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Coronavirus and Our Church

April 1, 2020

Psalm 121:1-2 

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Many of you know these verses that were put to music back a couple of decades ago and for good reason – psalms were songs that the people of God would sing for the same reasons that we do today – both to lift their praises to God as well as to remind themselves of how He is and how He behaves. This particular song is included as a “Song of Ascents”  that were sung by the people as they “ascended” up the hill to Jerusalem to celebrate one of the annual festivals that God had commanded.

And see what they were saying as they surveyed the hillsides around them – “God, not only are you the maker of heaven and earth, but you are the One who supplies my needs and provides me with timely help.”

True for them then and true for you now . . .

One of the forms by which God is helping is by way of Him directing funds to you from the Federal government over the next couple of weeks. Yes, that’s what I said – God is helping you via the Federal government. You might not have thought of it that way, but God uses a myriad of channels and avenues by which to dispense grace and to provide for us.

And when it comes to this pending provision, I wanted to not only help you see that it originates from His hand, but also some good ways to utilize it in these days.

First off, if you are in financial need for whatever reason (loss of hours, loss of job, etc), see these funds as a very timely help for meeting some of your basic needs like paying for groceries, bills and rent. That’s what its main intent is for and, for you, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Second, if you’re really not sure where you’re going to be financially in this next season, these are great resources to set aside for when you might experience some financial challenges. If you’ve never had a “rainy-day fund,” here’s your start.

Third, if you’re somewhat confident that you aren’t in significant need of these resources right now or in the foreseeable future, can I give you a few ideas to consider in terms of investing them wisely and generously?

-set a portion of the funds aside and designate them as “local business stimulus plan” and use these funds to help support local businesses that are struggling to keep their doors open

-utilize some, if not all, of these funds to pay down debt that you have. You may have been asking the Lord for means by which to reduce your debt and see these funds as an answer to that prayer

-invest some, if not all, of these funds into our Helps Fund to enable the ministry leaders of Trinity Church meet financial needs both for our church family and for those in your relational worlds who are struggling in these current days to pay bills and meet basic needs. Resources given to the Trinity Church Helps Fund go exclusively to helping people with financial needs and these needs will only grow in the coming weeks and months moving forward.

See these unexpected resources as provision from God, as help that “comes from the Lord” and find meaningful, generous ways to utilize them for His Kingdom in this unique season in time.

With you, lifting my eyes up to the mountains . . .
Todd


March 25, 2020

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 

I love this verse for a ton of reasons, but maybe first and foremost is the way that real people that I know exhibit these qualities to me, “Scripture-with-skin-on-it” in consistently powerful, palpable ways:

  • as God fills you with hope – a confidence in all that He is and all that He’s promised to you – joy and peace accompany that hope because it’s tethered to someone unchanging and almighty
  • and since joy and peace in the midst of any tumultuous time is simply the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life (joy and peace are “fruit of the Spirit), hope isn’t just present in you, but overflows from you into the lives of others

That’s why this verse is so powerful to me and why you, you who “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” are such rich sources of encouragement to me daily – especially in days like these.

That being said, I want to encourage you with a couple of things that we’re working on to help Trinity Church move our ministries “from on campus to online” in this current season:

FIRST, Governor Newsom’s directive last Thursday night, March 19, didn’t provide any details in the way of what was going to be considered “essential services” under that decree. Monday, March 23, an explanation was made available and one thing that we were ecstatic to see was the following mentioned as an “essential service” Faith based services that are provided through streaming or other technology 

  • translated, minimal teams are allowed to show up to the church campus to film content that we can make available to you via the internet
  • that’s fantastic news and we’re excited about getting our teams mobilized to begin providing both live and pre-recorded content available to you beginning this next week!

SECOND, we will have a list of our weekly programming made available to you on the front page of our church website later this week so that you’ll know what material will be available at what targeted groups on what days moving forward

As to other updates regarding our staff team and our efforts to care for you, here are some reminders of what we’re doing in response to Governor Newsom’s statewide order for Californians to “shelter in place”:

  • our church staff, aside from essential on campus team members, will be working remotely from home during the week until further notice (I’m thankful for our IT team who was preparing for this reality earlier in the week)
  • there will be someone to answer the church phone during our normal “business hours,” 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday. If you need assistance at any other time, please email the church office at and expect for one of our staff members to get back in touch with you
  • we will be streaming our worship service live via our website this Sunday at 9:00 am and then it will be saved to our Trinity Church YouTube page afterwards to watch if you are unable to view it earlier Sunday
  • we are working on adding more online content for you beginning this next week, so please keep checking our website and our social media sites (Facebook and Instagram) for more information
  • as a staff team, we are now working on an ongoing plan to personally contact not only our Senior Adults and our adults with disabilities (Light & Power), but our entire church family over the course of the next couple of weeks
  • remember to keep “abiding in the vine” yourself through reading God’s Word or focusing your heart and mind in prayer or singing along to timely worship songs or journaling your prayers to God as it’s essential that you keep reminding yourself that you’re “rooted in Jesus”
  • please share your stories with us of how God is using you in your neighborhood or in your “digital community” to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need – that’s a great way to keep others encouraged as well as to provide great ideas of how they too can be “reaching their worlds.” Email stories to

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him . . .

Todd 


March 20, 2020

 Todd's Video

Psalm 62:5-8 

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

I love the tone of this psalm where the author is not only instructing himself to find comfort and hope in God, but then turns his attention to others around him as well – “you people” – directing them to “pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

That’s my purpose in this update today – to remind myself of how God is my “rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” as well as to encourage you to do the same – to go to Him with your fears, with your confusion, with your questions, knowing that He can handle all of it and welcomes you to bring them to Him. That’s what a “mighty rock” and “refuge” are – a place to go and find hope and help when you’re in need.

Or when you’re “sheltering in place” like most of you are right now.

Here are some updates that I have for you in response to Governor Newsom’s statewide order for Californians to “shelter in place”:

  • our church staff, aside from essential on campus team members, will be working remotely from home until further notice (I’m thankful for our IT team who was preparing for this reality earlier in the week) 
  • there will be someone to answer the church phone during our normal “business hours” between 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you need assistance at any other time, please email the church office at and expect for one of our staff members to get back in touch with you 
  • as we were planning previously, we will be broadcasting our worship service via our Sunday “Live” Message page this Sunday at 9:00 am and then it will be saved to our Trinity Church YouTube page afterwards for you to watch if you are unable to view it at 9:00 am on Sunday 
  • we are working on adding more online content for you beginning this next week, so please keep checking our website and our social media sites (Facebook, and Instagram) for more information 
  • as a staff team, we will keep making calls to check and see how our most marginalized – our Senior Adults and our adults with disabilities (Light & Power class) – are doing and of what assistance they might need 
  • remember to keep “abiding in the vine” yourself through reading God’s Word or focusing your heart and mind in prayer or singing along to timely worship songs or journaling your prayers to God as it’s essential that you keep reminding yourself that you’re “rooted in Jesus” 
  • please share your stories with us of how God is using you in your neighborhood or in your “digital community” to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need – that’s a great way to keep others encouraged as well as to provide great ideas of how they too can be “reaching their worlds” 

We love you, Trinity Church, and want to walk through these uncertain times with you knowing that we serve a certain King.

Todd 


March 18, 2020

Trinity Family,

I’m writing briefly to let you know that we’re praying for you - that you would continue to entrust yourself and your families and your lives to the One that you were entrusting yourself to a week ago. Your world has changed a lot, but He hasn’t and He’s still the Savior of the World who is doing a lot to get all of our attention. Praying that you’d keep living that “rooted and reaching” life that you’re equipped to live.

I want to update my letter that was posted yesterday. Last night, the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors ordered the cancellation of gatherings “of any number of people within the county" starting Wednesday and lasting through April 6. Prior to that, my letter had encouraged you to meet in groups no larger than 10, but this recent directive nullifies that and has put us all in the response of meeting digitally.

So, we’ve updated our website in two ways to be helpful to you:

 -first, there is a new “small groups” link at the very top of our front page of our website. Once you click that, you’ll be directed to this page.

-second, though that page will begin to be populated with online resources for our various Trinity small groups, for now, there are two tutorial videos linked that will help you know how to lead an online small group discussion if you don’t already have that information

Our staff team has been making phone calls to our Senior Adults and surveying their needs. As you would expect, though we are trying to be an encouragement to them, it’s them who have been the encouragers to us. It’s good to be a part of the family of God and specifically the family of God that calls itself Trinity Church!

Rooted & Reaching, 
Todd


March 17, 2020

Psalm 71:5, 8 

 For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence since my youth . . .
 My mouth is filled with your praise,
    declaring your splendor all day long.

We started out the day praying for you today and will continue to lift you up to this great God that has been and continues to be your hope.

As recommendations and restrictions continue to be communicated by our national and local authorities, we’ll continue to update you as to what that means for us as a Trinity Church family.

There are three recent recommendations that we are responding to currently:

  • President Trump’s recommendation for Americans to not meet in groups larger than 10 people for the next 15 days (through March 31)
  • the CDC’s restriction of people meeting in groups larger than 50 for at least 8 weeks (through May 10)
  • Governor Newsome’s recommendation for Senior Adults to self-isolate

After some good collaborative meetings with Trinity’s Directional Team, Pastors and Directors, we have some updates for you. Based on these recent recommendations and because we’re trying to be good, thoughtful neighbors to our community, here’s where we’re at as of today, March 17:

  • there will be NO events hosted on the Trinity Church Campus beginning today, through March 31 except for the teams needed to produce our Sunday worship services for Livestreaming as well as the worship team rehearsals required to prepare for the next Sunday’s worship service
  • beyond that, any events that would normally have 50+ people meeting together will also NOT meet on campus until at least after May 10.
  • for all other smaller events between April 1-May 10, please keep checking the church calendar for updates or look for information from those who provide leadership for those events
  • groups of 10 or less will be encouraged to meet off-campus or virtually thru various online teleconferencing sites
  • we are planning on contacting the senior adults of Trinity Church to check in on them and get a survey of any needs that they are experiencing

Accordingly, here is the updated information for worship services beginning this Sunday, March 22:

  • we will be broadcasting both of our morning services via Livestream on our website at 9:00 am and 10:45 am (NO Sunday evening service)
  • we are beginning a new teaching series this Sunday, March 22, in the book of 1 Peter called “A People Prepared”
  • the only persons that will be on campus during Sunday mornings will be Trinity Church’s Worship and Production Teams as well as myself
  • as a result, we will NOT be having any of the normally-scheduled additional classes or groups that normally meet on Sundays as well. This will be our plan for the next 8 weeks through Sunday, May 10.

We will keep the lines of communication open with our Trinity Church congregation. All communication regarding any cancellations, changes to services, classes or events can be found on this website. If you are not already signed up for our church communication emails, please do so here.

Worship with us onlineThere is great value in physically gathering together which is why Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

We are praying instead of panicking. We know that God is in control and we encourage you to join us in asking for God’s continued protection of our church family, and for God to bring about an end to the spread of this disease. Pray with us for God’s healing of those who are infected, for God’s peace for the victims and their families, and for timely opportunities to share with those in your relational world the Good News of the Gospel when they may be experiencing great fear for their future.

God’s Word guides us to reject fear and trust in Him. Trust in the Lord does not mean that we test Him, so having faith does not mean that we ignore reasonable guidance by health and governmental officials. Given the fast-changing nature of this situation, stay aware and follow any directives given by public officials superseding what we are communicating.

What about support of our ministries and missionaries? Many in our congregation already give their gifts and offerings through electronic means. If you would like to give your gifts online, you can do so here.

Trinity Church sends people out all over the world on mission trips, are we still doing this? Those who were preparing and raising support for summer missions trips have been contacted regarding the status of these trips.

Again, let’s pray and not panic, though, it may seem that “the earth give way.” Let’s put feet to our faith and be people of Jesus influence among a people who are fearful of the unknown.

Rooted & Reaching,
Todd Arnett, Lead Pastor of Trinity Church 


March 12, 2020
I want to remind you of our preaching series a year ago entitled Still and the passage that it was based on:
Psalm 46:1-3, 10
God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging . . .
 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God . . .

The news is full of stories of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), so it is understandable that people are concerned. Our Trinity Church staff and elders have been prayerfully considering precautions to take for the health and safety of our congregation and community, so we want you to know what we are doing at Trinity.

We are praying instead of panicking. We know that God is in control and we encourage you to join us in asking for God’s continued protection of our church family, and for God to bring about an end to the spread of this disease. Pray with us for God’s healing of those who are infected, for God’s peace for the victims and their families, and for timely opportunities to share with those in your relational world the Good News of the Gospel when they may be experiencing great fear for their future.

God’s Word guides us to reject fear and trust in Him. Trust in the Lord does not mean that we test Him, so having faith does not mean that we ignore reasonable guidance by health and governmental officials. Given the fast-changing nature of this situation, stay aware and follow any directives given by public officials superseding what we are communicating.

As of last night, the Governor of California’s office has communicated the following:

The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

Because we understand that we are to obey the authorities over us, we are electing to do the following for this Sunday, March 15. We will communicate weekly with you regarding weekend worship services between now and the end of March, per the Governor’s memo.

  • worship services at 9:00 & 10:45 am only (no Sunday evening service)
  • you’re invited to come and participate if you are feeling well and do not exhibit any flu-like symptoms. For those who are elderly or have underlying medical conditions that might put you at higher risk, we would suggest that you avoid this gathering and watch online for your own well-being.
  • we will limit our gathering in the Worship Center to 250 people per service and then overflow to other locations if need be
  • we will NOT be offering childcare or Kids Ministries for ages birth-5th grade due to our inability to provide the directed “social distancing” with children’s ministries
  • we will NOT be having any of the normally-scheduled additional classes or groups that normally meet on Sundays as well (e.g. Light and Power, Middle School, Financial Peace University, etc). Please keep checking back to our website for more information for future Sundays during this unique season.
  • we will be broadcasting both of our morning services via Livestream on our website at 9:00 & 10:45 am.

 We will keep the lines of communication open with our Trinity Church congregation. You will find information here on the website if we need to communicate any cancellations, changes to services, classes or events. If you are not already signed up for our church communication emails, please do so here.

Worship with us onlineThere is great value in physically gathering together which is why Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

At this time officials, have not asked us to cancel our Sunday services or midweek activities, so we will continue gathering until we hear differently. Again, check our website and emails for any changes to previously scheduled activities.

If you don’t feel comfortable joining us on campus, one option to consider is gathering with your home group or with another small group of the Trinity Church family and watch one of the worship services online at 9:00 & 10:45 am.

In terms of choosing whether to worship from home or by coming to campus, the dynamic of trust-without-testing will be different for different believers. If you choose to stay home, we understand that. No one will assume you are giving in to fear. If you choose to come and gather, no one will say you are testing God.

What about support of our ministries and missionaries? Many in our congregation already give their gifts and offerings through electronic means. If you would like to give your gifts online, you can do so here.

Starting this Sunday, March 15, we will suspend passing the offering plates in the worship services, but will have an offering box in the back of our worship centers where you can give your offerings before, during, or after the services.

What steps are being taken to safeguard people when they are on our property? Our campuses are constantly cleaned. Our children’s classrooms are sanitized after every class and ministry event, including the sterilization of toys, books, and surfaces. Hand sanitizers are found in strategic locations all around the campuses and can be used by everyone, at any time. Remember to frequently wash your hands, and if you or anyone in your family are not feeling well, please stay home.

What about things like Communion and greeting one another? We will suspend serving Communion or having people shake hands until after these health restrictions have passed. We are not giving in to fear, we are seeking to protect the vulnerable in our congregation, so fist and elbow bumps and smiles are the better options for the time being.

Trinity Church sends people out all over the world on mission trips, are we still doing this? We are assessing these trips on a weekly basis, following the guidance that is given by the Department of State’s Travel Advisories. This has already resulted in one trip being cancelled and an event on our campus being postponed.

Again, let’s pray and not panic, though, it may seem that “the earth give way.” Let’s put feet to our faith and be people of Jesus influence among a people who are fearful of the unknown.

Rooted & Reaching,
Todd Arnett, Lead Pastor,

 

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