Events

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.

OTHER
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.

OTHER
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.

OTHER
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.

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | March 1st, 2014

TFC Epistle for Saturday, March 1, 2014

 NEW FAMILY WORSHIP SCHEDULEDiscover logo for email
We hope you have experienced a part of our TFC Missions Conference this week.  Our conference will conclude this Sunday with a special message during our worship service on our week’s theme, “God at Work in Hard Places.”  Please note this Sunday also marks the new Family Worship (K-4th graders in the service and no “Meadow” option) schedule, moving from the first Sunday of the month to the third Sunday.  Although it has been important to include children in our first Sunday Prayer With Elders, the more child-friendly service is our third Sunday where we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.  In making this change, we can celebrate birthdays of both children and adults, continue our multi-generational worship value, and model to children how to worship.  Parents are welcomed to include their children in our first Sunday worship service if they choose.

ASH WED PICASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – MARCH 5, 6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the 40 days that precedes Holy Week and Easter (excluding Easter = Resurrection days).  Long ago, the early church prepared for the great celebration of Easter by a time patterned after Christ’s 40 days overcoming temptation in the wilderness. They used this season to prepare new believers for baptism, and also to join together in repentance and reconciliation, both to God and one another. We follow this model when we make commitments to time and stillness in prayer and the Scriptures, to reflection and repentance, to turning away from sinful habits, and to serving others with a joy only possible through the new life in Christ. During this focused season of preparation, we arrive at Easter Sunday with a new awareness and appreciation of Christ’s defeat of sin and new resurrection life.

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.

Blessings,

TFC Office

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | February 6th, 2014

TFC Weekly News for Feb. 6

Here are a few items and events we would like to highlight.  You can find a full listing of our upcoming events on our TFC website’s Events page.

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

CONNECT
PRIMETIMERS-FEBRUARY 14 LUNCHEON
Join us on Feb.14th at 11:30 AM for our PrimeTimers Valentine’s Party.  Pot Luck lunch followed by party games and prizes.  For more information you may contact Freddie or Laura Baumgartner 214-546-4035.

MEANINGFUL MARRIAGE CLASS – BEGINS SUNDAY, FEB. 16, 11 AM
Keith Hileman (and others) will lead this class in actively learning and experiencing ways to live out the gospel and grow in your marriage.  Mentor couples will be available for interaction as you work through prac-tical exercises together.  Class continues through May.

MISSIONS WEEK 2014 – FEB. 23-MARCH 2
“God At Work In Hard Places” is our 2014 Mission Week theme. Stay tuned for special guests and events.

MEN’S MINISTRY
If you like to eat, and would like to grab a quick bite with some TFC fellowship, join the TFC men’s “Lunch Bunch.” We communicate via a self-subscribed Facebook group called “TFC4G” (Going for Good Grubs in Grace). Contact Michael Luyckx or David Wedeberg to be added.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Our weekly menu is now posted on our TFC website calendar.  Go to the Events section, then click on the date. (You will see Wednesday Night dinner at 5:30 pm, and the menu posted.)

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | January 15th, 2014

TFC Weekly Email for Jan. 15

TFC WEEKLY EMAIL FOR JANUARY 15, 2014

Our winter programs and Connection Groups are back in full swing, including our Wednesday evening dinner at 5:30 pm tonight for $4 per person. And we’re studying the gospel of John together in Sunday morning worship for the new year, including a challenge from Pastor Keith to memorize John 1:1-18.  See information below on resources we will provide this Sunday to help you in your memorization efforts.

As always, a full listing of our upcoming TFC events can be found on our TFC website’s Events page. But a few items to highlight include:

*  Our Connection Group focus if you are not currently in a group.
*  Our special one-time class this Sunday led by Darrell Bock on “Leadership & Divorce.”
*  The New City Catechism readings featured on our TFC blog again this year. Week #3 here.

DISCOVER
JOHN 1:1-18 SCRIPTURE MEMORIZATION RESOURCES
This Sunday we’ll have two resources available to help you memorize the first section of the gospel of John: a scripture memory card with the verses in their entirety, and flash cards.

CONNECT
TFC CONNECTION GROUPS
Consider finding a place to connect at TFC in 2014 if you haven’t already, including our Adult Bible Study and Home Connection Groups.  For more information go to the TFC website Connection Group page and download our new Connection Group brochure.

“LEADERSHIP & DIVORCE” – THIS SUNDAY AT 11 AM
Please join the Engaging Our World class this Sunday January 19 at 11:00 am in Room A 3 for a special one-week session on Leadership & Divorce.  This is a follow-up from our recent Family Meeting. If you cannot attend, the session will be recorded.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Tonight’s Menu:  Homemade chicken soup, salad bar, Italian cream cake, and drink for $4 per person.  Served in Fellowship Hall from 5:30-6 pm.

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | December 20th, 2013

TFC Weekly Email for Dec. 19

Dear TFC Body,

Our Wednesday programs are on break for the remainder of 2013 and will resume on Jan. 8.  Consider finding a place to connect at TFC in 2014 if you haven’t already, including our Adult Bible Study and Home Connection Groups.  For more information go to the TFC website Connection Group page.

Thank you to all who participated in our Giving Tree program. The gifts were delivered to the children & parents yesterday.  An update will be given this Sunday during our worship service.

For the remainder of December our worship service schedule is:

Dec. 22, 9:30 am.  Our 4th Sunday of Advent with the theme of salvation.  Connection Hour resumes with its regular schedule.

Dec. 24, 6-7 pmCandlelight Christmas Eve Service (childcare for children up through preK).  Come early for carol singing in the narthex, and bring family and friends for this special candlelight service.

Dec. 29, 9:30 am.  Prayer Service.  No Connection Hour.  We’ll have a shortened worship time, then break into groups to go out and pray for our neighbors leaving a door hangar behind, and a team will go to nearby places of worship to pray for the people who worship there to know and respond to God’s love and grace (all ages are encouraged to participate). For those who have difficulty walking, we’ll have a prayer time in the Sanctuary.  Nursery will be provided for children up through age 5.

Details on all upcoming TFC events can be found on our website Events page, and below are a few to highlight:

SERVICE/SHARE OPPORTUNITY
NETWORK OF COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Network needs 2-4 volunteers to help with  interviews and organization in the pantry any time from 9-5pm M-F. Volunteers should contact Elizabeth Wheeler ewheeler@thenetwork.org or call 972.234.8880.

OTHER
CATECHISM READING
This week’s New City Catechism question #51 can be found at our TFC blog.

“O ANTIPHON” READINGS
The Advent Antiphons are a musical response to a biblical text, typically sung by a choir. The “O Antiphons” are seven traditional songs sung as prayers during Advent from Dec. 17-23. You would recognize the familiar tune, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” for each of the antiphons.  Michael Luyckx has written a series of short blog articles explaining each of the seven antiphons and the related biblical texts and themes. We are posting these beginning today, Dec. 17th, through the 23rd.  May they be an encouragement for you and your family as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ together. To read click here.

NEW 2014 SUNDAY ADULT CONNECTION GROUPS
We’ll offer 3 new Sunday Adult Connection Groups in the new year.  They will include:

Engaging Our World – The Life Of Christ (begins Jan. 5).  Bill Crouse & Jason Young will continue to look at art and music in the important events of the life of Christ.

*  Faith & Finances (begins Jan. 5).  The new year is a great time to evaluate your finances.  Let Hannah Moore & Ron Turner give you some tips in this 5-week series.

*  Marriage (begins Feb. 16). Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our new Marriage Connection Group, led by Chuck & Becky Hendricks, and Keith & Beth Hileman

END OF YEAR GIVING
Only 2 Sundays remain this year to give towards the 2013 budget.  Check out our electronic giving options as a convenient way to make contributions.

Also, if you are 70 ½ or older, you may also receive a tax benefit by directing a distribution from your eligible IRA directly to Trinity Fellowship. This extension to the qualified charitable distribution provision is available only through the end of 2013.

Keep these important things in mind:

• The final Sunday of the year is Dec. 29th.

• All contributions need to be received in the church office no later than December 31st (personally or post-marked), or they will not count as part of 2013 giving.

• If you have already contributed online or electronically in the past, you don’t need to set up a new account. Log in with your previous information. If it’s your first time, the process is pretty easy.  Feel free to contact the church office for assistance.

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