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Sunday Services

Starting June 21, we will resume holding one 10am Worship Service at the Rosarian Academy each Sunday. We will only allow 85 people to attend each Sunday, and you must reserve your spot online. A list of our social distancing operating procedures is outlined below:

Re-Opening Procedures for Live-Services with Live-Streaming

Safety: The safety and well-being of our members is paramount. During the reestablishment of worship services, the social distancing requirements of the CDC, state and local authorities will be followed.

Signup: Seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. Eighty-five congregants will be able to sign up online to attend. The signup will include electronically signing a waiver as required by the Rosarian Academy, our host. Those not signed up may not enter the building on Sunday.

  • At-Risk Individuals: TPC is asking at-risk individuals to continue to restrict themselves from community worship in compliance with the stated policies of the local, state, and federal government. Guidelines for understanding who is at risk can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html.
  • Children: Families are asked to realistically evaluate their child(ren)’s ability to conform to social-distancing requirements, and to understand normal child-care offerings are not possible with current social-distancing regulations. There will be no nursery or children’s ministry classes at this time.

Building Use: Only the theater lobby, theater lobby bathrooms, and theater will be used. There is to be no congregating in the lobby. The main building lobby will be sealed off and not used.

  • Entry and Exit: Entry and exit to the theater will through the main theater entrance doors only. Entrance will start at 9:30am and doors will be closed at 10am. Masks are required.
  • Seating: Every other row of seats in the theater will be roped off. There are to be 3 open seats between family or friend groups.  Upon entering, attendees will be guided to their seats by ushers, filling the front rows first. At the end of the service, rows will be dismissed one at a time from the back first.

Not Available/ Not Provided: Nursery and Sunday school classes will not be provided. There are no changing tables in the bathrooms. Drinking fountains will be turned off. Coffee will not be provided. Communion will not be served. Communion will not be served.

Patience And Love: We understand we cannot meet everyone’s hopes, needs, and expectations. A limited return to services can cause division between members, or between the church and the community. The TPC family needs to be ready to embrace imperfect decisions in an imperfect situation. Some will think that the church is being too stringent and others that it is not stringent enough. Please be patient and loving.

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New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Tom Brown on

The turn of the New Year is a time where resolutions are often made. We take vows to change, to improve and to grow. We make promises to ourselves, to our spouses, to our friends, and to God. As our goals are set and the race begins we often feel invigorated by the challenge. But soon defeat sets in and robs us of our joy, often turning us right back to the bad habits we had such high ambitions to overcome. It is a strange cycle that we tend to repeat, always striving to prove by our own strength that we are better than we actually are. In the end, we find that what is needed for real change is more than we can provide for ourselves.

Our resolutions are almost always huddled around the same central goal: Self-Improvement. We want to be a better version of ourselves, to be more kind and more patient, to eat healthier and hit the gym more frequently. We want to be better parents, and better employees, we want to be more neighborly and self-disciplined. We make resolutions because we want to change who we currently are into being more like who we wish we already were. But what I submit to you is that God has a better way of bringing about the changes we desire. It is not based on our promises, but rather on his. In Second Peter 1:4 we see a glimpse into the real power for change:

"...he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature…"

If our goal is self-improvement what aim could be higher than to be a “partaker of the divine nature?” You see, God has loftier resolutions for your New Year than you do. It’s not that goals of diet and exercise are not important, it is just that God has even greater plans for our growth and joy. He intends to make us more like Jesus Christ, and his means for our transformation has nothing to do with the promises that we make. This text helps us see that it is the "precious and very great promises" of God that bring about real sanctification in the soul, not the promises and performances of his people. We often slip into a mentality that God is only fond of those who brim with success and determination, with productivity and good manners; but nothing could be further from the truth. 

For starters, such people do not exist. We are all weak and needy, lost without the grace of God. Secondly, the only people who have a right relationship with God are the ones who lean into who he is, and what has has done for them through his Son, not those who rely on themselves. No one has ever worked their way into God’s love through resolutions of self-improvement and personal determination. It is only by the blood of Christ, shed for underserving sinners, that humanity has hope for reconciliation with their Heavenly Father. The most "precious and very great promise" of all is God’s promise to pardon and save anyone who would repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ.

If you would make any resolution this year, resolve to stop making promises to God and to start trusting more wholly in the promises he offers to you. The real power for change does not come from within yourself, but from God alone. You cannot claim a promise that you do not know, so I urge you to make a plan to meet with God every day. Feast on his Word and discover the “precious and very great promises” he has given to those who believe, “so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature…” being transformed into the incredible person God designed you to be. 

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