What a difference an hour makes! So don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening. With the return to Eastern Standard Time, we won’t be getting up in the dark for a while. I am amazed that we have been on Covid Time now for seven and half months, and although last spring we thought we would surely have returned to normal by now, the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise. Scientists and doctors tell us that it continues to be time to hunker down as we enter the annual cold and flu season, lest we continue to spread this disease and overwhelm our hospitals and front line infrastructure. I pray that we will be able to keep up our vigilance and safe practices in order to save lives and speed up our return to the life we all miss.
If you haven't voted yet, I hope you will exercise your civic privilege and duty and drop off your absentee ballot or vote in person on November 3. Democracy is a terrible thing to waste, and I give thanks to God for living in this republic that was founded on the proposition that we are all endowed by God with equal rights and dignity protected by the U.S. Constitution. So, let none of us take this gift for granted.
You should be getting your second stewardship mailing in a few days that will review our ministry and mission with words and photographs and include an estimate of giving card. I hope you will give the matter of what you plan to give to our church’s work in 2021 some serious thought and prayer and send in your card to Louise Taff, Trinity's Receiving Treasurer, care of the church office by November 8. In worship that day we will celebrate God’s generosity and grace toward us and give thanks for the pledges of time, talent, and means from the congregation.
On Sunday I will preach on two key words in stewardship: gratitude and generosity. Have you ever noticed how many central theological words begin with the letter “g”? God, grace, goodness, gratitude, generosity, giving. In a nutshell, the gospel message can be put this way, “A gracious, good God has given us life, new life in Christ, and the assurance of eternal life, to which we respond with gratitude that is expressed with generous giving. So, let me thank you once again for your generous giving through the years and to express my gratitude in advance to those who are able to continue that giving in the months to come. I firmly believe what Paul said was right then and now: “You will be enriched in every way for great generosity.”
Sunday is also All Saints' Day, and I will read the names of the loved ones we have lost in the past twelve months and give thanks for their faith, service, and love. I hope you will tune in to our service. We will also be celebrating the sacrament of communion so please have some form of juice and bread on hand. “See” you then.
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 Thursday, October 29th. Thank you.
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.
In case you missed it, Donna Kostandy's young neighbor, Kira Breva, is home. She should have a full recovery and in a few weeks she goes back to school. Please keep Kira and her family in your prayers as they process all that has happened to them in a short period of time.
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. Linda also recently received the difficult news of the deaths of two dear friends, Peggy Carter and Gail Jameson.
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.