May 6, 2021
Welcome to TCFinTouch!
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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
Communion is served this Sunday, May 9


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
Note the Following Service Time Changes Beginning Wednesday, May 26 & Sunday May 30
Sundays at 9am in the Outdoor Sanctuary

Children and Youth Ministries Available
Service is Simulcast to the Indoor Worship Center
Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook

Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Baptismal Courtyard

Children and Youth Ministries Available
Service is Simulcast to the Indoor Fireside Room*
Service is Livestreamed on trail.org, YouTube, and Facebook
From Our Pastors

Psalm 2
The Kings vs The King

Why are the nations in an uproar; And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand.
And the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart; and cast away their cords from us!”
 
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
 
“I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron.
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
 
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Psalm 2 ESV
 
Psalm 2 is the second half of the inspired introduction to the amazing Book of Psalms, the poetic prayer journal of those who have known the Lord through ancient biblical history. Since it is the second half, it will be helpful to review the basic message of Psalm 1, the first half of the introduction. Psalm 1 sets the tone for any person who wants a blessed life, a life of eternal meaning and purpose, a life lived in the wisdom of God. It contrasts that good and fruitful life with the chaff-life, the dead, wicked, mocking life that disdains God’s presence and his word and that vanishes in the winnowing gale. This perspective of personal covenant loyalty and commitment to the Lord is foundational for interpreting the fathomless depths of faithful emotion found in the Psalter. All the material in the five-fold collection of Spirit-wrought prayers and praises that follow assumes that the authors and the readers of these poems have as their highest priority the cherishing of God and his word. It ends with a warning and a promise that when all is said and done, the wicked will perish and those whom the Lord knows (meaning a gracious, covenant relationship) will stand with him in eternal life.

Psalm 2 expands on the chaff-life by broadening the perspective to the geopolitical world. It opens in verses 1-2 with an astonished rhetorical question regarding whole nations, the populations of the world. “Why do the nations rage (live in an uproar, chaos)?” “Why do the peoples of the world plot (same word as “meditate” in psalm 1) such emptiness?” The world leaders unite together in violent rebellion against YHWH and his Messiah (anointed one, v.2). They view God not as a good Creator, but as an infuriating restraint on their own sovereignty (which they mistake for freedom). Apparently, they think they should be their own gods. The psalmist is amazed at such international stupidity. This, of course, is the classic human response to the Lord ever since Eve and Adam listened to the serpent and decided to take their own opinion of things over God’s word about things. Profound confidence in the Self, spawning distrust of God, produces angry rebellion against goodness and the loss of the blessed life. Does this ring any bells?

God looks on in disdainful amusement in verses 4-6. The Lord is not threatened in the least. In fact, the situation is ridiculous, comical in a sad way. This is the only place in the Bible where it portrays God laughing. Like a grown man gazing down at an angry gerbil in a cage, the Lord dismisses the chattering foolishness of puny human arrogance. He already has a King that he will appoint over them all, one who will judge the world, punish the evil, and rescue those who have taken refuge in him.

This divinely anointed King picks up the poetry in verses 7-9. He is God’s actual Son, begotten of YHWH himself. This was a metaphor in the original composition, where King David is in view. But there would come a time when a true, biological Son of God would appear to fulfill this passage (Jn.1:1-18: Matt.5:17). The psalms have many such typological pointers to a coming messianic fulfilment (see Psalm 22 for instance). God’s plan to redeem and regenerate his fallen creation centers on a true King, one who will bring God’s kingdom to earth (Matt.6:9-13; Col.1:13-14). This King will at the end of time bring a shattering judgment against all human arrogance, violence, and rebellion. Like the climax of a hero movie where the Good Guy rescues the innocents and destroys the perpetrators of atrocity, the biblical story-arc reveals a devastating vengeance from the Lord who gave his own life in the spirit-war and returned to dramatically rescue his loved ones (Rom.12:19; 2Thess.1:5-12; Rev.19:11-21).

The psalmist then applies God’s word to the arrogant world rulers of this age in verses 10-12. Get a life! Wake up and smell the coffee! Don’t be stupid! Worship the Lord and do homage to the Son. God’s wrath is real and there is a judgment coming. Eugene Peterson, a well-known authority on the psalms, makes this sobering comment in one of his writings, “The Reality is God! Worship or flee!” Wise words.

Yet, this introductory psalm, so rich in the imagery of God’s sovereign plan to retake his rebellious creation, ends in the offer of grace. “Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” The Lord is gracious, even as he prepares to judge all sin. Derek Kidner in his classic commentary on the Psalms reminds us that, “There is no refuge from him, only in him.” This is why, in the New Covenant, we are many times reminded that we are “in Christ.” He is the eternal and perfect refuge. Paul understood this when he dictated these words: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit in Christ has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom.8:1-2)

Contrary to popular belief (and dogma in western public discourse), the history of the world is not one of accidental biological progress toward a secular, evolutionary utopia. (How could “progress” be accidental anyway?) It is the account of humanity’s senseless and futile rebellion against God, even as God reveals his miraculous plan to take the cosmos back under his lordship, remove all evil and death, and restore perfect loving peace. Human history in this age will end violently because the kings of the world will not take the advice of Psalm 2 (Rev.6:15; 19:11-16). But it will be reborn in Christ, with the Lord of holy love at the center and the regenerated universe glowing and pulsating eternally with his own perfect Trinitarian life. Life as it was meant to be. (Rev.21-22)

In a world chaotic with tragic rebellion against the Author of life, we should remember that God has a plan (Eph.1:10), and he is not at all threatened by anything humans conspire to mount against it. The kingdom of God, where the Father is Ultimate, the Son is King, and the Spirit is regenerating God’s people, is the ultimate and final Reality. The gracious and saving Lordship of Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, is the destiny of the created order.

The book of Psalms, filled as it is with faithful, honest prayer and praise, will make the most sense to people who are steeped in God’s living and written word (Psalm 1) and enamored of God’s gracious and rescuing King (Psalm 2). It’s all about Jesus Christ.

Just a Thought,

Pastor Rick
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
NOTE: MyTCF Will be down for Maintenance
Thursday May 6, 8pm - 1am (Times May Vary)
Awana Awards Night
Wednesday, May 19
6:30pm Outdoor Pavilion
Everyone is invited to Awana Awards Night! Come see the diligent Bible work the kids have done over the past nine months to receive these awards. Refreshments to follow.

*Children's ministry available for kids not enrolled in Awana*
Awana Awards Night is not livestreamed or simulcast to an indoor venue

Please note: This event preempts the usual Wednesday night Bible study, which resumes on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30pm in the outdoor baptismal courtyard.
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!
Coming Up
This year's theme echoes our prayers: “LORD pour out Your LOVE, LIFE, and LIBERTY.” Once again proclaiming a promise of God in our theme verse, 2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Go to nationaldayofprayer.org/prayforamerica on how to Pray for America and watch the livestreamed event TONIGHT at 5:00pm.
Celebration of Life
You're invited to join us as we celebrate the life of
*Beverly Pettigrew*

Friday, May 7th at 4:00pm in the outdoor Pavilion
Reception to follow
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.

TRAIL TEENS FOR TRUTH
From hiking to swimming to biking, there's a lot to do this summer! Click the link below to view the Trail Teens for Truth summer activities...


Trail Teens for Truth Middle School Camp
For those entering 6th grade through 8th grade

July 5th - 9th
 
Enjoy tubing at Lost Creek, rafting on the Rogue, campfires, tent camping, great food, adventure, as well as worship and the Word!

Cost is $99 per person // Register HERE

 
Space is limited so register NOW! 

Questions? Contact Rob Milton: 541.821.7261 or robert@trail.org
Trail Teens for Truth High School Camp
For those entering 9th grade through 12th grade

August 5th - 8th
 
EARLY SIGN UP
BY JULY 1 - $110 PER STUDENT

LATE SIGN UP
JULY 2 - 22 - $135 PER STUDENT

ALL PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DUE BY JULY 22
Register at trail.org

 
Space is limited so register NOW! 

Questions? Contact Rob Milton: 541.821.7261 or robert@trail.org

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

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
May 13, 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
May 13, 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.
WE NEED YOU!
Bottle Drop Blue Bag Drive
Trail Christian Fellowship
May 2 - June 6

American Heritage Girls OR4519 is seeking your help in collecting cans to purchase class B uniforms. These uniforms are worn during service projects, camping trips. and various other events where the official uniform is inappropriate. And additional funds will go toward special events.

Pick up your blue bags or drop off your filled bags at the TCF Youth Center

Contact Debbie Conley for more info: 541.261.2605 or debbie@trail.org

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.

GLOBAL OUTREACH
Join us for an upcoming Go Partner update Luncheon

Following each service, our ministry partners will share and field questions in the Pavilion. A light lunch is served at 1:00pm.

Sunday, May 9
Zack // Currently serving in North Africa
Josh & Family // Preparing to return to North Africa

No child care. No sign up. Questions? Kellen 878-3501 or outreach@trail.org

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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