Category Archives: general church news

Wednesday, May 24, 20176

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I rejoice in the goodness of God. I was blessed by the ministry of Dave & Patti West on Sunday. I look forward to hearing of the start up of a new Bible college in Argentina. Then, I was convicted by the Word of God on Sunday evening as we considered our role as a priest before God.

On Monday, I traveled with Curt Carter, Charlie Leeds, and Regan Martin to Rockford to attend a conference where we heard 7 sermons. A couple of hundred were there and I was able to speak with many good friends from all over the Midwest. The theme of the day was a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.

Let me know if you would be interested in attending conferences like this. The next one is the annual meetings of the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship. This combined event will be held at Maranatha Baptist University and Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown on June 12-14th. I intend to attend parts of this meeting and will be driving back and forth rather than staying there for the whole time.

Pray for one another. Pray for healing for families. Pray for wisdom for God’s people.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Prayer Requests for 5-17-17

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family –

We have Bible study and prayer time tonight at 7p. Here are some prayer requests I will share tonight:

– Tony McCrary is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

– Bev Baum has had some heart trouble. She has a stress test scheduled for May 31

– Jean Jones deals with a lot of pain. Jean has the added responsibility of caring for Jim with his growing dementia.

– Sue Struska goes in for her 5th chemo this week.

– Last Thursday’s MRI showed no significant changes for Kimberly Struska. So her current chemo treatments will continue. Pray for strength and continued recovery from surgeries and previous treatments.

– We have a School Committee meeting tomorrow evening. Pray for wisdom for parents, staff, and committee members as plans are made for next year.

– Tim and Briana Shular are moving into Carter’s home on Saturday evening. Pray for the loading, the trip, and the unloading. Help is needed at Carters at 7p.

– Praise God for partial answer to the Troester’s request conc3rning their building in Mozambique. Pray for doors to open as they work to build a church building.

– The Peace family leaves for furlough on June 21st.

– Our preacher this Sunday is Missionary David West.

– Pray for families who are hurting with damaged relationships.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Thursday, May 4

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family; We had a wonderful evening last night at Awana Awards. David counted 116 and I think most of those joined us first at the Hot Dog Buffet. Pastor Shaeffer preached about grace. Commander Tony Braker gave us a good report on our Awana year and talked about changes taking place in classes and curriculum for next year. Many book awards were given out. I rejoice in all the verse memorized and principles from God’s Word learned.

We have a Men’s Prayer breakfast this Saturday, 8a. If you are not signed up and plan to come, please contact me by Friday noon so I can be prepared.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

May Day!

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family – It’s May Day! Wikipedia has a long article on the ancient and varied traditions of May Day. A generation ago in America, May Day was a fun day in the spring when you put a basket of goodies or flowers on the doorstep of a neighbor, then rang their doorbell and ran! On this cold day, I hope you make a reason to bring joy to someone!

We had a full weekend at TBC. First, on Saturday morning more than a couple of dozen were at the building to help with spring repairs and cleaning. We had chair washing, chair repair, light repairs, light bulb changing, carpet cleaning, music organizing, stump removal, chimney repair, kitchen cleaning, vacuuming, junk removal, painting, dusting, furnace room cleaning, and window washing take place. I praise the Lord for the many willing servants who came.

Then, yesterday we had a good crowd staying for our monthly church dinner. I can’t remember the last time we were short on food. Yesterday was no exception. We had more than enough good food.

And I really liked our missionary yesterday – Phil and Jessica Coolbaugh. They were a real blessing to me personally. I like singing near Phil in the morning service and watching him punch at the theologically sound words he was singing. And his preaching was good. Phil and Jessica’s burden and conviction concerning the work in Toronto to which God has called them was challenging to me. I hope we are able to partner with them some day.

And the week continues. Wednesday is Awana Awards night. Now, I know to some of you that means it’s a night off – a night that does not pertain to you. I understand. But I’d like to encourage you to come for the fellowship and to be an encouragement to our Awana Clubbers and leaders. I promise you that you will be a blessing to someone if you come. We will have a Hot Dog Buffet at 5:30p and the Awards begin with a devotional by Pastor Shaeffer at 6:30p. The buffet will have corn dogs, cheese on dogs, dogs in beans, sauerkraut on dogs, and all the good condiments. There will be chips, desserts, and soda. OK, so it’s not the Ritz, but you’ll find something tasty. I promise.

Remember, it’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. What’s about Jesus? Everything in your life ought to be about Jesus.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Church Work Day and Church Dinner this weekend!

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: I pray you have enjoyed your privilege of serving the King of kings this week. We have a busy weekend ahead of us. The Building/Grounds Committee has established this Saturday as a spring work day. We have plans to wash windows, chairs, walls, and make repairs. We have light bulbs to change and garbage to toss. We have scheduled this for 9a to noon on Saturday, May 29th. This is fun for the whole family! Come and work with your kids. The Building/Grounds Committee should come at 8a to review what needs to be done.

Then, Sunday is Church Dinner Day. Missionary Phil Coolbaugh and his family are our guests for Sunday School and the challenge after church dinner. Bring what your family will eat and a little extra and come for a good day. I will finish my preaching from Amos in the morning service.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”

Embracing Truth, Pastor