Last week I was in a place of business here in the city. During the time there, I entered into a conversation with an employee. This lady began to ask me some questions about church “Are you a Pastor?” “Do you like going to church?”  “Are your people friendly or kind?”

Many other questions over the next few minutes proved she was very sincere and was interested in knowing more about God, faith and eternity. I paused for a moment, and then asked her about her faith and relationship with Jesus. She stated that she was a person of faith. She professed to believe in Jesus for salvation but had dropped out of going to a building to attend “church.” She continued by telling me that she just watched TV services or downloaded Bible teachings.

At the end of the discussion, come to find out, she misses church.  Remember, she is not sick or a shut-in, she was just attending a place of social activity, a place where people may not have been warm, concerned, or even kind.

We need church!

We need the community of faith around church. “Community of faith” is formed when like-minded people commit to sharing time and space with each other.

These are the people that I need in my life.  Family and friends help us draw closer to God.  These people help me want to worship the Lord and give Him praise!  These church people help us understand each other, pull us closer together and help us become the real person God created us to be.

You are the church!   You are the new friend to a visitor.  You are the one with the words of encouragement and acts of kindness for discouraged and hurting.   Be the church!  We need you and we need each other!

Thank you for being faithful!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

According to the Word of God our Christian service is to be all to the glory of God and the building up of the body of Christ.

I Corinthians 3:9 For we are laboures together with God: Ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

That verse speaks of a great concept.  We are God’s fellow workers.  We are given the honor and privilege after salvation, to work with God!

As we have increased our opportunities in the Word of God for study, we have seen an increase in service and work for the Lord and our church family.

We meet for Bible Study every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM, men and women meet again during the week for study in the Word.  We have now added Tuesday nights, a basic Bible Institute. The Bible Institute offers, How to study the Bible and overview courses on the Old Testament and the New Testament.

In addition, the church family is reading the New Testament together.

All these opportunities to read and study have blessed our church with a new sense of, “What can I do?”, “Where do you need help?”!

The past few weeks we have seen an outpouring of energy into Hearts with Hands, Tent Crusade, Celebrate Recovery, Awana, Thrive and New City Christian School.  We are blessed with many opportunities to serve.

Thank you for being faithful to attend, to give, and to serve.

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

Sometimes we are given the opportunity to really be “The Church.”  We can be more than just faith in a pew, or a Bible in a study group.  God allows us as a group, a church fellowship, to put our faith into action.

This past Sunday, Trinity went to work!  What a wonderful weekend of service to our Lord and the community we love.

The preparations on Friday and Saturday for 9-1-1 Sunday were outstanding.  From the locating of rescue equipment, the volunteers parking our guests and greeting our visitors in the sanctuary to the fresh vegetables for Sunday’s dinner, it was an exciting time to serve and bless others.

While our service was ongoing, Hurricane Florence was intensifying in the Atlantic.  The governor of North Carolina declared a state of emergency and FEMA called to activate Hearts with Hands.

Trinity again displayed faith in action by moving our Sunday night church service and activities to the Hearts with Hands Warehouse to pack food boxes.  WOW! We experienced the largest group of TBC volunteers ever!  God touched our hearts to put our hands to work.  Thank you!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph

We welcome you to a special day of remembrance and honor.

The church family of Trinity Baptist sets this day aside to honor the men and women that serve our communities.

Today we recognize the dedicated emergency service personnel that serve Western North Carolina.  Every day, every night, seven days a week, these public servants sacrifice their time and talents to help at a moment’s notice, when you or a loved one dials 9-1-1!

We offer our appreciation to the men and women of law enforcement, emergency medical care and fire services.  We thank you for your dedication, your long hours of work and the hours of training required to do your job as you risk your lives for those of us whom you serve.

We salute you today, and we thank you for your call to protect and serve and for your family’s gift of YOU to our community.

Thank you!  God bless you and your families!

Pastor Ralph

Labor Day is a legal holiday celebration on the first Monday in September. This holiday is celebrated in the United States, Puerto Rico, The Canal Zone, and in the Virgin Islands.

For most of us, Labor Day means the end of summer.  It may also mean a day off work since Labor Day in its beginning was a day to honor working men and women.

Tuesday, September 5, 1882, was celebrated as the first Labor Day holiday in New York City.  In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the official holiday and the Central Labor Union urged other cities to honor their labor force.

As part of our Labor Day weekend we will have no 5 PM church tonight and close the church office.

As Bible Believers, we make up God’s labor force.  We, the redeemed, are the hands and feet of the Gospel of God. We are to be salt and light to this generation.  We labor each day for our Lord.  We tell the good news everywhere we go.  We are to never take a holiday or a vacation from being faithful to our Lord!

I want to express my appreciation for your love and prayers these past few weeks. You are a blessing in my life!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph