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The Pastor's Pen
Things change, quickly, & the older I get, the faster Things Change. Summer is over, & Fall is upon us, with shorter days, cooler weather & changing leaves. Our Church has changed in the past few months; attendance is up, attitudes are better; visitors are coming; now there is a sense of expectancy in the air. Where do we go from here? I’m not sure where God is Leading, but I do know we need to keep Looking Unto Jesus! (Heb 12:2)
Looking Unto Jesus means asking, “What is God’s Purpose?” What’s God Doing, we know He is at Work! We know God is still in the Saving Business, He is not willing that any should perish. (2 Peter 3:9) We Know God allows “Things” to happen in our lives, whether Trials, Tribulations or Troubles to Test us, Strengthen us or Mature us Remember, Things Change, “this too shall pass.” What is God’s Purpose for you, for us, for our Church?
Looking Unto Jesus looking at things from God’s Perspective? How does God see us & the events in our lives & in our Church? It’s hard to see Things from God’s Perspective when we’re going through the Storms in our lives. We need to stop being so Self-Centered & return to a God-centered life. How does God’s Perspective concerning our Church differ from ours?
Looking Unto Jesus also means asking, “What are God’s Plans?” What Does God have in Store for you, for our Church? Understanding what God’s Doing is more important than telling God what we want. God’s Plans are not our Plans. His Ways are not our Ways! We need to keep Doing whatever it is we have been doing to get us here in the first place. Teach the Word, Preach the Word, Live according to His Word & make sure God gets the Glory!Keep Looking Unto Jesus!
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As a young woman of 20 years old, I was so excited to be moving to a new city, starting a new job and buying my first car (a 1964 VW bug) -- I thought I had the world by the tail! It wasn’t until my parents came to visit two months later that I realized how much I had missed them. We had a great visit but I could not hold back the tears as they drove out of sight. I’ve heard Bill talk about how homesick he was as a young man in the military stationed in Korea knowing it would be nearly two years before he would return home. That was much the same feeling I had about you, my church family. I got so homesick that it was almost unbearable. I am so grateful that the Lord heard the groaning of my heart and through the working of the Holy Spirit made a way for me to come home. It’s great to be back! Who says you can’t go home again!
August was a busy month for me as I began planning weekly music for the choir, choosing Christmas music and, on the family front, wanting to spend a little extra time with our college-bound grandchildren. It was well into the month before I read the latest issue of Guideposts. One of the articles I enjoyed ended with this quote: “We sing the melody to our life’s song, but the people who touch us provide the harmony. Underneath it all, guiding us and supporting us, is the rhythm of our faith.”
Webster’s dictionary describes harmony as “the sounding together of tones in a way that is pleasing to hear.” I am so glad that my life is not a solo act but full of special people who have added such sweet harmony and underneath it all is the Savior directing the music through all the rhythm changes life deals us.
August was amazing for me as I returned to a place I love, doing what I love best. I hope we will all have a super September as we begin a new church year working together in harmony to make a difference in our community.It’s great once again to remind you to…Keep Singing!
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August 's Numbers
Sunday School - 55 + 15 (Nursing Home)
May Receipts $12,114.40 Disbursements $12,436.25
Building Fund $14,235.07 Scholarship Fund $11,866.99
YTD Receipts - $156,603.17 YTD Expenditures - $156,576.89
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~~~ FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 28th ~~~
Join us for our
7:00 – 9:00 PM
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6th Annual FAMILY-ORIENTED
Saturday, September 29th
(right After Centerfest)
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH
947 Lyle Street (behind KFC)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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COLLIDE / Youth
As I was doing some reading this week I stumbled upon a statistic that simply blew me away. Mike Nappa conducted a survey (The Jesus Survey) asking Christian teenagers if they believed in the four basic tenants of the Christian faith. 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.
Of the 800 Christian teenagers surveyed 91 percent say they have doubt about at least one of the basic tenants of the Christian faith.
I want to change Mike Nappa’s statistic by teaching the Word of God to Christian teenagers in order to remove any doubt about these four basic tenants. There can be NO doubt about the fundamentals, especially in regards to salvation.
The name of the youth group here at Trinity is Collide and my first goal (and will always be my top priority) is to collide students with Jesus Christ. We will have fun, take trips, play games, and worship but the main goal of Collide is to do whatever it takes to bring teenagers to Christ.
Please pray that our students at Trinity will grow in Christ and be bold in sharing Christ with others.
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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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