March 21, 10:10pm
Here is a short video update
March 21, 4:22pm
March 17, 10:40pm
Thank you for your prayers and patience as we wade through the challenging issues of restricted gatherings. While challenging, we look forward to serving you in new and creative ways. Here’s an important video announcement to help answer many of your questions:
Summary of ministries canceled for the remaining weeks
- HFG (Home Fellowship Groups)
- GTC (Generations To Come)
- FPU (Financial Peace University)
- EPIC (Youth ministry)
- EBM (Men’s ministry)
- Ladies Fellowship (Women’s ministry)
- Junior/Senior Banquet (Youth ministry)
Ministries to continue
- Discipleship meetings
- Pastoral visits
- Ongoing with pre-recorded or live-stream
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2)
Serving Christ with you,
Parick on Behalf of the Elders
March 16, 7:25pm
Dear saints of TCBC,
A lot has happened since our last email to you. We are aware of the changes, and expecting more changes to come as our state officials try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are planning as elders tomorrow evening and ask for your prayers once again. Pray for the following:
– Clarity. Lots of moving parts and once we think we have a clear direction in one area, another restriction is put in place. Pray for clarity in our thinking as we strategize for short-term and long-term plans for ministry within our local body.
– Endurance. We, along with you, are adjusting to the changes to our new normal. As these changes come upon us, may God give us the endurance to press forward to find new and practical ways to serve the body and each other.
– Unity. Our church, like others in our nation, is unable to meet together. Pray that our church remains united in its resolve to trust in our great Shepherd and to advance His gospel in the midst of these strange circumstances.
Trusting the Lord with you,
Patrick on behalf of the Elders
March 14, 12:33pm
Thank you for praying for us as we sought the Lord’s guidance for His church. We are writing both to inform and encourage you. First, some important updates. In order to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus, the state government has mandated all gatherings of 250 or more to postpone their meetings for the remainder of March. We are reminded that God has instituted governments for our good (Romans 13:7), which includes the spreading of a particular virus. The government is not mandating churches to stop gathering for the sake of the gospel but instead mandating to stop gatherings for the sake of the community. We believe our government’s mandate to postpone gatherings is a way for all of us to love our neighbor as we limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.
This means that TCBC will be canceling its services (Band Practice, CBI, Sunday School – for all ages, Worship service) at the building for the remaining Sundays in March (3/15, 3/22, 3/29). This is a significant change, but we strongly encourage you to make the most of the opportunity the Lord has given us to impart the hope of Christ to your family and neighbors.
What does this mean for our church?
- We will continue to hear Sunday sermons, from home. As one brother put it, this situation is a “peculiar providence” of God and as such we are going to publish messages on Sunday mornings via our YouTube channel and Facebook page. We encourage each head of household to lead their family well by having them listen to the Sunday sermons and be encouraged. Invite singles to join you in these times together to enjoy fellowship and hospitality.
- Home Fellowship groups will continue on Wed. evenings. The regular meetings will continue in the normally scheduled times and homes. May the Lord use this new season of ministry as way for us to express greater love, fellowship, sharing of goods, and sense of true community with one another. Pray together for our nation to not fear man (or this virus) but to fear God. Pray for containment. Pray for gospel opportunities.
- GTC will continue on Wed. evenings. Leaders for the children will guide activities that will reduce interaction between them.
- Giving will continue. Giving is an important part of our worship and ongoing ministry. We are asking that you continue to give as you regularly would. Your offerings can be given to HFG leaders midweek or dropped off at the building Tuesday-Friday. If no one is there to receive your envelope, please drop it off in the mail slot in the left-side of the door.
- EPIC will continue on Thur. evenings. Our youth meeting swill continue to meet in their regular time and schedule.
- Financial Peace University will continue Sunday evenings. FPU will remain in its normal schedule.
- Discipleship continues. Your meeting with individuals will continue.
- The Church membership class continues. Our 3-week scheduled membership class continues for each Friday night on March 20, 27 and April 3.
What does this mean for you?
- Fear God. As you well know it is not just the Coronavirus that is spreading through the world. Outpacing the spread of the virus itself is the fear of the virus. In this world, we will face many fearful situations. The situation with this virus is certainly one of those situations. This is when we must pause and remind ourselves of who our God is so that, we fear Him and not this world. We will not give in to fear and, secondly, we will be able to offer the hope of the gospel and the peace of Christ to our family and friends.
- Trust God. In Psalm 103:19 the Lord reminds us “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.” You and I are not in control. Keep using your disinfectant sprays, your oils, your Vitamin C, your soaps and your Purell, but don’t trust in them. And don’t trust in yourself. You don’t dictate what happens. That authority belongs to the one who sovereignly rules over everything from heaven. So take wise precautions, but don’t substitute your control for trust in God. You can fail, but God never does.
- Remember God. The Lord made it clear in Hebrews 13:5 that He will “never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Because that is true, the next verse says “we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.’” Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you do not need to fear any evil for God is with you (Psalm 23:4). He is with you, Christian. This is why you can face difficult days, horrific disasters, and even worldwide pandemics without being paralyzed by fear. God has not left you to find your way through this mess alone. He chose you to be His child since before the foundation of the world, and He promised His children to be present. Take comfort in that.
- Pray to God. Pray and ask God to provide you and our church opportunities to demonstrate God’s care for others. I can’t tell you what exactly that will look like in the days ahead, but I can assure you that if you succumb to the same fear everyone else has, you will miss out on the opportunity to demonstrate the peace of Christ to those who need to see it.
God does not want you to fear, Christian. Find comfort in obeying the simple admonition of Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
Serving Christ with you,
Nick, Francis, and Pat
March 13, 2:32pm
Dear saints of TCBC,
The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:5-6)
Like all of you, we the elders continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. As you well know, this is still a developing situation and it has caused no small amount of uncertainty and anxiety for many. Yet we remain prayerful and confident of our Lord’s abiding presence and sovereign control. While we must take seriously the spread of this virus and the danger it poses for those in high-risk categories, we must not give in to fear and become consumed with panic. Let us be convinced that the God who cares even for sparrows and has numbered the hairs of our heads—surely cares for His children even more (Matt 10:29-30).
Please pray for wisdom as we meet and pray together as elders this evening. We want to make decisions that honor Christ, bless our church family and allow us to be witness to a watching world.
We will follow up with more information as soon as we can after that meeting.
Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. – Psalm 135:6
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. – Romans 11:36
May God indeed receive all the glory,
Nick, Francis, and Pat