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  • The Good News of Trinity Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 13000 Blue’s Farm Road Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352

    Volume 51, Number 12 1964 - 2015 Celebrating 51 Years of Faithful Service DECEMBER 2015

    TRINITY’S SESSION 2015

    Class of 2015 Jodee Bert

    Curtis Hales Matthew Quick

    Class of 2016 Ruth Anne Bland Larry Bowman

    Denise Cummings

    Class of 2017 Eric Hanby

    Jennifer Lankford Jean McBryde

    COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

    Care & Fellowship – Denise Cummings Mission – Jodee Bert Nominations – Larry Bowman Educ. & Nurture – Jodee Bert Personnel – Ruth Anne Bland & Denise Cummings Property – Curtis Hales Schools – Denise Cummings Stewardship, Finance & Endowment – Jennifer Lankford Worship – Ruth Anne Bland Clerk – Jean McBryde Moderator – Rev. Becky Kahnt

    CORPORATE OFFICERS Larry Bowman – President Ruth Anne Bland – Vice Pres. Denise Cummings - Secretary

  • SESSION UPDATE

    The following are updates from our November 16th, 2015 Session meeting:

    1. A motion was made and approved for Matt Quick to serve as the Elder Commissioner for the December 5, 2015 Called Presbytery Meeting in Clinton, NC, with Jodee Bert and Denise Cummings serving as alternates.

    2. A motion was made and approved for Jennifer Lankford to set up and maintain a page on Pinterest.

    3. A motion was made and approved to update the Pastor’s role in TPS, Inc. as brought forward by the Personnel committee. The update reads: “The TPC Pastor will be around for any staff spiritual or personal questions. The TPC Pastor will refer any School personnel issues to the TPS Coordinator.”

    4. A motion was made and approved to have a Congregational meeting on Sunday, December 20, 2015 for the purpose of electing Dan Hamilton and Jacob Glenn to the School Board of Directors Class of 2018 and Catherine Pinkston to the Class of 2017, completing Paige McInnis’ term, and to approve the Pastor’s Terms of Call.

    Jean McBryde, Clerk

    The next scheduled Stated Session meeting will be held on Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at 12:15 P.M. Presbyterian Women’s Groups In December we will study Lesson Three “Absence of Water - Thirst and Longing” using Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 42: 1-2, 63:1, and John 19:28. Our focus will be on the dry spells in our lives. When our bodies and souls thirst, how do we survive? Come be a part of sharing, caring and renewal as we pray, study God’s word, and enjoy fellowship. Please bring any book money, Thank Offering, monthly offering and Christmas Cheer ideas. All women are invited to attend the Circle of their choice, or both! Please note the dates and times.

    • Scotia Circle meets Monday, Dec. 7th at 10:30 a.m. at Patsy Smith’s Scotia Village home, #4 Skye Court.

    • Circle of Seekers meets Monday, Dec. 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

    Sisterhood Ladies – We’ll meet on Monday, Dec. 21st at 10:30 a.m. at Carmel Donaldson’s house.

    Poinsettias will be a part of our Advent and Christmas celebration at Trinity! Green order forms can be found in the

    Narthex. This is a wonderful way to remember your friends and loved ones!

    Come join the merry fellowship as we decorate our church for Christmas on Sunday, December 6th. Please bring a dish to pass and join us for lunch in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship. Then we’ll decorate our grounds and Sanctuary and conclude our time together with a

    meaningful Hanging of the Greens service at 2:30 p.m. this same afternoon. This will be a time for us to remember the symbols of our Chrismons and place them on the tree. Please come out and celebrate this festive and beautiful time!

  • ~ Calling All Men of Trinity ~ Men’s Breakfast is

    Sunday, December 6th at 8:00 A.M.!

    WOW! All kinds of good things happened on the first Sunday in November at Men’s Breakfast. The attendance was good; the fellowship was rewarding; the food was excellent as usual (the biscuits were baked to perfection), and the program lived up to its high expectations. Plus, we all got an extra hour of sleep or whatever you do at night. I didn’t realize how much I missed Men’s Breakfast. It was a long time period between the first of September and the first of November. I pray the good Lord allows me to attend many more. The program was both educational and informative. We found out about one of the exciting and unique programs being developed in Scotland and surrounding counties relating to the youth of our area. We also learned a little bit about what Eric Hanby was doing at Pembroke and Wagram over the past year. There is still more room for additional men to attend our monthly breakfasts. So, let’s try to have a large turnout for December. The cost is only $5.00 for the best breakfast in Scotland County. First timers are still free. See you in December. Carl Orndoff

    Being part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has a lot of wonderful and amazing aspects to it. One of those wonderful aspects is that we are a connectional church. This means we are joined together with Presbyterians everywhere, walking this journey together, drawing on each other for resources, strength and encouragement. We also embark on different adventures together as well. One of these adventures we will be embarking on this Advent is with the Peace Committee of our Coastal Carolina Presbytery. The Committee has called for churches in our Presbytery to participate in “The Advent of Peace,” where we will be preaching on passages about peace in different contexts all throughout the Presbytery. As we join in this connectional activity with our Presbytery, here are our passages for each week:

    November 29, 2015: Advent 1 – A Whole Self – Psalm 34:1-14

    December 6, 2015: Advent 2 – A Whole Church – Colossians 3:12-17

    December 13, 2015: Advent 3 – A Whole Community – Romans 12:9-21

    December 20, 2015: Advent 4 – A Whole World – Isaiah 9:1-7

    As we live in our lives, church, community and world, it is very clear of how much we are all in need of peace. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace in this advent season of holy, anticipatory waiting, I encourage you to mediate on these passages and see what God is revealing to you for your life and our life together as the body of Christ here in this place. And as we contemplate peace and the way God will work in us, through us and through these passages this Advent Season, may we ponder these words of Frederick Buechner from his book Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC as well: “Peace has come to mean the time when there aren’t any wars or even when there aren’t any major wars. Beggars can’t be choosers; we’d most of us settle for that. But in Hebrew peace, shalom, means fullness, means having everything you need to be wholly and happily yourself. One of the titles by which Jesus is known is Prince of Peace, and he used the word himself in what seem at first glance to be two radically contradictory utterances. On one occasion he said to the disciples, ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.’ (Matthew 10:34). And later on, the last time they ate together, he said to them, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.’ (John 14:27). The contradiction is resolved when you realize that for Jesus peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle, but the presence of love.” (83) Peace be with you! Blessings, Pastor Becky

    Wednesday Prayer Meetings

    continue at 6:45AM and

    5:00PM in the Sanctuary.

  • We are collecting it all . . . Canned meat, fruit or vegetables

    for Church Community Services in the month of December. Our goal is 300 items!

    The holidays are particularly hard. Please remember to bring YOUR CHOICE of canned

    food to share each Sunday in December. Thank you!

    Devotional

    With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season upon us, it seems like there is always something calling for our attention, time and energy. And yet, Advent is the season of holy

    waiting. If we take the time to follow Mary’s example, it is the time to ponder in our hearts all the things that God has blessed us with, and all that it means to be a child of God. This Advent season, we invite you to ponder in your devotional time along with your brothers and sisters in Christ here at Trinity. In Trinity’s Advent devotional, members and friends of the congregation have taken the lectionary passage for each day, prayed over it and offered their thoughts and insights as a devotional along the way. We hope that this is a source of joy, hope, peace and love for you this Advent season as we turn to the One who brings us the greatest gift of all on Christmas in His only Son. May God bless you on your Advent journey! Devotionals are available in the Narthex and church office.

    Come celebrate with great anticipation the birth of Christ Jesus as we worship together Christmas Eve night at 7 p.m. We’ll gather for our family friendly service in the soft night lights of our sanctuary and the even softer glow of candles bright. Bring family; bring friends. Come just as you are to worship the newborn child.

    Adult Christmas Party

    Friday