A Word From Your Church
March 27, 2020
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Our Most Recent Update by Dr. Jeff Roberts
Dear Church Family,
During this time we are faced with many changes in our lives. Beginning on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m., Wake County will go to a “stay at home or in place” order. This order is in effect through April 16. This of course will mean that as a church we will again need to alter our activities and the way we are seeking to minister to each other and our community. I am so proud of our congregation and staff during this time. The flexibility, creativity, encouragement, and acts of ministry have enabled us to be the church even when we cannot meet on our campus. As we enter into this new phase we will respond in the following way.
1. All Services and Activities are suspended through Wednesday, April 15. This will mean that we will not be together for Easter.
2. The staff is working remotely. Only essential staff will be allowed to enter the building. This will include daily maintenance checks and collecting mail and paying checks.
3. If you call the office you can leave a voice mail and our staff will receive the voice mail by email. In addition, you can find the email addresses for all staff at the website: tbcraleigh.com
4. Virtual Worship is continuing on Sundays. We have several worship plans for the coming Sundays and including the week of Holy Week.
5. Sunday School classes are using Zoom and other methods to meet and study.
6. The website has numerous resources for study and devotions for all ages.
7. We are continuing our support of our mission partners and updates on how to minister in this time can be found on the website and on the weekly email.
8. You are encouraged to continue to give and support our church. You can give by going online to the website, by mail, or contacting Jan Brown, our Financial Administrator, who will help you set up a bank draft or bank check.
9. We have established a P.O. Box during this time for correspondence and for you to be able to give through the mail. The P. O. Box address is:
Trinity Baptist Church
PO Box 97368
Raleigh, NC 27624
Please continue to pray for each other and our staff. Keep us updated on needs so we can minister effectively. I am so proud to be your pastor and although this journey is difficult, I feel blessed I am making it with you.
Dr. Jeff Roberts
Today’s Devotion by Rev. Lydia Tatum
Have you heard the birds these past several weeks? You may have had a little more time to listen, and your pace of life might have slowed enough to notice things like this. I am always listening for birdsong and looking for them out of my windows. If you are like me, the birdsong announces spring and lifts your spirits. Until recently, I assumed the birdsong getting louder and more abundant was mostly because I listened and longed for it more at this time of year. Their song heralds the end of a dreary, dead winter and the beginning of a verdant, technicolor spring. They are the munchkins welcoming me from dull sepia tones and into all of the colorful wonders of Oz. I need the birds. They lift my spirits and tell me beautiful spring days are soon to come.
But did you know that birdsong does grow more abundant this time of year? According to scientific research, the area in bird’s brains that produces song actually grows in size in preparation for springtime mating and shrinks back down when it is not needed as much throughout the rest of the year. Their songs become more complex and plentiful in order to attract a mate, and once they have reproduced they sing a bit less. God has made them to change and adapt to different times of the year in order to fulfill their purpose.
This year, that birdsong has offered me more peace than ever before. It has reminded me that all I need, God will supply. Matthew 6:25-34 says,
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
God has given us all that we need. In him, we find our peace; for he has made us for all times and all places. Here in the midst of worldwide sickness and anxiety, we can lean into God’s provision of peace by being reminded that God’s perfect will is to love us completely.
Maybe, like the birds, this is our time to shine and sing as the world needs to hear His message of peace and hope. May our voices rise with the song of God’s love and compassion heralding in a new season of inner peace, agape love, and abundant acts of mercy.
How You Can Help Our Neighbors In Need
All year, every year Trinity is busy serving in our community in so many different ways. During this time of public health crisis and food and financial insecurity for so many in our community, there are several ministries with whom we partner that serve directly with some of the hardest hit in our community.
Our Missions Steering Committee asks that first we all pray. Pray for food and finances amidst scarcity; pray for calm and peace amidst anxiety; and pray for Christ’s presence to be known through it all.
Secondly, give. Give food, supply, and financial donations so that our partners can continue to make a difference with those in most need.
And, if you are at low-risk, healthy, and able, volunteer. Many of our partners rely on volunteers who are 65 and above and now are having to prioritize those volunteers’ health leaving a big need for new volunteers to jump in and help these ministries stay open to serve the community.
Here you will find a list of four of our partners helping our neighbors in need. We pray that you will find a way to be the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. May the Church proclaim the name of Jesus in all times and places, and may we be the ones joining in God’s mission of love in the world.
North Raleigh Ministries – www.northraleighministries.com
Food donations can be brought to the ROC entrance at Trinity and placed in bins anytime any day. We have a coordinated drop off with NRM in order to keep all healthy, safe, and fed.
Raleigh Rescue Mission – www.raleighrescuemission.org
Food and supply donations can be dropped off at 314 E Hargett Street.
Food: breakfast food (eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, pancake mix, syrup, etc), Ground Beef/Turkey, Pasta. Plastic products (forks, spoons, knives) & napkins.
Supplies: Sanitization (wipes, Lysol, hand sanitizer), Baby needs (diapers, baby wipes, formula)
Redirection-NC – www.redirection-NC.com
Please pray for these ladies and this pandemic as well as our continued ability to give these women the assistance they need to succeed.
Welcome House Community Network – www.cbf.net/wyatt-give
Donations of $50 gift cards for food security purposes to Food Lion, Walmart, or a Visa Gift Card. Mail these to Trinity Baptist Church, Attn: Rev. Lydia Tatum, PO Box 97368, Raleigh, NC 27624
Snail mail ‘Welcome’ encouragements to our guest family of seven and ‘Praying for you’ cards and letters to Mujib, our house host and interpreter.
Send coloring book pages for the Welcome House children.
The Welcome House mailing address is 4420 Leadmine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Note: the ways to respond and give change almost daily as the COVID-19 situation changes. Please be sure to check back at tbcraleigh.com for the most up-to-date information.