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Church Information -- Church office hours are 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.  


Music Notes

 SAVE the DATE!  Trinity Camp, July 16-20.  9:30--2:30 with program on July 20 at 6:30.  Musical will be Table for Five--Thousand!  Children, grades 2-5; Youth grades 6-12.  

Stay tuned for more details!


Coming Soon!

 The 2018 Apple Tree Project Campaign is coming soon. This will be running through the month of June to mid-July. The Interfaith Ministries of Denton in Partnership with Denton ISD and United Way of Denton  provide clothing and back to school supplies to families needing assistance. Please be on the lookout for the Apple Tree Table.


New Trinity Women's Group

All Trinity women are invited to meet in fellowship hall at 6pm Wednesday, June 27th to begin a new women's group. Come enjoy some light refreshments and help us choose a framework for our future meetings. Please think about what would be beneficial to you and bring your ideas on the 27th. Ideas so far are: Bible or theological book study, meditation, journaling, creative activities, and discussion of current events related to Christian living. Diane Smith is the contact person.


Trinity Women’s Weekly Lunch

 A small group of Trinity women have been meeting for lunch and fellowship on Thursdays at 11:30 at different restaurants for the past year. This month we will be at the Egg House on the corner of Malone and University.  Please check your calendars and join us for good conversation and food on Thursdays. If you have questions, contact Jill Slade.


Summer Spiritual Journaling Group 

There is a long history in Christian spirituality of using journals as a tool in spiritual growth and development. Having opportunities to share with others also fosters both community and regularity. If you are interested in participating in a spiritual journaling group this summer,  or if you have other questions, please contact Pastor Craig at craig@tpcdenton.org


2018-2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar

 Orders for the 2018-1019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar will be taken through May 15.  Cost when ordered through the church is $12.50. Call or email the church office.


Christian Education

Tex Mix Stories of Earthy Mysticism with Tex Sample on DVD   9 weeks

You've heard of tall tales - Tex Sample definitely has a few of those. But these tales are more on the order of deep and wide in their meaning. The DVD also includes Tex 's introduction to storytelling, related Scripture texts and discussion questions.   Come hear the gospel told in excellent storytelling form.

 

WHY?  Making Sense of God’s Will 4 weeks

Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike? When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to mar his creation?  In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God's plan for the world.

          This class will be taught by Christian Education Committee members and friends.


The Theology Reading Group is for anyone who is interested in growing their faith through studying theology. Each month we read a different book and talk about it. All who read the book are welcome. Our next meeting is on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd.  We will be discussing the book What About Hitler? Wrestling with Jesus’s Call to Nonviolence in an Evil World, by Robert W. Brimlow. The book touches upon issues of war, upon Gandhi and Orwell and Bonhoeffer, and much else besides. If you would like me to order a book, please email me at craig@tpcdenton.org. In the words of theologian Stanley Hauerwas, “This is not an easy book to read, which is why Brimlow’s book is so important. The hard clarity of this power witnesses his refusal to report any easy answer to the question posed in the title.  As a result, however, he has answered that question in the only honest way it can be answered.” 


Letters For Denton County Jail Inmates (on Colorado near McKinney)

         Have you ever received a letter from someone who tells you that he/she cares for you and wants the best for you, and is praying for you. Maybe from your mom or dad or your grandparent! A hand printed letter. Not typed.

          There are over 1300 inmates at our Denton County Jail. Average stay is 9 months. Maybe your letter could make a difference. The jail chaplain said that almost no mail arrives for the inmates. In fact, the rule had been only family could send mail and most didn’t.  With the chaplain’s help, Trinity Presbyterian and St. James AME have been invited to send mail. It is anonymous. You will not know the inmate, nor will the inmate have your name. But YOUR letter could make a difference for that one person. For more information please email Jackie Bruce at tjb2000@verizon.net.


Volunteer needed: The Annual Book Exchange at Trinity needs a new leader. Your job will be to set the dates, advertise for books and then find homes for the books not taken. If you need more information please contact Diane Winchester.


Contemplative Prayer Tryouts?  

          Have you heard announcements about the contemplative prayer group, but don’t really know what the group is about?   When you are invited to pray, do you feel like you don’t know what you are doing?  Do you feel called to explore a richer life of prayer?          

          On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on June 10th, we will have a one-time contemplative prayer group intended especially for those who haven’t participated in such a prayer group before.  We will talk about prayer, pray together, and invite some questions. All are welcome, please RSVP. If you would like childcare, an RSVP is necessary.  Please contact me at craig@tpcdenton.org


New Week-Day Bible Study Class

“Psalms for Our Spiritual Journey” is the subject and title of a new week-day Bible study class. Meeting on Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm, the class will start on April 5. The group will be both studying and praying the psalms. Along with the Bible and hymns, the class will use the book, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society” to look at a specific group of psalms. The author of the book is Eugene Peterson, translator of “The Message.”  To participate, please contact Carol Wood (702-821-6704) so a book can be ordered for you. A sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex.


Guided Prayer, Scripture, Music, and Mandala Drawing

Participants will be treated to a peaceful, calm, guided experience of prayer and artful expression. David McKenzie has been offering this to others in the Denton Community and now we at Trinity are blessed to benefit from his expertise. If you are an introvert, this class is definitely for you. Or, if you just want to experience something peaceful and calming in a class setting, come on along. After the initial eight weeks, participants will select how they want to craft the class for the concluding four weeks. David McKenzie, guide


Galatians and James  A Kerygma Bible Study

Galatians - With an impassioned eloquence, the Apostle Paul puts forth his doctrine of justification by grace alone. Lest anyone mistake this liberty as permission to ignore the moral code, Paul reasserts what he perceives as the true function of the Mosaic Law in relation to God's grace manifested in Christ.

JAMES - The author of this small but mighty letter is certainly not in disagreement with Paul—salvation is found solely through Christ. Moreover, both writers would probably agree that Christian life should be expressed by deeds of charity.  Alex Simmons, teacher


Summer Sunday School for Trinity Children

Trinity offers year-round Sunday School for everyone. Because of availability of teachers, adults are asked to teach on a rotating basis throughout the summer. This gives the regular teachers a much-deserved rest.  Also, it offers lots of adults the opportunity to interact with Trinity’s awesome little ones.  If you are interested in helping out some this summer by teaching Trinity children, please contact Beth Thompson, DCE.  You will receive your week of curriculum and accompanying materials in early May.  The summer dates are Sunday June 3 through Sunday August 26, 13 Sundays.  

 

All adults at Trinity who are in classrooms with children and youth pass a nationwide criminal and sex offender background check before beginning to teach.  The background check is conducted online by DCE Beth Thompson.


Garden News

The tomatoes are ripening, allowing us to eat some tomatoes and donate 40 lbs to our daily bread. This brings our donation total to 120 lbs for the year.  Carrots are still small but continue to grow. The focus of our efforts is to protect our garden from the Texas summer heat by diligent and deep watering. An additional threat to our zucchini crop is the appearance of squash bugs. We are attempting to control these pests by removing eggs as they appear on the squash leaves and spraying a dilute mix of orange oil and dish soap. So far, this has helped reduce the population of squash bugs.

Come by and see the garden any time. You can join the fellowship and get your hands dirty on Saturday mornings starting at 8 am. Hint: The most pleasant time is before 10:30 am

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Garden Work Days

Date and Time                                                          

Saturday            June 16              8 AM – 11 AM  

Saturday            June 23              8 AM – 11 AM  

Saturday            June 30              8 AM – 11 AM

        

    

TRINITY MOVES takes place on Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Yoga mats are provided. 

 

June 14               Lily Sloan with Childcare available
June 21               Shae Ebrahimi
June 28               Shae Ebrahimi with Childcare available

 

July 5                   Shae Ebrahimi
July 12                Kevin Campbell with Childcare available
July 19                Kevin Campbell
July 26                Kevin Campbell with Childcare available


Follow up on Sunday School Class

Many of you shared the Sunday School class where Shelby Miller helped us to see history through the Confessions of our church.  By looking at what was going on in the historical time we can see these things reflected in the writing of these confessions.  The class asked if it might be time for a new confession. On Monday this very thing popped up on my computer.  So if you want to look at what the Sojourners have just published, it will certainly prove the point that confessions were often written because of a time of trial and crises.  The following is how you can view this new confession that the Sojourners have presented.  Take a look.


Creative Expression Class

If you attended any of the Creative Expression Sunday School classes this fall (or if you didn't and would still like to come), please join us for the last three sessions of the class. Jean Tunnell and Carolyn Harrod will be leading the last three sessions, which will explore the commonalities that exist in different creative processes, both the power and the anxiety in self-expression, and how our faith plays a role in our creativity. All are welcome to join us!  

 

Children and Youth Classes:

Three- and Four-year-old Class taught by Pat Cheek

K through Second Grade Class taught by Carolyn Harrod and Shae Ebrahimi

Third through Fifth Grade Class taught by Karen McCormick

Younger Youth Class taught by Karyn Blucker


Youth at Trinity

Trinity youth (6th through 12th graders) are gathering on Sunday evenings for supper, fellowship, fun, learning, and Bible study.  The Trinity Jubilant Singers meet from 5-5:40, and supper and activities follow. 

  

Women’s Lunch Group

Women at Trinity meet for lunch at the Greenhouse every Thursday at 11:30. Please join us anytime and enjoy the fellowship.


Coffee Fellowship snack providers needed.

More clean-up assistance now provided.

 To make supporting Coffee Fellowship even easier, we're now providing additional help with clean-up afterward. Becoming a snack provider is easy, simple and so appreciated by all our members and guests. The Fellowship Committee will manage beverages, plus help with setting out the refreshments and assist with clean-up, like managing the coffee urns or taking recycling to the curb. We're here to help you help others. The next time you enjoy coffee and snacks before the Sunday service, stop by the bulletin board and sign up to bring refreshments—just something simple such as grapes or cookies, cheese and crackers, a veggie tray or some pickles. Keep it simple and we'll help you keep it clean.




Coming Events

June 14                    1:15 p.m.                 People for Justice for Israel/Palestine

June 25                      7-9 p.m.                 Trinity Stitchers

June 26                    6:00 p.m.                 Session Sack Supper

June 26                    6:30 p.m.                 Session Meeting

June 27                    2:00 p.m.                 Staff Meeting