WEEKLY UPDATE


VOLUNTEERS THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20:

Ushers:   Jim and Luraette Tucker, Steve and Ruthann Strickland

Acolytes:   Emmy and Hayden Sublette

Sound Team:   TBD

Liturgist:   Wanda Hartnuss

Children’s Sermon:   Julianne Sublette

Worship Care:   Betsy Smith

Elder of the Month:   Angela Smiley


Thu. 8/17

10:00 am   Youth staff meeting

Sun. 8/20   Re-Creation Sunday

9:15 am   Sunday School classes for children and youth

9:15 am   FRED Talk: What’s Going to Happen to the Church in the Future? – Rev. Jeff Price, Fellowship Hall

10:00 am   Sanctuary Choir rehearsal in the Choir Room

10:30 am   Celebration of Worship

11:30 am   Churchwide luncheon in the Fellowship Hall

12:00 pm   Games and activities on the church grounds

5:30 pm   Youth Group in the Youth Room

Tue. 8/22

9:30 am   Worship staff meeting

10:00 am   Staff meeting

Wed. 8/23

7:00 pm   Sanctuary Choir rehearsal in the Choir Room

Thu. 8/24

10:00 am   Youth staff meeting


RE-CREATION SUNDAY IS AUGUST 20:  This service of renewal and recharging offers activities for all ages.  The day begins with Sunday School at 9:15.  Children will meet in their classrooms.  Adults will meet in the fellowship hall for a FRED Talk by Pastor Jeff entitled “What’s Going to Happen to the Church in the Future.”  Adults will also learn about classes and studies offered this fall.  Worship will provide an opportunity for faith renewal and recommitment through music, scripture, and word.  Pastor Jeff will preach a sermon called “Don’t Be a Grownup.”  Following worship, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall.  After lunch, many great opportunities for fellowship and fun will be available.  Some of the activities include:

·       Dunking Booth

·       Baggo Tournament

·       Giant Inflatable Water Slide

·       Snow Cone Food Truck

·       Croquet

·       Bouncy House

·       Horseshoes

JOIN JEFF PRICE AT 9:15 A.M. ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 for a special FRED Talk: “What’s Going to Happen to the Church in the Future?”  Statistics are alarming.  Each year worship attendance in America goes down.  Millennials and Generation Z's complain that the church has lost its relevance.  Digital communication has revolutionized the way we connect.  Everything is changing.  And yet the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be just as vital for future generations as it is for us.  Join Pastor Jeff next Sunday at 9:15am in the Fellowship Hall as we discuss some ways we can prepare the church to be a part of the future.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES resume August 20.  Our Children’s Sunday School classes will use the Deep Blue Curriculum.  With Deep Blue, children will make Bible stories, Bible people, and Bible passages a part of their lives.  They will also come to know the Bible as their book and find ways to let the Bible speak to them today!  Children 3 years - 1st Grade meet in Room 5 with teacher Nette Curtis.  2nd - 5th Grades meet in Room 4 with teacher Shannon Cruse.  Direct questions to Julie Price at 626-6477.

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS resumes August 20 in the Youth Room.  Using the We Believe Curriculum, the youth will look at the new creation that followed the resurrection of Christ and the Holy Spirit that manifests itself in the new community that followed.  The study will begin with a study of the Beatitudes and how they challenge us to evaluate our current lifestyle based on Jesus’ description of life in God’s perfect kingdom.  Each month will have a new statement of faith to connect the youth and the lessons.  Jared Brown is teaching with Nick Steele assisting.

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS:  On Sunday morning, August 20, we ask children and youth (pre-school through high school) to bring their school backpacks with them to church.  During the service, we will offer a prayer for all our children.  If they don’t have a backpack or forget theirs, don’t worry, the blessing still works.  We just thought it would be fun for them to bring their backpacks to church!  Please invite your friends and neighbors to participate so they too can begin the school year with God’s blessings of love and protection.  Direct questions to Julie Price at 501-626-6477.

NEW CHILDREN’S BULLETINS IN WORSHIP AUGUST 20:  All new children’s worship bulletins that will help your children interact with the scripture while enjoying time in worship will be available beginning Sunday, August 20.  We are excited about the new online activities!  Each week’s bulletin will contain a secret code which your child can take home and use at Children’s Worship Bulletins @Home.  This is an interactive website where kids can play games that correspond with Sunday’s lesson.  It will rotate through four fun games - Memory Match, Word Search, Gems of the Bible, and Coloring Book - so each week there is something new to play.  These fun games will help reinforce the worship message for your children during the week.  Starting August 20, make sure your child takes home their bulletin that is attached to their clipboard so they can log onto Children’s Worship Bulletins @Home and have a blast!  Direct questions to Julie Price at 501-626-6477.

THE SACRED JOURNEY ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS will begin a study of The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People on August 27 at 9:15am in Room 2.  “The Greatest Story Ever Told” is more than a cliché.  God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people.  That is what The Story is all about:  the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity.  Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.  Class leaders are Amy Griffin and Angela Smiley.

COLUMBARIUM DEDICATION TO BE HELD AUGUST 27:  Our columbarium, located in our Prayer Garden, will be dedicated to the glory of God during worship on August 27.  Information packets about the columbarium will be available that day.  After the dedication, members will receive additional information by mail.

FAMILY SWIM PARTY MOVED TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 27:  The Education Division is sponsoring a Family Swim Party on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00pm at the home of Brad and Julianne Sublette, 32 Belle River Cove in Maumelle.  Your family is invited if you have a child going into the 5th grade or younger.  This also includes infants and toddlers.  If your family also has a youth age child, they are invited to tag along.  This will be a great opportunity for new and visiting families to get to know some Trinity members better before we jump into the fall schedules.  Brad will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and we ask that each family bring an appetizer or side item to share.  So that we'll know how many to prepare for, please let Julianne Sublette (jsublette@leadadvantage.us) or Julie Price (julietannerprice@gmail.com) know that you'll be attending.

TRINITY’S SUMMER BOOK CLUB:  Summer is quickly drawing to a close, so have you finished reading When Your Life is on Fire, What Would You Save? by Erik Kolbell?  Julie Price would love to hear what you thought of it!  Shoot her an email at julietannerprice@gmail.com and tell her how many stars you’d give it (1-bad, 5-fantastic) and if you want, write a review.  Please note that there will just be one Book Club night on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:00pm if you would like to participate.  Direct questions to Julie Price.

“WOMEN @ THE TABLE” (W@TT) BIBLE STUDY begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 6 in Room 2.  We’ll be studying the book The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent.  Make plans to join us as the Women @ The Table explore what The Blessing is and why we all struggle to find it in our lives.  Books and workbooks are available from Amazon or they will be available at the church when our study begins in September.  Nancy Howell and Julie Price will lead this discussion group-style class.  For more information, contact Nancy at 501-519-3281.  It’s a great time to invite a friend!

PASTOR JEFF’S WEDNESDAY EVENING STUDY BEGINS SEPTEMBER 13:  Join Jeff Price at 6:00pm Wednesdays in Room 6 for “Pastor Jeff’s Favorite Preachers.”  Starting September 13, we will gather in Room 6 to watch a video of a great sermon by one of my favorite preachers and then discuss it.  We’ll dig into the sermon process, but more importantly, the underlying scripture message we find there.  These are not necessarily my eight favorites, but they all made the list.  Here are the Elite Eight:

September 13         Fred Craddock

September 20         Barbara Brown Taylor

September 27         James Forbes

October 4               Nadia Bolz-Weber (PG-13)

October 11              Tom Long

October 18              Tony Campolo

October 25              Will Willimon

November 1          Joanna Adams