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From the Pastor’s Desk!
Happy Mother’s Day to All Our Mother’s! I remember my Mother quoting Proverbs 22:6 to me when we were discussing our family & their relationship to the Lord. “‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’” There are a lot of great men in the Bible, but behind these great men are their Mother’s, Mother’s who Trained them, Taught them & Transmitted their Faith to them.
Mothers Train their Children in the Way of the Lord. Train their Mind, like Jochebed, Moses’ Mother; Train their Manners, like Hannah, Samuel’s Mother; and Train their Morals like Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s Mother. We Potty-Train our children, we should also God-Train them.
Mothers Teach their Children to Choose Rightly for Themselves. Teach them to choose God’s Will, like John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah. Teach them to choose God’s Way, like Samuel, who lead Israel between the period of the Judges & Kings. Teach them to Experience God’s Wonders for themselves, like Moses saw the Miracles of God, what he did for the Children of Israel. Teach them, Tell & Show them what God can do through them.
Mothers Transmit their Faith to their Children. Give them up to God, like Jochebed, Let them Go with God, like Elizabeth, John’s Mother, then Give them Back to God, like Hannah, Samuel’s Mother. Share your Faith with your Children, don’t wait for Church or School to do it for you.
God’s Promise, “When he is old, he will not depart from it.” To the Mother’s - Tell them, Train them, Teach them & Transmit your Faith to them, then Allow them to Choose for themselves; it has to become their Faith. God’s Promise, they shall return. See to their Salvation, they can never lose it, no matter where they may go, or what they may do.
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There’s an old saying that tells us “you can’t go home again.” I had no intention of testing that theory but let me share with you an adventure.
Recently my daughter and I traveled to my hometown of Pensacola, Florida, to visit for a few days with my granddaughter, Morgen. An added surprise was that my brother, Wade, and his wife came to Pensacola to share some time with us.
The only plan we had for our time in Pensacola was to eat some fresh seafood, make a trip to the beach and have lots of good family time. We accomplished all of that but there was a surprise waiting that was totally unexpected.
Years ago during one of my last trips to Pensacola before Mother moved, we rode by the house where I had been raised and where the rest of the family had lived since the early 40’s. Since Mother sold the house, it was not being taken care of very well and I was bitterly disappointed by what I saw. I told Mother I would never ride by the house again. That promise was easy to keep because Mother soon moved away from Pensacola.
When Jennifer, Morgen and I left the Navy base on Friday evening to enjoy a seafood dinner at a downtown restaurant, our route would take us by the turn to my childhood home. I had no desire to make that turn but it was as though someone poked me in the ribs and whispered “take a chance.” We made the turn and drove the four blocks to the house. Much to my surprise a man and woman were in the yard. I gathered my courage, walked into the yard, introduced myself and told them I had been raised in that house. I shared with them what a garden paradise the back yard had been when I was young and how thick and beautiful the grass was. This verified for them that I was who I said because a former neighbor had stopped by and told them what a showplace the yard used to be.
They asked me if I wanted to see the inside and my heart nearly jumped out of my body. Once inside the memories came flooding back and what fun I had sharing family stories with them. It was exciting to see the changes they had made and to remember how it used to look. All of the changes made the house function so much better but it was still very much the same. They had made one addition that took my breath away - another bathroom. That was one of Mother’s dreams for the house. I left there so excited but the best was still to come. I took my brother back with me on Saturday morning and got to share the joy all over again with him. What an unexpected joy but the best part of the story is that these folks are Christians and attend a local Baptist Church. How cool is that!
We came very close to going home again that weekend. The fun part of it all is to think that one day “When We All Get to Heaven” that Mother and Daddy will meet Phil and Vi and “what a day of rejoicing that will be!”
Have a magnificent May – and, as always, 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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Dee's Diaper Bag
We have an opportunity to help supply diapers to those mothers who struggle to provide enough clean diapers for their babies. Diapers are expensive, and can cost between $70 to $80 per month! They cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC. If parents cannot afford diapers they make do by stretching their supply. They leave their baby in a dirty diaper for longer periods of time. They will cry for longer periods of time, causing additional stress on parents.
Not having diapers also means a baby cannot stay with a childcare provider, who normally require parents to provide disposable diapers for their child, which in turn means parents aren't able to work. Would you help this month in honor of Mother's Day, by purchasing diapers and bringing them to the church? There is a box in the foyer for them.
Mission Trip to Kentucky
We are collecting money for the Kentucky Mission Trip in June. The cost for the trip has been taken care of, but we need supplies to help rebuild the home we are working on. If you write a check don't forget to specify that it is for the "Kentucky Mission Trip" We have the month of May and beginning of June to meet our goal for this.
Operation Christmas Child (Shoeboxes)
There is a box with Christmas wrap on it in the foyer to put the items you are collecting for the shoeboxes. If you have empty shoeboxes through the year and would like to donate them for us to fill please bring them also. Don't wait till September! Let's start early!
Sunday School Material
We have a box for your extra Sunday school material. Please do not throw away any unused/extra material. This box is in the Sunday school office.
5th Sunday Singing
Don Shire, Internationally known trumpeter, recording artist and Missionary, will be in concert on Sunday, May 22, at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Please come and hear a beautiful concert and participate in a special mission experience as Don shares his mission work in India. A love offering will be taken.
(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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