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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 46 Number 12               December 2013

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


The Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20)

     And it came to pass in those days, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be registered. (This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.) So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary his engaged wife, who was with child. So it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
     Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, & the glory of the Lord shone around about them: & they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you. You will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, & saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem, & see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." And they came with haste, & found Mary, & Joseph, & the Baby lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, & pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying & praising God for all the things that they had heard & seen, as it was told them.

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    Carol's Notes   

     Christmas of 1999 will always hold a special memory for me. Bill gave me a gift that I really wanted but we had both acknowledged and agreed that it was far too expensive. I would just have to dream about it being mine. Here’s the story.
     We frequently went to the mall in Lynchburg. We were both very good at "window shopping" and Bill particularly enjoyed the jewelry stores. The manager of Fink’s was a football fan (raised in Pittsburgh so he was a die-hard Steeler) so, needless to say, he and Bill talked football while I browsed through the store. On one of those trips I spotted a white gold heart-shaped necklace with channel-set diamonds. Every visit to that store I admired that necklace. Finally I got brave enough to ask to see it up close. It was so beautiful but one look at the price tag made me painfully aware that it would never belong to me.
     Around Thanksgiving time my daughter and I went shopping at the mall. I could hardly wait to show her that necklace I had told her about. Would you believe when we went in Fink’s and over to the display case, my necklace was gone – the nerve of someone to purchase my necklace! With the disappearance of the necklace and knowing its cost, I can honestly say we both had a good laugh then moved on to the shopping we wanted to do for the holidays.
     A few weeks later Jennifer was seated next to me on our living room floor when Bill handed me my Christmas gift. Imagine my shock and surprise when I opened that velvet box and there was that necklace I had looked at for months. I couldn’t utter a word and tears filled my eyes. Jenny looked on in amazement knowing she had just witnessed a very special moment. Little did we know at the time that Jenny would ask to wear that special necklace on her wedding day just a few years later.
     My special necklace with all of its memories cannot compare to the gift of the Christ child born that holy night so long ago. An ordinary, star-lit night would bring a gift that is still changing lives today. Come join us in worship on Sunday morning, December 15th, as the choir shares the story of our Savior’s birth through the presentation of "Behold the Star!" That star that shone over Bethlehem still shines today to light the way to our eternal God. Come worship with us and share the good news of the Christmas story!
     Merry Christmas to each of you. Have a delightful and delicious December and remember.......KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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November's Numbers

Sunday School - 52 + 17 (Nursing Home)

November Receipts - $10,583.00          Disbursements -$10,541.94

Building Fund - $8,747.67           Scholarship Fund - $9,428.59

YTD Receipts - $37,486.56                YTD Expenditures - $37,562.45

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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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"Behold the Star"
The Story of Christmas in music
Join us for our Christmas Cantata
Sunday Morning, December 15th, at 11:00 am
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Following our Cantata, we will have our Christmas Luncheon
The Church will provide the Main Course (chicken and/or ham) and drinks. Please bring your favorite veggies & desserts.

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Special Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday, Dec. 24th, 9:00 pm

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Trinity Mailbox for Christmas Cards
Bring your cards you want to send to the members of Trinity to our mailbox; they will be sorted & distributed to the members. The money that you saved in postage can be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Bring your cards to the Church by Sunday, December 15

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
December 4-11 is the Week of Prayer for International Missions. We will be collecting the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for Foreign Missions during the entire month of Dec. Our Goal is $1,500. Every cent of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes directly for Foreign Missions.
Help us reach this goal by giving to Missions. According to the Great Commission, in order to reach the entire world, we need to Pray for our Missionaries, Give to Mission work and be willing to Go on Mission trips.
What will you give in order to save one Lost Soul?

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Three Little Trees

The story is told of three little trees that dreamed of what they wanted to be when they grew up.
The first tree said, "I want to hold treasure, be covered in gold, & filled with precious stones."
The second tree said, "I want to be the greatest ship in the world. I want to carry kings & travel mighty waters."
The third tree said, "I want to stay on this mountain, to be so tall people will stop & look at me, raise their eyes to Heaven & thank God."
Years later, a woodcutter cut down the first tree & made it into a feedbox for animals. The second tree became a simple fishing boat & the third tree was simply sawn into beams & left in the wood-yard.
Several years later, a young woman placed her newborn baby into the feeding trough as it became a cradle for the greatest treasure of all, the Son of God. Wise Men came from the East to bring gifts of gold, frankincense, & myrrh to this baby, born in a manger.
Thirty years later, a tired fisherman climbed into a fishing boat with his friends & sailed out onto the sea. He sat down & taught the people about the kingdom of Heaven. Later that night, the King of Heaven & earth stood & said, "Peace, Be Still," calming the blowing wind & raging sea.
Three years later, early one Friday morning, an old Roman soldier took 3 rugged beams of wood from the woodpile, fashioned them into a Cross, & nailed the Savior of the World to the third tree. All the world passed by, stopped, & watched as they crucified the Son of God, & Thanked God for His indescribable gift.
The moral of the story, God knows the plans He has for you. Are you willing to be used by God, to follow His plan for your life, to bring glory to Him? Remember -
"Jesus is the Reason for the Season!"

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COLLIDE / student ministries

     Many of you may not get the movie reference I am about to make and in all honesty that is a good thing! In all reality I would NOT recommend you watch the movie, but this particular scene I am going to discuss has incredible application. In the movie Talladega Nights there is an interesting scene where the family is sitting around the dinner table. Each member begins to tell how they think about Jesus. One character thinks of Jesus as the lead singer of a rock band. One character thinks of Jesus as an adult with a beard. The main character thinks of Jesus as an eight pound infant and continually prays to Jesus as "baby Jesus." While this scene is littered with inappropriate language and sacrilegious sayings, it clearly demonstrates how we want to make Jesus fit our image of Him. We all have an image of Jesus that we think about and even pray to.
     For instance, at Christmas we like to think of Jesus as the baby, innocent, pure, and lying in a manger. This picture of Jesus is sweet and easy to handle. That is why we see baby Jesus on commercials, TV, cards, etc., this time of year. However, baby Jesus grew up. He grew up to be a homeless man who was striped and beaten, then left to die hanging on a cross. This picture of Jesus is not as appealing as the baby Jesus. This picture of Jesus is not often found in commercials, TV, and greeting cards. The saving power of Christ is not in the "baby" form of Jesus. Granted He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and that is a clear miracle. However, the saving power of Christ is that he lived 33 years of purity, without sin, died, and then rose again the third day! Billions of children have been born on this planet, yet none have ever grown up without sin, died, and come back to life again! The power of Christ extends far beyond the innocent baby we find at Christmas. The saving power of Christ came 33 years later with the work of the cross.
     This Christmas season do not leave Jesus as a baby lying in a manger. Take the time to share with your family and friends that Jesus grew up and died for their sins. This picture may not be appealing to the lost, but it is beautiful to the ones being saved.

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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