Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Worship and Celebration of the Ministries of Rev. Lenora Rousseau and Ted Grueser
Join us for Worship tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27 followed by a reception as we give thanks for the ministries of Rev. Lenora Rousseau and Ted Grueser. At the end of February, both Lenora and Ted will be leaving their ministries with Trinity. After serving as one of the pastors of Trinity for 2 ½ years, Lenora and the kids will be moving to San Antonio, TX to join Rev. Aaron Rousseau, former Associate Pastor of Trinity who has already begun his service as a Navy Chaplain. Ted Grueser has been serving alongside Trinity for 5 ½ years as the Director of Missions. He and his family will remain in Gainesville and as a part of Trinity, but Ted will be stepping away from ministry, as he has indicated due to his declining health.

As we celebrate their ministries, come for Wednesday night dinner and stay for Worship at 6:35, (this week in the Worship Center, not the Chapel). Lenora will be offering her farewell sermon, and we'll celebrate Trinity missions and the ministry of Ted with testimony and multi-media. And, of course, we'll have a few surprises. Worship will be followed with a reception, again in Worship B. You won't want to miss this special evening and the opportunity to express your appreciation for their ministries with Trinity! 
Love Offering for Lenora
As Lenora and her family move to Texas to be reunited with Aaron, she has plans to launch a virtual ministry that would include some of the ministries she offered with Trinity: Holy Yoga, Point of Grace, devotional writing, and perhaps even a virtual church. Just as we outfitted Aaron for his Navy Chaplaincy with a love offering to cover the cost of his Navy Uniforms, we invite you to help outfit Lenora for her ministry so that she can purchase equipment and pursue certifications and training she might need. Please make your gifts to Trinity and designate it specifically for "Lenora Rousseau love offering". You may also give online here. We look forward to giving this February 27.
Love Offering for Ted
During Ted's five years as Trinity's Director of Missions, many persons have had the opportunity to travel with Ted to both share and receive God's love in other parts of the world. To celebrate Ted's passion and commitment to international missions and his work in countries around the world, we invite you to contribute to build a well in an underdeveloped country in Ted's honor. Please make your gifts to Trinity and designate your offering specifically to "Ted's well". You may also give online here. We look forward to celebrating this offering on February 27.   
UMW Sunday
This Sunday celebrates 150 years of the United Methodist Women as a membership organization serving women, children, and youth around the world. 
 
This Sunday's message is "Standing Up and Stepping Out - From 8 to 800,000," by Rev. June Edwards.
Trusting God Farther Than You Can See God
As we travel through life, there are inevitably times when we will find ourselves having to 'trust God farther than we can see God.' On Wednesdays through February 27, we will explore how various folks from the Old Testament (like Noah, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, and Abraham) were challenged to trust God in different ways as they sought to live into the call God had placed on their lives and how their example can be an inspiration for us in our spiritual journey today.


This Wednesday's message will be "When the Future Is Unknown," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
Celtic Rhythms: Keeping Time with God
The season of Lent (40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter) is a time for deepening our faith. This year, we will let the Celts be our teachers in drawing closer to God's own heart. By exploring some core spiritual elements that define the Celtic tradition - finding God in the ordinary, seeking God in creation, silence and solitude, the Iorica (breastplate prayer), and the Celtic High Cross - perhaps you'll discover a new rhythm for daily living that helps you keep better time with God. Join us for this new message series on Sundays during Lent.
Desert Wanderings: Exploring Questions of Faith
This year during Lent, 6:35 worship on Wednesdays will be an experiment in giving you a chance to help define the direction of each week's message. For six weeks, Catherine and Steve will be preaching on your questions about faith. Where do you struggle in being a follower of Jesus? What question related to faith keeps you up at night? If you could have a one-on-one with Jesus, what question would you ask him to help you understand better? What troubles or confuses you in the Bible?

Here's how it works. Between now and March 3, submit your question here. All the questions will be gathered, printed on slips of paper, and put into a basket. Each Wednesday, beginning with Ash Wednesday (March 6), a member of the congregation will be invited to draw one of the questions out of the basket (without looking). The question will be read aloud and the following Wednesday, the message will address that question. So join us on Wednesdays this season and invite your friends to come along, too. 
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box will go to help two local organizations that the UMW supports. The first is Wesley House Family Services, which is dedicated to protecting and nurturing children and strengthening families in Monroe County. The second is Cornerstone Family Ministries, which impacts the lives of disadvantaged children and their families in the Tampa community by nurturing young bodies, developing young minds, and fostering hope through Christ. (text to give: umw) 
Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us for food, fun & fellowship. The menu for February 27 is herb seasoned haddock, baby baked potatoes, green beans & mushrooms with sun dried tomatoes, rosemary rolls, soup, salad and a dessert reception to follow after the 6:35 service celebrating the ministries of Rev. Lenora Rousseau and Ted Grueser. Dairy and gluten free options are available. Adult meals are $ 7, children 6 and up are  $3, 0-5 eat free with a  $25  family cap.  
 
It takes a lot of hands to make this weekly fellowship successful. If you are able to assist the kitchen in any way please contact Chris Riggs.  
Lenten Information
 
Hold the Date!  
Sunday, March 17
 
One Worship Service @ 9:30am
Vision Team Presentation @ 10:45am
 
Ash Wednesday 
Join us on Ash Wednesday, March 6 for a service in the round to begin the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a great time to mark a new beginning in one's faith journey or to recommit one's self to walking as a follower of Jesus in this world. We will gather in the Worship Center at 6:35pm. Everyone is welcome.
 
Drive-thru Ashes 
For those who are unable to attend the Ash Wednesday evening service, you're invited to receive prayer and ashes to begin your day in the Trinity parking lot. As a way of extending hospitality and grace to our community, we will be offering drive-thru ashes between 7am and 9am. Parents dropping children off at Stepping Stones or Talbot, as well as anyone else who is interested, will be offered the opportunity to participate.
 
A Lenten Study, Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality
Listening for the Heartbeat of God presents a spirituality for today, modeled on the vital characteristics of Celtic spirituality throughout the centuries. The emphasis is on the goodness of creation and of humanity made in the image of God. (Wednesdays, March 13 - April 17, 6:30 - 7:30pm, E203, led by Stan Beckerdite & Ann Abbott. Books are $10 and available at the Bookstore, please read chapter 1 before the first session.  Childcare is available for kids age 1 year - 5th grade). Register here
We're Hiring
Are you looking for a position where your individual contributions are truly valued, your duties are part of a larger mission, and your work family is like a second home? At Trinity United Methodist Church, we strive to provide that "second home" feeling for our members and our staff team; where being big-hearted, Christ minded, Spirit led, and bound by love are the core values of our community of faith.

We are searching for for an exceptional candidate to fill an opening on our Stepping Stones team. The Assistant Director of Stepping Stones should have a passion and appreciation for the principles of servant leadership, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence to support the staff, congregation, students and families who focus on these church initiatives: promoting and sustaining our faith that combines head and heart and hand. Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to McCall Griggs. To see the full job description, please click here.

We are also seeking qualified applicants for an Executive Assistant to the Pastors.  This is a self-motivated and highly capable position committed to confidentiality, integrity, and teamwork that is able to create, and train direct reports to create, a welcoming atmosphere of service to all while handling a variety of administrative responsibilities.  Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Jen Thomas. To see either of the full job descriptions, click here.
No Bull Bibles & Brew       
On the 1st Monday of each month (March 4) from 5:30 - 7pm, the 9:40 band will be playing Christian music followed by a time of fun and inspiring adult conversation about the Bible and the Christian faith led by Rev. Steve Price at Crafty Bastard's Restaurant and Pub. If this is something that appeals to you, come! And, bring a friend for happy hour, all you can eat wings, as well as spirited music and conversation about God's great love and saving grace.
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Do you love to sing?
If your answer is yes, we would love to have you join the adult choir to prepare for their Choral offering of the Holy Week Cantata, "Canticle of the Cross," by Joseph M. Martin, on April 14. 
We will be rehearsing this music at the beginning of rehearsals on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 7pm in the choir room. No audition is needed--just a willing heart and voice. Please let Alice know if you can be there, and we will save you a seat!
Adult Ministries
Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement Together (ALERT) will be meeting on March 8 .  The morning begins at 10:30am with a Bible Study in the Worship Center with Rev. David Leonard, followed by a lunch and program. The cost of lunch is $7.00. Please call Jordyn (352-376-6615) by March 4 to register for lunch.
Caring & Support
Are you grieving the death of a spouse?  Trinity is offering a stand-alone 2 hour seminar, developed by GriefShare, for those who are facing the unique challenges that come with the loss of a spouse.  The seminar will be held on February 27 from 6:45 - 8:45pm in room 225.   The regular GriefShare sessions will begin the following week on March 6.
 
The Widow/Widowers monthly meeting will be March 5 at 5:30pm at Northwest Grille (5115 NW 39th Avenue). 
 
Trinity invites anyone who has lost a loved one to GriefShare, the grief support group for people experiencing grief and loss. GriefShare is a 10 week video seminar series that features some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics and provides a warm, caring environment with others who are also experiencing loss. The video seminars are combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. They will meet on Wednesdays, beginning March 6 from 6:45 - 8:15pm in room 225. Call Lynn Cunningham at 352-372-1027 for more information. 
Youth Ministries
UMYF (Youth Group)
  • March 3 from 5:30-7:30pm: Connections! In this UMYF series we will be learning about connecting with each other and with God. We'll eat dinner, play games, have a lesson, and worship together. (Bring $3 to help supplement the cost of dinner.)
  • March 10 from 5:30-7:30pm: Illuminate Night of Worship
Wednesday Small Groups:
  • Youth Small Group: All students are invited to join our small group in the Youth Building on March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17, and May 1 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Student Leadership Team Meetings on February 27, March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22 from 6:30-7:30pm
Friday Breakfast @ Bagel Bakery: Drop by from 7-8:30am to eat breakfast and hang out for some Friday morning fellowship. (We recommend carpooling with your fellow students for optimal fun & convenience!)

Summer Mission Trips Meeting: All students interested in serving this summer on our middle or high school mission trips should join us March 3 at 7:30pm in the Youth Building (after UMYF) to learn about the exciting mission opportunities we have planned for the summer!
Children & Family Ministries  
Send your "Lucky Charms" to our next Parent's Night Out on March 15, from 5:30-8:30pm!  Our themed evening will be a fabulous night of dinner and St. Patty's activities for all ages, 12 months and walking through 5th grade.  $10 per child, cost includes activities. Pizza dinner is available for $4 each, or you may bring your own dinner. For questions contact Virginia Lewis. Please register and pay online by March 13.

Save the Date: Vacation Bible School's To Mars and Beyond (June 3-7, 9am-12pm)! We will encounter the limitless power and love of God! VBS is for children going into Kindergarten through 6th grade. Registration begins April 8. Is your child younger than PreK? Volunteer and your child can participate! Volunteers and their children can register today!  

Candy Collection: We are collecting individually wrapped candy for our Easter goody treat bags. Please take your candy donation to the Children's Ministries office, Rm 108 by March 11. A bin will be outside the door for collection. Thank you!
Missions
Trinity is hosting families from the Family Promise program March 3 - 10. Please check your calendars and sign up here to serve as a 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!
Altar Flowers
This week's Altar Flowers are given in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the United Methodist Women.
 
If you would like to provide the altar flowers, please contact Alice (416-3016). 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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