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Are you a glass-half-full or a glass-half empty person? Unfortunately this is not a choice; either we come into the world with this in our DNA or our family of origin imprinted it on us. But just because we cannot change direction in which we naturally lean, this doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it. This is one of the miracles of human existence: God has given us a brain, a heart, a soul, and the freedom to change our thinking and our behavior. 

If you are by nature or nurture a pessimist, this just means you have to work harder at having a positive outlook and avoiding negative, counterproductive behavior. Two Bible passages come to mind: “a cheerful heart is good medicine (Prov. 17:22) and Paul’s advice for his fellow Christians in Philippi: “Whatever is true … honorable … just … pure …lovely … and gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, thank about these things … and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:8-9)

Right now, our world is bombarding us with plenty of negative, tragic, painful things. In order to avoid lapsing into despair, we need to fill our minds with healthy, positive things to lift us out of this morass. I have found that limiting the amount of news I watch is a good first step. And a good second one is to use the extra time that gives me to read the Bible and other good books, to pray more often, and to call or email my family and close friends. Walking around the block and cleaning the house are also helpful. I'd be delighted to hear what you are doing to stay positive. Email me, and who knows, I may have something new to add to my list!

Human history is full of adversity and hardships, but it is also full of wonderful stories of resilience, creativity, and perseverance. In these challenging and difficult days, let us do our best to light candles of faith and hope instead constantly cursing the darkness. Let us remember that the God who not only promised to walk with us through dark valleys has also kept these promises over and over again and delivered people in distress. In other words, God has a good track record of reliability and faithfulness. 

So, let us focus on the light at the end of the tunnel instead of the dark walls of the valley through we are traveling. As I write, millions of people are getting vaccinations, and the scientists are beginning to talk about a much brighter and safer summer on the way. I look forward to worshipping with you online on Sunday, and I continue to give thanks to God for your faithful and generous support of our ministry and mission.  God be with you!

Your pastor and friend in Christ,
David
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Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office

We are delighted to report that the surgeries for Dean Barnes and Jim Young were successful. Please keep both gentlemen in your prayers as they bounce back from surgery.

Brian Kline has Covid-19, with mild symptoms. Please pray for a swift and steady recovery for Brian.

Missy Farrow's father, Ben Cheney, is improving, but has a good bit to go. Please pray that he continues to gain strength and sees results from his physical therapy. Please also keep Missy and Chris in your prayers as they continue to provide emotional, physical, and practical support to Missy's parents.

Please pray for Vickie Byrd’s cousin, Bobby Snyder, who has terminal cancer. His family and friends are praying that he gets strong enough to go home from the hospital and receive hospice care at home. 
Trinity’s Annual Meeting will be held by Zoom on Sunday, February 14th at noon. The link for the meeting will be posted on the church’s private Facebook page and distributed via email as the date gets closer. At this meeting, we will review the church’s 2021 budget and the congregation will vote on the Pastor’s Terms of Call.

2020 End of Year statements have been emailed. If you would prefer to also received a copy via the post, please let Virginia in the church office know (919-872-1142). If you have questions about your statement, please email Louise Taff.

Would you like to pick up your packet of offering envelopes for 2021? Virginia will set them outside of the church's entryway, sheltered from the weather. To pick up yours, email Virginia so she'll set your box out for you. 
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