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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy Easter! In the European culture, people greet each other with, “He is Risen” & they respond, “He is Risen Indeed!” How about Happy Resurrection Day! That’s what Easter’s all about!
During this season, we focus on Jesus dying on the Cross to save us from our sins. It’s hard to imagine what the Son of God went through. He left His Throne in Heaven to become a man. He lived a sinless life so He could be the perfect Sacrifice for our sins. They beat Him almost to death; then crucified Him on an Old Rugged Cross, all because of my & your sins. Then they buried Him in a borrowed tomb.
Three days later, Mary & the other women came to the grave to anoint Jesus’ body for proper burial. But they were worried about who would roll away the Stone in front of the Tomb. The Stone reminds us of death, “it is appointed unto man once to die” and “the wages of sin is death.” The Stone also reminds us of Satan’s & the world’s efforts to get rid of Jesus. By not believing in the Virgin Birth, not accepting His Miracles, not believing in His atoning Death & Resurrection, the world has tried to get rid of Jesus. But the Stone also reminds us of anything that separates us from the Savior, anything that separates us from a relationship with God, whether Church, good works, or waiting until before you die to believe in Jesus.
The angel told the women, “He is not here, for He is Risen!” Because He is risen from the dead that means we too shall live. As Christians, we shall live forever with Him in Heaven, because He came, died & rose again. At Easter, don’t leave Jesus on the Cross where He died; come to the Grave, He’s not here, for He is Risen.
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Over the past two weekends my two children and my niece have had the difficult task of deciding what items they each wanted to take from their grandparents’ homeplace. How in the world were they going to divide 72 years of marriage, 43 of them lived on their farm in Thaxton. A lifetime of memories had been made in this place. These three adult grandchildren, though relatively close in age and with Holt blood uniting them, have very different personalities. That has served them well because they are making their choices from completely different perspectives.
Paige, my niece, loves old things and has enjoyed finding lots of old family pictures and books and diaries with recorded family history. She was overjoyed at some old medicine bottles she found and proudly made them a part of her collection of items.
Michael, the only boy and also a military veteran, wanted his grandfather’s sword, the flag that draped his coffin and other military memorabilia. Having lived overseas himself, there were items his grandparents had collected in their travels that he also desired. Michael had loved some of these things since he was a very young man so he was so pleased he could now make these precious items a part of his home.
One of the first items Jennifer wanted was Granny’s “sippy spoons”. These are iced-tea length spoons with a hollow, tubular stem. When the kids would have floats or milkshakes, Granny served them in her special milkshake glasses with a “sippy spoon” to stir with and drink through. Jennifer was delighted to find 11 spoons out of the set of 12. Several of them are well used but that makes the memories even more special.
All three of them took some pieces of furniture and everyday household items either for themselves or to save for their children but of most importance were those items that were special to each of them individually.
When Jennifer and Paige were together the second weekend, there was lots of laughter when a box of little wind-up toys was found. How Granny had loved buying these silly little toys for Granddaddy. Lots of memories came flooding back when they found a ferris wheel toy they both remembered playing with. Paige took the wind-up toys, Jennifer the ferris wheel.
Probably the most beautiful thing I observed was the joy on Jennifer’s face when she was allowed to take the well-worn, well read and studied Bible her Granny had used for years. It was falling apart but was the one Granny liked the best. There was also another well-used Bible for Paige that Granny had obviously used and studied. It was unsaid between them but they knew the pages of these bibles held the foundation upon which this family had been built and the foundation that had sustained us through tough times. Perhaps these were the most precious treasures taken out of the homeplace.
Esther Burroughs penned the words of a hymn that make me think of what happened over the years at the Holt homeplace. “Lord, make our home so loving in such a special way, the world can see the difference and everyone will say; Love is spoken here, joy is flowing here, hope is sheltered here, care is given here.”
March brings with it Palm Sunday, Easter and the beginning of Spring. Hang in there – we’ve almost made it through winter and a beautiful time of renewal is just around the corner. Have a marvelous March and, as always…KEEP SINGING!
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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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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
February 28 through March
Saturday, March 12th - Brunswick Stew being made to sell as a fund raiser for the Scholarship Fund. Be sure to get some!!! It's delicious!
Sunday, March 13th, Daylight Savings Time Begins. Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead ("Spring forward") when you go to bed Saturday night or you'll miss that breakfast on Sunday morning!!
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Saturday, March 19th at 6:00 pm. This event is always FUN! See Charlie Fitch to get your name on the list.
Special Easter Communion Friday, March 25th, from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm.
Easter Sunday - March 27th Schedule of Services:
Please not the different times for Sunday School and Worship Service.
(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
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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!
Breakfast Foods: Cereal, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup, Jelly
Boxes of Mac & Cheese
Canned Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup Kids Food: Canned Ravioli, Canned Spaghetti O's or Spaghetti
Canned Chicken, Canned Pork & Beans
Canned Fruit, Applesauce
Boxes of Instant Potatoes, Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing
Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
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