Attention HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! It is time to apply for the Harold Murphy Scholarship. Please get your application from Katie. These need to be returned to Katie by April 14th. If you would like to donate towards the Scholarship Fund, please use the blue offering envelope and mark it “Harold Murphy Scholarship Fund”.

EASTER April 1st – Sunrise Service at 7AM, Breakfast at 8AM, Combined Service at 9AM.


TFC Women’s First 5 Bible Study – A new study is beginning! Prone to Wander Have you ever wondered why it can be so hard to keep our hearts and eyes fixed on Jesus? Our attention and affections are in high demand. Whether it’s a person, a job or a screen, there is plenty to distract our eyes and our hearts from God. Like the Israelites, we may have the best intentions to follow God. But it can be tempting to wander away when something “better” or “easier” comes along. In the first portion of our study on the Minor Prophets, you’ll read the constant plea of the prophets to the Israelites: “Come, let us return to the Lᴏʀᴅ” (Hosea 6:1). There will always be other gods to worship, but there is only One True God. And while we are often unfaithful to God, God is always faithful to His people. In this new study Prone to Wander we will study the Minor Prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah for 8 weeks, March 12 – May 5. With First 5, you can start every day by reading and studying God’s Word. Open the app each weekday morning and read a chapter of the Bible and a short teaching. The each weekend there is a video teaching from one of the passages studied during the week. We have a private group in the First 5 app. To join the study go to your app store and install the First 5 app; next set up your account. Then you can sign up to be in the TFC Van Wert Women’s Group with code “28bf”. This allows us to communicate and share needs and prayer requests just within our group. Currently we have about 35 women in our group, and we have room for more! Any questions, please contact Pam Rice

february 19

Solid Rock Bible Study meets every other Monday or as scheduled by the Blackmores. March 5th the Bible Study will not be meeting.

february 5

March Singles gathering will be on March 10th 2018 in the fireside room at 5:30. Please bring a covered dish to share and your drink.  The speaker for the evening will be our assistant pastor Doug Roop. Singles March lunch bunch, 4th Orchard Tree, 11th Pizza Hut, 18 th Peking, 25th Mi Ranchito

Food Pantry items for February: Crackers and Pretzels

Youth Group Winter Jam Thursday February 8th.

 january 29

WILD GAME DINNER  -Celina Baptist Temple has conducted a unique event each year on the last Saturday in February for the past 20 years reaching multitudes of area sportsmen. This banquet has grown in popularity to the point that they must use a facility other than their own because of the size of the crowds. This Banquet includes a wild game dinner which may feature deer, wild hog, elk, alligator, turtle soup, small game stew, fish, and sometimes road kill…just kidding. Big door prizes (ATV, AR-15 Rifles, etc)! Trophy Deer Contest! The banquet hosts guest speakers that are experts in fishing or hunting, such as Jeremiah Catlin, founder of Chappy’s Outdoors. See Connection Booth for info and sign up!!

UPWARD AWARD NIGHT CELEBRATION is scheduled for all of our basketball players and cheerleaders. The date is Thursday, March 1. The event will start at 6:30 pm in the gym and will conclude about 8:00 pm. That evening each player and cheerleader will be introduced on stage and receive a special award. We will also have a special entertainer who will make it a fun time for the whole family.

FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS GAME & CLINIC for our Upward players is on Sunday, February 25th. This will be Van Wert Upward Night as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants host the Erie BayHawks. This is a family event for all of our Upward players and cheerleaders.   Basketball players will spend an hour with the Mad Ants basketball team and the cheerleaders will spend an hour with the Madame Ants cheer/dance squad. Clinics for the players and cheerleaders will be at 2pm and the basketball game will start at 5pm.

SINGLES February Lunch Bunch: 4th   Black Angus on Main, 11th Wild Willy’s, 18th Peking, 25th 133 Bistro

For a number of years our children’s ministry on Wednesday night has been called LOL(Loving our Lord). February 1st we are naming our children’s ministry, LOL kidz ministries. This is a very intentional shift and allows TFC to focus on the Spiritual growth of the children in our church. Sunday morning classes will focus on discipleship (Loving Our Lord). Wednesday night we are using High Voltage Kids curriculum, which is “Media rich, teacher driven” curriculum that is great for introducing new children to Jesus. Our focus will be evangelism and encourages our children to Live Out Loud and invite their friends to a fun-filled evening. Little Patriot’s is a children’s leadership class on Sunday nights where the children will learn about the history of our great nation and its leaders. They will find out what our nation was founded on and what made the leaders great, the focus for Sunday night is Lead Out Loud.

Dear Parents,

The Trinity Friends Church Christian Education Department is committed to providing a safe, Christ-centered environment, where your children have the opportunity to thrive in their relationship with Christ. That being said, Beginning in February, we are implementing the following safety measures, in compliance with the TFC abuse prevention policy.

All children participating in Sunday morning classes (9:00am & 10:30am) will; only be released from their classrooms to a parent or guardian (or pre-authorized person who was approved by parent/guardian and CE department). If it is not possible for you to negotiate the stairs we can make arrangements to have the child/children brought down to the FLC foyer where they will be released to you. In compliance with department policy, infants and toddlers must have identification that links them to their parents or guardian.

All children participating in Wednesday evening (Lol) and Sunday evening (Little Patriots) will be released to a parent or guardian in the FLC foyer.

We want to respect your time to worship, but, please respect our teacher’s by picking your child/children up on time. Children attending Sunday school (9:00am) should be picked up no later than 10:20am. All other services children should be picked up no later than 10 minutes following the service. If your Sunday school runs late please make arrangements to pick up your children.

All 6th grade children will attend classes with the middle school youth. All youth who are teacher’s assistants must fill out an application and attend the TFC abuse prevention training before they are permitted to assist with a class.

Sincerely, Doug Roop

Christian Education Coordinator



january 22

Financial Giving In order to get proper credit for your annual giving and to receive a year end contribution statement, you must put your offering in a blue offering envelope or use the option of Electronic Giving online. If using the blue envelope, please fill out the front completely. We need all information completed on the offering envelope in order to process it properly. If you would prefer an assigned envelope number, rather than filling out your name, please call the office. E-GIVING! If you would like to donate electronically, please click on “Donate Now.”

Food Pantry items for January: canned meat (tuna, chicken, beef, etc.)

Special event coming in mid-April 14-15. The “Epidemic of Hope” weekend will feature former baseball all-star Darryl Strawberry, who will be sharing how he went from the pinnacle of success to the pit of despair and later found hope that literally saved his life.

january 14

Singles, come learn what’s new with our taxes, by Gary Arthur Feb. 3 at 5:30 pm in the Fireside Room. This is also a pre-superbowl party. Wear your favorite team color (any team – high school, college, professional, etc.) If you have a favorite game food, please bring it to share.

All Church Family Night. Every third Sunday evening of the month at 6pm.

december 24

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH! What is Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project®?—In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.      Because of this, today’s believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life’s ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.     To counter this slide within the body of Christ, Focus on the Family has launched one of the most ambitious and powerful projects in the history of our ministry – The Truth Project.

The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 13 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. For this particular Wednesday evening study here at TFC, we are splitting it into 24 sessions, 24  Wednesdays. This group study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

This one project could represent the possibility for exponential change within the body of Christ; millions could  be transformed by this curriculum. As it has been throughout history, God continues to call ordinary people to make an eternal difference in our world.

We invite you to be a part of this cultural change by participating in The Truth Project, Wednesday nights at 7PM in the Fireside Room.

Basic Training-Getting back to the basics of faith- Beginning Wednesday January 3rd… Your children will march into a brand new series that is focused on the basics of their faith. The Wednesday night curriculum is geared towards evangelism so please encourage your children to invite their friends. Prizes will be given to those who reach and bring their friends.


december 17

Senior Friends! Ham and Beans and Doug Roop! January 4th, 2018 in the Fireside Room


Singles January/February gathering. Come learn what’s new with our taxes by Gary Arthur on February 3rd 2018 at 5:30 in the fireside room. Bring a dish to share and your own drink.

January lunch bunch:  7  Bob Evans, 14  133 Bistro,  21   Peking,  28    MiRanchito

February lunch bunch: 4   Black Angus on Main, 11 Wild Willy’s, 18 Peking, 25 133 Bistro


From the Pastor’s Computer          Well we are 6 months into the place where God has brought us.  This past ½ year has been rewarding and eventful.  God has blessed and I am happy to say that I didn’t kill the church and the church didn’t kill me.  (all kidding aside)  It has truly been a blessing to see what God is doing.           2017 has brought us many blessings.  The Spirit of God has been moving and people are growing spiritually and God is answering prayer.  I am thrilled that several have accepted Christ as their personal savior.  Some have been baptized, showing an outward sign of an inward commitment.  We have worshiped together, studied together, prayed together, laughed together and even cried together.  God is good…                My Spirit tells me that 2018 is going to be something special.  I see us continuing to minister through communication and working together to achieve a unified body of believers.  In 18 our focus needs to shift more towards reaching people with the message of the Cross.  There are so many in our community that need hope.  One of the main groups of people we need to target are the Millennials.  Those who are 15 to 35 or so.  This age group seems to be missing from churches in general and especially at TFC.  These folks are the parents of most of the church.  I am praying that in 2018 God will help us to have an impact on Millennial families for the sake of His Kingdom.          God is calling TFC to a great 2018.  There is a part for each of us to play.  Join me and the church as we strive to be who God created us to be.  Together we will experience God’s Blessing in 2018.                                                                 Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”              Your Pastor, Gregory A Rice

Ring in the New Year With Us! Do you and your family want to celebrate the New Year with some fun in a safe place? We will be having a New Year’s Eve party in the Family Life Center. We are going to be ushering in the New Year with Praise, Prayer, Worship, Food and Fun! Mark your calendars now, from 8 pm until 12:30 am, December 31st.  We will have games, a movie, a music, snacks and much more. Bring an appetizer, snacks or dessert to share and your favorite games to play. An advance notice, this will be an alcohol-free/firework-free way to be around friends, community and family, bringing in the New Year with a focus on faith. Child care will not be provided as this is a family event and we want your children to join with us.

Basic Training-Getting back to the basics of faith    Beginning Wednesday January 3rd… Your children will march into a brand new series that is focused on the basics of their faith. The Wednesday night curriculum is geared towards evangelism so please encourage your children to invite their friends. Prizes will be given to those who reach and bring their friends.

In case of severe weather     When it is necessary to cancel services or activities because of dangerous weather or to communicate other unforeseen circumstances, we make every effort to have announcements made on the phone system, facebook and website as well as the following stations: WBCL 88.1. & 90.3, and 21Alive. In addition, we have church wide text alerts. Our TFCText List is the Over-All Congregational Group to which general texts alerts will be sent, such as cancelations of services. To sign up for these cell phone text alerts now, from your cell phone, send a text message to (419)930-1303. In the body of the message: JOIN Trinity63,your name.

FOOD PANTRY January Item is canned meat (tuna, chicken, beef, etc,)



december 10

Todde Funk and Egypt Speaks coming to Van Wert! December 16th! click here!


december 3, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! New Year’s Eve Party at the church…games, food, movies, and more! 8pm-12am on Dec. 31st! FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

MARCH FOR LIFE:  Please contact us by Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) if you are interested in going to March For Life with us. You will need to pick up your registration form and get them returned asap.

november 26, 2017

Trinity Christmas Dinner Theatre Friday, December 1 in the Family Life Center at 6PM

Upward Update The new season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is here and practices for the players and cheerleaders begin the first week of December.              There will be many opportunities to help this season. A good way to meet a lot of the kids and their families is to help in our awesome concession stand. Watch for the concession sign-up sheet at the information station in the lobby. Concession needs good helpers and it’s loads of fun.              We will need help setting up the gym on Fridays for the Saturday games, which will start on Saturday, January 6 and continue every Saturday through the end of February. There’s also an opportunity to help return the gym and Family Life Center to normal after the games on Saturday.              There are many ways to help during the Upward season and by getting involved you can make a difference in a child’s life by sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them. Let’s have a great season!

Congregational Business Meeting is set for December 17, 2017.We will be approving 2018’s officers and budget

Communion December 24 Christmas Eve at 7PM in the Sanctuary


NOTE: TFC Offices will be closed December 22 and 25 and January 1

Singles Christmas Party is December 22 2017 at 5:30 in the Fireside Room. Please note this is a Friday night.    Bring a white elephant gift and a dish to share.

What sets High Voltage Kids Ministry apart is the fact that we are NOT a “curriculum company”.  We are REAL LIFE Kids Pastors in a local church who create and produce our own videos, object lessons, graphics, illustrations, skits, and more.     Our KIDS CHURCH CURRICULUM is “Media Rich – Teacher Driven”! In other words, our curriculum includes all the high-tech video, graphics, music, and other media elements that kids love WITHOUT replacing the Kids Pastor/Leader with a DVD player and a screen. We believe that the media elements should ENHANCE your upfront ministry with the kids, not REPLACE it.      If your children liked “Alien Kids” they will love this new format! LOL will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday’s. Don’t let your child/children miss out on the opportunity to experience this “Media Rich-Teacher Driven-Intentionally Focused” night of ministry!If your children liked “Alien Kids” they will love this new format! LOL will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday’s. Don’t let your child/children miss out on the opportunity to experience this “Media Rich-Teacher Driven-Intentionally Focused” night of ministry!

LOL format is changing   Starting in January 2018 the LOL teaching format will change to a more evangelistic outreach night. The children will not only learn how to Love our Lord but, they will also learn how they can Live out Loud. They will learn how to share their faith with their friends and will be encouraged to invite their friends to Church.  The new curriculum will be from High Voltage Kid’s ministries.


november 19, 2017

March for Life 2018 Sign up!

Trinity Christmas Dinner Theatre Friday, December 1 in the Family Life Center at 6PM

Community Christmas Service at 7PM December 3rd at TFC

Upward Practice starts the week of December 3rd


november 12, 2017

Solid Rock Bible Study meeting Monday, Nov 20th at 6:30PM

Senior Friends Christmas Dinner at Black Angus, December 7 at 11:30 AM. Call the office to sign up.

Kitchen Clean Up Party, December 8th at 9AM Come on down!! You are all invited to this party!

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 23, 12 noon – 5:00 PM in the Family Life Center.


Communion Christmas Eve at 7PM


Singles Christmas Party is December 1st 2017 at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Please note this is a Friday night.    Bring a white elephant gift and a dish to share. Lunch Bunch for December 2017: 3-Orchard Tree, 10-Peking, 7-Pizza Hut,  24-MiRanchito, 31-Motor Inn in Mercer

Hall Monitors Need . Contact the office.

Trinity Christmas Dinner Friday Dec. 1st. Tickets $25. Contact the office.


november 5, 2017

 March For Life in Washington, D.C. coming in January. Call the church office if you wish to attend with the team. 419.238.2788.

Wednesday Evening Services will be laid down November 22 for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Baptism Service, November 19 at the YWCA at 6PM. Please contact the church if you are interested in being baptised.

THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU   November 5th was the last day to turn in your shoebox. Thank you to everyone who donated a shoebox, an item or  paid for a box. Your generosity is very much appreciated.  I’ll be posting the final number of boxes soon.  Thank you again!!!


october 29, 2017

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 23, 12 noon – 5:00 PM in the Family Life Center. For those who are homeless, alone, or in need of a helping hand. Invite a friend to come out for a time of praise to our Lord for His goodness with good food, and fellowship. Sign up to help in the foyer.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Time flies and already it is the last week for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Sunday, November 5th is the last day to turn in your shoeboxes. They will be turned in this week. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED A BOX, ITEMS OR SHIPPING FEES!!!

Youth Destination Unknown The first Sunday of each month, the youth will have DU (Destination Unknown). This past Sunday was our first DU and the students were surprised to have an All Holiday Party. We first started the event going to the Etter’s house for a Fall party where the students decorated Pumpkins and had an apple bobbing race. Then they went on a Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. After the feast, they went and ate the food at Katie’s apartment and had a Christmas Party and celebrated New Year’s. The Easter egg hunt was next and the last stop was a bonfire celebrating the Fourth of July at the Spridgeon’s house. Have your teen be a part of the next DU on November 5th!

The Food Pantry is asking for your help . Volunteers are running low and we have needs for regular helpers in a few areas. Mondays we could do with people to unload the box truck coming from West Ohio Food Bank and stock the shelves. Then of course we have our usual pantry hours of Tuesdays from 10 to noon and Thursdays from 4-5:30. All of these days could use willing people to commit. November’s food item is Boxed pasta and sauce (mac-n-cheese, spaghetti, etc.)

The Solid Rock Bible Study We will be studying in the Book of Romans. We will be meeting every other Monday night at 6:30 in the Education Wing off Franklin St. Please mark your calendars. ALL are welcome!  ~Don & Barb Blackmore

If you happen to see Doug Roop or Hillary Brotherwood, please stop and say hello. Doug and Hillary have joined the TFC Staff. Doug will be serving as Pastor of Discipleship and Director of Christian Education. Hillary will be Co-Directing Christian Education on a part time intern basis. Please give them a warm welcome.

WALK FOR LIFE Report: Dear Trinity Friends, Thank you for being involved in the PLC Health Clinic’s Walk For Life. The walkers at your church raised a total of $2,785.00! We rely 100% on local giving so every faithful church and walker is very important to this ministry. Thank you for helping us stand in the gap for the unborn. Blessings, Trina Langdon, Executive Director

New Online TFC Women’s Bible Study Group! Starting October 23rd!  If you are like many women, you would love to be part of a group of women studying the Bible, but there can be so many roadblocks like childcare, jobs, housekeeping, getting dinner on the table and kids to bed, and the list goes on. I am so excited to share about this new way to study the bible as a community of women. Proverbs 31 Ministries offers a daily bible study program for women that we can be a part of. We can create our own private community of women (TFC Van Wert Women’s Group) to share and support each other. A new study is beginning Monday October 23rd on I & II Timothy and Titus. The App or Website will offer a daily reading Mondays – Fridays and then a recap video on the weekend. You can be involved as much or as little as your schedule allows. If you log into our private group, then you can post comments below each reading for each other’s encouragement and support and prayer. I will be coordinating the group. To sign up go to or to the First5 App and log in. Then join the group with group code – 28bf. We would love to be able to connect with all the women at TFC daily as we study the Word of God together. This can be 5 minutes of your day or 30 minutes of your day. It will fit to what your season of life is right now. We hope you will give it a try. Please contact us with any questions.

The Singles  will gather on November 11th 2017 at 5:30 in the Fireside Room for a potluck supper.  Jo Schaffner will tell us about the past, present, and future of the church library.  Bring a dish to share and your own drink. Lunch Bunch for November 2017:   5th-Black Angus on Main, 12th-Wild Willy’s, 19th-Peking, 26th-133 Bistro.

Highlighted books From the Library     An Uncommon Protector by Shelly Shepard Gray. Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post. The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can. When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt. Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.But when cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too