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News for the Week of February 18, 2018

Pastor's Perspective

Have you ever said something that the second the words came out of your mouth you realized, "Oh brother, why did I say that?" Our gospel story today reminds me of that experience. One of my favorite movies, Napoleon Dynamite, can give us a contemporary experience.

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FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT:

2/18/18 Worship Theme: "Test Time"
 

Sacred Scripture: Mark 1:9-15

Overview: Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness was a personal test that empowered him for his coming life. Similarly, spiritual formation is about choosing to enter into times of testing in order to strengthen us for radical discipleship.
 
Human Need: When we face tough times we struggle to understand the meaning behind what is happening.
 
Community Challenge: Our sacred story invites us to find sources of spiritual support and consolation around us and to learn dependence on God by entering into the spiritual wildernesses of our lives, particularly in the Lenten season.

WE HIRED OUR NEW WORSHIP LEADER! We are excited to welcome Nolan Budgewater as HTCC’s new Director of Music, Worship and Performing Arts! Last Sunday was his audition/second interview and the praises and responses to his gifts and talents were amazing. Please send your greetings and well wishes to Nolan in person, or via email at htccmusic@gmail.com. Nolan also desires your feedback and ideas for growing our worship ministries. Now is the time to join our new choir!
 
CHOIR REHEARSALS 
New Choir and Worship Team Rehearsal times are coming soon! Nolan will be scheduling these and other opportunities for church partners and worship attendees to participate. Stay tuned for some exciting things coming!
EXCITING NEWS! Join us this Sunday, February 18 after worship from 11:30-1:30 pm when we will be hosting our first Foster Care Family Placement Orientation. We are partnering with Therapeutic Interventions, Inc., a foster care placement agency specializing in training, resourcing and placing therapeutic foster and adoptive parents with abused and neglected children in state custody. This first step will provide answers to lots of questions you may have about the training program. We are so very excited about this partnership and emerging ministry!
SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES

Our next small group series begins on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from February 20/21/22 through March 20/21/22. This 5-week study will focus on the Lenten theme "Chocolate for Lent" based on the movie Chocolat. Using themes from the 2000 Academy Award nominated film, this unique approach to the Lenten season creates space for deeper insights into self-discipline, self-giving, conversation, acceptance and maturing in Christ. You won't want to miss it...and you won't HAVE to eat chocolate to enjoy it! Read more about the book study HERE.
  • East Nashville (Tue, 6:30 pm): Alan Edwards (615) 207-5470
  • Gallatin (Wed at 6pm): JoBeth/Kristy Petty (615) 268-9792
  • Priest Lake (Wed at 6:30pm): Debbie/Harold Leaman (615) 498-1081
  • Antioch (Wed at 7pm): Terry Smith (615) 332-7676
  • Franklin/Brentwood (Wed, 6:30pm): Stefen Brock (615) 260-7265
  • Dickson (Wed at 6pm): Brenda/Lynn Frye (615) 430-5744
  • Nashville West (Thu at 7 pm): Shelley Smith  (615) 489-3806
  • Queen Pins Bowling Group (Sat at 10 am): Tusculum Strike and Spare, 5315 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
SOCIAL SINGLES SATURDAYS

Next gathering is Saturday, February 24, from 5-8 pm at the home of Alan Edwards, our Adult Sunday School facilitator and BeLoved church partner, in East Nashville. Contact Walter Stinson (615-473-5496) or Jenny Tygard (615-337-1113) for details.
 
EXPLORING HOLY TRINITY CHURCH PARTNERSHIP
 
Our first partnership class of the New Year is scheduled for NEXT Sunday, February 25. We will meet right after worship from 11:30 am - 2 pm in the church fellowship hall for lunch followed by an interactive class on becoming a church partner. Learn about our church's vision and mission, statement of faith, distinctive values, affiliations with the United Church of Christ, our church structure and governance, church finances, our ministries, and how you can get involved. The class is a prerequisite to becoming a church partner. Contact Pastor Brice to sign up at revbrice@gmail.com or call or text him at 937-626-5134.
 
JOIN OUR VIDEO MINISTRY!
We've been experimenting the last few Sundays to improve the quality of our FB Live feed, and are looking for volunteers and equipment to help grow our online and video ministries. If you have a flair for being behind the camera, please contact Stefen Brock for details! (615) 260-7265.
We appreciate all of our ROOM IN THE INN volunteers who have committed to leading this vital ministry of our church. HTCC provides housing in our church every Friday evening between Nov and Mar. We need 10-12 volunteers each week to meet this important ministry obligation.
 
Please contact the church office if you can be part of this vital RITI ministry team. You will be blessed!
 
New UPPER ROOM daily devotionals for March-April now Available! Pick up your copy today without cost in the foyer of the church to have daily set-aside time with God in prayer and meditation as we enter the great and holy seasons of Lent and Easter!  By setting aside time for God, we can in prayer and meditation on God's Word have a better life in 2018 and help others have a better life!
 

PRAYER

To submit a prayer request, text or call Pastor Brice at 937-626-5134 or email revbrice@gmail.com.

You can also send an email to post directly on our Facebook Prayer Group at
HTCCprayergroup@groups.facebook.com.
Our church directory is now live and ready to view...but we are missing lots of photos!

Click the following
link to submit a photo if you are already signed up. You can also access it on your mobile device! Instant Church Directory - the program we use to build our church directory - has a free app for download on your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire devices. 

If you are interested in opting into our secure, password protected online church directory, please fill out this Google Form and your information will automatically be sent to us!  Your email address will be your login username, and after your information has been entered by our directory team you can download the app or register online at:  www.instantchurchdirectory.com/tools
 
FACEBOOK
 
We now have 1032 fans! HURRAY! But still need to increase our likes...so get on your phones and invite your friends to visit our FB page this week! Contact Bob Colon if you would like to help with social media marketing and outreach (techguytn1975@gmail.com).
Did we miss any announcements? Please send event notices or things we should pass on to the congregation at htccmedia@gmail.com.
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