April 04, 2020

 The Upper Room organization is offering a free class and half-price class options for just such a time as this, up through April 18.  Check it out...who doesn't need 'Freedom from Worry'!  

As Christians, we have a natural desire to be together, especially during times of uncertainty. Church is usually a safe place to gather. But during a global pandemic, how do we stay connected when we have to stay away?

If you’re looking for ways your small group or congregation can stay connected during these uncertain times, The Upper Room eLearning offers online classrooms where groups can meet to discuss a topic whenever and wherever they are.

To set up a private online classroom for your small group or congregation, review these simple steps for getting started.

All eCourses are designed for open use as well, and you’ll find individuals from a variety of locations interacting in the classroom chat space.

  • Now through April 18, the eCourse Freedom From Worry is being offered free to all individuals. Use the promo code FREEDOM when registering.
  • Other individual eCourses are being offered for half price. Browse our available eCourses at UReLearning.upperroom.org/courses and use promo code URHALF when registering.
Wednesday Wisdom Hour, Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
This is a time for us to listen, to discuss, to grow in wisdom. 
      The larger part of wisdom sometimes is figuring out what we don't know...and being open-minded to hear what someone else has to say about it.
      In honor of Black History month, on Wednesday, February 12, I will show two seven- to eight-minute videos about Howard Thurman (1899-1981), who was a teacher and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr.
      As a Christian, a follower of Jesus, Thurman not only taught and preached, but also lived the wisdom of being a pacifist throughout a lifetime that included so much anger and violence in the world. There is much that we can learn from him about being the Children of God in this time and this place.
The first video will be from ‘Religion and Ethics Newsweekly: The Legacy of Howard Thurman: Mystic and Theologian.’
The second one will be a summary of a documentary: ‘Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story’ by Martin Doblemeier           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdjLfORZ7Jo
 (You can watch the 58-minute documentary on pbs.org: https://www.pbs.org/video/backs-against-the-wall-the-howard-thurman-story-cgv9gi/
 All are welcome to join us in the Sanctuary to seek wisdom, which is more wonderful than gold! Or watch these at home and be blessed.
Adult Sunday School Starts a New Class           By Rev. Sonie Clark
Join us, as the Adult Sunday School Class begins a six-week study, “Each One a Minister.” Books are available in the church office. This is a Bible study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It’s designed to encourage individuals to discover God’s call to ministry in their own lives. All are welcome to come and learn more about who God wants us to be. The class is at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
The Adult Sunday School class meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Junior Worship room on the upstairs level of the church. Come and be blessed as we learn together. Sunday School learning will track the Pastor’s sermons, as we learn more about being ‘Devoted to Generosity.’ All are Welcome!


Sunday School and Junior Worship! 

      The two programs are combining to become Kid’s Club, which will be held during the 10:30 service starting September 22, 2019. As soon as Children’s Time is finished in the Sanctuary, the children can gather for a lesson, music, crafts, and more. Our hope is to maintain a Sunday School style atmosphere by continuing to teach the children about Jesus. All ages are welcome.
      If you’ve ever considered being a SS teacher, this would be an opportunity to lead the class for a week or two or maybe on a rotating basis. Kid’s Club will be in the same room where Junior Worship has been, and there will be a sign-up sheet outside the door for leaders/volunteers.
      Even though Sunday School will no longer meet at 9:15, Kid’s Club will be a great opportunity for the children to hear the teachings of Jesus and have fun at the same time!

Church Unique Workshops, October 11 & 12

Trinity UMC is a unique, one-of-a-kind church at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and E Street in Iron Mountain. God has something special/unique that only we can do, because we are the only group of people quite like us anywhere in the world!
October workshops are Friday, October 11, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a light dinner provided, and Saturday, October 12, 9:00 to noon, with breakfast food. We will use our October time together to review what we’ve discovered through these workshops and make plans for next steps.
The Church Unique Workshops are a process designed to help us:
· Clarify God’s ‘purpose’ for Trinity UMC by highlighting ‘Who is Jesus?’
· Clarify the individual gifts that each person brings to the community of faith through the use of Spiritual Gifts inventories.
· See more clearly: ‘What on earth does Jesus want us to do and be at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and E Street?’
All are welcome to join us at the next sessions. Put them on your calendar, and come see what’s so unique and wonderful about who you are and who we are…as the followers of Jesus Christ in this time and this place.
Please call or email the church office to let us know you’re coming! (906)774-2545 or imtrinityumc@gmail.com. (See page 6 for more information.)
Nursery Open House!      You are invited to come celebrate the reopening of Trinity’s nursery! On Sunday, September 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m., the nursery opens for everyone to see the mini-makeover that happened over the summer. The nursery will be available for children at 10:30 a.m. during worship.
      Beginning Sunday, September 15, bring the little ones ages birth through three years of age at 10:30 a.m. for Trinity Tots Story Time. While adults worship in the sanctuary, the nursery teachers will offer a short Bible story and related activities that are designed specifically for that age group. Our nursery is a great place and a wonderful opportunity for little ones to begin building relationships with others at church that will follow them through their Sunday school years.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

Adult Sunday School Class starts Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:15 in the Junior Worship room on the upstairs level of the church. The topic to start us off is ‘Racism and White Supremacy Seen Through the Eyes of United Methodists.’ Teaching materials have been developed by the UM Commission on Race and Religion for use by local churches so that we can share the love of Jesus in this time and place. Rev. Sonie Clark is helping to organize the material, knowing that it is a topic that will stretch all of us to learn from each other. Come and be blessed as we learn together. All are Welcome!

Did You Know?...Our TUMC library is available to you! Located in the church office, the library contains many authors, titles, and selections.   Come check it out!