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February is called the month of Love. We observe Valentine's Day as a day to say, "I Love You." Love is defined as doing something for the well-being of the one you care for. "For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) "God demonstrated His Love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ Died for us." (Rom 5:8) God Loved, so God Gave; He gave His Son to Die on the Cross to Save us from our Sins.
"God is Love. In this is Love, not that we Loved God, but that He Loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:8, 10) 3 Basic Facts about Gods Love - Tragic Fact, not that we Loved God, Telling Fact, but that He Loved us, & the Triumphant Fact, He sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:13) Oh, How God Loves Us!
How do I Love God as much as He Loved me? The Greatest Commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with All your heart, mind, soul & strength." (Matt 22:37) Jesus said, "If you Love Me, keep My Commandments." (John 14:15) Loving, Trusting, Obeying!
Love begins by Believing in someone. You have to Believe in God in order to be Saved. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ & you will be Saved." (Acts 16:31) Loving God means we Believe, rather we Know, that God can do anything. It means we have experienced Gods Incredible Love, the Forgiveness of Sin, the Joy of Salvation, the Assurance of Everlasting Life & the Hope of Heaven. "As many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God," (John 1:12) "If children, then heirs, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ." (Rom 8:17) All because we Love Him!
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As most of you know, Bill and I both enjoy college football but we also like college basketball (both men and women) and college softball. Once a year, however, I ask Bill to relinquish the remote and let me enjoy one of my favorites, figure skating. I've just spent several hours watching the U.S. National Figure Skating championships. These young people have rigorously trained for years and learned early on that when you fall down you get back up and try again. They've had dance lessons, choreographers to help them blend their technical skills into a beautiful, artistic presentation, but when they step out on that ice it's just them alone with a burning desire that for those brief minutes on the ice they can flawlessly put it all together and make magic happen.
My love of skating started as a child with a pair of sidewalk skates. Remember those? You slipped them onto your shoes and tightened them with a skate key. I could fly down that stretch of sidewalk that ran from the back door to the garage. I loved it when the garage was empty and I could jump the step, skate around the inside of the garage and jump back over the step onto the sidewalk.
The next step in my skating "career" was roller skating. Dreamland, the local rink, was near our house and I soon learned that it was the place to be on Saturday mornings. I went to school with a boy who did competitive roller skating. During break time at the rink he would skate one of his programs for us. He taught me a few basic skills and a few moves to make the skating more fun. I would never be more than a Saturday-morning skater but skating to the varying rhythms of the music was intoxicating and freeing.
I could not know then as a young teenager but there was one more step to take in my skating journey. We didn't do any ice skating in Florida but life would take a few turns and bring me to Virginia. It was here that I was given my first pair of ice skates. After many days of sub-freezing temperatures, I laced up those skates and took to the frozen surface of an outdoor pond. I could hardly believe I was able to stand on those thin blades much less move around the ice. One of my best skating days was at one of our local ski resorts. Most everyone I went with took to the slopes but I spent the entire day at the outdoor rink. The local "pro" gave us a few pointers and a short lesson then cranked up the music and set us free. No, I didn't do a salchow, a lutz or an axel but I did enjoy the freedom of skating and interpreting the music in my mind.
There's only one other place I feel that freedom and excitement can you guess? It's with my fingers on the keyboard of a piano. I enjoy playing arrangements of our hymn favorites but the real fun comes when I play a piece youre not familiar with. As the music rises from the piano and you see a visual interpretation of the music on the screen, I hope that together we can take a musical journey that for those few minutes takes us to a special place of worship.
It was not meant for me to be a champion skater and I'll never play like Van Cliburn, Anthony Burger, or Kim Collingsworth but I am grateful God has chosen to use what ability I have and for a few minutes each Sunday we can musically worship together and enjoy the freedom we have in Christ Jesus.
Have a fabulous February (dont forget Valentine's Day), and as always...KEEP SINGING!
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|Sunday School - 53 + 18 (Nursing Home)|
|Receipts - $13,617.29||Disbursements -$13,575.29|
|Building Fund - $6,925.03||Scholarship Fund - $5,235.14|
|YTD Receipts - $66,808.84||YTD Expenditures - $68,456.76|
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Help Us Reach Our Goal
Trinity is in need of a new Air Conditioner/Heat Pump for the Church. It is hard to think cool when we are in the middle of winter, but come spring & summer we will begin to understand our need. We started collecting money in January for this very important project.
To date we have Collected $1,910 towards a Goal of $10,000.
To those who have given & to those who plan to give!!
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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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Soup & Sandwich: Every Wed. evening in February, at 6:00 pm. Everyone invited. If you would like to make your favorite soup to share, please call the office. We would like to have two different kinds of soup each Wednesday.
Ladies Night Out: On Monday nights at 7:00 pm (Feb. 9,16 &23) at Barbara Chittum's house. All Ladies Invited!!
Business Meeting: Wednesday, February 11th, at 7:00 pm.
Men's Sunday: February 15th. The Men always do a great job of leading the service. Come and Worship with us.
Steak Supper: Sunday, February 15th at 6:00 pm. The Men will be preparing and serving the meal. A head count is needed by the first week in February. Please let Bob Chittum know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Saturday, February 21st at 6:00 pm. If you have never participated in one of these, you are in for a real treat; it is always a fun time. If you would like to go, please let Charlie Fitch know.
Coffee House: Friday, February 27th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Come and enjoy the great music provided by Jay Daniels.
(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
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Happy Valentine's Day
February is known as the month of Love, when we observe Valentine's Day as a day when people send roses or chocolate to their loved ones, just to say, "I Love You!" Several church traditions that are probably more fiction than fact circulate around one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for ministering to Christians, who were being persecuted by the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer who was blind. The story states that before his execution, Saint Valentine wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.
Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30. In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers as a "romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the givers heart," as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady. Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
GOD IS LOVE
Let all that you do be done in LOVE. 1 Cor. 16:14
Most of all let LOVE guide your life. Col. 3:14
And you shall LOVE the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Mark 12:30
Three things will last forever faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is LOVE. 1 Cor. 13:13
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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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