T RINITY U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH August 25, 2009 • Vol. 43 No. 34 Look inside this issue for: Lil’ Lambs Sale | Methodism 101 | Outreach Opportunities | Young Adult Tailgate Questions about Christianit y? Find answers at If you are looking for your first small group study or a basic study on the fundamentals of Christianity, ALPHA’s the course for you! 10-week study, Tuesday nights from 6-8 PM. Dinner and childcare are provided. Questions? Contact Laura Eanes at ALPHA LEanes@trinity-umc.org or 879-1737. Begins September 15! Register online now: www.trinitybirmingham.com Wednesday Supper Returns FALL SESSION KICKOFF Thursday, September 17 Featuring Dr. John Ed Mathison 6:30 PM • Fellowship Hall Tickets for the catered dinner event are $10 and will be on sale this Sunday, August 30 before and after worship services. Dr. Mathison is an author and a nationally known and sought-after speaker. He retired Serving 4:45 - 6:15 PM in 2008, after 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery. In 2008, Dr. Mathison and a board of directors established John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries, which involves preaching, teaching, conferences and seminars. For more info visit: www.johnedmathison.org. BREAKFAST SESSIONS • Begin Sept. 28! Join us for 6 Monday mornings from 6:30 -7:35 AM for breakfast, fellowship and discussion. ‘09 FALL SERIES - The Macho Myth: Overcoming the Myths that Make Men Miserable NEW THIS FALL! Questions? Contact Tim Tatum at 879-1737 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Small Dining Room is available for those who enjoy a smaller, quieter dining atmosphere! Sunday, August 30 a personal word 8:45 & 11:00 AM Dr. Matthew Sleeth, in a grace-filled humble way, presented us with a powerful The 8:45 AM service is broadcast via 15-minute delay challenge on Sunday: How do we live faithful lives as stewards of God's creation? from 9–10 AM Sundays on WAPI-AM 1070. For the most part we are creatures of habit – some good, some bad. Because we Sermon live in a time and place of such abundance, we fall easily into habits which do not reflect that care of creation to which we are called. Dr. Andrew Wolfe Music In his book, Serve God Save the Planet, Dr. Sleeth ends with an Earth Care To-Do List. To restore God's creation, we need to put our faith into action. The precursor (8:45) Sanctuary Choir, Trinity Orchestra to any action is prayer – we have to humble oursleves before God, recognize the William A. Gardner Handbell Choir gifts which God has given to us, and acknowledge a desire to change. (11:00) Sanctuary Choir, William A. Gardner Handbell Choir Part of that prayer goes: Lord, help me today to: On Call • Memorize a bible verse about God's love for creation, such as Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.” Rev. Buzz Barrett • Phone: 937-0050 • Pick up and throw away any trash I see on the ground. Van Driver • Turn off the faucet while brushing my teeth and shaving. • Turn up my thermostat three degrees (in summer) or down three degrees Paul Owen (in winter). • Wash my clothes in the coolest water possible. • Turn off the lights, TV, radio when I leave the room for more than 60 seconds. • Give something away. Wesley Hall • 11:15 AM • Spend at least ten minutes with God – quietly – in nature. • Use the money I save to advance the kingdom. Dr. Dave Barnhart His list goes on with small, doable steps which help in developing new ways of A Look at August 23: thinking and acting. The title of his book begins with “Serve God.” It is out of that loving relationship that we learn new ways on being. Worship Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .??? Sunday School Attendanc . . . . . . . . . . . . .771 information for guests & new members Welcome to Trinity United Methodist Church! • NURSERY is provided during all services and during Andrew R. Wolfe – Senior Minister Sunday School hours. Please see an usher for informa- Suzanne Pruitt – Minister of Christian Formation Our Mission is to Gather people to Christ, Grow people tion and directions. David Barnhart – Minister of Membership Care in Christ, Go in Christ and Glorify Christ. Tim Tatum – Minister of Evangelism & Young Adults Interested in Membership? David Thompson – Minister of Students Sunday Worship Opportunities: Please join us the first Sunday of every month in the large parlor for “Coffee with the Pastor.” This is a time to Buzz Barrett – Minister of Visitation • 8:45 & 11:00 AM – Traditional services in the sanc- tuary, offering same sermon and music at each service. meet the pastoral staff, ask questions and learn more Mack Chapman – Minister of Administration •11:15 AM – CONTACT – a relaxed, informal, service in about the core values and mission of Trinity. We also Church: 205-879-1737 Wesley Hall featuring upbeat praise music from the encourage you to attend “Membership 101” orientation Fax: 868-9714 CONTACT Band, children are encouraged to attend. prior to joining Trinity. It is offered on the second Sunday of each month. Contact Rev. Tim Tatum at tta- Care Line: 868-9709 •10:00 AM – Sunday School – Ages 2 years and up. email@example.com with questions. Child Development Center: 879-1749 Volunteers Are Needed! LIL’ LAMBS is Coming! The Lil’ Lambs Ministry touches many lives. Not only do these sales help fund Children’s Ministries with items such as Fall Children’s Consignment Sale rocking chairs, paging systems, and aprons for nursery work- ers, it provides the community with a great source for gently September 11 & 12 worn clothing, toys, and furniture items at reasonable prices. Sellers receive 70% of their proceeds while the remaining Trinity’s Gym 30% supports our children’s ministries. The proceeds of the Register to sell and volunteer! sale enhance our Children’s Ministry through supporting our Capital Campaign ($25,000 over the past three years) and Call Amy Mezzell at 868-9715 x. 313. various big ticket items for the nursery. It is truly an awesome ••• experience to participate in a Lil’ Lambs sale. It takes more than 100 volunteers to make the sale successful! Find gently used children and baby Please consider helping this Fall. clothes • toys • strollers • furniture • accessories To volunteer, please email Amy Mezzell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her www.trinitybirmingham.com/kids/lil_lambs at 868-9715, ext 313. Paul DeMarco to speak on Alabama PACESETTERS NEWS September 1 - WV TRIP DEADLINE Constitution Reform at Trinity September 15 • 7:30 PM • Wesley Hall Reminder: Full payment is due 9/1 for the West Viginia Trip! Alabama State Representative Paul DeMarco will discuss efforts to reform Alabama's Constitution at Trinity United September 16 - GADSDEN MUSEUM TRIP Methodist Church in Homewood on Tuesday, September Ink & Blood exhibit at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Culteral 15 at 7:30 PM. Representative DeMarco will speak to Arts in Gadsden. From authentic Dead Sea Scrolls to Trinity's Social Justice Committee in Wesley Hall, and the Gutenberg's Bible. We will leave Trinity at 10 AM and will enjoy public is also welcome and encouraged to attend. a delicious lunch at the Courtyard Cafe, followed by the tour. Questions? Contact Ken Stalnaker at 283-5682. October 2 - CONCERT AT ASC Join us for the Coffee Concert "Ravishing Rachmaninoff" at the THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS Alys Stephens Center. We will leave the church at 9:30 AM. CONTACT WORSHIP • BEGINS SEPT. 6 Coffee and pastries will be served at 10 AM. Concert at 11 AM. Wish you had read the Bible cover-to-cover? This Fall in For more information on any event above, contact Amy Lewis, Contact, you can! That’s 12 pages a day. Worship will be struc- Director of Older Adult Ministry, on Tues. - Wed. - Thurs. at tured around readings for each week, and lunchtime groups will encourage you and hold you accountable. Join us! 879-1737 or email email@example.com. Sundays • 11:15 AM • Wesley Hall A Night at the Copacabana... On July 30, Trinity’s older adults anjoyed a special ball complete with wonderful food, live music, and dancing. The event was planned and organized by Trinity’s youth who also enjoyed a night of fun! 3 Honor a Loved One With Music Choosing music for worship at Trinity is a constant and ongoing challenge. On average, I will choose one piece of music for every fifty pieces that I review. I am always • Who is John Wesley? • What do Methodists believe? looking for variety in musical style, text that will be • How is Methodism different from other denominations? meaningful, and something that will challenge our musicians. Recently, I have chosen several new pieces New members, visitors, new Christians or those who for worship this fall and Advent. Please look over this want to know more about Methodism…join us to learn following list of anthems with a short description of about Methodist history, theology and practice. R. Scott Robertson each anthem. Why not consider purchasing one or more of these anthems to honor or remember a loved one? The cost to spon- Led by Dr. Andy Wolfe sor an anthem is $150-$175. When the anthem is presented for worship, we indicate in the printed worship order who the anthem is given in honor or SUNDAYS • 10 AM memory of. For more information, please call the Director of Music, September 13 • History of the UMC R. Scott Robertson at 868-9705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. September 20 • What Methodists Believe September 27 • Practices of the UMC • ANTHEMS • SMALL DINING ROOM All People That On Earth Do Dwell - This general anthem is arranged by a young (During the Sunday School hour) organist named Dan Forrest. The text is based on Psalm 100 & 150 and majestic in nature. No need to register... Celtic Advent Carol - This is a lively anthem by Angerman/Barrett that will utilize join us on all or any of the dates above! Trinity’s instrumentalists on flute, violin, guitar, tenor drum and piano. Do You Hear What I Hear? - This anthem is a timeless classic that will be used when the Sanctuary Choir and Cross & Flame Youth Choir combine for the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on December 20. Young Adult Tailgate Advent Hope - This anthem is based on the popular English Carol, Coventry Carol. It is Sunday, September 20 arranged and orchestrated by one of my favorite writer/arrangers, Joseph Martin. It will 5 to 7 PM • Large Parking Lot be used in worship on November 29 with the Trinity Orchestra accompanying. Join us for live music, GREAT food, inflatables for children, The First Noel - This is the most beautiful arrangement of the The First Noel that I have ever heard. This brand new arrangement will be used at both the Hanging of the and lots of fun and fellowship! Greens Service and the Service of Lessons and Carols. You Are Being Redeemed - This anthem was discovered by one of our Sanctuary Choir members and will be used as a benediction anthem on several occasions this fall. The One - One of the finest composers of church music today is Craig Courtney. This original anthem by Courtney will be used on World Communion Sunday, October 4 by both the Sanctuary Choir and Praise Alliance. Secure - This is another anthem by Craig Courtney of which the text helps each of us to face fear with God at our side. The style of the music has an Appalachian sound and feel. SECOND SUNDAYS BEGIN It will be used in worship on August 30. Sunday, September 13 I Am Not Afraid - This anthem written by Lloyd Larson is another anthem that addresses fear. Larson reminds us that in the wilderness of worry and never ending dark- ness that we are not alone and that God holds us in his hands. It will be used on 4:30 PM – Bowling at Brunswick off Hwy. 280 September 27. 6 PM – Buffalo Wildwings YOUNG ADULTS! We’d love for you to join us for this very informal time. Feel free to come to either or both. In The Quiet Hour - This David Lantz anthem is an expression of the assurance of Please remember that the purpose of this event is more than God’s presence. This anthem will be used in worship on August 23 and September 6. just getting together. While Christian fellowship is a worthwhile reason, we envision that these Second Sunday events are an Abide With Me - This beautiful arrangement of the beloved hymn will be used on All opportunity for you to invite friends and co-workers who are not Saints Sunday, November 1. associated with Trinity and may be in need of a church home. Questions? Contact Andy Coleman at Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - This is a majestic anthem using the Charles Wesley email@example.com or 205-913-1822. text and set to the hymn tune BEACH SPRING. It is a special anthem where both the 4 Sanctuary Choir and Trinity Orchestra will combine on September 13. Help Wanted! Adult Handbell Choir Brunch for Two New Sunday School Classes We need college and adult handbell ringers! young couples class If you can lift 6 to 10 pounds, you are needed to play the large handbells. We meet in the new Handbell Room #225 on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM. No experience is needed, just be able to count to 4 and have a steady heart beat! Come Begins September 13 early Sunday evening or call Dan Hermany at 568-5342. Are you newly engaged or newly married? Then join us Trinity has a long tradition of excellence in handbells – let’s for Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 10AM on Sunday, Sept. 13. We will share in a time of food and fellowship and you will meet your teachers, Cosby and Elizabeth keep this tradition alive and well! See you Sunday! Stone & Jay and Cindy St. Clair. The class will begin the following week on Sept. 20 in Room 219. Invite others you think might be interested in this class! Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 4 to Suzanne Pruitt, 879-1737 Remember! Childrens Choirs Start firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you! Wednesday, September 2! new families class ••• Live-It! Begins September 20 Featuring Shane Claiborne Have you started a new family or recently had your first Saturday • August 29 • Trinity Huntsville baby? Then join us for Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at This event designed for older senior high students and 10AM on Sunday, Sept. 20. We will share in a time of young adults will feature Shane Claiborne as the food and fellowship, so please invite others you think keynote speaker. There will also be a variety of small might be interested in this class! Class begins following groups for participants in order to explore issues and week on Sept. 27 in Room 323. Please RSVP by Friday, opportunites more in depth. Sept. 11 to Suzanne Pruitt, 879-1737 or The cost is $10 plus the donation of a canned good email@example.com. We hope to see you! which will be donated to a North Alabama Conference Advance Special feeding ministry. For more info or to register for the event: www.northalabamaumc.org/event_detail.asp?pkvalue=2714 Men’s Church League Basketball Want to go as a group? Email Dave Barnhart now at Are you interested in playing on a team firstname.lastname@example.org. with other men from the church? Games will be played at Vestavia Hills UMC and Trinity UMC on Monday nights. The sea- son is 10 weeks long beginning August Find the next step in your spiritual journey! 24. Questions? Contact Dave Ellis at At Trinity United Methodist Church, we believe a committed disci- email@example.com. ple of Jesus Christ is growing in three areas: HEAD - Knowing God HEART - Loving God HANDS - Serving God Community Furniture Bank’s We have developed Pathways with recommendations for disciples FULL HOUSE FAMILY PICNIC of all stages in each of these three areas. This private, self-assess- Sunday, August 30 ment consists of your personal responses to 15 statements about 4pm to 7pm spiritual life. You then use the responses Constar International • 122 W. Oxmoor Road to find suggestions for your next steps. These suggestions for your next steps are Catered by Zoe’s - Music by PharmHand Band provided in the form of a bookmark. Log Tickets are $50. For tickets & more info visit: on to www.trinitybirmingham.com to com- www.communityfurniturebank.org plete your self-assessment. Are you ready 5 or call Joan Mezzell at 870-7233. for the next step? highlighted events next week in memoriam Sunday - August 30 Wednesday - September 2 Lillie Mae Smith August 20 8:45 AM Traditional Worship 8:30 AM Mouat Chapel Open for Prayer 10:00 AM Sunday School 4:45 PM Wednesday Supper - FHALL We extend our love and sympathy: 11:00 AM Traditional Worship 6:00 PM Childrens Choirs - Various • to Julia Williams and family on the death of 11:15 AM CONTACT Worship 6:00 PM Adult Studies - Various her brother, Alfred E. (Buddy) Walker, who died 4:15 PM Youth Handbells - Rm. 225 6:30 PM Sanctuary Choir Practice - MS 5:00 PM Cross & Flame Youth Choir - MS Thursday - September 3 on August 18. 5:00 PM Adult Bible Study - SP 8:00 AM Senior Adult Activities - Various • to the family of Lillie Mae Smith, who died 5:30 PM Confirmation - Various 8:00 AM Exercise Class - FHALL on August 20. 6:00 PM Element - Haven 8:30 AM Mouat Chapel Open for Prayer • to Gene Breeden on the death of his wife 6:30 PM Adult Handbells - Rm. 225 Friday - September 4 and to Donna Oddo on the death of her moth- Monday - August 31 8:00 AM Exercise Class - FHALL er, Vesta Aldeen "Dean" Breeden, who died on 8:30 AM Mouat Chapel Open for Prayer 8:30 AM Mouat Chapel Open for Prayer August 23. Tuesday - September 1 • to Lynn and Brian Luckianow on the death 6:30 AM Youth Prayer Breakfast - FHALL of her mother, Betty Coleman, on August 24. 8:00 AM Senior Adult Activities - Various Mrs. Coleman was also the grandmother of 8:00 AM Exercise Class - FHALL Hallie and Peter Luckianow. 8:30 AM Mouat Chapel Open for Prayer congratulations 10:30 AM Mama & Me - Rm. 114 Nursery 5:15 PM PDO Open House - Nursery 5:30 PM Trustees Meeting - CONF 6:00 PM TCDC Parent Orientation - ARK • to John and Nikki Pfaudler on the baptism of their son, John William Pfaudler, III, on August 23. CFT Craft Room–143 LIB Library–218 CHAPEL Mouat Chapel FSR Fireside Room–145 NAT Not at Trinity MS Music Suite–132 treasurer’s report CONF Conference Room–220 LP Large Parlor WHALL Wesley Hall SANC Sanctuary SP Small Parlor–105 SDR Small Dining Room FHALL Fellowship Hall The Haven Youth Auditorium FLC Family Life Center * As of August 23, 2009 General Budget: 8/2009 Small Group Studies Begin Next Week! Given Month to Date Needs Month to Date $175,221 Balance/(Shortage) $181,824 $(6,603) Gifts this month Gifts to date $69,516 $4,247,184 PLEASE NOTE: Tidings publishes each week on Tuesday (except for the week of Christmas). Adults participating at the GROW EXPO. The deadline for submitting information to be included is on Thursday, the week prior to the On GROW Sunday, August 16, a large number of adults, youth and publish date. Please submit info via email to children participated in the GROW EXPO! If you signed up for a fall Haley Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. study or activity please remember that classes begin this Tidings is delivered to the printing company Sunday, August 30; Wednesday, September 2 and each Monday at Noon. It is printed and mailed Thursday, September 3. on Tuesday afternoon. Should you not receive your copy in a timely manner, please contact Also, Wednesday Night Supper returns on September 2! Make an your postal carrier. The online version of Tidings online reservation for your family at www.trinitybirmingham.com. is available each week on Tuesday at: 6 www.trinitybirmingham.com/news/tidings take note... Nursery Volunteers Interested in the educational development of children in the East Lake community? As students head back to school, the Step Up After-School Program is gearing up to begin again this fall. Step Up is an after-school SUNDAY, August 30 enrichment program that began in the spring of 2009 through a Michael Eanes, Dee Waldsmith, Greg Brockwell, . partnership between P E.E.R., Inc. and East Lake UMC. The pro- Suzanne Mills, Mandy & Brad Hilsmier, gram reaches out to 3rd-4th grade students at Barrett Elementary Jennifer Walker, Marenda Swaika, Kim Hoover, and offers one-on-one reading and homework help, nutritious Lissa & Eric Peterson, Taraky Barnes, John Eason cooking classes, gardening projects, 4H programming, and creative art projects. You may volunteer by stopping by the nursery on first floor to sign up or email Kim Skelton at From September 7 to December 2, volunteers will be needed email@example.com, or 879-1737. every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:15-5:30 PM. All after-school activities take place at East Lake UMC (7753 1st Ave. S.). This fall semester, the children will rotate through stations and will be in small groups as they work on homework, reading, com- puters, and other enrichment activities. To volunteer or find out more information, please email or call Cheryl DIAPER DRIVE Hinnen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-532-0494. Going on now in the nursery! ••• We are collecting extra diapers that your baby has outgrown to be given to G3 Bootcamp Mon.-Fri. @ 5:45-6:45 AM Jessie's Place and Babies First minstries. At G3 we offer an outdoor workout for men and women of There is a basket that you can drop the all abilities in a challenging, fun group environment. G3 diaper donations by the Walkers room in meets in Trinity’s large parking lot, M-F at 5:45 AM. For the nursery. Thanks! pricing and schedule information, visit www.g3bootcamp.com or contact Amber Harris at 205.789.2667 or email@example.com. NOTE: Coffee With The Pastors will not meet in September, due to the Labor Day Holiday. Necklace found...Angel pendant with precious Tuesdays at 10:00 AM stones on a gold chain, antique with inscription on 2-year-old room in the Nursery the back. Call the church office to claim. • For Moms and Dads! Very casual Bible Study group designed for stay-at-home caregivers and their children (ages newborn-school age). Donor needed to sponsor the weekly radio broadcast • NO NURSERY, as this will be an informal study where children can play with others while watching on Sunday, November 15. Mom (or Dad) spend time in prayer. Sponsorship is $325 (full) and $167.50 (partial). • Contact: Kelley Winslett at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Mary Boyce in the church office (879-1737) for more information. 7 Tidings Trinity United Methodist Church (USPS 0641-120) is pub- lished weekly, except Christmas week, by Trinity United Methodist Church, 1400 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham (Homewood), AL 35209-3998. Periodicals postage paid at Birmingham, AL. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Tidings, Trinity United Methodist Church, .O. P Box 19069, Birmingham, AL 35219-9069. SUNDAYS AT TRINITY: WORSHIP 8:45, 11:00 & 11:15 AM • SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:00 AM • YOUTH ACTIVITIES 6:00 PM Serving Greater Birmingham from Homewood • Our Mission: To Gather…To Grow…To Go…To Glorify 1400 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209 • 205.879.1737 • Careline: 205.868.9709 www.trinitybirmingham.com Welcome New MEMBERS FRESH VEGETABLE CO-OP Evelyn Dupuy During the Q+A time with Matthew Sleeth on Sunday, he suggested (Not pictured) one small way our church could begin to be better stewards with 636 Rockhurst Drive, Homewood, AL 35209 Evelyn joined our church family by transfer from another resources is to begin a co-op. This is something that Trinity families United Methodist congregation. are already enjoying! Each week, fresh veggies from Eastlake UMC Farmers Market are delivered to our church! The next session starts on September 5 and is $150 ($25/wk). Boxes contain a variety of fruits/vegetables in season each week, and can be picked up right FAIR TRADE - here at TUMC. If you would like to join in the FINAL 6-week session or for more info, please contact Laura Eanes at COFFEE email@example.com. AVAILABLE! A Fair Trade Coffee Table with information about our upcoming mission trips will be set up in the 2nd floor common area Returns to Trinity on after the 8:45 worship service. Proceeds from coffee sales will go December 13! to our mission trips. Come learn more about fair trade and support Mark your calendar. our outreach efforts!