TFC | February 27th, 2015

“Coffee with the Formans” Rescheduled to March 4

Walking Partner Questions 4 email without bookOur original Saturday, Feb. 28 scheduled “Coffee With The Formans’” is RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15 pm due to difficult weather this weekend. Everyone is welcome to join us for a combined Men’s and Women’s Bible Study session where we’ll practice the art of asking questions with others in Walking Partners conversations.

Especially plan to be there if you are going on our upcoming men’s or women’s retreat. This year’s theme is Walking Partners, and Rowland and Elaine will help us get into this frame of mind and be prepared for a fruitful time together.


TFC | February 13th, 2015

Rowland Forman at TFC Feb. 22 and 28

WalkingPartnersbookmarkbrownRowland Forman will be with us Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 for a follow up and deeper interaction on mutual mentoring and our “Walking Partners” program.

Feb 22, Rowland will be modeling a mentoring session in the Sunday 11:15 am Connection Hour. Join him again Saturday, Feb. 28, 9-10:30 am for “Coffee with the Formans: Guided Practice in Mutual Mentoring Conversations.” Here we will have a chance to put into practice what we are learning. (Childcare available for children up through age 4 with a reservation at msjubilee@trinityfellowshiplorg by Feb. 26 noon.)

Rowland has also made himself available to meet one-on-one. If you are interested, contact Diana Calvin (

TFC | January 29th, 2015

A Doubter’s Guide To The Bible

JohnDicksonHave you ever considered what it might truly mean for your life if the Bible were true? Or more precisely, if you LIVED as if the Bible were really true? That is one of the most fundamental questions about Christianity that believers and skeptics must face. It shapes our lifestyle choices, or sense of morality and spirituality, even our engagement in a post-Christian culture. Skepticism and even increasing hostility towards the church and the Bible are unavoidable in our world, our workplaces, friendships, and families. Doubts are a natural and necessary part of a deepening faith.

Dr. John Dickson’s new book, A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible, attempts to address that very question and outline a fresh and well-thought out perspective on the Bible. We are blessed to have John join us and speak in our worship service on Sunday February 8th.

John Dickson holds a PhD from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia; is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University; is a co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity; and serves as senior minister at St. Andrew’s in Roseville. John is author of more than a dozen books, is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television, and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences. Dr. Darrell Bock has partnered with John on several ministry events and has been instrumental in lining up this opportunity.

You won’t want to miss this special Sunday. It will be a terrific opportunity to invite your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors. Copies of his most recently published book will be available for sale.

You can learn more about Dr. John Dickson and his ministry at: (personal website).  You can also visit the website for Centre for Public Christianity for a great sampling of the kinds of cultural engagement John guides.

Together in Christ Jesus,

Keith Hileman

TFC | November 15th, 2014

Important Upcoming Dates

Elder/Staff Retreat session Friday am, and Fall Elders Retreat Friday pm-Saturday —Please pray.

CHANGE: This is normally Family Worship Sunday, but because the sermon will include some difficult details of the Rwandan genocide, children through age 6th grade have the option to go to The Meadow for a lesson after the Call To Worship during the worship service.

Real Life @ Home new holiday campaign. Details in worship service and at Path to Real Life booth in foyer.

Family Meeting 11:15 am-12:15 pm

Church Potluck Lunch 12:15-1:15 pm honoring retiring church secretary Diana Palmer—bring any dish for 10-12.

TFC | November 13th, 2014

Upcoming Important Dates

• Elder/Staff Retreat session Friday am, and Fall Elders Retreat Friday pm-Saturday —Please pray.

CHANGE: This is normally Family Worship Sunday, but because the sermon will include some difficult details of the Rwandan genocide, children through age 6th grade have the option to go to The Meadow for a lesson after the Call To Worship during the worship service.

•  Real Life @ Home new holiday campaign. Details in worship service and at Path to Real Life booth in foyer.

•  Family Meeting 11:15 am-12:15 pm

•  Church Potluck Lunch 12:15-1:15 pm honoring retiring church secretary Diana Palmer—bring any dish for 10-12.

TFC | September 26th, 2014

TFC 38th Anniversary: Walking Together

WalkingPartners4webIn 1976 Dr. Ed Blum (then professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and teaching pastor at Believers Chapel in Dallas) and Dr. Alan Hull (Dallas nephrologist), with the blessing of Believers Chapel, led a dozen folks on a new adventure. The group was committed to a vision of life together that involved an honest and courageous fellowship that flowed out of a vibrant fellowship with God through Christ in the unity and power of the Holy Spirit. And so Trinity Fellowship was birthed and named from 1 John 1:3: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us.

Thirty-eight years later we are still blessed by the joy of walking together, sharing in the fellowship of life with Jesus Christ. Thousands of lives have intersected with stories of grace and mercy and love under the guiding truth of God’s Word and the faithful celebration of the Eucharist. And we will celebrate God’s faithfulness to us this Sunday.

As we’ve done for many years, we also celebrate baptisms and have a catered picnic on our anniversary Sunday. Plan on being a part of our baptism service following the connection hour outside in our holy cattle trough, followed by great fellowship in the beauty of the Texas fall weather with a catered BBQ picnic for $5 per plate. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs.  We will have a few tables set up for those who can’t get on the ground.

We are thrilled to have Rowland Forman, long time friend and former member of TFC during his DTS study years, with us during our anniversary.  Drawing on his ministry giftedness and recent book on mentoring, Rowland will encourage us to continue to develop strong fellowship through the spiritual discipline of friendship and mutual mentoring. He’ll also lead a follow up class discussion during the connection hour (in the fellowship hall, 11:15-12:15). And, he’ll present even more practical skills in a seminar next Saturday at TFC (Oct. 5, 9 am – noon). Register in advance. Invite friends. This promises to be a great learning experience for intentional discipleship through mutual mentoring. And if that isn’t enough, Rowland has graciously offered to schedule follow up personal mentoring or coaching visits with individuals or small groups on the topic of mentoring during his time in Dallas. You can visit with Rowland personally this Sunday or contact the church office if interested in such a visit.

Whether you have been around from the beginning, or are new to the family it will be a joy to celebrate together God’s faithfulness to us as a church as we continue to share the real of Christ together at Trinity Fellowship Church.

Grace and peace,


Keith Hileman, Pastor
Trinity Fellowship Church

TFC | September 19th, 2014

Fall Carnival with Richland Elementary

FallCarnival2014The past two years our TFC Fall Festival provided a safe, fun event for local families on Halloween night, along with an opportunity to share the love of Christ with our neighbors. The church body came together to serve our community with big smiles, good music, and even pies thrown in our pastor’s face! This desire to share Christ’s love in our community has also included involvement with local ministries Dallas Life, Network of Community Ministries, and Oasis Center to name a few. We are excited to add to our local outreach opportunities as we volunteer to help nearby Richland Elementary with their Fall Carnival the night before Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 30.

Richland’s Fall Carnival attracts nearly 1000 people. The school staff & PTA put on the carnival, but they rely on many volunteers to carry it out. We want to “fill the gap” as we help them with their volunteer needs. Our TFC Jazz Band has already signed up and will be the featured entertainment for Carnival!

The Carnival is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, 5:30-8 pm. Volunters need to arrive at 5:15 pm to prepare for the public. Other details to know are:

  • RISD background checks are required of all volunteers, thus the sign up deadline of Oct. 8. The online form is very short and takes only 2-3 minutes.
  • The background checks take 2-3 weeks to process, that’s why our deadline to sign up is Oct. 8 firm.  You can sign up online here, or in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays. The background check link will be sent to you once you volunteer.
  • Our volunteers cam sign up for any station they choose at the Carnival.
  • We are encouraged to bring baked goodiesor candy for the Carnival. Both home-made and store-bought goodies are acceptable, but please avoid anything with nuts for the sake of allergies.

We hope you’ll join us as we partner with Richland Elementary to serve our community and make an impact for the sake of Christ….sharing Real Life together!

TFC | July 17th, 2014

Looking Forward to Lingering Together

LostArtofLingeringBook4epistleWe are blessed to have Rowland Forman, long-time friend of TFC and Executive Director of Living Stones Leadership Ministries in New Zealand, scheduled to join us in ministry for our church’s 38th anniversary celebration this fall. I mention it now so that you will mark your calendars for a unique ministry experience we are planning with Rowland in addition to speaking at the Sept. 28th worship service.

Rowland’s most recent book, The Lost of Art of Lingering: Mutual Mentoring for Life Transformation, is an incredibly insightful explanation and how-to on fostering intentional spiritual friendships as a necessary component of the Christian life. (You can order a copy of the book at the Living Stone’s website.)

Rowland will be leading a hands-on interactive seminar on Saturday morning Oct. 4th, 9 am until noon, covering topics like asking good questions, listening well, and how to take conversations and relationships to the next level. Rowland’s wisdom, years of experience, and shepherd’s sensitivity will be a great guide for anyone involved in a small group, leading a small group, or desiring to develop lasting and mutually enriching spiritual friendships. In addition, he will also be leading discussions on mentoring during the Sunday morning adult Connection Hour (11:15 am) on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th.

Mark your calendars. And prayerfully consider who you might invite to come with you to this special gathering and to walk alongside you to share the real life of Jesus Christ together.

Keith Hileman

TFC | June 26th, 2014


What do you get when you add goats, chickens, ducks, biblical adventure stories, exciting music, authentic tabernacle lessons and elementary age kids? It equals TFC’s VBS “Traveling with Trust” fun! Joel Bigley and her team of volunteers invited students and their families to journey with the biblical “Joshua” this year. Our Joshua, Lloyd Webb, shared stories of trusting God while leading the twelve tribes of Israel across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  Andrew Lin & Paul ShurtleffThe children spent time with their “tribe leaders,” made crafts, sang with Becca Bryan, listened to engaging true stories of battles, courage, sin and redemption, played crazy fun games with Jeff Harding and Tim Horton and learned about the actual dimensions and purpose of the traveling tabernacle with Mr. Sisson.

New this year was a special event on Wednesday morning for moms and other caregivers of preschool age children. They enjoyed a brunch of homemade breakfast delights and then joined all the kids in the sanctuary for singing, dancing, and a taste of what VBS is about! Everyone left excited about coming to VBS next year! Judy Masters was also on site Wednesday with her hobby farm animals. There was great delight in the air…along with authentic odors of traveling with animals!

It all came to an end and the costumes and props were packed away for another year. Plans are already being made for next summer. Stay tuned. One never knows where we will go for our next adventure…and you are invited!

VBS Singing!

TFC | May 22nd, 2014


Sexual identity is perhaps the leading cultural issue of our day, and the world is listening for what the voice of the church will say about it. Sadly much of the conversation within the church, and between the church and the world is polarizing and focused on judgment and labels. That’s the easy and default response to people who are different than us. Unfortunately, judgments of stereotypes or even political agendas end up missing the opportunity to care for persons with the transforming grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

Over the last year the number of folks who have approached me with questions or stories related to sexual identity have increased significantly. Maybe they are just now feeling comfortable talking. Perhaps the increased media attention makes the topic unavoidable. Yet the kinds of interactions involve friends, family members, and personal questions. It’s unavoidable. Our elder board has dialogued on the topic of sexual identity and how we as a church should not just respond, but address it thoughtfully for the growing witness of our church in our community.

What kind of heart will our words and actions reveal about how we see those who are different than us? And are we also willing to listen to people who might offend us? To hear their stories and connect with them in ways that offer grace and truth? Will we, out of fear, offer distance and condemnation, or, compelled by the love of Christ, will we engage with those with whom we disagree?

We are pleased to have Dr. Gary Barnes join us in worship on Sunday June 1st to address these and other topics related to the church’s response to issues of sexual identity. Dr. Barnes is a former member and elder of TFC and a professor at Dallas Seminary, and he and other special guests will help us consider how the Bible and the gospel shapes the way we approach topics such as this and people with whom we differ. He will be presenting in the worship service and then afterwards leading discussion at a special adult Connection Cour class at 11:15 am (in the Fellowship Hall).

Let me encourage you to consider a few things before then:

  • Pray for this time, that the grace and truth of Christ would so permeate our hearts and our gathering that we would see more clearly a fruitful gospel understanding and approach towards sexual identity issues.
  • Don’t avoid this, even if you think your mind is already made up on the issue and your convictions are set.
  • If you have kids, become better informed and equipped to converse with them about what they see, hear, and encounter personally in our world today. Being the first Sunday of the month students grades K through 4th will have the option to go to The Meadow. Fifth grade through high school are a part of the service. Consider talking with them before and after.
  • Invite others. Tell your friends and neighbors, regardless of their church experience or lifestyle choices.
  • Check out the work Gary Barnes is doing. He is an expert in this field of research and study and is currently assisting with a project called, “Compelling Love Documentary.” It is a documentary film about connecting beyond tolerance. They recently launched a kickstarted campaign to complete the project, which ends on June 17th.
  • Here are some links to that work:

It is a privilege to share the life of Jesus Christ together at TFC.

Keith Hileman

Sunday at Trinity Fellowship:

Walking Together With Christ - Mark 9:1-29

March 1, 2015