"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..." -- Pope Benedict XVI
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Dear Friend

Welcome to our February 2016 Newsletter

This month we will welcome Rev Elder Dr Nancy Wilson to Trinity MCC.  This is her retirement year from being the Moderator of MCC.  She has served the denomination faithfully for years in several different roles, including Elder, Pastor and more latterly as Moderator.   Her journey is an example to us all, following her calling to a journey that would take her round the world and change lives.

As we prepare for Lent and Easter, we will be following a sermon series theme about Our Journey to the Cross.  This will help us to explore what it means to journey spiritually and to follow our callings; those we know about, those we have suppressed and those we have forgotten or are about to happen.  We will consider how we need to prepare, be open and make sure we have the right tools to journey.

Together as a community we are on a new journey. On Sunday 24th January we looked at some of things we are excited about and shared some of our history and hopes for the future.  My prayer is that we will continue to explore together, talk together and discern our callings together.  This will help us to be the best we can in the community of Gainesville.

Rev Catherine


Person of the Month

Each month we select someone who has been nominated for their work at Trinity MCC, for the Person of the Month Award.  This month we recognize the work done by Tim Stokes - Thank you Tim.

Christmas Gift Campaign Update

For our Christmas Gift campaign we asked everyone to consider giving towards Trinity MCC installing a Multimedia system which would enhance our worship and towards new signage for the trail outside.
Thank you so much for your generosity.  To date we have received over $1300. To install this system is just over $3,000.  So we will be working hard to raise the funds to get this installed as soon as possible.  If you would like to give to this project, please see Kathy Lucas, Treasurer.  Thank you again for your generosity.

With reference to the signs for the grounds, Barbara Hawes is going to be making these and will be starting this in the next few weeks. 

Opportunities to engage in the life of Trinity MCC

Board Training 6th February
Barb Crabtree, Director of Operations for MCC, will be running a Board Training Session on Saturday 6th February at 11am.  All Board members will attend this but it is open to all who are interested in what the Board are required to do, are considering standing for the Board or would like to be able to support the Board in their work.  Please bring a Brown Bag Lunch.

Spritzer Every Wednesday
Spritzer is a mid week bible study and fellowship group that started almost a year ago. As the group moves into Lent please consider coming along to one of the meetings that include an opportunity to share blessings and prayer needs. 

Please contact Halle for details at 678-9074616, phone or text, for the venue as it is rotated.

Pride Community Center Anniversary Planning Mtg 8th February
 Pride Community Center of North Central Florida will host a community wide Anniversary Party on Friday June 24th to celebrate the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage for our community.  We are inviting all local LGBT and allied groups or organizations to participate in this celebration.  You can be a co-host and help us prepare for the actual event or you can be a sponsor of the event by agreeing to help promote the event to your group or organizational members and encourage them to attend.  If you would like to be a part of this celebration just drop us an e-mail or give us a call to go over the details.
    We will have a planning meeting on Monday February 8th at 6 p.m. at the community center.  We hope to see you then or hear from you soon.

Time of Reflection and Prayer every Thursday in Lent
Every Thursday at 2pm during Lent, starting Thursday 11th February, we will be having a reflection and prayer service.  Come along and share in this peaceful Taize style service.

Joel Ogburn at MCC Ocala
On February 12th at 7pm at MCC Ocala, you are invited to see Joel Ogburn in concert.  Please contact MCC Ocala for details.  If you would like to car pool please see Rev Catherine.  

Campus Clean Up 13th February
On Saturday 13th February at 8am we are having our monthly clean-up the grounds day.  Please consider coming along to help tidy up the beautiful grounds we have.  Whether you can mow, trim, sweep, encourage, or make drinks, everyone is welcome. 

Moderator of MCC to preach at Trinity
We are delighted that the Moderator of MCC, Rev Elder Dr Nancy Wilson, will be preaching at Trinity MCC.  Save the date - 14th February - as we plan to say our farewell and thank her for her service as the Moderator of MCC Worldwide before her retirement later this year. 

We will also have a Pot Luck Lunch following this service.

Quilting Bee 17th February
The quilting bee started 5 years go & we have distributed over 400 quilts to the homeless of Gainesville. We meet at Trinity MCC on the third Wednesday of the month from 3 pm to 6 or so. We each bring food to share & eat together at the end of our time.
You do not need to know how to sew as we have many different tasks for all. Our quilts are the old fashioned tied quilts. We have a fun time & it is a great way to meet new people. We usually have around 10 people & one dog. Come join us. Any questions , call Barb at 352-746-1869


TranQuility - 22nd February
On February 22nd at 7pm, the second meeting of TranQuility will happen.  This is a support group for Trans people, friends and family in Gainesville.  Each month will look at a different area and February will be looking at self care.  Meetings are held at the Unitarian Fellowship at 4225, 34th Street, Gainesville (approx 1 minute north of 39th Ave).  For details about the group please contact:

Chase Wilkerson (Trans Men) or 678-446-9639

Halle Cheeseman (Trans-Women & Gender Non Binary) or 678-907-4616

Nellie Farley (Transkids) or 786-973-2901

Games Afternoon 27th February
Do you love playing old fashioned board games?
Do you enjoy company on a Saturday afternoon?
Then why not come on Saturday 27th February from 2-4pm and have some fun with us.  There is no cost for this event. 

Endowment Team Meeting
The Endowment Team will meet after worship on Sunday 28th February 2016.

Holy Conversations Update
What a delight it was to have 26 people come to the Holy Conversations and share their thoughts and ideas for the future of Trinity MCC. 

There were lots of thoughts around possible ministries and programs we could undertake.  These will be considered and a Strategic Plan will be drawn up to ensure that ideas weren't missed.

There were also lots of ideas about how we can have a diverse set of music during worship, with everyone sharing their favorite genres.  Over the next few months we will look at and learn lots of new songs, sing some old favorites and revisit some of the new ones that have been learnt at Trinity MCC over the past couple of years. We want to make sure our worship reflects the diversity of who we are.

Thank you all for sharing.  If you weren't there but have some ideas about the future of Trinity MCC, please let us know, it is never too late.

Members Corner

“SIX LITTLE STORIES” (Source unknown)
Once all villagers decided to pray for rain,
on the day of prayer all the people gathered,
but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That's FAITH
When you throw a baby in the air,
she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That's TRUST
Every night we go to bed,
without any assurance of being alive the next morning
but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That's HOPE
We plan big things for tomorrow
in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

We see the world suffering,
but still we get married and have children.
That's LOVE

On an old man's shirt was written a sentence
'I am not 80 years old . . .
I am sweet 16 with 64 years experience.'
Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories!

This is your opportunity to share with your community.  If you would like to have something in this corner, please email it to
Lay Delegates Corner
Hi Friends!
We have had a very exciting start to 2016.  I was very pleased
with the diverse fund raiser we had to raise money to send our
Clergy and Lay Delegate to General Conference. 

It is a big and transitioning year for UFMCC and the local church is the base and the catalyst of this transition.  With our community programs and ministry to traditional families and the transgender community is how our local church is contributing to and in many ways leading the UFMCC movement both in our own community and our network.

As you may know.  This year UFMCC is electing our new leader.   Rev Doctor Nancy Wilson will be ending her term as the second Moderator of the UFMCC.  We are also going to be electing other important Fellowship leaders and revising our Statement of Faith.   This is only some of the business that will be conducted at General Conference.  I will work with our Board to offer a pre-conference forum where we can discuss how we as a church want to vote on the issues and elections that will be conducted at the UFMCC General Conference.

Lastly, as with most organizations in the 21st century, UFMCC has a large amount of resources on line.  This can lower the cost of getting information out to large groups of people.  It can also concern many people who are not comfortable learning or working with internet technology.  My goal is to work with our Board to make Fellowship related information available to everyone in a suitable format.

In the months leading up to General Conference I hope you will join me to review the pre-conference materials and videos so we can make an informed choice on the issues facing UFMCC and the selection of the next Moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. 

God's Blessings and Grace to you.

Jim East

Lay Delegate for Trinity MCC

Recycling  -  Did you know?
In 2015, we raised $314 by recycling aluminum cans.  Since 1992, we have raised $4246.  
The Weight of cans in 2015 was 1,052 lbs.  
Since 1992 we have recycled 14,252 lbs of aluminum cans.  Please keep them coming.

Gratitude Corner
This month we want to thank Barb Petersen who retired as Vice Moderator of the Board at the end of December 2015.  She remains very involved with Trinity MCC. 
Her service to Trinity MCC has been amazing and our grateful thanks are offered to her for her role in guiding Trinity MCC through the transition of pastor in 2015.

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday from your Trinity MCC Family.

5th Tim Martin

If you do not see your birthday on here, please let Rev Catherine know and we will make sure you are included next time.

This month we are collecting dish soap.  If you are able to help with this collection it would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Details for Trinity MCC
11604 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608/
Phone: Office (352) 495-3378 

Postal Address:
PO Box 140535
Gainesville, FL  32614

Our Pastor:

Our pastor is Rev Catherine Dearlove who joined us on the 8th November 2015 from Dorset, UK.  She has a Bachelor of Theology from Brisbane College of Theology in Queensland and a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Sarum College, Salisbury, England.

Please feel free to call or email our pastor to talk to her:
Cell (352) 317-5143

Coffee and a Chat

Each month Rev Catherine will have some open days in the office - these are days that you can pop in, chat, drink coffee, meet others or just be still in the sanctuary.  Please watch the Calendar on the website for details of when.  

Our Board of Directors
The following people serve on the Board of Directors for Trinity MCC Gainesville:

Al Miller - Member

Halle Cheeseman - Vice Moderator
Kathy Lucas - Treasurer
Michelle Smith - Clerk
Nita White - Member
Rev Catherine Dearlove - Moderator

They can be contacted on:

Endowment Fund Team

The Endowment Team:

Barbara Canning
Joyce Stump
Rev Catherine Dearlove
Tim Martin

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