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In 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was named National Father of the Year, just three months after he moved his family to the Philippines to lead the U.S. Pacific campaign of World War II, a level of honor and responsibility realized by few men. In the early days of that war and campaign, Gen. MacArthur acknowledged his dependence on his Heavenly Father when he composed “A Father’s Prayer”:
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
“Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
“Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail …”
“Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
“And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.
“Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.
“Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.’”
written by Scott Williams
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A few days ago I enjoyed a trip to visit my son, Michael, and his family as we gathered to celebrate the high school graduation of our fourth granddaughter, Jessica. What fun we had those few days!
Our visit began Sunday evening with a stop at Independent Bible Church to enjoy the children’s music program. Our youngest granddaughter, Tyler, sang with the Music Makers in a presentation entitled, “The Agape League.” What a joy to see fifty or more children singing about and portraying the various attributes of the fruit of the spirit we find in Galatians.
When we woke up Monday morning Michael’s oldest daughter Samantha had arrived home from Marshall so his family was once again all under one roof.
We celebrated Jessica’s graduation on the patio with lots of good food, friends and family on Monday evening. We ended the night doing one of our favorite things-all the girls playing the card game Phase 10.
We enjoyed just being together on Tuesday. It was exciting to hear Samantha’s extensive travel plans for the summer and to hear about the trip Jessica and her mother were taking in just a few days. We shared a delicious cookout in the afternoon, then had to get ready for graduation that evening. How proud we were of Jessica and her graduating Magna Cum Laude. She told us she missed Summa Cum Laude by only half a point-come on Jess, really!
I witnessed the most amazing transformation on Tuesday evening. I had no doubt that Sam and Jess would look amazing when they finished getting ready. Our fourteen year old granddaughter, Christine, has always lived life on her terms, moving at her own pace, never being very concerned with girlish things like how she dressed or how her hair looked. Her most recent joy is being taller than me and she reminds me of it constantly! It’s obvious looking at her that the little girl is gone and the look of a young teenager has taken over. When I exited the room where I had changed, I caught sight of Christine standing with her mother who was helping her put some finishing touches on her hair. I was amazed at what I saw. There she stood wearing a lovely long sundress and her hair beautifully styled. When she smiled at me I could hardly believe my eyes. What a beautiful transformation had occurred in Christine. My heart filled with joy and my eyes with tears as I thought about the amazing young woman waiting to be discovered over these next few years. With her involvement with the youth group at church, I suspect there will also be great spiritual growth taking place in her life.
Perhaps I experienced just a taste of what our Lord feels when someone accepts Jesus as Savior, receives the wonderful gift of salvation, and their life is transformed. That brings to mind the opening words to one of our favorite hymns- “what a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart.”
June brings the busyness of gardening, yard work and vacation season. Stay faithful to the church and its activities during this busy time and don’t forget to...KEEP SINGING!
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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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Mission Trip to Kentucky
Trinity Baptist Church is partnering with Pecks for a Mission Trip to Lynch, KY, on June 20-24. We will be doing construction work on homes. We are collecting money for supplies for the homes we will be repairing. The cost of the trip has been taken care of, but supplies are still needed. Be sure to mark your check as KY MISSION TRIP.
Baby Bottle Campaign for the Bedford Pregnancy Center
We are collecting money for the Bedford Pregnancy Center using the Baby Bottle Campaign. There will be Baby Bottles placed in strategic locations throughout the church to collect your loose change. If you wish a Baby Bottle to take home, please see Barbara Chittum. The Bedford Pregnancy Center reaches many women in crisis in the Bedford area needing guidance and support.
Benefit Concert for the Bedford Hospice House
Southern Gospel Concert at Liberty High School on Thursday June 9th at 7 pm with Gold City and Beckon Call. Gold City is a well known Alabama based Southern Gospel male quartet. Beckon Call is a local group out of Roanoke who have been to Trinity several times. We are raising money for the Bedford Hospice House located on Falling Creek road. The concert is free but a love offering will be taken.
Guess Who’s Going to Dinner at The Home Place?
You are invited to join us for Dinner at The Home Place in Catawba on Saturday, June 18th. More than 20 people have signed up to go as a Church group. The Bus will be leaving the Church promptly at 4:30 pm.
July 4th Concert by Trinity Baptist Church Choir
Be in prayer for the choir as we prepare a patriotic mini-musical entitled “Heal Our Land.” The mini-musical will be presented Sunday, July 3rd, during the morning Worship Service.
(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)
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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!
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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