2018 Congregational Meeting

If you weren't able to be with us for the 2018 congregational meeting, here is a summary of what took place.

The youth group hosted their missions banquet and raised around $3,000 for their summer mission trip.  The high school mission trip will be July 13-July 22 and we will partner with Voice of Calvary Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi to do a host of projects: after school programs, VBS, minor construction, painting, and the like. 

Next, Pastor Brian talked about some of the ways we have seen God at work this last year.  You can view that content HERE.

We spent time thanking our many amazing volunteers as well as honoring Sara Crane for her time on staff at Trinity.

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Finally we reported the results of the congregational vote which were:

168 ballots cast:

For leadership elder we had 154 people vote yes, 10 people vote no, and 4 people circle an individual name.

For leadership deacon we had 155 people vote yes, 9 people vote no, and 4 people circle an individual name.

For ministry deacons we had 163 vote yes, 2 vote no, and 4 circle individual names.

For ministry elders we had 159 vote yes, 5 vote no, and 4 circle individual names.

For the budget we had 151 vote yes and 1 vote no.

So with these results all measures passed and then we prayed, asked for the Holy Spirit's guidance, and cast lots for leadership elder and leadership deacon (as modeled in Acts 1:23-26).  The names selected were Michelle Christy for leadership elder and Jackie Davis for leadership deacon.  This means our new consistory members starting July 1 will be

  • Michelle Christy- leadership elder
  • Jackie Davis- leadership deacon
  • Monica Aalbers- elder
  • Dave Arnett- elder
  • Dan Swier- elder
  • Vince Kurtz- deacon
  • Michael Simmelink- deacon
  • Ashley Stanislav- deacon

We are grateful to our church and to those who are leaders both in official and unofficial capacities.  This is our prayer for our leaders this next year:

Gracious God, We know from your own words and actions that you care for us as individuals, that you call us to faith, and from faith to obedience, to evangelism, and to discipleship.

You call us to individual relationships—with you, with friends, with family—in truth, with all we encounter.  Your words and actions, Lord, also show us that you care for us as a body, that you call us corporately to worship, pray, and serve together, pursuing your work in this world through partnerships with others.

You call leaders from among us for a variety of roles both within and outside of the church.

Thank you, Lord God, for your faithfulness to your church worldwide and to this congregation in particular.  It is your love we need, your presence we seek, your wise counsel we request.  We celebrate tonight the many gifted servants in your church, thankful for all of them and the ways they use those gifts.

We thank you particularly for those who stand ready to accept your call to Trinity's consistory.  We are grateful for their willingness to serve, and we ask your continued blessings in their lives and work. You have gifted each of these people—and, indeed, all who follow you—with the ability to make a difference for your kingdom.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Celebrating All That God Has Done at Trinity This Year

For more information on the congregational meeting including the results of our vote and the casting of lots click HERE

We name and celebrate the ways God has been at work at Trinity this last year:

1. God-centered, Dynamic Worship: 

God-centered, dynamic Sunday morning worship continues to be one of our greatest strengths. We began last September in the story of the Exodus, then learned what it means to wait expectantly in hope during the season of Advent, and launched a 10 week church-wide discipleship journey in January focused on being Rooted in God’s Word. All so we might be empowered by the Spirit and sent to be Christ’s witnesses.

We’ve experienced somewhere between 15-20% growth this year in worship attendance as we’ve been averaging (with our college students) around 1,000 people each Sunday, peaking at 1,300.

 Many Sundays throughout the fall and spring, we had over 500 people during our 9:50 worship service, which required us to open up the walls and overflow into the lobby.

Many Sundays throughout the fall and spring, we had over 500 people during our 9:50 worship service, which required us to open up the walls and overflow into the lobby.

We praise God for the new people who have joined us, including some who have been disconnected from the church or even unchurched. A few weeks ago we welcomed 24 adults into membership (plus their children).  There are many others who see Trinity as their church who haven’t officially joined but are engaged in our life and ministry.  

One of our new members said the following: "I have felt 100% accepted since the day I started coming and I never felt that way at another church.  I also feel that God and His Holy Spirit are present everywhere here, from the Sunday services to running into other Trinity members on the street."

2.Investing in the Next Generation: 

 A note from the parents of two college students who attend Trinity.

A note from the parents of two college students who attend Trinity.

There are currently over 400 college students who worship at Trinity regularly. The majority are from NWC but one-third are from Dordt, and we have some students from NCC as well.  

There can be an assumption that college students are only here for worship on Sundays, but we’ve seen increased engagement with students who really see Trinity as their home church, are using their gifts to serve in different ministry areas, and who desire to be a part of the body of Christ.  We see this as one of our greatest opportunities: to keep investing in the formation of college students and receive the gift of their presence with us.

Here are some other ways we’ve seen fruit from investing in the next generation:

  • 12 interns in worship, youth and children's ministry over the last 18 months.

  • 22 new babies this past year (and more on the way)!  Several families sensed God calling them to adopt. In fact, we have an adoption support group that meets here at Trinity regularly.

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A group of children and volunteers gather together at Lighthouse Kids. 

  • Watching our children continue to grow in their relationship with God through Lighthouse Kids (our Wednesday night ministry).

  • Two of our fourth graders, Dani Pals and Abby Keepers, got a vision to raise money for school uniforms for impoverished kids in Kenya.  By putting on a bake sale (with many, many donations from people inside and outside the walls of Trinity), they exceeded their goal of raising $1,000 by hitting nearly $4,300!

  • 10 students (8 middle school, 2 high school) accepted Christ as their savior this year.

  • 10 students professed their faith in Christ and became members.

  • Turkey Trot raised over $2,000 for the middle school mission trip.

3. Lives Being Transformed: 

We rejoice in seeing the lives of our children, youth and college/young adults being transformed.  But we know that this call to personal transformation is not just for our children and youth.  It’s for all of us! A life of discipleship is about ongoing transformation. And so we celebrate the way that God has done that and continues to do that through our discipleship ministries.  

One of the main highlights this past year was our 10 week Rooted experience.  340 people, across the generations, participated in Rooted and many had deeply transformational experiences.  As a result, there are so many stories, including the following:

"I want to share with you how much it’s meant to us to bring Rooted to Trinity….We started coming to Trinity and really wanted to find friends, as cheesy as it may sound. We wanted a group of Christian people that could be our “tribe” - the people we reached out to outside of our family."

"Rooted started and we really enjoyed it! This group really helped my husband and I as we went through a difficult time in our lives.  I would not be in the place I am now emotionally, physically, spiritually if it hadn’t been for Rooted and our small group." 

4. Engaged in God’s mission:

Why are we personally transformed?  For what purpose? To join God in mission.  This has been in our DNA since the beginning: to be a missional church that is engaged in local, regional and national mission. One of the big highlights this past year has been some momentum around building relationships with our Latino brothers and sisters.  We piloted our first Spanish Alpha last fall, which consistently had 20-25 participants. We’re also exploring the possibility of doing a Spanish Rooted. Our Connexiones Team is helping us imagine more intentional ways of doing ministry with the Latino community, including our Suppers for 8 and coming alongside families.

We celebrate all the college students and adult leaders who participated in Spring Service Partnerships (NWC) and PLIA’s (Dordt) this past year. We were able to provide financial support to many students.

 Here are a portion of the students and adults who we commissioned and sent on SSP & PLIA trips this year.

Here are a portion of the students and adults who we commissioned and sent on SSP & PLIA trips this year.

Trinity continues to put a high priority on supporting so many different mission partners locally, nationally and globally.  We were able to give an additional gift of $25,000 to our mission partners due to the strong financial finish we had in 2017.  We also have groups getting ready to leave for both Uganda and Haiti this summer. In addition, there are many individuals who are engaged in national and global mission opportunities outside of Trinity.

5. Growing as a Regional Church: 

 Trinity's worship team leading at Granite Church (a church started this last year) in Hawarden, IA. 

Trinity's worship team leading at Granite Church (a church started this last year) in Hawarden, IA. 

The makeup of Trinity is changing. No longer are we only an Orange City church. We have 177 non-college folks who worship regularly with us (or are members) who are not OC residents but live in a communities within a 30 mile radius.

In terms of imagining what regional ministry might look like, we want to practice a radical-openness. Beyond just being a church that gathers people from other communities, we want to be a sending church that sends people back to the places where we, live, work and play in our region to be Christ’s witnesses.  

Since August Trinity has sent out worship teams to other places 10 times.  Locations include First Reformed Hospers, Dover, Granite Church, and OCCS. We believe this is part of the call to regional ministry--to share our gifts and resources with other churches to help support their ministry (to not make it about Trinity).  

Both the consistory of First Reformed Church in Hospers and our Leadership Team have discerned the Spirit inviting us into an exploratory conversation about how we might have an even deeper partnership.  We’re not sure where this will lead, but we all feel called to take the next step and sit down and talk. That will happen sometime in the next couple months.

This is going to be one of our areas of focus over the next year: discerning and learning what it might look like for us to seek the shalom not just of our immediate community but the larger region.

6. Adjusting our structures to serve our growth and mission: 

At our first worship service in our new building, around 500-600 were in attendance. On any given Sunday today, around 1,000-1,200 are in attendance. We have grown 100 percent since moving into our facility five years ago.  

While we celebrate this, it also means growing pains.  Trinity is no longer a medium size church; we are now (and have been) in the large church category.  And that means that we need to adjust our staffing and leadership structures to fit this new size and mobilize us for greater impact.


The staff, Leadership Team, and consistory read an article this past year by Tim Keller on understanding the differences with church size and how it impacts the dynamics of a church. Here are a few of the most important points that are relevant to where we’re at right now:

  • Church size transitions are one of the most underestimated challenges that leaders face; it can be harder to move to a church that’s a different size than change denominations.
  • When a church reaches the large church category, fewer people need to be making policy decisions, and more people doing the ministry.  
  • When a church grows, the staff must change their role from “generalists” to “specialists” in a few key areas.  Staff also need to shift from being a “leader of workers” to a “leader of leaders.”
  • You know you’re hitting a new church size category when you hear some grumbling that goes like this: “Why weren’t we told about that?  Who made that decision?”
  • When a church grows, it gets more complex and needs to give more intentionality to good communication.
  • Trust is essential.  The leaders need to lead with transparency, and the congregation needs to trust their intent and competency.  

As a result of this growth, we've undertaken a few changes over the last year to "catch up" to our size. We’re piloting a new consistory structure that is designed to match passions and gifts of leaders with ministry areas.  So we’ve created different ministry teams, under two main umbrellas (Spiritual Development and Missional Engagement), that have consistory members and congregation at large members on them.

The Leadership Team will continue to function as the primary board of governance, providing the overall direction, accountability and support to the staff as they lead us.

We give God thanks for the way it is going so far.  We still have plenty of kinks to work out, but we’ve seen ministries already being multiplied in a way that was difficult under the older structure.

Additionally, we recognize that we are currently understaffed, and the staff we have now are working hard but, as a whole, need more capacity.  With the significant growth, we’ve added minimal staff over the years. So built into this new budget are some funds to look at adding some staff positions or developing already existing positions that will give more bandwidth to our current staff and, I’m convinced, increase the staff’s capacity to lead well and empower you, the church, for the work of ministry.  The Leadership Team is working on this, and we’ll share more details with you in the next several weeks.

7. Generosity and Stewardship: 

A year ago we found ourselves falling significantly behind with giving.  There were multiple reasons for this. But we rejoice that we finished 2017 strong with $100,000 excess that was used for more ministry within our walls and beyond our walls.  

We continue to be in a financially healthy place.  We want to celebrate this! Thank you for the way you are stewarding your gifts (and not just your finances) but your time and your talents! Continue to ask God how he wants you to grow in your generosity.  

Some of you are giving sacrificially right now, and regardless of the amount, that sacrifice is making a difference.  Others of us may know that we could do more. Consider stepping out and increasing your giving, even if by even 1 to 2 percent.  Not only will this have an impact on God’s kingdom work through Trinity, but you will find yourself growing in your own relationship with God.

 Here is an example of the cards we will be providing for you as a way enjoy the convenience and reliability of online giving, with the intentionality of placing something in the plate as an act of worship on Sunday morning.

Here is an example of the cards we will be providing for you as a way enjoy the convenience and reliability of online giving, with the intentionality of placing something in the plate as an act of worship on Sunday morning.

Online Giving: Online giving offers a great opportunity to remain consistent with your giving. However, it means that the symbolic act of physically putting your offering in the plate is lost. If you are someone who misses the tangible act of giving, we are pleased to offer little blue cards available each Sunday for you to pick up and put in the offering plate. On the card we've provided a space for you to share something you are thankful for, and on the back you are welcome to share any prayer requests that will be held in confidence with our staff.

Sunday's Coming ~ April 22, 2018

When the risen Jesus appears to his disciples, trembling behind locked doors, he breathes his Spirit upon them, gives them his peace, and then sends them out into the world to be his courageous witnesses.

What does it mean to live as a “sent” people?  Rather than reducing mission to a line item on our budget or a two-week mission trip, what if mission is at the very essence of the church’s identity and calling?  What if being on mission with God is about a lifestyle? This sermon series will explore what it means for us--individually and as a congregation--to live all of life as those who are “sent on mission with God” here, there, and everywhere.

This week Pastor Brian Keepers will focus on how Jesus sends us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be witnesses right where we are.  He calls us to join his mission in all the places where we live, work and play.  We’ll explore this key question: Where is your Jerusalem?  Who has God placed around you, and what would it look like to be a channel of blessing in these relationships?  The mission field is not just “somewhere else,” it’s right in front of us!

WORSHIP TIMES - 8:30 / 9:50 / 11:10 a.m.

  • NURSERY is available for children Infant-Age 3 during all services.
  • CHILDREN & WORSHIP (Ages 4-6)
    • Dismissing from the 8:30 and 11:10 a.m. services
    • Children will need to be picked up after the service in the Children's Area
  • CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL (Ages 4-5th Grade)
    • 9:50-10:50 a.m.
    • Location: Children's Area
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL (Grades 6-12)
    • 9:50-10:50 a.m.
    • Location: Youth Room
  • ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES
    • Spiritual Workout Class:
    • 9:50 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Location: Rooms 3&4
      • Would you like to explore ways to grow in 4 crucial areas from Rooted?  Come and get instruction and tools to learn to pray, read Scripture, witness and grow in stewardship.  You will leave each class with a personal plan for how you can take the next step in your walk with Christ in these areas.  This week's topic: Bible Study.
    • Sermon Notes:
      Go online HERE or pick up a guide at the Welcome Center.  This guide will help you stay in rhythm to being in Scripture and prayer through the week and is a great resource to use in small groups.

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May 6 Events

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Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to come out and join us on May 6, 2018

In the morning members will have an opportunity to vote for the 2018/19 Consistory.  Members can vote YES or NO before or after any of the worship services.  A list of nominees can be found in our bulletin HERE.

For supper our Youth Group will be hosting their annual Youth Missions Banquet in the Fellowship Hall. Serving starts at 4:45pm and goes until 6:30pm. All proceeds go toward the 2018 High School Mission Trip.

Following the Youth Missions Banquet, there will be a time of Congregation Celebration at 6:30 p.m.  We will celebrate stories of God at work among us, and hear the results of the Congregational Vote (including drawing lots for Leadership Team Elder and Deacon).

Sunday's Coming ~ April 15, 2018

When the risen Jesus appears to his disciples, trembling behind locked doors, he breathes his Spirit upon them, gives them his peace, and then sends them out into the world to be his courageous witnesses.

What does it mean to live as a “sent” people?  Rather than reducing mission to a line item on our budget or a two-week mission trip, what if mission is at the very essence of the church’s identity and calling?  What if being on mission with God is about a lifestyle? This sermon series will explore what it means for us--individually and as a congregation--to live all of life as those who are “sent on mission with God” here, there, and everywhere.

This week Pastor Brian Keepers will focus on how Jesus sends us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be witnesses right where we are.  He calls us to join his mission in all the places where we live, work and play.  We’ll explore this key question: “Where is your Jerusalem?  Who has God placed around you, and what would it look like to be a channel of blessing in these relationships?  The mission field is not just “somewhere else,” it’s right in front of us!

College Lunch Volunteers Needed (April 29, 2018)

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We are hosting a College Lunch on Sunday, April 29th.

We are in need of several volunteers:

  • 40 volunteers to provide hot or cold side dishes (to serve at least 10-15 servings each)
  • 6 volunteers to help clean up (to arrive by 12:45 pm)

Sign up online HERE

Food can be dropped off that Sunday morning by 11:45 am, and you are not required to help serve.  If you have any questions please contact Julie Andersen at: juliekandersen87@gmail.com

Thank you for helping us bless our students!

Annual Youth Missions Banquet

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Join our Youth Group on Sunday, May 6th in the Fellowship Hall for their annual Youth Missions Banquet.

Serving starts at 4:45pm and goes until 6:30pm.

All proceeds go toward the 2018 high school mission trip.

This meal leads into the annual congregational meeting and celebration time. Come for a great meal made and served by the high school youth group, and stay for some exciting stories of where God is at work in our midst.

All are welcome to attend the meal!

Sunday's Coming ~ April 8, 2018

When the risen Jesus appears to his disciples, trembling behind locked doors, he breathes his Spirit upon them, gives them his peace, and then sends them out into the world to be his courageous witnesses.

What does it mean to live as a “sent” people?  Rather than reducing mission to a line item on our budget or a two-week mission trip, what if mission is at the very essence of the church’s identity and calling?  What if being on mission with God is about a lifestyle? This sermon series will explore what it means for us--individually and as a congregation--to live all of life as those who are “sent on mission with God” here, there, and everywhere.

This week Pastor Brian Keepers will focus on the topic of: Sent...To Be Witnesses. Easter means that we, as disciples of Jesus, are being sent to be Christ’s witnesses in and for the world.  We do this not in our own power, but in the power of Holy Spirit.  Just as the risen Jesus told his disciples to wait for his power from on high, so we are called assume of posture of prayerful waiting and openness for Christ’s resurrection power to fill, empower and lead us.

Faithwalking

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On Wednesday nights April 11-May 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. you are invited to join us in a 5 week journey called Faithwalking, which is designed to help you experience what it means to be more fully human and fully alive in Christ.

It will impact every other relationship in your life.

Topics include:

  • What does it mean to live a missional life?
  • What is “integrity” and why does it matter?
  • How is God calling me to a more radical obedience? 
  • How can I be a more authentic person? 
  • What things from my past are preventing me from truly flourishing for God’s glory and the sake of others?

In between classes, you will have homework.  But it is work that will lead to new discoveries, fresh insights, and a sense of empowerment.   Each class is designed to build upon the others, so it will be important for you to attend all classes.

Sign up online HERE.

Men's Breakfast April 14

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Men of Trinity, invite some friends and plan to join us at a Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Join us for a time of food and fellowship and devotion on the topic of Miracles. 

There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Choose the "pay later" option during your online registration, and bring your donation the morning of the event.

Sign up online HERE.

Please contact Sean Howe at: 712-986-6221 with any questions.

Sunday's Coming ~ April 1, 2018

This week Pastor Brian Keepers will focus on the topic of: Peace Be With You. We live in a world that often feels overwhelming and chaotic.  The temptation is to be held captive by our fear and pain, to hide behind the closed doors of safety and security.  But what if there is a more hopeful and courageous way to live?  What if there is a peace that transcends all understanding?  A peace that heals our deepest wounds, sets us free from our greatest fears, releases us from all bitterness, and makes it possible for us to become who God designed us to be?  What if there is a peace that is making all things new?  This is the good news of Easter.  The tomb is empty!  The living Jesus stands among us today and says: “Peace be with you!”

Sunday's Coming ~ March 25, 2018

Is there more to being a Christian than going to church and trying to be a good person?  Is following Christ simply about believing all the right things or performing all the right rituals?

At Trinity we believe that the answer is an emphatic, “Yes!”  God calls us into a journey of “becoming,” not just one of believing or doing.

We use the word “discipleship” to describe this journey, and over the next several weeks we are going to be exploring some of the key elements of this journey in a series called Rooted.

This week Pastor Brian Keepers will focus on the topic of Don’t Go To Church; Be The Church.  What does it mean to be the church?  Why does the church matter?  Too often we think of the church as a building or a menu of programs.  Or we focus on how the church exists primarily to meet our own wants and needs.  But the Bible teaches us that the church is a body of people who are on mission with God for the sake of the world. Today, as we conclude our “Rooted” series, we’ll explore what it means to not simply “go to church,” but be the church!

Connect Track

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If you are new to Trinity, we are so glad that you have decided to join us.

We know that going to a new church can be intimidating, especially one Trinity’s size, and so we want to help you connect more deeply.

Our connect track is a process to help you meet other people, ask questions about the church, and find areas for everyone to plug in.

You can begin your process of connecting by joining us Sunday morning April 22nd at 11:00am in adult rooms 3 & 4 in the east end of our building.