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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
God Loves You & He Died to Prove it!
Are you Ready for the Rapture? We are living in the last days before Jesus returns, all the signs have been fulfilled, we are simply waiting for the trumpet to sound & we go Home to Heaven.
On Sunday evenings, we have been studying Dr. David Jeremiah's book, "What in the World is Going On?" With the Bible in one hand, Dr. Jeremiah's book in the other, & the newspaper headlines in front of us, we have seen how the world is getting ready for the Return of Jesus.
We looked at what the Bible says about the conflict between Israel & Gaza & where the Middle East Oil situation fits in with God's Plan. There is going to be a war between Iran (biblical Persia) & Israel that will involve Russia & the other Islamic nations that are determined to take over the world. The world is arming for Armageddon & the 2nd Coming of Christ the King.
We studied Daniel's prophecy about a Revived Roman Empire & the Anti-Christ, comparing the Bible to the headlines about the European Union & the coming world leader. We don't know who the Anti-Christ will be, but the Devil has to have someone on the scene because the Rapture could happen at any moment.
What would happen if millions of Christians suddenly vanished because of the Rapture? Think about millions of believers, leaders, simply vanished, and the fear & chaos around the world. What is America's role in prophecy? The Bible doesn't speak of the United States, so we concluded that America will no longer be a viable world power, after the Christians are gone.
"Soon & Very Soon, we are Going to see the King.” Are You Ready?
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Sunday School - 66 + 27 (Nursing Home)
Feb Receipts - $16,572.50 Disbursements - $16,317.97
YTD Receipts - $89,365.36 YTD Expenditures - $89,951.42
Building Fund - $41,240.50 Scholarship Fund - $11,603.00
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What are some of the fondest memories of your childhood? I see the white picket fence that enclosed the backyard that was filled with beautiful flowers mother tended everyday. I see the box of mother's old clothes, hats & shoes that I used to play "dress up". I hear the sound of my slip-on roller skates clacking against the concrete sidewalk. I can feel the strong arms of my older brothers supporting me & our laughter as they taught me to ride my bike. I remember as a little girl running to hide from my daddy when he came home from work & the big hug I got when he found me. My mother made the best cornbread dressing for the holidays & what was Christmas without her delicious ambrosia. Her lemon "icebox" pie was to die for...I just gained 10 lbs thinking about it!!
I think worship praise songs & hymns have that same "connection" for us. We older adults still love singing those hymns we've known since childhood. Their words & familiar melodies have sustained us through life's trials.
Our young people feel the same way about "their" music. Though different from the traditional hymns in sound and rhythm, these praise songs, most of which are taken straight from scripture, speak to their lives. One of our young people told me recently that as much as he appreciated the traditional hymns, he could not relate to them on the same level as an older adult because he had not yet experienced the hardships of life from which many of these hymns were written. These hymns will, however, be a source of strength & encouragement for him when these times come. What better reason to keep on singing them.
As your Minister of Music I would like to encourage us all to learn an appreciation for these different styles of music. Pray for your worship leaders as we seek effective ways to introduce & truly teach new music. Whether it's a new praise song or a traditional classic hymn, we need to focus on the message and truth within the song. It is so important that the music "connect" to the hearts of the worshipper just as surely as we are "connected" to our childhood.
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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It’s March, we’ve all heard “Beware the Ides of March” that killed Julius Caesar & the March winds, blowing “in like a Lion, & out like a Lamb.” But I think of March as the beginning of Spring. Just like the beautiful flowers that spring up every year, new, exciting ideas are popping up all over the place at Trinity.
Back in January, we had Men’s Day, when the men led the worship service, complete with a Men’s Choir. The Theme was Missions -- Giving, Doing & Going. Dr. Jackie Kerr, a Gideon, shared about their Ministry of sending God’s Word into the world.
Then in February, we had Women's Sunday with Special Music from Broken & the Women's Choir & a Special Speaker, Lori Lewis, Director of the Bedford Pregnancy Center. Lori shared about the Women's Ministry that we support providing Anti-Abortion Counseling, baby items as needed, teaching parenting skills, along with Abstinence Counseling for young girls.
This month we are excited about our upcoming Youth Sunday. The Youth will be in charge of the entire service, so get ready to Praise the Lord. Ethan Hester, a student at Liberty, studying to be a Worship Leader, is planning the music & Samuel Stevens, also at Liberty, will be challenging us to “Go & Share Jesus” to a lost & dying world.
Last month, the Young Adult SS class went Bowling, with 42 adults & youth out for an evening of Fun & Fellowship, as well as pizza. This month, the New Beginnings Class is planning a Chili Cook-off & Bingo for their class. SS is also planning an Ice Skating event at the LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg.
Exciting Things are Happening! Time to Spring into Action!
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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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