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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 48 Number 1              January 2015

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


From the Pastor’s Desk!

40 Days of Prayer!

     Since July, our Church has sought God's face in prayer, going through two 40 Days of Prayer sessions, sensing God speaking to us. We want to be the Church God wants us to be? Like 80% of churches in the US today, we are declining. Since October, we went through the Transformational Church Health Assessment. We looked at 3 Areas, with 7 different Categories within the Church.
     1st, DISCERN your Context, or the Culture of the Community. It requires a Missionary Mentality, to see the world outside the Church as a Mission Field. Jesus said, "You shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea & the rest of the world." We Exit to Witness!
     2nd, EMBRACE the Right Values. We need a Vibrant Leadership to develop new Leaders & Teachers. We have "Open" Bible Study, welcoming anyone. We teach not to simply learn, but to grow in Christ. We want to see people Saved & Involved in Church. We need to develop Relationships with people, both inside & outside the Church. People are looking for Friends, not just a Friendly Church. We welcome visitors to Church, but do we contact them, visit them outside Church? We have to have a Prayerful Dependence upon God, because unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Remember 2 Chron 7:14 "if My people, will Pray?"
     3rd, ENGAGE the Right Actions. In Worship; actively participate, embrace Jesus. He is worthy of our Worship, give Him the praise & glory. We can feel God's Spirit moving in our midst, respond to Him. We need Community, or Fellowship. Fellowship is 1 of 5 Functions of Church, people connecting with each other, spending time with each other in small groups. But our Mission is the Great Commission, to "go ye therefore," to share Jesus. We have 1 Purpose, to show Jesus to a lost & dying world, through both Word & Action.

A Loving, Sharing, Worshipping, Christ-like, Ministering Family.

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away." I see these words everyday because I have a framed copy sitting on a table in our TV room. I saw these words so clearly come to life just a few days ago. Let me set the scene for you.
     My 90-year-old father-in-law had undergone successful urinary tract surgery and had been moved to Richfield in Salem for rehab. Dad was weak but determined to do all that was asked of him in rehab so that he could be home for Christmas.
     Mom, my 91-year-old mother-in-law, had a follow-up appointment with one of her doctors at Lewis-Gale in Salem and I was able to take her that day. She did not receive the news she had hoped for and was obviously concerned knowing she needed to be strong and healthy to take care of Dad.
     After a good lunch at K&W Cafeteria, we headed off to Richfield so she could visit with "her Joseph". Dad was asleep when we entered his room. He was dressed in his own clothes, clean shaven and looked great considering how bad he had felt for several weeks and the resulting surgery. Mom peeked at his food tray and was pleased that he had eaten well. I moved to the back of the room and Mom sat down on the edge of the bed beside Dad. When Dad woke from his nap and saw Mom sitting there leaning over him, the look on his face was indescribable. The love that passed between those two people in that moment I can only describe as complete adoration. Something so special absolutely filled that room in that moment. It truly did take my breath away and I stood there with a lump in my throat, fighting back the tears, knowing I had just witnessed one of those special moments in time. I don't have words to adequately describe it but I know I shall never forget what I saw and felt in that room in those moments.
     Later that night after Bill had gone to bed and I sat alone in the quietness of my house, I closed my eyes and tried to relive that scene and finally let the tears flow. I thanked God for the privilege of witnessing that moment between Mom and Dad. As I let that scene play over again in my mind, John 3:16 became so real and I realized that as powerful as that moment was I had witnessed between Mom and Dad, it couldn't even compare to what God had done for me, for all of us, through His Son. I had been given a great personal gift in those few moments in Dad's room but what a gift we've all been given - a baby in a manger, a crucified Savior, a risen Lord and a soon-coming King.
     As we turn the calendar to 2015 and see all the blank spaces waiting to be filled, let's remember that because of God's great love for us we can face the unknown of a new year with a song in our heart. Let's make music everyday!
     Happy New Year, and remember....KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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December's Numbers
Sunday School - 47 + 18 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $14,589.09   Disbursements -$15,201.18
Building Fund - $5,012.44   Scholarship Fund - $5,283.95
YTD Receipts - $53,190.94   YTD Expenditures - $54,870.49

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How Healthy is Trinity Baptist Church?

Using a Church Health Assessment Survey to Determine the Health of our Church.

     The Church Health Team led us through a Church Health Assessment Survey, part of Transformational Church from Lifeway. The Church Health Team collected the data, keyed it in, sent it to Lifeway, then met with the Church Leadership Team to discuss the results and develop Action Plans to determine what do we need to do in order to be the Church God wants us to be. Here are the Results!

     Our biggest Strength was Prayer, a Prayerful Dependence upon God; we scored a 3.94 on a scale of 5. We believe in Prayer! Our 2nd highest strength was Mission, being on Mission for God, scoring 3.36.
     Slightly behind was Missionary Mentality, seeing the world around us as a Mission Field, and Leadership, developing new Leaders and Teachers, both coming in at 3.30. Close behind them was Worship, sensing God and responding to Him in our Worship (3.28).
     Our biggest weaknesses were Community (3.15) and Relationships (2.93). Both of these are tied up in connecting with people, developing Relationships with people both inside and outside the Church.
     We have Work to Do! We need to form an Action Team to help us develop and implement some Action Plans to help us grow.

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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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Sunday Night Bible Studies (6:00 pm)

We continue our studies in the Book of Revelation as we watch and prepare for our Lords Second Coming. We are applying this Bible Study to the modern day events happening in the news. Charlie Fitch is leading this class.

We are starting an Experiencing God Discipleship Study beginning in January. Experiencing God will focus on our relationship with God as we learn to walk closer with Him on a daily basis. Do you want to learn to hear God speaking to you? How do you find out where God is working in your life? Join us as we Experience God doing something through us only He can do. This is a 12-week course, led by the Pastor. If you are interested, please let the Pastor know as soon as possible. (Workbook will cost $15.)

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Missions

Thank You for Giving to the Lord!

We Collected $1,305 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!
100% of this Offering supports our Foreign Missionaries.

We Collected $1,880 for the Tents for Turkey!
This Offering will provide tents for Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey from ISIS.

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A Year of Time

     Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea - especially at the beginning of a new year.
     As we look into 2015 we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchase it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
     The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak - every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
     Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.
     And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full years block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
     Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.
     The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?

Steven B. Cloud, Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2

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Recipe for a Happy New Year

     Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite, pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short, see that these months are freed from all the past - have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.
     Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing - don't do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Anonymous

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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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