October 8, 2020

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

Updated Information:
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)

October 11 is a Communion Sunday
Pick up the elements on your way into Service and we will take Communion together

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
What We Believe

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect...”
1 Peter 3:15

This verse comes out of a greater context regarding suffering for righteousness sake or suffering for doing good. It is also one of the primary verses behind the idea of apologetics. The “make a defense” portion of the verse is the word “apologia” which is where the concept of apologetics comes from. Not an apology like saying “I’m sorry” but apologetics; making a case or defense. In this instance it is making the case for the hope you have in Christ, even in the face of suffering or persecution. In a broader sense, apologetics is being able to state clearly what you believe and why you believe it.

In any good apologetics course, you will hear the statement “you can’t argue people into the Kingdom of Heaven”. This is a true statement. Peter is not talking about arguing people into the Kingdom, which should not be the driving force for articulating our beliefs. However, being able to clearly state the tenets of our faith and defend our beliefs will accomplish at least three important things: 1) It will build our own confidence in why our beliefs are worth believing, 2) It will bolster the confidence of other believers around us, 3) It will raise questions in the minds of onlookers and perhaps those who are attempting to argue us out of the kingdom by undermining our confidence in God, His Word, and His people.

Let’s take a moment to remind each other “What We Believe” and perhaps visit the “Why’s” in a future article. Taken directly from the trail.org web page:

We believe in the verbal and complete inspiration by God of the original writings of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, at work in the world to execute all divine activity and especially to reveal Jesus Christ as Lord and glorify Him.

We believe that humanity is created in the image of God and is loved by Him, but through sinful inheritance and choice is alienated, separated from God and under His righteous judgment.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary and complete sacrifice, and that all who repent and believe in Him are justified wholly apart from human merit and works, on the ground of His shed blood and resurrection.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest, Advocate, and Lord of the creation.

We believe in the second, visible and personal coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to establish His worldwide kingdom on the earth.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting condemnation of the unsaved.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and members of the body of Christ, the one true Church, whose life is visibly expressed wherever even two or three are gathered together in Christ’s name.

We believe that the Christian life is not reformation, but transformation, in which Christ Himself relives His life through the believer’s whole being. Such life will be preeminently characterized by love, truth, and purity.

We believe that as the Creator and Sovereign Lord of the universe, God has designed humanity male and female as a reflection of His image (Gen. 1:26-27). Further, we recognize that rejection of your biological gender by presenting as the opposite sex is a sign of human sin and brokenness and is ultimately a rejection of God’s design and creative purposes. God also instituted marriage and the family as a sacred relationship whereby his relationship with his covenant people is reflected, his faithful and sacrificial love is learned and experienced through lifetime commitment, and his redemptive purposes for the human race are furthered through the begetting of children who will be raised by parents in covenant with God. The marriage relationship as intended by God and revealed in scripture is to be only one man and one woman in lifetime covenant.

We believe that all human life is sacred because it is created by God. Therefore all human life, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death is of inestimable worth (Ps. 139). Therefore we as a church are to value, defend, and protect all human life.

We believe the Church is commissioned to evangelize the world by proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and by living as His servants in the age.

Believing these things will be met with resistance in our culture, perhaps even persecution. This should not come as a surprise to us as Jesus told the disciples in John 15:18-20: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

In Matthew 10:16 Jesus tells the disciples “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” In Genesis the serpent is described as being craftier than all the other animals. It appears that Jesus is admonishing them to be wise, shrewd, crafty and yet gentle. He is not sending His disciples out with blind faith, but a gentle faith, informed through their personal relationship with Him and the spiritual truths they have been learning from Him. Likewise, He is sending us out with a faith informed by His word, our own testimony and the testimony of the global church. Make a habit of knowing what you believe and why you believe it, and of having a ready but gentle answer for anyone who asks about the hope that is within you.

Believing with you,

Pastor Kelly
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

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
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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
GriefShare
Monday, October 12
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
Divorce Recovery Workshop
October 15-17
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 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
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.
Children's Ministry
AWANA
Wednesdays, October 7, 2020 - 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 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.
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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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