"What is the Holy Trinity and what does it mean?"

     The Holy Trinity is a foundational doctrine in Christianity. It describes God as one bring who eternally exists as three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.

     Each person in the Trinity is unique and has a distinct center of consciousness. The Fether, Son, and Holy Spirit are not merely different roles or aspects of God; they are separate Persons.

     All three Persons are fully God. The Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Yet, they are not three separate gods, there is only one God.

     Despite their distinctiveness, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share the same divine essence. They are inseparably united in their divine nature.

     The Bible affirms the Trinity through various passages. For example, Jesus’ baptism (Mark 1:10-11) reveals the Father’s voice, the Son’s presence, and the Holy Spirit descending like a dove. In summary, the Holy Trinity represents the mysterious and profound nature of God as both one and three !

"What is the significance of Pentecost Sunday and why do we wear red on that special day?"

     Pentecost Sunday holds great significance in the Christian Church. It commemorates the moment when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and their followers, as described in the Book of Acts.

     On Pentecost, many were baptized and became believers in Jesus Christ, establishing the body of the church. It’s considered the birth of the Christian Church.

     The events of Pentecost are recorded in Acts 2. When the day arrived, the apostles were together, and suddenly, there was a sound like a mighty rushing wind. Divided tongues of fire appeared, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues. Thousands were converted in Jerusalem that day.

     The tradition of wearing red on Pentecost Sunday symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit. It represents the empowering and equipping  of believers to spread the Gospel throughout the world.

     In summary, Pentecost Sunday celebrates the Spirit’s descent, the birth of the Christian Church, and the power given to believers through the Holy Spirit.

     

"Interview With God"

     I dreamed I had an interview with God. “Come in” God said. “So, you would like to interview me?” “If you have the time, ” I said. God smiled and said: “My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What questions do you have in mind to ask me?”

     “What surprises you most about mankind?” God answered, “That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. “That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. “That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.”

     God’s hands took mine and we were silent for awhile and then I asked…”As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?” God repled with a smile: “To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different. “

     “To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them… and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

     I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and he repled, “Anytime, I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer.” I gave Him a “high five” hand shake and told Him that I would be back with many more questions throughout my life, to which He gestured back to me with a thumbs up response.

     What questions do you have for God? Go ahead and ask him, but be prepared to not always receiving a timely response from Him. He has a lot of time to answer you, which he may do through other people you may or may not know, through book and magazine articles, through songs or hyms that you hear, through social media, radio, or TV programs, and last, but not least, right there in your own home or church when you pray to Him! God is the answer, now what is your question?

"We Need Your Help In Searching For A New Pastor And Selection of Elders/Deacons For Our Church"

     Seeking new elders and deacons and hiring a new pastor for our church community are crucial tasks for us to achieve. However, the order of priority may depend on our specific circumstances.

     Elders and deacons play essential roles in our church’s leadership and ministry. They provide spiritual guidance, oversee church affairs, and serve the congregation. Since we are experiencing a shortage in both elders  and deacons, its essential to identify new leaders. This ensures continuity and stability. However, we are also experiencing a shortage of active church members from which the elders and deacons are selected from.

     A strong team of elders and deacons can share responsibilities, support the congregation, and address pastoral needs. The process of selecting new elders and deacons involves the congregation, fostering a sense of ownership and participation. And the rest of the congregation can also encourage others they know who are looking for a church to belong to, that they should seek out our church for their spiritual needs.

     Hiring a new pastor is quite important as well. A pastor provides spiritual nourishment, conducts worship services, and leads the congregation in prayer and study. A pastor supports members during life events (births, deaths, marriages) and provides counseling. A new pastor can bring fresh vision, energy, and ideas to the church community.

     So, which process is more urgent than the other? Seeking new elders/deacons or a new pastor? In some cases where a church lacks pastoral leadership, hiring a new pastor may take precedence. Searching for a pastor also involves the congregation in identifying potential elders and deacons. These processes can happen concurrently. The real challenge is establisihng a balanced approach during this selection process.

     In order to help us select a new pastor, we also need your input in what you desire from a new pastor. We will soon be putting together a questionnaire to hand out to you requesting your input of your expectations for a new pastor. And if any active church member desires to be an elder and/or a deacon, please contact our church office. Thank you for your continued support and let us pray together for spiritual guidance during this time of need of leadership for our Woodburn Presbyterian Church here in Leland, North Carolina!

"Bible Fun Facts"

1. Only two nuts are mentioned by name in the Bible: almonds and pistachios.

2. Anything that walked on four paws was a forbidden food under the Law. (Leviticus 11:27)

3.  The word “Christian” occurs 3 times in the New Testament.

4. The longest book in the Bible is Psalm 119.

5. The Sea of Galilee is  about 13 miles long, and 8 miles wide.

"Inspirational Words To live By"

1.  “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

2. “The best things in life  can never be kept.  They must be given away…a smile, a kiss, and love.”

3. “Millions of trees in the world are accidently planted by squirrels, who bury nuts, then forget where they hid them. Do good for others and forget. It’ll grow someday in them.”

4. “Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most.”