Trinity Trumpeter | June 21, 2024

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Pastor Christina Shaver & Family

By: Karen Baker

For those who miss her big smile, hearty laugh, and friendly personality, Christina Shaver's appointment as Trinity UMC Senior Pastor beginning in July 2024 promises to bring us plenty more!

Growing up in Spanish Fort, AL, makes Pastor Christina almost a Native. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and seminary at Emory University Candler School of Theology. Upon completion of her studies, she became the Associate Pastor at Trinity UMC from July 2010 to June 2016, became an elder in full connection in June 2014, and has been serving as Pastor of St. Paul in Gulf Breeze since July 2016.

Many of you will remember when the Trinity Ladies Bible Study hosted a Wedding shower for Christina and her fiancé Jonathan Shaver 11 years ago. Before they left Trinity, we celebrated the birth of their son, James (8), and after her transfer, we all prayed with them upon the birth of their second son, George (5) (more on this later).

Her husband, Jonathan, is a native of Fort Walton Beach and has a brother and sister, Mark and April. His parents even had cards from Trinity members welcoming him into the world! After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High and the University of Florida he went to work at the Air Force research lab as an electrical engineer. In his spare time, he loves reading Harry Potter with James, fixing up their house with his brother Mark, and planning fun trips!

It's going to be wonderful to have more children at Trinity, and Christina says, "Both are hilarious and sweet. James is a carbon copy of his dad and George is the most extroverted person to ever exist. He can have a conversation with anyone!"

Christina's parents, Chip and Averette Hale are super supportive. Chip is a retired pastor and has already asked when he can preach at Trinity! Christina has two sisters, Caroline and Anna Camille. Growing up as a Pastor's child can sometimes plant seeds early, and then one feels the nudge much later. Pastor Christina "felt called into ministry when I was 19 years old. I was a counselor at Blue Lake and was leading worship; I heard God tell me that this was supposed to be what I was doing with my life, serving God and leading His people."

Christina has served as a residency group mentor for ministers commissioned but not yet ordained, led chapel with preschool and vacation Bible school, and assisted in the recent thrift store that St. Paul UMC opened for their community. She truly loves people, knowing that "God does not call us to live life alone, but to live life together." To relax, she plays the piano with James, plays outside, swims in the summer with George, and takes cruises with her husband, Jonathan.

Now, to explain our prayers for George: Per Christina, "Our lives completely changed when George was born. George was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left side of his heart was too small to function. It shattered my heart to think about my child having to grow up and be limited in what he could do. He has had 4 open heart surgeries, but with every challenge he has faced, George has overcome. There was a defining moment during that time when I asked God why was this happening to George. I said, why can't you give George a miracle and cure him? God told me that George did not need a miracle; he needed time, and he would be healed. I have watched as that promise has come true. George is energetic, he never stops moving, loves everyone, he is only on a small amount of medicine and you would never know that George had such a grim diagnosis when he was born. I have seen God heal George over time and I promised God that I would spend my life shouting from the rooftops that God keeps his promises. Every day is a miracle, and George is a constant miracle, and I am incredibly grateful to witness him grow and love."

And lastly, Pastor Shaver exclaimed, "I AM WRITING IN ALL CAPS TO CONVEY HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT COMING TO TRINITY. I LOVE THIS CHURCH SO MUCH!!! and I can't wait to see what God does with us."

Our Trinity family is looking forward to the next few years as Pastor Christina leads us through God's will to a new level of prosperity, renewal, growth, and love together.

Welcome Reception - July 7

To welcome Christina and her family back to the Trinity family, the Staff Parish Relations Team will host a reception in the Memorial Fellowship Hall immediately following the 11:00 service on Christina's first Sunday, July 7.

We encourage everyone to attend and bring hors d'oeuvres or finger foods to share. We hope you'll join us for worship and the reception to welcome the Shaver family!



We are thrilled to announce that Don & Edna Sherrow are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. It's been an incredible journey filled with love, joy, and cherished memories.

They would love for you to join them in celebrating this special occasion. Please save the date for Sunday, June 30, for a small gathering immediately following the 11:00 service in the Memorial Fellowship Hall. What a huge milestone this is, and we look forward to seeing you and celebrating this joyous occasion with them.


Summer is here, and we want you to stay connected! We've renewed our purchase of RightNow Media and the unlimited access to thousands of Christian videos and are giving you access to enjoy them (if you haven't signed up already)!

RightNow Media has a NEW GROUPS FEATURE to help all our small groups, Sunday school classes, and current studies STAY CONNECTED all week. Your communication is all in one place—where meetings, prayer requests, and Bible study conversations can be shared.

Group Leaders - If you're interested in utilizing this feature, please contact MaKenzie Johnson in the church office to connect and learn more.

Access YOUR RightNow Media Account Today


Need a series for the summer? Check out "The Book of Job" featuring Francis Chan.

The world teaches us to revolve our actions, thoughts, and beliefs around ourselves. “It’s all about you!” we are encouraged to think. In the world’s philosophy, we become the author and hero of our story. But the Bible teaches a different view, one where another hero—the actual Author of life—takes center stage. In the book of Job, God asserts his preeminence and displays his power. Join Francis Chan in this eight-session series on Job as he explores the overriding truth that we exist not for ourselves but to glorify the God who deserves all worship and praise.

The Book of Job Preview



This Oakwood is going to be Groovy. Pack up your 70's decor and outfits, get your team color gear ready, and prepare your mind and open your heart for what God is about to do. This year, we are focusing on 1 Peter 1:13-16 msg. It's time to stop falling back into old grooves and spring into what God is calling us to. The deadline to sign up and full payment of $250 is due June 23. TSM will not meet Wednesday, July 10.


We are home from Oakwood, and now it's time to rest—with a swimming party! We are going back to Kellen's house, now known as Kellen and Kate's house, to swim. Bring a suitable swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. We will be swimming in Cinco Bayou and playing yard games. Meet at the church at 5:15, and we will return to the church for pick up at 8:30 p.m.

NO YOUTH - JULY 10 & AUGUST 11 & 14



We are thrilled to announce our exciting lineup of summer activities for the Kids Ministry! From fun outdoor games to engaging arts and crafts to field trips, we have plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained and inspired throughout the summer. Our dedicated Kids Ministry Team will ensure that your children have a blast in a safe and nurturing environment. Contact our Kids Coordinator, Jessica, at for more information and ways to get your kids involved!



Parents, if you'd like an evening out (as in 'withOUT' kids), Parents Night Out is for you! Well, actually, it's for the kids, but we'll let you think that it's all about you. Leave the kids (ages one-year-old to 5th grade) with us for a fun-filled evening of games, fellowship, and pizza while you enjoy a well-deserved break. Cost is $10 per child. You do not need to be a member of our church to participate. All are welcome, but sign-up is required!


Circle of Concern

Let us care and pray with you. 

If you or someone you know needs prayers, please complete the Prayer Request form at our Square One tables. Below is a list of those we pray for this week; please join us in praying for those persons. Individuals are kept on the list for four weeks.

*Michael Banning

Pam Banks

Bill Colbert

Primo Collazo

*Don Crowder

*Warren Curtis

Maria Garcia & Family

Trudy Gamble & Family

*Gary Gordon

Bonnie Glass

Vern Head

Raymond Harrington

Tracy Hickman

Laong Jowers

Derek Lambert

Lisa Mayhall

Tammy Peters

Clarence & Muriea Preston

Tyler Reichard

Fiona Rodgers

Al Rott

*Joyce Stimak

Sissy Todd

*Jarrod Wade

Jeff Wade

Randy West

*Peggy Willard

* = Church Member

Bold = New

If you or someone you know needs prayer, please complete the Prayer Request form below. The Circle of Concern list is updated and sent out biweekly via the Trumpeter, and individuals are on the list for four weeks. Please notify the church office if an individual needs to be on the list for more than four weeks. Circle of Concern inserts for Sunday services are printed on Thursday.

Prayer Requests

Church Calendar Recap

Friday, June 21

  • TSM Senior Trip
  • 8:00 p.m. • AA Meeting • C102
  • 8:00 p.m. • Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen Meeting • C105

Sunday, June 23

  • 9:45 a.m. • Contemporary Worship • Memorial Fellowship Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. • Traditional Worship • Sanctuary
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. • TSM Promotion Night • Memorial Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, June 25

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Trinity Kids Summer Program • Dean Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, June 26

  • 9:00 a.m. • Ladies' Bible Study • C102
  • 5:00 p.m. • TSM Small Groups • Youth Room
  • 5:30 p.m. • TSM Leader Meeting

Thursday, June 27

  • 7:00 a.m. • United Methodist Men Bible Study • Memorial Fellowship Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Trinity Kids Summer Program • Arcade

Friday, June 28

  • 8:00 p.m. • AA Meeting • C102
  • 8:00 p.m. • Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen Meeting • C10

Saturday, June 29

  • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. • Trinity Kids Parent's Night Out • Dean Fellowship Hall

Sunday, June 30

  • 9:45 a.m. • Contemporary Worship • Memorial Fellowship Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. • Traditional Worship • Sanctuary
  • 12:00 p.m. • The Sherrow's 70th Anniversary Reception • Memorial Fellowship Hall
  • 6:00 p.m. • TSM Sunday Nights • Memorial Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, July 2

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Trinity Kids Summer Program • Dean Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, July 3

  • 9:00 a.m. • Ladies' Bible Study • C102
  • 5:00 p.m. • First of All Small Group • C105
  • 5:30 p.m. • TSM Destination Bible Study • Memorial Fellowship Hall

Thursday, July 4

  • CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED (Independence Day Observation)

Friday, July 5

  • 8:00 p.m. • AA Meeting • C102
  • 8:00 p.m. • Al-Anon/ Al-Ateen Meeting • C105

Click the "Full Calendar" link below for a full calendar of events.

Full Calendar


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