Please be prayerfully considering what God may be calling you to pledge to the church this next year, and then join us on October 10th for our worship service at 9:30 am as we present our pledges before God.
During the Fall, we want to be a people of community because we believe that Faith (and life) are meant to be done TOGETHER.
To that end, if you are not signed up for a Fall Growth Group we are asking that you make a commitment to reach out to your fellow congregants on a weekly basis, because we want to be intentional about our fellowship. You can find a form in your bulletin or outside of the worship center.
Online registration for the upcoming Upward season opens September 30th. Please refer the Upward page from our home page for more details and important dates.
Growth Groups have started but there is still time to sign up, so be sure to stop by the sign up table in the lobby this Sunday and sign up. At Trinity, we are extremely committed to our Growth Groups! They are the core of our adult ministry. The mission of these small groups is to help us grow in relationships with one another and with Christ. It is here that you will find fellowship in committed community, learn and study the Bible, and hopefully even serve the community and church together. These groups of 8 to 16 adults meet in a person’s home or at the church and study together
Good Friday Worship
Join us on April 2 at 6:30pm in our Worship Center (Or join us via livestream, available on our “Online Worship” page.)
Join us as we walk with Jesus through his last supper with his disciples, through his time in the Garden of Gethsemane, through his arrest and trial, and ultimately through his time on the cross – as we prepare ourselves for the miracle of Easter.
Safety Protocols for Good Friday:
- There will be one section of the room designated as Masks RECOMMENDED but not required, for the rest of the room masks will be required.
- Chairs & Rows will be spaced to allow some distancing
- Similar to our 9:00 am Worship Service, singing and responsive readings will be moved towards the end of worship to allow for good ventilation
Join us on April 4th at 9:00, outside, as we celebrate Easter. (Online Worship is available as well)
Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of our own future resurrection. Similar to our Christmas worship, we will be renting a tent and worshipping outside. Just as those first disciples went out to a garden to look for Jesus, only to find him resurrected, so we too will go out to worship him only to be surprised to find him in our very lives!
There will be an Easter Egg hunt as well as other activities for kids after worship.
Safety Protocols for Easter:
- In preparing for our Easter service, we have rented a large tent with chairs. We will also have a lot of open seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) for those who would like to spread out more. That said, we hope that everyone will be able to worship with us on Easter morning, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.
- If inclement weather is in the forecast, please look for updates on the website or in the eNews.
- Masks will be required.
Join us on Sunday, March 7th for a special Communion and Prayer Service via Zoom as we celebrate at the Lord’s Table together. If you are worshipping online, you are invited to share communion with us at this special evening service. This will be a brief time (approx. 30 min) of Prayer and Sacrament. Join us at 6:00pm for this special time of worship!
In preparation for this Communion Service, there are 2 things you’ll need to do in order to participate with us.
1. You may need to download the Zoom software (www.zoom.us). We will all be worshiping at the same time. (If you have not used/tested this software before, please call the church office and we will try and troubleshoot this with you.)
2. You will need to find your own elements for Communion in your home. This should be some form of bread and preferably a “fruit of the vine” that is reddish in color (i.e. Grape juice, Red fruit punch, Cranberry juice, etc.).
Our hope is that we all can be sitting at our own kitchen tables as we extend the Lord’s Table into each of our homes and to each of our families as we share the Lord’s Supper TOGETHER. See You Sunday Night.
Time: Mar 7, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Well, it has been a week…
When snow is in the forecast in Texas, you know it will be strange… but historic cold temperatures, rolling (and extended) power outages, schools and businesses closed, pipe and car issues, and even learning to boil (or having no) water… well that was a bit more than was expected…
Which brings us to today… Wednesday.
We would normally be holding an Ash Wednesday worship service tonight, but in light of all that has been happening, that doesn’t seem advisable or even possible. In-person worship is not an option for many, and in light of the continuing power issues, even being able to celebrate online may not be possible.
That being said, many of the lessons of Ash Wednesday, that are often foreign and hard to hear in a normal year, have been brought home to us over the past few days. Therefore, maybe it’s enough for us to reflect on what we’ve been reminded of together.
The 3 points of Ash Wednesday are:
- To meditate on our mortality, sinfulness, and need of a savior
- To renew our commitment to daily repentance in the Lenten season and in all of life
- To remember with confidence and gratitude that Christ has conquered death and sin.
But of course we have been living many of these points out. And here’s what I mean:
One of the main points of an Ash Wednesday service is to reflect on our mortality, our shortcomings, and our need. And in most years that is difficult because we feel invincible, we hide our shortcomings, and we handle our own needs. And in worship we do our best to ‘remember that we are dust, and to dust we will return’, but it doesn’t make a huge impact.
And yet, this year, these points feel all too clear. This past year we’ve lost loved ones to a pandemic, this past week we’ve lost our comfort, control, and security, and throughout this whole season we’ve lost so much that we normally take for granted. – And so, we HAVE become much more aware of our mortality and our need.
Which brings us to our second point, we are to use this time to recommit to repentance and disciplines. And again, we hear this each year without much real intent to change or to become different. We may give up something or try something, but without much intent to be changed or point our lives more towards God.
And yet, this year, I know that I personally feel the need to work to recover and create more margin and stability in my life, not to mention make several Christian disciplines more permanent in my life as a way to follow God’s leading better in my life. Additionally, this year I have found several areas in which I have fallen short, and in which I could improve. And so, I want to implement a renewed sense of discipline back into my often-too-comfortable life. – And I wonder if you have found this too…
Which brings us to our third point, to remember with confidence and gratitude our Savior who conquered sin and death… and while we always worship and give thanks for our awesome Savior, this year that is more urgent and important. Maybe especially because we are coming up to the one-year mark of our last ‘normal’ worship service at our church (March 15, 2020).
But therefore, as we begin THIS season of Lent, we look forward toward a renewed hope in the power of the Resurrection. We again need to be reminded that Jesus has conquered death, that the Holy Spirit continues to be at work transforming us, and that God still loves us and is with us. And, maybe THIS year we need to again be reminded that God is still working to bring Resurrection into our lives, and our church, and our community, as he continues to do the work of restoration and healing.
And so, with all of that said,
I invite you, in the name of Christ,
To observe a holy Lent,
With self-examination and penitence,
With prayer, and works of love,
And by reading and meditating on the Word of God.
PS In case it’s not clear, we will not be holding an Ash Wednesday service today, but we will move some of these elements into our Sunday Worship together.
In an effort to keep all our members, visitors and staff safe, and based on the information that we have available to us at the moment, we are cancelling all In-person Worship Services this weekend due to weather and road conditions.
Please stay safe!
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you and how we can pray for you!
And please join us for Online Worship this Weekend!
Join us for Worship on Sunday February 7th at 9:00am (or Online), and then join us at 10:00am for our Annual Congregational Meeting. Our Annual Meeting will be BOTH in person and ONLINE (via the Zoom App). We will put those joining us via zoom on the big screen, and we should have a camera for them to also see all of us. We will NOT be having Worship Gatherings (at 8:00 or 10:45) on that day.
Zoom information is available below:
Topic: TPC Annual Congregational Meeting
Time: Feb 7, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 859 4043 4427
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Returning to the Building — Phase 1
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Summary: As we return back to the building for worship, we will keep it simple in order to keep people as safe as we can. To this end, we will start with only one worship service and we will remove a lot of our extras: No nametags, no Oasis Coffee Bar, no north side of the building, no extended greeting time in worship, no nursery or classes. And we will have the building thoroughly cleaned the night before, and we will clean it again after worship. Masks are recommended.
As we feel we are ready to move to phase 2, we will add some of our welcoming pieces back in. And then, we will add everything else back in as it is wise.
We do not know WHEN we will start this yet, but we will let you know.
What Sunday Morning Will Look like:
We’ll park on the west side of the building (maybe even in the new parking lot), and we’ll enter through the main doors. A greeter will greet us and open the doors for us, and we’ll enter in. The set up will look a little different to allow for people to keep a bit more spread out.
We will head into worship, picking up a bulletin on the way. The worship center will look similar to normal, but more spread out. Every other row is removed and the chairs are more spread out than normal, but other than that things look like we’re used to. We will spread out a bit in our families, and worship will begin.
With the exception of less hand shaking and less passing things back and forth, worship will be similar to how it’s been. We will sing, we will share in liturgy, we will engage the Word, we will worship together.
After worship is over, we will head to the doors as we are ready, and we will head back home.
And then, over the next few weeks/months, we will slowly add new things back into our Sunday Mornings. Our goal is that you will ALWAYS know what to expect. We can not control how everyone behaves, but we will work to get you all the information you need to be able to make the right decision for you and your family.
And, as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Thank you for your patience!