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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy Easter! Easter is a Celebration of the Resurrection! The Son of God was Crucified on Friday, but early on Sunday morning, up from the grave He Arose! Jesus Died on the Cross to Save us from our Sins, but He Arose from the Grave to give us Eternal Life. The Apostle John tells us what happened that first Easter weekend so long ago.
We Believed Jesus was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. We built our Hopes up that Jesus would usher in the Kingdom of God. Then He began telling us that the Son of Man must suffer and die for the sins of the whole world. We didnt understand, "Why, Jesus?" He was so perfect, sinless.
I watched as they dragged Jesus before the Sanhedrin, mocking Him, then before Pilate as they beat Him and condemned Him to Death, setting Barabbas free. After they beat Jesus nearly to death, He could barely walk, yet they forced Him to carry His own Cross up the Hill overlooking Jerusalem. Along with Mary, His Mother, Mary Magdalene and the other women, I watched as they nailed Him to that Cross. He hung on the Cross at Calvary from 9:00 in the morning until He Died around 3:00 PM. His Last Words were, "It is Finished," Gods Plan of Redemption was complete.
But the story doesnt end there; early on Sunday morning when the women came to the Tomb, they found it Empty. The Resurrection had occurred, Jesus promised He would Rise again. They couldnt believe it, so they ran & found Peter & I, we didnt believe them either until we saw for ourselves. We found an Empty Tomb. We didnt find a Dead Savior; we found a Living Lord. Weve seen Jesus, Hes Alive! Victory over Hell, Death and the Grave.
He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive and I'm forgiven,
Heaven's gates are open wide. He's Alive! He's Alive!
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Spring is officially here! We are well into "March Madness" basketball, spring flowers are bursting into bloom and the warm weather of recent days wooed us outdoors to play golf, go fishing, do a little yardwork, or just enjoy a pleasant walk.
It was amusing to watch our beagle enjoy these recent warm days. Smokey knows that on rainy days, extremely cold days or when snow is on the ground that Ill let him stay in the house with us. However, on a recent sunny, warm day it was very obvious that he was excited about being outside. When I put him out that morning, he ran as far as his chain would allow, nose to the ground, barking to alert anything lurking in the woods that he was on the job. After checking out the area, he jumped up in his old plastic chair, looking over his domain like a lifeguard on duty. Throughout the day, he moved from place to place always keeping himself in the warm sunshine. At one point I looked out the window to check on him and he was sleeping in the leaf pile in front of his doghouse. I had to laugh because he was on his back, belly up to the sun like he was sun bathing! He was making the best of the warm spring sun, basking in its warmth.
In the book of Jude were reminded that we must "keep" ourselves in the love of God we should think about His love and bask in its radiance and warmth all day long. Just like Smokey resting securely in his own backyard and drinking in the warm sunshine, I pray that the music heard in our worship services gives us moments to consider Gods goodness to us and to "bask" in the warmth of His love and care. What a way to get re-charged for the coming week!
Easter is just around the corner and Im excited about our Easter Sunday morning worship service. Plan to join us for a special time of reflection as the music and the message move us from Jesus' agonizing time of prayer in the garden to His defeat of death through His glorious resurrection.
Have an amazing April, keep basking in His love, and as always, KEEP SINGING!
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Sunday School - 50 + 19 (Nursing Home)
March Receipts - $16,621.13 Disbursements -$16,424.70
Building Fund - $9,082.51 Scholarship Fund - $10,356.98
YTD Receipts - $92,825.92 YTD Expenditures - $92,510.48
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Trinity Baptist Church will be starting a Bus Ministry on Sunday mornings throughout the city of Bedford.
We will pick up people and have them here at the Church for Breakfast, SS and Worship Service.
The Bus Route:
|Salem Court Apts||8:30 am|
|Raintree Apts||8:35 am|
|John Early Apts||8:40 am|
|Public Library Apts||8:45 am|
|Pinecrest Apts||8:50 am|
|Liberty Manor Apts||8:55 am|
|Trinity Baptist Church||9:00 am|
If you, or if you know of someone who would like to be picked up, please contact Bob Chittum, 875-9789, or the Church Office, 586-8010.
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Monday - April 14th, 7:00pm
As part of the Body of God's Church,
Women's Ministry has an Important Job to do!
Let's "Spring" into Action and "Revive" our Women's Group!!
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Easter Services ~ April 20th
7:00 am Sonrise Service
7:30 am Breakfast
8:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Resurrection Service
(No Evening Services)
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Don't Forget our Coffee House
Friday night, April 25th, 7:00-9:00 PM
It is Always a LOT of Fun!!
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April Mission Emphasis
Your giving through the Cooperative Program supports ministries like these!
April 6: Ben & Jill Barfield - Sahuarita, Arizona
The missionaries we pray for today are Ben & Jill Barfield, who serve in Sahuarita (saw wah REE tah), Arizona, which is south of the bigger city of Tuscon. Ben is pastor of Common Ground Church, which they are working to grow & reach more people. Last year the church got a boost when the two-year-old son of two members nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Doctors doubted the boy would live. But members organized a massive prayer effort and the child made a miraculous recovery to full heath. Even the local newspaper ran stories about the power of prayer. Today we add our prayers to theirs; asking God to bless Ben & Jill and to do even more miracles, if thats what it takes for people to find Jesus Christ.
April 13: Michael & Crystal Gayheart - Peru, South America
God calls some of our missionaries to hard places. Today we pray for Michael & Crystal Gayheart who serve in Peru, South America. Michael & Crystal lived in the suburbs and had never even been camping before. Now they are working with people who live along a tributary of the Amazon River in the Peru rainforests. To get to the village where they serve, they drive five hours on rough dirt roads and then travel by boat on a river another four hours. Michael & Crystal & their four children stay in a simple village hut and get to know the people so they can share the Good News. As Romans 10 says, how are the people in that village going to hear about Jesus if we do not send someone to tell them?
April 20: SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief
Today we pray for the Disaster Relief teams of the SBC of Virginia. Through numerous devastating times that people face, disaster relief is there to help support & share the love of Christ. It is about sharing Gods hope & love in the midst of tragedy. Through serving others, conversations are started and the more opportunities arise for the Gospel to be shared. Pray for the teams as they continue to go out and spread His love through helping those who are experiencing tough times. Pray that the volunteers would be bold in sharing their love for Christ to those they are helping.
April 27: ArJay & Tara Gruspe - Honolulu, Hawaii
Today we pray for two of our missionaries serving in paradise. Many people visit Hawaii looking for paradise. But Hawaii is a highly secular state and few people follow Jesus Christ. Arjay & Tara started a church in their home as they reach out to people in their neighborhood and around the city. Today we pray that God will lead Arjay & Tara in a mighty way so that many people will indeed get to the real paradise, possible only through trusting Jesus Christ as Savior.
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COLLIDE / student ministries
This month I will get to the Psalms, but I first wanted to tell you all thank you. Thank you very much for the great ordination service in March. To be perfectly honest I did not know the service would have the power that it did. I understand being ordained as a minister is a big deal, but I have been a part of life changing events before and was not aware of how this would affect me. However, once the service started I began to feel the weight of the commitment that I was making. This is not a bad thing, but rather just feeling the importance and responsibility I was undertaking. As everyone came up front and prayed for me I began to think of this event as a giant milestone in my life, an event that I will look back on and see that my life changed that night forever. So thank you all for believing in me, the future ministries God has in store, and for allowing me to be ordained by a great church with great people.
Since I got long-winded (I am a preacher now so I have to learn how) I will simply list the verse and a summarizing thought. Let us look at Psalm 27:1.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation: Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid."
As you all are aware we live in a very turbulent, disheartening world that continues to crumble and fall apart before our eyes. Our nation is moving toward moral bankruptcy. Wars consume our planet. People are dying by the millions and going to Hell. Christianity is under constant attack. It is easy to be fearful in a time like this. However, I choose NOT to be afraid. I will NOT back down from the fight. I will NOT draw back in fear. God is my light and my salvation. God is my strength! Whom shall we fear if we have God on our side? Whom shall we fear if we are held in the Fathers hand?
Will you refuse to be scared of this world? Will you refuse to back down due to fear? Choose this day who you will serve fear or the God of your salvation? I chose the God of my salvation.
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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