Faith Opportunities 2016

new_members_class_wide_t_nvBELONGING:  New/Prospective Membership Class

Church membership offers gracious opportunities to grow in God’s grace and to share the wondrous journey of the Christian faith.  Beginning in February, this bi-monthly class will be offered every third Sunday, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  A sign-up sheet will be available in the church office.  Contact Rev. Norman (847-621-9160 or [email protected]) for more information.

Confirmation_Color.preview2016 CONFIRMATION

Are you an 8th-12th grade student ready to grow deeper in your Christian faith?  Confirmation is the time when you are invited to make the personal decision to confirm the vows of your baptism.  Students join together to explore who Christ is, what it means to know Jesus through a life-long relationship, along with how we serve Christ’s ministry as United Methodists.  Confirmation is not simply a “rite of passage” or “tradition to be followed.”   Instead, it is meant to be another step – a crucial step – in pursuing the rest of one’s life in personal relationship with Christ Jesus.

Students need to have been baptized to be confirmed.  If they have not been baptized there will be an information meeting before the Confirmation Kick-Off for parents and students; a special confirmation baptism ceremony will be scheduled.

Our planning for this special event in the life of the church is underway and will continue with a soon-to-be scheduled Information Session.  The 2016-17 Confirmation registration will open in April 2016.  Join us on the upcoming Confirmation Journey!  Questions?  Watch for more information, or contact Jacki Bogolia or Rev. Colleen M. Norman.


I am grateful for those who have expressed an interest in participating in this special
ministry.  Through the use of Congregational Care Ministers, led by the Pastor, great pastoral care will be provided.  Congregational Care Ministers will be members of the congregation, who serve with the Pastor, to provide pastoral care.  Congregational Care Ministers make hospital visits, telephone persons in need of contact, meet one-on-one with persons in need of a listening ear, as well as prayer and encouragement.  CCMs will also offer support to grieving families.  If you feel called to explore or become a Congregational Care Minister at Trinity UMC, mp, please use the sign-up sheet, located in the church office.  Contact Rev. Colleen M. Norman with any questions.

I need to get back to preparing this weekend’s sermon.  But please know how excited I am about all of the upcoming events and possibilities here at our church!  See you in worship!

Pastor Colleen

Freed-Up Financial Living: how to get there with bibical principals

freedupfinancialA Six-Week Adult Lenten Study February-March, 2016

Information meetings January 31, 2016 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. – Receive a meeting schedule, class materials and details about the course.

Please register me for the Freed-up Financial Living study at Trinity UMC.  I understand that I will need a workbook to participate in the class (cost $20.00):

Freed-Up Financial Living Registration
Registration for Lenten Study

Pastor’s Bible Study Class to Begin in October

Pastor Colleen. . . begins next Sunday, Oct. 4th, at 9:15 a.m.  Bring your Bible and join us, as we begin the wondrous adventure of the book of Acts!  (This class will be facilitated by Rev. Colleen M. Norman and will convene in Trinity Hall.)

Job Posting for Youth Ministries Positions

Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Prospect, IL has restructured its Youth Ministries leadership team.  In this shared-position, two staff persons will lead 6th-12th grade students, primarily on weekends, from September through June.  We hope to expand the position to include a summer mission service trip and youth camp.  Perfect opportunity for seminary and college students seeking part-time employment with a competitive monthly salary.  Please refer to the accompanying job description for additional information.  Send resume and salary requirements to [email protected].


Position Title: Youth Ministry Leaders (rev. 9/28/15)
Classification:  Part-time — shared position
Reports to: Director of Christian Education & Youth Ministries, Pastor and SPRC
Contact: [email protected] with resume and salary requirements.

Position Summary

September through June: The Youth Ministry Leader(s) will be responsible for planning and overseeing youth ministries serving 6th-12th grade students including spiritual growth, fellowship, and mission service opportunities. Leaders will include young people in the total ministry and life of the church. Presence is required most Friday evenings and Sunday mornings as well as some Saturdays. May expand to include up to two week-long off-site summer experiences. Hiatus: July-August.

One leader will have theological training and be primarily responsible for faith formation and nurturing youth toward Christian maturity through Bible exploration and helping to make God’s Word relevant in students’ lives.  One leader will be primarily responsible for organization, administration, logistics, planning, promotion, social media, and follow-up.  Both leaders will model Christian discipleship, possess strong interpersonal skills, and enjoy being in relationship with young people and families.

Skills: Ability to access multiple resources; communicate (interpersonal, written, oral, digital, presentation); facilitate small groups; think and plan creatively; act on ideas and visions; motivate and empower others; teach; listen; plan, organize and coordinate events and activities; some administration, record-keeping and budgeting; proficiency with current technologies including web page maintenance and social media.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Communicate and build relationships with all age groups & be a caring Christian person.
  2. Provide for spiritual formation of youth & empower youth to discipleship in Jesus Christ.
  3. Co-lead & anchor Sunday morning classes and Friday evening groups, and some Saturday and/or week-long activities with young people.
  4. Collaborate with others in the design and implementation of youth ministry; oversee programs, retreats, mission/service trips, stewardship activities, outreach experiences.
  5. Serve on Youth Council and Church Council
  6. Attend and support dramatic, athletic and musical events in which youth participate.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  1. Bachelor Degree; training and/or experience leading 6th-12 grade youth.
  2. United Methodist Certification in Youth Ministries preferred.
  3. Be at least 22 years of age
  4. Valid driver’s license
  5. Complete Safe Gatherings online training and background check (upon hire)

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  1. Visual and hearing acuity to perform job-related functions
  2. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  3. Ability to reach, kneel, stoop, bend, run and climb stairs
  4. Ability to perform indoor and outdoor activities with a moderate to high noise level
  5. Physical fitness and stamina to supervise and lead high-energy youth for up to 30 consecutive hours and week-long excursions.

Adult Ministry Fall 2015

Contemporary Issues

Wired-WordAdults and senior high youth are invited to meet in the Fireside Room Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Using The Wired Word UM curriculum we explore topics in the media and our world from a Christian perspective.  Contact Sylvia Haas ([email protected]).

monkimageDisciple Fast Track Bible Study for Busy Lives

When was the last time you read the Bible cover to cover?  What if you could thoroughly study Genesis to Revelation starting in September and be finished by Easter? Trinity has an opportunity to be a Beta Test Site for this revolutionary approach to Bible study. In order to complete the 12-week, 75-minute Old Testament classes before Christmas, the series would begin the week of September 13th (actual date and time TBD by the group). A minimum of 4 people must register by September 12 in order to participate as a test site. Click here to register electronically. Or, contact Jacki Bogolia ([email protected], 630-640-0100) or the church office (847-439-0950).

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