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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

Too Far Gone

Posted by Tom Brown on

I have met many people in my life who felt as though the sins they had committed were too many to be forgiven, too dirty to be cleansed. Many of these people were attenders of a local church; with no hesitation they would have been lumped into the title, “Christian.” But when it boiled down to it, they were guilt-ridden and ashamed, not forgiven and redeemed. They went to church, they heard the gospel, they maybe even read their Bible from time to time, but they did not yet understand the grace of God. 

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations, one of the shorter books in the Old Testament. In it he captures the horrific realities of a rebellious people whom God had given over to their sin. These people had done it all, every kind of wickedness, every kind of evil, every vile practice. God had sent Jeremiah to plead with them but they refused to listen. They continually demanded that God would leave them alone and let them go their own way, and eventually he did. The result is articulated with spine-tingling clarity in several of the verses of the book. These were dark days, terrible times in history, days when humanity seemed too far gone to be redeemed. 

But then, there it is, right in the middle of the story, in the center of the depravity, as the backlash is in full swing, Jeremiah finds hope:

“But this I call to mind, 
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
(Lam. 3:21-23)

When the streets are filled with blood, families separated, some taken as prisoners, thousands starving to death, young babies unable to nurse… when sinful humanity had run in the complete opposite direction of God, Jeremiah calls to mind these precious truths. Even these people were not too far gone for grace, not too rebellious to be forgiven, not too dirty to be cleansed, not too adulterous to be redeemed. Notice the three absolutes that Jeremiah mentions: 1. God’s love NEVER ceases. 2. God’s mercy NEVER ends. 3. Our opportunity to receive them is new EVERY morning. If we take these things to heart it is no wonder at all why the Prophet’s next words are, "Great is God’s faithfulness!” 

When we look to our own faithlessness we will always conclude that we are too far gone. When we look to our own unrighteousness we will always reason that we have no hope. When we look at ourselves, our own performance, our failures, our sins, our weaknesses, our bad decisions, our lack of love for others, our lack of devotion to God, our carelessness for his glory, our unrelenting desire to make life all about ourselves… when we look at these things we will remain trapped in them and defined by them. If we measure the saving love of God by our own shortcomings then we will never know the power of the gospel, nor the freedom of God's free grace. 

It is HIS steadfast love that never ceases, HIS mercies that never end, HIS faithfulness that we must look to and cling to, as we entirely forsake our own. Jesus Christ is the Savior of sinners, the Savior of failures, the Savior of people who are unworthy and undeserving. He represents them with HIS record, and by HIS cross he cancels all the debts of their own. Jesus only saves those who have gone too far, and no one, absolutely no one, is outside of his ability and willingness to save. 

Take your sin to the cross of Christ. 

The mercies of God never end, they are new every morning.  

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