Mark Eakin (1957-2016)

The community of believers and the church family here at Trinity has suffered a tremendous loss. Our friend and fellow staffer, Mark Eakin, had a car accident on Tuesday evening. The injuries Mark suffered resulted in his death.

To say we are grieved or at a loss is an understatement. Mark meant a great deal to each person he came in contact with and he had a lot of contacts. Whether through choir, senior adult ministry, pastoral care, hospice care, hospital visitation, or other ministries, he was able to impact lives in a special way.

I will miss him. He was a friend to this pastor, a confidant, a fellow-pastor who understood the struggles well.

My heart breaks for his wife, Marie, and his son, Michael, as well as Jaxon, he and Marie’s grandson. No doubt he will be missed by the co-workers at Dierkson Hospice as well. We are caught by surprise, but our Lord is not ever surprised by these events. Please join with me in lifting his family up to the Lord at this time.

1 Thessalonians 4:13, “We grieve, but not as those who have no hope.”

Pastor Bill Saxby

Consumer Church

Like it or not we live in a consumer minded world. Our lives are surrounded by choices in every area. We must have choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Clothing choices, car choices, even water choices. The same goes for our worship. We now demand choices, lots of choices. In our quest to meet as many consumer needs as possible, the church has painted itself into a proverbial corner. The church tries to please as many people as possible and finds it cannot please everyone no matter how much it tries. For the last several weeks we have been in a series of messages that have attempted to look at what the church should supply its members. We have discussed what the criteria should be when searching for a church home. In a consumer minded world, people think first about comforts and needs being met. We should really be asking what does this church teach, what does this church believe. Will this church teach the truth even when its not comfortable or popular. If you know someone looking for a church home, walk with them through the process. You could help them in their spiritual journey. They will be eternally grateful.

Spiritual Gifts

For several weeks we have been in a study of Spiritual Gifts. As a believer, we all have at least one Spiritual Gift, possibly more. Our task is to acknowledge our gift and find a way to use our gift for the betterment of the Body of Christ, the Church. Unfortunately, some believers never acknowledge their gift or the giver of that gift, God himself. I want to encourage you to open your gift and put it to use. Remember as a kid when you would receive a gift...you couldn't wait to use it. Rain or shine, day or night didn't matter. Find you niche...use your gift. Do it in love for our Lord and others. Bro. Bill