Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Once Upon a Holy Night
The thrill of hope...the weary world rejoices...a new and glorious morn. These lines from a beautiful old carol sound like they could have been scripted for our world today. Come worship with us this Advent season as we make room in our hearts for the good news of a babe born in a manger.  
 
This Sunday's message is "The Soul Felt Its Worth," by Rev. Steve Price.  The message on Christmas Eve (see more details below) is "Fall on Your Knees," by Rev. Catherine Fluck Price.
Love Came Down at Christmas
6:35 Wednesday Night Contemporary Worship Service message series from November 28 - December 19. Each week we will be bringing the story of Christmas alive with a modern reading of the Biblical text. Join us to see how the story unfolds!  

This Wednesday's message is "Love that Shines in the Darkness," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau. There will be no 6:35 worship on December 26.
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box is for Welcoming Gainesville. Welcoming Gainesville is a nonprofit organization that aims to make Gainesville more welcoming towards immigrants, international students, and refugees. Their mission is to "make newcomers neighbors" so that we can create our shared vision of a community that celebrates diversity as a source of strength and innovation (text 2 give keyword: welcome).    
Upcoming Advent Events
Christmas Poinsettia Dedications: The poinsettias that are adorning the chancel areas in the Worship Center and Chapel are available for purchase and dedication. If you would like to order and pay online, please click here. If you would like to pay by cash or check please contact Bree Kerwin (416-3017). Orders are due no later than 4:30pm on December 19.
 
Longest Night Service: The Longest Night is a service of scripture, stories, special music, silent reflection, and healing prayer. It's a time to recognize that Christmas can be a bittersweet time of the year. So on the longest night, we invite you to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. Join us on December 21 at 7pm in the Chapel to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness, and to hear song that acknowledges that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle.  
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Christmas Eve Serving Opportunities

There's no better time to connect with people who do not regularly attend church than on Christmas Eve.  And therefore it's a time when we want to offer our best Trinity hospitality!  Please make a commitment to be a part of extending this hospitality by serving in one or more of the following ways:
  • Greeter - Welcoming at one of the entrance doors or the Welcome Center
  • Usher - Handing out bulletins and seating people
  • Communion Server - Serving the bread and cup to worshipers and assisting with the candle lighting
  • Communion Steward - Setting up and/or cleaning up communion
We are still looking for volunteers to help us show radical hospitality! If you are able to serve in any of the above ways for any of our Christmas Eve services, please sign up here or call the church office (376-6615) to let them know how you want to serve.
Trinity Holiday Office Hours
We will close at 12:30 pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on December 26. We will also close at 12:30pm on December 31 and re-open on January 2 so our staff may enjoy time with their families.
Coffee Talk
Free Coffee!!
The Coffee Hospitality team needs your help. Can you give 2 hours a month of your time to serve Sunday morning coffee in the Welcome Center? No prior experience needed, full training provided. Did we mention, free coffee?! Please contact Dianne and Ken Buhr.

Missions
It is time to start the 2019 Interfaith house with Habitat for Humanity! The first volunteer day is going to be January 5 from 8:00am - 2:30pm. The minimum age is 16 years old, you don't have to have any experience in construction. If you'd like to participate, please contact Kelly (416-3048).

Family Promise Volunteering: Trinity is hosting families from the Family Promise program January 13 - 20. Please check your calendars and consider volunteering to host in the evenings or overnight, or assist with initial setup or departure cleanup. Everything takes place at Trinity, and there are options to suit your availability and comfort level. Thanks in advance for helping your Trinity family host these local families in need! Sign up here.
Adult Ministries
We have a lot of new classes beginning in January, check them out here to find one that speaks to you!
  • A Disciple's Path
  • Twelve Women of the Bible
  • At the Crossroads
  • not a fan. Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
  • Making Sense of the Old Testament
Have you found freedom from some life-controlling habit or behavior? Have you overcome life-controlling depression, anxiety, fear or anger? Would you like to use your God-story to help others break free? There will be a day of training on February 23 from 8:30am to 4:30pm to learn how to facilitate Christ-centered support groups based on the book, "Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ." Class materials will be provided, and we will have morning coffee and a light lunch. For more information or to register, please contact   Roger Stroud  (352.502.6519).
Children & Family Ministries  
Spring Crosstrainers is an action packed sports experience, full of exercise and energy for elementary aged children. We play and teach fundamentals for basic sports and large group games. This program will run from January 15 - May 23. It's open to children in 1st - 5th grade. Visit our website for more information. On-line registration is open now.
 
CHEERS and CHEERS Cherubs will resume on January 16 for 3 year olds through 5th grade.  Dawning Doves (children who turned 3 by Sept. 1, 2018 and Pre-K children) can register for CHEERS Cherubs here! If your child was registered for the fall, there is no need to register again.  
 
Join us for the Children's Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 3pm. This special service, led by children, is for children of all ages--young and old. Bring a bell to ring! 
Youth & Family Ministries
December Coffeehouse Talk ( December 18 5-6pm): All youth  are invited to join the Youth staff at the Starbucks by the church for conversations about life, God, and future plan & dreams for our youth ministry!
Art Show
The fall Trinity Art Show, "Families are Forever," is almost over.  Take a few minutes over the next three weeks to invite family and friends to stroll down the art exhibit hallway on the 2nd floor of the Education Building.  It is a beautiful show and will end on January 8th.
Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given to the glory of God.
 
If you would like to provide the altar flowers, please contact Bree (416-3017). If you need to make arrangements for assistance or special accommodations during Sunday services, please contact Shannon (416-3005) Monday - Thursday. If you would like to have your milestone birthday or birth of a new child announced in the Tuesday Word, please email Kelly
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