Rev. Dr. John D. Tolbert, Senior Pastor
Pastoral Reflections
June 17, 2018
Praise the Lord Trinity! I pray that you and your family have experienced the grace and mercy of our awesome God in supernatural ways this week. I know you have come ready to enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart, and have prepared yourself to give God the fruit of your lips in His courts. This morning as we gather to worship God in spirit and in truth let me express my gratitude to our guest worshipping with us today. You are welcome here at the 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 and multi-generational experience. Everybody needs a church family and a pastor. We want to be yours! 

Trinity, the third Sunday in June is observed each year in the United States as Father’s Day. The origins of this national event are not clear. Some records suggest that it was first celebrated as a church service some 100 years ago in Fairmont, West Virginia, at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Whether this is true or not, the impulse to honor fathers is a worthy one and it comes with the biblical admonition to honor our fathers and mothers. It is unfortunate that fathers especially in our culture don’t get the same ecstatic expression as our mothers, however I would suppose that fathers are still glad to have one day of meager recognition, oppose to not having a day at all.

Joseph of Galilee is an exemplary father in the Bible. He married Mary, despite the unusual circumstances of her pregnancy. He dared to be unconventional because he trusted that God was working through her and him. He was a righteous man who dared to take on the roles of husband and foster father. And as refugees from danger, after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, it is clear that he protected his family by going beyond what was familiar to find a safe haven. We can learn much about fatherhood from Joseph.

Another father that captures the imagination is a man called Jairus. We read about him in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. He was a man of importance whose daughter was dying and he came to Jesus, fell at his feet and begged Jesus to help his child. The actions of Jairus revealed his character. He trusted that God could help and it didn’t matter that he had wealth and prestige. He humbled himself for the sake of his daughter.

A final father from the Bible that is impressive is the one who had two sons, one of whom went astray. This is, of course, the story told by Jesus of the prodigal son. The father in the parable teaches his two sons powerful lessons of love: the one who went astray who discovered that his father’s care came to him even when he had run away from it and the other who struggled to understand such extravagant love in the face of his brother’s failures and his own fidelity. The father in the story, like God, never gave up on either of his children.

On Father’s Day 2018 let us remember that we have been given a heritage of dedication and faithfulness from the fathers we encounter in the Bible and from those fathers who exemplify the best qualities of parenting.

Still Amazed by God’s Grace,
   
Dr. John D. Tolbert
Senior Pastor
Home Daily Bible Readings
June 18  The Folly of Riches                     Psalm 49:1-4, 16-20
June 19  Oppressing the Poor Leads to Loss         Proverbs 22:1-2, 7:-9, 16
June 20  Both Oppressors and the Righteous Receive Justice       James 5:1-5
June 21  Blessed Are the Poor            Luke 6:20-26
June 22  Two Responses to the Light    John 3:16-21
June 23  Entry into the Kingdom of Heaven       Matthew 19:23-30
June 24 Lazarus Cannot Help the Rich Man Luke 16:19-31

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Sanctuary Lake Golf Course, 1450 E. South Blvd. Troy, Mi 48084 

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
presents its
7th Annual Golf Outing
Benefiting Trinity Christian Academy

Click here to register!
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT
 
Sunday, June 17, 2018
7:00am ~ Morning Glory
8:00am ~ Morning Worship
9:30am ~ LifeTyme Classes
11:00am ~ Morning Worship
11:00am ~ Children’s Church
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Monday, June 18 ~ Friday, June 22
No Activities @ the church this week
National Baptist Congress of Christian Education in Oklahoma City, OK
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Saturday, June 23, 2018
1:00pm ~ Wedding
6:00pm ~ Family Movie Night “A Question of Faith”
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UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT

TMBC Family Movie Night, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Family Life Center, 3rd Floor. This is in part to celebrate our 100th Year Centennial Celebration. All are welcome!

TMBC will be going to New Progressive Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 3:30pm to celebrate with Pastor Keith and First Lady Antionette Wilson. The address is 5055 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Pastor Tolbert will be preaching at Prayer Temple Baptist Church in Redford on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00pm. Let’s show our support. The address is 27350 W. Chicago Street, Redford, MI 48239.

Centennial Anniversary Souvenir Book - Looking to mark your place in the printed milestone celebration of Trinity’s 100th Anniversary? Want to honor someone in memoriam, showcase your family, organization or business? Then you should purchase an ad in the Trinity Centennial Anniversary Souvenir Book. Ads are available from $300.00 - $50.00, in color or black & white. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2018. Forms are available in the church office.

Men of Trinity, we are well on our way of meeting our goal of having the projectors and monitors for our Sanctuary, but we still need your help; we are more than halfway to our goal! If you have not already done so, please contact me with your decision. If you have already given your commitment we are accepting your payments on Givelify, in the church office or you can see Dea. Curtis Boyd.

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 in the Fellowship Hall after either service. Payment arrangements are available!


  100TH ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIRS
 ~COMING SOON~
Ladies Centennial Scarf * License Plate Frame * Centennial Embossed Holy Bible * Beverage Mug * Insulated Travel Mug * Lanyard * Golf Towels & Balls * Embroidered Shirts * Totes & Bags


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)