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That we have been physically apart for six months is hard to believe. When this all began I thought that the duration might be two months or so, which at the time seemed like a very long time. Now I know why patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit. I am grateful to God and to my family and the whole congregation for the prayer and support you have provided me and each other to get us this far. I am especially grateful to Nancy, Frank, Virginia, and Mike Lhotsky and the army of lay readers for the faithful, diligent work they have done to produce our online worship services every week. And thank God for Ralph and Becky Everett for supplying archived videos of anthems by our choirs! Of course, I am very grateful to all our members and friends who have so generously continued to send in financial pledges and gifts that have kept us afloat during these challenging times. May God bless you for you generosity.

Please keep our teachers, students, and parents in your prayers as they navigate going back to school in all the various forms. I know that trying to teach and learn online is very challenging. So, please pray for patience, stamina, and a double dose of good humor. I also want to thank our session and board of deacons who have continued to meet on Zoom to do the work of the church. Our Property Team has been very busy doing regular maintenance of the buildings and grounds. They have also repaired or upgraded aging heating and air conditioning equipment and cleared the brush from the wooded area behind the sanctuary. Our Mission Team recently participated in re-stocking a food pantry in our neighborhood with our partners from the New Hope Road Alliance. The church is comprised of a lot of moving parts and day-to-day responsibilities, but at its heart the church consists of a community of believers who love one another and model this love to the world. 

This is why we call it the Body of Christ. In the New Testament, Jesus spent a great deal of time and effort preparing his disciples for his departure. He told them that they would even be able to do greater things that he had done and that they were to be as perfect as God in heaven.That is what I call a tall order! But the truth is, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to love one another and to show the world what this divine gift looks like. So, I continue to give thanks to God for each one of you for being a part of our church family and for participating in the ministry and mission of Christ during these difficult times. Remember, we are the hands and the feet of the risen Christ who carry on his ministry in the world. We do not do that alone. We have the Holy Spirit, and we have each other. Thanks be to God!  What a wonderful thing. 

I hope to “see” you online on Sunday. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion, so please have some form of juice (even water will do!) and bread or crackers. Until then, please stay safe and healthy!
                                   
Your friend and pastor,
David
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Session has suspended activities held at Trinity through September 20, 2020.

Tap to listen to last week's sermon, Debt of Love.
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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

Celebration! After a delay due to Covid-19, Wingate University's Music Department held their Junior Class recitals on September 4th. We're proud to share the link to Kayla Pierce's beautiful recital. Tap here to listen.

All of us at Trinity send our love and support to the students and teachers who have returned to class in all the different forms due to the virus, which has led to new procedures and experiences. Please join us in praying for the health, patience, and support from family for our children and youth, and the same for our teachers, plus support from their colleagues and administration.

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, and will soon be scheduled for a CT scan. 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 next 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 pray for Bobby Nelson's continued recovery from a serious fall. He's as optimistic as ever, but your prayers for healing would be much appreciated.

Meredith Anderson is partially through her quarantine, after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Please pray for Meredith's speedy recovery and peace of mind.

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.

Becky Everett's brother-in-law, David Culberson, is home, much to the joy of his family, after spending time in the hospital in very serious condition. He and his wife Ann thank you for your prayers and ask that we continue to pray for complete healing for David.

To the Church Triumphant: Gail Peacock, Joe Thompson's sister
(Tap here to read Gail's obituary.)

As we continue to pay the church's unchanging monthly obligations, we remain sincerely grateful for your giving. Your faithfulness, generosity, and helpfulness are more than appreciated! As a staff note, Virginia continues to check the mail (and voicemail) as she is able. 

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.

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