February 22, 2018
 
 
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KIDS AGE 3 to HIGH SCHOOL!  Please joins us for Sunday School at 9:00 am during the School Year!     A great time of learning, fellowship, singing, and meeting new friends.....we look forward to seeing you!  

Confirmation Class   Confirmation is Preparation for the Adventure of Faithfulness! Those who follow Jesus know that every happening near us, around us, and with us…that’s God providing us with new and exciting experiences. Even when it seems like the ‘same old, same old,’ the Holy Spirit of God is nudging us to live life large, with energy and abundance. When our children reach their early teens, we Methodists take time to prepare them for understanding God in their lives more fully. We encourage them and prepare them for a life of faithfulness. We hope that they will want to Confirm the covenant relationship that was given to them at their Baptism.

Since soon after Easter, Pastor  has been working with a Confirmation class of 4 young people. Please pray for the youth and their families during this special time.

 …mature as disciples…

 

Read the Bible in a Year!      

February:   

Reading Through the Bible In A Year (RTTBIAY) Genesis keeps introducing us to the Family of God. There was plenty of dysfunction in that family, I think you’ll agree. Matthew continues to give us insight into Jesus’ teaching, and the parables really get rolling.

I hope you are looking forward to the daily readings as the story of our faith unfolds. Friday at noon and Sunday at 9:15, discussion groups are available.

Wednesday night may develop more interest in the summer months, but for now pastor Geri will keep an eye out after the prayer service for anyone who shows up for discussion. Daily discipline will help develop perseverance!

More than 38 people have committed themselves to daily Bible-reading, and it’s not too late for you to join in, if you want to. Call Sally in the office at (906)774-2545 to see about picking up one of the Bibles we’re using and getting started on the adventure of reading God’s Holy Words.

–Jack Noyce

 
Reading through the Bible in a year has begun! NIV version Bibles with 365 separate readings have been distributed. The good habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis has begun for many people.

If you have not started reading with us, you can certainly pick the reading up at any time. Starting the daily habit of having the Bible open and reading the word of God will be a great benefit for your daily walk. Please consider joining other daily Bible readers.

There will be Bible studies on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays at noon, and Sundays at a time to be announced.

Thank you for all the interest shown for reading through the Bible in a year! Many of you have asked to be included on the list of those that want to commit to have the Bible open and part of your daily experience. Details will be hammered out and plans made for starting January 1. All are welcome, and even if you won’t be with us for a while (or at all) this winter, you can still participate by reading the same passages as those of us enjoying the UP for the season.


Roundtable Discussion of Race Relations in Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, Saturday, January 13, noon to 3:00 p.m. at First UMC, 106 Fourth St., Iron Mountain. 

In consideration of the words contained in the United Methodist Church Baptismal Covenant, a time is being offered to consider how we may live out the “freedom and power God gives us,” to look at one another in Dr. King’s words, according to the “content of character,” rather than physical appearances.

The approximate schedule is lunch at noon, with chili, corn bread, and sandwich bar. Speakers and question-and-answer time from 12:30-2:00 p.m.; dessert (ice cream and cookies) and discussion time from 2:00-2:45 p.m.; and closing from 2:45-3:00 p.m.

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

How do we accept that freedom and power God gives us?

A free-will offering will be taken in support of Human Relations Day observed in the United Methodist Church, which recognizes the right of all God’s children to realize their potential as human beings in relationship with one another.

The Adult Sunday school    Meets during the School year on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. to talk with each other about God and the church and how it is that we can best serve as disciples of Jesus.   You are welcome to join us!  Please call the office, 774-2545, if you would like a book and more information about the class.  Adult Sunday School began September 10 at 9:15 a.m. They are continuing to use the book, Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak, by Joyce Meyer.   Cost of the book is $10, and copies can be picked up in the office. Come and grow as a disciple of Jesus!  
 

The Vital Church Initiative is an educational program designed and used by the Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church since 2011 to inspire and challenge local congregations to let the Holy Spirit move them towards renewal, renovation, and liveliness.

Trinity UMC is in the first Upper Peninsula group of churches to participate in VCI. (They were working out the kinks before bringing it this far north!) This is an example of your apportionment dollars at work here in our very own church.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the people on the teams. Their phone numbers are in the church directory, or call the office, 774-2545.   VCI Team Members:

VCI Away Team: Moira Cowling, Pastor Geri, Jack Noyce, Kristy Ryan, Emily Ritsema

VCI Home Team: Celeste Bancroft, Nathan Ruble, Sally Verley

 

...intentional faith development...

 Coming Summer 2018—

Cindi Strehlow and Kristy Ryan have volunteered to organize Vacation Bible School. They will need volunteers to help plan and work on it, so please be thinking about participating in this wonderful event for our church children. It’s a great way to not only serve your church, but have fun doing it! You can contact Cindi at (906)221-1094, or Kristy at (906)779-5282.

 Did You Know?...Our TUMC library is available to you! Located in the church office, the library contains many authors, titles, and selections.   Come check it out!