October 15, 2020

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

TCF Ministry Update:
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

Weapons of our Warfare

I’ve been so steeped in church culture my whole life that I just took it for granted, but in what other institution do we begin our business with the kumbaya of a few songs? To picture this scene in a top-brass pentagon meeting is rather amusing, but a cursory look into the Word is revealing. We have an entire book of poetry put to music within the Psalms, which speaks to the creative artistry that is inherent in our Creator and is therefore present in those created in His likeness (Gen 1:27). But we already have a cultural understanding of poetry, music, and the arts in general. So why do millions of Christians gather around the world and sing, as opposed to other creative expressions? The point I wish to explore isn’t necessarily the 120+ scriptural references to singing. In fact, singing is the most recorded commandment in scripture, which in and of itself is reason enough! Psalm 100 says to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before His presence with singing” Ps 100:1-2. “All ye lands” means none of us are exempt, even if you can’t carry a tune.

The facet of corporate worship that I find fascinating is that singing together is, in fact, one of the primary weapons of our spiritual warfare. Something mysterious and supernatural happens when we sing as a church family. For one thing, in an age where humans are in no short supply of things to debate, argue, and complain about, our times of singing may be one of the few times we are unified in our directed efforts. One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions of singing is “to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations”. When a Christian sings words of spiritual and eternal value, we are engaging the spirit, soul, and mind. This evokes a trinitarian picture, and since we know that Jesus sang praises (Matt 26:30, Mark 14:26), the act of singing praise is one way that we become more Christ-like.

There is a curiosity in Ephesians 5. Verse 15 tells us “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making best use of the time, because the days are evil.” It goes without saying that the days are evil, so how do Christians make best use of the time? The passage continues with a couple of warnings about foolishness and drunkenness, but the very next active imperative we are given is NOT starting social media flame wars, or to picket women’s clinics… We are commanded to sing! “… Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with our heart.” Eph. 5:18-19. Paul and Silas knew this when they were chained in prison, praying and singing together within earshot of other prisoners (Acts 16:25). This spiritual battle manifested in a very physical way when the Lord then shook the earth, the prison doors were opened, and prisoner’s chains came loose! This story illustrates that there is something liberating for the Christian who engages is the spiritual weapon of singing to our King and Savior. Consider this the next time we gather as a church family, or when life throws a curve ball your way. Or if things are just peachy, sing praise! (James 5:13)

In Him,
Demian Norvell
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


Lost and Found
                                                                 
Unclaimed items found on the TCF campus will be donated the end of October.
Lost and found is located at the Information Counter.
541.878.3501 / information@trail.org
 

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

Download the Voter's Guide by clicking the link below or sign up to order a guide (mail or email) from the Oregon Family Council at their web page oregonfamilycouncil.org.
Questions? 503.257.0444
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 Events
Divorce Recovery Workshop
October 15-17
GriefShare
Monday, October 19
6:30-8:30pm

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
Hallelujah Hoedown
Saturday, October 31
5-8pm  
TCF Courtyard

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

Needs:
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 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
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 when you sign up at the Outdoor Information Counter or in the Youth Center.

Items and boxes must be turned in to the Youth Center no later than Sunday, November 15.

Debbie: 541.878.3501 or debbie@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.
Youth Ministry
Movie Night
Saturday, October 24

Middle School and High School
Join us for dinner and a movie!
6-9pm | Outdoor Pavilion | Cost $5

Pizza, ice cream, soda and popcorn! 

Ben-Hur (2016, Rated PG-13 for violence)
Ben-Hur illustrates the transformative power of love 
over hatred and redemption over revenge.

Rob Milton: 541.878.3501 or robert@trail.org
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
Thursday, October 22 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 22 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
18881 Hwy 62
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