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Prayer Requests – Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: First, I want to rejoice with you concerning the glory God received this past Lord’s Day. I was blessed to see the house full of people praising God for the Greatest Gift – His Son. The circle of candlelight around the auditorium is a heart-warming tradition. May we as a church be a circle of gospel lights throughout this coming year.

It’s a little weird not having Bible study, Awana, or prayer time tonight. After all, I am a Baptist and it is Wednesday! But if you come by the church tonight, it will be dark and locked up. I would encourage you to pray – perhaps as a family – for some of these requests:

– Remember Kim and the Struska family. Pray that God would continue to surround them with grace and strength.

– Bonnie Fiebig is seeing a doctor today about a great deal of pain she has been having on her face. Pray for wisdom to know the best way to relieve the pain.

– Pray for Tony McCrary as he recovers from his hip replacement.

– Pray for the Shaeffers as they travel to Ohio and back this week. They planned to leave today and return next Tuesday.

– Pray for marriages and families in our church and school. Pray for us all to obey God in our relationships.

– Pray for the unsaved and those away from God. Pray for opportunities to speak the truth of God’s Word in your daily life.

– Pray for the coming Lord’s Day services – that the Word of God would be evident and convicting to all of us.

Our New Year’s Eve Sunday will be “normal” in the morning – 8:45a Sunday School and 10a Worship. On Sunday evening we will meet for a potluck at 6p. Ham will be provided. Bring whatever you’d like to share for dinner or snacks and bring your favorite game. Potluck and game night is the agenda. Stay as long as you’d like – leave when you need to.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: First, I want to rejoice in the sweet day that was had in God’s House yesterday. Many said that our “triple-quartet” choir sounded excellent last night at Carols & Sweets. Praise God for His Word and its work among us.

I want to thank the many who gave gifts to our pastoral staff and our TBS teaching staff. You are most generous. Your kindness is a blessing and an encouragement.

A prayer request came in today from Suzanne Goldapske. Her sister, Bonnie Fiebig, is in a lot of pain in her jaw. We have been praying for Bonnie in high school Bible class because her grandchildren are concerned. Please pray for relief.

Remember those who are hurting. Pray for healing for Kim.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: We had a good turnout at the Trinity Baptist School Christmas program last evening. Someone who has not been to a Christmas program anywhere for over a decade told me it was good to hear and see the story told again. We received an offering last night for our teaching staff. If you would like to add to that, you may designate in your giving this Sunday.

Sunday is Carols and Sweets – our choir’s Christmas presentation. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. Amy Braker and the choir have a good night of music prepared for you. And don’t forget about the sweets!

Choir members: remember we have practice tomorrow – Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m.

On Christmas Eve our traditional Candlelight Service begins at 6:00 p.m. Include this worship in your family’s Christmas celebration. Keep Jesus in the center of your thinking. It’s His Day.

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: The Trinity Baptist School Christmas program is tonight – 6:30p at the church. The senior high are doing a short reader’s theater and there is going to be good music. We will continue our tradition of taking an offering tonight for a gift to our school’s teaching staff. We have a great and dedicated staff who work for about 1/4th of the compensation of their public school equals.

Tony McCrary had his hip replacement surgery on Monday. I believe that’s his 4th this year! Praise God they found no infection and were able to put in a stronger piece. He will be transported to the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home today for rehabilitation. Pray for his healing and that he will go home soon. Pray for Linda’s strength as she attempts to help him. (Linda has also had two knee replacement surgeries this year!)

Pray for our missionary Joel Troester and the land situation of their church. They hare now being taken to court by the lady who has contested their land ownership. The good news is a local official has put in writing that her documents are false. The bad news is she is likely working with some other corrupt officials who want the land. Pray that God be pleased and praised with the outcome of this case.

I am going to speak on forgiveness this Sunday from the book of Philemon. And woudn’t you know – God is allowing me to have plenty of opportunities to practice this week! “Oh, God help me to respond like Jesus to people who don’t deserve forgiveness.”

Embracing Truth, Pastor

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dear Trinity Baptist Church Family: First, I want to rejoice in the wonderful way God allowed our church to minister last evening. I believe Jesus was glorified and Sue’s family was comforted. Dale wrote last night: “A life well remembered because it was a life well lived.” It was a huge encouragement to many of us to think of the legacy Sue’s service to her family, church, and community will continue to have for many years to come.

Then, I want to brag about the some of the most wonderful people in the whole world. I am not going to begin to list names because I have already been warned not to. But there were more than a couple of dozen people who did not sit down for 2 hours, but rather were paying attention to the needs of others during the memorial service. Besides those who served last evening were the many who gave gifts of food and funds to make the evening a great success. I know the Struska clan felt loved and many visitors were aware of the Spirit of Christ in this place. Praise God.

Many times people thank me for the spiritual blessings they receive. Last night all the thanks should go to Jesus, the life lived by Sue Struska, the testimonies of her family, and the awesome Trinity Baptist Church Congregation! Can I get a woohoo?!

Now it’s Monday and time for a reality check. Bill and the Struska family are without Sue. And Kim is very sick. Please pray that the devil loses big-time in all their lives. Pray for healing for Kim. Pray for grace and strength for all of them. Pray for Jesus to come back. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Embracing Truth, Pastor