Welcome to  Trinity Today  - monthly e-news and opportunities at Trinity UMC  

In This Issue
August 1 Raymond Fletcher
August 1 Daniel VanDeusen
August 2 Lee Britton
August 2 Bettie LeVeille
August 2 Lizzie Unger
August 3 Keith Rooney
August 4 George VanDeusen
August 5 Danny Hunt
August 5 Megan Thomas
August 6 Buster Hunt
August 8 Leanne Adams
August 9 Brian Carr
August 9 Kendra Cox
August 9 JJ Zabele
August 11 Virgie Erickson
August 13 Bill Ward
August 14 Hank Kobler
August 16 Edward Plummer
August 16 Ann Simons
August 17 Marlee Baumgartner
August 17 Beverly Heitzenrater
August 18 Alex Ford
August 18 Kay Pitts
August 18 Sally VanDeusen
August 19 David Griffis
August 25 Seth Frierson
August 25 Bob Kellogg
August 25 Mercedes Zabele
August 28 William Bosco
August 30 Michael Austin

Aug 1 Bob & Becky Kellogg
    46 yrs
Aug 3 Jeff & Lori Hansard
    25 yrs
Aug 5 Billy & Mandy Austin
    21 yrs
Aug 6 Dail & Barbara Helms
    28 yrs
Aug 12 Rick & Lori Jones
    38 yrs
Aug 15 Marty & Sue Atkinson
    58 yrs
Aug 15 David & Sue Jackson
    41 yrs
Aug 19 Ed & Judy Krein
    52 yrs
Aug 25 Roy & Jocelyn Hall
    15 yrs
Aug 26 Troy & Angela Baumgartner
    21 yrs
Aug 31 Lee & Ruth Packer
    31 yrs

The Trustees recently had some body work done on the church bus. (There were several dents and dings that needed repair.)

Long-time trustee, Bob Kellogg, is at home and recovering well from recent knee surgery. We hope everyone is enjoying their summer. The next meeting of the trustees will be on August 3.

Charlie Daniels, chair
The Administrative Council is continuing its work on revising the church's mission statement, as well as creating a vision statement and defining its core values.

More will be shared in the coming months about this important step in our strategic planning process.

John Campbell, chair
NEW NEWS! There's a new look to the church website!

The church's website located at http://www.trinitydeland.org has been totally revamped to have a brighter look and feel, thanks to David Ross and members of the Communications Team! Now, visitors will get a glimpse into the many varied ministries that our church has to offer. We also want members to visit and revisit the site often to learn about coming events, pending deadlines, to download useful forms, and more.

We've included links to Trinity's new Facebook, YouTube, TripAdvisor and Twitter pages. Look for the icon links in the upper right-hand corner of the home page! Readers can "Like" our Facebook church page, give a positive review of Trinity on TripAdvisor, or watch videos of special music events going back to 2013 on our YouTube channel. Our Twitter page follows many popular United Methodist organizations (like the Florida Conference and General Conference), as well as previous pastors who like to send out "tweets." Viewers will also find back issues of our Trinity Today newsletter.

The church calendar will always be accessible via the website, as well as through this newsletter. Click here to go to calendar.  Hard-copies of the current newsletter can be picked up in the church office or in the Narthex on Sundays.

There's a lot going on at Trinity these days and a lot more on the horizon, so check out our website for more info!

To add or correct information seen on the calendar or on the website, contact Lori Jones at 
trinitymgr@cfl.rr.com  or Anita Campbell at anita.campbell2468@att.net.
Stephen Ministry News

We are scheduling a SM leadership meeting for Tuesday the 26th at the church to discuss where we are going with the ministry, and setting dates for a get-together with active ministers and a continuing education class/training for new ministers.

Trinity Angels News

We are in need of volunteers with caring hearts and souls to be a part of this new ministry. An organizational meeting is being planned for this month.  If anyone would like more information or would like to be added to the committee, please call or text Debra Wood at 386-747-8804.

For more info on either of these activities, contact Lori Hansard at  lgjbhansard@totcon.com .

Antiques & Collectibles

We are busy, busy this summer getting ready for the annual Fall Festival. In advance of the event, Antiques & Collectibles has decided to hold a big "pre-sale" of stock we've had for two or more years.  We will be offering these treasures at an Indoor Yard Sale to be held in the Fellowship Hall of TUMC. The sale dates are Friday and Saturday, August 12-13 from 8 am to 1 pm each day.

Come find just the right vintage or older item for a gift or for yourself. Priced at half of what they were offered before, these treasures are excellent values!

All monies from the sale will go into the Fall Festival total for our outreach programs.

Speaking of Fall Festival, we are working each Tuesday until then and welcome your antique or vintage items. The sooner the better, so we can plot our strategies for displays at the festival . We look for things from the '40s, '50s and earlier. We need linens from those periods, too.  We look forward to seeing you any Tuesday from 1:30 to 4 pm in our room. Time's passing quickly, so please donate soon.

For more information, contact Harriet Bolin, A & C team leader.

Choir Notes

Consider using your talent and voice with our Chancel Choir.  We are looking for additional voices to join us as we share beautiful anthems with Larry, our organist. He really knows how to lift up our hearts and minds with his spectacular organ preludes. Click here to hear just a sample of what you would be enjoying with us every week!

The fall rehearsal schedule will kickoff on Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  We need voices to offer praise to our Lord and Savior!

Thank you!
Conya Hartman

This is a selection adapted from an article written by Rev. Alfred Day, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History. [Anita Campbell is the Incoming Chairperson of the Florida Conference Archives & History Commission.]     

The experience was exhilarating, frustrating, joyous, sad, aggravating, stimulating, forward-thinking, and as gridlocked as the US Congress. In the end, in the midst of rumored schism and abiding, deep dividedness over painful differences regarding human sexuality and full inclusion of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) persons in the Church, the conference decided to stick together, looking to episcopal leaders to plot a path forward.

The General Conference agenda brought interesting if not ironic historical confluences before the body. The historian in me wondered about their making connections in the present:

* The debate and eventual defeat of Rule 44, the Commission on General Conference's attempt to employ a classic Wesleyan means of grace, intentionally set aside moments for Christian conversation in the midst of the contentious debate. Click here to read the rest of the article.
Florida Conference Activity

Donna Beaty, Trinity's Lay Delegate to the Florida Annual Conference, represented our church well as she heard debates, discussed with others and voted on matters of importance. Read the Bishop's report to the Conference to learn more in detail.

Following Annual Conference, Anita and John Campbell attended the first Quadrennial Leadership Day event and training for Florida Conference clergy and laity, held at St. Luke's UMC in Orlando. Dr. Lovett Weems, director of the Wesley Theological Seminary's Lewis Center for Church Leadership, was the presenter.

"Leading into the Future" was the theme of Dr. Weems' message. T he audience included Annual Conference committee members and leadership teams, who worked in breakout sessions following Weems' presentations to develop goals, define leadership and initiate plans to fulfill the church's mission. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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My Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The last three months have been quite busy in the life of the global United Methodist church, as well as the Florida Conference. In this newsletter, we offer several key reports for your information. As United Methodists, it is vitally important to be aware of changes that have been suggested and made at both the General and Florida Annual conferences. The Florida report, as written by our bishop, is below and a portion of a report on General Conference can be found later in this newsletter. Enjoy reading these reports and, as always, if you want to discuss, please call or see me.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Brian

written by Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.

I begin with a word of gratitude to the amazing followers of Jesus Christ, laity and clergy, who lead local churches and extension ministries across the Florida Conference. In addition, I want to express my indebtedness to the bishops who preceded me in this episcopal area; I have inherited many strengths and gifts, and I give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve. Mostly I depend upon the promises of God, in particular, that the "One who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it." (Philippians 1:6). Click here to read the full report.
Sermon  Topics  for  August

Aug 7

Twelfth Sunday in Kingdomtide
Dan Casselberry preaching

Aug 14 Thirteenth Sunday in Kingdomtide
Youth Mission Sunday
Aug 21 Fourteenth Sunday in Kingdomtide
"All Alone in the Neighborhood"
Matthew 11:20-24
Aug 28 Fifteenth Sunday in Kingdomtide
"All Alone in the Nation" 
I Kings 19:1-10
Summer Music Camp
Vacation Bible School
We had 16 children attend camp this year, including three new rising 2nd graders for this musical based on the parables called "Here For the Gold!". A great event enjoyed by church members, the families and friends of the campers, and new visitors to Trinity! Norma Clemente videotaped most of the performance which can be viewed here.

We had a great time at VBS with an average of 55 campers each day! The students enjoyed crafts, science experiments, outside water balloon activities, indoor games, Bible stories about the Creation with Mrs. Melissa, great songs with Mrs. Conya, great "ocean snacks" and time with Snappy the CrabSpecial thanks to all of our "helpers" this year. (Campers are still asking where Snappy is!)
Creating H.O.P.E. for the world

There are a number of inspirational videos on YouTube these days and here is one we think you will enjoy viewing:  Click here to watch video.

Created by the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, this video offers churches a glimpse into an urban church that opened its doors to all of God's people in different and exciting ways - with a new focus on what a disciple of Christ is and what they should/could become.

The concept embraces the acronym H.O.P.E. which stands for hospitality, opportunity, purpose and engagement. Our church has been asked to offer these things when reaching out to others - both inside and outside the walls. After previewing, ask yourself - is this your vision for our church? It should be, for by making disciples we are offering hope to the world and living out the mission of The United Methodist Church.

Grace and Peace,
Youth News
"Enjoy your youth, you'll never be younger than you 
are at this very moment." -  Fresh Quotes

Calling all rising 6th graders to 12th grade!
Youth F.R.O.G. Week will be July 31 - August 7


Thank you again to all who supported the youth on the mission trip to Myrtle Beach. Our mission trip presentation will be August 14th at both services.

Coming in September the youth will be going to Wet 'n Wild to enjoy some fun before it closes. Watch the youth Facebook page and bulletin/announcements for the cost and date.

Calendar of Events
July 31 Ice Skating in Daytona
August 1 Summer Olympic Night
August 2 Minute-To-Win-It Night
August 3 Bubble Soccer at First United Methodist DeLand
August 4 Bowling at Sunshine Lanes
August 5 Movie and Popcorn Night
August 7 Back to School Bash!
August 14 Mission Trip presentation 8:30 & 11:00 am

No Youth due to back to school
August 21 Regular Youth 3-5 pm
August 28 Regular Youth 3-5 pm

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

Meeting and Greeting
Do you enjoy the brief time we spend greeting each other at Sunday Services? Do you seek out someone you don't know and introduce yourself, or do you just say hello and shake hands with old friends? The Meet and Greet time is an opportunity to begin connecting with someone new. Research shows that most visitors and occasional attendees feel awkward during this designated period, and this is especially true for those who are more introverted. If we move beyond our own comfort levels and welcome those we either don't recognize or don't know so well, we will be showing ourselves as a truly welcoming church. Next Sunday, why not try it?

David Ross, Hospitality Team leader
Faith Partners' Ministry

Volunteers are still needed for this Christian-led ministry. Contact Steve and Karin Roland for more information on how you can help.


Campaign Update:

Total Pledged Received in June Received to Date Building Fund Cash Balance
1,223,596 99,282 120,972 210,381

Building Committee Update
After the conclusion of the
Stepping Out in Faith campaign, the Building Committee met with our architect, Dana Smith. We began discussions on how to reduce the expense of the new church facility and on phasing development, so as to better match with the pledges received.  We will be meeting again with Dana this month, after he has had a chance to consider our comments and our resources.

Members of the Building Committee, along with representation from the Finance Team, met in July with a representative from the Florida United Methodist Foundation. The Foundation provides low-interest financing for churches, among its other functions. The committee is investigating the prospects of taking out a construction loan in order to advance construction of the new church. Initial indications from the Foundation's representative were that we will qualify for a loan sufficient to meet our needs.

Alex Ford, Committee Chair



"Thou shalt remember all the ways in which the Lord thy God led thee." - Deuteronomy 8:2

Barbara Bradley, a member of Trinity for six years, is one of the church's "behind-the-scenes" talents. Barbara received an Associate in Science degree from Point Park Junior College in Pittsburgh. She began working as a secretary for the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). Later she was hired by a general contractor and learned about the building business. Each time she changed jobs, she learned about a different field. Her next endeavor was American Solar Energy Society where she learned about solar, editing and putting together publications for their conventions.  Click here to read the full article.
Trinity Learning Center School Supplies Needed

The Susanna Circle encourages all TUMC members to join them as they bring in supplies for Trinity Learning Center (TLC). Those of you who have children or have taught school realize how much school supplies cost. The children attending TLC do not bring in all of the supplies needed, so the school has asked members to donate supplies which enables them to reserve funds for other expenses.

Lists of what items are needed are posted on the PINK BINS in the Fellowship Hall. They need cleaning supplies, health & hygiene supplies, linens, dress-up clothes, lunch & snack supplies, arts & crafts supplies, classroom activity supplies, office and teacher supplies, and "loose parts" (such as nuts, bolts, seashells, wooden spools, etc.)

School supplies are on sale NOW at all stores, so your money will stretch even farther! School starts Aug 16, so please make your contribution today. And, if you would like to donate funds, your check should be made out to  Trinity  with "for Learning Center" in the memo line.
Human Trafficking Program Update

In May, Trinity's United Methodist Women hosted 70 people at the first religious-based Human Trafficking Awareness Night in the area. Ten churches and five different agencies were in attendance. Attendees heard from a DeLand police officer, a Devereux employee, Bikers Against Trafficking, and the Orange City United Methodist Church's (OCUMC) HOPE Team.
Jill Woods and Cinda Lewis head up the HOPE Team at OCUMC. On October 1, the team (of which Trinity's Lana Saxon is a member) plans to host a dinner to raise funds for a Human Trafficking project. This year, they have chosen the Ruth House ( www.theruthhouse.com), whose founder and President is Dr. Donna Sallee' in Palm Coast. Dr. Sallee', a minister's wife, felt God calling her to build a house to provide a place for 10-12 recovering victims of trafficking. They will shelter victims from Volusia, St. Johns, Putnam, and Flagler counties and the house will be located in one of these counties. Their goal is to raise $400,000 to make this happen.

Please consider attending the Night of Freedom event at OCUMC on October 1 to learn more and offer support of this worthy cause. Both a live and silent auction will be conducted, so gifts of cash, gift cards, and quality valuables are needed. To donate or for more information, c all Lana Saxon at 736-1008.
Susanna Circle News

It's summer time and Susanna Ladies are eating out in local restaurants to socialize and enjoy each other's company. This month, we will be meeting at Dustin's on Monday, August 8th at 6:30 pm.

We welcome any woman who would like to be a part of our group.  T his fall, we will be hearing about health care, attending a Christian concert, and coordinating the Salad Bar/Hot Dogs/Chili Sale at the Fall Festival in October, so come join us!

For more information, contact me at lanasax@yahoo.com.

Lana Saxon, Chairman


Trinity's annual Fall Festival (our biggest fundraising event) is quickly approaching. Saturday, October 1st is the date. Please save it on your calendar today.

The PODS that we rent to store donated items will be delivered on Thursday, September 1. Melissa and Brian Fuller are this year's coordinators and they would love to know if you are willing to contribute much-needed items, such as:

gift cards gift certificates new unused items
accessories tools small appliances
auction-worthy items quality costume jewelry antiques and collectibles

For more information, call Melissa and Brian at (386) 736-4506 or email  fuller_b@bellsouth.net.


Small groups can take place anywhere and at anytime, right? Well, John and Anita Campbell love football and would like to start a  Football Fun group to attend Stetson games. In order to secure reserved general admission seating together and get the group discount rate, we will need to make at least ten reservations. Here are the game dates:

Sept 3
7:00 PM
Sacred Heart
Home Opener
Sept 10
7:00 PM
Boy/Cub Scout Day
Sept 24
7:00 PM
Family & Friends Weekend
Oct 15
1:00 PM
Pink/Breast Cancer Awareness
Nov 5
2:00 PM
Homecoming / Military Appreciation
Nov 19
1:00 PM
Football Seniors Day
Group ticket prices are $10 for general admission (discounted from $20). If you are interested in joining Football Fun, give the Campbells a call at (386) 734-9224 or email John at john.campbell1955@att.net.

Trinity United Methodist Church  386-734-4425  www.trinitydeland.org
306 W. Wisconsin Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720