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
Pastor | May 2nd, 2014

TFC Spring Baptism & Picnic This Sunday

Church Picnic 4 webThis Sunday we’ll celebrate with seven in our TFC body who have chosen to follow Christ’s example to be baptized.  The baptisms will take place after our Connection Hour around 12:15 pm outside in our holy cattle trough on the south parking lot.  Then we’ll fellowship together at our Spring Picnic with a fried chicken & trimmings lunch for $5 per plate.  Bring your folding chairs and blankets so we can enjoy the weather outside on our south lawn during our picnic.
TFC | April 24th, 2014

The Triduum in Reflection: A Sensory Experience

The pungent and somehow comforting aroma of roasting baked potatoes started our Maundy Thursday evening last week.  We gathered to taste an intimate meal in the Fellowship Hall, much like the disciples might have experienced with Jesus that evening before his death.

We were a busy, bustling family—lots of noise, scrambling to set up more tables and chairs, lots of kids moving and laughing and probably a few crying.  It was a little chaotic. Maybe more than a little. Fitting for a family meal where we can show up and come as we are.

After the meal, we heard Youth Minister Jeff Harding’s message from God’s Word.  Those who desired felt the cold water and strong, gentle touch of the elders, or family members, as they washed and towel-dried our feet because of Jesus’ example.

And then as we walked together across the foyer (our Kidron valley) into the sanctuary, our chaos shifted to solemnity.  We started seeing what was to come.  We went from a life-filled meal to a life-giving meal at the Table before the stripping all signs of life in anticipation of Good Friday.  We left very differently than we came.  We saw darkness, and heard silence.


Good Friday continued our service the following evening.  In a dramatic reading of the events of Christ’s crucifixion, we heard the final words of Jesus and we participated by speaking the words of those who condemned Him and witnessed His death.  One young child looked at the rough wooden cross made by TFC artist Ron Foster and whispered to his mom, “Is that the real cross where Jesus died?”  We sang and heard hymns in honor of the Lamb of God and His sacrifice on our behalf.  And we left in silence and waiting.


Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!   Alleluia!  Light, color, and the sweet scent of Easter lilies filled our sanctuary as we shared the resurrection life of Jesus!  Our mourning and waiting was over—our words and songs of joy, the hearing of God’s word, and eating and drinking at the Table gave worship to our King.  With the senses given us in the design of our Creator, we had entered into the experience of the movement from death to life.  And we walk in the life of Christ together, offering words and tastes of it to those who are hungry and thirsty for more.

TFC | April 11th, 2014

Epistle for May 11

This Sunday, April 13, begins Holy Week for the Christian church. It is also known as Passion Week. Not passion in the contemporary sense of hot emotion, romance, heavy breathing, or perfume. Biblically, passion is an expression of love involving deep suffering. God’s love is always sacrificial, and therefore always involves suffering. Infinite suffering and infinite love go hand in hand.

The Christian worship gathering is a beautiful mixture of whole-hearted devotion, submission, participation, service, and remembrance – yet 100% experience. The gatherings of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter morning, are intended to bring to our present experience the reality of the new life God graciously gives through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are invited to consider the fickle and misguided nature of our faith as the disciples process with Jesus into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), share in the hope of the disciples as they gathered for a final meal with Jesus, and received the example and command of humble sacrificial love (Maundy Thursday),  mourn the depths of our sin and marvel at the healing Jesus’ wounds provide through His incomprehensible willing submission to the most horrific betrayal, arrest, crucifixion and death (Good Friday), and celebrate the glorious reality of His resurrection (Easter)! I invite you to each of our services this coming week and experience in a new way the fullness of life in Christ, “having been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” (Rom. 6:5)

The services include a variety of music, physical movement, and participatory experiences – perfect for great conversation with children. And since they clearly follow the climax of Jesus’ earthly ministry and present the foundation of the good news of salvation in Him, they are perfect to invite family and friends along. You can pick up church business cards (with map and contact information) and helpful postcards with service times and a brief explanation of Holy week to use along with a personal invitation.  Also, please be mindful of the presence of guests and welcome them with warm hospitality.

Website PicMaundy Thursday
What was it like for the Jesus’ disciples to share the intimacy of table fellowship with Him, listening to His instruction and watching His powerful expression of God’s sacrificial love? This is why we gather as a church on Maundy Thursday. This year, our time together will be different than in years past, and more reflective of the experience the disciples had during that evening and final meal. Instead of a separate meal and service afterwards, our supper will be the beginning of our Maundy Thursday gathering, starting at 6:00 pm. We’ll eat together (baked potatoes with toppings and salad, no charge), and enjoy table fellowship. We’ll continue by worshiping in song and God’s Word, and like the disciples on that evening, we’ll have an opportunity for foot washing by our elders (or families may wash one another’s feet). Our gathering will then move to the Sanctuary to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and witness the stripping of the sanctuary, preparing to continue the Triduum on Good Friday.

Good Friday
On Good Friday the somberness of our Lord’s death is recalled. We remember the scandalous beating, mocking, and crucifixion of God’s incarnate Son.
Easter Sunday
But death is defeated in Christ’s resurrection! The somber mourning of death, including honest reflection on our own mortal weakness, is overcome by joyful celebration of resurrection life on Easter Sunday. The ancient Easter greeting proclaims the truth:  “He is Risen, He is risen indeed!”

Sharing the death and resurrection life of Jesus together,

Pastor, TFC

Sunday at Trinity Fellowship:

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