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I hope that you and your family and friends are enjoying the early autumn weather. The State Fair rolls into town next week, Halloween is soon to follow, and maybe we will get to have Thanksgiving dinner with our families this year. I want to say another big thank-you to our class of 2021 on the Session (Cheryl Anderson, Shelley Clayton, Chris Farrow, and Anne Liddicote) and the Board of Deacons (Lisa Baildon, Gay Long, and Betsy Moore). They all did an outstanding job, and I am grateful for their faithfulness and commitment during these challenging times.

I was so pleased on Sunday to ordain and install our 2024 class of officers (elders: Dave Gardner and Katie Smith and deacons: Joyce Gardner and Karen Long). They are eager to serve, and I look forward to working with them. The Nominating Committee is seeking to fill three vacancies, so if you feel God calling you to use your gifts in this way, please let Shelley Clayton or me know.

I will miss being with you on Sunday. I am traveling to New York with my family for my niece’s wedding. We have not all been together since Christmas of 2019, so we are very excited about this long-awaited reunion. You will be in good hands, since our good friend, the Rev. Aleta Ash, will be preaching and leading worship again. When I return I will be preaching on one of my favorite subjects: stewardship.

In the early portion of my ministry, I used to dread stewardship season because I did not feel comfortable asking people to give their money to the church. But as I grew in faith and understanding, I discovered that Jesus was correct when he said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Of course, receiving is good too: we all need to pay our bills and have enough money for financial security for our families. But as we grow in faith and wisdom we learn that giving is even better. God created us for loving relationships with our Creator and one another, and we find our highest joy in giving of ourselves substantially to the people and the institutions we love. The biggest check I write each month is to our church, and it is also the one that gives me the greatest satisfaction.

So, this fall I am going to pray that each one of us will give our Christian stewardship some serious thought and prayer so that we can increase the joy and peace God wants us all to have. I firmly believe that Jesus was so hard on the rich because they had become too attached to their wealth and that had become their god. He wanted them to discover the joy that Zacchaeus had discovered when he traded that god for the living God, the One who had created him and wanted his joy to be complete.

Thank you for all do for our church! I can’t wait to see you when I return.
        
Your pastor and friend,
David
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Mission Giving – In support of Habitat for Humanity’s Presbyterian Build, the mission team and Session have approved sending $1,000 from the mission portion of the Milner Fund to Habitat. Rick Beech, Habitat’s Vice-President of Faith Relations, shared in a recent email that the building site now contains a sturdy foundation for the work to come. This new home is located in Cary, where all in all, there will be seven homes in what’s called Hannah Place.

Giving Statement – If you would like a to-date 2021 giving statement sent to you, please email Louise Taff, our Receiving Treasurer.

Is your youth thinking of Montreat? If your youth wishes to participate in the July, 2022 high school retreat, the first deposit of $200 is due by November 15th, payable in one or more payments. Please make your check(s) out to Trinity Presbyterian with “Montreat” in the memo line. Scholarship applications from the church and the retreat center are available; please email Virginia in the church office to learn more.
Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.
Office Notes: The church has phone service - hooray! Virginia will set up the church's voicemail as soon as she is able. In the meanwhile, if you need David or Virginia, please email them. 

Virginia's hours in the office will be a bit flexible. Typically she is working 3½ hours a day, 3 days a week. 
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