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A Special Sunday Morning - May 15, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011 was a busy day at Tri-City Baptist Church. Many of the ministries had special activities going on, from the mission board to the children's ministry. It was also the debut of the new full-size grand piano purchased by the Tiffany Davis Brock Memorial Fund. This fund was set up to fulfill the late International Baptist College (IBC) music teacher's desire for the church to get a new piano to replace the old 5 and 1/2 foot piano which was too small for the auditorium. Earlier this month, Music Pastor Dave Stertzbach, IBC Dean of Music Dr. Michael Bryson, and Tiffany's husband, IBC President Pastor David Brock, went to a piano store to shop. After initially narrowing the selection down to two, the store owner showed them one more piano a 9 foot 3 inch Schimmel that had been flown in from Germany for a piano competition at Arizona State University. The company offered to sell the piano for a greatly reduced price that was almost exactly what was in the Fund. Just one phone call led to the remaining amount being donated, and the sale was consummated! No one had imagined that Tri-City Ministries would be able to afford such a piano. God provided a wonderful instrument that will be used in ministry for many years to come.

Tri-City offers many children's ministries, and the kids who participate in the Wednesday night Joyful Noise! Children's Music Program performed a song with handbells to show what they have been learning. Joyful Noise! teaches children music and Bible truths and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their progress as they minister to the church family every few months.

In June, Pastor Larry Ball, General Director of International Baptist Missions (IBM) is taking a group of high school and college students to the Philippines to help missionaries with their annual evangelistic campaign in schools and universities. The group has been preparing for many weeks and shared with the church family about the trip and how members of Tri-City can help. A trio from the group played special music and one of the members gave a testimony.

After seven years of training at IBC, Johnny Mani has graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree and has been commissioned as a missionary under International Baptist Missions to return to his native India where he will be working with his ailing father in multiple ministries. The Tri-City pastoral team and leaders of the Mission Board gathered before the congregation and laid their hands on Johnny, signifying their recognition of God's call in his life and the church's support as Dr. David Sproul led in a commissioning prayer. Please keep Johnny Mani in your prayers as he shoulders great responsibilities of leadership at the young age of twenty-four.

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