People who volunteer at the recycling center or soup kitchen through a church or neighborhood group can come to feel part of something 'larger.' Such a sense of belonging calls on a different part of a self than the market calls on. The market calls on our sense of self-interest. It focuses us on what we 'get.'       Arlie Russell Hochschild
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Dear Friend

Welcome to our May 2016 Newsletter

I can hardly believe that on Sunday 8th May I will have been at Trinity MCC 6 months; the time has just flown by.  Although I have learnt so many things since being here, the most humbling thing I have seen is how many people volunteer their time or talents at Trinity.  

Here are just some of the things that have been done so far this year by friends and members of Trinity but also by people who support the mission of the church but do not attend:

Administration, bringing in items for GAAP, changing the altar paraments, cleaning out cupboards/offices, clearing the grounds, cooking breakfast at Easter, donated food for the food bank, fixing the electrics, floral displays, laying pavers, leaf blowing, making signs for the grounds, mowing, numerous hospital visits, praying with and for people, providing transport for people to come to church, rebuilding the ampitheater, replacing rotten wood panels on the church, quilting for the homeless, recycling collections, servicing the lawn mowers/chainsaws, singing, serving on a new community support group for trans people, sorting out the music files, taking our refuse home so we don't have to pay for refuse collection, visits to people at home who can't get to the church anymore, worship participation, writing to people in prison.

The list goes on.  I recently went on a webinar that said most churches are lucky if they have 15 - 20% of their church volunteering.  At Trinity we have approximately 80%.  I believe that Trinity has built an extremely strong ethos of caring for each other,  the church, grounds and the community.  In doing that not only does it reduce the budget incredibly but has more importantly built an incredible sense of community.  I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and talents at Trinity MCC.  I hope you will join us on the 15th May as we have our Volunteer Appreciation Sunday. 

On the 17th May it is IDAHO Day - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  The day represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.  We will be hosting an event on the 17th May where we join together with others from our community to pray and light candles in the solidarity for an end to all phobias.  More recently members of the trans community have been targeted by what has become known as the bathroom bill.  This is an opportunity for us to come together in solidarity to raise awareness of the right of every human being to live their lives in safety and dignity.  We hope you will join us for this important day in the International Calendar.

Please note that if the bathroom bill is brought up anywhere in Levy/Alachua counties, then we will have a Call To Action and a Press Conference.  Please keep your eye out on Facebook and our website for information.  We cannot remain silent in the face of oppression. 

I believe that following Jesus' Gospel message includes loving your neighbor, feeding the hungry, giving refreshment to the thirsty and speaking out against oppression where we see it.  Members and friends of Trinity MCC - you do this on a daily basis and I am honored to serve with you.
Rev Catherine

Multimedia System

We are pleased to say that we have ordered the Multimedia System.  We are excited about the way this will enhance our worship experience in so many ways and can't wait for it to be in place.  It should be up and running by the end of May.  If you would like to help with the operation of the powerpoint during the service please see Rev Catherine.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project.  It is not too late to earmark a donation for this fund if you would like to.

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        Al
Miller  Thank you the Al for the many things you do for Trinity MCC, mostly behind the scenes that helps us to grow as a community.

Opportunities to engage in the life of Trinity MCC

1st May 2016 over a Pot Luck lunch following worship

Conversation, Altruism, Learning and Maturing.

C.A.L.M. is our spirituality discussion group.  The focus of this group is to meet over a pot luck lunch after church to consider all different subjects of interest and challenge.  This meeting is going to hear from people who are trans or gender non conforming.  What is transphobia? Do we even notice it? How can we help eradicate transphobia?  How does transphobia affect someone's personal spiritual journey?

If you are able please bring something to share for lunch and an open heart - we would love to see you and share with you.

Mustard Seed Bible Study Group
4th May 7 - 8.30pm

The Mustard Seed Bible Study Group is another of our changes to programming.   The focus of this group is to consider the Bible, the history, the stories and how this can relate to our lives today. 
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.

This week we will be looking at flooding and murder!  Come and join us.

Campus Clean Up 14th May
On Saturday 14th May 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.

Board of Directors - 15th May
The Board will meet on the third Sunday this month instead of the Second.  This will be the 15th May 2016 at 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

17th May
IDAHO in Gainesville

Join us for a time of solidarity. 
We will be having a time of sharing stories from around the world, lighting candles of hope followed by a pot luck supper. 

This is a Gainesville Community event - we are excited that Trinity MCC is hosting this.  It is so important that we collaborate  to raise awareness and challenge injustices.

Quilting Bee 18th May 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 Group
18th May 7 - 8.30pm

This is the second of our Mustard Seed Bible Study Groups this month. 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.

Breakfast at Applebees
On Saturday 21st May between 8am and 10am we are having an Applebee's fundraiser.  Tickets are $7 and Trinity MCC will get $5 from each ticket.  You need to buy your tickets in advance from Rev Catherine.  Bring your friends and family to this great fundraiser and opportunity to socialize together.


TranQuility - 23rd May
On May 23rd at 7pm, the fifth 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 the May meeting will be looking at Family.  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

How can you help Trinity MCC?

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

We wanted to let you know the many ways in which you can help us. 
1.  You can be part of one of our teams - Legacy Team, C.A.R.E. Team, Prayer Team, Fundraising Team, Worship Team, Board.
2.  You can help with our grounds - we always need work done on our 7 acres.
3.  You can help with our spring 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 the offertory each week 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

New 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.

Moderator Candidates virtual Town Halls in May! Register Now

The Moderator Nominating Committee invites you to engage in Q&A with the candidates regarding their candidacy for Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches! The Moderator Candidates Virtual Town Halls will be held in May and the schedule is as follows:

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Tue, May 3, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 4 (Sydney). Register @

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher
Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 11 (Sydney). Register @

Rev. Dr. Irene Laudeman
Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Thu, May 19 (Sydney). Register @

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 15:00 Central Time US; 13:00 (Los Angeles); 16:00 (New York); 21:00 (London); 06:00 on Wed, May 25 (Sydney). Register @

Instructions on how to access Adobe Connect will be sent in your registration confirmation. We look forward to your participation!
  statement of faith and moderators nominating committee

The Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith is pleased to announce the release of a newly revised draft of the MCC Statement of Faith with a Companion Guide.

Upcoming Events:

We have a fantastic concert for you on the 3rd June. 

Joel Ogburn has an amazing story to tell about his journey of faith and music.  Joel is Director of Worship Arts and Connections at Joy MCC, Orlando. 

This concert is free but a Love Offering Will be Taken for Joel.

Bring your family, friends & neighbors; you do not want to miss this amazing man in concert
Lay Delegates Corner
Dear Friends and Members of Trinity MCC of Gainesville FL, I am excited to write to you about the activities and events going on at the Fellowship level as well as my local service to our Church.
As you may know, we are drawing near to General Conference.  The
Board of Governance has been nominated, the agenda for the
business meeting is being finalized along with the list of plenary sessions.  The slate of candidates for Moderator is in
place and the candidates continue to answer questions put to them
on a wide range of topics around faith leadership and problem solving.
In preparation for General Conference I have registered for a
diversity preconference institute.  I continue to participate on
the UFMCC Accessibility Team.
I am happy to see growing interest and participation of our members as we prepare for General Conference.  we had a small gathering of members along with myself and Rev Catherine as we
attended the first of the on line town hall webinars.  These virtual town hall meetings give us the opportunity to hear from Rev Nancy Wilson our Moderator and from the four candidates to be
the third Moderator in the history of UFMCC.  Future webinars can
be attended in a small group at church or from your home or other
locations.  Remember that you must preregister for the on line Town Hall Webinars to obtain the web address.
I don't often mention in my articles or reports my service around Church.  I attend almost every service.  I have provided special prayer and anointing and offered communion blessings.  I have
also read scripture and done other readings for Sunday Morning
Services.  I also co-facilitated the spiritual Spritzer, and I do the news letter reminder for the Mustard Seed Bible Study Group.
It is my honor to serve as your Lay Delegate.

Jim East
Lay Delegate for Trinity MCC

Legacy Team Corner
The Legacy Team helps us to look at how everything we do can affect the environment and is the legacy we are leaving for generations to come. 

If someone leaves behind a legacy then it usually implies their journey has come to an end.. We have the opportunity to leave behind a legacy that will make a difference in the lives of others by making simple changes in the way we do certain tasks. A survey was sent out recently - - that I hope you will take the time to complete it. This survey will serve as a guide to help the Legacy Team know which direction to start focusing on. Personally, I believe we are capable of achieving all of these goals but it will have to be a collective effort. This is not a one person show!
There are many possibilities for Trinity and this team like working with the University of Florida and the students. I'd like them to come and do an assessment and tell us how we can be greener. This would also get us more involved with UF and the community as a whole. Hopefully, in the near future this will take place.
  For now, let's start with something simple such as bringing your own coffee cup. It's not that hard to get in the habit and it is a positive step forward. There are many benefits in doing this including Trinity may save some money and there will be less waste. Also, along that same vein, let's consider using reusable coffee filters and saving the grounds to use on our plants. I am aware that these items are generally donated but if we don't need them those donations can go towards other areas of need. So bring your cup and fill it up!  We are still in need of folks to serve on the Legacy Team. I am hopeful that this will be a rewarding experience as well as informative, for all those who choose to participate. Remember, United We Stand and Make a Difference!

Kathy Gambrell
Coordinator, Legacy Team

Fundraising Team
The Fun Raising Team and Trinity members have been active in the month of April especially selling raffle tickets for Perry's Ocean Edge Resort. The drawing for the gift certificate will be held at the conclusion of the worship service on May 1st. All money, ticket stubs, and unsold tickets must be turned in BEFORE the service starts! Thanks in advance for doing this and for making it a very successful funraising event.
     Want to have some fun? The FunRaising Team is open to suggestions for some social activities. Several ideas have been mentioned but it would be helpful to know what you would like to do. A pool party, picnic at Silver Springs State Park, a Tea dance at Babylon in Ocala with Ocala MCC and Open Circle MCC members are all suggestions that have potential. Maybe, a good old fashioned homemade ice cream social sometime this summer ? Please share your ideas with me or Jim East. If you'd like to help this team we'd love to have you as a member. Let's put the Fun in funraising!

Kathy Gambrell
Funraising Team Coordinator

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 Lona Canaday for spending time mending and servicing all the gardening equipment at no cost to Trinity MCC.

Thank you so much Lona.

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday from your Trinity MCC Family.

15th Al Miller

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 disinfectant wipes.  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 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

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.

Prayer Team
If you have a prayer need please contact Linda Powell, Prayer Team Coordinator on

Members Corner

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