Events

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
Pastor

TFC | June 26th, 2014

VBS 2014 RECAP – “TRAVELING WITH TRUST”

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

COMPELLING LOVE

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:
    Compelling Love Facebook Page
    
Vimeo Film Trailer
    Youtube Film Trailer
    Kickstarter Link

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

Keith Hileman
Pastor

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | 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.

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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.

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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

PASSION WEEK
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,

Keith
Pastor, TFC

TFC | March 26th, 2014

Weekly News for March 26

Spring is here!  A lot is going on at TFC, and you can find information on all upcoming events on our TFC website.  A few items to highlight are below, including our Men’s Retreat next weekend, Spring Work Day, Holy Week, and two new Sunday Adult Ministry Connection Classes after Easter.  Read on:

UPCOMING EVENTS/CLASSES
APRIL 4 & 5 – MEN’S MINI RETREAT
Join us as we attend the Table Conference seminar titled “Your Work: More Than a Paycheck.” Saturday evening we’ll have our 2nd annual Crawfish Boil at Peter Hajek’s.  Watch your email for more details.

APRIL 12  – TFC SPRING WORK DAY
Join our deacons as we do some spring cleaning around our church. All willing hearts welcome! Children welcome with a parent.

APRIL 13-20 – HOLY WEEK/TRIDUUM SERVICE
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 13.  Stay tuned for details on our Triduum service that begins Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter Sunday.

APRIL 27 – NEW TOPIC FOR OUR “ENGAGING OUR CULTURE” ADULT CONNECTION CLASS
Engaging Our Culture: A Treasure For Those NOT Like Us.  We have a treasure in God and His Kingdom!  That treasure is for ALL peoples, but it doesn’t always communicate easily to those around us– especially those from another culture or faith.  How do we share the treasure of God with people who are NOT like us? We’ll explore ways to understand those around us so that we may more effectively communicate the beauty of this treasure. April 27 – May 25 at 11:15 am.

APRIL 27 – STEP TO DISCOVER REAL LIFE TOGETHER (CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS)
New to Trinity Fellowship?  Interested in learning more?  Join Elder John Dupree, Pastor Keith Hileman, & Connections Minister Diana Calvin for this class to explore our church–our history, worship, doctrine, ministries, organization, & everything else you need to make an informed decision about church membership.  11:15 am in Pastoral Conference Room.

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NEW CITY CATECHISM READING
This week’s New City Catechism reading can be found on our TFC blog here.

TONIGHT’S DINNER MENU
Brisket. baked beans, cheesy potatoes, salad, homemade banana pudding and drink for $4 per person from 5:30-6 pm in Fellowship Hall.

 TFC DIRECTORY
A new TFC directory is available online. Call the church office for the password.  Please–for personal use only.

TFC WEBSITE
You can find a full listing of our upcoming events on our TFC website’s Events page.

TFC | March 19th, 2014

TFC News for March 19, 2014

Our Wednesday programs resume today. Join us for our Bible studies, Wed. evening dinner (ravioli, salad, and birthday cake for $4 served at 5:30 pm), and/or choir this evening–it’s a great time to join our studies as we begin the book of James. And our multi-generational choir is gearing up for Holy Week. They are always looking for one more willing heart! Other upcoming news and events to note include:

UPCOMING EVENTS/CLASSES
MARCH 21 – PRIMETIMERS MARCH FIELD TRIP TO BUSH LIBRARY
Join us for a trip to the Bush Library this Friday, March 21.  Contact Freddie or Laura Baumgartner for more info.

APRIL 4 & 5 – MEN’S MINI RETREAT
Join us as we attend the Table Conference seminar titled “Your Work: More Than a Paycheck.” Saturday evening we’ll have our 2nd annual Crawfish Boil. Place TBD.

APRIL 12  – TFC SPRING WORK DAY
Join our deacons as we do some spring cleaning around our church. All willing hearts welcome! Children welcome with a parent.

APRIL 13-20 – HOLY WEEK/TRIDUUM SERVICE
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 13.  Stay tuned for details on our Triduum service that begins Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter Sunday.

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NEW CITY CATECHISM READING
This week’s New City Catechism reading can be found on our TFC blog here.

TFC DIRECTORY
A new TFC directory is available online. Call the church office for the password.  Please–for personal use only.

TFC WEBSITE
You can find a full listing of our upcoming events on our TFC website’s Events page.

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | March 13th, 2014

Weekly News for March 12, 2014

We’re in the middle of school Spring Break week, so please note our TFC Wednesday programs, Bible studies, activities, and dinner are also on break and will resume next Wednesday. We have many new classes and events to note.  Check out a few featured below:

 UPCOMING EVENTS/CLASSES
MARCH 16 – “NOAH’S IN THE NEWS” SPECIAL TOPIC CLASS
Bill Crouse takes a look at the new Noah movie and the significance of the recent discovery of a clay tablet believed to reveal details of the ark.  This Sunday at 11:15 am, Room A3.

MARCH 16 – STEP TO PARENTING (BABY DEDICATION & CLASS)
Class on March 16; Dedication on March 23.  All new parents are invited to be a part.  Contact Pam Wrobel to sign up or for more information.

MARCH 16 – STEP TO CHRIST’S COMMUNITY (BAPTISM CLASS)
Anyone interested in learning more about baptism, or being baptized this spring on May 4, contact Kari Jane Smith.

MARCH 21 – PRIMETIMERS MARCH FIELD TRIP TO BUSH LIBRARY
Join us for a trip to the Bush Library, March 21.  Contact Freddie or Laura Baumgartner for more info.

APRIL 4 & 5 – MEN’S MINI RETREAT
Join us as we attend the Table Conference seminar titled “Your Work: More Than a Paycheck.” After the seminar we’ll have our  2nd annual Crawfish Boil.

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NEW CITY CATECHISM READING
This week’s New City Catechism reading can be found on our TFC blog here.

TFC WEBSITE
You can find a full listing of our upcoming events on our TFC website’s Events page.

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | March 5th, 2014

Ash Wednesday Is Here

ASH WED PICASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – MARCH 5, 6:30 pm

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days that precedes Holy Week and Easter (excluding Easter = Resurrection days).  In the Scriptures the number 40 signifies a time period of testing and preparation.  Noah spent 40 days with it raining while in the ark.  Forty days was the period spent by Israel seeking the Promised Land after the Exodus.  And that was the amount of time Jesus was in the wilderness after His baptism, prior to beginning His ministry.  The season of Lent is an invitation to 40 days of renewal (“Lent” means “spring”) and preparation for the celebration of Easter.  It provides an opportunity for reflection through the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and giving.  Ashes are the traditional sign of sorrow and repentance and are also a sign of “mortality.”

Join us this Wednesday evening for our Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 pm.  Due to this worship service, there will be no Wednesday 10 am Women’s  Bible Study, or evening dinner, Bible studies, or programs.

Sunday at Trinity Fellowship:

Fully Alive in the Land - Joshua 1

Aug. 31, 2014