March 4, 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
The New and Better Eden

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
(Revelation 22:1-5)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(1 Peter 1:3-5)

When I think about the promised restoration of the universe and the future hope that we have in Jesus for heaven, I like to think of classic car restoration as an analogy. When most people restore a classic car or truck, they make it better than it was coming off the factory floor. They will do things like: remove all the imperfections from the body panels, implement custom fabrication modifications, they add modern technology, and the list goes on. In short, when the car or truck is restored, it is better than the original.  

This is also true of the New Heavens and the New Earth we are promised in Jesus. The New and Better Eden described in the Revelation is better because Jesus is improving upon the original design. The restored creation is better in at least these three ways: It is better because it is modeled on the resurrection of Christ, it is better for having suffered, and it is better because it’s foundation is grounded in the cross of Christ. 

Modeled on The Resurrection of Christ:

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our hope. God became a man, Jesus Christ, in order that He might undo the curse and bring life not only to those who believe, but to the whole world (Romans 8:18-25). The creation will be “Ever New” in the age to come because death will be no more. Can you imagine nothing ever getting old or decaying? Life will be as it was always meant to be because Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death on the cross. And His return will put the final nail in the coffin of death itself. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).

The resurrection life that we have in Jesus is better than what Adam and Eve had before the fall. It is better because it is redeemed life. Adam and Eve were innocent, not knowing evil. We know and have been saved from it! We have His life flowing through us, empowering us to glorify Him in all we do, say, and think. In the New and Better Eden, this life will be fully realized and the struggle that we face with our sinful desires will be no more. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

Better for Having Suffered:

Suffering deepens our capacity for joy. As the old saying goes; “You don’t know what you have until you lose it.” It hurts when we experience loss in this age! We all know what it is like to lose something or someone. A failed marriage can give you a newfound appreciation for your new one. A low time in your finances can give you a newfound appreciation for the things that money can’t buy. A loss of a loved one can give you a newfound longing for the age to come. 

So, when these things are restored, and one day they will be, we will know a joy that we never thought possible. Our broken relationships will be forever healed in the resurrection. Our priorities will be totally in line with God’s in the new and better Eden. And all those who are written in the Lambs book of Life, will be alive forever more in the next age. 

Suffering also deepens our knowledge of grace and mercy. Adam and Eve knew God’s love and His blessing, but they did not know His grace and His mercy until they suffered because of their own sin. Without the self-inflicted suffering of our own sin, we would have never known the depths of God’s love. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16). The life that Adam and Eve took for granted before the fall will be cherished in the New and Better Eden, because we know what it is like to not have it! 

Grounded in The Cross of Christ:

Why is there so much judgment in the Revelation of Jesus Christ? It is because God’s love and goodness cannot be perfect without His justice. After all, what did Jesus come to save us from? He came to save us from His own justice for the due penalty of our sins.

In the New and Better Eden evil must be reviled. It has to be seen as the opposite of righteousness and have no place in the life that we live in Christ. Evil has to be remunerated. It has to be paid for, and that is why Jesus died for our sins once and for all on that old rugged cross. And Evil has to be removed; it has to be excluded from the New and Better Eden. Evil has no place in our future, and that is why we long for Jesus’s return. 

As Christians we are always looking forward because that is where our hope is. We are not meant to long for what has been, but for what is yet to come. We join with John in the closing of the Revelation and cry out, “Come Lord Jesus Come!”  


Pastor Rob 
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.
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
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 4, 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 4, 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 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
GLOBAL OUTREACH
Dancing in the Fire:
The True Story of Malou Faublas
Dancing in the Fire: The true story of Malou Faublas, a single woman missionary in Haiti & Dominican Republic
 
Follow along with her as she journeys back to Haiti, the county of her birth, to share the Word of God. From there the Lord moves Malou into her own ministry next door in the Dominican Republic where she discovers Haitian people clustered in tiny immigrant villages known as bateys. These field workers are known as Haitians or Dominico-Haitians who fled Haiti for a better life in the Dominican Republic. They arrive with little hope, poor health, the voodoo religion, and a distrust of outsiders. Malou has spent several decades helping these immigrants find a better life and eternal hope. See how a single woman, called by the Lord and with help from others, has helped transform an entire area.
Available now at Trail Christian Fellowship for a suggested donation of $15
A portion of the proceeds go to Malou's continuing work

Also available at Amazon.com

Questions? (541) 878-3501 ext 704 or outreach@trail.org
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Trail Christian Fellowship
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