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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 48 Number 9              September 2015

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


From the Pastor’s Desk!

     The world seems to have gotten crazier all of a sudden, terrorism, earthquakes, financial crisis, senseless shootings, etc. May I remind you that God is still in control, He’s still on His Throne? The Bible says we Live by Faith, not by Sight. Your Faith determines how Big God is. What Kind of Faith do you have? How BIG is God? The song says He’s Big enough to rule the universe, yet small enough to live inside my heart.
     David had a Great, BIG God. When the Israelites faced the Giant Goliath of the Philistines, everybody was afraid of him. “He’s so BIG,” they said. David said, “Yes, he may be big, but he’s too BIG to miss.” David believed God was Bigger. If God had helped deliver David from the bear & the wolf, surely He could deliver David from the Giant. David Believed, he lived his life, “I Can’t, but God Can!”
     Mary & Martha had a Great, BIG God. When their brother died, they faced a BIG enemy, Death. After Jesus had waited 4 days, Lazarus was surely dead, they should have lost all Hope, but they Believed anyway. “If you had been here, he would not have Died, but even now, we Believe.” Mary & Martha believed God was Bigger, even bigger than Death. Mary & Martha learned “Nothing is Impossible with God!”
     We have a Great, BIG God. When we face anything, whether a Giant like cancer, heart attack, financial crisis, or even death, God is still BIGGER, God is still Greater. We have to Believe, to Believe that God is BIGGER, Greater, that anything we face in this world. When we Can’t, God Can! Nothing is Impossible with God! God can meet our every Need, Any Need, all we have to do is ASK!

Vernon

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    Carol's Notes   

     As I considered my article for this month, it was difficult to think about anything except the losses we experienced over the past few days. We lost our friend, Lois Linkous, and Bill’s friend and “Blimpie Breakfast Buddy”, Carl Douglass. Our community experienced the tragic and sudden death on a live TV broadcast of two young people with bright futures and so much more living to do.
     I’m sure the funerals or memorial services for these young people will be far more difficult than were the services for Lois and Carl. Both of their services, though very different in style, were celebrations of lives well lived and the joy in heaven upon their home going.
     Music was a great part of both services, gospel music for Lois and hymns of the faith for Carl. One of the hymns at Carl’s memorial was new to me but I really liked both the melody and the words. I jotted down the words and the name of the writer. I came to discover that the writer penned the words while pondering the death of a friend. As she thought about contradictory “pairs” - life and death, death and resurrection, winter and spring - she remembered a poem by T.S. Eliot which contained the phrase “In the end is our beginning.” This led to the hope-filled message of the song that out of one will come the other whenever God chooses to bring it about. These are the words she wrote.

In the bulb there is a flower In the seed an apple tree In cocoons a hidden promise Butterflies will soon be free In the cold and snow of winter There’s a spring that waits to be Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see There’s a song in every silence Seeking word and melody There’s a dawn in every darkness Bringing hope to you and me From the past will come the future What it holds a mystery Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see
In our end is our beginning In our time, infinity In our doubt there is believing In our life, eternity In our death a resurrection At the last a victory Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see
     When our world, our local community is shattered by catastrophic events and we struggle to understand our out-of-control world, how comforting and reassuring to be reminded (just as in the words to “Hymn of Promise”) that there is resurrection after death and a great victory awaiting all followers of Christ.
     September brings a new church year. What a perfect time for us to recommit together to be of one mind, one heart, one accord as we strive together to make a difference in our community.
     Have a super September and, as always, KEEP SINGING!

Carol

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August's Numbers
Sunday School - 43 + 24 (Nursing Home)
Receipts - $14,403.00   Disbursements -$12,362.31
Building Fund - $12,675.80   Scholarship Fund - $5,446.14
YTD Receipts - $177,644.24   YTD Expenditures - $176,240.88

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Events

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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Homemade Ice Cream
Every Wednesday evening in September
at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Ordinance of Communion
Sunday, September 13th
“Do this in Remembrance of Me”

Women's Meeting
Monday, September 14th, at 7:00 pm
Bring a snack to share!!

Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, September 19th, 5:00-9:00 pm
"Eastern Divide"
"The Epperson Brothers & Friends"
"Family Grass"
Come & Enjoy some Great Food, Music & Fellowship!!!
Invite Your Friends & Neighbors!!
Weather permitting, it will be outside; so bring a lawn chair.
A Love Offering will be taken.

Sunday Evening Service at Bob & Barbara Chittum’s
September 20th, 6:00 pm

Men's Bible Study Saturday, September 26th, at 10:00 am

State Mission Offering – “Vision Virginia” Collected during month of Sept. - Our Goal this year is: $700 100% goes directly to support Missions in Virginia & Beyond.
The fund supports dozens of ministries, including hunger ministries, church planting, disaster relief & ministry scholarships.

(call the office at 586-8010 if you have questions about these events.)

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Life Line Screening

Is coming to Trinity Baptist Church
Tuesday, September 15
Pre-registration is required. Call 1-888-653-6450
Preventive Health Screenings can detect your risk for serious disease.
For more information about Life Line Screening go to the website:
www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners

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Happy Grandparents Day
Sunday, September 13th

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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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