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Dear Friend

Welcome to our August 2016 Newsletter

This month we will be concentrating our worship on the Parables of Jesus.

Stories are a wonderful way to help us understand what is meant by a message.  Although sometimes the disciples didn't 'get it' and so it had to be told over and over.  Sometimes at church we hear about a certain message and then when we go home we remember and put it into action.  Other times some of us forget the message was for us and leave the message at church; if we listened to it in the first place.  This reminds me of school; I was taught so much but remember so little.  However if I were to go back to school again now I am sure I would focus more than I did at the time.  Is there more we should be focusing on now? Rather than missing great opportunities?

I have shared this story before - but it is worth sharing again:
God Will Save Me
A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.
A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”
The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”
As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”
The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”
The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, "Grab my hand and I will pull you up!" But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”
Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.
When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”
And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

Don't miss your opportunities to learn from each other every day!

Thank you everyone

I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful Birthday Cake and Gift; also for all of your good wishes.  I will definitely put the gift to good use!  You are such an amazing church and I am so grateful for every single one of you.

Rev Catherine

Yellow Book Delivery

Our thanks go to everyone who has helped bag and deliver approximately 2,500 books so far.  We still have about 1,000 to go so if you feel you could help this week please contact the pastor - even if you can offer driving while others do the footwork.  This work will raise approximately $800 for our Air Conditioning Fund. 

Person of the Month
Each month we pick someone's name out of a basket, 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 Nita.  Nita serves on the Board but does so much more too.  Among other things she has been helping deliver Yellow Books and spent countless hours at the building ensuring that the new air conditioning is working just fine for us.  Thanks you for everything you do Nita.

Pastors Holiday and emails

During August the Pastor will be taking Tuesdays off, apart from the first week which she will have Thursday off. Typically emails are replied to within 36/48 hours unless they are urgent.  If you have an urgent need while Rev Catherine is off please call the church cell phone or a member of the Board and someone will help you.

Don't forget to do your shopping through Amazon Smile - we get money back when you do.  You will need to sign up once for an Amazon Smile Account and then appoint Trinity MCC as your chosen charity.  once that is done it will recognize it each time you go shopping and remind you. 

Amazon will donate a percentage to the church of everything you spend.  We do not get to see what you buy and it doesn't cost you any more.  This is a way to help the church to fund-raise without having to do any work - which is a wonderful thing!

Opportunities to engage in the life of Trinity MCC

Mustard Seed Bible Study Group
We are meeting this Wednesday to continue our exploration of the Old Testament.  We use videos and chat, and of course nibbles and drinks to help our discussion.  Come along - you do not need to know anything about the Bible to attend; just a willingness to hear different opinions and possibly engage in a healthy discussion.  There is no right or wrong!!! This Wednesday we are meeting at Nita's house at 7pm.

C.A.L.M. and Pot Luck 7th August

Conversation, Altruism, Learning and Maturing.

Our CALM Meeting for August is Sunday 7th August and we will be talking about mental health and spirituality.  Come and share your journeys over a lovely lunch. 

Campus Clean Up 13th August
On Saturday13th August 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.  This is a great opportunity to get know everyone better too.

Happy Anniversary Trinity MCC - 14th August
Today we will be 33 years old as a community of faith.  Come and celebrate in worship and if you are able - bake a cake or cookies and we can share some time celebrating after the service.

Board of Directors - 14th August
The Board will meet on the 14th August 2016 at 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Quilting Bee 17th August 2016
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

Please note our Quilting Bee need donations of Quilts, Blankets, Sheets and Mattress Covers.  If you are able to help please call the office to drop them off, or Barb on the number above.

Mustard Seed Bible Study
17th Aug  7 - 8.30pm

The focus of this group is to consider the Bible, the history, the stories and how this can relate to our lives today.  This week we will continue on our exploration of some of the characters of the Old Testament.
You will have the opportunity to pray and learn together.  the hosting of this group will be rotated so please check with Jim or Rev Catherine for the location.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for The Council for the Blind
The cost of tickets are $6 and it runs between 8am - 10am on the 20th August 2016.  The venue is The Campus Church of Christ, 2720 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, 32607.  For further details see Jim East.

Conference Feedback Forum 21st August
After worship on Sunday 21st August Jim, our Lay Delegate will be sharing what he learnt at Conference and will be answering any questions you may have about the process of Moderator elections etc.  Jim works hard on your behalf please come and support him today.

By-Laws Team -  21st August after worship
The By-Laws Team will be reviewing the current By-Laws and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure they are relevant and if there are any changes that will  enhance the life of Trinity MCC.  If you are interested in By-Laws and governmental structures please see Rev Catherine, as there may be a place on the team for you.

TranQuility - 22nd August
On August 22nd at 7pm, the eigth meeting of TranQuility will happen.  This is a support group for Trans people, friends and family in Gainesville.  The meetings will  be held at UF Health Center, 2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, Florida 32608.  Please note this is a stand alone building and TranQuility only use it for this meeting.

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

Bingo Afternoon and Supper - Aug 27th
Bingo Afternoon with 'Marcia the Mad' bingo caller.  We will be having a shared supper (bring some food to share) as well.  Come along, let your hair down and have some fun while raising money for the church.

How can you can get involved or help Trinity MCC?

People are always asking how they can get involved or help at Trinity MCC. 

We wanted to let you know the many ways in which you can help us. Trinity is self-funding and self-sustaining so having everyone be involved is very important. 

1.  You can be part of one of our teams - Legacy Team, Grounds Team, C.A.R.E. Team, Prayer Team, Fundraising Team, Worship Team, Board, Technical Team.
2.  You can help with our grounds - we always need work done on our 7 acres.
3.  You can help with our flowers campaign - pots, potting compost, plants.
4.  You can pray with and for us.
5.  You can tell your friends about us.
6.  You can donate financially to our work by sending us a check, or putting money in to an envelope in the offertory each week (with your name on it) or set up a bank order to pay directly to Trinity MCC; that way if you are away the Board know that money is coming in and can budget accordingly.
7.  You can share your thoughts and ideas with us.
8.  You can encourage people to name Trinity MCC in their wills.

However you want to help us - thank you so much.

Other News and Events

Free Health Service in the Community
If you identify as LGBTI, on the third Tuesday of every month there is free general healthcare and screening tests available at:
Equal Access Clinic Network Eastside,
410 Northeast Waldo Road 
For more information please contact them on
or 352 273 9425

If this service is not used then it will be lost - please support this service.

Lay Delegates Corner

HI TMCC Family!
Dovey and I continue to Emerge as Trinity's Lay Delegate and a K9 ambassador for love and inclusivity.  I continue to reconnect and network with fellow Laity and Clergy from all over the world who we met at general conference.  I am also going to have a teleconference this week with Rev Elder Bumgardner to discuss how we can better make our home churches more inclusive to a wider group of people including people with diverse disabilities.

I hope you will join us on August 21, to receive my report on general conference and to allow me to share my conference experience with you.  I hope you received my conference email blog.  I still have it so I can still send it to you on request. I wish everyone a good end of Summer.  Remember to Be MCC and to emerge like a butterfly.

Jim East
Lay Delegate for Trinity MCC

Legacy Team Corner

The Legacy Team would like to start a compost pile in the near future and are looking for volunteers to start it and help maintain it. Not only would this help our plants it would also help reduce our waste. Think long term benefit for our plants both present and future ones. Please let me know if you're willing to participate.
   I was saddened a few weeks ago to see were someone had thrown out a plastic water bottle on the grounds of our beautiful church campus. I intentionally didn't pick it up to see how long it would remain. It was still there a  week later. I have been told by another Trinity member that they pick up trash on the campus a lot. Folks, this is not acceptable. This is littering! While littering is a big problem it shouldn't be at Trinity MCC. I would like to strongly encourage everyone to be mindful of where the trash bins are located in the church and social hall and use them. We need to walk our talk. If we say we care about the Earth then let's show it. Putting trash in the appropriate bin is a simple way to do that. We can do this!

Kathy Gambrell
Coordinator, Legacy Team

Funraising Team
The Funraising Team have been busy looking at ways to engage the local community and raise funds for Trinity MCC.  We had lunch at Chili's and are waiting to hear how much that raised.  We are also delivering yellow books in order to raise some more funds.  Our next fundraiser is our Bingo Night.  We have some social events coming up too, which are including Marge's dinners.  These will be on Friday nights from September (the first Friday of the month).  The cost will be $7 (to cover the cost of the food) and if you have specific dietary needs please see Marge she will be happy to accommodate these.  The meal will be followed by a time of socializing and playing old fashioned games (Not a Pokemon in sight!).  The first one is Friday 2nd September.

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 everyone who has made the Yellow Book Delivery such a success.  Those who packed the bags and those who walked the streets and those who drove others while they walked; thank you to every single one of you.

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday from your Trinity MCC Family.

16th Lois Gonsalves-Thomas
27th Amelia Millay (Who turns 18 today)

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

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 week 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
Barb Petersen - 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

Prayer Team
If you have a prayer need please contact Rev Catherinel, Prayer Team Coordinator on

Do you have a care need?
Our new C.A.R.E. Team are here for you.

Our C.A.R.E Team provides welcome and support of a spiritual nature for those seeking to be renewed, equipped and strengthened in their spiritual journey.

Congregational care might involve: sustaining others through prolonged difficulty or immediate need, enabling the journey of healing and wholeness, of self and others, offering guidance about other resources and enabling different perspectives.
Congregational care might take the form of listening, encouraging, visiting, hospitality, advocacy, mentoring, befriending, celebrating, practically helping, prayer, comforting or empowering., sending cards at Christmas, Easter or other times.

Please let us know if you or anyone you know needs our support. 

Thank you

Madine Rawe, C.A.R.E. Team Coordinator.

Members Corner

When we were in Minnesota, our friend Jim had a red tulip that was so lovely and then it was gone.  I felt inspired to write this for Jim.

                 The Red Tulip               
Today I walked to the garden.
I wanted to take in the beauty of my Red Tulip.
This tulip was planted with love in a place I
Could see whenever I went to the garden.
The red was hot, like a flame on a candle, I
Was almost afraid to touch it.
As I strolled toward the tulip, I did a double take.
My lovely red tulip was gone.
My heart was saddened, my beauty had disappeared.
That evening as the sun went down, the sky was a bright Ruby red.
 I looked up,  then I knew where my Red Tulip had gone.
Barbara Grimes 5-15-16

Don't forget

If you would like a flower arrangement made at church for a celebration or to honor someone, please see Barb Petersen or sign the sheet at the front entrance.  They are $25 each.

If you would like any important documents laminated, please see Barbara Haws.  This is a fundraiser for Trinity MCC.

Air Conditioning Fundraising
The last week of June our air conditioning was replaced.  We were very blessed to have someone who has loaned us the difference between what we had already raised and what we needed in order to get the new air conditioning installed.  The Board have committed to ensuring this is paid back at the very latest by December 2017 although ideally we would like to get it paid back by December 2016.

If you are able to help or know someone who might be willing to help with this fundraising campaign they can give directly through
or they can send a check or cash to the P O Box.  Thank you helping.

Upcoming Events:
Friday night meals at the church
International Peace Day celebrations
and much more
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