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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 48 Number 4              April 2015

Pastor's Pen - Carol's Notes - Numbers - Events - Missions - Pantry


From the Pastor’s Desk!

Happy Easter! Actually, Happy Resurrection Day!

     Easter is the day that we have chosen to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. The Resurrection changes everything. If Jesus did not Rise, our Faith is worthless, Heaven is Hopeless & we are still in our sins. The Cross, the Empty Tomb & the Disciples all say the Resurrection means something.
     The Resurrection proves Jesus is God. No One had come back from the dead before. Even though Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus eventually died again. The Empty Grave proves Jesus is Lord, Lord of Heaven, Lord of earth, & Lord over death. Jesus was known as Prophet, Preacher, Teacher & Miracle Worker, He taught with authority, feed the 5000, raised the dead, made the blind to see & the lame to walk. But when He arose from the grave, only God could that.
     The Resurrection changes everything; it gave them new Hope, new Life & new Joy. The Empty Grave proves our Savior Lives; we serve a Living Lord, not a Dead Savior. Jesus overcame Death, the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, the Scourging & Crucifixion. Jesus overcame their Doubt; the Master was Dead, was it over, would He live? Jesus overcame their Discouragement; their dreams, hopes & plans were all dashed, until the Good News. He Lives!
     The Resurrection proves His Love for Any & All Sinners. The Empty Grave proves there is Life beyond the grave, Jesus gives Everlasting life. Peter needed to know he was not Forsaken, even though he denied Jesus. Peter needed to know he was Forgiven, even though he failed Jesus. Peter needed to know he had a Future, a secure future, with Jesus. Only a Living Lord could restore Peter's faith.
     The Resurrection changes everything. For the Skeptics, there is Life after Death. For the Doubters, God keeps His Promises. For those who are Slow to Believe, God can do Anything. Jesus is Alive!

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     How much thought do you give the items you throw in the trash? After watching a "60 Minutes" segment by Bob Simon, I'll never think of trash in quite the same way. Let me share the story with you.
     In the village of Cateura just outside of Ascension, Paraguay, garbage is the only crop and it is harvested 24 hours a day everyday of the year. Ascension, the capitol city, dumps all of its trash in Cateura. Being a trash picker is the only occupation in the village and the pay is 10¢ a pound for plastic or bottles, 5¢ a pound for cardboard.
     The children of Cateura have little to do but play on the piles of trash in the streets, their yards and even in the river. In time many children succumb to a life filled with drugs and gang activity. Thanks to one man's vision and dream for the children, the trash pickers are now known as recyclers and from their trash has come triumph. Did you know a violin can be made from oven trays, a cello from oil barrels, the skin of a drum from x-ray plates, a guitar from dessert tins and a saxophone or trumpet from drain pipes with bottle caps as the keys? With the vision of this music teacher and the small workshop of a trash picker, the Recycled Orchestra was born. Three days each week this trash picker looks for specific items among the trash, takes his finds back to his workshop and begins to fashion musical instruments. Can you imagine what a task this must have been at first when he had never seen or heard the instruments he was making!
     The Recycled Orchestra has been dubbed the Landfillharmonic but to these children (ages 3 through older teenager) and their families it has been a blessing from God. For the parents it is the fulfillment of the dream that their children will know a better life, even if it takes them away from Cateura. Music has taught the children respect and responsibility and has provided opportunities they could never have dreamed possible. A documentary was made about the orchestra. When its trailer was posted on YouTube, it went viral and now the orchestra is getting bookings worldwide and instruments are being donated.
     I couldn't help but think of these children when an insurance agent asked me what I thought it would cost to replace the Steinway piano in our sanctuary. To me it is a priceless treasure but I'm certain it would take nearly $40,000 to replace it, even with a used Steinway. These instruments made from recycled trash are just as priceless and valuable to the children of Cateura as our finely crafted, hand-made, precisely tuned Steinway is to us.
     The people of Cateura now say "send us your garbage and well send it back to you as music." Isn't that what salvation does for us - we are pulled from the trashpile of sin by the blood of Jesus, re-purposed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and fashioned into beautiful instruments that can change the world around us. Praise God for recycled trash!
     It's officially here - as the song says, "silver white winters have melted into spring!!" Have an awesome April as we enjoy the warmer weather and the renewal of the earth that spring brings. Happy Easter to all, and as always....KEEP SINGING!

"Recycled Orchestra"   (Landfillharmonic)


Carol

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March's Numbers
Sunday School - 53 + 18 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $24,139.21   Disbursements -$23,933.48
Building Fund - $13,572.03   Scholarship Fund - $5,552.14
YTD Receipts - $102,609.59   YTD Expenditures - $103,533.15

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Help Us Reach Our Goal

Trinity is in need of a new Air Conditioner/Heat Pump for the Church. It is hard to think cool when we are in the middle of winter, but come spring & summer we will begin to understand our need. We started collecting money in January for this very important project.

To date we have Collected $8,457 towards a Goal of $10,000.

Thank You!
To those who have given & to those who plan to give!!

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Events

Bus Ministry
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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Ladies Night:   On Monday nights at 7:00 pm at Barbara Chittum's house. All Ladies Invited!!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:   Saturday, April 11th at 6:00 pm. If you have never participated in one of these, you are in for a real treat; it is always a fun time. If you would like to go, please let Charlie Fitch know.

Church Council Meeting:   Monday night, April 13th at 7:00 pm.

Coffee House:   Friday, April 24th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Come and enjoy the great music.

(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)

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Looking Ahead:
VBS:   Will be held May 31st - June 5th in the evening. The theme will be "Nazareth - Where Jesus Was A Kid". We need to work together and work hard to make VBS a success and to bring children in. Please contact Sherry Overstreet and let her know you will do your part to make this VBS one of the best ever! So mark these dates on your calendar!

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Legend of the Dogwood

An old and beautiful legend says that, at the time of the
crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the
oak tree and other monarchs of the forest.
Because of its firmness and strength, it was selected
as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel
use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the
crucified Jesus, in His gentle pity for the sorrow
and suffering of all, said to it: "Because of your
sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will
the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its
blossoms will be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two
short petals. In the center of the outer edge of
each petal there will be nail prints ~ brown with rust
and stained with red ~ and in the center of the flower
will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see this will remember."

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Pantry

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!

   ITEMS NEEDED:

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

~~~"Don't Forget"~~~

Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month

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