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In This Issue
January Birthdays
Jan 01
Angela Baumgartner
Roger Baumgartner
Jan 02
Mitch Frierson
Jan 04
Georgia Cowan
Trevor Rosso
Jan 05
Donna Haneline
Jan 06
Marsha Rooney
Jan 08
Steve Labchuck
Jan 09
Larry Miller
Jan 10
Donna Beaty
Joanne Osterhouse
Jan 11
Jean Clayton
Jan 13
Lindsay Lowery
Jan 14
Taylor Palmer
Jan 15
Susan Eunice
Jan 17
Tom Cunningham
Olivia Panda
Vern Westlake
Jan 20
Kirk Ashe
Jan 22
Walt Shearin
Jan 24
Alice Dubberly
Mark Moor
Jan 26
Richard Pearce
Jan 27
Elissa Fuller
Jan 29
Judy Browning
Wyatt Dunne
Don Halavin
Jan 30
Jessica Fuller
Jan 31
Bill Hartman

January Anniversaries

Jan 10
John & Marsha Rooney
46 yrs
Jan 22
Bill & Conya Mo ble y
16 yrs
Jan 28
Frank & Sally Ford
59 yrs
Jan 30
Don & Nancy Taylor
62 yrs
Jan 31
Robert & Donna Beaty
35 years


The Trustees wish to thank all of the many volunteers who assisted with moving food and other items out of the church facility to prepare for the fumigation.
Leadership Team News

The Administrative Council welcomes the following individuals into new leadership positions:
  • Buster Hunt (Stewardship-Finance)
  • Steve Roland (Faith-In-Action)
  • Debra Wood (Angels From Trinity)
T here are still a few unfilled positions. If  you feel called to do more, contact P astor Brian  bacarro072890@att.net  
or call him at 386-734-4425.

Also, the Council will be holding a church-wide strategic planning event on Saturday, February 27. This day-long session will allow all church members and friends to give input which will be used to formulate a five-year Master Plan, which will include building our new church. Mark your calendar today with this important date!

John Campbell, Chair
Master Calendar
The church's master calendar can now be seen online. Visitors can view both previous and coming months.  Click here to view.

Hard-copies will be available in the church office or in the Narthex on Sundays. To add or correct information seen on the calendar, contact Lori Jones at  trinitymgr@cfl.rr.com  or 734-4425.

Breakfast At Trinity

Breakfast at Trinity is beginning its fifth year of serving a fantastic breakfast to our community in need. Our breakfast is always the fourth Friday of each month, except for November and December.  Our 30+ volunteers work either on Thursday afternoon setting up for the breakfast or on Friday serving and visiting with our neighbors. The breakfast consists of eggs, sausages, biscuits, cheese grits, cereals, bananas, milk, coffee, juice, and jellies.  Click here to read more.

Stephen Ministry

The mission of the Stephen Ministry program is summed up in St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians:

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" 
       (Ephesians 4:12-13).
These words describe why this ministry is so important to our church, what we do for people - both inside and outside our congregation, and the difference we hope to make in the world.

The Stephen Ministry program will start off anew in January. Won't you consider joining? For info, contact Lori Hansard at  lgjbhansard@totcon.com.

Happy New Year to all our members and friends!

Calling all United Methodist Women

On January 19th from 10 - 12 am, another future planning meeting will be held in the Library to continue working on ways to restructure the unit.

All  women of the church are invited to attend. For more in-formation, contact Melissa Fuller, UMW Leader, at  fuller_b@bellsouth.net .

Susanna Circle News

Are you interested in joining a night circle? Susanna Circle meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 in a member's home or the church. We currently have over 20 members who join together to do service projects as well as have interesting programs.

In doing all this, we learn more about each other, our community, and our world. Our bond is strong, because as Christians, we are all seeking to serve our Lord in a variety of ways.

In January, we will have a special candlelight service where we reflect on our blessings of 2015 and look toward our blessings of 2016. In February, we will take a tour of the Good Samaritan Center. We feed the homeless at First Methodist in April, spearhead the Salad Bar/Hot Dog sales at the Fall Festival, and engage our church in a fundraiser each summer for Trinity Learning Center. Our Christmas party is always a big hit, with 23 in attendance this past year. Call Lana Saxon, 736-1008, if you are interested in becoming a part of a wonderful women's group.
Women's Retreats
at the LEC

 The Women's Retreats are designed to provide women a time to intentionally come away from the responsi-
bilities of their home, children, families, and jobs; to set their feet on holy ground; and to meet Jesus face to face.

Every weekend offers a time for Bible study, enrichment and craft sessions, music, fun, fellowship and food! Spend the weekend in a way that is meaningful to you - bring a friend, bring a group of friends or come make new friends. 
120th Anniversary comes to a close

On Sunday, December 20, members were given a special commemorative ornament, as a way to remember this significant anniversary year. If you have not received yours, pick one up in the church office.

Special thanks to Becky Kellogg and her Anniversary Committee for the fine job they did this year in helping us to preserve and remember Trinity's 120-year history!

Sweetheart Banquet

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Kitchen Committee will sponsor a Sweetheart Banquet. You do not have to be a couple to attend. Come alone or bring a friend. It will be a fun evening of dinner, entertainment, and surprises. Tickets will be on sale in January during fellowship time. Watch your bulletin for further information.

My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Happy New Year! I pause as we end 2015 and begin 2016 to thank and praise God. Quite honestly, I can't believe 2015 is over. Time moves so quickly that even our eleven year old recently commented how fast last year went by. I look back with gratitude at all that happened last year and thank God that you were there. We ended the year powerfully by "Taking the Next Step!" I am most grateful God was with us and confirmed for us those words from Paul that "God's grace is sufficient for all our needs!"

I don't know about you but I am glad to leave 2015 in the rear-view mirror and look fully through the windshield of 2016, hoping for a different year than last, a better year. But in my heart I know better years don't just happen. Better years happen with intention. Better years happen with commitment. Better years happen with grace.

A great starting point for 2016 is Hebrews 12:1-2: "So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God's throne."

So, let us remember that we are not alone. Even though we do start a brand new year that has never been experienced before, there have been thousands of brand new years that have never been experienced before that have now been experienced. We are still here and we are surrounded by those great forerunners of the faith who have gone on before us. We are not alone. We need to throw off any excess, unneeded, unwanted baggage from the past, repent and turn away from our sins and keep focused on Jesus, the Author, the Pioneer, the Perfecter of our faith.

There will be many ways to help with this in 2016. As we start the year this is the perfect time to begin reading systematically, intentionally through the Bible. There will be guides available to help you immerse your year in scripture. We start the year with a sermon series entitled "Lead Like Jesus" using as a guide the book of the same name by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Books will be available and small groups will be offered as well.

Under the Spirit-led leadership of Melissa Fuller, Helen and Mark Jackson, a new worship/fellowship/food/sharing opportunity will be offered entitled "Something More" which will occur twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month beginning on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00 pm. More information will be forthcoming.

Our Church Council determined this past fall to take an intentional look at God's vision and plan for Trinity. Beginning with a large group meeting on Saturday, February 27, under the guidance of Mark and Nancy Morgan from Momentum Performance Group, we will all begin participating in a long-term strategic planning process to see just where God is leading us to go in 2016 and beyond. Let's continue to take that next step on our faith journeys walking ever closer to Christ by the Holy Spirit's help. May GOD richly bless you as you richly bless all those around you.


Sermon Series  for January

Pastor Brian will begin a sermon series based on the popular book " Lead Like Jesus" written by best-selling authors and speakers, Ken Blanchard ("The One Minute Manager") and Phil Hodges ("The Servant Leader"). Plan now to attend and learn more about embracing the principles of servant leadership embodied in Matthew 20:25-28.  Our spiritual journey may just be the spark that ignites a passion in you to live and lead differently!

Sermon  Topics  for January

Jan 3

"Who Will You Follow? How Will You Lead?"
(Epiphany and service to remember our baptism)
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Jan 10 "The Heart of a Servant Leader"
(2nd Sunday after Epiphany)
Philippians 2:1-4
Jan 17 "The Head of a Servant Leader" 
(3rd Sunday after Epiphany)
Matthew 22:36-40, Luke 13:10-17
Jan 24 "The Hands of a Servant Leader" 
(4th Sunday after Epiphany)
Acts 2:36-41
Jan 31 "The Habits of a Servant Leader"
(5th Sunday after Epiphany)
Mark 1:32-38

We loved having Music Makers perform their Christmas program  "The Plane Truth About Christmas" last month. Thanks Miss Conya and her many rehearsal helpers (elves) for another great show!

Trinity's Choir performed its annual  Candlelight Christmas Concerts which were beautiful to the ears and eyes! Special kudos to our organist Larry Graham for "playing it so nicely!"
Are You Hungry for Something More?
For those of you who were challenged to take the next step in your giving last fall, what about taking the next step in praise and worship, prayer, sharing your faith, or growing in fellowship with others?

Starting January 26th, we are introducing a new evening meeting called 'Something More'. It will take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month in the Fellowship Hall. We will start with a potluck supper at 6 pm, so bring some food to share (it doesn't have to be homemade!). Something More is for the whole family so bring your children of any age, as there will be child care for those who need it.

After eating together there will be a time of contemporary worship, followed by a short talk, testimonies, discussion and an opportunity to pray with others at your table or go forward for prayer ministry. The evening will finish by 8 pm but you can arrive or leave at any time as the atmosphere will be informal.

We will be looking for people who have a special testimony that they want to share of God at work in their lives, or a short talk to challenge others. Feel free to suggest topics that you would like to explore further. The service is experimental and hopefully developmental. It is for those who want to go deeper, step out of their comfort zone, grow in their relationship with God and with one another.

Mark Jackson will be doing the first talk looking at God's calling on our lives to be fishers of men. Hopefully you will take the next step in searching for Something More and we will see you Tuesday January 26th at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall (with a dish to share!)

Helen Jackson, Evangelism Team

What Exactly is a Disciple?

How does your congregation intentionally make disciples for Jesus? Do you have a system in place?  What did John Wesley say about how we should help make disciples of men and women? Chuck acts as the referee with the Committee as they struggle to understand what the discipleship system Park Grove UMC should look like.  Click here to watch the video then  follow this link to download the accompanying study guide.

Youth News

"We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome 2016! We hope this will be a prosperous year for everyone and we look forward to being with you!

For juniors and seniors, Warren Willis College Connection will be held at the camp in Leesburg Jan 29-31. If you are interested, see Mrs. Lori.
Sunday, Jan 3
No Youth
Sunday, Jan 10
Regular Youth 3-5
Sunday, Jan 17
Bowling at Sunshine Lanes; see Mrs. Lori for details
Sunday Jan 24 Regular Youth 3-5
Sunday, Jan 31
Regular Youth 3-5

Miss Lori & Mr. Jeff
Mr. Brian and Mr. Frank

Discussion Class

Bring your coffee and your cookies and join us in the chapel as we discuss current topics and how they relate to our Christian faith and our walk with Jesus.

We are a relatively new Sunday school class. Some of the topics we have discussed in the past are Blessings, Welcoming the Outsider, Gun Regulations, Physical Activity and Faith, Advent, Food Waste in the United States, and God's Creation: Caring for Our Common Home. We would love to have you join us.

If you have any questions about our class, please see Karin or Steve Roland or email karinjakemaggie@aol.com.

The  Hospitality Committee has a new chairperson and a renewed focus on ensuring that all visitors will have the very best worship experience possible! Under the capable leadership of David Ross , this committee needs members that feel the same way. Give Dave a call or email him at rossd48@gmail.com  to learn more.
Tender Loving Care Committee

The Tender Loving Care committee is still in need of volunteers. This active committee provided the reception for two funeral services in December and stays quite busy.  The committee has been divided into three teams, with each team responsible for coordinating all bereavement, wedding and special events at the church on a rotating basis.

Debbie Bennett, team leader, is asking members who may have a gift for this special area of hospitality to call or contact her by email at  dbennett49@cfl.rr.com  t oday.

Faith in Action

Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:37-40 NIV)

As the year comes to a close in our Walk-in-Ministries, our hearts have been truly blessed by those that we have touched throughout this past year and by those that we have seen come to Jesus through this ministry. We are blessed by the many ways our congregation has stepped up and helped us throughout the year with food and clothing, donations for our Thanksgiving dinner, and special-request donations we have made on behalf of our friends in need. Click here to read more.

Food Donations Needed This Month
Cereal (hot or cold)
Hygiene products (no toothpaste)
Pasta (not canned) and spaghetti sauce
Canned tuna, chicken and fruit
Canned beans (no green beans)

Taking the Next Step

Trinity United Methodist proudly announces that our Taking the Next Step  campaign was a huge success. The Trinity Family showed its extravagant generosity with almost 75% of members and friends taking the next step. God is great, isn't He? We saw nearly a 30% increase when comparing the total value of the Estimate of Giving cards from 2015 to 2016.  Wow!

It can be overwhelming to consider the ministries Trinity will be able accomplish in 2016.  On behalf of myself and my fellow team members ( Barbara Bradley, Anita Campbell, Maia Carr, Carolyn Harner and Carolyn Linder) thank you for  the opportunity to serve Trinity United Methodist with this campaign, and may God bless you and yours in the New Year.

Mark Moor, Taking the Next Step Leader

Building Committee Update

In January,  the Building Committee will meet with our consultant, Larry Sykora,  to review the success of our "Taking The Next Step" Stewardship Campaign.  

In February, members will engage in the strategic planning process to learn more about the five-year plan and our vision for the new facility and needed programs. 

Armed with this knowledge, it is hoped that, with God's help, we will be looking forward to designing our capital (fundraising) campaign sometime in 2016.


Jim Roberts

"Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity." - Job 31:6 KJV.

Jim Roberts has been a quiet and faithful volunteer and member of Trinity for four years. You see this 92 years young gentleman at the Trinity once-a-month Breakfast; he has only missed twice in the time since he began volunteering. He also greets occasionally at the 11 am service.

Jim was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and his family moved to Lynbrook, New York, as he began his eighth grade. In the early '60s Jim attended New York State University Farmingdale and received an AAS degree. He was employed by Northrop Grumman Electronics in East Benton, Pennsylvania, for 43 years.  Click here to read the whole article

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