Pastoral Reflections
February  11, 2018

Praise the Lord Trinity! I pray that you and your family have experienced the Amazing Grace and stimulating preeminence of our Awesome God in significant ways this past week, and you have come ready to enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart, and praise on your lips. This morning as we gather to worship God in spirit and in truth let me express my gratitude to our guest worshiping with us today. You are welcome at Trinity Church and I pray God's richest blessings upon you and your families. If you and/or your family are looking for a Church home, we welcome you with open arms to this versatile ministry & multi-generational experience. Everybody needs a church family and a pastor. We want to be yours!

Trinity, are you considering 40 Days of Sacrifice? For almost 2,000 years, Christians have set aside time for self-examination and repentance during the weeks before Easter. Early church fathers and the Council of Nicea (AD 325) observed days of fasting-from a few days to 40 days-but it was Pope Gregory I (c. 40-604) who established the 40-day season between Ash Wednesday and Easter that many 21st-century Christians observe.

The Danger of Lent -Many Christians view Lent as an opportunity to refocus attention on God's love for us, so great a love that he sent his son to die for our sins. Giving up something we love-a food or an activity-to remind us of God's sacrificial love can be beneficial to our spiritual growth, especially if we replace it with a spiritual discipline such as Bible reading, prayer, or fasting. During Lent, we can evaluate our spiritual health-how well the life of the Risen Christ is being manifest in us. But I also see the danger of setting aside certain days for self-examination and repentance. Any spiritual practice can devolve into a hollow ritual; viewing some days as holier than others can lead to hypocrisy. We may develop a Lenten and non-Lenten attitude as easily as we develop a Sunday and non-Sunday mind-set, falling into the sin Jesus exposed in the Pharisees: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain" (Matthew 15:8-9).

The Sacrifice That Pleases God -Many Scriptures remind us that physical sacrifices are only valuable if they're given from a wholly devoted heart. The prophet Samuel told King Saul, "To obey is better than sacrifice" (I Samuel 15:22). And David wrote, "You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it...The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit...a broken and humbled heart" (Psalm 51:16-17).

The Old Testament prophets consistently spoke out against sacrifices that were futile attempts to cover sinful actions. Jesus also criticized the religious leaders for offering sacrifices that meant nothing (Matthew23:23-25). The same could be said of any spiritual practice we undertake for the wrong reason, whether it be Sunday morning worship, small-group Bible study, volunteer work, or personal devotional time.

Another danger of setting aside special times of sacrifice is our tendency to ignore these practices the rest of the year. In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me". It's the dailyness of sacrifice that most interests God and best reflects our commitment to him-a 365-day devotion to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!
   
Dr. John D. Tolbert
Senior Pastor
 

Home Daily Bible Reading

Feb 12   Widow's Son Restored to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . I Kings 17:17-24
Feb 13   Jesus Raises Widow's Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Luke 7:11-17
Feb 14   Care for Widows and Orphans . . . . . . . . . . .  James 1:22-27
Feb 15   Peter's Healing Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 5:12-16
Feb 16   Philip's Preaching Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 8:4-8
Feb 17   Aeneas Healed, Residents Turn to God . . . .  Acts 9:32-35
Feb 18   Calling the Church to Active Service . . . . . .  Acts 9:36-43
Men's Emphasis Weekend, March 9th - 11th 2018
    
Calling all Trinity  Men !  Save the dates for the fellowship and fun that we have planned.  
  • Friday March 9th its "Men's Night Out", we are going to the movies to see Black Panther; in first class theater seating!  
  • Saturday March 10th, we have our Men's Emphasis Brunch, here on Trinity's Campus.  
  • Sunday the 11th is Men's Day, we crown our weekend of fun with Praise and Worship! 
The cost for our Men's Emphasis Weekend is $55.00.  See any member of the T-300 Steering Committee to sign up.


    
click here for various scholarship and college preparedness opportunities! 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT                 
                             
 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
7:00am ~ Morning Glory
8:00am ~ Morning Worship
9:30am ~ Lifetime Classes (Sunday School)
11:00am ~ Morning Worship
11:00am ~ Children's Church
 
 
Monday, February 12, 2018
6:00pm ~ Youth & Praise
6:30pm ~ Children's Ushers (Sanc)
7:00pm ~ Men's Chorus
7:00pm ~ Mime Rehearsal
 
 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:00pm ~ B3 Night (Youth Ministry)
6:00pm ~ Prayer, Praise & Bible Study
7:30pm ~ Voices of Trinity
 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
6:00pm ~ Ash Wednesday Service
 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
3:00pm ~ To Messiah Baptist Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00am-2:00pm ~ Young Heroes

                                               
Ash Wednesday Service will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6:00pm
 
Next Sunday, February 18, 2018 will be our first quarterly New Members meet & greet for 2018. The meet & greet will take place following the 11:00am service in Pastor's Memorial Hall. All ministry leaders are asked to attend to greet our new members.
 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 will be Men & Women's Ministry night at 6:00pm. For the Women, Sis. Catrina Tillman will be here with her devotional book "HerWalk". You don't want to miss out. She will have books here to purchase and she will be signing them as well.
 
TYB is getting ready for their annual Black History Program entitled: A Night in Trinity's History. All children and youth that are interested in participating in this event, please sign up in the vestibule after service. We need actors, narrators, dancers, readers, poets and artist. We are looking forward to having a great time as we prepare for this historical event! And to our women and men...Step up and show off your cooking skills in support of TYB's Black History Month Celebration; A Night of Trinity's History. Not only will this be a night of edutainment (education and entertainment), but we would also like to have a friendly competitive cook-off between our men's and women's ministry. Your contribution, will not only allow you to present an eloquent cuisine of your choosing, (soul food preferably), but you may also earn the bragging rights for being crowned the Top Chef of Trinity for your specialty. For sign up with Dea. Boyd, Sis. Paula Davis, or Sis. DeMilla Prince
 
Calling all Trinity Men!  Men's Emphasis Weekend is almost here; its March 9th - 11th 2018.  Save the dates for the fellowship and fun that we have planned.  On Friday March 9th its "Men's Night Out", we are going to the movies to see Black Panther; in first class theater seating!  Saturday March 10th, we have our Men's Emphasis Brunch, here on Trinity's Campus.  Sunday the 11th is Men's Day, we crown our weekend of fun with Praise and Worship! The cost for our Men's Emphasis Weekend is $55.00.  See any member of the T-300 Steering Committee to sign up.
 
Centennial Gala - Tickets are available!  If anyone is interested in purchasing a ticket for the Centennial Gala which will take place on Friday, Oct. 26th please see Deaconess Gwen Bynum or Sis. Malishia Hill.  Payment arrangements are available!
 
 
 
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Rho Lambda through our RHO Foundation is offering several scholarship opportunities to southeast Michigan students graduating from high school or that are currently attending a 4-year university or community college. Please visit our foundation website and complete the online application. The link for the application can be found on Trinity's website. Deadline is February 12, 2018. For questions and/or additional information contact the Fraternity Director of Scholarships, Cedric Dukes,  cedricdukes@gmail.com. The Trinity contact is Bro. Vernon Baker, RHO Foundation President: (248) 229-3811.  vgbakerii@gmail.com 
 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pontiac Alumnae Chapter is now accepting applications for their 2017 Scholarship Program. Applicants must be High School Seniors who resides or attends school in the DST/PAC service area: Auburn Hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Waterford and West Bloomfield. Deadline for all applications is April 9, 2018.  Direct questions to Rae Hawkins at 248.853.0885hawkinsr@pontiacdeltas.com ) or Tanoa' Ford at 248.342.1950 (fordt@pontiacdeltas.com). The Trinity contact is Sis. Debra Harris at sirras10@sbcglobal.net   The link for the application can be found on Trinity's website at http://trinitymbc.org. Additional Scholarship opportunities can also be found on Trinity's website.
 
The Pontiac Kappa Foundation, an affiliate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Pontiac Alumni Chapter, announces its GUIDE RIGHT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM for 2018. The Scholarship Committee will be selecting a few qualified minority high school students scheduled to graduate no later than June 2018 . These awards will primarily be given to students in the Pontiac area.  The application can be found on Trinity's website www.trinitymbc.org  The Trinity contact person is Bro. Kerry Phillips at kop1@att.net
PARTICIPANTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS NO LATER THAN APRIL 15, 2018.
All applications should be sent to the: (POSTMARKED BY APRIL 15, 2018)
Pontiac Kappa Foundation, Attn: Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 430144, Pontiac, MI 48343
If there are questions, please contact Eugene Hawkins, III (248) 939-7349 or Curtis Terry, President,
 
HEALTH TIP FOR THE WEEK - HEART HEALTH 2018
 
When the heart beats, it pushes blood through the body that carries oxygen, fuel hormones and other compounds. The flow of blood also carries away waste products. When the heart stops, major bodily functions fail immediately. A major problem is atherosclerosis. This is an accumulation of pockets of cholesterol that clog blood vessels. This can limit blood flow, or it can break off and travel in the bloodstream. Heart attacks or stroke can be the result. High blood pressure is another major cause of heart attack or stroke. It is even more prevalent in the United States. In the fall of 2017, new guidelines lowered the normal blood pressure from 140/90 or lower to 130/80 or lower. Now nearly half of adults fall into the category of people with high blood pressure or hypertension.
 
Normal numbers to strive for are: 1) Blood pressure less than 130/80, 2) heart rate 60-100 beats per minute, 3) cholesterol level less than 200. Things you can do to improve your personal heart health are: exercise regularly, change your diet to include more fruits and veggies and less salt and meat, stop smoking, get 8 hours of sleep nightly, and lose weight.
 
Remember, more than 350,000 people in the US will suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest this year. Most happen at home. You can help your family and friends by learning CPR. The guidelines from the American Heart Association have changed. Anyone can do CPR. Hands-Only CPR has only 2 steps. Step 1 - Call 9-1-1. Step 2 - Push hard and fast in the middle of the chest (to the beat of Stayin' Alive or 100 pushes per minute).
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Health Ministry


Church Mission Statement
 
" The Trinity Missionary Baptist Church is spiritually impacting our families, neighborhoods, city, and state by Exalting the Savior , Equipping the Saints & Evangelizing the Sinners . ~Ephesians 4:10-15.
 
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting  of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. ~Ephesians 4:10-15  

Vision Statement

The Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will be a 21st century model for the Christian Community.  Our hope is to be a church family that faithfully and intentionally prioritizes ministry initiatives following the example of Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Apostles, and the New Testament Church.
 
We will be a God-Centered Church, devoted to the practices and disciplines of personal discipleship, evangelism, and servant ministry.  We will be determined to promote the Gospel, and share the Compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ through missions, evangelism, and outreach.

 
2018 Church Theme
 
One Hundred Years of Reaching a City to Touch the World
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,   teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20) but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)