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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 45 Number 11               November 2012

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

The Pastor's Pen

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is a time to Thank God for His many Blessings.  What began as a Time to return Thanks to God has been reduced to a day of eating turkey, watching football and planning for shopping the day after.

Thanksgiving began as a day set aside for Giving Thanks to God for His many Blessings.  When the first colonists came to America, they stopped on different occasions to have a special service to Thank God for protecting them and providing food and safety for them.  Without God’s Protection and Provision, these early colonists would not have survived their first winter in America.  The first Thanksgiving Day was in 1621, when the Plymouth colonists shared a meal with the Indians. (It was probably the Indians who provided the food for the colonists.)  Then in 1782, the Continental Congress ordered a Day of Thanksgiving to be set aside on November 28.  In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the 4th Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.  In 1939 and 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving Day to the 3rd Thursday, and finally in 1941, Congress set aside the 4th Thursday in November as officially Thanksgiving Day.

It has become a Tradition at Trinity to set aside the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving as a Special Thanksgiving Candlelight Communion Service.  At this Special Service, we sing Praises, share Testimonies, we Thank God for Jesus and His Death on the Cross, finally we observe Communion by candlelight.  It is a time of “Giving Thanks” where we all Thank God for His many Blessings.


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    Carol's Notes   

Since I retired from Smyth Company and bought a laptop computer with my retirement gift, one of my favorite pastimes is playing Solitaire.  I try to limit my playing time each day because it is very habit forming.  I recently discovered an e-mail I had filed away that will make you think differently about a deck of cards.

The story is told of a young soldier in a war zone who chose to spend some time with the Lord while the sounds of war were silent.  A sergeant saw the deck of cards spread across the bunk and asked what the cards had to do with time with the Lord.  The soldier replied that since they were not allowed Bibles in this country that he would talk to the Lord by studying the cards.  The sergeant was doubtful but the soldier gladly shared what he saw in the cards.  Consider the following:

Ace – reminds us there is only one God

Two – parts of the Bible, old and new testaments

Three – Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Four – Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Five – Five Virgins – there were 10 but only five glorified the Lord

          Six – 6 days of creation

          Seven – The day God rested after creation

          Eight – the family of Noah and his wife, their 3 sons & their wives; 8 people spared

                             from the flood.

          Nine – the cleansed lepers.  There were 10 cleansed but 9 never thanked Him.

          Ten – the Commandments given to Moses

          Jack – a reminder of Satan who got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways.

          Queen – the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus

          King – Jesus, the King of Kings


The soldier told the sergeant there were 365 dots on all the cards, one for each day of the year; 52 cards in the deck, one for each week in the year; four suits representing the four seasons.  The soldier said that when he wanted to talk to God and thank Him, he just got his deck of cards and they reminded him of all he had to be thankful for.  The sergeant, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, asked if he could borrow the deck of cards.

November brings Veteran’s Day, Election Day and Thanksgiving.  Let’s not forget to be thankful for our veterans and the sacrifices they made to defend our country and our freedom.

Let’s not forget to exercise our right to vote after educating ourselves & praying for God’s leadership. Whether we are enthusiastic about our candidates or disappointed with our choices, we should not shirk our duty as citizens.

Bill and I look forward to Thanksgiving day and time spent with family, good food and a time of reflection to consider how blessed we are as a family.

Happy Thanksgiving to my church family and remember...Keep Singing!


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October 's Numbers

Sunday School - 55 + 20 (Nursing Home)

May  Receipts $13,215.05           Disbursements $13,165.72

Building Fund $17,407.05            Scholarship Fund $9,925.62

YTD Receipts - $27,889.39                  YTD Expenditures - $27,963.05

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Saturday Night, November 4th, from 6:00-8:00 pm

featuring the

Singleside Band

ALL Youth Invited – Invite your Friends & Neighbors!!!

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Saturday, November 3rd

Set your Clocks back 1 hour

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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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Annual Southern Flavoring Scholarship Fund Sale

Saturday, November 17th

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

All proceeds to benefit our Student Scholarship Fund.

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Special Thanksgiving Service

Candlelight Communion

Wednesday, November 21st

7:00 pm

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!”

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~~~ FRIDAY – NOVEMBER 30th ~~~

Join us for our

    Coffee House

7:00 – 9:00 PM

EVERYONE Invited to come and enjoy the Great Fellowship!

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Lest We Forget!

Veterans Day is an official US holiday honoring armed service veterans, that is observed on November 11th.  It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I(World War I was formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

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The past two 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 is God.

People in the post-modern era, especially youth, are pluralistic in their understanding of salvation through Christ alone.  This leads to the teaching that Jesus cannot be God.  However, the Bible teaches that Christ and the Father are one (John 10:30).  Therefore, Jesus is either a liar, and lunatic, or He is Lord.  The premise of my statements come from a famous teaching by C.S. Lewis called “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord” found in Mere Christianity.  Lewis writes the following in response to the statement that Jesus is merely a great moral teacher, not God.

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic - on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell [liar].  You must take your choice.  Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.”

Lewis continues by stating, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.”

This month are you going to accept Christ as merely a good moral teacher that shows an effective way to live one’s life?  Will you only use His teachings as a standard for your moral life?  Or will you fall at his feet and accept Him as Lord or your life?

Here are some helpful verses on the claims of Christ: John 1:1, John 10:22-28, John 10:30-33, & Col. 2:9.


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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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