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Free Video Resources!!
Did you know that as a Trinity UMC member you have free access to thousands of Christian Discipleship Videos for Kids, Youth and Adults through Right Now Media? This on-line video library features top teachers and church leaders such as Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Dave Ramsey, Tim Keller and hundreds more. You can access videos for your Small Group, Personal Devotion or Home Schooling twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. There's a special assortment of videos just for children featuring such collections as McGee and Me, Carlos the Caterpillar and many more.
Easily connect with your Computer, iPad, Smart Phone, Roku Device, Apple TV or Smart TV. If you can access the Internet, you can access Right Now Media.
To receive your free subscription, send an email to Pastor Skip at email@example.com You will then receive a verification email where you can set up your free account and password.
To view a demonstration and see this powerful resource, go to rightnowmedia.org
ROBLEALTO THANK YOU ~ GRACIAS!
We recently received the following thank you letter from the Roblealto Child Care Association:
"Dear The Trinity United Methodist,
Thanks to your support, the Roblealto children continue progressing holistically; receiving school support, healthy meals, medical treatment and the love of a committed staff, working for their well-being.
Also, these past few months, the children's families participated in the following workshops:
Self-esteem: learning my worthy through God's Word
Business and self-management: learning what my skills are and how to start my own business.
Discipline: how to discipline my children with love and firmness.
You are an important part of the transformation in the children's lives and today, we want to acknowledge you for it.
International Department Head
Roblealto Child Care Association firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Definition of Greed
Max Lucado reminds us in his book When God Whispers Your Name that Jesus had a definition for greed. He called it the practice of measuring life by possessions! Greed equates a person's worth with a person's purse. You got a lot equals you are a lot. You got a little equals you are little. The consequence of such a philosophy is predictable. If you are the sum of what you own, then by all means own it all. No price is too high. No payment is too much. But God's foremost rule of finance is that we own nothing. We are managers, not owners. Stewards, not landlords. Maintenance people, not proprietors.
Our money is not ours, it is His. It's not as if God kept the future a secret. One glance at a cemetery should remind us that everyone dies. The Bible says, "The Lord owns the world and everything in it—the heavens, even the highest heavens, are his!" (Psalm 24:1). This includes our money.
Cookbooks Are Here!!
Jeannine Gilman & I will be selling the cookbook. If you would like a Cookbook see one of us after service or call us at home. The cookbook price is $16.00. Please make your checks payable to Trinity UMW.
With all His Blessings,
Mary Ellen Scott
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN NEWS
How often do you receive mail that makes you smile? Not an email but the old fashioned "in the mailbox" kind of mail? When you get a nice card, doesn't that make you feel special?
That is exactly what we would like to do with our Secret Sister card ministry - make all of the women in the church feel special! We can accomplish that with your help. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please visit the UMW table in Fellowship Hall each week after Sunday Morning service (8:15) for the month of February.
If you are unable to visit the table and would like to be a part of this ministry, please call me and I will provide you the name of someone who could use a little sunshine.
UMW Chairperson Nurturing Committee
A FORETASTE OF THE FEAST
While teaching a group of First Communion students about the Lord's Supper, a pastor gave each child one M&M's candy at the beginning of class. "Eat it!" he invited, before proceeding to teach.
Near the end of the session, the pastor asked the students what they'd thought of the earlier treat. "Good!" said one. "I wanted more!" another admitted. "I wanted a whole bag!" chimed in a third.
"Now you understand another thing about Holy Communion," the pastor said. He drew out of his supplies a full bag of M&M's for each student. "Sometimes we call Communion 'a foretaste of the feast to come.'" Indeed, he explained, God promises that one day we'll feast together with Jesus in heaven, but until then, Communion is that delicious little taste of what the feast will be like. We're left wanting more because we have "[tasted] and [seen] that the LORD is good" (Psalm 34:8).
You Can Help!
Daniel Hammersmith, in conjunction with his Eagle Scout Award, recently placed a labeled container in the West Entrance of the church for any old and worn out American flags you might have around your home. This will allow Dan to "retire the American flags" with full honors. Thank you!
Have You Given to The Discretionary Fund Lately?
Trinity United Methodist Church
Pastor's Discretionary Fund Policy
The Pastor's Discretionary Fund is intended to give the Senior Pastor discretion and authority, within the limits and guidelines below, to provide confidential financial support to persons in need, to programs, scholarships or other expenses that are not totally covered by the regular annual budget, and may also be used to provide support to other faith based charitable organizations whose mission and purpose are consistent with the mission of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Funds for this account may come from designated giving as well as budgeted funds and will be deposited to, and withdrawn from, the designated account within the General Fund.
No checks will be made out to cash. Every effort should be made to write checks directly to a merchant or agency for goods or services.
The Senior Pastor has sole authority to determine the appropriate distribution of the discretionary funds. No funds shall be used for the benefit of the Senior Pastor or any of the Senior Pastor's immediate family members.
A reimbursement check may be written to the Senior Pastor for expenses that fit the guidelines, but only when a receipt or signed affidavit is presented.
This fund is not to be used as a reimbursement account for a Senior Pastor's business expenses nor to augment, reward, nor as a gift to any regular staff member of this or any other organization.
Donations to the fund may not be designated to a specific individual.
The Financial Secretary and or Church Treasurer shall maintain the requisitions submitted by the Senior Pastor on file, and they shall be available during the annual Church audit when the Pastor's Discretionary Fund account is audited along with the other Church accounts.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check payable to Trinity United Methodist Church with a notation "Discretionary Fund" and drop it in the offering plate on Sunday.
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With all the new faces at church, it's sometimes hard to remember all the names. That's why we wear Name Tags! Name Tags help the new folks remember the long time members, and Name Tags help the long time members remember the new folks. Wearing Name Tags is what friendly churches do!
Please look for yours and wear it each week. If you need a new Name Tag, please sign up on one of the clip boards at the end of the Name Tag racks located by the entrances to the Narthex.
While wearing your name tag may seem inconvenient, doing so is very helpful to visitors and people new to our Trinity family (and some of us with bad memories).
Trinity Kitchen Procedures
Our kitchens see a lot of use and it is necessary that we all follow the rules of use in order for a smooth operation of these facilities. All groups and activities are required to fill out a "Request for the Use of a Church Kitchen" form before scheduling the use of one of the kitchens. These forms are available from the Church Office or found on line on the Church Website. All groups are requested to follow the procedures listed on these forms.
Refrigerator and freezer space is limited. Try not to leave any items in a refrigerator or freezer after a function. It is better to take items home with you. If it is necessary to leave an item, labels may be found on the refrigerator doors and you are asked to label your item giving the name of the organization and the date. Items will be discarded after one week if they are not in an organization bin.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Kitchen Committe
An Easy Way To Give
Did you know that your tithes and offerings can be debited automatically from your checking or savings account? Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for Trinity. This service provided by Vanco is endorsed by the General Council of Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church and is used in many churches. To sign up, simple go to our website www.tumcwindsor.org and click on Electronic Giving on our home page. Print out the Electronic Giving Form and return it to the church office with either a voided check or voided savings account deposit slip. It's fast, safe and convenient.
FOOD BANK NEEDS
Thank you everyone for being so generous in your contributions to the Food Bank! Many new families continue to benefit as many people have lost their jobs due to downsizing or other reasons.
Our needs this month are as follows:
Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Toothpaste
Salad Dressing, Toilet Paper, Shampoo
Paper Towels, Liquid Soap, Bar soap
Ramen Noodles, Cookie Mixes, Cake Mixes
Please place the items in the container in Fellowship Hall under the "Windsor Food Bank" sign.
E-Readers to Africa
At our Church Charge Conference in December, our District Superintendent Ken Kieffer invited us to participate in a global mission project – providing e-readers to UM Seminaries in Africa. Through several generous contributions at Trinity, we were able to contribute $490 to this project. As of mid-March, the District office has received $7,310 earmarked for e-readers. Thanks to the generosity of the CT District and a matching grant from our denomination, 172 e-readers will be in the hands of faith-filled seminarians and the Gospel will be shared with countless followers. Give Thanks!
SOUTH PARK INN
HELPING...YOU WILL BE BLESSED!
South Park Inn's mission is to assist homeless people to improve their life situation by providing temporary and long term housing and supportive services. The South Park Soup Kitchen Ministry here at Trinity works toward that effort by providing meals the last Sunday of every month, January through October. If you would like to help prepare and serve meals, a sign-up sheet is located on the Mission's Bulletin Board in fellowship hall. Also this year we will have a South Park Inn Collection Box where you can donate personal hygiene supplies, household supplies or clothes, located in the fellowship hall. For more details or questions please call Chris Boyer at 860-688-7670 or 860-212-8818.
TRINITY PERMANENT ENDOWMENT FUND￼
Every year Trinity provides the opportunity for students seeking post high school education to receive a scholarship. These scholarships are funded through various avenues, one of which is the Permanent Endowment. One of the 5 funds that make up the Permanent Endowment is the Russell fund. The core of this fund is approximately $50,000 and each year the dividend and interest income is provided to the scholarship committee to be combined with other funds to offer scholarships. Last year the Russell fund provided $1,100 towards scholarships.
If God lays it on your heart to support this mission there are two specific needs. First the immediate need to directly help fund scholarships for the current year. Giving in this capacity ensures your entire gift goes to current year recipients. Second, you can provide a legacy gift that will add to the core of the Russell fund and allow your gift to produce income for future generations.
Keep your eyes out for more information in the Sunday bulletin on how to give to the scholarship program as the Lord leads you.
Permanent Endowment Funds:
Carmon Youth Fund – $68K - Used to support programs that aid in the spiritual growth of Trinity's youth
Lindberg Fund – $29K - Used to supplement teacher's salaries at Trinity Christian School
Nan Carmon Fund – $19K - Used for Trinity Christian School Scholarships
Russell Fund – $50K - Used to provide scholarships to Trinity families for post high school education
General Fund – $212K - Used to support new ministries at Trinity once core reaches $1M+
"Look for the helpers"
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world. —Fred Rogers
15 Windsor Kids
Need 1 Hour/
Your Time –
Can You Spare
Wilson Branch Library is looking for tutors to help a child with reading and/or math for one hour/week during the school year (October – May) at the library. School schedules apply, so vacations and holidays are free days. Possible choices of schedule are any 1-hour slot between: 4 & 7:15 pm Monday, and 4 & 5:15 pm Tuesday or Wednesday – the library closes at 7:30 pm on Mondays and 5:30 pm on other days.
There are 15 kids between grades 1 and 5, who are currently on a waiting list for tutors. Won't you consider taking on this commitment that can make such a difference in the life of a child? An hour a week is a small investment that can pay big dividends for a child.
This is open to high school students and is a great way to earn community service, but you must sign on for an entire year's commitment. Perhaps a parent and a child could each take on a student and go together to each meet and work with their respective child. It is partly about building a relationship and bolstering the confidence of the student, so tutors must commit to the school year. There is some flexibility if special circumstances randomly occur throughout the year, like special occasions, vacations and conferences or sickness. There are many in our congregation who have served for many years and continue to serve in this way.
If you are interested and wish to know more, please contact the director of the program, Pat Reardon @ 860-247-8960. Our own Donna Myers is a mentor and can give more information if you are interested by calling 860-688-7230.
HOW DO I GIVE
The flowers that grace our Worship each Sunday under the cross are given in memory of loved ones who have died or in honor of loved ones for special occasions like Anniversaries, Weddings, Baptisms or Spiritual Birthdays. When births occur, you are invited to place a rose on the altar in honor of your newest family member.
Sign up on the Flower Chart located in the Narthex—then call Jordan Florists at 860-683-0680 and speak to Karen Jordan or one of her assistants who will be happy to take your order. In the case of a rose to celebrate a birth, just call Jordan Florists and they will take care of your request. Please let the church office know so we are able to place an announcement in the bulletin.
The 2014 Flower chart is now available and hanging behind the 2013 chart for those who would like to secure a specific date for next year's flowers.
We have a special price of $35.00 for an arrangement. More elaborate arrangements will be priced higher. Please pay Jordan's directly. There is plenty of room for 2014. Sign up now.
We are updating our prayer chain and welcome new prayer partners. We also extend our appreciation to those who have been faithful to this ministry. The prayers have proved to be a source of comfort and strength for both the person being prayed for as well as the individual who asks. We need faithful folks, committed to praying. In you would like to be added or have any questions, please call the church office.
Help Trinity Christian School While you Shop!
Don't forget that helping out TCS can be as easy as doing your grocery shopping. Both Stop and Shop and Price Chopper have school rewards programs that give us either cash or school supplies just for you doing your shopping. Please register your shopper rewards cards online at both stores' websites and designate Trinity Christian School as your school of choice. It's as easy as that. Our Stop and Shop number is 08900 and the Price Chopper number is 41326. If you are unable to register your card online, call Tina at (860) 688-2008 ext. 127.
Don't Fall Out
When a mother asked her child how he'd fallen out of bed, he replied, "I guess I stayed too close to where I got in."
When we Christians fail to grow in prayer and discernment, knowledge and understanding of Scripture, generosity and other fruits of the Spirit, it's as if we're balancing precariously at the edge of the bed. It's quite easy to fall out — out of faith, out of church, out of active relationship with God.
A good practice, for sleeping and for our Christian faith, is to be careful not to stay too close to where we got in!
How to Lead a Friend to Christ:
If you are considering how to lead a friend to Christ there are some basic Do's and DON'TS to keep in mind:
§ Do love your friend with the love of Christ which empowers you to love them unconditionally.
§ Do listen to your friend's story and authentically come to understand where they are coming from in life. Get familiar with their journey - LISTEN WITH EXCELLENCE.
§ Do affirm the positive attributes of your friend's life and personality - specifically tell them what things you see in them that are strengths and blessings.
§ Do give your friend SPACE and RESPECT. Do this by showing compassionate sensitivity toward their struggles and shortcomings. You do not have to agree with them, but we are called to love them. Always respect their God-given right to take their time in making a decision for Christ.
§ Do share with them what Christ has meant in your own life, but do not set them up for an inquisition or questioning session. When we give a personal testimony, think of it as an OFFERING to offer up to them with NO strings attached.
§ Do discover and minister to their needs when possible. People will not care how much we know until they know how much we actually care about them and their needs. Needs don't have to be material or financial - sometimes the greatest need someone has today is to have a good friend who sticks with them.
§ Do be prepared to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them in a simple, clear and effective way. We don't recommend a "canned or memorized" approach, as this often causes great anxiety in the presenter, causing them to "perform" well. We advocate our first KNOWING the Gospel essentials and then sharing them conversationally, allowing the person you are sharing with to respond as you go along.
§ Do plan to be their authentic friend if they choose to postpone making a decision for Christ at this time. This is the number one criticism of many evangelism approaches - it is DO IT NOW or we are out of here to the next place. God gives us free choice and respects that. Let it be in God's time, not our agenda's time.
§ Keep the Good News the Good News. While hell is certainly real and Biblical, it is a WEAK approach to use fear to persuade someone into coming to Christ. Love is greater than law. Grace is greater than sin. We should never "water down" or "dress up" sin but it should be in perspective to the saving power of Jesus Christ for living the abundant life.
§ Do recognize that being a disciple of Christ who leads others to Christ is a LONG TERM process - not often a single moment. While we may be the one who gets to pray with someone to accept Christ - we may NOT be that person at all. Rather, we may be the one who befriended them in such a loving way that they came to drop their defenses enough to listen openly to the message of salvation from someone we don't even know! God uses the "team approach" often.
§ Don't use fear or coercion to manipulate people into choosing Christ. This is not what Jesus used, why should we?
§ Don't quote scripture addresses to someone constantly like you are impressing them with your own memorization of the Bible. They will be impressed but not the way you are thinking.
§ Don't be pushy with others, regardless of where they are in their faith experience. Even if someone is a Hindu or in Islam, be respectful and open to share the Good News of Christ with them - not in a condemnatory way.
§ Don't shove tracts or materials into someone's hands as though you are doing a literature dump on them. Evangelism is not DOING SOMETHING TO SOMEONE but BEING WITH SOMEONE. There is a big difference.
§ Don't assume that just because someone you are trying to reach for Christ comes to church that all is going to be well with their soul. Churches have strong percentages of people in them that don't know Christ personally and need someone to love them into the possibility of discipleship.
§ Don't feel that you have to put someone else on YOUR TIME SCHEDULE. God wants others to come to Christ more than all of us put together! But, God also wants them to choose Christ out of freedom and free will, not pressure.
These are some thoughts on leading my friend to Jesus Christ, for openers. Here is a skeleton outline of the Gospel to share with your friend.
§ God created and called it good
§ Adam and Eve -- Free Choice
§ Anything (good or bad) that separates us from God
§ We can never remove sin alone (repentance)
§ God made a merciful provision
III. Jesus Christ
§ Jesus died on the cross for our sin
§ Receive Jesus as Savior
§ Receive Jesus as Lord of all
IV. Transfer Our Trust
§ Not just belief in God, but trusting in Him
§ Prayer is the way to start this new personal relationship
Rev. Jim Hollis
DONATING IRS ASSETS TO CHARITY
A new tax law passed in late 2010 reinstates a provision enabling retirees to take tax-free withdrawals from their IRA provided the money is transferred directly to a qualified charitable organization. Retirees 70 1/2 and older can donate up to $100,000 tax free from their IRA each year.
Under this temporary provision this distribution is excluded from income if it is made directly to a charity. This distribution is not included in your income so is equivalent to a 100 percent deduction. Bu making a charitable contribution from your IRA, you can satisfy your RMD amount without reporting additional income.
Donating IRA assets can be a rewarding strategy for both you and the church. As Always, you should talk with your financial representative or tax advisor before making a decision that alters your tax situation. It is important to consider your tax situation before deciding whether to make a charitable contribution from your IRA.
Your donation s and gifts help Trinity UMC provide Kingdom Building Ministries in our community and around the world
TCS PRAYER PARTNER NETWORK:
Please join the TCS Prayer Partner Network. Those who are a part of the network will receive a calendar each month with the name of a specific student or staff member to pray for each day. To join, please fill out the card you see in your bulletin. You can place the completed card in a basket on the TCS table. If you joined last year you will continue to receive the calendars each month, unless you request to be taken off the mailing list. Thank you for your prayers for TCS!
CD’S OF THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE
To order a CD of Sunday Worship place $2.00 in a pew envelope and mark it “CD” and “your name”. Drop it in the box on the narthex table and your CD will be placed in that box to be picked up next Sunday.
SAVE ME A PEW
The world's largest Protestant Christian congregation is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea. Since its founding in 1958, the church has grown exponentially. By 1983, seven Sunday services weren't enough to accommodate all the worshipers, so satellite churches were established.
The main church, located directly across from Korea's National Assembly, can seat 26,000. But membership is so large that people are told which week of the month they can attend worship. What an incredible witness in a country where only about 30 percent of the citizens are Christians!
What would it take for our church to have a similar "problem"? And what can you do about it?
CHURCH TABLE AND CHAIR POLICY
Last winter a new policy was established about the use of the church's tables and chairs. It was announced a number of times in the bulletin. In the past the old tables and chairs were allowed to be used by church members if it was cleared through the church office. This is no longer the case. We no longer have any old tables. No tables and chairs are allowed off the church premises. We respectfully ask for everyone's cooperation and adherence to this new policy. If you need further explanation or have questions please speak to Dale Smith, Trustee chair or Pastor.
SOUTH PARK INN SHELTER
For many years Trinity through the South Park Inn Soup Kitchen Ministry, has been feeding the homeless the last Sunday of every month January through October. Now we want to help feed them spiritually as well. You can help by donating your gently used Bibles and Devotionals. There will be a collection box in the west entrance way of the church. If you have any questions please call Chris Boyer at 860-688-7670.
We have a great heritage stretching back to the Old Testament taking good care of God's House. The care and cleanliness of our own church facility communicates a sense of stewardship and love. Every day hundreds of people walk and use our church facilities. Our church campus is well used by many ministries. This is a good thing. Many churches sit empty during the week, not Trinity.
However, the truth is we do not care as well for our church home as we should. Lights are left on, areas are often used and they are not picked up. We need to do better and we can. If you walk down the hall and see some trash on the floor, pick it up and place it in the trash can. If you see lights on in an unoccupied room, turn them off. If we all took this as our personal responsibility and did not assume someone else will do it, it will get done. If you notice some equipment that needs repair, let the office know. When you come to worship remove your own bulletin and if you do not want it put it in the trash basked in the narthex. We have also had a problem in the Great Room with the ceiling tiles. Groups have been alerted that it is forbidden to throw balls in such a way that they dislodge ceiling tiles. This is dangerous because if a sprinkler head is hit it will cause gallons of water to flood the area ruining our wood floor. This is so serious that any person or group found to have done this will not be allowed to use the gym.
We are fortunate at Trinity to have two custodians whose main job it is to clean. Please let them do their work and do not divert them from their main job. Do not ask the custodians to things not related to cleaning. It takes many hours to clean bathrooms, maintain floors, and do the general cleaning that is necessary to make our facility look good.
We have had a policy allowing the use of our older tables and chairs to church members for private parties. We no longer have any older tables available and our policy does not allow any new chairs or tables to be removed from our facility. Please observe this new policy.
Church groups are also alerted to the fact that we now recycle all plastic, glass and metal including white paper and colored paper. Please observe these new rules.
John R. Gerlach, Pastor
Dale Smith, Chair Trustees
PARISH NURSE CORNER
The Nurses at Trinity will continue to have a Blood Pressure Check on the first Sunday of each month for you. We will be located in Pastor Skip's office during Coffee Fellowship and between Worship Services.
Are you looking to enrich your relationship with the Lord, dig into scripture, be involved with a support network with other Christians? Get involved with a Small Group this year.
If you're looking for a group contact the office, Pastor Skip 860-688-9245, or Sharyn Donzella 860-683-0824.
SOUTH PARK INN
SOUTH PARK INN’S website says “No one ever plans on being homeless! With no where else to go, nearly 1,500 men, women and children find themselves on our doorstep, each year.” The South Park Soup Kitchen Ministry at Trinity helps this local ministry by bringing the supper meal the last Sunday of each month, January through October. If you would like to help with the cooking and bringing of the meal to South Park, please contact Ron or Chris Boyer at 860-688-7670 or put your name and phone number on the sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall’s Ministry bulletin board and we will contact you and answer any questions you may have. Thanks and God bless, Chris Boyer
TRINITY CALENDAR AND SCHEDULING PROCEDURE
This is a reminder that all meetings on the church campus must be scheduled through the church office. Be sure to include set up and take down times whether the day of the event or meeting or the day before or after. If you use the kitchen an application form must be filled out in advance. These forms are available in the church office and will, in the future, be made available on line. The church calendar for the whole year is available on line so you can check on date/time availability on line. When the calendar is open you can click on the event to find out information on set up/take down times. As you know our church building is used by many ministries, groups and events. Never assume that meeting space is available without first checking with the office. In most cases meeting dates and events can be scheduled a year ahead of time. If your event is not scheduled on the church calendar and there is a conflict we will observe the "first come first served" rule. Nothing is scheduled unless it is done in writing - email is fine - to the church office: email@example.com Only Sharon LaFrancis and Arlene Dargenio can calendar/schedule church events. The office will confirm with you by email that the event is scheduled and approved. If you do not receive confirmation please contact the church office from 8:30-3:30pm Monday - Friday. Thanks for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Pastor John.