October 29, 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
Songs from a Dark Cave

1 Samuel 22:1-3; Psalm 57

John Bunyan, author of Pilgrims Progress, was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching the Gospel. Several times he was offered his freedom if he would just be silent but he would not comply. The dungeon and prisoners were sparse with comforts and infectious with “Prison Fever” or Typhoid. During his “quarantine” if you will, he would creatively carve out of metal a violin and amazingly he took one of the wooden pegs off his four legged stool and carved a flute to play for the glory of God.

The Apostle Paul penned or scribed no less than seven epistles or letters while incarcerated in prison. The last one was 2 Timothy, written in the Mamertine Prison in Rome just days or weeks before he was beheaded for the cause of Christ.

King David wrote seven Psalms (songs) in caves as it related to his years of fleeing as a fugitive from King Saul. Because of a jealous rage towards David, Saul would not be satisfied until the blood of David flowed through his crazed fingers.

The one common denominator with these heroic, yet imperfect, saints of old was that they wrote, worshiped and played instruments declaring their melodious joy through parched vocal chords while in the dark, hopeless bowels of the earth.

In the above stated passages we see David running for his life and finding himself alone in the Cave of Adullam (which precisely means Cave of Refuge). 1 Samuel 22 records the event itself while Psalms 57 and 142 record how David felt through the event and how the Lord lifted his heart even at the most desperate moment.

Even though his dark isolation began with words like “I am in desperate need”; “no one is concerned for me”; “no one cares for my life” (Psalm 142:4,6), he ends with a song “I will sing and make music”; “Be exalted O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”

I imagine in my mind that he begins his cold lonely moments crying out in the furthest and coldest part of the cave. Then I see him eventually pacing about humming psalms of faith through the cavern. But then in triumph I picture him ending up at the mouth of the cave with shoulders back, head up and vocal cords vibrating shouts of praise as he punches the sky because of the faithfulness of his God.

Saints, many have gone before and many will follow, and the one thing we all have in common is that we can smile through our tears, sing through our crushed spirit, and be at peace because God gives us a song in the darkest caves of our life! So, declare your faith and love to him in worship and know that “this too shall pass.”

Pastor Bill Gallagher
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

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 Up
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
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 1

Turn your clocks back one hour the night before.
GriefShare
Wednesday, November 4
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
Global Outreach Prayer
Monday, November 2
6:30-9pm

Join us at TCF to pray for our supported partners and outreaches.
Open to all, no child care.
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 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.

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
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, November 5 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, November 5 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
Eagle Point OR 97524
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Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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