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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 46 Number 11               November 2013

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


The Pastor's Pen

     Ecclesiastes says there is a time to be born & a time to die, a time to laugh & a time to cry. Thanksgiving is a "Time to Thank God" for the Great things He has done, not just 1 day a year. Psalm 103 is a Song of Thanksgiving.
     The Psalmist Calls us to Give Thanks. Bless the Lord means to kneel down, to throw out Praise, but Praise the Lord means to lift our hearts, & our hands to God. Praise the Lord for Who He is - Almighty God, Heavenly Father & He’s Still on His Throne. Bless the Lord for who He is, Redeemer, Lord, Savior & Friend. Thank You Lord for What You have Done, are Doing & are Going to Do.
     The Psalmist says Count Your Blessings. Look what God has done - He Forgives us of Sin, Heals us of Diseases, Redeems us from Destruction, Crowns us with Loving-kindness & Mercy, Satisfies our Souls with good things & Renews us with Strength. He Redeems, Restores, Renews us, simply because He Loves us.
     The Psalmist also Challenges us to Remain Thankful. In the midst of everything, He’s still Worthy of our Praise/Worship. His Name is still Wonderful, & He wants us to do His Will, to Finish His Work. He is Worthy, Wonderful & Working in our midst.
     Thanksgiving is a time to Thank Him, to Praise Him, to Bless His Name, whether we Knell down, or Stand up & Shout. Because He Redeems, Restores, Renews, Forgives, Heals, Solves Problems. Where is our Gratitude? God is Good! Remember the Doxology.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     Do you know what it means to be fickle? My very old dictionary describes it as "changing often in one’s feelings or interest; inconstant." That correctly defines what goes on at our house relative to our trees. In the spring we fuss about the pollen that deposits itself over everything from the vehicles to the window sills. Once that is over and the trees are in full leaf, we rejoice as the weather gets warmer and our house is beautifully shaded by all these trees. It’s during these months that we really enjoy our deck and the swing that hangs from the large oak tree in the front yard. Then comes the fall season and we are literally covered up with the leaves from all these trees. We usually make good use of the leaves. Bill grinds them up with the mower and we use them to mulch his little garden area and the flower beds. We, also, use them to make a "leaf bed" for our dog, Smokey. Even on cold winter days it’s not uncommon to see him nestled in that leaf pile enjoying the warm sunshine. Winter brings with it complaints that all these trees block out the sunshine and we don’t get any help from the winter sun to heat our house. Sounds like we’ve got a real love-hate relationship with our trees!
     If I’m honest with myself, I have that same relationship with our church windows. We rarely turn the sanctuary lights on during the weekdays because we get plenty of natural light through the windows. Sometimes that natural light is all I need when I sit to the piano to practice. I have to consider the light from these windows when planning special music programs. On a recent Sunday evening when we met in the sanctuary we had to be careful where we sat because the sunlight through the windows was so blinding. I wonder if Christopher Wren thought about this when he was designing and building churches in London in the late 1600s. His designs had two prominent features – sturdy, tall steeples and clear glass windows (as opposed to the more popular stained glass). Wren believed that God’s greatest gift to man was light. Allowing natural light to bathe people as they worshipped was a celebration of that gift according to Wren. God made light on the first day of creation. Light is what Christ brought into a dark world. Mr. Wren was right – God’s greatest gift to man is light, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
     As we turn the calendar to November & celebrating Thanksgiving with family & abundant tables of food & a time to reflect on our many blessings, let’s remember to be thankful for the Light that Jesus brought into each of our lives & the responsibility we have to carry that Light wherever we go. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you & remember.......KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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October's Numbers

Sunday School - 51 + 12 (Nursing Home)

October Receipts - $11,518.55          Disbursements -$12,144.04

Building Fund - $16,002.67           Scholarship Fund - $9,428.59

YTD Receipts - $26,903.78                YTD Expenditures - $26,813.43

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Events

Bus Ministry
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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"Christmas in November"
Saturday, November 2nd, from 10 am – 1 pm
Please come help give out winter items which have been donated.

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Daylight Saving Time Ends
Don’t forget to set your clock back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night, Nov. 2nd – or you will be REAL early for Church on Sunday!!

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Also – when you remember to change your clock, put one or two non-perishable food items next to your clock to remember to bring food for our Pantry to church with you on Sunday, November 3rd.
Let’s re-stock our pantry for the Holidays!

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Quarterly Business Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 7:00 pm

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Annual Scholarship Southern Flavoring Sale
Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Remind your Friends & Neighbors!!

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Special Candlelight Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 7:00 pm
This is such a “Special” service; we encourage everyone not to miss it! You will be Blessed!

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We will decorate the Church for Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 30th beginning around 9:00 am (to beat Pete, you have to come earlier!). It’s Fun! Come join us!!

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COLLIDE / student ministries

     We conclude our look at the Gospel of John with what I think are some of the coolest words written in the New Testament. We think of the actions of Jesus as being limited to the stories told in the Gospels. We subconsciously think the stores written are the only ones that Christ did while on the earth. However, John dispels this notion. Look at the following two verses:

"And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book." John 20:30

"And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." John 21:25

     I have read the Gospel of John all my life, but not until two years ago did I grasp what John was conveying here. He writes that if he could have written down everything that Jesus did while on the earth the contents would fill up the whole world. We read of the "highlights" in the Gospels, but Jesus was at work every single day and miracles accompanied Him wherever He went. Do you think this still holds true today? Does Jesus still complete miracles today? I think if you took all the miracles that Jesus is still working currently "I suppose that even the world itself could not contain" the words that would be written.

Jeremy

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Pantry

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!

   ITEMS NEEDED:

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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