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

In This Issue
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.
February Birthdays

2-Feb Judith Krein 
3-Feb Kyle Frierson
4-Feb Cindy Rosso
5-Feb Wallace Campbell 
5-Feb Mindy Moor 
7-Feb Michele Bishop 
7-Feb Kristin Rosen 
7-Feb Kristen Taaffe 
8-Feb Lana Saxon 
10-Feb Angel Bohner 
10-Feb David Jackson 
11-Feb Clay Griffis
14-Feb Teresa Temperly 
15-Feb Barbara Helms 
15-Feb Carol E. Forrer 
21-Feb Bertha F. Fletcher 
22-Feb Michael Gately 
24-Feb April Brunning 
25-Feb Norma Clemente 
25-Feb Katie Churms
26-Feb Lauren McGehee 
27-Feb Beth Harner 
28-Feb Nancy Taylor
28-Feb Peggy Hill

February Anniversaries

None this month
The Trustees have scheduled a Spring Work Day on the morning of March 5 th from 8 am to noon. We will be tidying things up both inside and out, plus making repairs and adjustments where needed. Everyone's help is both welcome and appreciated.

Trinity has a new Building Manager, Miro Pamoukov. Miro had been filling in while the position was vacant and has been doing an excellent job. He and his wife also do the cleaning in Trinity Learning Center where Cindy Fox and the TLC Staff are pleased with their work. If you see them, be sure to introduce yourself and let them know how happy we are to have them both.

The Trustees would like to welcome two new members to the board: Betty Kobler and Jackie Westlake. We are confident that both of them will be as much of an asset to the board as they are to the church. Welcome aboard, ladies!!

At the January meeting, the Trustees voted to demolish the house on the Plymouth Avenue property. Demolition will begin as soon as all the details are worked out.

Charlie Daniels, Chair
Leadership Team News

Come join us on Saturday, February 27 at 8:30 am for a continental breakfast and the 9 am start to our long-anticipated Strategic Planning meeting!

Together, we will 
work through a process that will result in a "5-year road map" for Trinity.  Together, we will define what goals we want to set, what programs we want to implement and what, in general, we hope to "look like" and be doing by the year 2020.

The process will include a detailed look at eight categories: Evangelism (includes Missions and Outreach), Worship, Education, Discipleship, Governance (Structure), Facilities, Finances and Staffing.

Our session, led by two experienced planning facilitators, will give everyone associated with our beloved church - clergy, lay member and friend - the opportunity to "peer into the future" and offer their prayers, voice and thoughts about where they feel God is leading Trinity!

Lunch and child care (if reserved in advance) will be provided and there is no cost. Please RSVP today by placing a note in the offering plate, calling the church office at 386-734-9224, or emailing Lori Jones at trinitymgr@cfl.rr.com to let us know you will be part of this exciting event!

For more information, see Pastor Carr, John Campbell or call the church office at (386) 734-4425.

Breakfast At Trinity this month: 
February 26

Stephen Ministry

Won't you consider joining with us to reach out and help others in need? For info, email Lori Hansard at
lgjbhansard@totcon.com .

The Ash Wednesday Service will be held on February 10 and Lent will begin on February 14. Check your bulletins and the monthly calendar for details.

United Methodist Women

Attention Trinity Women: 
Have you wondered what happens to children and women living on the streets? Did you  know that 85% of human trafficking incidents occurring to women and children take place in the United States? And that sports events, like races at the Daytona Beach Speedway, are a major  attraction for traffickers?

The United Methodist Women of Trinity are going to study these issues in the next few months. We want to find out what we can do locally, nationally, and globally to help erase this scourge.

Yes, we will gain more information, but we would also like to get actively involved in one or more projects that are already working to alleviate or eradicate this inhumane treatment of women and children in their part of the world.  As we study, we will find out how we can actively help.


SAVE THE DATE!!  May 19, 6:30-8 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Dessert will be provided. For m ore information, contact Melissa Fuller, UMW Leader, at  fuller_b@bellsouth.net .

Circle Updates

On Feb 8 at 6:30 pm, members of Susanna Circle will be touring and learning about the Good Samaritan Clinic on Plymouth Avenue in DeLand. Kendra Cox, who is a nurse and volunteers many hours there, will be leading our tour. Since this organization is supported by our church, we want to  become knowledgeable about the Clinic and what, if anything, we can do to help.

Any women (considered a member or friend of Trinity) can join us. If interested, contact Lana Saxon, 736-1008, for more info.

Giving up on those fun "road trips" these days because you cannot drive? Need a means of transportation for your small group event? Call the Church Office to inquire if the church bus can pick up you and your brothers and sisters in Christ to take you to your event!
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 are $10 per person and can be purchased every Sunday during Fellowship Hour or through the church office. S ee Karin and Steve Roland or email them at  karinjakemaggie@aol.com .

There is a sign-up sheet for the Hospitality Hour in Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are needed to "ho st" the hour every Sunday at 9:45 am. The church always provides the coffee and volunteers are responsible for breakfast-type items such as bagels, donuts, fruit, cheese and baked goods.

Individuals and small groups can sign-up. Know that your generosity will be greatly appreciated by many! For more information, contact Steve Roland.

My Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I hope and pray all is well with you, your families and all GOD has entrusted to you. I want to congratulate you on a job well done in 2015!

Congratulations! You contributed $2500.00 to the Imagine No Malaria campaign sponsored by the United Methodist Church in an effort to stamp out malaria in the world in our lifetime. Millions of dollars have been raised across the United States in this effort; your efforts just may have saved 250 lives by providing them with insect-repellent-laced mosquito nets! Thank you!

Congratulations! You contributed money, time and yourselves to our "Sneakers for Kids" effort which provided new shoes for 59 students at Citrus Grove Elementary! More shoes will be provided this year. Thank you!

Congratulations! Your contributions of food, clothing, hundreds of service hours and thousands of dollars enabled our Outreach Ministries of Christ's Closet and Faith-In-Action to bless our community with more than $30,000 to hundreds of families and thousands of individuals overall. Thank you!

Congratulations! Your involvement in our Fall Festival back in October with your hours of service, your donated goods, your hearty appetites, your welcoming spirits and your many purchases represented Christ so well and enabled us to raise more than $14,000 which was distributed to support our Christ's Closet, Faith-In-Action, Trinity Learning Center, our Youth Mission Trip, Sam's Send a Box ministry, the Neighborhood Center, Grace House, the Wesley House ministry at Stetson University, the Good Samaritan Clinic, Interfaith Kitchen...all of which are local ministries here in DeLand...and the Word Made Flesh Ministry in Sierra Leone, Africa!

Congratulations! You took the Next Step during our generosity/stewardship emphasis in November and increased your pledged giving more than $90,000 from last year to this year! Thank you!

Congratulations! Restrictions of time and space will not allow me to mention all you did this year to impact the world for Christ! You continue to live out your discipleship to Jesus Christ in such a way that 18 new people joined our church in 2015 and many more lives were impacted for God's Kingdom. Guess what? We are in a brand new year and the Call of Christ beckons each of us to live out our discipleship in deeper ways by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness with the Holy Spirit's help to enable Trinity to further God's Kingdom here in DeLand and around the world. May GOD richly bless you as you richly bless all those around you. 

Congratulations! Thank you! There is more work to be done!



We are currently looking for individuals or couples willing to serve as ushers at the 11:00 am worship service for a pre-selected month during the year. If this is an area in which you feel called to serve, contact Conya Hartman. A training session will be held soon to go over all the responsibilities with a calendar and schedule for sign-ups. Please consider helping with this vital ministry.

The 2016 Altar Flower Calendar is now available in the Fellowship Hall. Arrangements are $25 each and there are quite a few dates still open. Reserve your special dates as a way of celebrating a birthday, anniversary or in memory of someone. For more information, email Carla Rhoderick at carlarhoderick@yahoo.com
Something More  got off to a great start last Tuesday evening. Although many said they could not attend, we had 34 who did! Food, fun and fellowship were plentiful. Highlights were watching Melissa dance although, sadly, June George declined to lead the line dancing (joke!). We pushed people a little out of their comfort zones. But no one was in a hurry to leave at the end of the evening, and we hope that they (and you) will come again on Tuesday, February 9 with a dish at 6 to eat or at 6:40 pm for worship.

Mark & Helen Jackson, Evangelism Team Chairs

East Central District Annual Leadership Event, a training opportunity for ALL local church clergy and laity

Saturday, February 6
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
First UMC, Oviedo, Florida

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this  FREE district-wide learning event designed to inspire and equip laity, lay staff, and clergy. Breakout sessions will target a variety of exciting ministry topics plus specific church leadership roles. We encourage all church laity to attend, especially newly-elected leaders and committee members for 2016.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish
Participants will select to attend two sessions from various topics and leaders. Click here 
for a list of courses that will be offered and the instructors. Register (one person at a time) by following this link: REGISTRATION.

NEED TRANSPORTATION? Want to ride with the group and enjoy lots of fun and fellowship (plus have a great lunch afterwards?) The church bus will be taken, as well as personal vehicles. Email Pastor Brian or the church office at trinitymgr@cfl.rr.com to reserve your seat!

What Exactly is Ash Wednesday?

Ever wondered the significance and background of the tradition of making the mark of the cross on a Christian's forehead or hand? Here's a sho rt video on what the mark means and how we, as United Methodists, interpret this special day and service.

Youth News

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage
of opportunity and strength."
Betty Friedan
February 7
"Souper" Bowl of Caring
Bring canned soups and monetary donations to church. The youth will be collecting before both services. Donations will go to Faith in Action & Christ Closet

No youth that evening
February 14
Valentine's Day 
Regular Youth 
3-5 pm
February 21
Regular Youth 
3-5 pm
February 28
Movie and Popcorn 
3-5 pm
Miss Lori & Mr. Jeff
Mr. Brian and Mr. Frank

Bible Study Videos and Discussion Guides Available

There are a number of available resources through the church for anyone interested in starting a small group women's Bible study.  The church has some excellent Beth Moore and Priscilla Schirer video studies available:
Beth Moore series
David: Seeking a Heart Like His
11 sessions
Stepping Up:  A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent
 7 sessions
Sacred Secrets
6 sessions
Priscilla Shirer
Breathe:  Making Room for Sabbath
5 sessions
Gideon:  Your Weakness, God's Strength
7 sessions
Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks
7 sessions
Can We Talk?  Soul-Stirring Conversations with God
6 sessions plus Intro
Anyone interested in borrowing these study materials and videos should contact Lynn Thompson at 738-7147 or Cindy Fox 479-4041.

We're going through a lot of paper plates these days. This morning Ashley Shaffer from the Early Learning Coalition came to read  "Where the Wild Things Are"  to my class and then we made Wild Things! We also had a Wild Rumpus and danced like crazy. Fun!

Cindy Fox, Director
As we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day today in our VPK class, the students displayed their diversity and unity by making this heart!

Are you comfortable with meeting new folks? Want to extend the hand and love of Christ to all guests and visitors at Trinity? If so, give Dave Ross 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. Did you know that this super-dedicated committee provided receptions for 12 funeral services in 2015?  The committee has been divided into three teams, with each team responsible for coordinating all bereavement and other 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

While we appreciate the thought behind the donation of plastic covers from newspapers, they are not usable for Closet shopping. Please recycle these at Publix or Winn Dixie.

Due to "critter" issues, we are no longer accepting egg cartons. Also, make certain donated plastic bags are clean. Recently, many have had meat juices and/or credit card sales slips inside.

For clothing donations, we cannot accept items that are stained, torn, "holey", discolored or dirty. Please be considerate when contributing. We know you would not wear so why would our clients want to receive?

Please remember we are a  clothing, food and hygiene ministry.  Our space does not easily accommodate other items (toys, books, kitchen wares, etc.) for distribution.  Create a space in your garage for these items to be stored for TUMC Fall Festival in October!

Please know that your donations are  deeply appreciated.  The time it takes our volunteers to accept, inspect, sort, pitch and prepare for distribution is valuable, however; so help us make their jobs enjoyable by being considerate of the above guidelines.

Blessings on our Congregation and Volunteers.

Susan Largen, Coordinator

Food Donations Needed This Month

Feb 7
Soup / Cereal
Feb 14
Hygiene Items
Feb 21
Canned Fruit
Feb 28
Canned Tuna or Chicken


Capital Campaign News

In February,  the newly-created Capital Campaign Steering Committee will meet with consultant Larry Sykora  to begin implementation of our highly-anticipated campaign.  

Steering Committee members will be introduced to the membership on Sunday, February 21 at both services. A printed organization chart showing the committee structure, leadership positions and areas of responsibility will be inserted in the bulletin.


Barbara & Dick Brunning

"Commit thy works unto the Lord" - Proverbs 16:3

Long-standing members of Trinity, Richard and Barbara Brunning moved to DeLand in 1963. Richard and Barbara were born in Rahway, New Jersey, and graduated from the same high school! Richard received an Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering from RCA Institutes in New York City. They married in 1951 and subsequently moved to Harlan, Kentucky, where Dick worked for radio station WHLN for a year. He applied to General Electric and moved to Syracuse, New York, where he began his 25-year tenure with GE with the Apollo Missile Program. His position brought them to Daytona Beach but they chose to live in DeLand. While in DeLand Dick's work continued with the Apollo program, and he managed a military program that continued until he retired in 1977. This busy gentleman then started a computer service company to help all those in need of computer knowledge!  Click here to read the rest of their story.

Trinity is co-hosting a benefit musical concert on Saturday, February 20 at 4 pm. Performed by some of the area's top vocalists,  "A Few of Our Favorite Things"  will feature Broadway show tunes, popular hits and more. The singers are some of DeLand's finest local talent, including our own Conya Hartman, Anne and Bob Sollien, along with their friends Tori and Rob Rathburn, and accompanied by Cynthia Hansen. Admission is a $5 minimum donation to be taken at the door.
Chapter DT of P.E.O. International is the concert's co-host and all proceeds will go towards funding educational scholarships for women. For more information, contact the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 or see Conya.

Have a little singer or actor at home? Get them involved in Music Makers!

Trinity UMC operates one of the area's finest after-school music enrichment activities in the DeLand area. This established, Christian-based program is for 2 nd through  5th grade students.  Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the church and will begin on February 22.

This year's musical, "It's Cool in the Furnace", is based on the timeless Bible story about Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Save the date - May 22 - on your calendars and come watch how the tale of a Godly guy named Daniel, his three side-kicks and a fiery furnace is about as cool as it gets. For information on how to register your child or grandchild,  click here.

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