Trinity United Methodist Church

In the HEART of Blythewood with a HEART for people  
In This Issue
Attention Amazon Shoppers!
Stephen Ministry
Meeting Space?
Online Giving
Pastor's Corner
Worship News
Poppy Sunday (postponed)
Online Worship
Christian Assistance Bridge
Church Staff
The Heartbeat  will be published and emailed monthly.  Make sure you receive yours, if you change your email address please notify the church office.  Deadline to submit an article is the 10th of the month. Articles should be emailed to  Tracy Barnes.
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Currently CLOSED due to Covid-19.

All Church buildings are currently closed.  If you need something, please email someone on staff.
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Stephen Ministry

As a Stephen Ministry congregation, Trinity is part of a big network with other churches. There are thousands of Stephen Ministry congregations representing more than 150 Christian denominations across the U.S., Canada, and the world. Headquarters is in St. Louis, Missouri. If you or someone you know is in need of care, contact the church office and we will see that care is given.

And all is confidential. If you would like to talk to a Stephen Minister, contact  Louanne Craft at 803-422-0101.
Need an Event put on the Calendar?

Do you want to have a meeting or class at the church?  Do you want an event listed on the Church calendar? Have you completed an Event Request Form (yellow form)?  If not, email Tracy or come by the church office to fill out a form.  Completing a form will help us avoid scheduling conflicts.

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Deadline for Sunday Announcements is Tuesday at noon.  If you have an announcement that you would like included in the bulletin, email it to Patricia.
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June 2020
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Pastor's Corner

Dear Trinity,

I am excited that Bishop Holston and the Cabinet have appointed me as your senior pastor, effective June 30, 2020. I desire for us to be together in worship, and to get to know you through small groups and home gatherings. However, we are living in the midst of a pandemic and we are uncertain of the future. Hopefully, we will have freedom to engage one another in coming months. In an effort to help you know me better, I wish to share a little about myself as a person and a pastor.

My early years were spent in Northern Virginia. In the early 70's, my father took a job in Columbia, SC. We lived in West Columbia and I am a graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. Columbia is my home and I'm excited to be staying in the area. Jan and I have been married for 19 years and our daughter Kate just turned 16.

How does a person become a pastor? My call to ministry started when I was a young child, having been raised in the church. My parents were faithful in taking me and my brother and sister to worship each Sunday. I remember MYF, Vacation Bible School, and church dinners.

Also, I am the grandson of a United Methodist minister. So, you could say that I have pastoral ministry within my bones. I remember sensing the call to ministry when I was 15 but did not act on the call until my early 40's. In between those years I attended the University of South Carolina with a major in Broadcast Journalism. I worked for 20 years in television at WIS-TV, SCETV, and the athletic department at UofSC. Sensing the call to ministry, after the death of my grandfather, I attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. From there, I entered the candidacy process and completed the ordination process. I became an ordained Elder in 2013.

How does a pastor become just a person? A pastor wears many hats: preacher, counselor, administrator, priest, prophet, teacher - to name a few. Pastors often work 365 days a year, oncall 24/7. This is an unsustainable lifestyle. Through seasons of stress and pain, I have learned to be just a regular person. People often put pastors up on a pedestal and expect us to be infallible. I strive to be a regular person who lives life to the fullest. I find enjoyment in activities such as exercising, working in the yard, hiking, playing golf, and spending time with my family. I also seek good self-care habits by meeting with a spiritual director, clergy mentor, clergy counselor, clergy friends, and finding solitude at Mepkin Abbey or a cabin in the mountains.

How does a pastor become your pastor? As a United Methodist, we are all a part of the itinerant system. At ordination, I took a vow to go wherever the Bishop sends me. Just because I have been sent to appointments all over the state does not mean you are not part of the system too. My District Superintendent, along with the Bishop and Cabinet, prayerfully discern all appointments. All parties have input, including your Staff-Parish Relations Committee. God is in the process, and the gifts I have been given and the needs of Trinity are a match made in heaven, and lived out on earth. Although the Bishop has appointed me to be your pastor, I will only truly become your pastor when you welcome me into your life and your church life.

I look forward to being in partnership with you in the mission of making disciples. I believe that the best days for Trinity are in front of us. I am eager and excited to work along side each of you as we journey together with God, who equips us and sustains us for the work of ministry. Trinity's ministry is about connecting, growing, and serving the people of God in Blythewood and beyond.

Blessings on the journey,
Rev. Scott W. Smoak
Gift for Clyde

As you know, Pastor Clyde Scott will be preaching his last Sunday on June 29 and retiring from Trinity to spend much deserved time with his family.  Our church will say farewell to him virtually and will present him and Ilona with gifts of appreciation at that time.  Please consider making a love offering contribution in their names to Trinity UMC to show the respect and gratitude for his leadership and spiritual guidance to our membership during his three and a half years tenure here.  We also appreciate his military service as a chaplain serving the needs of service men and women here and abroad. God bless them in their future at their lakeside home and for peace and comfort in years to come.

Upper Room

The July/August Upper Room booklets have arrived! Since the church building is closed they can't be picked up; we'd hate to see them just sit there. If you would like to receive an Upper Room please email Tracy and let her know. We have regular print and large print, specify if you prefer large print

Children's Ministry News

Rocky Railway Virtual VBS

July 13-16

Trinity UMC is excited to announce that we will host Rocky Railway Virtual VBS this year. Join us July 13-July 16 at 10:00am!! We will have take-home kits for every participant to pick up at a later date. Get your ticket now to join us and learn how Jesus' power gives us hope!!
Youth News

If you have youth aged 12-18 and are looking for them to be apart of the right internet chat, then look no further. We have Virtual Sunday School at 10:00am on Sundays and Abide Youth Group on Sunday nights at 6:00pm.
I would love for your youth to join me and my other youth in Zoom Land. 
We have baked cookies together that were taste tested by our lovely parents. It was so much fun explaining how to do the recipe and watching the youth put their baking skills to the test. All of our cooks got a thumbs up from their taste testers. 
We also have done tie dying together which resulted in some amazing shirts. The kids have skills. We play lots of games, sing Karaoke, and hangout. 
To join us for Sunday School or Abide please contact Hope at for the Zoom meeting information.
Hope to see you in Zoom Land!
Peace and Love,
Blessing Bags

Thanks to all who donated items in March for the Blessing Bags that w  ere going to be assembled on the 5th Sunday that month.  We'd been holding them, but went ahead and delivered everything to Oliver Gospel Mission. 
Online Sunday School and Meetings

More people are attending Alpha Sunday School class now that we are on  Zoom than before. Who would have imagined that!
If your Sunday School class or other small group is interested in learning how to meet via Zoom or Go To Meeting or some similar services, let Bob Wood or Tracy Barnes know, and we will set you up. It's free, and it's fun. You just might find yourself seeing friends you haven't seen since early March!
What can you do on Zoom that's fun? You can show printed documents (like Bible verses,  and prayers, and words to hymns), photos - anything you have on your computer. Sure, it takes a little preparation by your leader, but it is worth it! And your leader can also surprise folks by asking them to leave their computer for a moment to search the house for an item that represents something in the lesson. A  favorite cross or Bible, a glass or water, a loaf of bread - whatever makes sense. And, well, the possibilities for fun and creativity are endless.
If you'd rather watch how Zoom is done, let Mitch Williams know, and he'll send you an invitation to attend Alpha Class this Sunday. And if your beauty salon hasn't opened back up yet, you can still participate by phone.
Christian Assistance Bridge
Christian Assistance Bridge

Christian Assistance Bridge (CAB)  is seeing unprecedented numbers of families that need assistance during this pandemic.   If - and only if - you are venturing to stores, we need the following items. Please drop off at CAB curbside Monday or Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm.   OR  donate money and we will do the shopping - here is our PayPal link.
Current Needs:

* Dried beans,
* Canned soup (vegetable, tomato)
* Canned Beef (stew beef, corned beef),
* Canned Fruit
* Canned vegetables (carrots, potatoes, squash, lima/butter beans
* Mixed vegetables, leafy green vegetables,
* Canned black eyed peas

Kate Williams
Blended Worship Service 8:45am
Traditional Worship Service 11:00am
Contemporary Worship Service 11:00am - Youth Building
Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Office   803-786-1637
Church Fax   803-786-6252
Trinity Learning Center   803-786-4999
Trinity  Learning Center Fax   803-754-8402

Trinity United Methodist Church
Post Office Box 864
Blythewood, SC 29016
Church Staff
Pastor Clyde Scott,  Senior Pastor
Pastor Joey Gambrell, Associate Pastor
Hope Dove , Director of Youth Ministry
Kim Burns, Director of Children's Ministry
Murphy Peele,  Bookkeeper
Tracy Barnes,  Office Manager
Cathleen Barrow, TLC Director
Jami Watford, TLC Assistant Director