affects not just her but her entire family. However, one of her children is at a critical age and needs Christian fellowship and to be under God’s Word. What is a young mother to do? Before you answer, consider what she encounters as she scans Facebook. Many folks fearing their liberties are being taken away, lash out in anger declaring they’ll never wear a mask. Others ridicule people who wear masks, telling them “they’re living in fear and lacking faith.” Or worse yet, that “they’ve gone liberal.” How did wearing a mask get politized?

As I read her email, I was grieved to hear of her compromised health and I was disheartened to hear that a sister-in-Christ has felt marginalized and the sense of unity she has always felt with the Body, has been jeopardized due to the venom that gets so easily spewed through social media, including by some Christians.

What can this young mother do? She’s concerned for her child's spiritual health and concerned for her physical health. I will tell you what she does: She puts her child’s needs above her own, even though it puts her at greater risk. She or her husband drop their child off at church, where this young person, washes their hands, puts a mask on and does their best to fellowship with God’s people while practicing social distancing to protect the health of their mom.

What can you do? Let me offer three practical suggestions.

  • Consider Limiting Your Use of Social Media: One of the questions I often ask myself regarding Facebook is this: ‘Am I using Facebook or is Facebook using me?’ Am I using Facebook to maintain relationships over distance, and for the good of the Gospel, or is all the angst, anger and gossip of our culture that is presented on Facebook using me to marginalize a brother or sister in the Lord, demean others created in God’s Image and unwittingly causing division within the Body of Christ? Oftentimes all the slander, anger, and misinformation that people spit out are worse viruses than COVID itself. If you are particularly upset about wearing a mask indoors or find yourself constantly agitated and angered through your use of social media, it might be time to put a muzzle on your keyboard (Prov. 10:19).

  • Consider Increasing Your Time of Prayer: Did you know that in United States, the average adult spends over 2 hours per day on different social media platforms? This is why John Piper (over a decade ago) famously (and ironically) tweeted, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” If you just cut in half the amount of time that the average person spends on social media per day, that would enable you to increase your time of prayer by over an hour per day. Would that be a good use of your time? YES! What could you pray for? Unity in the Body of Christ! This is the very thing Jesus prayed for the night before He was crucified (John 17). Unity in the Body of Christ here at TCF is far more important than the political undercurrents of the COVID crisis and unity and spiritual health is essential for the ongoing work of the Gospel in our region. So, by limiting use of social media, you can increase your time of prayer for the unity, health, and the ongoing work of the Gospel. That is a win-win.

  • Consider Following Your Lord’s Example: Paul in Romans 15:1-7 exhorts the Christians in Rome to accept one another, to bear with one-another rather than to live selfishly, seeking only their own good. And where does he find the grounds for his exhortation? In the example of Christ. Paul writes, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

As we follow in Christ’s example and seek not please ourselves, but to bear the burdens of others, we will be able to live in genuine harmony with one another and with one mind and one voice glorify the Lord!

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. 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
Family Camp
July 9-12
Join us for outdoor fun and fellowship at beautiful Willow Lake!
 There are still spots available for tents or trailers.
No spots for large RV’s, cabins or yurts available.
Call Debbie Conley at 541.261.2605 or Cyndi Harrington at 541.601.2066
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 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
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
Camp Wonder is full. To be added to the waiting list contact Debbie at 541.878.3501 ext 700 or debbie @trail.org. Leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, names and ages of children and which days you were interested in. Debbie will contact you next week.
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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