March 11, 2021

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*

Bear with us!
TCF is installing a new campus-wide telephone system. Thank you for your patience as we work through the inevitable bugs, kinks, and hiccups. Any message will be returned as soon as possible!
From Our Pastors
Considering the Resurrection
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:24-29

Thomas had watched as Jesus was arrested, stripped, beaten, humiliated, crucified, and died. He knew his friend, the one in whom he had placed his hopes, had been killed and buried. But almost immediately there came reports that Jesus’s tomb was empty and He was alive. First Mary Magdalene reported it. Some other women corroborated it. Two from Emmaus came and said they had seen the risen Christ. Peter also told of seeing Jesus alive after his violent death. Then Thomas’s closest friends, the ten disciples all claimed that Jesus appeared to them, showing them his hands and side. Thomas, despite his friendship with them, couldn’t believe it. He simply wouldn’t believe it. He remained skeptical of the idea of a physical resurrection and said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Maybe, like Thomas, you’ve remained skeptical about the physical resurrection of Jesus. Maybe in spite of your friends’ reports you feel like you can’t believe. Maybe, like Thomas, you sense you need more evidence.

Is there evidence outside of the empty tomb worth considering? 

Consider the early reports of Jesus' disciples. They didn’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection because of an empty tomb, just like you don’t believe in butterflies because of an empty chrysalis case. You believe in butterflies because you see them. They believed in Jesus because they saw him. They talked with him, ate with him, and walked with him for a full forty days! They believed in Jesus because they had personally encountered the risen Jesus.

Consider the birth of Christianity. It did not exist until about AD 30, and then just as its leader was executed and his movement seemed extinguished, it suddenly burst into life and spread like wildfire. Why did Christianity emerge so rapidly and spread so quickly? Something must have started it off. What can you suggest if not the resurrection of Jesus? Jesus’ disciples fled and cowered in fear when he was first arrested, but now nothing could silence them. What could be the cause of the change if not the resurrection of Jesus? This was the start of a movement that outlived the Roman Empire and has penetrated every country on earth, and nothing can account for it other than the truth of the resurrection of Christ.

Consider the transformed lives. Jesus proves his resurrection not so much by arguments in a book, but by the lives he takes and reshapes as they enter into a relationship with him. This has always been the case. The earliest surviving document of the resurrection of Jesus was written by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, dating from the early 50’s in the first century. He writes:
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me."

Nothing else explains the transformation of Paul; from the most dangerous enemy of the early church into the greatest evangelist the world has ever known, other than the resurrection of Jesus.

Consider Jesus’ words. Could it be that Jesus is saying to you what he said so many years ago to Thomas, “Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

The response of Thomas once he had seen the risen Christ and received his mercy and grace was a declaration of faith - he said of Jesus, ““My Lord and my God!”

As we consider the resurrection and prepare for Passion Week, please take note of our schedule and plan on joining us for Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate and meditate on the Lord’s sacrificial love, leading us to worship Jesus and join Thomas in exclaiming, “My Lord and my God!”

Pastor Travis

Take Note
Daylight savings is coming up!
Sunday, March 14th
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
OUR DAILY BREAD
Pick up the new Daily Bread at the Information Counter or contact the Church Office. You can also view this and other devotionals and studies at https://odb.org/.
Coming Up
Join the TCF family as we explore the events leading up to the most important event in human history...

Palm Sunday
March 28
9:00am & 11:00am // Outdoor Pavilion

Holy Wednesday
March 31
6:30pm // Outdoor Pavilion

Good Friday
April 2
6:30pm // Outdoor Pavilion
Children's Ministry Available
Middle School and High School join Adults

Resurrection Sunday
April 4
Sunrise Service // 7:30am // Outdoor Pavilion
No Children or Youth Ministry
Sunrise Service will not be Livestreamed or Simulcast Indoors

Easter Service // 10:00am // Outdoor Pavilion
Children and Youth Ministry Available
Easter Service will be available online and in the indoor Worship Center

Baptism to follow 10:00am Easter Service

BAPTISM
If you have yet to be baptized and you are ready to take this important step of faith, please listen to “The Obedience of Faith: Baptism“ mp3 by Pastor Rick, or pick up an audio CD from the Information Counter in the outdoor Pavilion following any Sunday service. Following a brief conversation with a TCF Pastor, you may register for the next Baptism HERE.
DEDICATION CEREMONY
The next dedication ceremony is on Sunday, April 18th at both the 9am and 11am services in the outdoor Pavilion.

Spots are filling fast, so register now!

Click HERE to register and for additional information
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.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Do you have a talent that kids love?

The TCF Children’s Ministry is looking for members who can contribute their skills of puppetry, mime, music, storytelling, ballooning, clowning, or (fill in the blank). With only a modest commitment of a couple of Sundays per year, God can use you in big ways in the lives of our kids!

If you can help, call Debbie Conley at 541-878-3501 or debbie@trail.org
AWANA
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
We need you!! 

Awana volunteers make a difference because “Kids matter to God”

Each Wednesday night from 6 - 8pm, you could help a child learn scripture verses, be a Game Director, or help with check-In! 

Kids need you to be part of their team 😊

Contact Aaron Bradley 541.538.9601 or Debbie Conley 541.261.2605
PRAYER MINISTRY
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 TEENS
Middle School & High School
Dinner and a Movie!
Saturday, March 13 // 6:00pm

The Case for Christ
COST $5
PIZZA // SODA // POPCORN

Register at trail.org
Must fill out permission slip - Download HERE
For questions contact Rob Milton: 541.821.7261 // robert@trail.org
YOUTH CLUBS
Trail Life USA
Thursday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:00pm 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, March 18, 6:30 - 8:00pm 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 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 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.
LOCAL OUTREACH
TCF’s meals ministry is a very practical way to serve the body of Christ by helping an individual or family in need of temporary support, and TCF has teamed up with Meal Train to make it easy. Visit https://www.mealtrain.com/groups/tcf for opportunities to reach out, connect, and provide meals for those in need.
For more about the Meal Train organization, click here.

CLICK HERE for TCF’s current opportunities to serve!

For more information, contact Lindsay Blanchard:
541.840.2204 // lindsayblanchard@gmail.com
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Trail Christian Fellowship
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