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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.

TPC Blog

There is a Joy

Posted by Jason Bradshaw on

 

“Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” – 2 Corinthians 6:10a

There is a joy that cannot be mustered up. No amount of self-effort is capable of bringing it about. Yet against all odds, it remains. It is a joy that is present when happiness is absent. It may be held inwardly even when it's too hard to express outwardly, for it is that kind of inexpressible joy that Peter describes when he writes to believers who have suffered loss under intense persecution, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you are grieved by various trials” (1 Peter 1:6,8).

There is a joy that is not blind to reality. It recognizes and acknowledges sorrow but it is not ultimately overcome by it. It is a persevering joy! It is not a joy that comes to one naturally, but a supernatural working of grace in the heart. It is a fruit of the Spirit, a free gift, and it can't be imitated. It comes from knowing God in Christ Jesus, and it cannot be stolen or lost. This joy comes from knowing our biggest burden—the debt of sin—has been removed from us “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). It’s a joy of being reconciled to a holy and glorious God, and adopted as His children, by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

There is a joy that overflows in praise to God, even when we don't have the words. It is a joy that weathers many battles and suffers many losses. One might not even realize its true power until everything else we trust in is gone. But when Christ becomes everything, we can rejoice even in our heaviest trials because this joy is not rooted in the now, but in the already and the not yet. It is a joy anchored to what has happened and to what is coming. It rests in Him who was. It waits on Him who is, and it looks to Him who will be (Revelation 1:8).

O fellow traveler, if you don't feel this joy and inner triumph this season, if it feels too hard to smile, then remember His goodness, His love, His Word, and His faithfulness to keep it. Remember, He sees you. He knows you. He is with you. And He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). There is a joy that Jesus offers to us in every season of life. It is Him!

 

 

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