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Happy Mothers Day to All our Mothers! Families are part of Gods Plan. Back in the 60's we had communes, families living together, although not married. God ordained the Home, not the herd. The Baptist Faith & Message, our Belief Statement, under the section on the Family, states that marriage is between 1 man & 1 woman. God created Adam & Eve; Eve is the 1st Mother, the Mother of All Living.
The 1st Mother Offers us Hope. God created Adam & then created Eve from his side to walk alongside him, not from his head to be over him, nor from his foot to be under him. God joined Adam & Eve together in marriage, a picture of Christ & the Church. After the Fall comes Gods Promise, that Eves Seed would bruise Satans heel. Jesus is the Fulfillment of Gods Promise.
The 1st Mother Reveals her Heartache. The pain of Childbirth was a new experience for Eve, but the Joy of a child being born wipes away the pain. Following the birth of 2 sons comes Heartbreak & Heartache, when Cain killed his brother Able. Mary would be Heartbroken over what would happen to her Son.
The 1st Mother Shares her Happiness. Eve never forgot Cains violence nor Abels death. But never forget that Gods Love helps us recover, His Grace is sufficient. (2 Cor 12:9) God gave Eve another son, Seth, whose son, Enosh, brought Revival. The Promised Son, Jesus, brought Salvation & Everlasting Life to us.
God meets us where we are, in our pain & sorrow & gives Hope to those who are Hurting, "I'll take Care of it". God understands our Heartache, He watched His Son Die on the Cross for the Sins of the whole world. But God knows Happiness, also. There is more joy in Heaven over 1 sinner who repents. (Luke 15:7) God still chases prodigal children. God Bless You, Mothers!
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I cant recall ever having read the last chapter of a book before starting the first chapter but that changed with the receipt of my new Sunday School book, "Lyrics for Life". This book is a study of selected Psalms, and I was intrigued by the title of the last lesson "Good Singing!". After reading through that lesson I wanted to share its message with the entire church. The encouragement in that lesson may help fill the empty chairs in the choir loft or, at the very least, get us to "raise the rafters" with our singing during the worship service.
Before I share with you the joy I learned from this lesson, let me share something about myself and set the stage for what happened a few days ago. As all of you know, I enjoy playing the piano and usually have no difficulty sitting alone on the piano bench playing offertories during our worship service. I enjoy singing along with the choir on Sunday morning and find great pleasure singing in Broken but singing solo is way out of my comfort zone. With that in mind let me share a funny experience with you.
On a recent morning Bill woke me earlier than usual to tell me he was leaving to deliver some newly-made fishing lures to a customer at the lake. After he left I decided to get on up and get an earlier start to my day. I turned the radio on before stepping into the shower. Much to my pleasure I heard several contemporary worship songs that I really enjoyed. One of them had a real "catchy" tune so I exited the bathroom trying to sing it. Smokey, our beagle, was waiting on the bed for me. Just as I entered the bedroom he lowered his head, placed it between his two front paws then proceeded to cover his ears. If it hadnt looked so funny I would have been highly insulted. He needed to hear the lesson on good singing!
What a joy to know that God loves to hear our praises no matter the quality of the voice. Psalm 147:1 tells us that when our singing is directed to God it is good, pleasant and beautiful. How encouraging to know that God says, "That was beautiful" every time we finish singing our praises to Him. So there it is straight from the scripture. To quote from the Sunday school book, "Go ahead and sing. God has given you the green light no matter what your singing is like".
Looks like May is going to be a busy month here at church. Let me encourage you to be here Sunday evening, May 18th, to hear Don Shire share beautiful music with his trumpet and share his passion for missions.
Have a magnificent May take time to enjoy the incredible beauty of spring renewal all around us. Oh yeah, youve no excuse now God is listening for your voice so just...KEEP SINGING!
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Sunday School - 50 + 19 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $28,212.00 Disbursements -$28,037.40
Building Fund - $19,552.51 Scholarship Fund - $10,360.79
YTD Receipts - $130,577.53 YTD Expenditures - $130,380.21
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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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WINGS Meeting w/ Potluck Dinner & Lots of Fun!!
Monday - May 12th, 7:00pm
Ok Ladies, this is YOUR night out! See you there!!
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Don Shire, Trumpeter - In Concert
Sunday Night, May 18th, at 6:00pm
If you have never heard Don play the trumpet and share his ministry, then you are in for a real Blessing. Invite your friends and neighbors!
A love offering will be taken.
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Don't Forget our Coffee House
Friday night, May 30th, 7:00-9:00 PM
It is Always a LOT of Fun!!
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100th Anniversary of Mothers Day ~ May 11th
Anna Jarvis is the person most credited with turning the second Sunday of May into Mother's Day, which this year celebrates a milestone: 100 years. Anna Jarvis' mother was an activist who offered medical care to soldiers of both sides during the war. It was Annas mothers death on May 9, 1905, that led to what we know as Mother's Day. The notion of a Mother's Day was initially a "fairly radical idea," part of the broader movement toward womens rights & equality in the '60s & '70s. The 1870 poem, "A Mother's Day Proclamation," coming just after the carnage of the Civil War, was really a call for peace.
Another person who helped launch the national holiday was the U.S. president in 1914, Woodrow Wilson. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress established the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day. The next day, Wilson issued a proclamation that urged Americans to display flags "as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." Anna Jarvis thanked the president in a letter: "Mother's Day", she wrote, would be "a great Home Day of our country for sons & daughters to honor their mothers & fathers & homes in a way that will perpetuate family ties & give emphasis to true home life."
May you have a Very Happy & Blessed Mother's Day!
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COLLIDE / student ministries
This week we will continue our look into the Psalms with Psalms 30:2-3.
O LORD my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
It has almost reached epidemic proportions in America with people thinking they are entitled to or owed something. This has even stretched into the realm of Christianity, but it is a bit more subtle. Have you ever asked one of these questions? I have been to church every Sunday for 20 years but why does my neighbor get rich while I struggle to survive? Lord I have given you 10% of my money but I can barely provide for my family why? Or have you asked how is it that the wicked prosper while the godly are suffering?
This line of thinking comes from the idea that God owes us something for our efforts. That somehow God is in debt to us for some service we have given him. Is God in our debt? Not a chance. The Bible is very clear that none of us are righteous and that we all deserve death as a result of our sins. David in Psalm 30 acknowledges that God alone has brought his soul from the grave and kept him alive. What we deserve is death, but what we have been given is life. The interesting thing is that Jesus Christ, based on His works, deserved to live and He was given death. Christ was given the death I deserved so that I could have the life He deserved.
Instead of complaining about what others have or the gain of the wicked praise God that he has brought your soul up from the grave. Praise God that I have the life that Christ deserved because what I deserved was death.
Youth Sunday - May 18th
Followed by a church-wide Luncheon
to Honor our Graduates
Mickey Bickford, Rebecca Hyer, Elizabeth Maynard
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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!
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
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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