Trunk or Treat Needs You!

Trunk or Treat is just nine days away. We are preparing for over 350 guests to join us on the evening of October 18. It's our goal and desire to place our people in positions throughout the event that allows you to interact and serve our community in a simple way. Here are the positions still available, please visit troycc.org/trunkortreat to sign up. Don't let the opportunity to put your life into play pass by. 


15-20 volunteers to decorate their trunk

26 individuals to man an inflatable game for a 30-minute time slot

4 volunteers to greet our many guests

2 more people to help serve hot dogs

4 people to help set up and decorate this coming week

10 individuals to help tear down and clean up after the event

6 volunteers to help cook and prepare over 700 hot dogs

unlimited number of prayer partners

3 more people in the parking lot helping direct traffic

4 volunteers to help apply temporary tattoos for a 30-minute time slot

1 more individual to help make and serve popcorn for a 30-minute time slot


There are close to 100 spots still open. Please help fill at least one of them! 

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Trunk or Treat is Coming! October 18th

TCC is inviting the community to join us for a free, fun, and safe event during the Trick or Treat season. The past several year’s Trunk or Treat has been well attended, with over 350 people attending each year. It’s been my prayer that God will allow us to reach out and serve even more families this year. For this community event to succeed, it needs your help! There are many different capacities that you and your family can get plugged in and serve!

Pray: for high attendance and participation along with perfect weather for the evening.

Invite: Take hold of the opportunity to invite a friend and their family. Postcards are available at the Info Desk, grab a few, and help spread the word! 

Donate Candy: Candy is necessary for this event, and we need a bunch of it! We’ll need at least 12,000 individually pieces of candy. Please drop off donations at the info desk. 

Serve: The evening will consist of a free meal, trunk or treat, inflatable games, temporary tattoo station, and popcorn station. There are still many open spots to fill. 

Attend: Make plans for you and your family to attend Trunk or Treat 2019! Your participation in and of itself is an opportunity to shine a light and be “billboard” for God’s love, and the part TCC plays in that. 

 Want to know more? We would love to share more with you about this event! Join us Sunday, October 13 at 10 am in Room 206

 Visit troycc.org/trunkortreat for more information and to sign up! 

Starting Point

We as a church are moving forward into the exciting future that God is creating for us. We are committed to doing so as a group of people who are dedicated to Him, His Word, and His mission.
As a leadership team of elders and staff, we believe it is time in the life of the church to gather everyone together around the core things that we believe as a church which are outlined for us in the Bible. This seven-week series will unfold for us what we believe about the Bible, sin, salvation, the Church, church membership, our mission, church leadership, communion, and baptism. The priority and clarification of these concepts will be rooted in the Bible.
This Starting Point material will later become an introductory discipleship class at TCC that we will ask everyone who wants to become a member to attend. Because we think that unity and an understanding of these issues are so important, we will be presenting it to the whole church through our messages during the Sunday morning worship. At the end of the series, we will be offering those who are not yet members the opportunity to join TCC. We will also be asking those who are members to commit their lives to membership once again as a part of accomplishing God’s purpose and mission for TCC.
Please plan on being here for all of these important messages, or, if for some reason you are unable to attend one of the weeks, commit to listening to them online

TCCServes: Teacher Appreciation Baskets

As most of you know, our church family at TCC donated supplies to the teachers and other staff members at Hook Elementary. I truly believe that teachers are to be honored, encouraged, and given thanks for all they do in the lives of every child they teach. They work very long hours and often purchase supplies from their own income.  So what a blessing it was to have Becky Perry allow us to serve the teachers through the Teacher Appreciation Baskets. Our church family donated supplies, assembled the baskets, and then delivered them to each teacher and prayed over their school year and the students they impact. So thank you to our Prayer Team, all who donated the supplies, and to those who assembled and delivered the baskets. What a privilege and an honor to serve our local teachers at Hook Elementary in the name of Christ. After all, we are called to be a light unto the world and to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

We would like to thank everyone who donated supplies for the Hook Elementary teacher baskets. Thank you to Tammy Gass, Karen Heiss, Courtney Weger, Jesse Weger, and McKenzie Weger for helping assemble the baskets.  Thanks also to the Dodd family, Sandy Lensch, Joyce Morrow, Bradyn Weger, Courtney Weger, McKenzie Weger, and the TCC Staff for delivering the baskets to the school.

 



Back to School

As the new school year starts, it’s easy to get caught up in questions and worries – it’s what happens to all of us when something new is happening. Unfamiliarity brings insecurity. It’s just a fact of life.
When it comes to school and our kids, those worries can be magnified to even higher levels!
That’s why, as a church, we are committed to praying for our children, students, teachers, and parents! We follow the example set by Paul in Philippians 4, where he tells us – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
We are praying for peace, and thanking God for all that He has done in our lives as well as what He will do this upcoming year!
It would be a shame if we only prayed about our worries and for protection, though. If we believe what Jesus said, our children are some of our greatest examples of what it means to follow Him! They have a faith unencumbered by doubts and a boldness to share the truth and love of Jesus that we should all aspire to!
In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
So while we are praying for our worries about what we are experiencing and what our children might encounter, let’s not forget to pray for boldness for our children, teachers, and parents! Let’s pray that they would be beautiful examples of Christ to their schools and everyone that they will interact with every day.

TCCServes: School Supply Donations

The school year is rapidly approaching. Teachers, students, and (mostly relieved) parents are preparing for the next year and all the excitement that comes along with it. Our church family is preparing, and so is the community around us.
With all of the preparation, comes an opportunity to shine the light of Christ in the community around us as well! We are partnering with Hook elementary school to provide school supplies and encourage the teachers and staff of the school. We’ve been able to do this for a few years, and we’re excited to see this partnership continue to grow as we find ways to serve others.
This is a chance for us as a church to love others with our actions, to do good works, to carry other’s burdens and to do good to all people!
Take some time to stop by the information desk and take the responsibility of donating a specific item, writing encouraging letters to the teachers and staff of the school, or volunteering your time to come and prepare all the donations to be delivered to the school. Let’s come together and have an outpouring of love on this school so that all who receive or even know about this would get a better picture and a fuller understanding of God’s love for them.

VBS at TCC 2019 Wrap-Up

TCC hosted VBS July 21-25. I must admit this was the best VBS I’ve experienced in my time at TCC. I feel there were different elements this year that set it apart from past VBS weeks. One element that made VBS 2019 a success was the donations provided by you, the TCC Family. Those donations helped save us close to $200 that we were able to shift into other necessary areas of VBS. It was also enjoyable to see the items you all selected and donated. Thank you for helping VBS succeed!

The support of VBS definitely did not stop there! Over 50 different individuals put their lives into play and stepped up to volunteer. A very talented crew showed up the week before help decorate, prep supplies and create a fun and exciting environment for the kids. Even more volunteers were involved the week of VBS, stepping into and thriving in a wide range of ministries. There were people ministering to kids through leading crafts, providing snacks, playing games, caring for babies, teaching Bible stories, sharing about missions, and being group guides. Others had a ministry of preparing meals and desserts for volunteers, setting up the necessary areas each night, securing our building and the many people inside, welcoming, greeting, and checking in each child, leading worship, running sound, capturing moments in photos and video, counting offering money, and getting pied in the face. We had a team praying over every child, volunteer, and evening of VBS.

As you can see, there are many different roles needed to pull off a week of VBS. TCC Family, you went far beyond just “pulling off” a week of VBS. VBS was successful and the best one yet, because our TCC Family chose not merely to survive but thrive in ministry roles. We ministered to seventy children each night, teaching and encouraging them to “Raise Their Game” by inviting God into their lives. Twenty-eight of those seventy children are not regular attenders of TCC! Each of those twenty-eight children was able to feel the welcome and love of God through you!

Thank you to each and every one of you that I was able to experience this week with. You made a huge difference in the lives of many!

There are endless stories, memories, and information about VBS at TCC. All while it’s merely impossible to capture them all in words, I hope you can get a glimpse of the week through these photos and videos.



VBS at TCC is coming!

Starting July 21, we are inviting children and volunteers to come and check out VBS at TCC. We’ll spend our evenings Sunday-Thursday learning more about God’s Power! Kids and volunteers alike will be challenged to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit!

VBS is for children 3 years through 6th grade. We’ll kick off the week on Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 pm. The Kickoff is a Family Experience (children must be accompanied by an adult). A kid-friendly meal will be served along with fun outdoor activities! All for FREE! You won’t want to miss it!

Over 75 volunteers are needed to make VBS at TCC a success. Looking for a way to put your life into play? Here are some suggestions to help make VBS at TCC a success!

Donate- The supply list for VBS is quite lengthy. Starting June 30, there will be donation cards available at the info desk. Stop by and see what items you can donate!

Pray- There are close to 100 children that attended VBS at TCC in 2018. Many of which are not regular attenders of TCC or another church family. Please pray for those children to attend again. Along with the numerous volunteers, our TCCKids, and weather. Designated prayer times will be communicated later.

Promote- know a child that could attend VBS at TCC? Help us spread the word with a yard sign or invitation card; both available at the info desk.

Volunteer-There is a wide range of volunteer positions needed prior, during, and after the week of VBS. Positions include behind the scenes prep and decorations to out front skit teams, teaching, cooking and everything in between.

Registration for this awesome, high energy, interactive, and fun week is now open! Find out more information and register at troycc.org/vbs

Can’t wait to have you join us for VBS at TCC.

Tornado Relief

Ways To Help Now!

Eat Cookies

Yep, you read that right, you can help those affected by the tornadoes by eating cookies. One of our TCCKids has put her life into play and came up with a way to help her community through her talent. She is making and selling snicker doodle cookies. All profits will be used to buy water and other supplies for tornado victims in the West Milton/Laura area.

Cookies are $10 per dozen. Complete the form below to place your order.

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Water Donations

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A member of our TCC family recently became aware of a family in need. Their home experienced damage including the roof being torn off along with a major damage to multiple rooms. In talking with the family they said their greatest need was bottled water. Although the boil adversary has been lifted for their area, they have continued to experience sickness due to the water condition.

TCC is collecting cases of bottled water on Sunday, June 16. Please deliver any donations to the Info Desk (in the main foyer).

Due to the urgency of this need collection will only take place Sunday June 16.

Hopeland Church volunteers

Although Hopeland Church is without power they are persistent in serving their community who have experienced greater loss. Hopeland is a collection site, providing clothing, hygiene items, non perishable food and more.

They are in need of volunteers to help sort donations, put together grab bags, pray with hurting individuals along with load and unload donations.

Volunteers are welcome to just show up, no need to call ahead! Any amount of time is a great help! 4-7 pm are their busiest times.

On May 27, multiple tornadoes moved through the Miami Valley leaving destruction and chaos in their wake. There are thousands who have been impacted by this tragedy. As a church we want to show love to our neighbors in their time of need. We want to be able to be the hands and feet of Jesus in these moments of hurt, loss and sorrow. The rebuilding will be a process that takes weeks and months. 

 

We need your help in this process. We are working to identify specific families that we could love and serve in this crisis. You could help us by letting us know if there are individuals or families who are in need. We stand ready to rally TCC and it's resources but are looking for God's specific direction for us. Please contact the church office (office@troycc.org or (937) 335-8731) with specific needs.

 Join us in praying that even amid the pain and loss suffered by so many, that they will draw closer to God, who loves them deeply.

We are in the process of pursuing a long term relief effort. We will make you aware of details and ways to put your life into play as those become known.

 

Will You Shine On?

It has been several months since TCC hosted the annual Night to Shine event. Night to Shine is a prom experience for individuals with special needs. Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, the mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The TCC family has been amazing the past several years at Night to Shine to live out and fulfill that mission. Through a vast array of volunteer opportunities, our church family has shared Faith, Hope, and Love to many individuals with special needs along with their families.

Matthew 5:16 reminds us, “You are the light of the world. A city can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”

Family, we truly are the light of the world. We are urged not to hide our light or be ashamed of our light, but rather shine in front of others. In doing so, we provide light to those around us, which can result in them praising our heavenly Father!

Here at TCC, we do not interpret Matthew 5:16 as only shining your light one night a year. We truly believe that God desires for us to shine every day of the year, in all circumstances and in front of all people. We do not think that one night of shining our lights, loving, and serving those around us is enough. We strongly believe that God’s desire for us is to Shine On!

There is currently a fantastic opportunity for us to Shine On not only in our city but more specifically to our friends from Night to Shine. The 43rd annual Troy Strawberry Festival is June 1-2. The city provides four shuttle locations to accommodate the thousands of guests coming to Troy. One of those shuttle locations is solely handicap accessible at Hobart (ITW) offices. As a church family, we want to provide volunteers for that particular shuttle location. The task is simple, yet the impact is massive. The task is to simply greet, welcome, and assist the guests utilizing the Hobart Office shuttle. Our friends with Riverside and RT Industries are providing vehicles and transportation. We just need to provide the smiles and helping hands!

There are only 24 volunteer positions available. I desire to see every one of those positions filled by this Sunday- May 26. Can you help make that happen? Will you Shine On?

To sign up for a two-hour volunteer shift and find out more visit www.DeclareOnTheSquare.org

Mother's Day and the Importance of Community

For many, Mother's Day is a difficult day.

"The woman who stayed home from church to avoid the fanfare — the reminder of what she doesn't have but desperately desires. The single mom with no husband to rally her children around her to celebrate. The woman who lost her baby this year, this mom. The mother with a wayward child, for whom Mother's Day makes her wonder if she's less of a mother than the women standing beside her, holding their roses. The adoptive mom, whose motherhood means fielding the pain of her child's loss in the form of confusion and anger. The daughter without a mother.

Our western world celebrates while some cry in the shadows.

He sees you. He carries your loss; His heart beats for your ache. He is nearest to you, today, woman. Every hurt you feel in secret, He sees and carries in His frame. He is more engaged than you could imagine, more entwined with your loss, and your wait, and your secret, desperate prayers.

As you pull the covers high in an attempt to hide from all the reminders, may you sense His gentle hand on your back ... His whisper in your ear: I see you. I know you.

Let this whisper be everything today."

- Sara Hagerty

We at TCC desire to celebrate the women that pour into our lives, love us and guide us. We also have a great desire that those who ache and experience pain to know and believe you are seen. Mother's Day can bring complicated, complex, or even confusing emotions. We hope that even in the midst of pain, you can find joy and healing. As three of our ladies shared in a video on Sunday, relationships can bring great healing. If you find yourself in a season of pain, we encourage you to seek out Godly relationships within this church body. There are many individuals in our TCC Family that would greatly benefit from you pouring into them. Often times, God uses your service to others as a journey towards joy. I can speak from personal experience that in my seasons of pain, my God-centered relationships were what God used to pull me out of pits of despair. Please also consider that maybe this is not a season for you to pour into someone but instead you allowing someone to pour into your life. Life is hard, but God provides us with community and relationships to help us. TCC Family, we urge you to seek out these relationships. We all desperately need each other.

To learn more about TCCGroups click here

For photos from Muffins with Mom visit- troycc.org/muffins

TCCYoungAdults launching

Here's something I'm so excited for - a new ministry coming to TCC! If you've had a chance to talk to me for an extended period of time, you may have heard a little bit about my heart for young adults. This is an age group I'm passionate about, it's a time in everyone's life that is loaded with potential.

As young adults are figuring out their place in the world, faith can easily fall on the back burner. On the flip side, we can empower young adults to pursue a deep relationship with a Christ, and we can see the next generation of world changers and church leaders grow.

If you're someone who defines themselves as a young adult, I'd love to invite you to join us for our first gathering this summer on June 2nd. We will start this summer with biweekly gatherings on Sundays at 6:30 to share a time of food, fellowship, and deep dives into the Word of God. Contact me at charlie@troycc.org for more information.

Share the Warmth Update

Our Share The Warmth ministry has served many people over the years by providing free clothing to families in the name of Jesus. We are so grateful for the many passionate leaders and volunteers who have given of themselves to make this ministry fruitful for both this community and the Kingdom of God. We are also thankful for the space provided by Dave's Services that has allowed us to store equipment and clothes. At this time, we no longer have the necessary leadership nor storage availability so as a leadership team we have determined that the season for this ministry has come to a close. As a result, we encourage you and those you may have encouraged to participate by donating to this ministry to make use of other avenues in our community to offer your used clothing. 

Egg Hunt 2019

This past Saturday was the annual Family Egg Hunt. Despite the rain, the event went well with over 200 people in attendance. A majority of those that attended were from our community and new to TCC. While the Egg Hunt appears to be your typical spring festivity, it holds a great deal of importance for many of the TCCKids. Something you may not realize is that the Family Egg Hunt is not planned and/or carried out by a group of adult volunteers nor me. The Egg Hunt from beginning to end is planned, prepared, and carried out by the students involved in the Wednesday night program, Kidsciple. For nearly two months on Wednesday evenings, 4th-6th-grade children stuffed eggs, made plans and prayed for the event. The Easter Egg Hunt was their project.

A project that was not small by any means. Kidsciple worked hard to ensure each child that attended their Egg Hunt had plenty of eggs to find. Their efforts resulted in 9,800 eggs! 9,800 eggs individually filled with candy or small prizes. The 4th-6th graders were also responsible for setting up tables, chairs, and decorating for the event. They worked hard and put in many hours of prep. It was such an exciting experience watching them as they quickly took ownership of the event, covered it in prayer, took pride in the project along with experiencing a leadership role. Honestly, it was the kids' way of serving and growing. They devoted time, energy and prayers.

Although the kids were the primary leads for the Egg Hunt, many other volunteers made the event possible. A huge thank you to all the pancake makers that arrived early Saturday morning to help prepare over 60 pounds of pancake batter. Thanks to Melissa Goad and Micah Tracy who sacrificed their entire Friday to create the awesome customized shirts for the students. I can’t express enough appreciation for Bob Bright and Danny Miller in their service to the kids and this event. They equipped the kids to manage the parking lot for our guests, and to the crew that helped set up chairs, thank you!

It is because of the kids’ willingness to lead along with the TCC Family’s willingness to serve that the Egg Hunt went well. Thank you! Thank you for serving our community. Thank you for putting your lives into play and allowing God to use you! I’m proud to be part of this TCC Family.

TCCMen: Camp Work Day

When I was in my high school years, I learn something that seems counter-intuitive. Or at least it seemed counter-intuitive at the time. I learned that I enjoy hard work. I enjoy sweating, building, digging, and using my hands to create something. I learned this as I was able to help my father build a two-story two car garage in our backyard. It wasn't easy, I learned all sorts of things about hammering, cutting, pouring cement and all the other projects that are involved in building something like that.

Even now, I still enjoy that sort of work. Maybe it's just how I'm wired. I'm looking forward to an opportunity we have coming up on May 4th at Western Buckeye Christian Camp. Starting at 9am, WBCC will have a work day as they prepare for the upcoming camp season. We'll be doing some roofing, helping finish a shelter house, painting, and really anything else they need help with. Lunch will be provided.

I'm also excited about the night before. The TCCMen will be gathering at camp on May 3 starting at 6pm to grill and eat, hang out, fish, play games and just get to know each other better. We'll be spending the night and then getting up in the morning to work. We'll take care of all the food. If you're interested in either/both of these register at www.troycc.org/workday.

Why Camp Matters

We here at TCC are so excited for the rapidly approaching camp season (otherwise known as “summer” to most of the world). This is a special time of the year that we find incredibly valuable for the kids and students in our church family. I know that I personally have loved serving at our camps these past few years as a counselor and the sponsored missionary for Jr. and Sr. High Camp.

When talking about camp, it’s easy to focus in on all the fun that we have while we’re out at Western Buckeye – belly-flop contests, ultimate frisbee, basketball games and “Fortnite Live” to name a few, but really, camp is so much more than just games and fun.

Camp is a time where kids and students have a chance to experience Jesus, whether it’s their first experience or their hundredth, and take another step closer in their relationship with Him. These last few summers we have seen students make the decision to be baptized and even more students who are challenged to make their faith their own. Camp is a time where kids and students can dedicate time away from their normal routine to grow in their relationship with Christ and build friendships with counselors and other Christians their age so that when they come back home, they’re even more equipped to share their faith and change the world.

We are so excited for camp. We can’t wait to see the life change that will happen in our kids and students as they prioritize God this summer.  See Becky or me at the info desk for more information. 

TCCPrays

I believe there is power in our individual prayers for TCC - our staff, elders, congregation, etc.  But if there is power in one person's prayer, isn't there that much more power when we join together lifting up prayers for our church? 

In Isaiah 56:7 the Lord says, "…..for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." 

I believe we at TCC are called to be a "house of prayer" and this means meeting together to do just that!  Please join us in room 206 before first service (8:30-9 am) and between services (10-10:30 am) each week.  You may come and go as you have need to.  I know God will do a mighty work at and through TCC, if we are faithful to pray!

Superstart Recap

This past weekend TCC sent a group of 20 students and chaperones to CIY Superstart! conference in Cincinnati.  The theme of this year’s Superstart! was “Conquering Gargantor” and overcoming obstacles in sharing our stories.  Students learned that as followers of Christ, it’s important to recognize the amazing ways He works in their lives.  Along with the importance of sharing their stories of what He’s done with others.  Some of the students struggled with fear of their story not being good enough, having to be too vulnerable or feeling as if they do not even have a story to share. As a group we learned about overcoming all of those obstacles and focused on Psalm 105:1, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness.  Let the whole world know what He has done.” Over the two-day conference, students overcame their personal obstacles and developed their own story of what God has done! They are currently challenged to share those stories with someone else.  

TCC family, thank you for praying for the trip, for the students and chaperones.  God was faithful and provided an amazing, fun and faith-building experience. We were blessed with 6 amazing chaperones that poured into the students.  The 14 students and 6 chaperones that attended had an enjoyable time together.  

Check out the highlight video Here

A Message from Chris Heiss

Hello TCC Family!

Karen and I are making final preparations for our move to Troy next week, and we are so excited to see what lies ahead for the church and for the two of us as a part of this movement of God!

Our house is all packed except some of the clothes in our dresser and closet as well as the bathroom toiletries. It is strange living in a room or two of a whole house that is packed. At the same time, it continues to signal to us that the times are changing and we are on the verge of God doing something special!

We are busying ourselves here with some final details and goodbyes to a lot of people who have become as close as family to us. We have loved them and they us, just we loved you once upon a time and still do. We are excited to renew our relationships with you, our TCC family and look forward to the lives that God will not only impact but change forever through the work He does through all of us.

We have been praying for you and thank you for your continued prayers for us as we finish here in Florida, make the move next week, and get to join you in worship on Sunday the 31st. I look forward to sharing with you from the Scriptures on Sunday the 7th of April.

”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.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Making and Growing Disciples,
Chris and Karen Heiss

TCCServes: Hurricane Michael Relief Update

You may recall that back in October we took up a special offering to help those affected by Hurricane Michael. TCC was able to send over $5,000 to IDES to help their relief efforts. We recently received an update on the progress down in Panama City. The IDES representative said that they have been working with 3 local churches in the Panama City area. Through those churches and volunteers they have begun to repair damage on those buildings. IDES is reaching out to the community and partnering with families who homes were severely damaged by Hurricane Michael. Thank you again for you generosity. To stay up to date with what IDES is doing go to www.ides.org .