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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 48 Number 8              August 2015

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


From the Pastor’s Desk!

     Times are a-changing! Terrorism has come to our shores, people are killed at church & movie theaters, & same-sex marriage has become the law of the land. Our Faith is under Fire! Christians do Not Believe in killing people, out of hate or because they don’t believe like we do, and we still believe that Sin, any sin, is an abomination to God. But hate Sin, not the sinner. Our Beliefs, our Faith is Under Fire!
     Remember the story of Daniel being thrown into the Lion’s Den because he prayed. People of Faith aren’t always the most Popular. The other leaders despised Daniel; they saw in him all the things they were doing wrong. Serving God has always been costly; Prophets were jailed, stoned or ignored, the disciples were martyred, Paul was stoned, jailed & finally killed. Will your Faith stand up under Pressure, or Change your Beliefs?
     Sometimes it seems People plot against us, because we Believe. Daniel’s enemies searched for a flaw, they found no fault in him. The only Opening for Daniel’s enemies was his Faith, his Prayer Life. The Decree that sent Daniel to the Lion’s Den - can only Pray to the King. Under Roman persecution, Christians were forced to bow & say, “Caesar is Lord.” Will you continue to Praise, Pray, or Share Jesus even if the world says you’re wrong?
     People of Faith always find Solace, Help in Prayer. Daniel’s response to the King’s Decree - he kept on Praying like he always did, he kept his windows open, he didn’t act in secret. The King threw Daniel to the Lions, but he had confidence in Daniel’s God.
     God protected Daniel from the Lions, but both the King & the Lions went without food & sleep that night. Do you really Believe God is Greater, He’s Still on His Throne? Then Live like it!

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     One of my favorite evening pastimes is doing the Jumble Words, Wordy Gurdy and working the crossword puzzle in the Roanoke paper. On the same page is a thought for the day. A recent thought was in a foreign language but the translation in parenthesis said, “By and by never comes.” As I pondered these words, I couldn’t help but think of a couple of hymns and the “by and by” they tell us about.
     Charles Tindley was born in 1851, the son of a slave. His mother died when he was four and he was separated from his father a year later. When he was old enough to work, he was hired out to work with slaves. Wanting so badly to excel, he taught himself to read and write. He became custodian of a church that would play a vital part in his life.
     Because he felt called of God to preach, he attended night classes and took correspondence courses from Boston School of Theology. He studied New Testament Greek and found a Jewish rabbi who tutored him in the study of Hebrew. After finishing his education and pastoring several churches, he became pastor of the church where he had served as custodian 25 years earlier.
     Music played a major role throughout his life. It is said that during his preaching he would often break into song. “We’ll Understand It Better By and By” is one of several Tindley songs that found their way into hymnals and into the repertoire of Southern gospel groups still singing it today.
     Tindley seemed to write for suffering people. In his songs there is a great anticipation of heaven when the trials of God’s people will be over. He could have been writing for millions of people today.
     Sanford Bennett must also have understood the “by and by” we will know as followers of Christ. Bennett was friends with Joseph Webster, a nervous man subject to depression. Entering Bennett’s place of business one day, Webster was struggling with something. When Bennett asked what was wrong, Webster replied, “It’s no matter, it will be all right by and by.” Bennett said the idea for the hymn came like a flash of sunlight. He penned the words as quickly as he could write. Webster, so encouraged by the words, began writing the music. Taking his violin he played the melody then jotted down the notes for the chorus. Bennett said it was only about 30 minutes from the time he began writing the words until two friends along with Webster were singing, “There’s a Land That is Fairer Than Day…in the sweet by and by.”
     I thanked a friend a few days ago for the perennial hibiscus she gave me, a gift that keeps on giving beautiful flowers every summer. That is how I feel about these two hymn writers and many others. They’ve given us the gift of music, songs of faith, that keep giving encouragement and inspiration until by and by – which will come – we meet our Savior and sing the song of the redeemed for all eternity!
     Have an amazing August and remember, - KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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July's Numbers
Sunday School - 41 + 18 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $10,804.00   Disbursements -$10,552.93
Building Fund - $4,838.80   Scholarship Fund - $5,446.14
YTD Receipts - $163,240.97   YTD Expenditures - $164,497.04

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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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Council Meeting
Monday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm. Please make every effort to attend this important planning meeting!

Business Meeting
Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00 pm

Coffee House
Friday, August 28th from 7:00-9:00 pm with Stuart Byrd. Come and enjoy the great music.

5th Sunday Sing
August 30th, during morning Worship
Dianne Fitzgerald, age 10, will be playing the piano.
Come and Enjoy a real special treat!

Life Line Screening
Is coming to Trinity Baptist Church
Tuesday, September 15
Pre-registration is required. Call 1-888-653-6450
Preventive Health Screenings can detect your risk for serious disease.
For more information about Life Line Screening go to the website:
www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners

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

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Plant A Few Flowers

   In this hectic, crazy, mixed-up world that we live in there is an old saying that reminds us to “Take the time to stop and smell the flowers.” I think that we should also take the time to plant a few as well.
   My old, Italian Grandmother knew just how to do that. Nana always filled her porches with hanging, potted plants overflowing with flowers. She nurtured them with soil, love, and water and would smile when the sun shined down on them. Around her home she planted flowers as well. Red, purple, violet, orange, white, and yellow blossoms surrounded it. My Mom and I used to walk around it happily taking in the sweet smells and watching the beautiful butterflies fly down to feast upon them.
   Nana didn’t just plant flowers around the house, though. She also planted them in our souls. Her delicious dinners made with love not only filled our bellies but filled our hearts as well. Her sweet smile when we came into her house always made our spirits feel lighter. The hugs and kisses she shared so freely was the sunshine that kept our own love growing everyday. I am sure that she is still planting flowers somewhere in Heaven right now.
   Take the time to plant a few flowers yourself today. Be God’s gardener in your life and in the lives of those around you. Sow your smiles, your kindness, your laughter, and your love. Plant your prayers, your goodness, your talents, and your joy. Brighten this world with your sunshine. Give all you can to help keep God’s garden growing here on Earth as well as in Heaven.

By Joseph J. Mazzella • July 17, 2015

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Prayers

   Over the years I have said many prayers to God, and I haven’t always gotten the answers I wanted. When I was a little boy I prayed for my lost dog, Duke, to come back home but he never did. When I was in high school I prayed that I would become a big football star, but God had other plans. In college I prayed to become a huge success and be both rich and famous. Thirty years later I am still waiting on that one. When I married I prayed that my children would be healthy, happy, and smart. Yet, my two sons were both born with Autism and mental retardation. While they are often happy, everyday is still a struggle for them. As my sons were growing up I prayed time and time again for God to heal them and make them normal. Instead, He used them to heal my own soul and teach me patience, acceptance, and love.
   What I have learned from all of these unanswered prayers is that what we most want isn’t always what we most need. We muddle through this world trying to find purpose and love. God, however, sees the vast tapestry of our lives and how they connect with the lives of countless others. God also sees clearly where we have been and where we are going. He lovingly guides us on our eternal path of growth and answers the prayers that most strengthen our souls and helps us to love.
   Losing Duke helped me to open my heart to the love of many other dogs and people. It also helped me to deal better with the later deaths of my Mom, Nana, and Dad. Being a football star in high school would have been horrible for me. My ego needed shrinking and my kindness needed growing. Being a bench warmer did both. As for being a big success in the eyes of the world, I think God thought it more important that I become a success in the eyes of Heaven first. While my two sons were never healed of their Autism, they have become a light in my life that brings love to my heart and joy to my days. They continue to teach me and all those they meet lessons on living and loving that are priceless.
   I have found too that my prayers have changed a lot over the years. Now, instead of asking for things I want, I ask God to help me to do His will and to be the person He meant for me to be. My main two prayers are “Thank you God for my life” and “Please help all of us to Love.”
   May all of your prayers lead you to greater faith, greater joy, and greater oneness with God. May all of your prayers strengthen you on your journey through this life and into the next. May all of your prayers connect you forever with Love.

By Joseph J. Mazzella • July 13, 2015

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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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