Trinity United Methodist Church

In the HEART of Blythewood with a HEART for people  
In This Issue
New Church Hours
Stephen Ministry
Meeting Space?
Hand & Foot
Online Giving
Pastor's Corner
Stewardship Update
Ladies Supper Club
Older Adult Committee
Disciple Bible Study
Missions Ministry Team News
GAME Changers
Abide News
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.
Church Office Hours

Church Office hours:
Monday - Thursday

The only door that will be unlocked during the hours of operation is the door to the Welcome Center located on Boney Road across from Wendy's.
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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 click here and fill out and submit the form to Tracy Barnes. Completing a form will help us avoid scheduling conflicts.


Bridge players of all skill levels are invited to play Bridge every Tuesday. They  meet in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00pm.   Everyone is invited to come play, no matter your skill level.
Mexican Train
Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm
Mexican Train is a dominos game played on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Join us and learn a fun game.
Hand & Foot 
 Wednesdays 1:00
Hand and Foot is a card game that takes place every Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at 1:00pm. This is an easy to learn game that has been around a very long time. It is a lot of fun and we hope to see you there Wednesday.
Worship Bulletin Deadlines
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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February 2020
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Pastor's Corner

As we prepare to enter the season of Lent I believe it appropriate to share with you some history and practices of Lent. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian  liturgical calendar  that begins on  Ash Wednesday  and ends approximately six weeks later on  Holy Saturday , the day before  Easter Sunday . The purpose of Lent is to prepare Christians for Easter through  prayer , doing  penance repentance  of sins, and almsgiving . This season is recognized and observed by Protestants and Catholics world-wide.
During Lent many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days; this is known as one's Lenten sacrifice. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or volunteering in their community, to draw themselves near to God. 
This Lent I urge you to consider doing something you do not normally do throughout the rest of the year, like attending Pastor Joey's Lenten Bible Study on Monday evenings beginning March 1st, or devoting yourself to practice one of the spiritual disciplines more frequently like prayer, fasting, or reading an inspirational book or Lenten devotional. Lent is a perfect time to take an inventory to best see where you are spiritually. To that end I will be sharing a Spiritual Inventory with you on the first Sunday of Lent  to help evaluate your spiritual wellness, and ask that you consider taking the assessment to help facilitate your spiritual growth.
Clyde Scott
Senior Pastor
Ash Wednesday Services

Begin Lent on Wednesday, February 26 with the traditional imposition of ashes in some traditional, and untraditional, ways:

ASHES TO GO from 7:00-9:00am in the Trinity UMC parking lot.

Stop in on your way to work or after dropping the kids off at school or child care for ashes, prayer, coffee and donuts.

Traditional service is at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Lenten Bible Study

In the five-week study The Grace of Les Misérables, author and pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the story-grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope-each represented by a character in Hugo's story. As these imperfect and relatable characters interact, we can see how these ideals work together (perhaps even in spite of each other) out in the world.

Led by Pastor Joey Gambrell
Monday evenings
March 9 - April 6
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $15.00
Location: Sanctuary
To register contact the church office or fill out a bulletin insert.
Unplanned Showing at
Blythewood Presbyterian Church

Blythewood Presbyterian Church will be showing

March 5 at 6:00pm
441 Rimer Pond Road

No charge to attend, but there will be a opportunity to make a donation to help cover the cost of the license fee.

Anyone from Trinity that would like to see it in this type of setting is welcome. 
Ladies Supper Club

Judy Bailey is hosting our dinner on February 28 at 6:00pm! Judy is making Balsamic Chicken and Peppers.

Contact Judy or Michelle for Judy's address.  

Please note there is a time change - for February 28 we decided to meet at 6:00pm since it gets dark earlier.

If you are not getting our GroupMe / Text Messages, please let us know and we will make sure you are set-up.
We alternate hosting a meal on the 4th Friday of the month. We hope to see you soon!

Thank you! Kim & Michelle (803-331-3659)
Older Adult Committee

The Older Adult Committee is busy planning trips and activities to entertain and inform.  Although they are planned by this committee, anyone is welcome to participate.  

March Hillclimbers will meet Tuesday, March 3, at 11:00am in the Youth Building.  We will be entertained by the Ridgeview High School Choir. You don't want to miss this!  Our meal consists of lasagna, salad, garlic bread, tea and desserts for $8.00. Respond to your email invite from Rita Moore to attend.  If you did not receive an email, please call her at 803-606-6860 or email her at

Other upcoming events include:  Continuation and new class on Punch Needle on April 4 and a day trip with Christian Tours to the Sumter Iris Festival on May 23.  Watch the bulletin and newsletter for details soon.
Scouting for Food

 Blythewood Scouts collect 7,000 food items for Christian Assistance Bridge

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and volunteers from the Blythewood area combined forces last Saturday to collect approximately 7,000 food items to feed the hungry.

Scouting for Food is part of an annual scout service project held nationwide. In Blythewood, the food drive benefits Christian Assistance Bridge, which provides food and other emergency assistance to those in need.

Cub Scout Pack 224 and Boy Scout Troop 224 from Trinity United Methodist Church, Cub Scout Pack 633 and Boy Scout Troop 633 from New Kirk Presbyterian Church, and Boy Scout Troop 252 from Masjid Noor-Ul-Huda Islamic Mosque participated in the effort. Girl Scout Troop 690 and Christian Assistance Bridge volunteers also braved the chilly day to help sort food.

Saturday's work was actually part two of the project. A week earlier, scouts blanketed local neighborhoods with door-hangers to promote the drive. Last weekend they returned to collect donations door-to-door and deliver them to Trinity UMC's parking lot for sorting.

Similar drives take place this time of year across scouting's Indian Waters Council, which covers the Midlands, according to John Sagona, Capital Rivers District Commissioner. Hundreds of other scouting councils across the country hold their drives between November and March each year.

United Methodist Men

37th Annual
(Columbia District Men's Fellowship Night)
Rehoboth Fish Fry

When: Monday, February 24
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Rehoboth UMC
Christian Life Center
6911 Two Notch Road, Columbia

If the enough register we may take the church bus and will leave Trinity's parking lot at 5:30pm.    If you are interested in attending contact Don Thurmond at  803-788-3429.
News from Missions

The Missions Team is looking for a few volunteers to travel to Guatemala in late October or early November of 2020.  This group will be an information gathering team to begin planning for a larger mission trip to Trinity's missionary partner, Rev. Luke Ryhee at Healing Guatemala, in 2021.  Pastor Joey Gambrell has already stepped forward to volunteer to be a member of this team.  If you have ever wanted to be a part of an international mission trip, this is your chance.
Not interested in traveling to Guatemala, y ou can still help Rev. Luke in his ministry.  For as little as $35 dollars per month, you can help a young Guatemalan girl or boy pursue an education and help lift their family out of poverty.  What a great way for your family, Sunday School, Ministry Team, UMW Circle or other group to share the love of Christ and lift a family out of poverty. 

Look for more information about how you can be a part of Healing Guatemala on the Missions Bulletin board in the Narthex. 

The Missions Team is always in need of volunteers to help with individual projects.  Look for information on how you can serve for one or more of our projects during the year. 

If  you have a passion for Missions and want to help Trinity expand its missions program in your community and the world, we have a plan for that.  You can volunteer to job shadow the current Missions chair, for the next year, with the aim of becoming Missions chair in 2021.   Being the Missions chair is truly a labor of love.  We have a strong team who will have your back and Christ who will help you

Please spend time in pray about each of these opportunities and listen for God's call on your heart about each of these opportunites.  For more information, contact the current Missions chair, Judy Bailey at
G.A.M.E. Changers News

(Formerly Children's Ministry) 
G.A.M.E. Changers
God And Me Earthly Changers.

What a busy holiday and start to the new year. We're looking forward with 2020 vision!
Praise Kids

Children's Church each Sunday
during all worship services
for ages 4-8 years old

Power Hour
(Formerly Sunday School)
Travel through the Bible each Sunday morning from
10am-10:45am in the portables by the CLC.
Ages: through 5th grade

God Squad (September-May)
Sundays from 5-7pm

We have a family style meal, Bible lesson, crafts and games in the Fellowship Hall. Ages 4 year olds - 5th grade are encouraged to come out and join.

No God Squad on
Super Bowl Sunday, February 2

Good Vibes

Praise Him with music Wednesday nights from
6:30-7:30pm in the
Fellowship Hall.
Ages 4 and up are encouraged to join.
God's W.I.L.

GAME Changers is collecting warm blankets, hats, and gloves for God's W.I.L (Wrapped in Love).

G.A.M.E. Changers has been focusing on "Show and Tell" and they have done a tremendous job!
From missions, to crafts, to activities...the children have shown they know God's Love and want to share it.

Thank you to the children, parents, and church members for a fabulous beginning to 2020. With assistance from BHS student volunteers, over $300 was collected for the Salvation Army during our bell ringing in December. For the Super Bowl, they helped create 30 containers of "Friendship Soup" for CAB. What mission will we work on next? Join us and see!
Power Hour will move into the CLC Classrooms starting Sunday, February 16 - PreK and K will be in classroom nearest the restroom and 1st-5th will be in the classroom by the kitchen. 
March 1 God Squad will be in the CLC. 
Are you in the Contemporary service? Have you seen the "Pray Ground"? New for February, a quiet area with quiet activities for GAME Changers during the sermon. Parents, please help remind the Changers it is a "no talking" zone during the sermon and prayer. 
Easter Butterflies
The children of Trinity will once again release butterflies on Easter Sunday morning during Sunday School.
The process is simple and is a beautiful way to symbolize new life and rebirth. If you would like to be a part of this amazing transformation, please return this order form by March 8.
Each kit includes a colorful pop-up habitat, a cup containing 3 to 5 butterfly larvae, special food, a feeding kit, and instructions. If you already have a habitat, you can reuse it and order the larvae separately.

To order your butterflies fill out a bulletin insert or contact the church office.   All orders must be received by March 8 to ensure timely delivery. You will be notified when your kit arrives to the church. For more information, please contact Kim Burns.
Coming up with GAME Changers


Easter Egg Hunt
 March 28 at 10:00am

Trinity Express VBS
Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through

June 7-10

Get on board to deliver the good news to families in the Blythewood Community!
No matter how small a gift of time or talent, your offering can change a life.   Send your email address to Kim to receive updates on activities and volunteer opportunities. 

Like Trinity Children's Ministry on Facebook for weekly updates.

Need more information about Children's Ministry at Trinity? Contact Kim Burns Director of Children's Ministry.
Abide News

If you have youth aged 6th-12th grade, we have an opportunity for fun and fellowship you don't want to miss!

Prayer Breakfast 8:00am
Breakfast provided by Trinity's Men for High School Students on Late Start Wednesdays. Transportation provided to Blythewood and Westwood High Schools

Sunday School 10:00am
Middle School Class 6th-8th grades
High School Class 9th-12th grades 

Abide Youth Group
Sundays Nights 5:00-7:00pm for 6th-12th grades

Our Youth Group focuses on real life issues that teens face daily. We have fun and fellowship, but we also volunteer in our community while teaching others about Christ.

All youth are invited to attend our youth group, even if they aren't members of Trinity.
Need more information about Abide or Youth activities at Trinity? Contact Hope Dove Director of Youth Ministry.
Christian Assistance Bridge

Christian Assistance Bridge (CAB) is currently in need of several pantry items. When you're out doing your grocery shopping, please pick up a few extra items for our shelves. Below is a list of items that we use on a regular basis. Thank you for all your help and support.

Kate Williams

Mac & Cheese Ravioli Canned Fruit Ramon Noodles
Pasta Jelly Instant Potatoes Vienna Sausage
Canned Beans Rice Canned Meat Chunky Soups

Toothpaste Deodorant Soap Shampoo/Conditioner
CAB DONATIONS - We are happy to announce that you can now donate CAB items in the Youth Building. The youth have decorated a bin and it is ready and waiting for your donations.
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
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Family Promise Host Week
Moms Morning (9:30am, Felllowship Hall)
Ash Wednesday
Ashes-to-Go (7:00am, Parking Lot)
Ash Wednesday Service (7:00pm, Sanctuary)
Morning Book Club (10:30am, Good News Classroom)
New Member Class (5:00pm, Fellowship Hall)
Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting (6:00pm, Emanon Classroom)
Hillclimbers (11:00am, Youth Building)
Dulcimores (12:30pm, Fellowship Hall)
New Member Class (9:45am, Fellowship Hall)
Good News Class Luncheon (12:00pm, Fellowship Hall)
Moms Morning (9:30am, Felllowship Hall)
Worship Committee Meeting (6:45pm, Emanon Classroom)
Ruby Brown Circle Meeting (10:00am, Fellowship Hall)
Frances Creech Circle Meeting (10:00am, Lizards  Ticket, Blythewood)
Trinity Book Club (7:00pm, Contact Sherrie Payne)
New Member Class (9:45am, Fellowship Hall)
Susanna Wesley Circle Meeting (5:00pm, Fellowship Hall)
Stephen Ministry Supervision Meeting (6:00pm, Emanon Classroom)

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