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Sunday is World Communion Sunday, when Christians in every country across the globe will be gathering “around” tables of every size, shape, and material to celebrate the sacrament which Jesus instituted in the Upper Room with these words, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Just imagine how many loaves have been broken and cups poured since he spoke those words! Wars have been fought, revolutions mounted, volcanoes erupted, famines survived, and billions of babies born during this time. And now we find ourselves in a once-in-a-hundred-years worldwide pandemic.

More than ever we need to continue gathering at our Lord’s Table to receive these elements which represent the greatest power the world has ever witnessed in the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ – the long-awaited Messiah who came to redeem the world and to bring new life to anyone who would receive it. So when we eat this and bread and drink this cup together on Sunday, this will be far more than just our congregation doing this; let us remember that billions of Christ-followers around the world will be celebrating the same sacrament in the great fellowship that is the Body of Christ. What a wonderful thing in this world of conflict and discord.

At our Session meeting last week we extended the current suspension of all in-person activities at Trinity until at least October 25, and will reevaluate this action at our next Session meeting on October 19. We all yearn to be together again for worship, study, and fellowship, but the Session is committed to waiting until we can safely reopen, and we will rely upon the recommendations of the scientific and medical experts to let us know when that time arrives. In the meantime, I pray that you and your families are managing these pandemic restrictions successfully. May God grant us all patience, perseverance, and good humor as we navigate the challenges of isolation. I continue to be grateful for all those who are participating in the production of our online worship services and keeping the work of the church alive. I am particularly grateful to all of you who have been able to be so generous with your financial support. The fact that we have been able to meet our budgetary obligations during this pandemic is no small miracle. 

The Stewardship Team has put together its annual fall stewardship season, so you will be hearing from me and members of the congregation about the role that generous giving plays not only in the life of the church but in the lives of individual Christians. About halfway through my ministry I finally discovered that stewardship was not a grim responsibility but a joyful opportunity to express my gratitude to God for all the blessings I had received. So, this year I hope you will spend less time fretting about how much is enough to give to our ministry and mission, and more time counting the many ways in which God has blessed you and your family. I think if we get honest about the source of our blessings, we will be given a heart of gratitude that will overflow with generosity.

This just in!  I will teach an adult Bible study beginning in mid-October through Christmas. The study entitled, Connecting the Dots, Tracing the Theme of God’s Mercy and Love Through the Bible, will be taught online on Zoom either on Sunday mornings at 9:30 or Wednesday evenings at 7:00. If you are interested, please send me an e-mail and indicate which day is better for youAll you will need is internet access, a Bible, and hunger for more knowledge about the Bible. I would love to have you join me. In the meantime, I hope to “see” you at communion table on Sunday! God be with you.

Your friend and pastor,
David
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A gift to the Peace & Global Witness offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of conflict and injustice across the world. Our denomination encourages each church to use 25% of this offering to connect with the global witness of Christ's peace. Mid-councils retain 25% for ministries of peace, reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.

If you feel called to give to this offering, please note 'Peace & Global Witness' on the memo line of your check, mailed to the church's address.
Trinity's in-person activities are suspended through Sunday, October 25th. 

If you would like your year-to-date giving statement mailed OR emailed to you in early October, please let Virginia in the church office know.
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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

We ask that you keep Lillie Pearce's daughter, Karen Loveland, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, in your prayers. Karen will have a biopsy at Rex Hospital in Cary on Monday, October 5th. May God’s healing hand be upon Karen, giving her family strength and comfort as tests continue.

Bobby and Betsy Nelson ask for prayers of healing and comfort for Bobby's sister, Ann Wynn. Ann, who recently lost her husband, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. We ask that you pray for her full recovery and comfort as she grieves the loss of her husband.

Please pray for Linda Breazeale's brother, Robert Lemacks, who was hospitalized recently due to issues with his heart. The doctors performed a balloon procedure, cleaning out 2 of his arteries. This month they will repeat the procedure on the remaining arteries. We ask that you pray for him, his family, and those who are providing care for him.

We are sorry to share the sudden death of Kelly Hull, who was Amy Rhoades' manager at Wake Med. Please pray for Amy and her colleagues and for Kelly’s family and friends as they deal with this very sad loss. 

Donna Kostandy's dear friend and former college roommate, Kristin DeSombre, lost her mother after a long battle with ALS. Please pray for comfort for Kristin and her family as they cope with 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.

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