October 11, 2018
Defying Gravity

The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?”  Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.”  But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions. (Matthew 19:20-22, CEB)
So how did the first week go? In case you missed it, this past Sunday, we talked about the force of financial gravity in our lives. As was true for the wealthy young man who encountered Jesus, our possessions exert a force in our lives that we don't always recognize. Just like the pull of the sun on the planets, and the planets on their moons, the more possessions we a-mass , the more we experience the gravity that comes from their mass .

Our practical challenge this past week has been to do some hands-on exercises with our possessions at home. We were invited to take a first step to see what would happen when we cleaned out a drawer, closet, fridge, or other area of the house that we've neglected. As we did so, I suspect that all of us felt, in some way or another, the pull of financial gravity. My hope isn't that any of us would feel shame in that exercise. Instead, my wish is that we would be honest with ourselves and invite God's help to avoid being caught up in the strong gravitational pull that our world exerts on us. The truth of the story from Matthew's gospel is that the less we are being pulled in by our possessions, the easier it is to find the freedom to follow Jesus.

So how do we find a healthier balance of financial gravity in our lives? How can we break free of the pull of our possessions? That's the topic we will explore this Sunday as we continue our series, Defying Gravity . Go ahead and read the 15th chapter of Luke's gospel for a preview. I look forward to growing in this area of my life along with you.

PS - don't forget to bring any unused clothing you may have discovered in your closets. There are bins at the north and south entrances ready and waiting for your donations.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor David Rittgers
This week's sermon will be "Breaking Free," based on theme scripture from Luke 15:11-32 (CEB) .The choir will be singing "River in Judea" at 9:00.

Kindling Music

Blood Drive: Will be in the Fellowship Hall Tomorrow, October 12 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM. The American Red Cross reports an urgent need for blood donation at this time.

MYF trip to Ramseyer Farms: On Sunday, October 14th our middle and high school youth will be taking a trip to Ramseyer Farms at 2:30 PM.

Fall Cleanup: Join us Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 AM for our fall church cleanup. There will be a sign up sheet at the welcome center on Sunday. Please let us know how you can help! Jobs include cleaning and organizing: Sanctuary, Boiler Room, Sacristy, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall, Windows, Outdoor Projects at Church and Parsonage.

Women's Bible Study: Join Sherry Leggett as she leads a Women's bible study on the book of Philippians on Sundays at 5:15 PM. If you would like to join, please email and download the First 5 App on your iPhone, kindle, or android.

Grief Share: This support group meets weekly in the Fellowship Hall Annex room on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. The current class runs through November 14. Contact church office to register.
MYF Bible Study: Sunday, October 21 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM at Jenn & Drew's. Meal will be provided by the Leggetts.

Jr./Sr. Guys Night: Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 PM at Buffalo Wild Wings in Wooster. Meet at the church at 6:15 PM if you need a ride!

MYF Family Fellowship Event: Learn to Play Euchre Night! On Sunday, October 28 from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM you can bring your whole family and learn how to play this classic card game. There will be pizza and door prizes!

Salvation Army Empty Bowls Fundraiser: Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Come, pick up a bowl and enjoy a Soup Lunch. First come first served for bowls. Tickets cost $20.00 and all proceeds go to The Orrville Salvation Army - Maiwurm Service Center. For ticket information, please call The Orrville Salvation Army: (330) 683-3138.

Community Thanksgiving Meal: Thursday, November 22, during the early afternoon here at Trinity UMC. Our Dinner Church team is organizing a 'test run' of the Dinner Church meal on Thanksgiving Day. The meal will include turkey and the trimmings people expect with a Thanksgiving Day meal. If you are available that day and would like to help, please contact Sheri Brediger or Pastor David. Anyone is welcome to attend. We especially would like to provide this meal for those who may be without family that day.
Prayer Requests
Church of the Week: Clearview UMC
Prayers for those in the military

Our sympathies to Carolyn Markley for death of her father Harry Dawsey on 10/4.

Kelly Bertsch - Breast Cancer
Requested by Julie Leathers-Stahl
Dennis Adcock - Rotator cuff surgery
Jodi Shilling - Beginning new chemo treatment
Requested by Becky Shilling
Betty Hammar - Health concerns
Requested by Mary Lou Lisic
Carter Jenkins - Tumor found on ribs
Requested by Linda Werntz
Helen Gerber – Health concerns
Sophia Werntz – Continued health concerns
Barb Miller - Cancer
Helen Hochstetler – Health concerns
Kathy Wagner Wince – Lyme Borrelia Disease
        Dick & Marguerite Wagner’s daughter
Dawn Zerrer – Cancer has been spreading 

Please keep the office updated on the status of 
those on the prayer list. Requests will stay on the 
list for one month, unless the office is notified 
otherwise. Thank You!
Trinity United Methodist Church
1556 Rex Drive
Orrville, OH 44667