Pastor's Pen - Carol's Notes - Youth - Numbers - Pantry
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I have Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and my future is secure. I am finished with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy-giving and dwarfed goals!
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, praised, recognized, regarded or rewarded. I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my mission is clear and my Guide reliable. I cannot be bought, compromised, lured away, turned back, deterred, diluted or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, back up, let up or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He comes. And when he comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for my colors will be clear, because I am one of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.”
(This article was purportedly written by an African missionary the night before the authorities came to kill him for preaching Christ.)
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Before I put the Thanksgiving season behind me for this year, let me say a heartfelt “thank you” to my church family for your prayers, many cards and acts of kindness in the loss of my mother. I will thank my God with every remembrance of her, for the ways she made our house a home, her love for the Lord and her being such a prayer warrior. I am thankful to the Lord for relieving her pain in such a marvelous way but I will miss her greatly. Thank you friends for your love and prayers – they will help carry me out of this valley back to the mountaintop.
One visit to the vascular surgery waiting room on the sixth floor of Roanoke Memorial Hospital changed my concerns about the holiday. I still had shopping to do but the snowstorm had delayed that along with the Christmas music the choir had been working on for weeks. With these concerns on my mind, we went to the hospital for Bill’s surgery. Upon entering that waiting area we met a man from Bedford whose wife had taken ill suddenly and was dying. My heart ached for him and for his daughter. Having recently lost my mother I knew how badly she was hurting. In the time that we shared in the waiting room, all my concerns about shopping, cooking, housecleaning and delayed music didn’t seem so important. All that mattered to me was that God take care of Bill and that He sustain this family at this difficult time. What a reminder that we can get our priorities all out of order when we don’t focus on the reason for the season!
I am happy to report that Bill’s surgery was successful. Thanks for your prayers and your calls.
To my choir family I say a special thanks for your faithfulness and hard work. I’m so grateful that we did get the opportunity to present our Christmas program and that all of you were still able to be a part of it. On behalf of the choir let me say a special “thank you” to Bob Chittum, Crystal DeLong and Zachery Williams for your beautiful contributions to the program. To Vernon and Carolyn, thanks for all you do behind the scenes to make it all come together.
As we turn the calendar to a new year, I wish each of you a healthy and happy new year. I pray for God’s blessing on our homes. I’m excited to see what God will write on the blank pages of 2010!
Happy New Year and Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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As we transition into a new year we also move into a new time in our student ministry. Josh Allen is becoming the pastor at a church in New Mexico and I am humbly stepping into the position of student pastor for Collide, our church’s student ministry.
As I take this new position I am very, very excited about it since it is my first time being the actual student pastor for a church. This is something that I have been dreaming about doing ever since I realized my call to ministry almost four years ago. It was last September that I first came to Trinity Baptist after answering an email asking for someone who would be interested in leading worship for a youth group. A year and a half later I’m still here and have been able to take the time to learn so much from both Josh and Vernon. Thanks to that time here at the church I have developed a deep love for the students and also have a feel for what our student ministry is like and where we need to go.
My first priority for our student ministry is to continue in the tradition that Josh has made such a staple - sound biblical teaching. I feel as though students are often written off in our world today as being “too young to get it”. Because of that mindset many student ministries never get much further than teaching the milk of the Word of God. I want to make sure that the teaching that happens downstairs on Sunday and Wednesday is the meat of the Word of God. To accomplish this, our primary goal will be to communicate to the students the gospel with no holds barred.
We will be focusing on teaching the gospel to the students in hopes of helping them understand that at the beginning of time when Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden by disobeying God and living out their pride by eating the forbidden fruit that they made themselves enemies of God. The beautiful thing is that from that moment on God set into motion a story of how He would redeem all humanity back. From providing salvation from death for Noah through the ark, to saving His nation Israel when He rescued them from the oppression of the Egyptian Pharaoh, to the countless other times He took hopeless situations of those who were His and rescued them. Through the Old Testament we see God’s enduring love and commitment to His creation, us.
The whole story in the Bible revolves around the crux of the Cross of Christ. In it humanity was freed once and for all from sin and the results of sin. We are now fully bought back from the enemy, being indwelt with the Holy Spirit so that we may live connected to God and we are now co-heirs with Christ and are now in the position of sons and daughters of God the Father much like Christ is.
These principles are what we are going to be teaching in the hope that our students will no longer just live a life whose highlight is shallow behavior modification in hopes of pleasing God, but instead a life of victory through the blood of Jesus that was shed as our substitute so that we may live totally free from our sin. If this can become true in our student’s lives, we will then be able to see real changes happening in not only the thinking of the students but in their actions and reactions, the way they interact with each other and in what they find to be their priorities.
I want to ask for all of you as members of Trinity Baptist Church to be praying for Collide daily, especially over the next few months. Pray that our students would be so impacted by the gospel that they would be able to give up their own wants and desires in life and live with reckless abandon for the one who gave his own life to buy us back from the enemy. Pray for me and the other leaders as we take big steps in asking our students to give up their (and ours) selfish ambition in hopes of living a more dangerous, but much more fulfilling life as true followers of Christ.
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Sunday School - 65 + 20 (Nursing Home)
December Receipts - $16,697.50 Disbursements - $16,683.70
Building Fund - $17,629.23 Scholarship Fund - $15,325.19
YTD Receipts - $61,561.81 YTD Expenditures - 61,490.70
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Thank You, Trinity Baptist Church!
Because of your generosity, we have been able to help several families in our community who needed food and other items.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, our Pantry is in need of Re-Stocking.
The Church will provide Gift Certificates from Vista Foods to purchase milk, bread, cheese & meat.
For those less fortunate Families, we want to fix Food Baskets for the Thanksgiving & Christmas Holidays!
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, Bunker Hill 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 & DECEMBER - To be Announced
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