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A Reminder From The Office

From Finance Director Nancy Flanagan:

I hope this finds each of you and your family safely at home and doing well. I have a couple of things that may be of interest to you:

Contribution Statements for 2019 were sent in January. If you did not receive yours, please check your email junk folder. Coming from a new email address, it may have gone there. If you still do not see it, contact me, either by phone or email and I will be happy to send you another statement, either via email or standard mail.

In addition, if you’re concerned about being able to give to the church during this time, please know that you still have the capability. As always, your contributions can be mailed to the church and I will continue to process them as usual. You also have the option to Give Online. Go to the homepage of our website,, and select Giving from the navigation bar at the top. Here you will be able to make a one-time donation or create an account and set up recurring contributions. If you need assistance with this, please call and I will be happy to help!


Nancy Flanagan

Finance Director, TUMC Denton



As per the request of Bishop McKee, we will NOT hold worship services or Sunday School on March 15 and 22.

I will be working closely with our Trinity staff and lay leadership to keep you updated daily.

Please remember your Commitment to Christ and to Trinity through. your prayers, gifts, service, and witness.

We are all working diligently to find safe ways to be present together.

For giving, please go to our Trinity website — and click on “Giving.”at the top of the Home Page

Or, mail your tithes and offerings to the church: Trinity UMC — 633 Hobson Lane — Denton, TX 76205

Rev. Jim Bowden


Read the full text of the Bishop’s letter here

A list of Livestreams in the North Texas Conference


Youth News

Quick Announcements!

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We have finished up our 4-Lesson Series on WISDOM called ‘Influencer’ this week. What did we learn?

Whether it’s Instagram, YouTube, TV, or movies, we are constantly surrounded by “influencers.” But in reality, we are all influencers because we all influence others in some way, whether we mean to or not. We’re all already influencers, but the question is, “What kind of influencers will we be?” In this 4-week series, we’ll learn from a few key influencers in the Bible about what real influencers are like. They’re humble (not arrogant), chase good (not evil), live small (and dream big), and tell God’s story (not just their own).





-26th: Normal Youth!
-29th: Game night!!! Bring your favorite card and board games for a fun-filled Wednesday night!


-2nd: Super Duper Sunday! @Cole Slater’s House!
-5th, 9th, 12th: Normal Youth!
-17th: No Youth!
-19th, 23rd, 26th: Normal Youth!




Spring 2020 Youth Music Schedule

Youth Handbells (YH) meets Wednesdays 6pm to 6:30pm in the sanctuary
Youth Praise Band (YPB) meets Sundays 4pm to 5pm in Lowrie

Sunday, February 2nd: YPB plays “The River” in Refuel, call is 9am; possible YPB rehearsal at 4pm
Sunday, February 9th: No rehearsal due to Mid-Winter retreat
Wednesday, February 26th: No rehearsal- Ash Wednesday service

Sunday, March 8th: No rehearsal due to Spring Break
Wednesday, March 11th: No rehearsal due to Spring Break
Sunday, March 15th: No rehearsal due to Spring Break
Sunday, March 22nd: YH play at 8:30am and 11am services; YPB plays “Somewhere in the Middle” in Refuel; YPB WILL HAVE rehearsal at 4pm
Saturday, March 28th: Music Ministry Concert, if you want to participate
Sunday, April 12th: Youth Sunrise Service, call for YPB is 6:3oam; No afternoon rehearsal
Sunday, April 19th: YH play the 11am service ONLY, call is 10:45am
Sunday, May 17th: YPB play song at Fatted Calf, call TBA

YPB will be on break after Fatted Calf service until mid-August

Sunday, May 24st: YH play at 8:30am and 11am with Trinity Ringers

YH will be on break after May 24th until mid-August




As we prepare for our next 4-Lesson Series on The Four Spiritual Habits, let’s start it off with an opening question.

What’s your favorite way to spend time with God? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!



“Father, Forgive”

As you prepare your hearts and minds for our Thanksgiving worship this coming Sunday, November 24th, please read and reflect upon Luke 23:33-43.

It may seem a bit odd to preach on the meaning and the power of Jesus’ crucifixion the Sunday before all of the Thanksgiving festivities. Upon further reflection, though, what could we be more thankful for than God’s gracious act of self-giving love in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

I’ve been hearing the term “crisis” with greater frequency these days.

–Our world is in crisis.

–Nations are in crisis.

–Churches and schools are in crisis,

–Individuals, marriages, and families are in crisis.

How is a crisis defined? What constitutes a crisis?

Consider this definition:

The noun crisis comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word krisis, meaning “turning point in a disease.” At such a moment, the person with the disease could get better or worse: it’s a critical moment. The etymology of the term “crisis” shares a relationship with the term “Christ.”

Life is about choices. If we find ourselves in a crisis, we can choose to embrace the power of the crisis or the power of Christ. I choose to embrace Christ and hold on to his everlasting promises.

The only crisis which has ever existed is the corruption of the human heart. On the cross, Jesus took our disease of sin upon himself, thus offering us the opportunity to be forgiven, loved, and free.

If you ever visit England, be sure to spend time in the city of Coventry, northwest of London.

During WWII, The Coventry Blitz (blitz: from the German word Blitzkrieg meaning “lightning war” struck the beautiful city with relentless force. The city was bombed many times by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The most devastating of these attacks occurred on the evening of 14 November 1940 and continued into the morning of 15 November.

Christians of Coventry took two  charred embers and made the form of a cross with the inscription “Father Forgive.”

While serving a previous church, I would join in a duet with one of our choristers who has a lovely soprano voice. We sang “Give Thanks” every Thanksgiving Sunday. The hymn, written by Henry Smith in 1978 is based on Luke 1:49–53.

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks
We give thanks to You

This Thanksgiving as you feast with family and friends at your table, give thanks to the Holy One for giving us Jesus Christ.

Rev. Jim