Pastoral Reflections
December 3, 2017

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 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 & multi-generational experience.  Everybody needs a church family and a pastor.  We want to be yours!
 
Tis the season to be...SAVED!  As we march closer to Christmas and towards the beginning of a New Year, this is normally a time we take the liberty to complete some sort of self assessment.  We step back and take the time to evaluate our ups and downs, our strengths, our weaknesses, our successes and our failures.  The goal is to be able to clearly understand what worked in the previous year in order to duplicate it and to see what didn't work so we can make the proper adjustments going forward.  Usually we focus on items like our occupations, personal relationships and finances, but we seldom pause to evaluate our relationship with God.
 
In 2017 did you make strides to be a better Christian?  Have you grown spiritually?  Are you stronger in the areas of biblical studies, prayer and faith?  Is God the head of your life?  Before we get engrossed in making our lists and checking it twice, take the time to answer a simple question: Is GOD pleased with the direction of my life?  Too many of us are living our lives like we know the day and the hour Christ will return.  The bible clearly says no man knows the day or the hour.  I encourage you to live your life like Christ died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow!
 
If we live our lives in a manner that is constantly pleasing in His sight we won't be forced to do a last second dash when our time comes.  Paul reminded the church at Corinth to examine themselves before falling to damnation.  Without self examination you put yourself at the risk of dishonoring the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Taking the time to examine yourself affords us the privilege of God's grace and mercy.  Life is just a test...don't be caught unprepared for your final exam!
 
Still Amazed by God's Grace!
 
Dr. John D. Tolbert
Senior Pastor

Sharing, Sowing & Seeking 2017
 

Home Daily Bible Reading
Dec   4    Joshua Discerned as New Leader . . . . . . . .  Deut. 31:14-15, 23; 34:9
Dec   5    Eli Senses God's Call to Samuel . . . . . . . . . . I Samuel 3:1-9
Dec   6    Test the Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I John 4:1-6
Dec   7    Blind Man Discerns Jesus as Prophet . . . . . . John 9:13-17
Dec   8    Paul's Strategy: Jews First, Then Greeks . . .  Romans 1:8-12, 16-17
Dec   9    Door of Faith Opened to Gentiles . . . . . . . . .  Acts 14:21-28
Dec  10   Spirit-filled Leadership Discernment . . . . . . .  Acts 13:1-12
 
  
  
  
  
    
The Trinity Academic Enrichment Ministry is accepting students into our tutoring program.  We are equipped to assist students:
  • who are experiencing difficulty in a subject area and need their skills strengthened.
  • who are doing fine but would like enrichment in a subject area.
Register by Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 online by clicking on  tutor.trinitymbc.org or registration forms are available in the church office.

    
Students, parents, guardians,

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Click here for more information.  Now is the time to start preparing for college, especially 11th and 12th graders.  Below I've prepared a list of links which include SAT and ACT test dates, SAT tips, strategies and practice for 2017-2018, and SAT Math Facts and Formulas.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT                 
                             

 
Sunday, December 3, 2017
7:00am ~ Morning Glory
8:00am ~ Morning Worship
9:30am ~ Sunday School
11:00am ~ Morning Worship
 
 
Monday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:00pm ~ Fall/Winter Revival
 
Thursday, December 7th &
 Friday, December 8th, 2017
6:30pm ~ Christmas Play Rehearsal
 
Saturday, December 9, 2017
8:30am ~ OU/Pontiac Town Hall Meeting
9:00am ~ Daughters of Destiny
9:00am ~ SIMBA
3:00pm ~ Christmas Play Rehearsal
Official Ministry

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LIFE Time, Your Sunday Morning Christian Education Experience.  January 7 begins our new curriculum. Registration is open at  Life.TrinityMBC.org  Join us for a "sneak peek" preview of classes.  December 3: The Great Commission Life Group; and December 10: Personal Spiritual Growth Life Group.  Learning Is For EVERYONE! 


On Tuesday, December 12th will be our last B3 night for the year from 6-8pm. (parents are welcomed to come up and celebrate with us after Bible Study). On this night we will have our first semester academic celebration night. I am encouraging all children and youth who have done well this school year ("A" honor roll, "A-B" honor roll, perfect attendance, any other academic or school related awards and sports or extra-curricular activities and accomplishments). Please bring copies of report cards and/or special awards by December 5th to Sis. DeMilla Prince, Staci Oliver, or to the church office, so that we can acknowledge and celebrate our youth. This will also be our Christmas party celebration, please bring a small wrapped gift ($5 limit) for our gift exchange. Happy Holidays!

Attention all young adults 18-35, come hang out with the F.L.I.G.H.T. crew at Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center on Friday, December 15th at 8pm. The cost is $15 which includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, Karaoke, food and drinks...soft drinks that is! LOL...You can make it a girl's night, fellas night, or even a couple's night out, but whatever you do join us on Friday night, December 15th at 8pm! You may sign up in the vestibule immediately after service or see Sis. DeMilla Prince, Minister Christopher Taylor, Sis. Jasmine Arnold, or Bro. Gregory Buggs. 
 
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Christmas Brunch on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the Pontiac Centerpoint Marriott. Tickets are now available for purchase after either service. Ticket prices are Children 6-12 years old $20.00; Adults - $35.00; Children under 5 years are free. Please see Dea. Thurley or Deac. Joan Love for ticket purchases in the Fellowship Hall.
 
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in conjunction with Good Medicine Entertainment Presents: "Saints On The Plane ~ Christmas Edition" on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 6:00pm, Free Admission. Let's come out and support our Trinity Family and invite and/or bring someone with you.
 
The Trinity General Mission is establishing a cold weather closet in support of those in the community who are in need of cold weather gear.  We are collecting serviceable and new coats, scarves and hats/caps for men, women and children. In addition, we are collecting new gloves and warm socks.  Your participation is requested.  If items are used, we request that coats, scarves and caps be freshly cleaned and that gloves, and socks are new.  Coats need to be delivered to Trinity on hangers in plastic coverings and marked "Coat Closet".  Other items should be bagged and clearly marked.  A coat rack will be placed in the vestibule or Founders Hall for your convenience.  You may start to bring items as soon as possible.  Thanks for your support. Contact Sister Epps or any General Mission Member if you have questions.
 
SAVE THE DATE-  In honor and celebration of Trinity's 100th Anniversary we will have a Centennial Directory! Individual and/or family members will have the opportunity to have their photo and designated contact information in the Directory. Each family will receive a free directory and 8X10 portrait as well as access to electronic capability if all of our members and families schedule and appear for photo sessions with Lifetouch Photography. The Friends & Family Program will allow for non-Trinity members to be photographed and receive an 8X10 portrait free of charge! The photo session dates are December 14th and 15th, 2017 and January 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th & 13th, 2018 in Pastor's Memorial Hall. Onsite scheduling for the Photo Sessions is under way in the vestibule on Sundays after 8AM and 11 AM Services or go online to 100.TrinityMBC.org. Online registration will not be available on Sundays between 8 AM and 4:00 PM!  Get ready to smile for the camera!
 
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
 
Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 
Habakkuk 2:2

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.

Where there is no vision the people will perish. Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no finance the vision will perish.
 

 
CHURCH THEME
 
The Church Working on the Lord's Harvest (Luke 10:2), through Sharing the Gospel (Mark 16:2; I Peter 4:1-6), Sowing into the Community (Luke 10:26-37),  and Searching for the Lost One (Matthew 18:12-14