Pastor's Pen - Carol's Notes - Numbers - Events - Missions - Pantry
From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy 4th of July! We get together with family & friends to Celebrate; to celebrate our Independence, to celebrate our Freedom! I believe we live in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12) But I’m concerned about our Country.
Our nation was founded upon a Belief in God, principles based upon the Word of God, set up as a Democracy under the Leadership of God. We added the phrase “1 Nation under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, but now we are more like “A Nation without God.” We are trying to live without God, living a life of Sin, assuming we are running things, but, we are mistaken. There is coming a Day of Judgment.
A Nation Without God is Without Freedom. We have Neglected the Word of God; we cannot hang the 10 Commandments in our Courthouses, the same 10 Commandments upon which our laws are based. We still have Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Worship, but only when these Freedoms are Politically Correct.
A Nation Without God is Without Foundations. Without the Bible as our Standard, we wander away from God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov 29:18) Without God, there is no Absolute Truth. Without God, we cannot survive the crises that happen; police killing people, people killing other people, natural disasters.
A Nation Without God is Without Faith. Hosea described his nation saying, “there is no truth, no mercy and no knowledge of God in the land.” (Hosea 4:1) A nation can only survive by the Faith of its people; Faith in God, Faith in its Government & Faith in each other, not Guns.
The United States was founded upon Godly Principles, Morals & Laws. We’ve turned away from those beliefs. “God will Pardon, Cleanse & Revive us, if we Return to Him,” or “Prepare to meet your God.” Pray for the United States of America, and its Leaders!
back to top
As I sat to write this article, I was filled with thoughts of the past few months and what an emotional ride I’ve been experiencing. It all started late last year with Dad’s diagnosis of cancer and just as recently as a few days ago I got word about further spread of cancer in the life of a friend. Of course, you know about the return of cancer in my own life. Mixed among all this sadness have been times of great joy – Christmas, family gatherings, Morgen’s college graduation, attending a terrific church choir program at our youngest granddaughter’s church, our 23rd wedding anniversary. Now we are just a few days away from the family being together on the 4th and then “girl’s week” at the beach. As I pondered all these happenings, a quote by C.S. Lewis that I wrote in my Bible years ago came to mind – “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.” How true these words have become in my life. From the peaceful assurance I felt when the church prayed for Bill and me to the disappointment (dare I say anger) I expressed to God when Dad’s health failed just days before his two granddaughters were to graduate, I heard God speak so clearly and what a lesson I learned about His perfect timing. A recent reading from Open Windows reminded me that “our holy ground must be where we hear the message that God has for our lives, no matter what the circumstances.” My holy ground has become a lot of unusual places in recent weeks – a curbside, my flower garden, a music program. Aren’t we glad God continues to speak to us in whispers and shouts – are we listening?
As we enter the month of July and celebrate the 4th of July with family gatherings, flag waving and fireworks, let’s not forget to pray for our country and its leaders. Events of recent days have caused us to wonder if the Christian principles and beliefs our nation was founded upon still exist in our country. Though so proud of the men in my family who fought for our country and freedom, the most powerful truth is that our ultimate freedom was purchased on an old rugged cross.
Enjoy your family gatherings on Saturday then join us for worship on Sunday as we celebrate a “Heritage of Faithfulness” in song.
Have a jubilant July, check on Bill while I’m gone to the beach and, as always...KEEP SINGING!
back to top
|Sunday School - 46 + 20 (Nursing Home)|
|Receipts - $12,057.38||Disbursements -$12,857.17|
|Building Fund - $5,215.80||Scholarship Fund - $5,446.14|
|YTD Receipts - $152,436.97||YTD Expenditures - $152,563.01|
back to top
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.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Church Picnic: Sunday, July 12th at 5:00 pm at Trinity. Come and Enjoy Good Food and Fellowship!!
Coffee House: Friday, July 31st from 7:00-9:00 pm. Come and enjoy the great music.
Wednesday, July 8th from 1:00-3:00 pm
Trinity Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Sue Croft
Please bring a friend, neighbor, or spouse and learn about the changes in Medicare as well as how the Affordable Care Act has affected your healthcare.
Monday thru Friday, July 20-24 from 1:00-4:00 pm each day
Bedford Baptist Church
1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA
$20 per registered student – Registration ends July 13th
Registration Forms available in Church Office at Trinity
(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
back to top
A Message from Brian Autry
Executive Director of SBC of Virginia
Steady now Church!
The last few days and last two weeks have been stormy and shocking in our society to say the least. Even in our SBC of Virginia family we received news of a pastor and wife being stabbed (I am grateful to update you that they are recovering. Your love and prayers for them have been gratefully received). The evil and murderous acts against our brothers and sisters in the Charleston church drive us to our knees.
The action by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding marriage can shake us. SBC of Virginia, along with our Southern Baptist ministry partner: The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (www.erlc.com) can assist as you may have questions or seek resources.
Today, I simply want to share as a brother in Christ and fellow minister of the gospel that the Lord desires for His Church and His saints to stay steady and on course as we proclaim the gospel.
I am reminded of how in Hebrews 13, the Bible gives several statements intended to steady and strengthen our course as the church of the Lord Jesus:
1. Let's show our devotion to God as we show compassion for people.
Hebrews 13:1-3, "Let brotherly love continue. Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily." Just this week I was able to see first hand youth mission teams serving the community in Central Virginia through our Fusion Camp; and the Imitate Camp takes place next week. Teams are ministering in earthquake shaken Nepal right now from SBCV churches.
2. Let's not just define biblical marriage, but let's demonstrate it.
Hebrews 13:4, "Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers."
3. Let's seek to be stewards of God's blessings and share with others that Christ is the secret to satisfaction.
Hebrews 13:5-6, "Our life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
4. Let's be prayerful for our church leaders.
Hebrews 13:7, "Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith."
5. Let's focus on our unchanging and sovereign Lord as we live in a changing and unsettled world.
Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
6. Let's seek to be biblically correct even when it may be politically incorrect.
Hebrews 13:9, "Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace and not by foods, since those involved in them have not benefited."
7. Let's praise the Lord Jesus for His sacrifice for sins and the salvation He offers to people.
Hebrews 12:10-13, "We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle do not have a right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the most holy place by the high priest as a sin offering are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that He might sanctify the people by His own blood. Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace."
8. Let's remember that we are not home yet.
Hebrews 13:14, "For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come."
9. Let's make sure we worship the Lord Jesus and are witnesses for Him.
Hebrews 13:15, "Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name."
10. Let's keep ministering and praying.
Hebrews 13:16-19, "Don't neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything. And I especially urge you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon."
A prayer for us all:
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-the great Shepherd of the sheep-with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
back to top
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
back to top
Use your back button to go back to the previous page or click here.