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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 50 Number 10              October 2017

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

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The Pastor's Pen!

     As most of you know by now, I lost my voice on Easter Sunday morning during the 2nd Service. It’s been a frustrating 5 long months with my voice coming & going as it pleases. 7 doctors later, including 2 ENT’s, an allergy doctor, speech therapist & inner ear rehab, my voice still comes & goes.
     Just to keep it all interesting, Wanda & I decided to move. During September, we moved out of the parsonage & into the farmhouse on Airport Road at Smith Mountain Lake. The farmhouse was Wanda’s Grandparents’ old house, next door to her parents. Since her Father died, we feel we need to be closer to her Mother. We will be commuting back & forth for Sunday & Wednesday Services & I will be in the Office during the week.
     However, on the advice of my doctor & the deacons, I am taking a 6-Week Sabbatical. At least that’s what I planned. But God had other plans. I planned to start my Sabbatical Oct 1st; then be out for the next 6 weeks. But God said, “NO!” I lost my voice again Sept 15th, & still had a wedding to officiate. Whether I wanted to or not, my Sabbatical started last week & will run throughout Oct.
     During my Sabbatical, I will not be Preaching, Teaching, Singing, nor Talking! I may have to take a Vow of Silence, like a monk. I will NOT be in the Office, even though the Staff will keep regular Office hours. I will be available by text or email, but I will not be answering my phone, except in an emergency, so leave a message. The “Deacon of the Week” will be in charge of everything, if there is a need, don’t hesitate to call him. Bill, Charlie & Bob have consented to preach while I am out of the pulpit.
     A 6-Week Sabbatical will give my body time to heal & my soul time to “Be Still & Know that I am God!” (Psa 46:10)


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    Carol's Notes   

     I think I can say with 100% certainty that none of us had anything to do with the choosing of the name we were given at birth but that name has identified us all our life.
     When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband asked if our baby was a boy, could we name him after a close friend from college who was killed in Vietnam. He had a good Bible name, John Michael (his family called him Michael), and I knew his family would be very honored. It’s a good thing God gave us a boy because we never even considered a girl’s name. Let me share a funny story about Michael’s name. I had been home with our baby son only a few days. The phone rang one afternoon and the voice on the other end (which I did not immediately recognize) said, “May I please speak to John?” I replied that there was no one there by that name. When the voice on the other end laughed I then realized who it was and he said, “Sis, I think you just had a baby you named John.” We had a good laugh together then I explained we were calling him Michael.
     Michael’s name was decided so quickly but not so with my daughter. For most of my pregnancy we could not agree on a name. What I liked my husband didn’t and vice versa. He liked the middle name I chose, Leigh, but we could not agree on a first name. I don’t remember if I read the name Jennifer or heard it on TV but when I put the two names together I really like how it sounded and, thankfully, so did he. Neither of us knew anyone named Jennifer so we were pleased with our choice. Having given no consideration to a boy’s name, we were delighted that God blessed us with a daughter. There’s also a funny story about Jennifer’s name. There were only two babies born that day at Lewis Gale hospital, Jennifer in the morning and another baby girl in the afternoon. They put the other new mother in the room with me. As we talked about our new babies, I found out she has also named her daughter Jennifer. So much for not knowing any other Jennifer!
     As important as our names are to us and the identity they give us, as Christians the name of Jesus should be the most important name we ever utter. Bill and Gloria Gather wrote “There’s Something about that Name” after they had gone through a difficult time in their lives. They had aging grandparents who were feeble and mentally confused but they still knew the name of Jesus. Their children were experiencing sickness and they were looking to Jesus to ease their anxiety. They said the name of Jesus brought a refreshing over them (“like the fragrance after the rain”).
     One of my favorite new songs is “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship. The song says the name of Jesus Christ our King is beautiful, wonderful and powerful. I’m excited to tell you that the choir will be presenting this beautiful anthem very soon.
     What’s in a name? From birth to death we’ll be known by the name given us by our parents. I pray that the world around us will know us better by the name of Jesus Christ we claimed upon our second birth in Him.
     Hope everyone has an outstanding October. I’m looking forward to cooler weather, candy corn, Kraft caramels and beautiful fall colors. Enjoy it all and don’t forget to…………KEEP SINGING!


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“Deacon of the Week” Contact information

DeaconsE-mailHome PhoneAlt. Phone
Michael Baileymjtabailey@gmail.com540-586-6661540-798-0265 (C)
Jake Barger540-587-5825434-665-5730 (C)
Robert Brizendinerobert.brizendine@yahoo.com757-897-5875 (C)
Sam Hardysbhardy2@verizon.net540-587-0019540-583-1513 (C)
Pete Kirbypdkirby60@aol.com540-586-1870434-665-6558 (C)
Tim Maynardtim@gunnoesausage.com540-586-6370540-586-1096 (W)
James RoseJames.rose@centrahealth.com540-586-5845540-587-3383 (W)

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SBA Annual Meeting

The Strawberry Baptist Association Annual Meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 23rd at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. There will be two sessions, one at 4:00 and another at 7:00, with a catered meal at 5:30. We are having an Associational Choir again this year. If you are interested in singing, there will be one more rehearsal on Sunday, Oct. 15h, at 3:00 at Trinity. We have elected four messengers from Trinity. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, but only messengers can vote.

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Fall Festival

We are having a Fall Festival here at the Church on Friday, Oct. 27th in the Fellowship Hall from 7 – 9 pm. We now have children in our Church, and we need to provide for those children, and to attract more children to attend. The Fall Festival is for children of all ages, please come and enjoy the festivities. This is in lieu of our October Coffee House. If you would like to help with this festival, please see Kriste or Tim.
There is a box in the Fellowship Hall for Donations for bagged candy to be distributed. Also monetary donations are needed for prizes.

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Pastor’ New Mailing Address

Rev. & Mrs. Vernon DeLong
2562 Airport Road
Moneta, VA 24121

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September's Numbers

Sunday School - 43 + 29 (Nursing Home)
September’s Receipts - $13,350.00 / Disbursements - $17,089.49
Building Fund - $35,817.45 / Scholarship Fund - $6,115.50
YTD Receipts - $13,350.00 / YTD Expenditures - $17,089.49

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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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