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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 45 Number 12               December 2012

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

The Pastor's Pen

Christmas seems to be the busiest time of the year; work, parties, church, shopping, family & meals to prepare.  We’re too busy to stop & enjoy Christmas like our children.  We fail to remember Christmas is about the Birth of Christ, a Time to Celebrate.  As Adults, we lose “The Wonder of it All!”

Luke records The Wonder of the Angels as the Miracle of Jesus’ Birth moved them to Glorify God.  Their role in the birth of Jesus was “Go, Tell!”  Tell the world a Savior is born!  Suddenly, a Multitude of Angels Praising God & saying, “Glory to God.”  The Greatest Thing God had ever done, and they got to be a part of it!

Luke also tells of The Wonder of the Shepherds as they were moved to Go and See the newborn baby for themselves.  The Good News was given to the Shepherds, who were common, humble men, but they couldn’t keep it to themselves, they had to Go & Tell.  The Shepherds were Moved to Glorify God for what He had Done!  Glory!

Matthew records The Wonder of the Wise Men moved them to give their Gifts after following the Star to Bethlehem.  The Wise Men, whether they were Magi, Kings, or Astrologers, came from the East.  We don’t know who they were, where they came from, or how many there were, but we Do Know they Came, they brought Gifts and they Worshipped the Christ-Child.  Worship is Giving yourself 1st, give Him your heart, then give Him your Gift.

The Wonder of It All!  God doing a Miracle right in our midst. What a Wonder it was!  The Wonder of the Angels moved them to Praise God.  The Wonder of the Shepherds moved them to go see for themselves.  The Wonder of the Wise Men as they searched for the King of the Ages and gave their Gifts.  What has the wonder of Christ moved you to Do?  Demands a Response!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season


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    Carol's Notes   

By the time you read this newsletter we will only be about 23 days away from Christmas.  It almost makes me go into “panic mode” when I think of all I still need to accomplish.  There’s still shopping to do, presents to wrap, house to decorate, goodies to bake and finishing touches to the Christmas cantata, just to name a few.  How can I possibly get it all done!  These tasks pale in comparison to the task George Frederick Handel undertook and accomplished in 23 days back in 1741.

The popularity Handel enjoyed as a young composer that had made him world famous was long passed.  Newer artists replaced him and one project after another failed.  He was bankrupt and depressed.  The stress brought on a case of palsy that crippled his fingers.  Frederick the Great wrote, “Handel’s great days are over; his inspiration is exhausted.”

One day Handel received a manuscript that was a word-for-word collection of various biblical texts about Christ.  He was moved by the words from Isaiah 40:  “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.”  On August 22, 1741, he shut the door of his London home and started composing music for the words of the manuscript.  Twenty-three days later the world had Handel’s “Messiah”.  It opened in London to enormous crowds with Handel leading from the harpsichord.  King George II who was present that night surprised everyone by jumping to his feet during the “Hallelujah Chorus.”  No one knows for sure why but audiences everywhere still stand in reverence for those stirring words “He shall reign forever and ever.”

As we turn the calendar to December, let’s not forget that Handel’s greatest composition, still being sung over 250 years later, all began with fresh inspiration from scripture.  As we make our “to do” lists, let’s be sure that at the top is remembering what we are celebrating and take our inspiration from the beautiful story of the birth of Jesus recorded for us in scripture.

Be sure to worship with us on Sunday morning, December 16th, as the choir presents “Silent Night.”  In a blend of familiar Christmas melodies and new, inspiriting music, come journey with us to Bethlehem to experience the birth of our Savior.

Bill and I wish for you a very “Merry Christmas” and trust that this will be “the most wonderful time of the year” as we celebrate our Savior’s birth with friends and family.

Have a delightful, delicious December and remember...Keep Singing!


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November 's Numbers

Sunday School - 53 + 14 (Nursing Home)

November Receipts $13,226.28           Disbursements $12,812.56

Building Fund $17,557.05            Scholarship Fund $10,918.12

YTD Receipts - $41,115.91                  YTD Expenditures - $40,775.61

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Open House at the Parsonage

Sunday, December 2nd from 3-5 pm

“Everyone Invited!”

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“Silent Night!  Holy Night!”

Sunday, December 16th, during the

11 am morning Worship Service

Followed by our Christmas LUNCHEON

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WINGS Bible Study

“Life Principles from the Women of the Bible”

Friday mornings, 9:30 am  -  13 weeks (beg. 9/28)

ALL Ladies Invited!!

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Special Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 24th at 9:00 pm

“Come & Celebrate the Birth of Our Savior”

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Praetorian Project

Trinity Baptist Church will partner with 99 other SBCV Churches to establish a Network of Churches close to the four main Marine Corps Installations worldwide, called the Praetorian Project.

The Praetorian Project was conceived and is coordinated by Pillar Church in Dumfries, VA.  The name comes from Paul’s ministry to the Praetorian Guards--an elite military force--while he was imprisoned in Rome (Phil 1).  Paul found in his circumstances a unique opportunity to spread the gospel and, as a church located at the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps,” we are attempting to do the same.

The Marine Corps was established in 1775.  The goal is for each of the 100 churches to donate $1,775 to plant a church at the four main Marine Corps bases.  The new churches will have the goal of spreading the Gospel where they are planted.

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The past three months I have been discussing the four main tenants that youth struggle with affirming.  I want to spend some time this month on the second tenant:  Jesus physically lived, died, and came back to life.

The difficulty in believing in Christ does not come in that He physically lived and died.  People throughout the time of Christ saw Him and wrote about Him.  The death of Christ is also not hard for people to accept, because if He lived then He certainly had to die.  That is one of the basic truths of human life.  The issue that most people, including youth, have difficulty accepting is that Jesus came back to life after He died.

In researching the resurrection of Christ, scholars propose different evidence for the resurrection of Christ.  This varies from 5, 10, or more reasons why the resurrection took place.  I find the resurrection truth based upon three main reasons.  First, Christ was securely placed in a tomb with a Roman guard around His body.  The Romans would not have allowed the body of Christ to be stolen, yet the next day the body was gone.  Secondly, after the death of Christ, He appeared to over 500 people before ascending into heaven.  This clearly proves He had risen from the dead.  Finally, the Bible tells me that Christ died and rose from the dead.  On that promise alone I will stake my claim that Christ lived, died, and came back to life.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas holiday.  Thank God for the birth of Christ, but thank you Lord for the death, burial, and resurrection that makes salvation possible.


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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

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

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

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