As I write this on Wednesday afternoon, votes are still being counted, and we do not yet know who will be our next president. Let us pray for patience, calm, and a healthy respect for our laws as this process unfolds. This is certainly an anxious time in America. Not only is the pandemic surging again, but not being able to celebrate Halloween, and probably Thanksgiving and Christmas with our family and friends is a lot to bear. So, please join me as we pray for comfort and assurance for all in this time of heightened anxiety.
In the Bible, God frequently said, “Do not be afraid.” I think we need to hear these words again as often as we can. We also need to remember God’s promises to be with us in all things and to walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. Indeed, the Good Shepherd’s rod and staff will bring us comfort. The rod was used to fend off wild animals, and the staff to return a wayward lamb to the safety of the flock. Remember, we are not alone. God is with us, and we have one another. Thanks be to God!
I want to thank all those who have already sent in their estimate of giving cards and encourage those who haven’t to do so as soon as possible. The Session and I continue to be amazed and grateful for the high level of generosity during these difficult times, and we pray that this will continue in the months to come. I am grateful to Cheryl Anderson and the Stewardship Team for the good work they have done in our stewardship campaign, and I especially thank Dale Overcash, Linda Breazeale, Betsy Moore, and Connie and Tom Carrigan for giving inspiring moments for gratitude in worship.
I sincerely regret that the Session has had to cancel our annual Thanksgiving dinner. This, for me, is one of the high moments of our life together when we gather to give thanks to God for our many blessings and enjoy good food and fellowship. I hope that we will be able to hold a big meal maybe in the spring when this pandemic finally runs its course. Now, that will be something to celebrate!
In the meantime, I invite you to spend a little more time in prayer, reading the Bible, in conversations with loved ones electronically, and by tuning in on Sunday mornings for our online worship. Someone the other day said that we may be physically apart from each other right now, but we are still together in spirit. May God bring you comfort, peace, patience, and encouragement as we continue safe and healthy practices to stem the tide of this dreadful disease. Please know that I miss you all, am praying for you daily, and eagerly look forward to our glad reunion in the future.
A BIG thank you to Bill Raudenbush and his sidekick, Bandit, for helping prepare the church's parking lot and back drive for voters. Bill is always willing to pitch in and his help was much appreciated!
Trinity's in-person activities are suspended through Sunday, November 22nd. Session will meet on Monday, November 16th to determine if the suspension of activities should continue, based on health guidelines.
Connie and Tom Carrigan's Gratitude Moment
Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends as we follow state guidelines to restrict the spread of Covid-19. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.
Celebration: We are delighted to share that Sam Moore and Allison Dean are engaged. Sam is Lisa Baildon's son, and he and Allison hope to be married in Ohio on April 24, 2021. Congratulations to them on their engagement!
We ask you to keep Thelma Bullard, Jenny Lhotsky's mother, in your prayers. She has Parkinson's and we're sad to report she has experienced several falls lately.
We welcome back Eton Everett who has returned to the area after a time away. Eton was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer mid-summer, and asks that we pray for her continued recovery and improvement toward better health.
As we continue to pay the church's unchanging monthly obligations, we remain sincerely grateful for your giving. Louise Taff, our Receiving Treasurer, is checking the mail frequently each week, making the deposits for the church. If you have questions about your giving, please email Louise.
We recognize that for many people this is an uncertain time, and know that you may not have the income you had before the pandemic. If you find yourself in a difficult position and would like to request financial assistance from the church, please write a confidential email to David.