We are living in a time of such extremes that we can forget how good a little moderation can look. The last few days of warm weather, topped off with a generous frosting of color, is almost enough to make you breathless. Thanks be to God for the beauty of the earth! Somehow autumn doesn’t feel quite right without a stroll down the midway at the state fair sampling all the sweet and savory treats of the fall harvest. And the prospects of not gathering with family and friends for Thanksgiving and maybe even Christmas may seem overwhelming. I will remind you of the Latin phrase chiseled in stone in the portico of the Old South Church in Boston: “The God who has brought us this far will continue to sustain us.” If you had asked me last March if I thought we could manage a seven month quarantine to fight the pandemic, I would have had my doubts. But we have. And I firmly believe that, with God’s help, we can manage another several months. This will not easy, but I believe we can do it.
I am excited about worship on October 25th. Mike Lhotsky has recruited several of our youth and children to help lead the service. Nancy and Frank will lead the hymns and other service music, and I will preach and deliver the pastoral prayer, but the youth and children will handle everything else. And the Barnes kids will be singing “Jesus Loves Me.” So I hope you will tune in and be inspired by our beloved kids whom we have help to raise. What a blessing!
Next week you should receive your second stewardship mailing from Virginia that will include photos and information about our ministry and mission and an estimate of giving card that we are asking you to send in by mail by Gratitude Sunday on November 8th. We know that some of you may not be able to give as much this year due to a decrease in income from Covid, which is more than understandable. However, some of you may be able to give more and make up the difference. We continue to be very grateful for your generosity in 2020 and pray that this will continue in 2021.
Due to the second wave of Covid cases across the nation, including North Carolina, the Session voted this week to extend our current policy on no in-person meetings indoor through November 22, which, sadly, includes canceling our annual Thanksgiving dinner. As painful as these continued restrictions are, we were unanimous in our conclusion that reopening at this point is still not safe. We earnestly pray for a decline in cases to come soon, but the scientists and doctors are not giving us much encouragement as the cold and flu season is just beginning. May God continue give us all patience, courage, and resolve as we follow the best practices being recommended.
Thank you again for your faithfulness and generosity. Please know that I miss seeing you in worship and in all the other events, and yearn for the time when we can be together again. I hope to “see” you online on Sunday!
Trinity's in-person activities are suspended through Sunday, November 22nd.
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All Saints' Day is Sunday, November 1st. On this day, we'll remember those dear loved ones who died in the past year. Virginia is creating a list of names for us to recognize, and if you have a loved one who has passed away since November 1, 2019, would you please let her know?Please email Virginiaby Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Thank you.
Linda'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.
We celebrate the marriage of Katie Ferguson and Patrick Smith, held on Sunday, October 18th. A beautiful day for a wonderful celebration! We congratulate Katie and Patrick and wish them all the best.
Good news! Missy and Chris Farrow's son has recovered from his bout with Covid and is back to his normal college routine. Thanks be to God!
Lillie Pearce’s daughter, Karen Loveland, has stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She will begin an aggressive course of chemotherapy as soon as possible, lasting almost 7 months. This is a slow growing form of lymphoma, which is not curable, but it is treatable. So, please pray for a successful treatment and healing for Karen, as well as comfort and strength for her and her family during this journey.
Please keep David Gardner, who recently joined Trinity, in your prayers. Once his body has healed from two recent surgeries on his back, David will also be working hard in physical therapy. May God’s healing hand be upon David, and we pray for his full and swift recovery!
Due to seizures, Donna Kostandy's neighbor’s daughter, Kira Breva, was taken to Duke Hospital and did have brain surgery. She is home now, and her family and friends are grateful for the successful surgery. Please continue to pray for Kira and her family (parents, Luis and Jennifer, and her older sister, Nathalie) as her healing and interactions with the medical community continue.
To the Church Triumphant: We are saddened to share the death of Robert Lemacks, who was Linda Breazeale's brother. Please keep Linda, Frank and Robert's family in your prayers as they grieve this difficult loss.
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.