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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 47 Number 10              October 2014

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


From the Pastor’s Desk!

40 Days of Prayer!

     After spending 40 Days in Prayer, we sense God speaking to us. Are we the Church that God wants us to be? 80% of churches today are plateaued & declining. A Church may be growing numerically, growing in attendance, membership & baptisms, but not necessarily be Healthy. We have been studying the early Churches of Jerusalem (Acts 2), Antioch (Acts 11) & Thessalonica (1 Thess 1-3); on Sunday evenings. In his book, "The Case for Antioch A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church" Jeff Iorg lists 7 Characteristics of a Healthy Church. Is Trinity a Healthy Church?
     A Healthy Church must first & foremost be Evangelistic. We have 1 Purpose as a Church, to carry out the Great Commission in Matt 28:18-20. Our Mission is to share the Gospel, Jesus Still Saves! A Healthy Church must also be Spirit-Filled, Spirit-led & Holy Spirit Empowered. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts & Saves, not us. A Healthy Church must also be Prayerfully Dependent, totally depending on God, to bathe everything in Prayer. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. (Psalm 127:1)
     A Healthy Church must be Jesus-Focused, we have to Preach Jesus, Teach Jesus, then Live like Jesus so a lost world will be attracted to Him. A Healthy Church must also have Strong Leadership, Spiritual Leadership as well as Physical Leadership, from the Pastor, Deacons, Teachers & other Leaders. A Healthy Church must also be Mission Minded, giving to Missions, going on Mission Trips & doing Missions & Ministry. As we begin doing what God is calling us to do, a Healthy Church develops a strong Fellowship; we become Family, people connecting with each other, impacting the community around us. How Healthy are we?

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     One of my favorite activities while on vacation with the girls in my family is to enjoy an early morning walk along the beach. Though this morning walk is more for exercise than enjoyment, it is hard not to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach. One thing that is fun to observe as I walk is the different footprints in the sand. There are always lots of paw prints mixed with the imprints of bare feet and imprints of various running shoes. One thing for certain these prints in the sand are only temporary. As soon as high tide rolls onto shore, these prints are all washed away.
     Though it's not quite the same as a walk along the beach, here at home I do enjoy taking a brisk walk for some exercise and fresh air. I walk the same route on these outingsup to Reynolds Park, through the park and back home. These walks afford a great opportunity to talk to the Lord. Be it a problem, a concern or just the need to express thanks, I usually feel more physically and spiritually fit upon my return home.
     I have found one thing on my walk along this daily path that does not change no matter how many times I see it. In one of the blocks of concrete is the perfect imprint of a leaf. No matter how many times I walk that sidewalk, once I'm back at home these is nothing to indicate that I've walked there. Its hard to leave footprints in firmly-set concrete! But every time I walk that path the leaf imprint in the concrete is always there, immoveable and unchanged. What a beautiful reminder that my God is constant and unchanging.
     Two very different walks, but two beautiful reminders of God's love. Like the prints in the sand, God washes away our sin through the power of His shed blood. Like the imprint of that leaf in the concrete, our Savior's love is constant, unchanging and we rest securely in His hands for all eternity.
     Yuck - October brings with it another birthday (goodness, my children are getting old)!! October also brings candy corn, Kraft caramels, hot apple cider, colorful mums and the richness of autumn colors. Seems like we should "never run out of reasons to praise Him!"
     Y'all have an outstanding October and, remember....KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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September's Numbers
Sunday School - 45 + 19 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $12,246.40   Disbursements -$13,391.43
Building Fund - $10,224.15   Scholarship Fund - $4,483.06
YTD Receipts - $12,246.40   YTD Expenditures - $13,391.43
(new fiscal year began 9/1/14)

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Events

How Healthy is Trinity Baptist Church?

Using a Church Health Assessment Survey
as a Tool for Determining the Health of a Church

     We have formed a Church Health Team to lead us through a Church Health Assessment during the next 90 days. We invite you to be a part of this assessment. This "assessment" of our Church is based upon the book "Transformational Church" written by Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer from Lifeway. Thom Rainer is President of Lifeway and Ed Stetzer is Vice-President of Research and Ministry Development at Lifeway. After studying 1,000's of Churches throughout the country, noticing that 80% of our churches are plateaued and declining, yet many are growing, they asked, "What's Different about the Growing Churches?" The difference is Healthy Churches are transforming lives, transforming people who transform their communities with the gospel. Healthy Churches make Disciples of their members as part of their Mission.
     As part of this Church Health Assessment, we will be taking a survey from the congregation. The survey is from Lifeway but is about how we feel about our Church. Questions will be asked about the Worship Service; do you participate, do you feel God moving in the service; questions about the Community, including our community (fellowship of the Church); and questions about Missions, are we Mission-minded, are we doing Missions, do you participate? It is very important that every member of our Church participate in this survey.
     After taking the survey, the Church Health Team will collect the data, send it to Lifeway, who will interpret the data for us (what does it mean), then the Church Health Team will meet with the Leadership Team of the Church to develop Action Plans as to where do we go from here and how do we do what we need to do in order to become the Church God wants us to be. Then the Church Health Team and the Leadership Team will recommend to the Church what we believe is the correct action to take and the correct direction we should go.
     We should be able to complete this Church Health Assessment in about 90 days (according to Lifeway), so if we can complete the survey by the end of October, we should be able to develop some Action Plans before Christmas; then implement them starting the first of next year.

Vernon

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Bus Ministry
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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State Missions Offering:
Praise the Lord! We collected $562 for State Missions.

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The Easter Brothers & Family in Concert
Sunday, October 5th, at 6:00 PM
A Love Offering will be taken
Invite your Friends & Neighbors!!

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Bluegrass & Southern Gospel Music Festival
Saturday, October 18th - 5:00-9:00 PM
At Trinity Baptist Church
"New Direction", a Southern Gospel Group from Oceana, WVA.,
along with several other Music Groups, including Bluegrass,
will be playing. (a Love Offering will be taken)
Everyone Invited Invite your Friends & Neighbors!!!
Weather permitting, it will be outside. Bring your lawn chair.

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Don't Forget there will be NO Coffee House this month

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On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, Trinity Baptist Church will be hosting a preventive health even by Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: (1) blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; (2) abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead ot a ruptured aorta; (3) hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; (4) atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and (5) a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelines screening.com/community-partners.

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October Mission Emphasis

Your giving through the Cooperative Program supports ministries like these!

October 5: Jim & Teresa Flora - Lesotho, Africa
Today we pray for two of our international missionaries, Jim & Teresa Flora, who serve in Lesotho (less-OH-thoe), which is a small country surrounded by the larger country of South Africa. About two million people live in Lesotho. The country has had an unstable government & most people are very poor. Jim & Teresa provide medical clinics to the Basotho people as a way to share the gospel with them. The three Flora daughters help their mom with the babies by holding them & telling Bible stories. The Basotho people are eager to hear about Jesus, but they struggle to accept Jesus as the one true God & leave behind their African tribal religions. We pray that many people will trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation & we pray that God will protect the Floras in their missionary work.

October 12: Rob & Julie Blake - The Grove, Ouray, CO
With a passion to reach the lost, youd think Rob & Julie Blake were packing up their family to serve as missionaries overseas. However, God called them to western Colorado. While its hard for many of us to believe, there are areas of the US where the Gospel is practically a foreign concept. Where God led the Blakes, there is only one evangelical church for every 9,500 people. Having served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Millstone in Nathalie, VA for three years, Rob, Julie and their three boys followed Gods call to start The Grove, a church plant in Ouray, CO. This past June, they moved almost 2,000 miles across the continental US to serve as self-funded Mission Service Corps missionaries with the North American Mission Board.

October 19: Noel & Shelley Williamson - Worcester, Mass.
Missionaries, Noel & Shelley Williamson, started Pleasant Street Baptist Church in Worcester, Mass. This state is a true mission field in the Northeast, where Baptists have just under 1,800 churches to reach more than 80 million people. The Williamsons use the large, older church building of another denomination. Along with Sunday services and Bible studies, the church sponsors a ministry to homeless people and a food pantry as they serve the city. We pray for Noel & Shelley and their five children as they serve the Lord in Massachusetts.

October 26: Scott & Alyssa - Thailand
Today we pray for two of our missionaries who serve in Thailand. Their ministry is so dangerous we will not use their real names; well call them Scott & Alyssa. Scott & Alyssa are working to reach refugees from the neighboring country of Myanmar (Burma) who settle in Thailand. There are about two and a half million refugees, and most live in camps near the border. Scott trains believers so they can in turn reach more Burmese people for Christ. We pray for Scott & Alyssa and rejoice that the Lord knows exactly who they are and what they need right now. Let us pray that God will multiply their ministry until all two & a half million refugees have heard the gospel.

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Pantry

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!

   ITEMS NEEDED:

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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