November 5, 2020

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
Both Services will be simulcast in the Indoor Worship Center (Masks Required)

Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Outdoor Pavilion
Children and Youth Ministries Available

Join the TCF family from wherever you're at!
Sunday 11am and Wednesday 6:30pm are Livestreamed

From Our Pastors
The Desert

“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.”
Revelation 12:6

“But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.”
Revelation 12:14

When I think of the desert, I think of a desolate place where one finds themselves in need. In need of water, in need of food, in need of fellowship. But God uses the desert as a place of nourishment for his people. Sometimes the desert is an actual desert and sometimes it is a metaphorical one, a place where we feel all alone and in desperate need. Whether physical or metaphorical the reality is the same. The desert is a place prepared for us to be nourished for a time.

Where did God direct Jesus upon his commissioning of his earthly ministry, but into the desert. Why? To be tested and therefore strengthened for the task ahead. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil'' (Matthew 4:1). In the desert Jesus found himself totally reliant on the Father and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. His lack of food heightened his awareness of his dependence on the Father, just as it does us. When we lack what we need, does it not bring us to our knees before the Father in whom we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11)? Jesus was lead into the desert so that he might experience true testing and thus experience the faithfulness of the Father, so that he might later say the encouraging words, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25).

Look at how God led the nation of Israel into the desert for forty years before bringing them into the promised land. Yes, this was a punishment for a lack of faith by the first generation, but it was also an opportunity for the second generation to know firsthand the mighty faithfulness of God! They lived for forty years on His supernatural provision. From the manna and quail provided six days a week with a double portion on Fridays and from the water out of The Rock! “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3). This is the lesson that we can only learn in the desert or time of great need. That we (man) only can be sustained by the word of God. And who is the world of God? But Jesus, our creator and sustainer (John 1:1-5).

So, Christian friend, do not try to avoid the desert as is so often our tendency. But lean into what God has for you in the desert. Our culture constantly seeks self-indulgence. I'm totally guilty of this myself. How many times have we said to ourselves, I need some me time? Not that self-care isn’t important but that we are only truly nourished when we are completely relying on God.

Just as those who have testified before us, the desert is where we get to experience God’s mighty hand. It is where God provides for his people in miraculous ways. Such as, sending the money, or the food, or the care, at just the right time, and in a way that was totally unexpected and completely accomplished by the hand of God. I have heard so many testimonies of ministries and people experiencing God’s provision when it seemed like all hope was lost. Just in our own community of the Rogue Valley we have seen this in the desert experience of the Almeda and Obenchain fires. Where God’s people stepped out in faith and helped in any way they could and as the smoke dissipated (literally) they found themselves replenished in miraculous ways.

I don’t know if you are in a desert right now or not, but I can tell you this, if you're not now, you will be. So, let us trust in the sovereign power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us trust in the words of God that he will rescue us on eagles wings and nourish us for time in a desolate place. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4). Because, it is in the desert that we experience true nourishment!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

Pastor Rob
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

Outreach
If you are a homeowner and need help, or if you want to volunteer...
Please join the disaster relief efforts of Samaritan's Purse
 
Contact Samaritan's Purse if you are:
In need of assistance 541.690.9259
Desiring to volunteer in the crucial weeks/months to come 458.658.4548
Coming Up
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive has begun! 
You may donate items from the list (see flyer) for our AWANA kids to pack or fill your own Shoe Box. Please use the Operation Christmas Child shoe box you will be given at the Outdoor Information Counter or in the Youth Center.

Last chance to pick up a shoe box is Wednesday, November 11.
Items and boxes must be turned in to the Youth Center no later than Sunday, November 15.

You can drop off your boxes at the table near the Youth Center Courtyard door.

Debbie: 541.878.3501 or debbie@trail.org
GriefShare
Wednesday, November 11
1-3pm
Please note time and day change!

This is a 13-week series on grief recovery that occurs Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. Topics include: grief's journeys, challenges, coping, heaven and more. No child care and cost is $25. You're welcome to attend a class before paying to see if it's a good fit for you, but please contact the leaders first.

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org
Child and Baby Dedication Ceremony
Sunday, November 15

If you would like to have your child dedicated, please read the Dedication brochure HERE. Register at trail.org (space is limited, deadline is when all spaces are full or November 8).

Questions about scheduling?
Contact Jacki: 541.878.3501 or jacki@trail.org

Questions of a spiritual nature concerning child dedication?
Contact Pastor Travis Connick: 541.878.3501 or travis@trail.org
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays
Saturday, November 21
8:30am-1pm

Surviving the Holidays is a half day class designed to help those in the grief phase of loss to cope and embrace the holiday season with Biblical hope along with encouragement from others going through a similar process. 

Lunch and refreshments. No charge. No child care.
Registration required at trail.org by November 19.
Dave and Leslie Pfeifle 541.878.2363
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thursday, November 25
6:30-8pm

Worship, Communion and a special teaching.

Children's ministry provided for nursery through 5th grade.
Trail Teens (MS and HS) will join us in the Service.
Men's Ministry
Men's Outdoor Prayer Breakfast

Men are invited to join us for a free breakfast and devotional prayer time led by TCF Pastors or Elders. Donations gratefully accepted.

NOTE: We are currently meeting in the outdoor Pavilion.
Youth Ministry
Children's Ministry
AWANA
Wednesdays through May 26, 2021
6:30-8pm

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
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 Life USA
Tonight from 6:30-8pm 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
Tonight from 6:30-8pm 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 addiction, abuse or other hurts, habits or hang-ups. We meet in the Fireside Room every Tuesday at 6:30pm (masks required).
Come at 6pm for a meal (no cost, donations accepted).

No nursery or child care program available at this time.

If you have questions call the 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.
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Trail Christian Fellowship
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