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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 48 Number 6              June 2015

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


From the Pastor’s Desk!

     The more I read the Bible, the more I realize mankind hasn’t changed. The Bible records the days of Noah as an age of Violence & Wickedness (sounds like today), but Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Gen 6:8) God used Noah to Save the world. On Father’s Day, Be the Man Like Noah!
     Be the Man with a Consistent Walk with God. Noah had a Relationship with God, he was a man of Integrity, blameless before God. Noah ran around with the right people, not the wicked. Noah was Faithful in the midst of Corruption, Violence, Wickedness & Unbelief. They won’t Do what you Say, until they See you Do what you Say. Is your Walk Consistent with your Talk?
     Be the Man with a Constant Witness to Others. Noah witnessed through his Walk, his Lifestyle in non-Christian world. Noah witnessed through his Words, his Godly Talk in Un-Godly world. Peter calls Noah a Preacher of righteousness. Noah also witnessed through his Work, he was Obedient, built an Ark. Noah was not a great Preacher, but a great Practitioner, he was Faithful, & Obedient, he witnessed for 100 years. He won no converts, but was faithful to witness. We are All Witnesses; are you a Good or Bad Witness? Is your Witness Constant, or change with the crowd?
     Be the Man who Works to Convince Others to Follow the Lord. Noah arranged for his Family to be Saved, he built the Ark of God, he shared the Word of God. All had the Opportunity to be Saved, but especially his Family. Noah led his Family into the Ark (Joshua 24:15). How hard do you Work to Convince Family to Follow You?
     Fathers; is your Walk & Witness Constant & Consistent, Convincing Others to Follow you? Who’s Leading, who’s Following?

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     There are several well-known hymn writers that we could name but I think I’ve come across one you probably don’t know. The story behind his only hymn is quite amazing, a “God thing” as one of my friends would say.
     A 27-year-old New York native named William Pitts was traveling by stagecoach from his home in Wisconsin to Fredericksburg, Iowa, to visit his future wife. It was a bright afternoon in 1857. When the stagecoach made a stop in Bradford, Iowa, Pitts took a stroll among the trees to stretch his legs. The hills formed a slight valley and the Cedar River flowed peacefully by. Pitts thought that grove of trees would be the perfect setting for a church.
     Unable to erase the scene from his mind, Pitts composed the words and music to “Little Brown Church in the Vale.” Nothing came of his song, however, and he just filed it away.
     Five years later, Pitts, now married to his sweetheart, moved to Iowa to be near his elderly in-laws and to teach music at Bradford Academy. Imagine his surprise when he saw a church building sitting in the very spot he had imagined it. Christians in the community had grown tired of meeting in abandoned stores so they determined to build a church. The Civil War was raging and times were hard but by 1862 the church was built. The cheapest color they could paint was – you guessed it – brown.
     When Pitts saw the church, he hurried home and found “Little Brown Church in the Vale” packed among his papers. He sang his hymn at the building’s dedication in 1864. Shortly afterwards he sold his manuscript to a publisher for $25. He used the money to enroll in Rush Medical College. Pitts spent the rest of his life as the town physician in Fredericksburg, Iowa, about 14 miles from Bradford.
     Pitts had written a song for a church that wasn’t there. The congregation built their little church and painted it brown without ever hearing the song.
     The congregation of the little brown church is alive and well today with an active Sunday school, youth groups, choirs, Bible study and weekly services on Sunday. It is however probably best known for the hundreds of weddings and thousands of tourists who travel there to see the “church in the valley by the wildwood…the little brown church in the vale.”
     A little girl was asked in Sunday school one day to describe a saint. Having seen them portrayed in the stained-glass windows of her church she replied, “a saint is someone the light shines through.” I’m so blessed to have had a father and father-in-law whose lives shined brightly with the love of their Savior and pray that their legacy will continue to “shine through” for many generations.
     Have a joyous June, put a song in your heart and KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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May's Numbers (as of 5/24/15)
Sunday School - 48 + 28 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $13,880.41   Disbursements -$14,008.72
Building Fund - $15,617.36   Scholarship Fund - $5,444.10
YTD Receipts - $127,421.40   YTD Expenditures - $126,905.69

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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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Coffee House:   Friday, June 26th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Come and enjoy the great music.

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

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VBS:   As previously noted, VBS will be held May 31st - June 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm each evening. The theme will be "Nazareth - Where Jesus Was A Kid". WE NEED WORKERS!!! Please contact Sherry Overstreet (540-874-4593) or the Office (540-586-8010) and let her know you will do your part to make this VBS one of the best ever! We NEED CHILDREN ; so invite kids in your family or in your neighborhood. We will have cards available inviting kids to come if you want to give them out to your friends and family.

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What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

(Author Unknown)

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Vacation
   Bible
       School

at
Trinity Baptist Church

   Day 1 - Jesus had a Family , we do too. Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus. Mary discovered God’s Plans are Eternal, His Promises are Unfailing & His Power is Unlimited. “Nothing is Impossible with God!”

   Day 2 - Jesus had a Name , we do too. Jesus was given a name by God. It is the Only Name by which we can be Saved. His Name means Jehovah is our Salvation. Jesus came to Save us, He came to Save All people, because He came to Save us from our Sins. “Jesus, Messiah!”

   Day 3 – Jesus had a Home , we do too. Jesus and his Family had to flee to Egypt to escape Herod who wanted to kill the new King of the Jews. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, lived in Egypt as a child, but grew up in Nazareth. Jesus provides a Home for us in Heaven so we can live with him forever. “In My Father’s house are many mansions!”

   Day 4 – Jesus went to Church , we should too. As a young boy, Jesus went to the Temple, where He amazed the religious leaders with His knowledge of the Law. Jesus came to Seek & to Save the Lost. We Work, we Witness & we Watch for God is Doing to join Him in our Father’s Business.

   Day 5 – Jesus Served Others , we should too. Jesus performed His first Miracle at a Wedding in Cana of Galilee by turning Water into Wine. Jesus was invited to a Wedding, there was so many guests they ran out of wine to serve. Jesus changed plain water into wine so the host would not be embarrassed. Mary gave the best advice of all when she told the servants, “whatever He tells you; do it.” Just Do It!

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Graduation Thoughtsby Charles R. Swindoll

You, or someone you know, may soon be graduating (or has graduated). I extend my congratulations! Whether you set new academic records or not, you finished. You saw it through. I commend you. Before that happens, however, let me give you four simple commandments that apply to anyone who is graduating. My thoughts grow out of the final four verses of 2 Timothy 3.
1. Don't stop your learning. Paul urges his friend Timothy to "continue in the things you have learned" (3:14). It is one thing to take a course, to complete one's work, to earn a diploma or a degree; it's another thing to become a student for the rest of your life: to remain hungry for knowledge, to stay curious, to read widely, to be adventurous, creative, on a never-ending pursuit of truth.
2. Don't forget your leaders. As Paul reminds his friend to continue in those things he has learned, he adds, "knowing from whom you have learned them." Timothy needed to remember, to stay near, to thank the teachers who had impacted his life and contributed to his growth.
3. Don't discount your legacy. Timothy's heart didn't just happen to be open and sensitive to spiritual things. He was the product of a legacy, a spiritual continuum. His mentor, Paul, affirms, "For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice" (1:5).
4. Don't ignore your Lord. As Paul closes these very personal lines to his younger friend, he returns to "the sacred writings" and assures Timothy that "all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable… that the man [and the woman] of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (3:16–17). In effect he was saying that God's Word would remain a reliable, profitable source of nutritious food throughout his life and was exhorting him to stay close to the Lord, regardless.
And so, graduate, continue feeding on God's Word. Stay near to the only One who can lead you safely on your journey.
For those of you for whom graduation is a dim memory, the admonition remains the same: Don't stop your learning. Don't forget your leaders. Don't discount your legacy. Don't ignore your Lord.

(Please share this with your Graduate!)

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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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