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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Thanksgiving is over, we finish it off with football or a big shopping spree, & we turn our attention to Christmas. The world gets further & further away from the real meaning of Christmas; it is politically incorrect to even call it “Christmas.” People put up a “Holiday Tree” & they say “Happy Holidays.” But as Christians, we need to take time to worship Jesus, the Real Reason for the Season. We need to make Room in our hearts, & Time in our lifestyles, for Jesus.
Remember the Innkeeper; he didn’t have Room for Jesus at the Inn. The Innkeeper didn’t know Jesus was coming; he was too busy, too many people coming. We can’t use that excuse. Even though the world tries to gloss over the Reason we celebrate Christmas, that’s why it’s called Christmas, a “Christ- Mass,” “Christ-Worship”. It’s All About JESUS!!! He is the Reason for the Season! Are we too busy shopping, eating or celebrating to take Time to Worship Him?
When Jesus was born, the Townspeople didn’t take Him into their homes, nor their hearts. Maybe they didn’t want to be bothered, or didn’t like unexpected guests, they failed to “Love thy neighbor”. The Son of God was born that night in Bethlehem, & the people did not make Room for Jesus in their Lives, their Homes, nor their Hearts.
The Angels Praised God for the Birth of the Son of God; God became a man. The Shepherds came to Adore Him, the Savior of the world; they joined the angels in their Praise and Adoration. The Wise Men came to Worship Him, born King of the Jews, Died King of Kings. But the Jews, (& a lot of people today), rejected Him. They rejected the Savior of the world, because they didn’t have Room for Him in their Hearts, their Homes, nor their Lives. Do you?
“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is Room in my Heart for You!"
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As I began putting thoughts together for this article (a few days before Thanksgiving) I was in my office at the church and caught myself staring at my picture of Mom and Dad. One of us caught them sharing a kiss and an embrace and preserved that moment forever in a photograph. That was last Thanksgiving not long after we found out we would only have Dad a few more months. As I gazed at that picture I wondered how our family was going to endure this first holiday season without him. If that’s not enough emotionally, we have to say a temporary goodbye to our oldest granddaughter. She leaves for boot camp in early December which will take her away from home for both her birthday and Christmas.
With the arrival of Thanksgiving our family is painfully aware that our traditions are changing. Our Thanksgiving dinner won’t be at Mom and Dad’s because Mom’s health will not permit. In recent years, after a stupendous turkey-day meal, we’ve taken a picture of Mom and Dad and their eight great-grandchildren, sitting in order of age, on the steps inside Mom and Dad’s home. Dad is gone now and all the great-grandchildren won’t be here this year. That moment preserved in a picture last year has become even more special.
I guess it’s impossible to celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons without remembering our loved ones. My Daddy’s been gone almost 30 years, my mother six years (both died in November) and Dad only six months. Will there be tears for me this Christmas – probably so – tears for loved ones whose deaths left giant-sized holes in my life; tears for a granddaughter who is beginning an exciting new chapter in her life but whose presence we will miss. I’m sure the tears will be mixed with joy and laughter as I remember how much richer my life is because God gave me the gift of these special people in my life.
God gave all of us a great gift – a baby born in Bethlehem. Most of us will never see the city of Jesus’ birth but just the mention of it brings many images to mind – a fulfillment of prophecy, a bustling, crowded city, no vacancy signs and a young couple in desperate need. The city serves as the backdrop for the Christmas story year after year. Our cantata this year is entitled “Bethlehem Morning.” It musically tells the story of what happened in Bethlehem through traditional carols and songs of joy and inspiration. Come join us as we celebrate our Savior’s birth on Sunday morning, December 20th.
As I close this last newsletter of the year, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the choir for their faithfulness and hard work all year. Thanks to each of you for your love and support and for filling our worship services with beautiful music. Let’s do it again in 2016!
Treasure each moment that life gives you to be with family this Christmas season. Remember, the things that matter most in our lives are not the things acquired along the way, but rather the treasure of moments, memories and experiences shared with those we love.
Merry Christmas to each of you and, as always…KEEP SINGING!
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|Sunday School - 45 + 24 (Nursing Home)|
|Receipts - $14,220.42||Disbursements -$15,994.57|
|Building Fund - $18,324.93||Scholarship Fund - $6,880.45|
|YTD Receipts - $40,355.49||YTD Expenditures - $43,155.75|
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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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Saturday - December 5th, 9:00 am:
We will be decorating the Church for Christmas. Come and Join In….we have a lot of fun!
Christmas Luncheon – Sunday, December 13th:
Following the morning worship service. Please bring your favorite Christmas dish to share. The Church will provide the Ham & Turkey & Drinks.
Christmas Cantata – Sunday, December 20th:
During the morning worship service the Choir will present a Christmas Story in music, “Bethlehem Morning”.
Special Christmas Eve Service:
Dec. 24th at 9:00 PM
Special Candlelight Thanksgiving Service Wednesday, November 25th, 7:00 pm
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering will be collected during the month of December.
Our Goal: $2,500
Wishing you The Gladness of Christmas, Which is Hope,
The Spirit of Christmas, Which is Peace,
The Essence of Christmas, Which is Love
Have a Wonderfully Blessed Christmas!
A Great Big THANKS!!
Thank You! for the tremendous support of our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. We filled 82 Boxes!!!
Thank You! for supporting our Thanksgiving Boxes! We gave out 11 boxes. We will also be giving out Christmas Boxes in Dec.
We will have the “Trinity Post Office Box” available in December.
You can bring the Christmas cards you want to send to your “Church Family” and put them in the Box. The cards will be sorted and given out. The deadline to bring your cards is December 13th.
We ask that the money you save on postage be given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
(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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