March 18, 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
  • Communion Served March 24

*Masks are required for indoor venues

*Please join the TCF family online if you are not feeling well*

Take Note:
MyTCF and the Church Life app will be down for maintenance tonight
Thursday, February 25th from 8pm – 1am
(Times may Vary)
The TCF campus will close at noon on Friday, March 19
Phone messages will be checked remotely
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
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”
2 Samuel 7:18

Responding with Worship

On the heels of declaring his desire to build a house for God, David receives two important pieces of information from the LORD through the prophet Nathan. One, David learns that he is not going to be the one to build God a house. Two, he learns that God is building, through him, a house that will last forever. David must have been quite accustomed to hearing words similar to what Nathan had said just the previous night; “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” So the follow-up must have come as a bit of a shock. To paraphrase, God says to David through Nathan, “Have I asked anyone to build me a house? No. Rather I have taken you from the field and made you a king over my people to whom I have given land and peace, and I have been content moving about in a tent among my people. Furthermore, I am going to make you a house through one that comes after you, and he will build a house for my name.” 

Hearing this, David must have experienced a sense of disappointment in not getting to “do all that was in his heart” in building a house for God. At the same time, there must have been a sense of wonder, anticipation, and excitement about this concept of an eternal throne.

We all experience areas of disappointment in our lives and they are not always offset by anticipation or wonder of things to come. However we all would do well to ponder David’s words “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” 

Before moving on, it is important to understand that the full text from 2 Samuel 7:4-17 is well known as the Davidic Covenant, and arguably is the most important Old Testament scripture shaping the Christian understanding of Jesus. In “The New American Commentary”, Robert Bergman says the divine declarations proclaimed here through the prophet Nathan are foundational for seven major New Testament teachings about Jesus: that He is (1) the son of David, (2) one who would rise from the dead, (3) the builder of the house for God, (4) the possessor of a throne, (5) the possessor of an eternal kingdom, (6) the son of God, (7) the product of an immaculate conception since he had God as his father.

Moving ahead just a few chapters to 2 Samuel 11 and 12, we see another major turning point in David’s life. This seems to be the first exposure of David as a sinful man. Up to this point in scripture, David has been portrayed as a man after God’s own heart and if we set aside some moments of vengeful anger that could have resulted in great sin, it appears David is a righteous man. That perception is shattered in just a few short verses as David violates multiple commandments by coveting that which is not his, committing adultery with another man’s wife, and then committing murder in an attempt to cover up the first two. David’s actions are worthy of death. But God in His great mercy, and because He is faithful even when we are not, brings discipline rather than wrath. David experienced heartbreaking discipline in the loss of the child that was a result of his great failure with Bathsheba.
 
As children of God, like David, we experience God’s discipline rather than His wrath. Like David, we are a people after God’s own heart as God continues to do a work in us (Philippians 1:6), giving us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 11:19-20), conforming us into the image of His son (Romans 8:29). Like David, we experience disappointment and discipline. What I find encouraging in the aforementioned events, is David’s response. 

David’s response to his great disappointment is the same as his response to the discipline that followed his great failure. The second half of chapter seven (v18-29) is David’s prayer of gratitude where he ponders all that God has done for him, and all that God has promised He will do for him. Humbling himself and exalting God in all that He has done, David worships Yahweh. He is in awe of God’s loving-kindness; “Who am I, oh Lord God”. More challenging is David’s response in the latter part of chapter 12 after learning that his child is dead. Verse 20 tells us “Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.”

As a point of clarity, not all tragedy is discipline. We all experience varying times of wonder at what God is doing, we all experience disappointment in what God is not doing, or not allowing us to do. We all experience heartbreaking difficulties in our lives that may or may not be discipline from God. Not every tragedy in our lives or in the lives of those around us should be viewed as a discipline. Tragedy comes with the territory of being in this fallen age. Nevertheless, we control our response, and we can still respond with worship. 

Reflecting on the marvelous gift of salvation that God has given to us as a gift of His grace and marveling at what our future holds because of the promises of our faithful God, we too can experience what David experienced: a peace that comes not from understanding but surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7). A peace that is better than understanding. We too can experience that peace in times of joy, in times of wonder, in times of disappointment, in times of grief. A peace that leads us to worship God in all things. Not that any of us do this perfectly, but together we encourage one another toward that end (Philippians 3:12-21).

Pastor Kelly

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
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 // Simulcast to Worship Center

Holy Wednesday
March 31
6:30pm // Outdoor Pavilion // Simulcast to Fireside Room

Good Friday
April 2
6:30pm // Outdoor Pavilion // Simulcast to Fireside Room
Children's Ministry Available
Middle School and High School join Adults
*COMMUNION SERVED*

Resurrection Sunday
April 4

Sunrise Service
7:30am // Outdoor Pavilion
No Children or Youth Ministry
Sunrise Service not livestreamed or Simulcast

Easter Service
10:00am // Outdoor Pavilion // Simulcast to Worship Center
Children and Youth Ministry Available

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
TUNE IN...

Tune in for an interview with TCF pastors Rick Booye and Travis Connick on the DOVE radio and TV Wednesday, March 24 @ 8:00am

Medford 91.7 FM (KDOV-FM) // Spectrum Cable CH 18



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
Wednesdays through May 26, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm

NOTE:
There is NO Awana on Wednesday, 3/24 or 3/31
Children's Ministry is available (nursery - 5th Grade)

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
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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