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9:40 - 10:40 Sunday School, Children and Adults
11:00 AM Worship in Sanctuary
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during each service after children's moment with the pastor
Toddler care available during services and sunday school
Trinity Family Night
Starting October 3
Joyful Bells 5:15 PM
Meal 5:30 PM
Pioneer Club 6:00 PM
Trinity Ringers & small group 6:30 PM
MYF Parents Prayer 7:00 PM
Trinity Choir 7:30 PM
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OPERATION HEARTH & HOME....2013
For the past 3 years, "Operation Hearth & Home" ministry has been in place at Trinity. This is a way of helping to support and encourage our own faith family in time of need. The economy continues to be bleak and many within our congregation still seek employment or are otherwise struggling financially.
Operation Hearth & Home is a way we as a congregation can bless our brothers and sisters right here at Trinity. Last year (2012) many individuals and families within our church were recipients of either food baskets, gift cards to Geisslers, or received heating fuel to keep their homes warm.
Gifts are given to recipients anonymously--only Pastors John and Skip are made aware of who is in need. If you should know of someone within our congregation who is facing this holiday season with financial challenges, please make those needs known to either of our Pastors.
God calls us to help one another; and when we do so, we are showing the love of Christ. Please prayerfully consider giving a financial gift to this ministry. Donations can be made at any time. Checks can be made out to TUMC. Designate "Hearth & Home" in the MEMO area. If giving "cash," just use the envelopes in the pews with "Hearth & Home" written on it.
Thank you so much for considering taking part in this giving ministry of Trinity. God has blessed us with so many riches--let us share a portion to others in need as well.
With gratitude, Your Heart & Home coordinators,
Marlene Wilhelm & Ann Gallagher
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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The United Methodist Church, in partnership with some of the largest online retailers, such as Amazon, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, Staples & hundreds more, have built a shopping tool that provides a cash benefit for our church when you purchase through the UMCmarket -- items you'd probably be buying anyway. The retailers do not markup prices - you still pay what you'd pay as you did before. For more information Click Here
A concerned church member has suggested that everyone should wear their name tags. Please look for yours and wear it each week. Perhaps yours went home with you and did not find it's way back! If you need one, please sign up on the clip board at the end of the rack.
While wearing name tags may seem inconvenient, doing so is very helpful to visitors and people new to our Trinity family.
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.
Trinity Educational Development Corporation 501(c)3
Trinity Educational Development Corporation is dedicated to serving the educational needs of families in Windsor and the Greater Hartford area and to foster and promote the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being of children ages 2-18.
You Can Help:
· If you give to the United Way at work, please remember us by designating code M1080.
· Check with your employer. Do they match gifts? Do they give donations to organizations such as ours?
FOOD BANK NEEDS
There was great support from the residents of Windsor at the Chili Fest bringing food for the Food Bank. Our needs at this time are:
Ketchup Cake Mixes and Frostings, Muffin Mixes, Mayonnaise
Dried Soups, Tooth Paste, Toilet Paper
We continue to see more and more families in need. Please continue with your generosity and may God's blessing be upon you.
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+
Calling Small Groups
South Park Soup Kitchen Ministry is looking for small groups to sign up. This year we are cooking and serving the food. It takes 5 people to serve the meal at South Park. If your group is larger, some can help with the cooking only. The Carmon/DiGiore group had a wonderful time ministering to the homeless at South Park in January. A sign-up sheet for the last Sunday of each month is located on the Missions bulletin board. When you sign up you will be contacted with all the information. Any questions can be directed to Chris Boyer at 860- 212-8818.
"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
The Bible Miniseries
Emmy-winning producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Touched by an Angel's Roma Downey, have produced The Bible, an epic retelling of select biblical stories from Noah to the resurrection. The highly anticipated 10-hour miniseries will air on the History Channel beginning March 3, with the last episode in the series airing on Easter Sunday. Check local listings for details
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!
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17)
The fourth verse of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" speaks of the mature Christian's desire for purity and victory over sin, and looks forward to the ultimate victory in eternity.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, Grace to cover all my sin; Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the Fountain art, Freely let me take of Thee; Spring Thou up within my heart, Rise to all eternity.
Our maturing in Christ begins at the time of repentance and forgiveness, and no matter the depth of our sin, His love can conquer it, for "the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. . . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1 Timothy 1:14-15). Indeed, "the blood of Jesus Christ . . . cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. . . . And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:1, 3). Thus, His gracious love for us becomes the agent of pure living in our lives.
The love of Jesus Christ is like "a well of living waters" (Song of Solomon 4:15). This well is freely open to all, as we see in our text. Jesus, the lover of the soul, who says "come" also says, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14). JDM
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.