Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC
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I am excited about our upcoming Youth Sunday on February 2. They have been working hard all month preparing the worship service that will focus on discovering and using the gifts God gives us. Often we say that the youth are the future of the church. Actually they are also very much a part of the present. We are blessed to have very active young people in our congregation. They sing in the chancel choir, play in the handbell choir, volunteer to be lay readers and ushers, help prepare lunches for the Habitat House volunteers, and often serve on Presbytery’s Youth Council. I am reminded that God called several young people in the Bible: David was a teenage shepherd when Samuel anointed him to be the second king of Israel; Jeremiah was a boy when God called him to become a prophet; and Mary was a young teenager when Gabriel called her to be the mother of the Messiah.

Scripture teaches that God not only creates us but also gives us all various gifts. Some of us are talented at reading, writing, public speaking, art, music, drama, dance and other liberal arts, while others are gifted in sports, science, math, engineering, medicine, and a host of things God needs to make the world go around. The key is to discover what we are good at and to spend a lot of time gathering as much knowledge and experience as we can so that we can become proficient at it. Then we need to use and share those talents in God’s economy. John Calvin believed all Christians have two callings: the call to faith and the call to a particular vocation. Therefore we should never look at the exercise of our gifts as just a job, but as vocation, which means a calling.

I am grateful that on Sunday our youth will be calling us to take an inventory of the gifts God has given us and to consider strengthening our stewardship of those gifts. I am grateful to our Youth Advocates for their faithful leadership: Tom Carrigan, Shelley Clayton, Mike Lhotsky, Betsy Moore, and Karleigh Pierce.  Our Joyful Noise Children's Choir will also sing in the service, and I am grateful to their leaders, Lisa Baildon, Diane Catalano, Donna Kostandy, Jenny Lhotsky, and Muriel Pepe for their tireless commitment to our younger children.  I also want to thank our parents for preparing and providing the weekly dinners for the kids.

I hope you will join us on Sunday for an inspiring service, and I hope to see you at the annual meeting next Sunday, February 9th as we celebrate another good year in ministry together.

Grace and peace,
Reply to David
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Thursday, February 6 – Our seniors’ group (55+) invites you to join them for a tour of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historic Site. Charlotte Hawkins Brown established the Palmer Memorial Institute in 1902 for the education of many African American students. Donation of $1/person suggested for the guided tour. On display are original and period furnishings, exhibits with artifacts and photographs. The group will also visit a nearby church.
The ACTS members plan to meet in the Fellowship Hall at 8:45 am, leaving as close to 9:00 am as possible. Following the tour, the group will enjoy lunch at the Cutting Board in Burlington, and return home around 3pm. If you have questions, check with Bev Taylor, 919-876-6763
If you knit and would like to join a group that donates their handmade goods, please speak with Beth Dixon. Her knitting group next meets on February 1st in the church's Parlor from 1-4 pm. Folks can come and knit on any project they want... and get help if they need it. Their next project is for Wake Med Breast Services. This group has donated items to UNC Children's Cochlear Implant Center, Knitted Knockers for Wake Med Breast Services, Red Scarves for Foster Care to Success. Please come check them out! 
TRINITY'S ANNUAL MEETING - Sunday, February 9th after worship in the Fellowship Hall, we’ll highlight the ministry and mission accomplished in 2019, review the Session-approved budget for 2020, and vote on the terms of call for the pastor. It will also be a time of fellowship, with a light luncheon of soup and sandwiches provided by the Stewardship Team. Please join us!

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