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The Trinity Torch

Pastor’s Remarks

OCTOBER 2012

Pastor: Rev. Stuart Albee, pastortumc2@embarqmail.com Administrative Assistant: Donna Lowery Financial Secretary: Jim “Chip” McKenna Director of Music: Jerry Long aijhlong@embarqmail.com Director of Youth: Amy Brown amybrowntumc@gmail.com Director of Children: Jennifer McHan jennifermchantumc@gmail.com Custodian: Tim Cansler Office e-mail: trinity8888@embarqmail.com Office Phone: (423) 638-7521 Trinity Library: tumclibrary@embarqmail.com Web Page: www.trinity-um-church.org

A WORD ABOUT WEDNESDAYS Wednesday night is a great opportunity for fellowship together, so I hope you will consider being a part of this mid-week time that we call Wonderful Wednesdays. Where else can you get a $5 meal that is a meal and not a burger and fries? A greater reason is that because we are attempting to make progress in our Call-to-Action plan, Wednesday night is a good opportunity to begin a ministry of Small Groups. Churches that are growing generally have a variety of small groups that give people an opportunity to find fellowship with other Christians and connect with a church in a setting other than worship. Though worship is our primary gathering time, in our day and culture, many people make their first connection to a church by way of a small group of some kind- a work group, service group, home Bible study, exercise group, recovery group, etc. I would like to see seven small groups on Wednesday nights (and seven more on Sunday nights), but we have to start somewhere, so this fall we are offering three small groups. Each of these is a place for you to invite a friend who may not be attending a church currently. Our menu of small groups for the current season is: 1. BOUNDARIES- A Small Group Study/Discussion for Young Adults. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. We will learn to set limits and be a loving person. Group meets in the Library. 2. WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE PRAY- A small group experience which will serve to encourage our church to be a house of prayer. In this study we learn truths from Pastor Jim Cymbala that transformed a tiny, struggling inner-city congregation into a vital, thriving community of believers who pray with passion, focus and faith. Group meets in the Small Fellowship Hall. 3. ADULT BIBLE STUDY-Group Meets in the Chapel. This group is still under construction, but more information will be coming. Right now, it looks as if Small Group nights will be on October 10 &24, November 28, and December 5 & 12. Youth and Children are rehearsing music at that time so there is a place for almost everyone. We have a long way to go, but this is a start. Your fellow servant in Christ, Pastor Stuart


Prayer List OCTOBER 2012 We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that You have for all the saints. Colossians 1:4

For Our Armed Forces Kenneth Kelley Brian Benton John Penland Justin Walter Thomas White Steven Sams

Jay Burns Jamie Moseley Joseph D. Carson Steven Ayers David Jones Stanley Keselicka

For Trinity Members & Constituents Nancy Chandler Robert Morris

Patsy Reynolds Brenda Bacile

Georgia Lister

For Family Members & Friends J.T. Reynolds

Evelyn Hensley

Cody Gibson

Church in Mission Fran Lynch Baxter-Willow, AK Steve Geegbe/Richard Tefley - Home in Liberia For the Persecuted Church around the world. For the Ministry of Our Church, Its Leaders, Pastor Albee & Staff.

For Our Known Bereaved The Family of Clarence Johnson The Family of Kim Tweed The Family of Brandy Schmock

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

10/02 10/02 Healing Needed from Cancer Ronnie Hooten Ed Stalcup 10/02 Hugh Wells Benny Goodwin 10/04 Karen Broyles Payne Earnestine Gray 10/06 Albert Rasnake Victor Knapp Carl Lacher Sue Brown 10/06 Rick Felton Stanton Whittaker 10/07 Richard Arwood Charlotte Nicodemas 10/10 Roger Solomon Jimmy Carter 10/12 Viola Rollins Jerry Hackney Evelyn Blake Michael Renfro 10/12 Leonard Harrell Brenda Loveday 10/13 Patty Guinn Max Cox 10/13 Darnell Marie Barker Alan Eldridge Billy Kelton Avery Armstrong 10/15 Edna Cutshaw David Lamons 10/19 Hugh Allen Shipley Danny Starnes 10/19 Teresa Krause Jewell Hughes 10/19 Becky Monk James Boles, Jr. 10/21 Bill Ward Families and Caregivers of those with cancer 10/23 10/23 For Our Nursing Home & 10/24 Assisted Living Members: 10/24 Helen Phillips Anna Belle Hankins Beryl Smith Mabel Philbeck 10/24 Iva Walker Carolyn Tilson 10/25 10/25 For Our Homebound Members: Bobby George Kitty Knittel 10/26 Belva Drake Faye Reynolds 10/27 Norma Cureton Virgie Gray Doc Dowden Patsy Reynolds 10/28 Helen Jeffers Frances Million 10/29 Mildred Wallin 10/30

Pray For A Growing, Healthy Church

Danny Rollins Donnie Rollins Will Waldroup Tyler Neas Buck Jones Jaylin Durbin Madge Walker Barbara Stapleton Allie Hodges Steve Miller Catherine Brown Zach Fillers Joshua Robinette Carla Renner Jeff Sams Joey Harmon Jacob Harmon Mary Hope Amy Brown John Whitlock Macie Reaves Vanessa Raye David Ball Debbie Oldenberg Jeff Robinette Wren Britton Hope

Lori Knapp John Kennedy Peg Wigle

FINANCIAL UPDATE

As we enter the last quarter on 2012, we trust that generosity will characterize our giving to God's work. As has been stated in worship, giving to the church has not kept up with expenditures and through the first eight months of the year, and we 1. More small groups for all ages have spent approximately $35,000.00 more than we have re2. More programs for children ceived. Only the Federal government can operate that way, 3. More programs for youth but that way is not the way. Please be aware that we are not 4. Effective lay leadership overspending the approved church budget, but the necessary 5. Lay leadership that exhibits vital personal faith revenue to support that budget has simply not come. Through 6. A rotation of lay leadership to involve more people over time. August, we have received $189,372.00. This compares with 7. 20% or more of the worshiping congregation are current or $216,072.00 received in this same period in 2011. Because of past leaders in their church. 8. Pastors who develop and mentor lay leadership to equip them this shortfall, unfortunate measures have been put in place, such as freezing all discretionary spending and freezing payto carry out ministry. 9. Pastors who enlist the participation of others in accomplishing ments for our denominational obligations (apportionments). There are some signs of improvement with giving in the third needed changes in the church. quarter totaling almost $10,000 more than received in either 10. Pastors who lead the congregation in setting and achieving the first or second quarters. Generosity in your giving will significant goals. enable a positive cash flow, which will in turn enable catching 11. Pastors who are effective preachers. 12. Pastors who stay for a long time (when they are serving effec- up on denominational obligations and pursuing financing for the proposed elevator addition. If you are behind in what you tively). 13. Worship services are a mix of traditional and contemporary. had planned to contribute this year, now is the time to catch 14. Messages in worship are topical. up. As always, remember the Biblical standard for giving is a 15. Use of contemporary music (not blended) in contemporary tithe (10% of income)- so prayerfully evaluate your giving and services. consider where you might be generous. 16. Use of multi-media in contemporary services. -Pastor Stuart There are sixteen characteristics of a vital church. Make these targets for your praying as you pray for our church:


OCTOBER CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Jennifer McHan

Children’s Director Wonderful Wednesday is still a part of our regular children's programs here at Trinity. As many of you know this is when we use our time to get together a performance for the children to do, which has in the past been our Christmas Program. This year we have a Program in mind for Nov. 11th, however if we do not get enough children on board then this will not be able to happen. We have been having around 6 kids and this play requires a minimum of 15. So if it is your desire to see your child do a performance at church, please come out and join us on Wednesday nights @ 5:00. October 3rd - Shalom Fall Festival (weather permitting) October 7th- Our 2/3 year old class will start back with Kelly Ford, Holly Hope and Heather Tunnell team teaching this class.

OCTOBER YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Amy Brown - Youth Director

October 7: We will be heading to the Myer's house for a cookout and hayride. We will be leaving at 5pm on the Bus. Hope everyone can make it to this event. October 14: Fall Break (No Youth) October 19: We will be heading to Hartman's Corn Maze that evening. Cost is $7.00 October 21: We will have a regular meeting. Please bring your FITSUM money.

October 15th-17th - City Schools out for Fall Break October 17th - NO WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY October 20th - Spooky Llama Trails and Tails (Hours are Fri. & Sat. only from 7pm-11pm)

October 28: We will be having a treat-making party for trunks of treats!!! This will happen during our regular youth time.

*Children 3 and under FREE Ages 4-12 $6.00 12 and up $10.00 *Spooky hayrides, Storytelling, Music, Baby Llamas, Arts & Crafts, Campfire Food

October 31: We will help with “Trunks of Treats”!!

(If you are interested in going, we will plan to meet @ 6:30 @ the church)

October 26th - Tailgate with us for the last GHS football game October 31st - T R U N K S - O F- T R E A T S

*********************************** P.U.S.H. - PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!

Trinity Musicians presents

Dinner an’ a SHOW October 28th @ 11:30 Sunday’s Lunch

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Trinity Musicians? Handbells, Brass, Choirs, Keyboards You eat, we sing and play

Menu? Ham, Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Home-made desserts

Tickets?! None needed… Bring yourself, A friend and a Donation! COMING SOON! Jerry Long - Director Of Music Ministries


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2012

UMW News October 3 - Wonderful Wednesday “Shalom Fall Family Fun Night” Ruth Group - October 8 @ 7:00, Marma Lee Boles’ Home Maude Landmesser—October 11 @ 11:00, Location TBA

A UNIQUE NEED A person in our community needs a serviceable car in order to get to her job. If you have a car you would be willing to donate to the church as a tax deduction, we could make it available to her at no charge. This is unique, but our Lord is able to meet needs beyond what we ask or think. Contact the pastor for more information. __________________________________________________

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LISTER CIRCLE News OCTOBER CALENDAR: 3, 10 & 24 - Regular Wednesday Nights 5:10-6:00 (All junior high, senior high & college aged ladies are invited to join us.) 7th - Pet Food Drive 10th - Deliver pet food 20th - Carvers Apple Orchard & Myers Pumpkin Patch 21st - UMW Sunday Lister Circle will be hosting their annual "Pet Food Drive” thru Oct. 7th. All food collected will be divided & delivered to both the Greene County Humane Society and the Pet Food Bank. Please place your donations in the boxes located in the large hall and the narthex (back of sanctuary).

How YOU Can Help Hurricane Isaac Survivors & Buffalo Mtn.

You can help those who are impacted by this and future storms right now by preparing cleaning buckets. Visit www.umcor.org for details of cleaning bucket contents and to watch a video on how to prepare the buckets. You can also respond by making your donation to the church and writing "Isaac" in the memo line. This helps UMCOR provide emergency grants to those affected. Text RESPONSE to 80888 to give a $10 donation to provide immediate relief to those affected by Hurricane Isaac.

You can also continue to donate to relief work at Buffalo Mountain Camp by writing " “Buffalo Mtn.” in the memo line of your check.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGIN October 21 is the start date for Confirmation Classes for middle school students who have not been confirmed as members of the church. Classes will be held in the Middle-School Classroom during the Sunday School hour on Sundays. Any middle school student who would like to be a part of confirmation classes is welcomed, so please contact the pastor for more information. Those who may be uncertain, but would like to be a part of the classes for informational purposes are also welcomed.

_________________________________ Monthly Item Trinity’s Food Bank item being collected during

October is PASTA . Donations can be placed in the cardboard boxes provided in either the Large Fellowship Hall or the Old Narthex outside the Sanctuary.

Pick up will be November 4.

ECHOES News On Friday Afternoon, October 5th the ECHOES group will be going to the Apple Festival in Erwin. (See Vance Walker/Lucille Cutshaw for further details.)

On Friday Evening, October 5th, the ECHOES group will be having their Annual Cookout @ 5:30, S. House Pavilion Menu: Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Slaw, Chips, Dessert & Drinks Entertainment: Chuck Gray __________________________________________ ECHOES on November 13 @ 7:00, will be going to the NPAC to see Mark Lowry, Stan Whitmire & Michael English in concert. (Tickets $28.00) (See Lucille Cutshaw for details)

October 2012 Torch  

October 2012 Newsletter of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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