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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

Trust In The Lord

Posted by Tom Brown on

What do you do in the face of the unknown? Fret? Panic? Meltdown? The honest answer for all of us is that when the outcome of something important to us is uncertain we often assume the worst and fill our hearts and minds with worry and fear. I want to offer a very brief glimpse at another way to live. I want to be clear, this is not an easier way to live, or a less painful way to live, but it is better.

You may already know that many of the letters in the New Testament were written by the Apostle Paul. Something that is a little bit less known is that most of these letters were written while he was in prison. Philippians happens to be one such letter and it is this fact that makes many of Paul’s statements in it so outlandish. He is locked up, under the boot of the Roman Empire, powerless within himself to alter his circumstances in any way. What will become of him? Will he be executed? Will he be exiled? Will he sit in prison and rot? Will the guards bust in and beat him tonight? Will he get sick from the poor conditions of his cell? Will anyone come to visit? Will his labor for the gospel bear fruit? Will he be forgotten? Will the churches he has helped start fall to pieces? Every answer to these questions, and many more which must have been bombarding his mind, are the same: Unknown. And yet he penned these words to the Philippians with joy and confidence in his heart,

“… what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel” (1:12)
“… this will turn out for my deliverance” (1:19)
“… it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed” (1:20)
“… I know that I will remain and continue with you all” (1:25)
“… and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.” (2:24)

Although there are many more examples in this letter, I will stop there. Do you see the way Christ is renewing Paul’s heart and mind? In the midst of the unknown his heart is set on something entirely different than what most of us set our minds on. We often think of the uncertainty of our circumstances, but Paul has matured in his faith to think instead on the unchangeability of God’s loving character. We often set our minds on what we don’t know, but the lesson for us to learn through Paul is that the Christian is called to set their mind on what they do know“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4).

Hope is the calling of the Christian. We are called to faith and hope, not doubt and anxiety. What do we have to fear if we know that our God is good? What do we have to fear if we know that our God is on the throne? What do we have to fear if we know that Christ has won an eternal inheritance for the children of God? As someone else has said so well, “Don’t measure God by the size of your problems, measure your problems by the size of your God.”

In the face of the unknown, set your hope on the loving character of God who has made himself known through Christ.

May you and I trust in the Lord at all times.

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