Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
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.

This week's message will be " A Shield of Protection," by Rev. Catherine Fluck Price.
Desert Wanderings: Exploring Questions of Faith
This week we begin Desert Wanderings, our 6:35 worship series for Lent. Each week, one of our pastors will share a message based on your questions about faith. To submit yours, go here. At the end of worship each Wednesday, one of the questions received will be randomly drawn by a member of the congregation and become the focus for the following week's message.

This week's focus question is: "How can the Bible help us deal with the stress of living in the modern world?" Rev. Steve Price will address the question in a message entitled "A Life-Giving Word," using Isaiah 55:1-2, 6-11 as the Scripture reading.
Mission Box
The mission box this week supports The Education Foundation of Alachua County. Through their "Take Stock in Children" program, they provide low-income students the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty through education. They offer college scholarships, volunteer mentors, and hope for a better life. The comprehensive program starts in middle school, continues through high school, and includes the student's transition into college. Please check out their website for more information. (text giving: text amount and "education" to 352-204-0163) 
Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us for food, fun & fellowship.  The menu for March 13 is french toast, sausage, baked eggs, breakfast potatoes, soup, salad, and fruit. 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.  
Is It I, Lord?
On Monday, March 25 at 7pm, the meeting of the Trinity Church Council will include a special Charge Conference to consider a motion certifying Meghan Williams as a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. Meghan currently serves as an intern with Trinity's Faith Mission. This is an exciting time for both Meghan and Trinity. Over the years, this church has helped nurture the call to ministry for many people who have gone on to serve God and the church in many and varied settings.

Anyone may attend the Charge Conference. The Church Council, per the Book of Discipline, is the voting body for the Conference. 
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. At Trinity United Methodist Church, equal talent will always get equal opportunity.

We are searching for an outstanding candidate to fill our Director of Communications  position. This individual should have a passion and appreciation for the principles of servant leadership, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence. They should also be approachable and have excellent verbal and written skills, as well as a creative mindset. To see the full job description, please click here. Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to Jen Thomas.

We are searching for an exceptional candidate to fill an opening on our Stepping Stones team to promote the values of this vital ministry. The Assistant Director of Stepping Stones should have a passion for working with children and adults in ministry and an appreciation for sharing the love of Christ. If you enjoy building relationships and making a difference in families' lives, please submit a resume and cover letter to to McCall Griggs. To see the full job description, please click here.
Dressing Pastor Steve for Easter
While in Rwanda last month, Pastor Steve had this shirt custom-made by one of several ZOE graduates who now own and operate a tailor shop. Now you get to decide if we will all see him wearing it for worship on Easter Sunday. You can vote FOR the shirt with your contribution to the "YES, he wears it!" fund or AGAINST the shirt with your contribution to the "NO, he doesn't!" fund. All contributions to both funds will go toward supporting our ZOE kids. The fund with the most contributions wins.

You can "vote" on Sunday morning,  online here , or text the amount and either "yes" or "no" to 352-204-0163.
Seder Meal
Join us April 18th at 5:30pm in the Worship Center for The Last Supper: A Journey Through Passover, as we explore the ways in which Jesus fulfilled and expanded our understanding of this ancient meal of remembrance that illuminates God's eternal plan for our freedom from slavery to sin and death through the sacrifice of the Pascal Lamb, Jesus Christ.

Tickets for dinner: $10  adults / $ 5  children 5 - 9. (Ages 0-4 eat free with a reservation). Menu: Spinach Salad, Matzo, Herb Roast Chicken, Golden Potatoes, Honey Carrots, Dessert. To order and pay online with credit/debit, click here. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check,  contact   Alice Wallis  (352-416-3016).
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.

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 April 9. A bin will be outside the door for collection. Thank you!

SUMMER CAMPS - Registration for SummerTime Fun, Fusion, CrossTrainers and Dance Camp is now open! Sign up early, limited spaces fill up fast! Date and time details and registration links can all be found on our website.

This Sunday, March 17 - Trinity will have one worship service at 9:30am followed by the Vision Team Presentation. During Worship, Children, Youth, and Adult Sunday School will not be meeting but we will have childcare for Pre-K children and younger.  Everyone is encouraged to attend worship together. After worship during the Vision Team Presentation, elementary children are invited to come to the North Oaks playground (formerly known as the Big Playground) and the Children's Ministries Team will provide activities. Pre-K children and younger will remain in childcare.
Missions
We have a congregation member in need of some assistance, if you are skilled in washing machine repair or you have one to donate, please contact Kelly Ping (352-416-3048).
Youth Ministries
UMYF Youth Group (Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm)
  • March 17 & 24 | 24 Hours That Changed the World. In this UMYF Lenten lesson series we'll spend time going through the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. We'll eat dinner, play games, have a lesson, and worship together. (Bring $3 to help supplement the cost of dinner.)
Wednesday Small Groups:
  • Youth Small Group: All students are invited to join our small group in the Youth Building on March 20, April 3 & 17, and May 1 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Student Leadership Team Meetings on March 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!)
Adult Ministries
Lenten study: Deeper Walk Through Lent  Do you hunger to go deeper in your faith?  Join us for a 4 week study as we discover Christian Meditation through Centering Prayer and Fasting.  The first 2 weeks we will focus on the methodology of Centering Prayer and the remaining 2 weeks we will talk about ways to remove distractions that limit us from going deeper in our relationship with God. (Sundays, March 24 - April 14, 11am - 12pm, E203, led by Jim Nilon and Franny Long, childcare available for kids age 1 - 5th grade). Register here.
 
Spiritual Growth Mission Study, Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Prospective for Covenantal Living
Everyone is welcome to come with open hearts and open minds to participate in this mission study. Our Trinity unit will combine with UMW members from First and Wesley UMC.  We will explore the ways God calls us to live in covenantal relationship with all of creation and work toward stronger and healthier relationships with creation, our community, ourselves, and God. Bring a small sample of dirt from your garden. Suggested food donation for Gainesville Community Ministry: oatmeal and grits, but any and all non-perishable foods are appreciated. (March 26, 8:45am -1pm, E232).
 
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
Caring & Support
The Healing Touch Cancer Support Group meets on March 21 at 5:30pm in the O. Dean Martin Prayer Room. Our guest speaker,  Betty Sampson, will help us explore our spiritual gifts! Everyone is welcome. If we can help you, call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
Christian Love and Sympathy is extended
to Sharon Stewart and family on the passing of her father, Bill Guyer, on March 8.
Altar Flowers
This week's Altar Flowers are given in loving memory of Gloria Fletcher from Cotton Fletcher and family.
 
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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