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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 45 Number 10               October 2012

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

The Pastor's Pen

We are over halfway through a sermon series, “7 Stages of a Christian’s Life.”  This series is about our Journey of Faith.  As Christians, we should be Growing in Grace, & becoming more like Christ.  Too many Christians never grow beyond Salvation. 7 Stages

1st - Saved by Grace - “For by Grace are you Saved through Faith.” (Eph 2:8-9)  Jesus said, “You must be Born again.” (John 3:3)  There is No other Way to be Saved. (John 14:6)  Jesus Still Saves!

2nd - Assurance of Salvation – You can’t Lose it because the Love of God would have to Fail, (John 3:16) the Word of God would have to Fail, (1 Peter 1:24-25) & the Power of God would have to Fail. (Rom 1:16-17)  In Christ, we are Saved, Sealed & Secure!

3rd - Baptism by Immersion – because you have been Saved, not in order to be Saved.  Baptism is a Sign of your Faith & Repentance, & a Symbol of Redemption & Resurrection.  He Lives!

4th - Church Membership“forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.” (Heb 10:25) We join a local Church to Keep our Faith Alive, to keep from Dying Out as a Christian, to give us Strength for Daily Living, & to Fellowship with Other Believers.

5th - Reaffirmation of Lordship – we call it Rededication, to move from a Self-Centered Lifestyle to Christ-Centered Lifestyle. God desires a personal Relationship & Fellowship with us.

6th - Commitment to Christian Ministry –Jesus said, “the fields are white unto Harvest, pray for Laborers for the Harvest.” (Matt 9:37-38)  God gave us spiritual Gifts to use to build His Kingdom.

7th - Growing in Christian Maturity – It’s called Discipleship, learning about Jesus, becoming more like Him.  “But Grow in Grace & Knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Trusting & Obeying, Growing & Going!


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    Carol's Notes   

The first of the month of September was so exciting for me.  My two brothers and their wives came for a visit and Wade preached for us that weekend.  We had a great visit but far too brief.  I was so sad when they left and it took me several days to get back “in the groove”.  Bill and I had several chores at home that needed attention so we turned our energy to getting them completed before the predicted rain came.

After several days of much-needed rain, it was fun to get outdoors for a walk with my dog Smokey.  The sky was so clear, the air fresh and crisp and birds were singing all around us.  As we headed out across the yard, it was so good to feel soft earth under my feet instead of the hard, cracked, dry ground it had been.  As we walked along the edge of the woods I was surprised by the colors I saw.  I’m sure it was just flowering weeds but the lavender, yellow and white blooms were so pretty in the sunlight.

Smokey stopped at the sight of a small mound of dirt and proceeded to dig as fast as he could, burying his face in the fresh dirt hoping to find a mouse or a mole.  He looked up at me with his face covered in dirt as if to say “this is so much fun!”

As we came by the side of the house where my flower bed is, I was saddened to see the flowers of summer beginning to fade away.  The rain had refreshed them but it was obvious their days of beauty were almost over.  I was delighted to find the rose bushes looking healthier than they had in weeks and still bearing some buds.

As I enjoyed all this simple beauty, the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” came to mind.  Imagine my surprise when I later found out the writer of this hymn was inspired to write these verses after a walk in the countryside of his home in Bath, England. I felt a kinship with Mr. Pierpoint knowing that I had just experienced a lovely reminder of God’s beauty in nature just as he had many years ago.  Later this same day I felt compelled to read the words of this hymn.  The words of the third verse caused me to catch my breath.  He wrote of “human love, brother, sister…”  Just several days earlier I had spent precious time with my brothers.  What laughter we had shared.  My sadness turned to joy as I thanked God for the special way he found to remind me of all my blessings, both in the world of nature and in my earthly family.

As the colors of summer fade and the richness of autumn begins to color our world, may we all have an “attitude of gratitude” and “never run out of reasons to praise Him!”

Keep Singing!


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September 's Numbers

Sunday School - 69 + 20 (Nursing Home)

May  Receipts $14,684.34           Disbursements $14,787.25

Building Fund $17,407.05            Scholarship Fund $9,925.62

(new fiscal year) YTD Receipts - $14,684.34                  YTD Expenditures - $14,787.25

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Two new Bible Classes being offered on Sunday nights

thru the month of October

Beginning Sunday Oct. 7th, during the evening worship time (6 pm),

1 - The Pastor will be teaching a class on Spiritual Warfare

2 – Rev. Charlie Fitch will be teaching the Book of Colossians

Everyone INVITED!!

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WINGS Bible Study

“Life Principles from the Women of the Bible”

Friday mornings, 9:30 am  -  13 weeks (beg. 9/28)

ALL Ladies Invited!!

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On October 19, 2012, at 7:00 pm at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church,

the Bedford Pregnancy Center will be showing the movie, “October Baby”.

The movie is free; a Love Offering will be accepted for the Pregnancy Center.

Please come out and support the Pregnancy Center in this event.

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~~~ FRIDAY – OCTOBER 26th ~~~

Join us for our

    Coffee House

7:00 – 9:00 PM

EVERYONE Invited to come and enjoy the Great Fellowship!

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WORDS FOR THOUGHT (with a little humor):

I’ve always wondered what good could come from Kudzu.  Recently, I was reading a sermon by Mississippi pastor Bill Bouknight.  In it he says that the Kingdom of God is something like Kudzu.  He says, “Kudzu is the unofficial state flower of Mississippi.  In fact, some folks credit kudzu with having prevented the whole state of Mississippi from being washed down the river.  For the sake of you who may be new to the south, let me explain that kudzu is that leafy vine that you often see growing up telephone poles or covering little valleys down here.  If we ever find a commercial use for the stuff, the South will surely rise again.  Nothing can grow like kudzu.  It is the only plant whose growth is measured in miles per hour.  You remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk?  That was no beanstalk; it was a kudzu stem.  The best way to plant kudzu is to throw it over your shoulder and run.  It’s important to plant kudzu at the right time.  Always do it at night.  If you do it in broad daylight, your neighbors will take you to court.

We Christians are part of a kudzu-kind of kingdom.  When Christians are faithful, God blesses his kingdom with prodigious growth and transforming influence.”                   Written by David Henderson, Bedford Baptist Church

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        Last month I wrote discussing the need for sound biblical teaching, especially in regards to our youth.  In doing so I brought up four basic tenants to which youth struggle with affirming.  These four tenants are:  1. The Bible is trustworthy in what it says about Jesus; 2. Jesus is God; 3. Jesus physically lived, died and came back to life; 4. Jesus is the only way to heaven.  I want to spend some time on the first tenant and the implications of affirming the first tenant.

        The Bible quotes Jesus as saying the following, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)  If you believe Jesus in the ONLY way to the Father then you should make sure everyone knows Jesus.  The Bible also quotes Jesus as saying, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10)  Jesus wants everyone to have life more abundantly.  If you believe this then you should be sharing the good news of Christ with everyone so they may have life more abundantly.  Finally, the Bible teaches that Jesus commands “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)  Are you going and making disciples?

        Do you believe the Bible is trustworthy in what it says about Jesus?  If you believe this first tenant to be true then your life should reflect the belief.


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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

~~~"Don't Forget"~~~

Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month

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