Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Carol's Notes - Youth - Pantry
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
Have you ever noticed most people don’t say, “Happy Independence Day,” but rather “Happy 4th of July?” As we celebrate the 4th of July, we celebrate our nation’s independence. We are independent from any other country trying to rule over us or tell us how we can live. We live in a free country, with certain rights and privileges thereof, freedom of speech and freedom of worship. Men and women fought and died to give us that freedom.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Jesus died to give us liberty, freedom from death, freedom to live for Him and with Him, forever. Paul says, “Stand fast in the liberty for which Christ has made us free.” (Gal 5:1) We have freedom because Jesus died for us, in our place, so we could be free. We need to live in that freedom, His freedom, free from sin, and death.
We are free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2) meaning Christ set us free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (Rom 6:23) His sacrifice, his death, paid the price for our freedom, just as other American’s sacrifices paid the price for us. We are free to worship as we choose, whether we worship money, ourselves, some other person or God. The Constitution guarantees us our freedom of religion, but Christ guarantees us freedom to worship God in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) We don’t worship a building, or traditions, or even a person, we worship a living Savior. Whether we choose to attend church on a regular basis or not, we are free to worship Christ as we see fit, He died to give us that freedom.
Happy Independence Day!
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Sunday School - 63 + 30 (Nursing Home)
June Receipts $12,645.15 - Disbursements $14,006.91
YTD Receipts - $152,371.88 - YTD Expenditures - $153,125.31
Building Fund $24,527.75 - Scholarship Fund $13,225.60
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By the time you read this article I will be in Vicenza (Italy) with my son Michael & his family doing my very best to spoil those four granddaughters! Our hope is that on this trip we will get to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower & to Florence. Of course, no trip to Italy is complete without a trip to Venice & a ride in a gondola. Our main objective is just to be together as a family, enjoy one another & enjoy that delicious, authentic Italian food – any trips we get to make are just a bonus! I’ll be back home July 10th & be back with you at church on July 12th.
Hope you enjoyed our “home folk” who sang during the June worship services. We started the month off with a group the choir dubbed “Mike & Company” – Mike Tinsley, Robert Earl Craig & Laura Poole. I failed to tell the congregation on that Sunday that all the songs they sang were original compositions. Look forward to hearing more from these talented folk in the coming weeks. Bobby Carter sang the next Sunday & he is always a treat. My parents were Eddy Arnold fans so I grew up listening to his music. Bobby’s musical style reminds me of Eddy Arnold, just an easy-listening gospel music that makes you want to tap your foot & sing along. The next Sunday “Broken” sang & did 3 new songs (new for the group) that morning. Wish you all could attend one of our rehearsals – it includes lots of laughter, sometimes tears, hugs of encouragement when those tears come, lots of music practice & all of it bathed in prayer. Thanks to you our church family for your continued words of encouragement & thanks to my “Broken” sisters for the privilege of singing with you.
Of course, a big thanks to the choir for their good music during the month, ending with a celebration of our nation. Our forefathers left us a rich heritage & we have much to be thankful for in this country but we need to continue to bathe our nation & its leaders in prayer everyday. It will certainly be a new experience for me to celebrate the 4th in another country this year.
To start the month of July off musically, Rick Dellinger will be coming home to sing for us. After that Sunday, you’ll just have to come see what’s in store!
Ya’ll check on Bill while I’m gone; be sure he & the dog are managing on their own. I will leave a “honey-do” list to keep him on the right track but I’m sure it will be completely ignored if opportunities to go fishing come along!
Happy 4th of July to everyone - I look forward to seeing you in worship on July 12th.
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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I just recently passed my two-year anniversary here at Trinity & I was thinking recently about all the things that have happened over the last two years or so. For instance, we have had at least 14 youth graduate from Staunton River, Liberty, & Jefferson Forrest; we have seen a huge turnover in the youth that have come; two different worship leaders; a youth intern (Ethan–who is doing an amazing job by the way); & even a death. Through these experiences I have seen God work in the lives of the youth group as they have grown closer together & have yearned & strived to live more for the Lord. Yet the work is still not done…
I was thinking of a good verse about how I think the last two years have gone & the verse that came to mind is Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
I think this verse is right on when it comes to the youth over the last two years & the ministry that I have been able to take part in. I remember when coming to Trinity in June of 2007 that I had great plans, ideas, & hopes for the youth group & how “I” was going to help change the youth of Bedford for Christ. Over the last two years, things have not always gone the way I have wanted, & for good reason. It seems that my plans were just that, my plans. Just as the writer of Proverbs says, “it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand”, I can say that over the last two years through incredible highs & devastating lows it has been the plan & the purpose of God that I feel has pulled the Youth group through.
As I begin my third year at Trinity, I am not sure what God will do or what type of ministry opportunities He has opened up for us as a youth group to be involved in, yet I know that God is faithful & it is His plan and purpose that will come to fruition. The greatest lesson that I have learned over the last two years of ministry at Trinity is that ultimately the growth of the youth group whether spiritually or size wise has less & less to do with me & more & more to do with Jesus Christ. I have been humbled, changed, broken, & renewed & while my plans might have been different, looking back, I would have it no other way then to strive to be faithful to a God who is so faithful to us.
With all that said, please remember to pray for the youth group not only as we go on our missions trip to Pennsylvania from July 18-25, but also as we strive to find new & better ways to serve the Lord through serving our community of Bedford, & the schools in which our students are involved in.
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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, Bunker Hill 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 & DECEMBER - To be Announced
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