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August, What a Month! On August 23rd, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, centered in Mineral, VA, rattled the east coast from New York to South Carolina. Then on August 27th, Hurricane Irene battered the east coast from North Carolina to Maine. We have experienced Hurricanes & Earthquakes before, but when combined with everything else that’s going in the rest of the world, we ask, “is this the End of the World?” (It’s getting closer.)
In Matthew 24, Jesus said “there will be wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places, but the end is not yet.” The Middle East, especially Libya, Syria, Iran & Israel, either are already fighting or preparing for war. Israel has fired rockets against Hamas & Iran plans on annihilating Israel, simply because they are God’s chosen people. Egypt, Libya & Syria, have overthrown their government, clamoring for more “democratic” government, but it is Muslim-backed.
The Famine and Refugee Crisis in Somalia has been labeled the worst Humanitarian Crisis in decades. The UN says 29,000 children in Somalia have died, because of war & severe drought. And when you add the earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, Virginia & Colorado, you understand why people are wondering, “is this the End of the World?”
Jesus said, “but the end is not yet.” The earth is simply straining in what the Bible describes as “birth pains,” (Rom 8:22) getting ready for the Second Coming & a new Heaven & new earth (Rev 21:1). Jesus also told us, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) God is Still in Control, He’s Still on His Throne!
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Over the past few weeks I’ve been part of some very special events. It started with a terrific family party for my brother, Wade, and his wife, Carolyn, as they celebrated their 50th anniversary. We shared many memories and lots of laughter but the thing I will remember the most is the beautiful way I saw the hand of the Lord at work through the ups and downs of their life.
From that celebration I went to the coast of North Carolina and spent a week with my daughter and three oldest granddaughters. Against the backdrop of that gorgeous ocean, I shared some very special time with those girls. Morgen and Samantha have had a very special bond since they were very little and it was fun to watch them, the college-bound freshman and the high school senior. Jessica is making the transition from little girl to beautiful young woman, a process that still amazes me. I still enjoy watching my daughter and seeing how God has worked through the ups and downs of her life. What a wonderful time together!
After a safe arrival back home, we celebrated Derrik’s 19th birthday. College student and working man – hard to look at him now and remember he started life at under 5 lbs!
Mixed emotions were the order of the day as we said goodbye to Morgen as she left home for CNU. It has been difficult to close the book on her busy high school days but we look forward to what God will write on the new pages of her life.
Mixed emotions are rampant in Michael’s household, too. Their oldest is a senior in high school and their youngest started kindergarten. Four girls – four different schools! I was able to share the fun of buying school supplies with the girls – the two youngest so excited about school starting, the older girls not so much!
Through the emotional ups and downs of the last few weeks, I found happiness in it all. Isn’t that what we learn from the beatitudes in Matthew? God gave us these rules for our mental health because He knew life would not be a smooth journey. As our students begin a new school year and we start a new church year, let’s remember a quote I recently read: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” Just as love for my family keeps us bound together, let us as a church family stay bound together “with chords that cannot be broken” as we continue to “work ‘til Jesus comes” through the ups and downs life is sure to bring us as a church family.
Have a stupendous September and remember, Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 65 + 18 (Nursing Home)
June Receipts - $14,256.91 / Disbursements - $16,563.88
Building Fund - $14,825.33 / Scholarship Fund - $14,983.05
YTD Receipts - $181,670.28 / YTD Expenditures - $181,617.45
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5th Annual FAMILY-ORIENTED
Saturday, September 24th
(pssst…right After Centerfest)
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
947 Lyle Street (behind KFC)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FREE FOOD!! & FUN ACTIVITIES!!
For the Kids!!
Relax (even bring your favorite lawn chair)
Eat some good Food, & Enjoy the Music!!!
Our Women’s Ministry, WINGS (Women IN God’s Service)
will be providing a Taco Salad Dinner
on Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 pm.
This is a church-wide event and Everyone is invited.
Also, as a mission project, WINGS will be collecting
baby bottles filled with money
through the month of September
for the Bedford Pregnancy Center.
We urge everyone to consider giving to this very
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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
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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