Trinity Kids Happenings
Self-Screening is Important!

In light of what we have seen happening throughout the Fresno/Clovis area regarding COVID, we are encouraging all of our families and students to be extra mindful. Please self-screen BEFORE coming to any church gatherings or events, and stay home if you are not feeling 100% healthy.
See below for more details.
A Letter from Dorothy

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17

Teaching Kindergarten Taught Me Many Things    
Teaching Kindergarten taught me many things. I learned never to give up on a childjust try a different angle. I became a coach, cheerleader, instructor, referee, disciplinarian, and boundary setter in my classroom. I learned to love all my students, even the most unlovable. My goal was to have each child feel safe in an environment that encourages love, respect, and education. Doesn’t this sound like a parent?

I do not hear God’s audible voice. However, I do know when he is speaking to me. On one particular day, he taught me by using a child. I had just sent the kids to recess, and I began to get ready for my next teaching hour when I saw a little head poke in the door.

“Mrs. Doswald?” He said. “Can I come inside?”
“No. You need to run and play with your friends.”
“But,” he said, looking down at his shoes, “Jimmy Joe called me stupid.”
“Are you stupid?”
His eyes got wide, and he shook his head. “No.”
“Then don’t believe him.”

He stood there a moment before whispering. “But Mrs. Doswald, he called me stupid.”

Now I got up, put the curriculum down, and knelt eye level with him. “I am your teacher, right?”

He nodded his head.

“And I am telling you, you are smart. In fact, you are one of the best readers in the class.” I pointed to the award wall. “Look, you have earned all your gold stars. You are not stupid. You are smart.”

He nodded but still didn’t look convinced. I continued. “Jimmy Joe doesn’t get to call you stupid because he doesn’t know you the way I do. He doesn’t get to decide what you are and what you are not.” I stood up and ruffled his hair. “Now go outside and play. Tell Jimmy Joe to use nice words and tell him that I want to speak to him after recess. Okay?” He smiled up at me and said, “I can do that.”

He bounded outside to join his friends while I watched him in the doorway. He went right up to Jimmy Joe and told him something. Then he pointed at me. I smiled and waved at Jimmy Joe. Closing the door, I wondered why that sweet student would believe what Jimmy Joe said about him. Odd.

Then I heard, well not heard, more like understood, God saying, “Then why don’t you believe me when I tell you who you are?” Visions of people popped in my head of others I had believed instead of God. People who insinuated I was not good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. People who clouded my identity in Christ.

I prayed and asked forgiveness. Later, I found these verses in Scripture. Maybe they can help you too.

Friend, John 15:15; Heir, Romans 8:17; Free, John 8:36; Sealed, 2 Cor. 1:21; Chosen, Deuteronomy 14:2; New Creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17; Citizen of Heaven, Philippians 3:20; Justified, Romans 5:1

There are so many more verses! I especially like Zephaniah 3:17. It humbles me and makes me cry when I think the God of the universe rejoices over me with song. What a picture of love. One I don’t deserve, but God freely gives. How I love Him.

God can use anyone to bring us to a deeper understanding of who he is, even a 5 year old.
 
Dorothy Doswald
Children's Ministries Director
TK Teacher Spotlight
Meet Arianna Knee! Arianna is a full-time student at Fresno State University studying for her B.A. in Music Education. She has worked at the United Conservatory of Music in Fresno, where she taught young kids the essential elements of music. Arianna loves to play the flute, and she is thankful for the opportunities to play at Trinity and to be a member of various ensembles at school. She has also been featured on Valley Public Radio as part of the Young Artist Spotlight in 2020. Arianna hopes to become a music teacher for either an elementary or junior high school.

Arianna has been at Trinity for 21 years. She started serving around the age of eleven, helping her grandfather, Jan Knee, as a greeter. Additionally, Arianna has served in the children’s preschool room for about seven years. She enjoys seeing the children’s smiles as they enter Sunday School and hearing their creative answers during circle time. No matter their age, they continue to learn and understand all there is to know about God’s love, and it is a blessing to watch them grow. 
Upcoming Events
Bible Study Kids (BSK)
January 20 - April 7
During the Spring semester in BSK, kids will participate in our study of 1 & 2 Kings. Beginning today, January 20, BSK will meet on Thursday mornings, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Infant-Preschool; homeschool) and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Infant-4th grade). At BSK, your kids will memorize scripture, grow in their understanding of the Bible, and have lots of fun! If you are attending Sister-to-Sister (S2S) and are interested in bringing your children to BSK, click the link below to register your children.
It’s not too late to join in!
Save the Date!
Sunday, January 30
Annual Congregational Meeting

All Trinity members and attenders are encouraged to join us for our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 30 at 12:20 p.m. in the Worship Center. The agenda will include special reports from our Elders, including:
  • “Building Up, Living It Out” Vision Update
  • A report from our Nominating Committee, including the following names to serve 3- year terms as Elders (Scott Beckman, Nate Van Verst, Rick Wood) and Deacons (Cheryl Bickel, Hope Boyd, Cecile Harding, Dave James, Marla James, Helene Loscutoff, Donna Parker, Kurt Stinson, Ed Lund)

Meeting Childcare
Childcare and a light lunch is provided for children Infant-6th grade. Registration is appreciated to allow us the time needed to make staffing and lunch preparations.
Sword Bible Memory Verse
Old Testament
Proverbs 3:1-8 (8:00/9:30 Services)

New Testament
Matthew 6:27-33 (11:00 Service)
Parent Resources
RightNow Media

Trinity has a subscription to RightNow Media which is a wonderful resource for Bible studies, as well as movies for you and your children.
Questions? Email connect@trinitycc.com.
Sunday Check-In/Out Reminders
Check-In Self-Screening Questions

Please take a moment to read these self-screening questions before checking in your child.
 
  1. Are you or anyone in your household experiencing fever, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, or chills? 
  2. Are you or anyone in your household experiencing any new or worsening respiratory symptoms? (shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or loss of taste/smell) 
  3. Have you or anyone in your household been diagnosed with or had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days? This includes those awaiting test results. 
 
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, or are not feeling 100% healthy, or are in an at-risk group, please stay home!
Attending an EquipU Class?
Please let our Check-In Assistant know at Check-In if your child is staying in Sunday School for multiple service times.
Infants, Toddlers & Twos, and Preschool (8:00, 9:30, 11:00):
Check in your child in the hallway across from the Nursery.
Check out your Infant/Toddler/Preschooler at their classroom.

K-4th (9:30 and 11:00):
Check in your child by entering through the Playground, and a member of our team will escort them to Sunday School.
Check out your K-4th Grader in the back hallway, entering through the northeast exterior door, and we will call for your child.
Families with Infants/Toddlers & Twos/Preschoolers AND K-4th:
Check in your children in the hallway across from the Nursery.
Check out your K-4th Grader first in the back hallway (accessed through the northeast exterior door). Once we've called for your child, you can head down the hall to meet them and then pick up your Infant/Toddler/Preschooler from their class.
5th/6th Grade Sunday School:
We don't require our 5th-6th graders to check in and out on Sundays. They meet in the Jr. High Room in the Discipleship Center at 9:30 and in Rm. 117 at 11:00 for Sunday School.
If you have any questions about Children's Ministries at Trinity, please let us know! 
Dorothy Doswald, Interim Director of Children's Ministries
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