Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Why, God?
Why, God? That's a question everyone wrestles with at some point in their lives. When bad things happen, we cry out to God for answers. Through January 27, we'll look at the story of Job and his experience of tragedy to help us understand how God is at work in our lives and in the world...and to find hope in the darkness.  Please come worship with us on Sundays in January. 

This Sunday's message is "Humble Endings," by Rev. Catherine Fluck Price.
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 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 You Feel Least Qualified," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box is for Kairos Prison Ministry. Their  mission is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women, and youth, as well as their families, and to help them become loving and productive citizens of their communities. (text 2 give keyword: kairos)

Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us for food, fun & fellowship. This week's menu is baked eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, roasted vegetables, biscuits, salad, soup, and dessert.  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.  
From Heroin to Hope: Making Sense Of The Loss of A Child
Dr. Marsha Wiggins, former Associate Pastor and Interim Senior Pastor at Trinity UMC will speak on her book,  From Heroin to Hope: Making Sense Of The Loss of A Child,  on February 6 at 6:30 pm in the Worship Center.

Dr. Wiggins lost her only child, Cameron, at age 26 to a heroin overdose in 2013. As part of her grieving process, she has written this book to help other parents and those affected by the death of a child from drugs.

After her talk, there will be time for a Q&A session, as well as round table discussion. Everyone is invited. Her book will also be available.
Festival of Choirs
You are invited to attend the 33rd Annual Festival of Choirs that will be held on January 27 at 5pm at First Presbyterian Church (300 SW 2nd Ave).  Tom Trenney will conduct the combined choirs of First United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, Holy Trinity Episcopal, and First Presbyterian churches.  Having such a large ensemble singing hymns and anthems, together with participation by the congregations, provides a unique worship opportunity for the community.
Cost of Poverty Experience
The Cost of Poverty Experience offers a glimpse into obstacles faced, decisions that have to be made, and consequences that impact families every day in and around Gainesville, FL.  Participants face real-life scenarios and the experience exposes barriers, reasons for frustration and confusion, and results of difficult choices.  An overview of COPE can be seen  here.
 
Please join us  for this very impactful workshop on February 3 from 1 - 4:30pm in the Worship Center.  Lunch is provided and there is no cost to attend.  Limited to the first 40 participants who register here!
Youth Ministries
Cross-Generational Prayer Partners: this spring the Youth Department is partnering youth & adults through prayer in a cross-generational prayer partner program. For this program to happen we need over 50 adults to commit to being a prayer partner for one of our wonderful youth from February through the end of April. This program will give both youth & adults an opportunity to intentionally pray for another person and to reach across generational lines to connect with someone else in the congregation. If you are interested in being a prayer partner please contact the Youth Staff or sign up here.

UMYF
  • January 27, 5:30-7:30pm: This is Me ... Keven (in this UMYF lesson Keven Braswell will share his story of how God is working in his life and how God is working in our lives as well).
  • February 3, 6pm-halftime: Super Bowl Party in the Youth Building. Please bring a snack/drink to share!
  • February 10, 5:30-7:30pm: This is Me ... Gen X, Millennial, Gen Z (in this UMYF lesson we'll talk about who we are generationally by discussing how our generations relate to each other and to God).
Rock the Universe Lock-in: from February 1 at 4pm through February 2 at 8am: All 6-12 graders are invited to the Christian Rock concert, "Rock the Universe" at Universal Studios in Orlando. Tickets are $65 for the concert and entrance into Universal Studios. Sign up by January 28 here.
Adult Ministries
Adults Leisurely Enjoying Retirement Together (ALERT) will be hosting a Haven Hospice Attic Fashion Show at their next monthly luncheon on February 1.  All clothing modeled will be for sale, including spring jackets and nice purses at a very reasonable price. Cash or checks only will be accepted. The cost of lunch is  $7.00 . Please call Jordyn at 376-6615 to register for lunch.
 
Toxic Charity or Transformational Mission? Can churches and nonprofits sometimes unintentionally hurt the people they mean to help?  Have you ever felt frustrated when volunteering in a program serving people who are poor?  What can we learn from the Bible that guides us in our mission work? Trinity will be offering a series of mission studies in 2019, beginning with Toxic Charity, a book by Robert Lupton. Join us as we explore how we can serve others with dignity and long term transformation.  (Sundays, February 10 - March 3, 5:30 - 7:00pm, E203, led by Meghan Williams). Books are $14 and available at the Trinity Bookstore.  Please read chapters 1 and 2 before the first session. Childcare available (ages 1 year - 5th grade) with a reservation. Register here.  
 
If you would like additional resources related to the current message series, Why, God?, stop by the Trinity Bookstore or contact Kim (416-3074). We currently have copies of Why? Making Sense of God's Will,by Adam Hamilton and can reorder as needed. 

Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ Facilitator Training: 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).
Missions
You can help Trinity's youth medical mission to Guatemala by donating vitamins and non-prescription medicines. Bags with a list of needed medications will be available in the sanctuary at the January 27 and February 3 worship services. Vitamins and over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and antacids are needed. Please return your filled bag to a collection box starting February 3. Collection boxes are located in front of the sanctuary, at the reception desk in the education building, and in the youth building.
Children & Family Ministries  
Registration is open for Upward flag football for boys and girls age Kindergarten - 9th grade. The early registration fee is $99. After February 17, the cost increases to $115. Cleats are recommended. All evaluations will be from 2 - 3:30pm on the sports fields. Evaluations dates are January 27, February 10, and February 17.
Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of our 56th wedding anniversary on January 27. From Phyllis & Keith Baucom
 
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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