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Update to COVID-19

Lead Pastor- Kirk Patterson

Mar 18, 2020

An UPDATE message to our Trinity members, friends, families, and the local community regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
… I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:1, 14)
These verses bookend Psalm 27. It’s David’s proclamation of trust during uncertain times. He writes that although “evildoers assail me” (v. 2) and “war rise against me [or we could add ‘in outbreaks”], yet I will be confident” (v. 3). I’d like to say that I’ve always felt confident during this COVID-19 outbreak. In reality, my heart and mind have felt like a rollercoaster of up’s and down’s. However, in the ‘down’ moments, words like David’s in Psalm 27 have lifted up my head and restored my faith in His power, trust in His love, and peace in His wise direction.
With this confidence of faith, we’re having to make more difficult decisions as a church leadership, but we will NOT stop being the Church! After much prayer and extensive conversations with our elders and staff, including the Chairman of our elders, Derek Fullerton, who is a Public Health Director, we’ve decided to worship together online only through at least Sunday, April 5th. Just like this past Sunday, you’ll be able to continue to join us through a link on the homepage (trinitynr.org) that takes you directly to our YouTube channel OR you can follow with us on our Trinity Facebook page.
Additionally, after the state limited gatherings of 25+ people and President Trump discouraged gatherings of 10+ people, we’ve asked all small groups and Bible studies to stop meeting through at least April 7th. While this is not the preferred way any of us would want it, Pastor David and I have contacted all small group and Bible study leaders to talk about ways groups can still connect through video conferencing, group texts, and other mediums. For those who are in a group, please contact your group leader to find out how your group will connect. If you haven’t been part of a group but want to join one, please contact Pastor David at david@trinitynr.org.
Despite our inability to meet physically, I want to invite you to tune in, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th, to ‘Trinity Live’ at 8:00 am on the Trinity Facebook page. For the foreseeable future, I will be kicking off every morning with a 5 to 7-minute Facebook live video where I give a short devotion and prayer. Since we’re going through a sermon series talking about ‘Everyday Habits for Growth,’ I’ll also highlight a habit that each of us could try in our homes.
In addition to that resource, as a church we have access to an extensive, video library called RightNow Media! It’s like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or your TV. As a church staff, we’re looking for ways to ‘feed your soul’ during this time at home and deepen your roots in Jesus. We believe that RightNow Media will be a tool to serve you as you live out your faith at home, at work and in your neighborhood. They have videos for everyone—kids, youth, parents, married couples, college students, single adults, working professionals—all aimed at helping you grow. Anyone in our church can have access to RightNow’s user-friendly library, but you just need to reply to this email or email me (kirk@trinitynr.org) directly for access. I’ll send you an email directing you how to sign up and create an account. We pray that RightNow Media will be an opportunity for you and your family to fill your hearts and minds with content that gives you all life.
Last but not least, we all need purpose outside ourselves during this season. Even though this virus has us isolated, we still want to provide opportunities for us to love and serve others. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are several ways we can partner together in making a difference: 1. If you’re looking for ways to help with financial needs in our congregation, consider donating to our benevolence fund. 100% of this fund goes to meet the everyday needs of people within our congregation. You can give by 1) Click here on this link. 2) In the dropdown menu under ‘Fund,’ click on ‘Benevolence Fund.’ 3) Click ‘Next’ and follow the instructions. 2. Consider 3 to 5 people who are lonely or in need that you can contact (calls are best right now) and encourage. 3. As we try to anticipate needs coming to us, we’re looking for people interested in joining a Transportation Team or Errand Team. Some people in our communities may not be able to drive themselves to necessary appointments, or they may have money but no way to get the supplies they need. If you’re interested in learning more, email me at Kirk@trinitynr.org. 4. Last but not least, consider donating food and supplies to your local food pantry. They are becoming overwhelmed with requests.
While this may be a lot to absorb, start by asking God how to love Him and others during this season. Taking one day at a time, how can we care for our bodies, minds, and souls? On this St. Patrick’s Day, I want to leave you with one of St. Patty’s benedictions: May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore. Amen and Amen.
Trusting God with you and reach out with any questions,
Pastor Kirk Patterson and Trinity leadership

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