Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC
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As I write, the fall sun is shining brightly surrounded by a crystal blue sky. The leaves are turning yellow and orange, and the pumpkins on the front lawn are itching to be purchased by someone who feels called to help a young person attend a youth conference next summer. Thanks to all who volunteered to sell pumpkins. On Sunday afternoon a hoard of ghosts, goblins, and superheroes will descend upon our parking lot for an afternoon of Trunk or Treat. Missy and her staff will serve a hot dog dinner to help wash down the candy treats. This is always a lot of fun and helps raise funds for our wonderful Preschool.

Earlier in the day our Stewardship Team will make a presentation at the end of worship on the proposed budget for 2020 and give us details on how we can make an estimate of giving for 2020 on Gratitude Sunday, November 10. The session is turning in their estimates early, and the total will be published on November 3 as a leadership gift to pave the way for the whole congregation to submit theirs on November 10. I am grateful for the thoughtful and moving Minutes for Gratitude presented in worship. A common theme has been how grateful people are for the meaningful relationships they have made in our congregation. In a high-tech, isolated modern world, opportunities for warm and affirming “high-touch” interactions are far and few between. The church is one of the few such places left. The Greek word for the special spiritual fellowship created by sisters and brothers in Christ is “koinonia.” This has always been a strong suit at Trinity, for which I am deeply grateful.

As we travel through stewardship season, I hope that you will make list of all the things for which you are grateful before you sit down and fill out an estimate of giving card. Because authentic stewardship is not based on mere duty, or fear, or dread but on a life-giving sense of gratitude for all that God has given us. For most of us that list is long, and it includes many relationships with a lot of people who have given us much joy and love. Thanks be to God – and to you, for all you do.  God bless you!

Ever grateful,
Reply to David
Our Joyful Noise Children's Choir will sing on Sunday, October 27th
Upcoming Communion dates: November 3rd and December 1st

Want to pitch in at the patch?!
Tap here to sign up! The pumpkin patch hours are Sundays, 1-7 pm; Mondays-Fridays, 1-7 pm; and Saturdays, 11 am – 7 pm. The prices range from $1-$20, based on size. All net proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for middle school and high school youth. We especially thank the youth and their parents for volunteering for this scholarship project!
If it rains, trunk or treat will not be held.
ACTS Seniors (65+) will meet at 9:15am in the Fellowship Hall, on Thursday, November 9th. They will visit the NC Museum of History especially to see "Toy Boom!" and "NC and the Space Race" exhibits. Other permanent exhibits are open also, and no admission fee! They will stay at the museum for lunch at Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery about $10 (menu here). Join them as they have fun reviewing 50 years of recent history.

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