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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

Treasuring the Right Things

Posted by Emily Malone on

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke

It wasn’t until I was pregnant with our second child, our only son, that I truly thought about Mary the mother of Jesus.  Contentedly patting my growing belly in what happened to be the advent season, I caught sight of a tiny infant hand and immediately pictured a pierced hand instead.  Months later, as I kissed the crown of my tiny boy, I couldn’t help but imagine a crown of thorns instead.  And for the first time, I saw the story of our Lord through the eyes of a mother…a mother who deeply loved her son.  Having grown up a believer in Jesus Christ, the story of Jesus’ miraculous birth didn’t seem that miraculous simply due to the fact that I had heard it so many times.  I never thought about Mary and what must have been the most terrifying, wonderful, mysterious, and intimate experience of her life.  Mary was chosen by God to carry His only and unique Son.  By taking on this tremendous task, she would embark on a journey of daily faith that stretched her and even tainted her in the world’s eyes. 

We see in the second chapter of Luke (2:19) that Mary treasured up God’s words in her as she carried His Word: Jesus Christ…her son, but more importantly, His Son.  Mary faithfully took on social shame for eternal glory because her Father equipped her to be able to bear His Word, both as the baby she expected and as the future Savior of whom she never dreamed. As most of us embark upon the most sanctifying years of our lives (ahem, toddlerdom), Mary must have seen daily evidence of God in her son, a son who needed no correction.  His miraculous birth continued into a miraculous childhood as well.  By the wedding in Cana, Mary already intuitively knew that if she asked her Son, He could and would change water to wine because she already had had a glimpse of His nature.  Thus, by the time of His death, like the disciples, she must have been devastated, stunned to see what would become of her beloved son.

So again, I return to the image of a hand.  Not a tiny one this time, but rather a divine hand that did not spare His own Son….and a mother’s hand bound to release her beloved son.  I see my own two hands and the many things to which I clutch, not the least of which are the children I bore.  Like Mary, I must set my eyes upon the Lord, and I must choose to treasure His word in my heart.  Doing those two things, I open my hands, knowing that, like Mary, I am but a vessel through whom the Lord has blessed to do a piece of His work.  And, like Mary, the only way to let go of my own perceived sovereignty is to rest in His.

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