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I am very grateful to all who volunteered for the pumpkin sale and to all who purchased pumpkins. When the dust settled and all gifts to youth scholarships tallied, the total receipts for this youth scholarship fundraiser were around $1,300. This will help send our youth to summer youth conferences at Massanetta Springs and Montreat. Thanks!

I also want to thank the Session for their leadership pledge last week. The total pledged amount for 2020 from the Session and Moderator was $51,500. We invite you to join us on Gratitude Sunday, November 10th to help us reach our goal of $236,000 in pledged income for our ministry and mission in 2020. I want to thank you for your generosity in the past. Every year you always manage to step up and give of your time, talent, and treasure in amazing ways. When I consider all the hours and the money this congregation gives to ensure inspiring worship, quality music, informative Christian education, dynamic youth and children’s’ ministry, life-changing mission in our community and around the world, plus all the friendships made and strengthened in our fellowship and care for one another, I want to break out in song and sing praise and thanksgiving to the wonderful God we serve in Jesus Christ. 

Some have expressed concern that since our new friends from Milner Memorial Presbyterian have generously brought with them the savings they had accumulated, some might not feel, for a while at least, the need to give as generously as they have in the past. However, with consultation from the former Milner members who have joined Trinity, the Session has decided to use this windfall not for current operating expenses but mainly for deferred maintenance, debt reduction, plus ten percent to local mission. Therefore, in order to continue our ministry and mission in 2020 at the current level, we will need to receive the same amount from all who pledged this year plus a little more in order to give cost of living increases to staff.  

I hope you will make a special effort to be in worship on Gratitude Sunday and to present an estimate of your giving for 2020 for dedication. God has been very good to us in 2019, both as a congregation and as individuals. I pray that our financial gift to Trinity next year will be one that reflects the gratitude for the blessings we have received from a gracious and generous God. As Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth, “You will be enriched in every way for great generosity.” I believe it! I hope to see you in worship on Sunday. And thanks again for all you do for Trinity.

Always grateful,
David
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Upcoming Communion date: December 1st, the first Sunday of Advent

Do you have a celebration that you'd love to share? Has something GREAT happened lately that makes your heart sing? Email Virginia in the church office and we'll include your celebration in the November 17th worship bulletin. 
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Jacob Liddicote shared his feelings about gratitude in worship on November 3rd. It's hard not to be moved by his message! He shared his strong feeling of belonging to this church family. And it's not just a second family, it's an extension of his own family and for that, Jacob is grateful. His expressed his gratitude for so many strong and caring role models, including Tom Carrigan, Bob Dunnigan, Chris Farrow, David Huffman, and Charles Young, to name a few ... and too many mother figures to name! We thank YOU, Jacob, and appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us.
We are on track to give out more grocery bags to families in our community who are food insecure than we have in the last few years. For those in the congregation who have donated items, we thank you!! If you have the time to shop and are able, the pantry is very low on cereal and crackers.
The Angel Tree returns, giving us a chance to bring joy to others! Tags are on the tree, representing gifts for children served by the Salvation Army and who attend Wilburn Elementary. When you choose a tag, please bring your gift back with the tag by Sunday, December 1st. The gifts for Wilburn should be wrapped; the gifts for the Salvation Army unwrapped. And thank you for sharing the joy of Christmas with others!

Warm winter items needed, too! We are collecting knit hats, scarves, warm gloves for the children of Wilburn, too. No need to wrap!
Did you know that when you purchase items at AmazonSmile, Trinity receives a donation for eligible items? If you shop on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile and choosing Trinity as your charity of choice. (And there is more than one Trinity Presbyterian listed, so make sure to choose the one in Raleigh, please.) When you shop through the Amazon Smile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Trinity. All monies received benefit Trinity's Operating Budget, and are classified as Extraordinary Revenue.
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