Trinitarian Congregational Church

Adult Education Seminar: Helping Without Hurting

Sundays at 11am
March 10, 17, 24, & 31
Bradford 2nd Floor

When Helping Hurts, Toxic Charity, The Hole in Our Gospel, and other Christian (and secular) books recently have shed light on the all too common phenomenon that our efforts to do good often do bad instead. What can we do if our best efforts in the name of Jesus unintentionally harm the people we are seeking to serve? How do we move from “Helping Hurts” to “Helping Actually Helps?!”

Come join us on as the Emmanuel Gospel Center leads us in an exploration of what it takes to move from helping hurts to helping helps. 

Basic Outline:

  • March 10: Does helping really hurt?
  • March 17: Moving to Helping Helps: Step 1: Embrace Your Poverty!
  • March 24: Moving to Helping Helps: Step 2: Learn to learn!
  • March 31: Moving to Helping Helps: Step 3: Be empowering!

Taught by our mission partners from EGC:

Guatemala Mission Trip – February 16-24, 2019

This Saturday, eighteen students (Zachary Bach, Leilan Bennett, Reed Bodley, Morgan Calverley, Phoebe Felopoulos, Grace Johnson, Luke Johnson, Virginia Jones, Weston Jones, Christopher Li, Anna Lin, Michael Long, Mia Mazakopos, Alexander Nunn, Christopher Nunn, Hartley Peck, Marcus Petter and Emily Pomphrett) and three leaders (Melanie Barber, Adam Kurihara and Kyle Smethurst) are headed to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. They will be working with Promised Land Ministries from February 16-24.

Please pray for good health and safe travel and may God transform their hearts and minds to treasure Jesus more deeply and discern his will more clearly.

Sunday Recap: February 10th, 2019

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This weekend at TCC:

Re-parenting Seminar

Dolores Marciniec teaches an adult education seminar titled Re-parenting. In this course we learn what it means to be re-parented by God and construct a Geneogram to understand our family of origin and how we can grow as a child of God.
March 22, 2019

Pastor’s Note: A Passion for God’s House

By any measure, King David’s devotion to the Lord is exemplary. At the end of his life, he gives away his ‘treasure’ and the monies amassed in the course of his reign for the building of God’s house, the place where the people can meet with God in worship. The amount of the donation check is measured in precious metals, the currency of the ancient world (1 Chronicles 29:1-5). Even if we don’t have any sense of the value of gold and silver on the Stock Market in the 10th Century BC, we know it was an enormous amount of money, along with endless supplies of building materials. In David’s mind, nothing is too extravagant to build a Temple fit for the One and True God, Creator of the universe and to whom belong all things (2 Chronicles 29:14). David is putting it all on the line and is giving it all away. We may question David’s investment strategy, but somehow, from God’s vantage point, his financial planning seems to have worked out pretty well for David since he died “at a good old age, full of days, riches and honor” (2 Chronicles 29:26). In addition to continuing to recognize God’s favor and His presence in our lives (see last week), another key to finishing well is to develop a passion for God’s house that will express itself in a commitment to be a blessing: ‘All in’ is the idea here.

Of course, God’s house is never really about mortar and brick nor some kind of virtual church, instead, it’s a “building not made with hands,” (2 Corinthians 5:2). It’s a people “being built into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22). Passion for God’s house runs deep and impacts everything we do. It’s far greater than a plea for regular church attendance or financial giving (although these are important of course). It goes at the heart of what we value most in this materialistic and utilitarian world of ours: embracing the people that God puts on your path and joining in fellowship with one another. So whether we are just starting on the journey to knowing God or we’ve walked with Him a long time, the sure way to keep going translates into passion for God’s house.

Questions for reflection:

After he puts it all on the line, David turns to the leaders in Israel and asks them a pointed question: “Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself (and herself) today to the Lord?” (1 Chronicles 29:5). We ask the same question today. Where are we in this journey? Are we ready to go deeper with God? Have we somehow lost that passion for God’s house along the way? Maybe it’s time to rekindle that passion or to ignite it for the first time. God’s house is always open for business. Maybe it’s time to recommit to more regular worship with other believers. Maybe it’s time to go deeper and seek deeper fellowship through life groups and other ways to get closer to God and one another. The key to this is that it’s never too late to make the journey back.

The prevailing image we should have is the father who is waiting for us to welcome us back with open arms. God’s house is a place where we receive His blessing of forgiveness. It’s the place for all of us prodigal sons who are in various stages in this journey back to the Father. Once we do, it’s a great celebration (Luke 15:11-32)!

ICC Conflict Coaching Training

Conflict Coaching Two-Day Training

Presented by ICC Peace

Learn practical ways to apply God’s word in helping others overcome conflict.
May 20 – 21, 2019
Trinitarian Congregational Church

Wayland, MA

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God

Matthew 5:9

As Christians who have been reconciled to God through Christ, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-21). And as Ambassadors of Christ, God calls us to the share the message of reconciliation in the lives of people around us. To make that most of that opportunity, join us in the two-day ICC Conflict Coaching workshop that has prepared thousands of people to be peacemakers. This course equips and encourages Christians to assist others to resolve conflict in a biblically-faithful manner.

How prepared are you to encourage a friend, family member or coworker to listen calmly before responding with harsh words?
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19)

Do you have the skills to help others craft an appropriate and sincere apology?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

When a friend is caught in bitterness, can you confidently help that person to extend forgiveness that heals and builds long-term reconciliation?
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
(Colossians 3:13)

The ICC Conflict Coaching practicum starts with pre-course reading and on-line homework. Then you’ll participate with others in a moderated two day workshop. Your instructor, Gerry Dagonese, lawyer, mediator and Certified Christian Conciliator (TM), will share peacemaking tips and wisdom honed in coaching many others through all kinds of conflicts.

Along with fellow students, you will be coached by Certified Christian Counciliators as table coaches while you role play real life conflict situations. As you learn to apply God’s Biblical peacemaking principles you will become better equipped as an ambassador of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation.

TCC’s 2019 Wheelchair Collection for Wheels for the World

Throughout the world, wheelchairs are either very expensive or extremely scarce. Thousands of children and adults are living without the independence and mobility a wheelchair provides. TCC is hosting a collection of wheelchairs and need your help! When a wheelchair is recieved, the recipient also recieves the joy of the Gospel, a Bible in their language, and meet with an outreach team for prayer and encouragement – providing the foundation for a lifetime of hope!

Help us transform a life today and send a wheelchair and a Bible! This year Wheels for the World will provide 12,912 adult wheelchairs and 4,983 pediatric wheelchairs. Your prayers and faith-in-action will lift children out of the dirt and despair and into a seat of dignity. Thank you for helping us send the hope and love of Jesus to people worldwide with disabilities!

– Cindy Leonard, TCC Missionary

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