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


Contemplative Prayer Group

 I am looking to re-start or continue contemplative prayer groups in the spring. In such a group, we commit to meeting approximately twice a month for 90 minutes to listen to God through a variety of prayer forms. Each session includes an introduction to a type of contemplative prayer (e.g.  Lectio Divina, the Examen, Breath Prayer, Walking the Labyrinth, etc.) followed by time spent praying in that manner, time spent journaling about it, and time spent sharing with each other.  Anyone with questions or anyone interested in joining such a group or continuing in such a group, please contact me at craig@tpcdenton.org


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

 

YES! TO SANITY!

This is a survey class addressing a range of social justice issues and facilitated by the S.A.L.T.Shakers . (Simple Abundant Living Travelers)

Each session focuses on an issue which challenges our sanity, the effects on it of our current economic system, and its relationship to a familiar passage of scripture. Addressed will be: economy, education, human rights, immigration, criminal justice, climate, food, health, media.

Participants are asked to bring a notebook and pencil or pen, and to make a commitment to attend each class if possible for the sake of continuity. This 12 week class will meet through Palm Sunday. Contact persons are Jean and Dawson Tunnell.

 

CLASS TIME FRAME

9:30 – 9:40         Silent reflection on posted biblical passage, writing optional , and opening prayer. 

9:40 – 9:45         optional sharing in relation to passage. 

9:45 -  10:15       presentation of information on issue

10:15 – 10:28     discussion , using facilitator’s questions, handouts

10:28                   announce subject for next week and in a spirit of reverence, close with prayer and reading together the passage of scripture again.


Wanted--Our Youth Room is in need of better lighting! If you have any floor lamps you no longer need, please feel free to bring them for our youth to use. If you need someone to pick up the lamp from your home, please let Carolyn Harrod or Beth Peak Thompson know. Thank you!


5th Annual Israel Palestine Film Festival
The Fifth Annual Israel-Palestine Film Festival at Trinity, Broken Lens 2018,  will be January 19-20.  On Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m. DREAMS DEFERRED:  THE STRUGGLE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN ISRAEL-PALESTINE will be shown. The film highlights the voices and opinions of the growing number of Israelis and Palestinians who are struggling for a non-violent end to the occupation.  Saturday at 3:30 p.m. the film will be CENSORED VOICES.  The film shows young Israelis candidly wrestling with the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967 and then their reflections years later on the complicated legacy of the war.  SPEED SISTERS, shown Saturday at 7:00 p.m. features the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East.  We learn of their lives on and off track as these women speed their way into the heart of the gritty male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. 

 

This year there will be a special emphasis on Palestinian culture. On Saturday at the 3:00 Welcome Reception there will be a display of Palestinian garments and objects. At 5:30 there will be a Palestinian dinner as a gift from some of our Palestinian friends.  We encourage you to invite your friends to participate in the film festival.


Word of God in Action – Hunger Action Congregation

Last summer the Presbyterian Church (USA) launched an initiative called Hunger Action Congregation. Trinity is one of 72 churches in 28 states that have become Hunger Action Congregation and one of only 4 in the State of Texas. Trinity became a Hunger Action Congregation by Covenanting as we are doing work/activities in at least one of the six areas of action (see below) A Mission Committee goal for this year is to become Certified as a Hunger Action Congregation by taking actions in all six areas listed below. This involves more than just the Mission Committee and will need participation by the whole congregation and each committee of the session will be providing a member for our Hunger Action Team. We encourage all who are interested at any age to volunteer. The six areas are:

1.    Hunger Alleviation: providing and/or sharing food in a dignified way with an eye to long-term structural solutions

2.    Development assistance: addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty through equitable and sustainable development

3.    Hunger Education: learning about systemic causes of hunger, leading towards faithful action that is informed and directed by directly affected people and partners

4.    Lifestyle Integrity: adopting sustainable personal and corporate lifestyles to restore justice and protect all of God’s creation

5.    Corporate and Public Policy Witness: advocating and campaigning for changes in policies and practices to end hunger and its causes, promote self-development, and care for creation

6.    Worship: incorporating prayer, education, and preaching about ending hunger and its causes into worship

Hunger and associated issues have long been a concern at Trinity. We contribute locally to the Denton Community Food Center and the Denton Soup Kitchen - Our Daily Bread. We contribute to the Presbyterian Hunger Program through our gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and directly to Bread for the World. To learn more about this new initiative and see other Hunger Action Congregations in the US the web page is:https://www.presbyterianmission.org/food-faith/hungercovenant  If you are interested in participating in the "Hunger Action Team" please contact Suzanne Sweeney (suzanne.sweeney@gmail.com)

 


New Photo Church Directory

 The new photo church directory is ready for viewing.  Instructions for accessing the directory on the web are below.  To login you will need to use the email address in the directory.  This will keep our information within the church family.  A handout of login instructions will be also available at the church on Sunday. Also with the instructions you will find suggestions for how to get the most out of your directory.  We anticipate that there will be additions and corrections to the directory. Members will also be able to access the directory on your phone or other device with these instructions. We can make corrections and additions periodically. Those may be sent to directory@tpcdenton.org A printed version of the directory will be made available to those who need it in a few weeks.


 When you open the directory on the web, you will see the photos.  Click on the photos to see a larger photo and members information.

 

Online Member Directory

1. Go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com

2. Click on the link: First time signing in? 

Create a login now. 

3. Enter the email address as it is listed in the family portion of the directory. 

4. Create a password. The password must be 8 characters long, and contain at least two of the following special characters: capital letters, numbers or symbols. 

5. Retype the password to confirm it and click "Request Login." 

6. Check your inbox for an email from service@instantchurchdirectory.com

7. To complete the sign - up process, you will need to verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to you in that email. 

8. Once you confirm your email, you may sign at members.InstantChurchDirectory.com

Your email with the password you created will work on all the Instant Church Directory apps on any device. 

Need help signing in? Please see your directory Administrator Carol Wood


          Reformation--Since this October signified the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Craig Hunter, Pastor, leads adults in a class on the Reformation.


TRINITY MOVES -- All classes are from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Jan. 11     Lily Sloan will be teaching a calming and centering conditioning/stretching class using exercises from pilates, yoga, and dance. The majority of the class will be done on yoga mats. Beginners welcome; no rhythm required!  CHILDCARE PROVIDED.

Jan. 18  Kevin Yoga

Jan. 25   Kevin Yoga  Childcare provided


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

January 10                     2:00 p.m.           Staff Meeting

January 14                                                Worship with St. James AME at Trinity

January 15                       7-9 p.m.           Trinity Stitchers

January 19-20                                          Israel/Palestine Film Festival

January 22                        Noon              Presbyterian Women’s Book Club

January 23                     6:00 p.m.           Session Sack Supper

                                        6:30 p.m.           Session Meeting