Our Year in Review

 

As we come to the closing of the year 2021 (it just seems like we were in 2020), to say that this year was unique would be an understatement.

 

In 2021 we mourned the death of some church members, we celebrated the birth of new babies, we faced many challenges, many highs, many lows, times of discouragement, times of rejoicing, but through the entire year we were reminded time after time of the faithfulness of God.

 

We started the year off with a focus on the importance of being a praying church. We have now started a prayer ministry. We have studied the importance of living a life of faith, we have looked at what the bible says about the end times, building spiritual memorials, and living a life of Thanksgiving.

 

2021 also saw the church hire a new Youth Pastor, Logan Carpenter, which has been a tremendous blessing to our youth, as well as our church.

 

We were able to serve in multiple capacities this year from ministering to our neighbors, serving at the High School football games, Fall Harvest Party, Men’s conference, VBS, and now making food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas for those in our community. Through the efforts of many in our church we have been able to effectively reach out in our community and share the love of Christ. Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

 

2021 saw many people saved and baptized, which revealed to us that God is still at work, and we need to stay faithful in our service to Him. Our prayer for 2022 is that those who have yet to return to church, will start to return. We pray we can reach more people with the gospel through our various events. We pray that more people would volunteer to help in our ministry.

The bible says in Matthew 9:37-38 "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest". So let’s pray that God would send forth the needed laborers, so that we become even more effective as a church.

 

I don’t know what 2022 holds, but I know that we have a God we can trust, a God who will remain faithful, and a God who will grow His church. As Paul would say in Philippians 3:13-14, "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus".

 

In 2022 First Baptist Church of Trenton is pressing forward, and with the Lord’s help, we will see even greater things happen.

 

- Pastor Tim Smith