March 25, 2021

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

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 // Streamed Online // Simulcast to Worship Center

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

Good Friday
April 2 // 6:30pm
Outdoor Pavilion // Streamed Online // 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

*Masks are required for indoor venues

Take Note:
MyTCF and the Church Life app will be down for maintenance tonight
Thursday, March 25th from 8pm – 1am
(Times may Vary)
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
The Need for a Heart Change

“Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me….
Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalms 51:10)

David penned this Psalm after the greatest crisis of his life. In his inspired diary and journal known as Psalm 51, he relives the disaster of having an affair with Bathsheba and the planned murder of her husband Uriah so it would never be disclosed that King David slept with his wife and she was pregnant. 

The events that David refers to are in 2 Samuel 11. For 9 months to a year David kept his scandalous events concealed. As far as he was concerned, no one else would ever know the dark and evil scheme of his double life that I am sure he believed, at least in part, that he got away with. David actually refers to how he felt as he hid his unmentionable deeds in Psalms 32:3-4 “When I kept silent my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.”

David’s fantasy-world of silent lies comes to a screeching halt when Nathan the Prophet shows up at his royal doorstep and confronts David with his sin (2 Samuel12). In Nathan’s eloquent and forceful way, he reveals David’s entire scheme of betrayal, murder, and adultery and says “you are the man”!

David was so convicted and exposed that his response was reduced to 6 regretful words: “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13).

Thankfully, David does not try to shift the blame or deflect the accusation of his rebellious crime to anyone but himself. He completely owns his dark behavior and agrees with the prophet that “he has sinned against the Lord.” As fast as David repents, Nathan assures him that “God has forgiven his sin and will not take his life”, however, he also states that the consequences of his ill-fated actions will follow him the rest of his life; “the sword will never leave your house.”

Not long after this, God takes the life of their infant son as a consequence, but then blesses Bathsheba and David with their new infant son, Solomon, that God “dearly loved”. It was then that David wrote Psalms 51:1-19 because David would never shake these events from his mind. When he cries out “create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me” it appears like David would never trust himself again. He was a broken man now and would never want to relive the horrific choices of his past.

David was all too familiar with his sinful bent and past vices, so his only safe assurance to never go back there was to appeal to the only One who could re-create anything by crying out for the Lord to “create within him a clean heart and renewed spirit”.

It is safe to say that the highest percentage of those reading this right now have never slid down the slippery slope of rebellion at the depth and speed in which David found himself. That said, David’s prayer for a clean heart applies to all of us. Time and time again when we find ourselves in barren and broken places, as Christians, we can pray immediately. Whether it is a whisper under our breath or a cry when we are flat on our face, we can plead for God to “create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.” 

This story of David shows us that we can never drift away or sin enough that our Father’s hand of grace cannot reach for us. In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”


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

NOTE:
There is NO Awana on Wednesday 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, April 1, 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, April 1, 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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