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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 49 Number 9              September 2016

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

From the Pastor’s Desk!

     I’m Excited! I’m excited about what God is doing in our Church. We’ve got children coming to Church, new members in the Choir & more people attending SS & Worship. God has answered our Prayers. So, Are You Ready? Are you Ready for what God is Doing? There’s a Revival going on at Trinity.
     Are You Ready to Go with God? You Can’t Stay Where You Are & Go with God. Moses couldn’t stay on the backside of the desert & go with God to set His people free. The Israelites couldn’t stay in Egypt & go with God to the Promised Land. We can’t stay where we are as a Church & Go with God, wherever He’s Going. God led the Israelites to the Promised Land; He will lead us, if we Follow!
     Are You Ready to Claim this City, Community for God? God determines the When & Where we are going; we already know the Way. Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life.” (John 14:6). God always has a Reason for everything He does. The Shortest way is not always the Best way; usually we can’t handle the Easiest way. We need to practice Faithfulness, Discipline & Obedience, so that we are prepared for the future at Trinity.
     Are You Ready to Be What God Wants Us to Be & Do What God Wants Us to Do? God led the Israelites by a pillar of Fire & Smoke, now He leads us by His Holy Spirit. God led them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, through the desert & into the Promised Land. They carried the Bones of Joseph with them, because they Believed the Promises of God, that He would give them the land of Canaan.
     So, Are You Ready for......., whatever God is Doing; whether Revival, more people, or simply Serving the Lord? Are you Ready to Step Out of the Boat, to Step Out in Faith? Are you Ready to Grow, Go, Trust & Obey, & Follow God, Wherever He Leads?


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    Carol's Notes   

     I had another amazing week at Oak Island, NC, with my daughter and two of my granddaughters. We spent lots of time on the beach, enjoyed refreshing Italian Ice on the beach every day, ate lots of good food and spent plenty of time around the table playing Phase 10, Sequence or Rummikub.
     Every morning Jennifer and I began our day with a walk on the beach. Most days Jennifer would run but I would walk at a good pace toward the pier. I would not allow myself to stop on the way to the pier but once I turned around and headed back to our starting point, I allowed myself the pleasure of looking for shells. I certainly didn’t need to bring any of them home but I enjoyed seeing what I might find. Most of what I found was not any different from years past but I did find several spiral-shaped shells that I had never found before.
     For most of my shell collecting I only keep ones that are whole, no nicks or flaws. On my last morning walk I told myself to just enjoy the sounds and beauty of nature that was all around me but I couldn’t resist looking one more time. I’m so glad I did because I found the largest shell of all my collecting. I could hardly wait to show Jennifer. She was amazed at its size but while showing it to her I realized it had a flaw, a small chip along the edge. I had to keep it, even with the flaw, because it was so large. Just before we made our turn to leave the beach something caught my eye. When I picked it up it appeared to be a portion of a large conch shell. I rinsed it off in the surf and its colors glistened in the sunlight. It definitely wasn’t whole but the colors were amazing. As was my custom, however, I threw it back in the sand and turned to leave the beach. After a few steps I went back and rescued it. It was coming home with me, not to be beaten and tossed in the water anymore.
     That large shell with a tiny flaw, the colorful but broken conch shell and the small spiral shells all sit on a shelf in my office to remind me that God loves me in spite of my brokenness and imperfections. Praise be to God that His blood covers our imperfections (sins) and He continues to enjoy fellowship with us as we serve Him and lift our praises to Him. One day we will be new creations, perfect and flawless, to dwell with Him for eternity.
     A new school year has begun and September brings Labor Day, another season of football (GO VOLS!) and the beginning of Fall. For the choir it brings an introduction to the Christmas music for later this year. Pray for us as we prepare for this special season.
     Ya’ll have a spectacular September and as always, KEEP SINGING!


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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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“Pack the Pantry” Mission Project

   Our Mission Project for September is “Pack the Pantry”. Looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and colder weather when pantry needs are greater, we are in need of the following items:

  • Canned Meats
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Stove-top Stuffing
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Fruit
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Children’s Foods
    (Beefaroni, Spaghetti-o’s, Ravioli)
  • Green Beans & Yams (28 oz)
    (Thanksgiving & Christmas boxes)
   Remember When Buying Items for the Pantry:
      1. No Dented Cans (we cannot legally give them away).
      2. Check Expiration Dates (we cannot give away out-of-date foods).
      3. Do Not Buy Foods that you would Not Eat Yourself!

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Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes:

   We are filling shoeboxes again this year for Operation Christmas Child. We will be collecting shoeboxes in October, in order for them to be done by November. Dedication Sunday will be Sunday, Nov. 13th, the shoeboxes have to be at the church by then ready to ship. We challenge everyone to make at least one shoebox. Monetary Donations for shoeboxes will also be accepted. We have a goal of 100+ Shoeboxes!!! Information regarding items to put in the boxes will be posted at the church, in the bulletin, or you may contact Linda Zimmerman.

Come on ~ Let’s Reach our Goal of 100+!!!

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“A Christian Understanding of Islam”

    This 4-week Study on Islam will be held on Sunday evenings, starting October 16, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, and will be led by Rev. Phil Bailey.

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(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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