Worship: Sundays @ 8:15, 9:40, 11:00 am | Wednesdays @ 6:35 pm
Does the Bible Really Say That?
"God has a plan for your life." "God doesn't give you more than you can handle."  These are simple statements that may capture in part what the Bible has to say, but they also miss the point in some important ways.  That's why it's important to understand what the Bible really says.  Join us as we search for the truth of Scripture. 

This Sunday's sermon is " Money is the Root of All Evil," by Rev. Steve Price.
Servant of All
This 6:35 Wednesday Night Contemporary Service message series will run from September 19 - October 24.  
 
This Wednesday's sermon is "Who Do You Say am I," by Rev. Lenora Rousseau.
For Your Information
From September 24-28, 18 members of Trinity's staff leadership team are traveling to Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park, KS, to take part in the Leadership Institute, a conference to learn new methods and models of ministry for every area of the church. We appreciate your patience during this time in allowing staff to be fully present during these sessions.  For emergencies, please contact Jordyn (352-376-6615) for assistance. 
Mission Box
This week's Mission Box will again support the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). 100% of donations to UMCOR go to relief work and they are currently working in coordination with annual conferences, ERTs, disaster response coordinators, and volunteers to provide support and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. (text 2 give keyword: umcor)
Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us for food, fun & fellowship! This week's menu is baked ziti, pesto peas, garlic toast, soup, salad, and dessert. Dairy and gluten free options are available. The kitchen will be open from 5 - 6:30pm. Adult meals are $ 7 , children 6 and up are $ 3 , 0-5 eat free with a $25  family cap.
Donations Requested
A group from Trinity is heading to North Carolina on Thursday to assist in hurricane relief and clean-up. We are collecting supplies to send with them to deliver to those affected by the storm. If you would like to participate, please bring any donations to the reception desk, or put them in the blue bins in the education building no later than 8:30pm on Wednesday.  Click here to download a list from UMCOR with suggested supplies. 
The Cross and the Flame: Conversations with Bishop Carter
Bishop Carter will hold regional gatherings in September of 2018. These events are open to all, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Bishop Carter prior to the gatherings. Each event will begin at 6:30pm, and a reception will follow. Register online here.
  • Today, September 18 - First UMC, Boca Raton
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Harvest UMC, Lakewood Ranch
Thanksgiving Baskets
Thanksgiving is coming upon us quickly, which means our annual Thanksgiving Basket outreach is just around the corner! Each Sunday between now and Thanksgiving we are asking you to bring in a different item to help us make Thanksgiving possible for 1,500 families. 

 

This Sunday's donation item is instant potatoes. 

Fall Harvest
We are gearing up for the 2018 Fall Harvest and we need you!! This year's event will be October 28 from 3:30 - 6:30pm. As you know, this is our largest community-wide event and it is not possible without your help. Please help Trinity show extravagant hospitality to our Gainesville neighbors by donating candy at the reception desk and signing up to volunteer !
Missions
On October 7, join us as we partner with Gator Wesley for a meal packaging event. The packaging will be from 4 - 6pm, followed by dinner and worship at 7. Gator Wesley is located at 1380 W. University Ave and parking is available in the garage behind their building. This is a great event for all ages, so please come and bring a friend!
Faith Leaders' Summit on Children
You're invited to attend the Faith Leaders' Summit on Children on September 20!   Trinity will be hosting this important event for our community that will include faith leaders from around Alachua County.  There is great potential for this to be a robust discussion full of voices from many religions and backgrounds! 
 
Many of the issues impacting children in our community today, including educational equity, early learning gaps, and poverty are ones that our faith communities can collectively have an impact in addressing. When we, as communities of faith, are aware of the issues facing our children, then we can best support them in this ever-changing world. 

The Faith Leaders' Summit is designed to help inform you about the status of children in our area. The organizers have pulled together an outstanding panel of speakers that includes educational, mental health and children advocacy leaders.  In addition to the data they will be presenting, you will also have the opportunity to hear about two local initiatives that will be considered by voters this November (the Children's Trust and School Facilities)  to help support children's programming and school facilities on a countywide level.  After you hear from the panel, there will be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ask your own questions.    
 
In order to register, please click here. For additional information, please feel free to contact Dorothy Thomas .

Caring & Support
On September 20, The Healing Room will be open from 6:30 - 9pm (E207). You are welcome to join us for healing prayer for yourself, or to "stand in the gap" for others. These once-a-month evening prayer sessions are provided by The Order of St. Luke members and friends. For further information please contact Linda Buth, OSL Convener (337-302-4433).

Healing Touch Cancer Support Group will be meeting on September 20 at 5:30pm in the O. Dean Martin prayer room. Join us as we discuss "Easing the Burden of Stress." For information, call Marcey at 331-2960 or Margie at 386-462-9592.
Children's Ministry 
Upward Basketball/Cheerleading registration is open now! Visit Upward's website to register. Practice starts the week of November 26 and the first games will be December 14. Evaluations will be held at Westside Baptist Church and the dates are as follows:
  • October 5, 5:30-7:30pm (1st, 4th, and 5th grade ONLY)
  • October 7, 2-4pm (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ONLY)
  • October 12, 5:30-7:30pm (K5 - 8th grade)
  • October 13, 9-11am (K5 - 8th grade)
  • October 21, 2-4pm (K5 - 8th grade)
Faith Mission
Can you be an "encourager" for an elementary student?  SMILE is a Faith Mission-supported program at Rawlings where volunteers meet weekly with students for lunch.  Our goal is 50 children in SMILE this year!
 
Information sessions for volunteers and those interested will be at Rawlings on September 13, 11am-12pm and September 20, 12-1pm.  A luncheon and orientation will be September 26, 11:30am-1:15pm.  For more info please email the SMILE program or call Ward at 352-416-3050.

Trinity | Youth
Pick up a Fall Youth Calendar at UMYF or at the Education Building Reception Desk.

Sunday Nights @ UMYF this September 5:30-7:30pm (all 6th - 12th graders are invited):
  • September 23 | Illuminate: Special Night of Worship. We will have a special night of worship at UMYF where we'll have different stations set up to help students experience God in new & different ways. We will also have dinner together (bring $3).
  • September 30 | UMYF Mystery Night. What will we be doing? ... Join us and find out! Bring $10 to cover dinner & our mystery activity. Drop off and pick up will be from the church.
Youth Wednesday Night Small Groups this Fall (all 6th - 12th graders are invited):
  • September 19 - October 10, 6:30-7:30pm in the Youth Building | F4: Females, Faith, Fun, & Fellowship and G3: Guys, Games, & God. These small groups will be a time to hang out, have fun together, and talk about our faith.
Adult Ministries
The Disciple's Path course is a 7 week class for someone wishing to become a member of Trinity or a refresher course for seasoned church members desiring to take the next step in discipleship. It is a unique and engaging approach to the study of discipleship within the context of the Wesleyan/United Methodist heritage and tradition. Register here!
  • Introductory session, September 19
  • Remaining sessions, October 10 - November 14
  • 6:30- 7:30pm
  • Leaders, Rev. Steve Price and Rev. Catherine Fluck Price.
Parenting your child in this generation is unique. What is your parenting plan? What would a joyful family mean to you? Drawing from God's Word and research, identify your parenting style, build a vision for your family, and begin the path to parenting with joy. Register here.
  • Sundays, September 30 - October 28 (no class October 21)
  • 11am - 12pm
  • Leader, Elise Caton
Point of View is an immersive experience that makes space for engaging difficult conversations through the lenses of empathy, context, and mission. It is a space where you can bring your thoughts, questions, emotions, and heart without the fear of being judged or coerced. We are offering two more POV sessions, please register online.
  • Session II (3, 2-hour blocks): Sundays, October 7, 14 & 21, from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Session III (3, 2-hour blocks): Wednesdays, October 24, 31 & November 7, from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Christian Love and Sympathy is Extended to
husband Benjamin Franklin, III; daughter Lindsey Johnson; and son Benjamin Franklin, IV; and their families, on the passing of Pamela Franklin on September 9. 
Family Matters
Elijah Grant Waters was born on September 6 in Charleston, SC. He is the son of Benjamin Waters, Jr., the grandson of Michelle and Scott Gulbranson, and the great-grandson of Bob and Joy Waters and Yvonne Waters.
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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