Intro to Methodism Class Continues

Sep 23, 2012

Sundays, September 16, 23 & 30 – Small Dining Room

Led by Senior Pastor, Dr. Andy Wolfe, this study is for anyone interested in learning more about Methodism. You will learn more about Methodist history, theology, and practice. Questions like ‘Who is John Wesley?’, ‘What do Methodists believe?’, and ‘How is Methodism different from other denominations?’ will be addressed.

You may attend one or all classes. Sept. 16, 23 & 30 on Sundays, 10 AM in the Small Dining Room.

Contact Karen Smith, ksmith@trinitybirmingham.com for more information.

ALPHA Begins Sept. 13!

Sep 13, 2012

ALPHA is an opportunity to explore Christianity in a relaxed, friendly setting. Trinity will begin it’s 12th year offering this course…

ALPHA meets once per week for 10 weeks, and includes a one-day retreat. Enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere. People attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course. Begins Tuesday, September 13th, dinner and childcare provided (must make reservation).

Contact Karen Smith (879-1737) for more details.

“Alpha is a non-pressured, and fun course, and it showed me how Christianity can be relevant and empowering to our lives.”

Explore ALPHA at www.alphausa.org

Adult Grow Sunday is August 19

Aug 19, 2012

9:45-10:45 AM – Gym

Caught “adrift” in your spiritual life? Come see where you can anchor yourself to a small group opportunityfor the fall! Enjoy Jim & Nicks biscuits, doughnuts and coffee…
while you browse all the booths representing the small group opportunities at Trinity from Bible studies, topical studies, Sunday School classes, book club, support groups, prayer groups, musical groups and more.

All Adult Sunday School classes will meet as usual this Sunday.

Grow Sunday is a “Come and Go” event for more information about and registration for small groups.

Join a Children’s Sunday School Team

Aug 1, 2012

Children’s Sunday School teams for the upcoming school year are now forming. There are several opportunities to join a team in preschool or elementary classes. It’s a great opportunity to learn and grow spiritually right along with the kids! You will be blessed and have fun sharing in their excitement and energy. The teams ideally consist of three or four individuals or couples so there’s flexibility in scheduling.

Don’t wait! Call today, Linda Whatley or Jeanne Baswell at 879-1737.  You may also email: lwhatley@trinitybirmingham.com (or) jbaswell@trinitybirmingham.com

VENTURE for 3rd-5th graders

Jul 30, 2012

NEW THIS SUMMER!

Who?  Completed 3rd – 5th grade students

What?  Three awesome nights designed especially for older elementary students to venture into God’s word with fun music, Bible stories, service activities and recreation.

When?  July 30 – August 1 Mon-Wed 6:00 – 8:30 pm
(Dinner will be served)

Where?  Trinity UMC

Cost: $10

Register your child now!
Forms available online.

For questions or to volunteer to help, contact Jeanne Baswell at 879-1737 or jbaswell@trinitybirmingham.com.

What forms will my child need to have on file in order to begin attending TCDC?

Jul 17, 2012

Maintaining accurate, current information about each child enrolled is vital to ensuring your child’s health and safety while at TCDC. Please help us prepare for your child’s arrival by providing the following forms for your child’s file:

(1) Preadmission Form (update as needed)
(2) School Cast Parent Notification Form (update as needed)
(3) Current State of Alabama Certificate of Immunization (“Blue Form” – update when expired)

We prefer to receive these forms 30 days before your child will begin attending TCDC. All forms MUST be on file prior to your child’s first day of attendance. They can be brought to the TCDC office or mailed to TCDC at 1400 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209.

Your child’s Preadmission Form and School Cast Parent Notification Form will be valid for the entire time your child attends TCDC, and may be updated as needed at any time. Changes or updates to these forms must be provided to the office in writing and must include the date of the change and the signature of a parent or guardian. These forms are available on our website: TCDC Forms

In accordance with Alabama state law, each child enrolled at TCDC must be adequately immunized and have an original, valid, current Blue Form on file at all times. Blue Forms are available from your child’s pediatrician or the Health Department. Blue Forms expire periodically as children are due for additional immunizations or examinations. You will be notified by the TCDC office when your child’s Blue Form is due to expire so that you can provide an updated one. Your child’s Blue Form can be returned to you upon request on your child’s last day of attendance at TCDC.

Please contact Kim Wood or Sharon Holloway in the TCDC office at 879-1749 if you have any questions at all about completing the forms necessary for your child’s file.

June 19, 2012

Jun 19, 2012

When I was a child in Sunday School, we would get a star by our name on a tall chart for every Bible verse we memorized. Most of those verses are still with me:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;” “Blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread…but their delight is in the law of the Lord;” “Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the lands;” “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them…”

These words really became a part of the script of my life.  They serve as anchors and as guides. They helped me to know that I was a part of a bigger story.  Without them, I would have had to find that script in other words – other stories taken from the world around us.  Those other scripts and stories are often ones of violence, greed, lust, and shame.

This Sunday, I am beginning a summer series of sermons on Favorite Bible Verses. I asked you what your favorite passage was and many of you responded.  Many of you had a hard time narrowing it down and sent me several verses (I counted them anyway!).  Not only did you share verses, but many of you had a story to tell about why this verse was important to you.  It helped you through a difficult time.  It provides you with guidance.  You keep it posted on your phone, or desk, or mirror.  It was obvious that these verses had deep meaning and power for you.

The verses/passages you shared were from all over the place – but similar favorites did emerge.  Over the next six weeks, we will look at these favorites:

• Philippians 4:6-13
• Jeremiah 29:11
• Romans 8
• Matthew 6:25-34
• Psalm 23
• John 3:16
• Micah 6:8

June 5, 2012

Jun 5, 2012

In the United Methodist Church, pastors are “sent” not “called” to a local church. When we are ordained, we vow to go where we are sent. The Bishop and District Superintendents are charged with the responsibility of ascertaining the needs of local churches and, to the best of their ability, appointing pastors that meet those needs. These appointments are typically for one year at a time.

At Trinity there are four of us who serve as pastors under appointment. Three of us will return for another year. I am beginning my sixteenth year at Trinity. Suzanne Pruitt is beginning her eighth year, and Drew Holland is beginning his third year.

Dave Barnhart has been appointed to begin a new church in the Birmingham area with Trinity’s support. He, Angela and Leo, have become such a vital part of our church. Dave has done great ministry here that will continue to bless us. We are proud to have a part in the great work that God now has for him to do in beginning a new congregation. Please keep them in your prayers. There is a reception honoring the Barnharts this Sunday, June 10 from 4-6 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Nathan Carden has been appointed to serve as our new associate. Nathan has served as the Associate Pastor at the Pell City First United Methodist Church for the past two years and has done an excellent job.  We are looking forward to the gifts he will bring us. His first Sunday at Trinity will be June 17.

I am honored to be able to return to Trinity for another year. Our daughter who just graduated from Law School was in the fifth grade when we moved here. Our son, who is completing his residency and moving back here in July, was a freshman in high school. These have been rich and rewarding years for us.  We thank you for your support and covet your continued prayers as together we do the work of Christ in this place.

I know I speak for all of the pastoral staff in saying that we count it a privilege to share with you the ministry of this church. Trinity is special.  You are special. Thank you for allowing God to use you for his great purposes. We look forward to a wonderful year of ministry.

Summer study available!

May 30, 2012

Trinity is now taking registrations for the upcoming study using Max Lucado’s book, Fearless. To read more or to register, click here. The registration deadline is May 30.

Senior High Sunday

May 20, 2012

High School Graduation SENIOR RECOGNITION
Sunday, May 20

Student Ministries and the Committee on Higher Education are planning High School Graduate Recognition Sunday for May 20. We invite High School graduates and their families to the 8:45 AM service that day, where the class will sit together and be recognized during the service. Following the service, graduates and their families are invited to a Celebration Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 AM.

If you plan to participate, please RSVP to Amy Mezzell at 879-1737 by Friday, May 11 with how many people will be attending brunch. ALSO! Please provide pictures of yourself, one from an early age and one of your senior portrait, for use in the service no later than Friday, May 11, by Noon. Email pictures to amezzell@trinitybirmingham.com or deliver to the church office.