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. Beginning January 6, 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 "When Words Come Too Easily," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
Wednesday Worship
This Wednesday's message will be "Gifts of Worship," by Elise Caton.
Mission Box
This week's mission box supports the Alachua County Coalition against Human Trafficking. Their mission is to build a safety network of partnerships that will work together to identify, rescue, and restore victims of all forms of human trafficking within Alachua County. (text to give: trafficking)

Bible in a Year Daily Readings
In last week's Pastor's Message, Rev. Steve invited you to join him and his covenant brothers in an opportunity to read the Bible in a year. Every morning, we'll be sending out an email with scripture and a prayer. If you'd like to receive that email - please sign up here.

And if you'd like to use the same devotional Bible that they are using, you can order it  here
Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us for food, fun & fellowship. Please plan on bringing a friend or neighbor on January 16 from 5-6:30pm for a free spaghetti supper - our first Wednesday Night Dinner of 2019. Dairy and gluten free options are available. Following the 16th, adult meals are $ 7, children 6 and up are  $3, 0-5 eat free with a  $25  family cap.  
These weekly dinners could not happen without the support of volunteers like YOU! If you have a servant's heart and have any interest in finding out more information about opportunities with the Trinity kitchen please contact     Chris Riggs.  
Trinity Is Hiring!
Trinity UMC is currently seeking qualified applicants for two administrative support positions: the  Executive Assistant to the Pastors and the Worship Arts Assistant.  The Executive Assistant to the Pastors is a full-time, 40 hour per week position with benefits including health insurance. The Worship Arts Assistant is a part-time position of approximately 25 hours per week. To see job descriptions for these openings, go   here.

Applicants should submit resume with cover letter to Shannon Rosselle.
Adult Ministries
A new Sunday school class begins January 13 (11am, room E225), for 20's and 30's single or married who are looking for an intentional and relevant faith community. This class will be focused on practical applications through scripture study.  You're invited to a community that supports one another, explores big questions, and celebrates life together. 

The Singles 30's-40's Sunday School class (11am, room E221) will begin reading the book Jesus Is Risen: Paul and the Early Church on January 13.  If you would like to order a copy of the book, stop by the bookstore on Sunday, or contact Kim (416-3074).  New participants are always welcome!

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
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).
Set a New Year's resolution this year to serve on a mission trip! We have medical, construction, and evangelism opportunities for everyone. For more information on any of these trips, please contact Missions.
  • Guatemala with Porch de Salomon: March 30 - April 6 (deadline January 11)
  • Spring Break Youth Medical Mission Trip (Guatemala): March 31 - April 6 (deadline January 11)
  • Cienfuegos, Cuba: May 3 - 10 (deadline January 10)
  • Appalachia Service Project: May 2019
  • Guatemala with ODIM: July 20-28
It is time to start the 2019 Interfaith house with Habitat for Humanity! The first volunteer day is going to be January 19 (this is a date change) from 8:30am - 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.
Faith Mission
Can you be an "encourager" for an elementary student?  SMILE is a Faith Mission-supported program at Rawlings where volunteers meet weekly for 30 minutes with students.  We have 25 children signed up for SMILE who do not have "encouragers" and we need your help for these students!  Our next information session for folks interested in SMILE will be at Rawlings on January 16, 12:30-1:15pm. 
Faith Mission is forming a "Bless the School" team to support Rawlings students & staff.  "Bless the School" will do things like organize teacher appreciation gifts or meals, volunteer at special events like book fairs and carnivals, and help gather supplies requested by teachers.  Could you serve on this new team to be a blessing to the children and teachers in the Faith Mission neighborhood? 
For more info on SMILE or the "Bless the School" team please email  Ward!

Children & Family Ministries  
Crosstrainers is an after school, action packed sports experience, full of exercise and energy for elementary aged students (1st - 5th grade). We play and teach fundamentals for basic sports and large group games. The program runs from 2 - 5pm, (we can pick up from Talbot Elementary!) on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 2-5pm from January 15 - May 23. You can find more details and registration here
CHEERS and CHEERS Cherubs will resume next week 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. 
Rejoice! with us as we share God's love through music and dance! The spring 2019 session of Rejoice! will meet on Wednesday afternoons beginning January 16 from 2 - 4pm in the Choir room (3rd floor Education Building), and will end with a fun-filled performance on Wednesday evening, May 15, at 6:30pm in the Worship Center. Rejoice! is for children in grades K-5. We can't wait to Rejoice! with YOU! Rejoice is  $40 /child. Register now!
Join us as we celebrate the New Year at our next Parent's Night Out on January 11 from 5:30-8:30pm. Our themed Parent's Night Out will be a fabulous night of dinner and special activities for all ages, 12 months and walking through 5th grade!  Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register by January 9.  
Caring & Support
The Widows and Widowers Support Group will meet January 8 at 5:30pm at Northwest Grille (5115 NW 39th Avenue).

January 13 is the monthly healing service in the Chapel (please note the time change to 9:40 am). Meghan Williams will be leading this prayer service. Individual and corporate prayers will be offered, as well as The Lord's Supper. All are welcome to attend. This service is sponsored by The Order Of St. Luke, an international healing prayer ministry, modeled on the example of Jesus' healing. For further information about OSL, please contact Linda Buth (337-302-4433). 
Healing Touch Cancer Support Group will meet January 17 at 5:30pm in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. Join us as we begin the new year. For more information, contact Marcey (331-2960) or Margie (386-462-9592).
Special Needs Resource Expo
Your help is needed! The Special Needs Resource Expo is a free event which provides opportunities for parents and professionals to connect and discover many of the wonderful resources available in Alachua County and surrounding areas. This event will be held at Trinity on January 26 and they are expecting 2,000 people to attend. 

We are looking for positive individuals to help with sign-in, set-up, and tear-down. Click here to find the perfect opportunity for you!
Christian love and sympathy is extended
to David and Caren Rowe and family on the passing of his mother, Lorraine Rowe, on January 1; 

to Susan Gracy, Bradley Gracy, and their families on the passing of Michael Gracy, on January 2; 

and to Whit and Ruthanne Curry on the passing of their son, Robert "Robbie" Curry, on January 6.
Altar Flowers
This week's altar flowers are given in memory of Douglas Woodall who died January 12, 2018.
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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