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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 49 Number 12              December 2016

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

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From the Pastor’s Desk!

     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 betrothed 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 firstborn 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 fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and 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 will 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 and 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 that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and 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 and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Luke 2: 1-20

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    Carol's Notes   

     As a junior high and high school student, I participated in school chorus and church choir. In both of these music venues I was introduced to the very unique and distinct form of American Music known as the Negro spiritual. Imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that one of our Christmas Carols, “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”, is a Negro spiritual and was one of the last to be discovered and published.
     The Jubilee Singers of Fisk University brought the plantation songs of the Negro slaves to the world. When John Wesley Work, Jr. enrolled in Fisk, he became active in its music program. When he was later hired as Professor of Latin and Greek at Fisk, he found his greatest passion was the preservation and performance of the Negro spiritual. This genre of music was defined as songs passed from plantation to plantation, generation to generation. Some of the lyrics to “Go, Tell…” were obscure but the words of the chorus were perfectly clear and set the theme for the song – “Go, tell it on the mountain/Jesus Christ is born.”
     Intrigued by the chorus and melody, Work wrote two new stanzas and the carol was first published in 1907. It is told that before sunrise on Christmas morning, Work would take students caroling from building to building on campus singing “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”.
     To black slaves in Civil-War America, the birth of a liberating Savior was certainly worth shouting from the mountain tops. Isn’t that message still appropriate for us today? Aren’t we still in need of the liberation and freedom we find in Christ, our Redeemer?
     On the final Sunday of our musical journey through the prophecy and birth of Jesus, we will turn our thoughts to what Christmas means to us today. One of the anthems calls us to worship at the manger, take the journey to Calvary where “every willing soul is freed” then rejoice at the empty tomb where death is swallowed up in victory. At the close of that service we will leave singing that well-known spiritual, “Go, Tell it on the Mountain.” After all, isn’t that what we are commissioned to do in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28: 19-20?
     Have a delightful, delicious Christmas!. Enjoy special time with friends and family and as always,......KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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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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Decorating the Church for Christmas

Saturday – December 3th, 9:00 am: Come and Join us for a lot of fun!

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WINGS “Paint Party”

Monday, December 5th 7 PM, in the Fellowship Hall Registration fee is $8 and must be paid to Kriste Chase by December 2nd to attend.

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Christmas Luncheon

Sunday, December 11th, following the morning worship service. Please bring your favorite Christmas dish to share. The Church will provide the Ham & Turkey & Drinks.

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WINGS (Women's) Meeting

Monday, December 12h –7 PM We ask all ladies to bring an ornament to exchange.

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“Journey to Bethlehem”

The Choir will present the Christmas Story in music during the morning worship service each Sunday in December.

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Annual Scholarship Fund Sale

has been Moved to Saturday, Dec 10th.

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Special Christmas Morning Service

Dec. 25th at 10:00 AM

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The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Will be collected during the month of December. Our Goal: $2,000

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Christmas Blessings

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!

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(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)

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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:

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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