Tuesday, April 7   2 pm

My Dear Trinity Family:


This week has been quite a struggle for me as your pastor. 


Resurrection Sunday is this week, and I so wanted us to gather in some fashion to celebrate our Lord. On Monday morning, I got our tech team together to test our sound equipment for having a parking lot drive-in service for this Sunday. The equipment worked well, and we were excited about the possibility of gathering together in our automobiles to worship Him.


However, as you know, our government and health care officials are telling us that we are entering a critical period of time in dealing with the COVID-19 virus. Their encouragement is stronger than ever that we should avoid all social contact to prevent the spread of this virus.


This is not an issue of the state giving us an unbiblical mandate, but rather out of a grave concern that we work together as citizens to stop the spread of this virus.


Romans 13:1-9 reminds us that we should be subject to our governing authorities. 1 Peter 2:13 tells us to be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution (authority). And of course, Jesus said that we should render to the government the kind of good citizenship that that would mark us as God’s people.


As much as I wanted to gather our people together, it has become obvious to me that we could unwittingly become part of the problem rather than a part of the solution. I realize that people would be coming by their own choice. However, if someone came to our gathering and later became ill, whether it was our fault or not, we would have terrible feelings about that happening to someone we love, and we would always wonder what part we may have played in their becoming ill.


Also, we must consider our testimony to the community where God has placed us to serve. Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find welfare.” For me, this has become mostly about seeking the welfare of our church members and our community.


So, after much prayer and seeking the guidance and wisdom of our deacon chairman, trustee chairman, and staff, as well as seeking the input of other church pastors and city government leaders, I have decided that we will not have a drive-in worship service this Easter Sunday. We will follow our regular Facebook worship stream at 10:15am.


I realize that some will be in agreement with this decision, and that others will not be. I can only trust that you understand the unique situation we are in and understand that your pastor and leadership are doing our very best under God’s leadership to do the right thing.


After all this is over, when we can gather together, we will have a Resurrection Celebration Service that will be like none other! Personally, I can’t wait for that day to arrive!


Church, I love you more that you could ever know! I want the very best for each of you, and for this wonderful church called Trinity Baptist Church, and for this community where God has given a place to serve until Jesus comes again!


It’s a joy to be your pastor!


Pastor Kevin Goza

Trinity Baptist Church exists to make God known by living lives that Experience, Encourage, and Engage.  We Experience God through prayer, personal and corporate worship; we Encourage each other through small group Bible studies and fellowship;  and we Engage the Culture with the Gospel through evangelism, missions and ministry.  Our programs and ministries are geared to be intentional in doing just that!  So in summary…

Trinity Baptist Church exists to tell others about Jesus!

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