I have been enjoying the refreshing cool air in the early mornings this week, and I hope you are too. I think moderation is often underrated. Summers and winters are full of extreme weather that challenges us to keep cool and warm, respectively. But spring and fall bless us with what I like to call Goldilocks’ weather: not too hot, not too cold, but just right! The autumnal equinox arrives on Monday, which should bring us some fine weather, barring hurricanes. Please pray for our distant neighbors in the Northwest and West who are losing their homes and loved ones to the worst wildfires we have seen in years.
Also continue to pray for all those frontline workers who working hard to treat Covid-19 patients and to keep us all safe and healthy, as well as the scientists who are developing a vaccine. And please pray for the family and friends of the almost 200,000 people who have lost their lives to this deadly disease. What an overwhelming tragedy! May God bring them comfort and peace as they begin the long healing process.
I do hope that you are finding helpful ways to deal with this pandemic that continues to challenge us. I have found that daily exercise is very good medicine, as well as eating a sensible diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. As much as I love to stay informed on current events, I have been limiting my time watching television news. Bad news not only travels fast, but too much exposure to it can be very discouraging. I have been reading more books and watching more comedy. Proverbs 17:22 says “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” I believe it!
One of my favorite computer slogans is “garbage in; garbage out.” One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Paul’s advice to the Philippians, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure … lovely ... gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Somebody once wrote a book with the title, “We Are What We Eat.” We are also what we think, and read, and hear. We cannot control all of that, but we can limit our exposure to things that discourage and harm us. Years ago, a wise theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, wrote a prayer that has come to be known as the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this, “O Lord, grant me the courage to change the things I can change, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.” That is wise triage advice from a very wise man.
May God continue to steer the ship in which we are sailing and grant us not only courage and serenity but also wisdom for each day ahead. I hope you will join me online for worship Sunday. I will be preaching on the most unpopular parable Jesus ever told. Check it out!
Session has suspended activities held at Trinity through September 20, 2020.
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.
Good news: Meredith Anderson has recovered from her bout with Covid-19. She and her family are so appreciative of your prayers.
Bobby and Betsy Nelson are grateful for your prayers and good wishes for Bobby's recovery from a fall. He's doing better, attending physical therapy, and working hard on healing! Please continue to pray for Bobby's continued improvement. They also ask for prayers of healing and comfort for Bobby's sister, Ann Wynn, who lives in Conetoe, NC. Ann's husband, Leon Wynn, passed away on September 7, due to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, Ann has recently been diagnosed with the coronavirus as well. We ask that you pray for her strength, healing, and full recovery.
Please keep Missy Farrow's father, Ben Cheney, in your prayers. His skin cancer on his head has returned. In addition, he will have surgery on the vertebrae in his neck and they found a spot on his kidney that needs to be evaluated. Please pray for his full recovery, good spirits, and stamina.
We ask that you keep Lillie Pearce's daughter, Karen Loveland, in your prayers. Karen has seen specialists for a lump on the side of her neck. Please pray for discernment, healing, and a sense of calm and peace for Karen, Lillie, and their family.
Richard Piazza is scheduled to have surgery this week in order to remove a Vena Cava Filter from a main vein by his heart. It's a delicate operation, and Laura asks that we pray all goes smoothly and that Richard comes through the procedure well, without any lingering complications.
Please continue to keep Kitty Barco's nephew Brandon Moody in your prayers. He has finished his course of chemotherapy for brain cancer, which is a milestone, but there is more work ahead. Kitty's sister shares that the next step would be a bone marrow transplant. Please pray for Brandon's comfort, his stamina to endure, and the best outcome possible.
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.