October 1, 2020

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

Important Ministry Update:
Service Times:

Sundays at 9am and 11am in the Outdoor Sanctuary
Children and Youth Ministries Available at Both Services
The 11am Service will be Projected to 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 9am Service Available Online by 1pm the same Sunday
Wednesday 6:30pm Service Available Online by 10am the following Thursday

From Our Pastors
The Lord Leads Us

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalms 23:1-6

Psalm 23 is probably the most famous of all the Psalms. It is easy to see why. It is so poetic and beautiful to read. It also resonates with everyone who reads it, especially if they are going through their own valley! 2020 has been a valley for many of us.

Thankfully, we have not seen the projected death tolls that were predicted in the beginning of Covid-19, but the effects have still been devastating. Some small businesses didn’t survive the shut down time and many lost their jobs. Families with school aged kids are going through the hardest season of their lives having to figure out how to do distant learning. This has been equally hard for both parents, kids, and teachers in our families' experience.

Then you have the devastating Alameda and South Obenchain fires that ripped through our valley a few weeks ago. So many people lost so much! I drove through Phoenix and Talent the other day along with Butte Falls Hwy just to see the devastation with my own eyes. Seeing people sifting through the ashes of what was their life was so very heartbreaking.

However, through all this difficulty Psalms 23 reminds us that God is with us and is leading us through both the good and the bad. David reminds us that the Lord leads us in four ways.

First, the Lord leads us to what is good. This section is the largest of this short Psalm. The Lord leads us to green pastures and still waters. He provides for our needs. We as a community have seen this first hand through the fires in our valley. God moved through His people and in the hearts of others to provide for the needs of those who had lost everything. From all accounts one of the problems people are facing is who to best direct all the donations coming in!

The Lord also restores our souls and leads us in righteousness. The Lord alone is the one who can restore our soul. He continually redirects us to himself. He longs to fill us with his goodness and his peace. This is what we all want and know we need but like sheep, we tend to look for it in the wrong places. But when we find it in Jesus we are truly satisfied (Matthew 5:6).

Second, the Lord leads us into and through the dark and scary things in our lives. The fires we all suffered a few weeks ago were truly terrifying. Many people were truly surprised by how low the death toll was in Phoenix, because of how fast the fire was moving. One of the families my wife helped out (who had lost their home) had the back bumper of their car melted from escaping the fire!

What David reminds us of is (as Christians) when we face these scary situations in life, we don’t have to give into fear. Fear is a normal response to a raging fire that is devouring all you know and love, but when the smoke clears we can trust in Him who has led us here!

Third, the Lord leads us to victory over our enemies. David was talking about his human enemies, possibly Saul or his son Absalom who tried later to kill him and take his kingdom. But for us this is referring to our great enemy the Devil. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Jesus gave us victory when he lived the life we are supposed to live, died the death we deserve to die, and rose from the dead defeating Satan, sin, and death. So that, if we put our trust in Him, we will have everlasting life!

Fourth, the Lord leads us to an eternal hope! No matter how bad things get here in this life we have a future and a hope in Jesus. An inheritance that is impervious to corruption or decay (1 Peter 1:1-4). This is the truth that kept David going during the most difficult times of his life. And it is the truth that keeps us going too!

We will all see days that we wished had never come. We will all know pain and sorrow that we can’t escape, but we can know that our Lord is leading us into it and through it, which stabilizes us in the mist of it. Because, we have the hope that only comes from Jesus. The hope of eternal life!

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

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

Register to Vote

Last chance to register or update is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Jackson County Elections: 541.774.6148
Voter's Guides

You can sign up to order a Voter’s Guide (mail or email) from the Oregon Family Council at their web page oregonfamilycouncil.org.
Questions? 503.257.0444
Citizen Alert

For residents of Jackson and Josephine Oregon Counties
Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Citizen Alert! 

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 Events
Sunday, October 4

If you're ready to take this important step of faith, please listen to “The Obedience of Faith: Baptism" at the link below, or request a CD. After a brief conversation with a TCF Pastor,
you may register.
To speak with a Pastor, call the Church Office at 541.878.3501
Monday, October 5

This is a 13-week series on grief recovery that occurs Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30pm. 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 register first.

Leaders: Dave & Leslie Pfeifle: 541.878.2363 or griefshare@trail.org
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, October 5

Join us in the Pavilion to pray for TCF supported partners and outreaches.
Open to all, no child care.
Divorce Recovery Workshop
October 15-17
Basic CPR/First Aid Class Hybrid-style 
Thursday, October 15
TCF Pavilion

Basic CPR/First Aid - Covid style - is offered for TCF Volunteers at a reduced rate. If you volunteer at TCF we encourage you to take this class. You'll need to complete online book work before you arrive, then 1-hour of hands on practical work at TCF and receive your card. $25 fee. You must register by October 4. Space is limited. This class is not intended to satisfy requirements for medical professionals.
Hallelujah Hoedown
Saturday, October 31
TCF Courtyard

Join us for games and trunk or treat!
Please no scary costumes (blood or ghouls).

Donations of wrapped candy and trinkets
Volunteers to run booths
Decorated cars and trucks
Help with clean up

Debbie or Rob: 541.878.3501
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 1).

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
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.
Women's Ministry
Fall Women's Bible Study
(Home, phone or zoom)

Instead of our traditional weekly meetings at TCF, we’re offering small home or zoom groups or phone meetings. You can even meet with ladies in your neighborhood!

“Psalms, Life Change Bible Study” by Navigators, is a 10 week study for new believers or seasoned Christians. Broaden and deepen your understanding and experience of prayer by looking at the prayers of our spiritual ancestors in the Psalms. This study can be done any day or time throughout the Fall that suites you and your group. If you were in a study group last semester, contact your group leader to see if they have a book for you or order the book HERE.
cyndi@trail.org / 541.878.3501
Youth Ministry
Children's Ministry
AWANA begins October 7
Wednesdays, October 7, 2020 - May 26, 2021

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, the schedule and to register. 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.

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
Thursday, October 8 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
Thursday, October 8 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 Courtyard every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Come at 6pm and bring your own food if you'd like to share a meal with us.

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.
Area Events
The 2020 Golf Challenge features a four-person scramble with 7:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. shotguns and banquet seating at 6:30pm. Be a part of a long tradition while helping thousands of kids throughout the Rogue Valley. Youth 71Five Ministries is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit Christ-Centered organization supported through the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses like you.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you...
Jeremiah 1:5
The National Life Chain Annual Event 
Sunday, October 4th 2020
Sponsored by Jackson County Right to Life

Biddle and Mc Andrews Rd.
2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Our ministry has always stressed and relied on the local churches and strong involvement of our church members. We never know who will view and experience our sidewalk ministry. But God knows. He knows each driver, each passenger, and each pedestrian who passes our way. He knows them by their names. He knows them by their hearts. He knows them by their needs. We build our Life Chain for Him to work through as He purposes, to reach whomever He chooses. We serve Life because we care, and in most instances the consequences of our caring remain unknown to us. But they are not unknown to God.
Life Chain signs are provided.
Life Chain is a peaceful and silent public witness of pro-life Americans standing for seventy five minutes, praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian Community that abortion kills children and the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. 

Life Chain co-ordinator: Sanda Collegio lasanda4life@gmail.com/541.326.8590
Thank you for visiting TCFinTouch 
the weekly e-newsletter of
Trail Christian Fellowship
18881 Hwy 62
Eagle Point OR 97524
Church Office Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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