Dear Trinity Church Family,

I’m sure by now, like me, you have been inundated with more emails than you care to read from various companies about their response to the Coronavirus. In fact, I think the only one I’ve read so far has been from Chick-Fil-A because of course, life must go on. And If you don’t want to read all of this email, I have a short “TL;DR” summary at the end you can skip to now (you’re welcome, millennials). In all seriousness, this coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented and the American Church has yet to face anything like this. What should the response of God’s people be? Are we to hide in our homes out of fear? No, I don’t think that’s what God has called for his people. Conversely, are we to recklessly march out into the streets breathing on people, refusing to give fist bumps or respect personal space out of a sign of “faith?” (you know who you are but don’t worry I still love you!) No, I don’t think that’s it either.

In 2 Timothy 1:7, it says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The Holy Spirit gives us power over the enemy, he gives us love that we might serve one another and our community, and finally, he gives us a sound mind to make decisions based on wisdom. So it is with a sound mind and in obedience to Romans 13 that we have made the decision to respect the wishes of the CDC and President Trump by not having any meetings of more than 10 people. So for now, we will not have any corporate gatherings, not in person anyway. Like many churches around the globe, we will be meeting online. Each weekend we will have worship and a message sent right to you in your home! Check the website (tci.org), Facebook and your email each and every weekend and join us on your living room tv, your computer or smart device.

TCI is a house of prayer, so in addition to the weekend service being sent to you online, we want to continue our corporate prayer as we pray for our families, our church, our community, the nation, and ultimately the world. Our morning and noon prayer times have been canceled but it doesn’t mean we can’t come together in prayer. On Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 am and 12 pm, we will be praying on Facebook Live. Our founding pastor, Tom Peters, will lead the morning prayer and I will lead the noon prayer. There may be no greater time for us to join together and agree in Jesus’ name for there is power when we pray, and especially when we pray together. Jesus said in Matthew 18:

18“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

In closing, I know many of you are potentially facing financial setbacks, layoffs and many are worried if they will contract the virus. I want to encourage you and fill you with faith at this time. As we said, this coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented and we are walking into uncharted territory but as God’s children, our faith in Him should never waiver as our hope is not in the world’s economy, but in the Salvation of his Son. It’s in times of crisis that we should keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). For it is in Him and Him alone that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). We will get through this, we will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Do not lose hope, do not be overcome by fear. We can choose faith over fear because the Lord is with us! (Isaiah 41:10).

As we navigate these uncharted waters, as your pastor I want to ask four things of you:

1) Pray for a miracle. Like many churches and small businesses across America, Trinity is facing some serious financial difficulties that without a miracle, we face major layoffs and possible closures of ministries. We serve the God of miracles and a slowing economy does not catch the King by surprise. Will you join me in fasting and praying like never before as we pray for a cure, for our medical officials, all those affected, and that the church will continue to flourish financially even in times of famine?

2) Please continue to give. You can be a part of the miracle we are praying for by continuing your faithful giving through your tithes and offerings. Many people will be affected by this, but those of you who continue to have jobs or even those that the Lord blesses in this time, would you please prayerfully consider investing in the Kingdom by giving? You can mail your checks in or simply give online. My wife and I have set up automated giving through ACH on our website and it has changed our lives. It’s secure, fast and easy to set up. Your sacrificial giving is what will keep Trinity Church going through these next few uncertain months and moving forward for years to come.

3) Take time on Sunday or your day of worship to join us online. The book of Hebrews warns us not to forsake meeting together as some are already doing. Now is the time more than ever to take time aside to seek the Lord and put Him first. Gather the family around the tv, phone or computer and join us each and every weekend as we seek the Lord together with all of our heart, soul and mind. And if you can, join us live via Facebook Live on Wednesdays and Fridays 6am and 12pm for prayer.

4) Finally, be the Church. Church is NOT canceled or postponed. It’s not even facing a step back or slow down. The true Church is not dependent on a service, a building, or messages and songs. It’s times like these that she is really going to shine. Look for opportunities to be a blessing, to speak an encouraging word, not a discouraging one. You are the salt of the earth, a light on a hill; so don’t hide! Jesus said freely we have received, now it’s time to freely give the hope and courage we have received to others.

I want to leave you with my favorite scripture passage of all time found in the fourth book of Philippians:

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt Baker

TL;DR

  • Choose faith over fear
  • All services canceled
  • Meeting online. Watch with your family at home. Check website, email and Facebook Live
  • Asking four things of the church:
    • Pray for a financial miracle
    • Please continue to give online
    • Join us each and every week online
    • Be the Church. Church is not a building or a service, it’s you!

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6 NLT

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