In The Loop - July 2018

Summer of Mission

Trinity is a church that values mission.  It's a core part of our identity, reaching all the way back to Trinity's beginning.  Trinity continues to carry on this heritage of engaging in mission, and the summer is a perfect example of that.  This month, as we look to keep you "in the loop" we want to highlight some of the ways in which Trinity is engaged in mission.

Mission Team Update

Trinity has a number of ministry teams made up of staff, consistory (elders and deacons), and other lay leaders.  These ministry teams provide leadership and focus to different areas of ministry.  Our mission team oversees our mission partners and also our opportunities for Trinity people to go and engage in mission.  One new opportunity the mission team is providing is a weekend cross-cultural experience with the organization Engage Global.  This group exists to "partner with local churches in mobilizing their people to extend God's glory by engaging them in seeing churches planted among unreached peoples."

Our hope is to send a team from Trinity to Minneapolis on October 19-21.  More information will be coming about this great opportunity, but keep that weekend open on your calendar.

Missions Trips

There is something so powerful in getting out of our comfort zone, out of the "normal" that we live in day in and day out, and get to go serve and see how God is moving in other parts of the world.  It's often in these experiences where God shows us things that we are otherwise blind to or calls us to greater faith in Him.  These experiences also help us build real relationships with our brothers and sisters in different places and our hearts grow for the world.

Uganda

Earlier this summer, Trinity sent a team to Uganda to partner with Titus and Mary Baraka and Hope Christian High School. Titus and Mary are long time ministry partners of Trinity. It has been a blessing to grow in relationship with them over the years, and to take part in their ministry. 

 A group from Trinity poses for a photo with Titus, Mary, and friends from Uganda.

A group from Trinity poses for a photo with Titus, Mary, and friends from Uganda.

Haiti

Our Haiti team returned earlier this month from partnering with JeanJean and Kristie Mompremier at United Christians International. We have partnered with and supported the mission of UCI for over a decade, sending our first group to Haiti in 2008. Since that point in time, Trinity has sent a number of groups to Haiti to strengthen our relationship with the people and ministry of UCI. 

Youth Missions

On July 13, a group of high school students and leaders left for Jackson, Mississippi, to spend time partnering with Voice of Calvary Ministries. This is the youth group's second trip to the Delta Region of Mississippi. On July 25, a group of middle school students and leaders will head to Lawrence, Kansas, to serve with After The Harvest, Hope Faith Ministries, and Hillcrest Thrift Stores. The group will then attend Power Connection.

Regional Ministry

This last year Trinity has been living into our call to be a regional church by actively partnering with First Reformed Church of Hospers.  Over the last year, we've sent worship teams to help lead at Hospers, done joint mission projects, shared preachers, and this summer we've been going through a shared sermon series on the book of James.  

As we continue to hold an "open hands" posture to where God might be calling Trinity in regional ministry, the Consistory of First Reformed Church of Hospers and the Leadership Team of Trinity met together with Jason DeVries from Faith Church Dyer, Indiana, on July 9 in Orange City for the purpose of hearing Faith’s story of developing ministry with other churches. Jason helped facilitate a conversation about entering into a deeper relationship between Trinity and First and helped us understand some models that have been successful.

We reflected on Jeremiah 29:4-16 and what it means to be a church together that seeks the shalom of our region (not just our own communities). We prayed that we would be open to God’s will as revealed by the Spirit, and we listened. Everyone involved was encouraged by the positivity of discussion and we came away with more questions than answers. The spirit of the meeting was so positive that we plan to continue the discussion. Each leadership group will submit questions to each other by July 23. Our teams will have a couple of weeks to answer the questions, returning those answers to each other by August 6. Our hope is to reflect on the answers to our questions at our respective leadership meetings on Aug 13. We plan to gather again on Aug 20 to pray together and determine next steps.

 The Consistory of First Reformed Hospers and the Leadership Team of Trinity met July 9 to discuss further partnership, and we concluded our time together with communion.

The Consistory of First Reformed Hospers and the Leadership Team of Trinity met July 9 to discuss further partnership, and we concluded our time together with communion.

Please be in prayer as both churches discern what God is calling us to next and how Trinity might live into regional ministry.

Training next generation leaders

At Trinity, we believe in empowering the younger generation to grow, lead, and serve in the church. That's why we find great value in providing opportunities for them to do so. This summer, we are pleased to walk through ministry with three summer interns: Reghan Harms (Children's Ministry & Pastoral Care), Marta Vander Top (Discipleship, Preaching & Leadership Development), Derek Alter (Youth Ministry). Not only do we see value in walking with them, but also in giving them free reign to try new things, and maybe even fail. It has given us great joy to watch how the Holy Spirit has worked through these students this summer. 

Seeking to equip the younger generation is one reason why we are focusing on a college ministry this fall. While Trinity has always had college students be a part of our church, this fall we will be launching a new college student ministry intentionally focused on what Trinity can offer college students that is different from the things available to them on their respective campuses.  Our desire is to see our students from Northwestern, Dordt, NCC, and other colleges growing in their faith and serving with their gifts!

Many other partners

Rudy Folkerts is traveling to Liberia at the end of July to work with the ministry One Body, One Hope. They will work with young adults, who were orphans, to begin a bamboo bike business to help provide employment opportunities. They will also build bikes for pastors who otherwise would have to walk 5 or 10 miles to visit someone. 

Andrew and Laura DeBoer will soon travel to Honduras, where they have committed to teach for a year at Abundant Life Christian School in La Union. After their arrival on August 7, they will participate in training with teachers from other branches of the school in neighboring communities to help prepare them for their teaching responsibilities and intercultural interactions. Laura will serve as a 6th grade teacher and Andrew will teach 7-12th grade social studies. 

"We look forward to partnering with this organization as they seek to provide local students with high quality academic opportunities while demonstrating the love of God. We would appreciate your prayers as we transition to a foreign culture and new jobs all several thousand miles from our families.  We are excited to see how God works in these upcoming months and are so thankful for the support of Trinity."  -Andrew & Laura DeBoer

Over the course of the summer we have many students who are serving the Lord all across the globe and in many different ways.  They are all in some way connected to Trinity. Please keep the following students in your prayers as they get ready to come home: Josh Dahl, Emily Weeks, Meredith Spicher, Jeff Jeltema, Lucas Sander, Kate Staab, Maddie Godfredsen, Rachel Mercer, Anna Niessen, Haley Muyskens, Jenna Heemstra, Kelsey Lang, Megan Cleveringa, Emma Van Meeteren, Emily Wikner, Amy Tuttle, MaKayla Tjernagel, Ben Patzlaff. 

Sunday's Coming ~ June 3, 2018

This Weekend at Trinity

Saturday

CONEXIONES PICNIC - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a picnic with our Anglo and Latino neighbors and a conversation with Chuck & Jean Van Engen. Bring your favorite hot and cold dish to share. Location: Trinity's shelter house. 

Sunday

WORSHIP TIMES - 9:00 / 10:30 a.m. 

NURSERY is available for children Infant-Age 3 during both services.

FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD (Intergenerational Sunday School) - 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room

All ages are encouraged to come and explore how God’s purposes are woven into every aspect of our lives: family, work, art, education, government, recreation and all creation. You will learn how our lives on earth matter in God’s plan for the world. This journey will allow different ages to explore this topic together. 

JERUSALEM SHARING - 6:00 p.m.

Cary Valdes will share with our congregation how God was at work during her time in Jerusalem this spring.  Come out to see pictures, hear stories and learn about God’s work in this city and region. 

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In The Loop - June 2018

Good communication is essential as we grow and serve together as the body of Christ.  Each month, the Leadership Team and Staff will share important information regarding our life, worship and mission.  This is designed to keep you “in the loop,” and also to serve as a prayer guide.  As leaders, we want to be approachable.  So please feel free to ask questions or share feedback on any of the material included.

Staffing Developments and Additions

Trinity is blessed to have a such a healthy and committed staff who are passionate about equipping God’s people for ministry and mission.  As Trinity continues to grow and change, so do our staffing needs.  Here is an update on some staffing changes:

Sara Crane stepped down from her full-time role as Communications and Facility Manager in April.  We have decided to separate the two aspects of Sara’s role into two part-time positions: Facility Manager and Communications Manager.  We are thrilled that Scott Simmelink has agreed to serve as our Facility Manager (6 hours a week).  Scott is well-equipped for this role after serving 27 years as the Director of Maintenance at Northwestern College.  Scott will officially begin on June 1.

Jamie (Jongerius) Prescott will serve as our interim Communications Manager (30 hours a week) through the end of the summer.   Jamie is a daughter of Trinity and has helped us out before in this capacity.  This will allow time for the Leadership Team to determine what is needed in this position and facilitate a hiring process.

Andy Keller's role will be developed into the Director of Worship and Ministry Operations.  In addition to giving overall leadership to Trinity's worship ministries, Andy will be responsible for the daily operations of the church and help implement new ministry initiatives. Based on our research, most churches our size have hired some kind of director of operations (sometimes called an "executive pastor") in a part-time or full-time capacity.  This will free up Pastor Brian to focus on areas like visionary leadership, preaching and teaching, and developing leaders.  It will also help Pastor Bob and the rest of the staff give more time and energy to their places of strengths, as well as create better connection and communication with all the moving parts at Trinity. (We hesitate to use “business” terms as the church is not a business, but one way to think about Andy’s role is a “Chief Operations Officer”).

Eli Dahl will be brought on in a full-time capacity as our Associate of Worship and College Ministry. Eli is already functioning on staff in a very part-time capacity in the area of worship (especially AV and technology), and he has been a huge asset.  We see many gifts in Eli and an opportunity to keep developing him as a leader.  Eli will help Andy by taking on more responsibility with leading our worship teams, volunteer recruitment, scheduling, etc.  Eli will also help us take our college ministry to another level as there has been a growing desire, especially among college students, to see this ministry grow and deepen.  Eli will begin full time on June 1. 

All of these changes fit well within the parameters of our Human Resources budget allocation, and leave funds still for some additional staffing needs down the road.

Why are we making these changes?  We see the role of the staff at Trinity as not being the ones who are paid to do the ministry themselves, but who are living into Paul’s vision in Ephesians 4:12 to “equip the saints for ministry, for the building up of the body.”  These changes will create more capacity for our current staff (so they don’t burn out) and help mobilize God’s people at Trinity for greater kingdom impact.

Meet Our Summer Interns

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Reghan Harms is from Aurelia, IA and will be a junior at Northwestern College. She is majoring in Worship Arts and Religion. This summer Reghan will be working in children’s ministries helping with things like VBS and Pastoral Care and also assisting in other areas of ministry.

 

 

 

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Marta Vander Top graduated from Dordt College in 2017 with a degree in worship arts and theology; she is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary. She attended Trinity during all four years at Dordt, and is excited to be back in northwest Iowa again. She loves baking, practicing ukulele, and strong coffee.  Marta will be spending this summer in areas of discipleship, preaching, and leadership development.

 

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Derek Alter just finished his junior year at Northwestern College, where he is majoring in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. He will serve as the youth ministry intern this summer, working with Ben to plan and prepare two mission trips, lead small group Bible studies, and invest in students over the next ten weeks. Derek comes from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and has served in middle school Sunday School for the last two years.

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.

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

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!”