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Past COVID-19 Updates

October 9, 2020

“From difficult challenges like the Great Depression to the pandemic of COVID-19, we are forced to rise to meet the challenge by how we build our character to become who we need to be – so we can do what we need to do. Years from now may it be said of us that we rose to this challenge in a way that inspires those who follow us. So they too can know that faith & courage are the tools from which greatness is forged when placed in the hands of God’s loving care.” (5/1/20)

Though I wrote this call to Faith & Courage on May 1st, in what we now know to have been an early stage of the Global Pandemic, it remains our pathway forward. FAITH positions us to know that the breakthrough is coming as “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) and to enact our faith by a courageous trust that God “rewards those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Blessings on your Faith & Courage as we help each other to thrive in our challenges.

Following are 9 updates:

1.) October 4th was a successful, (safe & effective), launch for our in-person Sunday School option. Our hard work continues for this Sunday. Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Zoom continues to be an option for classes. And we are set to provide hybrid opportunities for all classes who have chosen this approach. Let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms. For more information, please contact your Sunday School leaders and/or the Pastor who directly works with your class.

2.) The Children’s Ministry is looking for donations and volunteers for their All Abroad the Ark trunk or treat drive on October 24th from 10am-12pm. Snack sized Ziploc baggies pre-filled with individually wrapped candy can be dropped off at the Children’s Ministry building by Thursday October 22nd by 12:00 noon. If you would like to volunteer to work to distribute candy, please contact Kay Polanco at 210-738-7753 by October 24th.

3.) “For Such A Time Is This,” our 2020-21 Ministry Plan, was enthusiastically passed during our Annual Church Business Meeting. With 600+ members involved in our Ministry Teams, we begin our new church year with the momentum of God’s blessings that will enable us to serve the gospel across the streets of San Antonio and in regions around the world.

Your offerings for the first 9 days of our ministry year, 10/1-9/20.

Income…………………………………………………….$273,925
Expenses……………………………………….…….….$31,907
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………………………….$242,018

4.) “Take Courage” is what I will be preaching this Sunday, from Acts 23:1, 6-12, 16-17, 23-24, 35. This is good news for our world. So I look forward to worshiping with you in the SANCTUARY. Also we can worship by your live-streaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:30am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

5.) This Wednesday, October 14 we will continue in-person rehearsals with the Chorale in the Sanctuary from 7:00-8:00pm. Singers will be spread throughout the room and we will take a break at the midpoint of the rehearsal to let the air circulate in the room. These rehearsals will be low-touch, but the reward will be high as we make music together for the first time since March. We will continue to offer these rehearsals over Zoom for those who do not feel comfortable joining in person. Contact Dean Zarmbinski at dzarmbinski@trinitybaptist.org for more information.

6.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on our social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

7.) The October TRUMPET is now available on our website. To request a copy be mailed to you, click here.

8.) “Praying The PSALMS.” Join me for a weekly 10-12 minute Bible Study each Wednesday. My presentations are released on Wednesdays at noon on Facebook and trinitybaptist.org. The studies are relevant, and to the point so your life can be inspired, informed, and instructed by the Scriptures. And you will have the convenience of downloading the Psalms at a time that best fits your schedule. We are helped by praying the Psalms. Probably some of your favorite verses come from the Psalms. That’s because the psalmists dealt with life by a faith that was built for all seasons. I look forward to praying through the Psalms with you.

9.) Chuck Schmidt passed away October 1st. His visitation will be at Sunset Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/13. Graveside Service on Wednesday, Oct 14 at 11:00am. Grace Charles passed away on October 2nd. Her Memorial Service will be at Carter Taylor Funeral Home on Friday, Oct. 16 at 10:00a.m.  Jean Cuney passed away on October 8th.

Pastor Les


October 2, 2020

I join you in praying for the President and First Lady as it was announced earlier today that they, and some members of the White House administrative team, have tested positive for COVID-19. As our prayers have been with the families of the 200,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus; the 7 million Americans who have tested positive and been treated for COVID-19. With this news, coupled with last Tuesday’s anguishing presidential debate, may we be led all the more to our knees to pray humbly from our national motto – In God We Trust.

“O Lord, we need You to heal us from the inside – out. To heal us through Your steadfast love & goodness so that we may love more like You, and extend Your goodness into our world who so desperately needs the touch of “Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.” May we be centered in You, and not by the undermining force of uncivil controversy. May we heal the divide of mistrust by the trust which comes from In God We Trust. Amen.”

Following are 11 updates:

1.) We have worked hard to provide a safe & effective in-person Sunday School option for this Sunday, October 4th! Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Zoom continues to be an option for classes. And we are set to provide hybrid opportunities for all classes who have chosen this approach. Let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms. For more information, please contact your Sunday School leaders and/or the Pastor who directly works with your class. (Click the film below to see how Zoom will work for Sunday School).

2.) Our in-person Parent’s Day Out successfully resumed yesterday (October 1). Thanks to Dr. Debbie Potter and a concerted effort by many who made this possible.

3.) “For Such A Time Is This,” our 2020-21 Ministry Plan, was enthusiastically passed during our Annual Church Business Meeting. With 600+ members involved in our Ministry Teams, we begin our new church year with the momentum of God’s blessings that will enable us to serve the gospel across the streets of San Antonio and in regions around the world.

4.) “When Your Life Is On The Line” is what I will be preaching this Sunday, from Acts 22:1-22. By seeing what God shows us today, our eyes are sharpened to see more clearly how He is shaping our tomorrows. The pattern becomes clearer day by day. This is good news for our COVID-19 world. So I look forward to worshiping with you in the SANCTUARY. Also we can worship by your live-streaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:30am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

5.) Your offerings throughout the year, and particularly during the difficult last 6 months of a COVID-19 world, enabled us to be faithful during a challenging year! We also adapted many of our ministries to fit the times, and decreased our budgeted expenses by $330,000. We contributed a Grand Total of $856,415 to Missions. Your offerings keep our ministries going across the streets of San Antonio, in Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update for the Church Year we’ve just completed, 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020.

Income…………………………………………………….$4,326,462
Expenses………………………………………………$4,618,169
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………………………….$(291,707)

Income…………………………………………….……$4,326,462
Expenses………………………………………………$4,618,169
(with capital expenditures)
Payroll Protection Program……$499,300
Net Income…………………………………………….$207,593

6.) This Wednesday, October 7 we will begin in-person rehearsals with the Chorale in the Sanctuary from 7:00-8:00pm. Singers will be spread throughout the room and we will take a break at the midpoint of the rehearsal to let the air circulate in the room. These rehearsals will be low-touch, but the reward will be high as we make music together for the first time since March. We will continue to offer these rehearsals over Zoom for those who do not feel comfortable joining in person. Contact Dean Zarmbinski at dzarmbinski@trinitybaptist.org for more information regarding these rehearsals and how you can participate

7.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on our social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

8.) The October TRUMPET is now available on our website. To request a copy be mailed to you, click here.

9.) Some additional updates from our Annual Church Business Meeting, include: elected to serve as Trustees were Jim Adams, Dianna Crocker, and Wayne Thurman; Cindy Levy was elected to become a Deacon; Jim Adams, Joe Brake, Milton Driggers, Norman Grimmett, David Hennessee, and Glenn Walters were elected as Life Time Deacons; our Deacon Officers will be Sue Pankey (chair), Rob Wood (vice chair); Jill Parker (secretary). Grateful to these people and all of the 600+ people who were represented in Ministry Matching Team’s 2020-21 report.

10.) “Praying The PSALMS: Forming A Faith For All Seasons”: Join me for a weekly 20-minute Bible Study each Wednesday. My presentation will be released on Wednesdays at noon on Facebook and trinitybaptist.org. The studies will be relevant, and to the point so your life can be inspired, informed, and instructed by the Scriptures. And you will have the convenience of downloading the Psalms at a time that best fits your schedule. We are helped by praying the Psalms. Probably some of your favorite verses come from the Psalms. That’s because the psalmists dealt with life by a faith that was built for all seasons. I look forward to praying through the Psalms with you.

11.) Don Stinson, a beloved long-time member of TBC, passed away last Friday. His memorial service will be at Porter Loring North at 4:00pm tomorrow, October 3rd. Our prayers are with his family. Scott Renwick’s memorial service will be tomorrow, October 3rd in the Sanctuary, at 11:00am. A standing reception, with COVID-19 protocol, will follow in the Fanning Foyer. Our prayers are with his family. Also Chuck Schmidt passed away yesterday. Our prayers are with Charlotte and the family. Grace Charles passed away. Our prayers are with her daughter Diana Charles and all the family.

By God’s faithfulness, we are planted to be trees of righteousness who produce His fruit in every season. Psalm 1.

Pastor Les


SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

God grows our capacity to meet the challenges before us. And we certainly have our challenges! Which is one of the reasons I hike. When choosing a trail for the day, I typically pick one that I know will challenge me to give all I have, then require a little bit more from me. That “little extra” is what expands my capacity. And I am then more prepared for the remaining challenges which lie ahead in my life.

Growing our capacity in trusting God is a basic survival skill in our current society. When we feel we’ve reached our limit to deal with daily tensions, reach out to God with a little extra faith and He will see you through. And you will be more prepared for what tomorrow will bring. Then we can know the outcome as described by the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight. I have run the race. I have kept the faith.” God goes before us so we can know the way, and do what is required of us.

Following are 10 updates:

1.) Our Annual Business Meeting will be September 27th, following worship at TriPoint. The meeting will be held both in-person on the TriPoint Campus and through Zoom. Join us as we vote on the 2020-21 Ministry Plan; elect 3 At Large Trustees; approve Ministry Team Leaders and Teams; announce Deacon Officers and elect the Deacon Council. To view the agenda and nominees, please click here. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may vote online by clicking here. Absentee voting is open until September 27th at 8am. The Zoom meeting login can be found at the bottom of my email or by clicking here.

2.) “The Freedom of Generosity” is what I will be preaching this Sunday, from Acts 20: 18-28 and 35-38. By seeing what God shows us today, our eyes are sharpened to see more clearly how He is shaping our tomorrows. The pattern becomes clearer day by day. This is good news for our COVID-19 world. So I look forward to worshiping with you in on the TriPoint campus. Also we can worship by your live-streaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) We are praying & preparing to offering in-person Sunday School on October 4th! Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Zoom continues to be an option for classes. Let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms. For more information, please contact your Sunday School leaders and/or the Pastor who directly works with your class.

4.) On Wednesday, October 7 we will begin hosting in-person rehearsals with the Chorale in the Sanctuary from 7:00-8:00pm. Singers will be spread throughout the room and we will take a break at the midpoint of the rehearsal to let the air circulate in the room. These rehearsals will be low-touch, but the reward will be high as we make music together for the first time since March. We will continue to offer these rehearsals over Zoom for those who do not feel comfortable joining in person. Contact Dean Zarmbinski at dzarmbinski@trinitybaptist.org for more information regarding these rehearsals and how you can participate

5.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 9/25/20.

Income…………………………………………………….$4,201,001
Expenses………………………………………………$4,443,370
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………………………….$(242,369)

Income…………………………………………………….$4,201,001
Expenses………………………………………………$4,443,370
(with capital expenditures)
Payroll Protection Program……$499,300
Net Income…………………………………………….$256,931

6.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: First let’s celebrate that we received an $18,000 contribution to pay for repairs required from rain damage. We have also received $15,000 of the $25,000 needed for network hardware & equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes. THANK YOU. Other needs remain: 3 HVACs – $34,884; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

7.) Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is October 6th and 8th. Sign up for one night for a VIRTUAL conversation over dinner or dessert, without ever leaving your home! You’ll be assigned to join a Zoom meeting with 6-10 other guests, but only the hostess will know who else will be there! It’s a great opportunity to meet ladies and make new friends among the Trinity family in a new and fun and ‘good for now’ way! The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 27th. Click here to sign up online.

8.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on our social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

9.) Judd Cochran – our Youth Pastor since March 12, 2018 – has resigned to become the Minister of Discipleship at another congregation in San Antonio. His gifts and passion have shifted into the area of discipleship of young & median age adults. We are grateful for Judd. Our prayers are with him and his family – Jennifer, Bailey, and Campbell. October 4th will be his last Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church. We have tremendous youth and youth families. Ethan Getrost, our Associate Youth Minister, will continue in his leadership as we go forward. Once we get through this COVID-19 season, we will then form a search process for our next Youth Pastor. We are grateful for Ethan, and our youth leaders who will guide us well. Together we pray and serve in God’s great work.

10.) Scott Renwick passed away on August 14th. We will have his memorial service on Saturday, October 3rd in the Sanctuary, at 11:00am. A standing reception, with COVID-19 protocol, will follow in the Fanning Foyer.

Don Stinson, a beloved long-time member of TBC, passed away this morning. Our prayers are with his family.

Fight the good fight. Run the good race. Keep the faith.

Pastor Les


SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

God always has a way forward for us to take. Sometimes it’s hard to see that way. But in the effort to discover His way, we are drawn closer to Him and to the path He has for us. We can figure out the uncharted territory before us by:

1.) BEING drawn to God as we figure things out.
2.) SEEING our mission as showing God’s love to people.
3.) GOING with people who are also drawn by God’s mission.

Under God’s care, we are best positioned to live vibrantly in these strange days.

Following are 10 updates:

1.) We are praying & preparing to offering in-person Sunday School on October 4th! Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Zoom continues to be an option for classes. Let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms. For more information, please contact your Sunday School leaders and/or the Pastor who directly works with your class.

2.) On Monday morning, Judd Cochran – our Youth Pastor since March 12, 2018 – told me he was resigning to become the Minister of Discipleship at another congregation in San Antonio. His gifts and passion have shifted into the area of discipleship of young & median age adults. We are grateful for Judd. Our prayers are with him and his family – Jennifer, Bailey, and Campbell. October 4th will be his last Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church. We have tremendous youth and youth families. Ethan Getrost, our Associate Youth Minister, will continue in his leadership as we go forward. Once we get through this COVID-19 season, we will then form a search process for our next Youth Pastor. We are grateful for Ethan, and our youth leaders who will guide us well. Together we pray and serve in God’s great work.

3.) “Yielding To The Holy Spirit” is what Christopher Mack will be preaching this Sunday, from Acts 19:1-10. By seeing what God shows us today, our eyes are sharpened to see more clearly how He is shaping our tomorrows. The pattern becomes clearer day by day. This is good news for our COVID-19 world. So I look forward to worshiping with you in the sanctuary @ Mulberry. Also we can worship by your live-streaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

4.) Our Annual Business Meeting will be September 27th, following worship at TriPoint. The meeting will be held both in-person on the TriPoint Campus and through Zoom. Join us as we vote on the 2020-21 Ministry Plan; elect 3 At Large Trustees; approve Ministry Team Leaders and Teams; announce Deacon Officers and elect the Deacon Council. To view the agenda and nominees, please click here. To RSVP for lunch, sign up online or contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org.

5.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 9/18/20.

Income………………………………..$4,133,933
Expenses…………………………….$4,339,012
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………$(205,079)

6.) The September edition of the TRUMPET, our monthly magazine, is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

7.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: First let’s celebrate that we received an $18,000 contribution to pay for repairs required from rain damage. We have also received $15,000 of the $25,000 needed for network hardware & equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes. THANK YOU. Other needs remain: 3 HVACs – $34,884; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

8.) Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is October 6th and 8th. Sign up for one night for a VIRTUAL conversation over dinner or dessert, without ever leaving your home! You’ll be assigned to join a Zoom meeting with 6-10 other guests, but only the hostess will know who else will be there! It’s a great opportunity to meet ladies and make new friends among the Trinity family in a new and fun and ‘good for now’ way! The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 27th. Click here to sign up online.

9.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on our social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

10.) Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ TriPoint resumed successfully as a hybrid option (in-person or through Zoom) on September 16th. We are following COVID-19 protocol as we meet from 7:15-8am in the Grantham Center on our TriPoint campus. GENESIS is our focus. Where better to begin than where it all began, the Bible’s opening book. We are discovering more about ourselves and our world as we discover more & more about God. For the 8th straight year I am glad to be co-teaching with my friend and colleague, Rev. Patrick Gahan of Christ Episcopal Church. Come. Email August Higgins for the Zoom link at ahiggins@trinitybaptist.org.

Pastor Les


SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

A generation of children have been born and graduated from high school since the tragedy of 9/11 struck the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania farmland. Terrorists attempted to send shockwaves around the world by bringing their form of terror onto American terrain. From those ashes we felt the grief, knew the danger, and adjusted to global realities. For a while we stood united as a people.

Tragedy can clarify what’s most important and stir us to reset our priorities accordingly. Much has happened between now and then. And our sense of unity got battered along the way. But if we don’t give in to the naysayers and look straight into the despair, we will see the face of Christ resurrecting hope for our day. Because His victory over death on the Cross is with us today and gives shape to our tomorrows. We are a resilient people. The Prince of Peace calls us forward.

Following are 9 updates:

1.) “Seeing The Future One Day At A Time” is what I am preaching this Sunday, from Acts 18:18-28 and I Corinthians 13:9-13. By seeing what God shows us today, our eyes are sharpened to see more clearly how He is shaping our tomorrows. The pattern becomes clearer day by day. This is good news for our COVID-19 world. So I look forward to worshiping with you in the sanctuary @ Mulberry. Also we can worship by your live-streaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

2.) We are praying & preparing to have in-person Sunday School on October 4th! Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Our Wednesday evening Faith Family Nights will begin again on January 6th. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms.

3.) Our Annual Business Meeting will be September 27th, following worship at TriPoint. The meeting will be held both in-person on the TriPoint Campus and through Zoom. Join us as we vote on the 2020-21 Ministry Plan; elect 3 At Large Trustees; approve Ministry Team Leaders and Teams; announce Deacon Officers and elect the Deacon Council. To view the agenda and nominees, please click here. To RSVP for lunch, sign up online or contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org.

4.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 9/11/20.

Income………………………………. $4,082,324
Expenses……………………………. $4,254,816
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………. $(172,492)

5.) Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ TriPoint will resume as a hybrid option (in-person or through Zoom) on September 16th. We will follow COVID-19 protocol as we meet from 7:15-8am in the Grantham Center on our TriPoint campus. GENESIS will be our focus. Where better to begin than where it all began, the Bible’s opening book. We will discover more about ourselves and our world as we discover more & more about God. For the 8th straight year I am glad to be co-teaching with my friend and colleague, Rev. Patrick Gahan of Christ Episcopal Church. Come.

6.) The September edition of the TRUMPET, our monthly magazine, is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

7.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: First let’s celebrate that this week we received an $18,000 contribution to pay for repairs required from rain damage. We have also received $15,000 of the $19,000 needed for network hardware & equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes. THANK YOU. Other needs remain – 3 HVACs – $34,884; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

8.) Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is October 6th and 8th. Sign up for one night for a VIRTUAL conversation over dinner or dessert, without ever leaving your home! You’ll be assigned to join a Zoom meeting with 6-10 other guests, but only the hostess will know who else will be there! It’s a great opportunity to meet ladies and make new friends among the Trinity family in a new and fun and ‘good for now’ way! The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 27th. Click here to sign up online.

9.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on our social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. My guest this Sunday is Dr. August Higgins. We will be highlighting how our faith can grow during these challenging times.

God shines hope in our world through believers. I pray the light is faithfully shining through you.

Pastor Les


SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

Where do you find joy during these strange days of COVID-19? Surprisingly, maybe you’ve discovered that JOY has found you. Though we are definitely impacted by our circumstances, we are not a prisoner to COVID-19. Ages ago, this was what the psalmist knew when he wrote Psalm 100, “Shout for joy . . . Worship the Lord with gladness . . . Come before Him with joyful songs.” Why? Because in all circumstances we can know this central truth – “the Lord is good. His love & faithfulness endure forever. We are His.” Therefore joy stirs inside of us like a wellspring to quench the thirst of our parched souls.

C. S. Lewis discovered this truth during a different era in his own life while – absorbing the childhood tragedy of his mother’s death; recovering from the trauma of being a frontline soldier in a bloody war; anguishing through intellectual doubts – he found himself “surprised by a joy“ beyond his own creation, (the subsequent name of his autobiography). Therefore let’s encourage each other in the basic truth of joy’s source, “we are the Lord’s” (Psalm 100:3). And when this season of COVID-19 passes, let’s remember who got us through and “shout to the Lord a joyful song, all the earth.”

Following are 8 updates:

1.) This Sunday I am preaching from Acts 17, “Making God Known: Any Where, Any Time.” Know and let it be known, that in Christ, “you live, and move, and have your being.”  This is good news for our COVID-19 world. Our worship service will be in the sanctuary @ Mulberry. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

2.) Our Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ TriPoint will resume in person on September 16th. We will follow COVID-19 protocol as we meet from 7:15-8am in the Grantham Center on our TriPoint campus. GENESIS will be our focus. Where better to begin than where it all began, the Bible’s opening book. We will discover more about ourselves and our world as we discover more & more about God. For the 8th year I am glad to be co-teaching with my friend and colleague, Rev. Patrick Gahan of Christ Episcopal Church. Come. Bring a friend.

3.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 9/4/20.

Income………………………………. $3,955,297
Expenses……………………………. $4,174,378
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………….. $(219,081)

4.) Like and share our resources, which can be found on social media, the Trumpet, and our website. Also listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. My guest this Sunday is Dr. August Higgins. We will be highlighting how our faith can grow during these challenging times.

5.) The September edition of the TRUMPET, our monthly magazine, is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

6.) We are praying & preparing to have in-person Sunday School on October 4th! Sunday School will be at 9:00 a.m. and worship will be at 10:30 a.m. Our Wednesday evening Faith Family Nights will begin again on January 6th. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by prayer, Zoom, phone, email, text, cards, and various social media platforms.

7.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: network hardware & equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes – $19,000; 3 HVACs – $34,884; rain damage repairs – $18,000; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

8.) Our August 30th Town Hall Forum & Business Meeting went well. Thanks for your prayerful participation. Our Annual Business Meeting will be September 27th, following worship. The meeting will be held both in-person and through Zoom. Join us as we vote on the 2020-21 Ministry Plan; elect 3 At Large Trustees; approve Ministry Team Leaders and Teams; announce Deacon Officers and elect the Deacon Council. To view the agenda and nominees, please click here.

May your Labor Day weekend be filled with the joy from knowing the power of “being steadfast, immovable, always laboring in the Lord, because you know that the victory of Christ’s resurrection means that your labor in the Lord is never in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Pastor Les


AUGUST 28, 2020

In the midst of this long stretch of strange days, how do we plan for the future? Humbly and boldly is what we learn from Scripture and 21 centuries in Christian History. So our 2020-21 Ministry Plan – developed by our Pastors, Trustees, and various Ministry Teams – is bold in knowing that we serve in the power of a risen Savior, and humble in being reminded by COVID-19 that life can turn sideways at any moment.

By clicking on the links listed below, you can hear a brief description of ministry plans from each of our pastors. And you can go to our website to download a copy of our 2020-21 For Such A Time As This: TBC’s Ministry Plan. During this Sunday’s Town Hall Forum we will talk through the Plan that will be voted on during our September 27th Town Hall Forum. You are a key to our future. Thanks for your gospel partnership. “For Such A Time As This” God calls us to win the future by leading today.

Following are 8 updates:

1.) Click on the links below to hear the 2020-21 vision from our Pastors:

  • Click here to watch the Pastor Les’ 2020-21 vision for TBC.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Children’s Ministry.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Student Ministry.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Younger Adults Ministry.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Older Adults Ministry.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Music & Worship Arts Ministry.
  • Click here to watch the vision for the Stewardship Ministry.

2.) This Sunday I am preaching from The Acts 16, “Figuring Out What To Do Next.” Our worship service will be @ TriPoint. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) Then immediately following worship this Sunday, we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the TriPoint Campus. We will present our 2020-2021 Ministry Plan to meet the unique demands of our time. Please email info@trinitybaptist.org for the Zoom login information.

4.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 8/28/20.

Income………………………………. $3,889,305
Expenses……………………………. $4,062,031
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………….. $(172,726)

5.) Listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. My guest this Sunday is Dr. Debbie Potter as we talk about the COVID-19 impact on children & families, and how our faith can grow during these times.

6.) The September edition of the TRUMPET will be available on our website beginning September 1st. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

7.) Most staff members have been working on campus during the summer. Those who have been working remotely will return to their campus offices by August 31. We are hoping & preparing to have in-person Sunday School on October 4. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by Zoom, phone, text, cards, and other social media platforms.

8.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: network hardware and equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes – $19,000; 3 HVACs – $34,884; rain damage repairs – $18,000; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

Know that no surprise we face is beyond God’s preparations. And in His readiness we can rise to meet any challenge.

Pastor Les


AUGUST 21, 2020

100 years ago, my grandmothers were able to vote for the first time. Not just because they had turned 21 but because for the first time in American history, women were nationally guaranteed the right to vote. Hard to believe but true. As we celebrate this centennial American achievement in the 1920 passing of the 19th amendment, we also renew ourselves to be faithful citizens by being civil, informed, and actually voting. Rights hard earned, like the rights within our democracy, must and should be exercised. As Christians, we should and can lead the way. Note I am not telling you how to vote. But I am saying “vote” as this is our conscientious responsibility.

Following are 8 updates:

1.) This Sunday I am preaching from The Acts 15 Story of how early Christians worked out their differences by allowing God’s wisdom to bubble up from their conversations. By prayerfully & respectfully listening to each other they could best discern what God was showing them. And then in unity they put their decisions into action so that people could freely hear the gospel. Our commitment is the same, to honor God as a Body of Christ so that people may freely hear the gospel. Amen!

2.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus. On August 30, the service will be @ TriPoint. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided so you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) At noon, on Sunday, August 30th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the TriPoint Campus, following the morning worship service. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 Ministry Plan to meet the unique demands of our time. (Click here for my overview.) The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided next week. For those coming in person (we will be wearing masks and safely spaced at tables & between tables). Please let us know so we can provide box lunches. Contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

4.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 8/21/20.

Income………………………………….. $3,853,485
Expenses…………………………….. $4,022,632
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………….. $(169,147)

5.) Listen and invite others to listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. My guest this Sunday is Dr. Debbie Potter as we talk about the COVID-19 impact on children & families, and how our faith can grow during these times.

6.) The August edition of the TRUMPET is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

7.) Most staff members have been working on campus during the summer. Those who have been working remotely will return to their campus offices by August 31. We are hoping & preparing to have in-person Sunday School on October 4; resume in person Wednesday Faith Family Nights on October 7. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by Zoom, phone, text, cards, and other social media platforms.

8.) Prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: network hardware and equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes – $19,000; 3 HVACs – $34,884; rain damage repairs – $18,000; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

We serve in the gospel’s freedom movement, “No limits on anyone. We believe that it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” (Acts 15:11)

Pastor Les


AUGUST 14, 2020

School. A place where learning, friendships, and growing up happens. This COVID-19  year challenges us to: learn in-person & on-line; form friendships while wearing masks; and grow-up by dealing with a world sized problem in our own local situations. Students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities must work together to overcome the challenges, without freaking out, because unless we do this together – we can’t do it at all. And we must succeed. The stakes are too high. So I pray:

O’ Lord, we want and need for our schools to succeed. So into Your care we lift up the precious children, courageous teachers, “can do” administrators, loving families, and resourceful communities. Help hope to dawn with each day. Shape patience in each moment when it gets said, “we don’t know for sure but we will figure it out.” And for love to beat in our hearts daily so that come this May we can say, “With God’s help, we did it. School year 2020-21 was a success.” Amen.

Following are 9 updates:

1.) Great Hearts Academy began on-line last Wednesday, and will begin their in-person classes on our Mulberry campus after Labor Day. Also our Logsdon Seminary classes are set to resume.

2.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. As conditions change, our protocols may vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided. So you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) I am praying with you as you continue to read Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. God is showing us how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? Read Acts 13 & 14 for this Sunday, Christopher Mack & I are co-preaching. We are highlighting that your own mission in life is connected to the courageous efforts of Paul & Barnabas by how they trusted God in crazy situations.

4.) On next Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30pm the Crossings Band will be hosting a Worship Night at TriPoint for our youth and college students (along with their parents). For those of you who don’t fall in one of those categories we want to invite you to join us virtually over Livestream or Facebook Live. This evening will be designed to help us kick off Fall 2020 events, even though many of our regular Faith Family Night activities aren’t starting quite yet. Many of these songs will be newer worship songs and we will be recording them for use with weekly youth worship.

5.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 8/14/20.

Income………………………………. $3,806,319
Expenses……………………………. $3,982,459
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………..-$176,140

6.) The August edition of the TRUMPET is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

7.) At noon, on Sunday, August 30th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the TriPoint Campus following the morning worship service. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 Ministry Plan during the unique demands of our times. The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided during the month of August. For those coming in person (we will be safely spaced at tables and between tables), please let us know so we can provide box lunches that may be eaten after the meeting. Please contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

8.) Most staff have been working on campus during the summer. And those who have been working remotely will return to their campus offices by August 31. We are hoping & preparing to have in-person Sunday School on October 4; resume in person Wednesday Faith Family Nights on October 7. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by Zoom, phone, text, cards, and other social media platforms.

9.) Please prayerfully consider helping financially with any of the following Capital Expenditure Needs: network hardware and equipment for onsite Zoom Sunday School classes – $19,000; HVACs – $11,884; rain damage repairs – $18,000; replacement of worn kitchen equipment – $14,685.

Daily, may we all go to the school of life as learners in the ways of Christ.

Pastor Les


AUGUST 7, 2020

A humbly bold faith-style best equips us to meet challenges imposed by our COVID-19 environment. Humble because there is much we don’t know and can’t control. Bold because we do serve a God who does know, and that He will show us what we need to know – as we need to do it. Be open to the Spirit by humbly receiving the Spirit’s leadership without presuming you know exactly what it means or how it is to be applied. But that as you allow the message to shape you, you will then be able to act on what you know to do.

For instance, I am now working with pastors and church leaders to draft our Ministry Plans for 2020-21. All the while knowing that the work is God’s and we serve under His leadership and through His power. The dilemma is that unless we are prayerfully willing to dream & plan, we aren’t in a position to see what He wants to show us. So we envision by knowing that as we live out the vision – the plans will likely change along the way. But then we will be positioned to make the needed changes because we’ve been on the journey. So it was for the faithful leaders who went before us, so it is for us now.

Following are 8 updates:

1.) The August edition of the TRUMPET is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

2.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. As conditions change, our protocols may vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided. So you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) Continue reading Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday, I am highlighting how events in life can knock us down, wake us up, and by God’s grace – see ourselves as God’s daily miracle. Acts 12:1-19 is the passage for “When Peter Came To Himself.”

4.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 8/7/20.

Income………………………………. $3,742,845
Expenses……………………………. $3,890,352
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income……………………………-$147,507

5.) Our WiFi password has changed. If you visit campus, please login to Trinity-Guest with the new password: SharingGodsLove

6.) Check out the August TRUMPET to see the 21 students who will receive TBC scholarship money for their studies in college, seminary, or graduate school.

7.) At noon, on Sunday, August 30th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the TriPoint Campus following the morning worship service. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 Ministry Plan during the unique demands of our times. The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided during the month of August. For those coming in person (we will be safely spaced at tables and between tables), please let us know so we can provide box lunches that may be eaten after the meeting. Please contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

8.) The Trustees and the Pastors join you in hoping that we can again have in person Sunday School on October 4; resume in person Wednesday Faith Family Nights on October 7. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by Zoom or other platforms.

Keep listening to the Spirit’s promptings, and feel the thrill of Faith that comes by being humbly bold.

Pastor Les


JULY 31, 2020

The mental toll from the COVID-19 impact is significant. You feel it. I feel it. One impact in our society is shown by a 20% increase in prescriptions for depression or mood related diagnoses. If you are feeling depressed (an extended period of sadness that is affecting your typical behavior and/or attitude) please reach out to someone who can help you! Such as: a medical professional; a counselor; a friend; a family member; a pastor; a church member… Typically it takes a team of people to help us through.

Depression is a sign that you are having to work extra hard to keep your life going forward. It may be caused by: a chemical imbalance in your body; a situational change; a major loss of someone or something who/that is important to you; a major interruption in your normal schedule. The good news is that depression is treatable. Don’t ignore it but prayerfully engage your limited energy in a way that can most help you. And don’t try to handle it by yourself.

Remember always that God is with you. By reading through the Psalms you will find yourself in the company of many depressed people whose faith got them through their anguish. We can be renewed daily by: a hope that breaks through our despair; a sorrow that is healed; an anger that is softened. One of my favorite verses is “those who sow in tears will reap with harvests of joy.” (Psalm 126:5). Rachel Hollon James, my daughter, tells her story with depression. Working through our depression can make us wiser than we were before.

Following are 9 updates:

1.) The August edition of the TRUMPET will be available on our website Saturday, August 1st. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

2.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus. We look forward to being with you in person or by your livestreaming the service through our website or on Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided. So you can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) Continue reading Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday, I am highlighting God’s power to be the source of our identity, making us authentic & wonderful. “First Called Christian?” (Acts 11:19-30).

4.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, and Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 7/31/20.

Income………………………………. $3,690,645
Expenses……………………………. $3,854,099
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income……………………………-$163,454

5.) Our WiFi password has changed. If you visit campus, please login to Trinity-Guest with the new password: SharingGodsLove

6.) Check out the August TRUMPET to see the 21 students who will receive TBC scholarship money for their studies in college, seminary, or graduate school.

7.) Dr. Dale Wood died on Tuesday, July 28. His memorial service will be Tuesday afternoon, August 4 at 1:30pm in our sanctuary. Livestream of the service is available by clicking here. Dale was a respected physician who influenced our community and served as a Lifetime Deacon. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Mertie; their children Andrea and Eric; their families.

Judge James Chapman died on July 27th, three months shy of his 100th birthday. Jim was respected in the military & legal worlds and our church. Margo, his wife passed away in 2017. Our prayers are with their loving daughter Mimi and her family. Jim’s memorial service (this Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m.) can be live-streamed by clicking here.

Linda Gulledge died on July 6th. She was a respected educator, and member of TBC. Her funeral service was earlier this month. Our prayers are with her beloved husband Bill, and their sons Trey and Matt, and their families.

8.) At noon, on Sunday, August 30th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the TriPoint Campus following the morning worship service. We will be presenting our 2020-2021 Ministry Plan during the unique demands of our times. The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided during the month of August. For those coming in person (we will be safely spaced at tables and between tables), please let us know so we can provide box lunches that may be eaten after the meeting. Please contact Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

9.) The Trustees and the Pastors join you in hoping that we can again have in person Sunday School on October 4; resume in person Wednesday Faith Family Nights on October 7. Until then let’s keep connecting with each other by Zoom or other platforms.

What is most true is most real. We live in the power of Christ’s resurrection.

Pastor Les


JULY 24, 2020

These last months have been challenging for all of us. Our togetherness in the midst of the epic strain caused by COVID-19 is a sign of God’s strength, strengthening us. By God’s grace and your support, Trinity’s ministries are adapting successfully to meet the challenge. Recent messages with offerings include:

  • “Hello Pastor! Long time since I’ve seen you except virtually! Just wanted to say hi, send continued support & say thank you all for helping us all with spiritual leadership during these past crazy months. Love the livestream services.”
  • “Pastor – Not able to come in person, I am enclosing a check for the month.”
  • “God bless all the staff! We appreciate everything the Church Body is doing.”
  • “Praying for all of you, and thanking God for each of you as you adjust & learn new ways to minister…”.

Our ability to pivot & adapt successfully would not be possible without your partnership, including our local & global mission partners who are able to count on us.

Following are 8 updates:

1.) Livestream and Facebook Live Broadcasting Issues/Resolutions: Below (#8) is a brief review of where we were, are, and will be from July 12-26. Bottom line, we are allocating the right resources to get the problems fixed, and continue our strategic development for the near & distant future.

2.) Town Hall and Business Meeting: At noon, on Sunday, July 26th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the Mulberry Campus following the morning worship service. For a full agenda, please visit trinitybaptist.org/business. Please email info@trinitybaptist.org for the Zoom login information. We encourage those who are unable to attend the forum in-person to join us online as we come together as the Trinity family. We will provide up to 50 box lunches for those who attend in person. Though we could provide better distancing in our Large Dining Room than most restaurants, we’ve decided that the box lunches will be for take home. Masks will be worn during the entire session. This helps us to maintain our standard for best practice.

3.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus and we encourage you to watch our livestreaming of the service through our website as well as Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

4.) Continue reading Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday, I am highlighting God’s power to transform our lives, “Peter: How God Changes Us To Love All”. (Acts 9:1-31).

5.) The July TRUMPET is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

6.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 7/24/20.

Income………………………………. $ 3,601,817
Expenses……………………………. $ 3,709,892
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………. -$(108,075)

7.) And more than $40,000 has been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.

8.) During the week of July 13th-18th, Fernando, our Technical Director, rebooted all of the network switches and had Spectrum, our Internet Service Provider, connect to their Rad fiber box onsite to reboot their equipment. Spectrum checked the history logs and did not see any issues. Fernando performed two tests, one of which was during the memorial service broadcast via Livestream on Friday, July 17th. Both tests were clear without any failures or interruptions. During the Sunday service on July 19th, Fernando discovered two potential network hardware issues. The network hardware in the sanctuary area is anywhere from 5-7 years old with a useful life around 4-5 years. This week, July 19th-24th, Fernando replaced some cable and fiber connections and a network card on the TriCaster. Fernando also ordered and replaced two network switches and two bulkheads on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Gabe Alaniz, Trinity Productions Production Director, along with his team assisted us with testing. Gabe ran two tests Sunday late afternoon; one for 40 minutes and the second for 1.5 hours. Both tests were clean with no issues. A third, one-hour test was conducted on Monday afternoon after the fiber connections and network card are replaced. A fourth three-hour test was conducted Thursday after the switches and bulkheads were replaced. The fourth test was designed to replicate, as much as possible,  live streaming and other network activities on Sunday morning using the TriCaster, Livestream, and Face Book live. The third and fourth tests were clear with no interruptions, errors, or other problems. Fernando will be onsite Sunday morning. He has coordinated with Spectrum, and Higher Ground, our third-party tech support, to provide engineers on Sunday morning to run diagnostics if we experience problems.

We live in the power of Christ’s resurrection.

Pastor Les


JULY 18, 2020

Under whose authority do you live? As we give our cares & concerns to God we are touched by His transforming love. Here, under God’s authority, we find strength and joy beyond our given circumstances. Is there any other authority you would rather be under during these difficult days? Trust God during this long trial of COVID-19 and discover yourself being transformed by newly shaped habits. These habits come by trusting Him for each decision we make, for every pivot we take, and every adjustment required of us.

With these habits of trust, we can keep our hearts tender while also toughening our character. By living godward, we can confidently keep facing each day by walking in God’s direction. We create the future by how we live today. These are the habits of faith that turn trials into triumph.

Following are 8 updates:

1.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus and we encourage you to watch our livestreaming of the service through our website as well as Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is now provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

2.) Continue reading Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday, I am highlighting God’s power to transform our lives, “Paul: Transformed From Terrorist To Saint” (Acts 9:1-31).

3.) At noon, on Sunday, July 26th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the Mulberry Campus following the morning worship service. For a full agenda, please visit trinitybaptist.org/business. The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided during the month of July. For those coming in person (we will be safely spaced at tables and between tables), please let us know so we can provide the right number of lunches of chicken salad, chips, brownie and tea. Call Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

4.) We are looking forward to a great night of fun on Thursday, July 23 at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre in New Braunfels. This will be an event where we can safely practice social distancing from our own vehicles while watching a movie (Shrek) on the big screen with our church family. This is a FREE event open to EVERYONE, sponsored by the Student and Children’s Ministries. The gates will open at 7pm and the movie will be at 8:45pm after the sun has set. Please RSVP to Debbie Potter, dpotter@trinitybaptist.org, or Judd Cochran, jcochran@trinitybaptist.org.

5.) The July TRUMPET is now available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

6.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 7/17/20.

Income………………………………. $3,559,250
Expenses……………………………. $3,656,647
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………….. -$(97,397)

7.) This Saturday morning, our Bountiful Blessings food ministry provided groceries for 90 families. And more than $35,000 has been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.

8.) Lupita Barnes passed away last week. She was a beautiful lady of faith and style who helped shape the multicultural identity of San Antonio and our church. We are grateful to God for her living legacy. Our prayers are with Jim, her husband of 61 years; her children – Quincy, Glory, and Marilu, all of the Barnes’ family.

Shape the future by the habits of faith you form today.

Pastor Les


JULY 10, 2020

These days we are humbled by our vulnerability and what we can’t control. In response we can choose a path to live victoriously by trusting God at new levels. We do feel the health crisis and financial pain caused by COVID-19. But we are more than this. We see God as the ultimate reality. Christ conquered death so we can live victoriously. We can see ourselves as victors more than victims.

COVID-19 is our current context, but not the greatest reality. With growing faith, we can see what is most true and thereby most real. We can feel God giving us the courage to live with a bold humility during this era of COVID-19. God reveals His truth in the midst of our circumstances, “supplying us with what we need to be strengthened by what is demanded.” (Phil. 4:13,19)

Following are 9 updates:

1.) Sunday morning worship will be at our Mulberry campus and we encourage you to watch our livestreaming of the service through our website as well as Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Please be safe this holiday weekend. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is now provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

2.) Continue reading Acts, the fifth book of the New Testament. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday, Christopher Mack will be preaching and his sermon is entitled, “Philip: Scattered Abroad & Sharing Broadly”.

3.) At noon, on Sunday, July 26th we will have a hybrid Town Hall Forum through Zoom and in-person on the Mulberry Campus following the morning worship service. For a full agenda, please visit trinitybaptist.org/business. The Zoom meeting invitation will be provided during the month of July. We encourage those who are unable to attend the forum in-person to join us online as we come together as the Trinity family. Please respond if you will join us for a sandwich lunch of chicken salad, chips, brownie and tea. Call Mary Hamilton 210-738-7754, email mhamilton@trinitybaptist.org or to reserve online click here.

4.) We are looking forward to a great night of fun on Thursday, July 23 at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre in New Braunfels. This will be an event where we can safely practice social distancing from our own vehicles while watching a movie (Shrek) on the big screen with our church family. This is a FREE event open to EVERYONE, sponsored by the Student and Children’s Ministries. The gates will open at 7pm and the movie will be begin at 8:45pm after the sun has set. Please RSVP to Debbie Potter, dpotter@trinitybaptist.org, or Judd Cochran, jcochran@trinitybaptist.org.

5.) The July TRUMPET is now available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

6.) Recently I worked with several leaders to develop a centrist statement about a doable course of action that we can take as Texans. If you agree, your signature would be meaningful. I send this to you as a sign of hope that we can help heal our wounded world. Thanks for your consideration. https://texas-pastors-statement.netlify.app/

7.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 7/10/20.

Income………………………………. $3,505,920
Expenses……………………………. $3,563,316
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………..-$(57,396)

8.) More than $35,000 has already been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.

9.) Earl Condra, a man with a good and generous heart, passed away on July 9th. His memorial service will be on Friday, July 17th at 1pm in the Mulberry Sanctuary. Our prayers are with Bitsy, his loving wife, and the Condra family.

Pastor Les


JULY 3, 2020

Right now is a pivotal time to be an American. Our challenges are monumental, and historically this is when we’ve eventually done our best. When transforming moments are matched with transforming faith, the crisis forces us to do what we need to do and become who we need to be. We are a country who holds ourselves accountable to the highest ideals. Which we never quite fulfill but neither do we let go of the hope. By pursuing this, the American Dream of creating equal opportunities so each person can strive to live their best possible life, we make incredible progress along the way.

We remain a beacon of hope for the world, and to this calling we must be true. I renew myself to this pledge and I pray for you as you do the same. Our nation needs us to be at our best. May we inspire others to be inspired by the United States of America’s motto, IN GOD WE TRUST.

Following are 9 updates:

1.) Sunday morning worship will be at our TriPoint Campus and we encourage you to watch our livestreaming of the service through our website as well as Facebook Live at 10:45am! We are following the recommended safety protocols and require everyone to wear a mask if you attend in person. Please be safe this holiday weekend. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is now provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

2.) Continue reading the New Testament’s 5th book – Acts. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday my sermon is, “Stephen: One Nation Under God, How?”.

3.) Dr. Hardy Clemons passed away during dawn on July 1. Directly and indirectly he influenced each of us with his friendship, leadership, and gospel passion. Trinity Baptist Church was important to Hardy as he was important to us. Hardy was known through much of the Baptist world, which made us all the more fortunate that Trinity became his home church. I join you in being grateful to God for this remarkable man. Our prayers are with his – daughter, Dr. Kay Watt; son-in-law, Tim Watt; their children and the extended family.

4.) We are looking forward to a great night of fun on Thursday, July 23 at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre in New Braunfels. This will be an event where we can safely practice social distancing from our own vehicles while watching a movie (Shrek) on the big screen with our church family. This is a FREE event open to EVERYONE, sponsored by the Student and Children’s Ministries. The gates will open at 7pm and the movie will be begin at 8:45pm after the sun has set. Please RSVP to Debbie Potter, dpotter@trinitybaptist.org or Judd Cochran, jcochran@trinitybaptist.org.

5.) The July TRUMPET is now available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This Sunday, Joe Panter, a respected national businessman is our featured guest.

6.) Recently I worked with several leaders to develop a centrist statement about a doable course of action that we can take as Texans. If you agree, your signature would be meaningful. I send this to you as a sign of hope that we can help heal our wounded world. Thanks for your consideration.
https://texas-pastors-statement.netlify.app/

7.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in Texas, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 7/2/20.

Income………………………………. $3,380,083
Expenses……………………………. $3,495,804
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………..-$(115,721)

8.) We are using this unique time to complete several maintenance and capital improvement projects on our Mulberry and TriPoint campuses. Mark Barr, our Administrator, and the Facilities Team have prioritized the projects we most need to do. As Mark wrote, “Our Facilities Staff is using a lift to replace, repair, and refurbish damaged wood. We started with the columns on the north side of the sanctuary and now we’re moving around the campus. It is significantly safer, faster, and more economical to use a lift instead of working from ladders or scaffolding. We will also be pressure washing some of the brick areas on the Children’s building that have mildew and dirt stains.”

9.) More than $35,000 has already been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.

During this July 4th weekend, let’s lean into the humble words that George Washington added to his oath when becoming our country’s first President, “So help me God.”

Pastor Les


JUNE 26, 2020

Sacred fun! That’s what we feel when in the flow of God’s Spirit and purposes. It may not look or even feel like what people normally refer to as fun. But in the midst of living in the moment of stressful challenges, we can feel an ease from being in the flow of God’s care & grace. This is what enables us to do what needs to be done as it should be done, while sensing that someOne beyond us is making it possible.

The times in which we are living are not fun. But in the midst of these challenges we can feel God seeing us through, and that my friends, is truly sacred fun.

Following are 10 TBC Updates:

1.) See below for my film clip on Trinity’s living heritage.

2.) I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday! We are offering in-person worship, and worship via Facebook Live, and Livestream from our website. The recent COVID-19 spike in SA means we will again have a spacing of two pew rows between each row of worshipers, and we will keep our masks on during the entire service. Also our automated hand sanitizer dispensers are stationed at strategic locations outside the sanctuary. Worshiping in person is not a loyalty test. We want you to make a decision that is best for your health. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. Click here for the current protocols. A digital bulletin is now provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices.

3.) Continue reading the New Testament’s 5th book – Acts. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here? This Sunday my sermon is, “When Crises Become Opportunities” 6:1-15.

4.) The July TRUMPET will be available this Wednesday. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

5.)  The Ministry Matching Team (MMT) is actively filling ministry team positions for next year! YOU are invited to put your passion, time, talents to work with one of the ministry teams. We look forward to working with you next year! To sign up online and read about our ministry teams, please visit trinitybaptist.org/get-involved/. Also, our Deacon Nominating Team (DNT) is seeking recommendations for deacons. Please submit recommendations online by July 15, 2020 by visiting trinitybaptist.org/dnc/.

6.) This Sunday, June 28th, we will be having a discussion over this film Just Mercy. Trinity’s Vice Chair of Trustees, Ken Smith, and Minister of Young Adults, Christopher Mack, will facilitate discussion over the film at 6:30pm. If you would like to join by zoom for the discussion, email cmack@trinitybaptist.org for a zoom link to the discussion. We encourage those joining by zoom to watch the film on their own.

7.) We are proud of Christopher Mack’s leadership during this week’s “virtual” annual gathering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He chaired the CBF Nominating Committee and served on the the Toward Bold Faithfulness Task Force. Also click here to see Jacob Sensenig’s presentation on the Truett Church Network. Plus Debbie Potter & our Children’s Team showed how to pivot by providing a successful online VBS. Day by day we are adapting our ministries to meet current challenges. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. AND Salem Radio is also now airing it from 6:30-7:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This Sunday, Joe Panter, a respected national businessman is our featured guest.

8.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 6/26/20.

Income……………………………….$3,331,452
Expenses…………………………….$3,463,897
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………..-$132,445

9.) More than $30,000 has already been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.
10.) This Sunday, prayerfully consider making a special offering for Trinity’s 71st Anniversary.
We are empowered by God to be wilder in faith than the wild times in which we are living.
Pastor Les

JUNE 19, 2020

A WEEKEND PRAYER: O’ Lord – Father’s Day and Juneteenth connect our hearts to this weekend’s calendar. We soar by knowing your love as our Heavenly Father. We grow by the blessing of an earthly father’s love. We expand by loving others with the love of a father or mother. We experience freedom from sin’s bondage through Christ’s love. We lament in the delay but rejoice that emancipation finally arrived to blacks in Galveston on hearing (June 19, 1865) the Proclamation. We labor today for its meaning to be fulfilled. And as these connections are joined, we know better how to live with love in our current world of crisis and promise. Empower us with a bold humility to serve on the gospel’s front lines of love. Amen! Rejoice!

Following are 10 TBC updates:

1.) See below for my film clip on how a father’s love can build the future.

2.) I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we offer in-person worship, and worship via Facebook Live, and Livestream from our website. The recent COVID-19 spike in SA means we will again have a spacing of two pew rows between each row of worshipers. But we will continue to allow worshipers to remove their masks during the sermon and then put them back on to sing the song that immediately follows. Also our automated hand sanitizer dispensers finally arrived. They are now stationed at strategic locations outside the sanctuary. As conditions change, our protocols vary from Sunday to Sunday. One day we will be able to gather without any restrictions! Click here for the current protocols.

3.) For your summer reading, read the New Testament’s 5th book – Acts. And you will see how first-generation Christians lived through times more troubling than our own. Which is why this summer I am preaching from Acts by asking the same question everyone is asking – God, Where Do We Go From Here?This Sunday my sermon is, “Fathers, Showing The Way Forward” from Acts 5:27-42.

4.) A digital bulletin is now provided. You can follow along during worship, both at home and in the Sanctuary, with your smart devices. Also, the June edition of The Trinity Trumpet is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

5.) We now are in week 2 of Virtual VBS. VBS videos are posted on Mondays and available for a full week so that you can enjoy them at your family’s convenience. Visit the Children’s Ministry website and Facebook page for more information.

6.) Our Deacon Nominating Team (DNT) is seeking recommendations for deacons. Please submit recommendations online by July 15, 2020 by visiting trinitybaptist.org/dnc/

7.) Day by day we are adapting our ministries to meet current challenges. Check our website for the latest updates. Thanks to each of you for doing your part. Check out the faith resources, created by our Ministry Staff – for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This Sunday, Pastor Joe Barber is again our featured guest.

8.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 6/17/20.

Income……………………………….$3,288,305
Expenses…………………………….$3,322,433
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income…………………………….-$34,128

9.) More than $30,000 has already been given in mission responses to COVID-19. They include: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread, and the SA Food Bank; Alpha Home; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; families in desperate need; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance.

10.) Trinity’s 71st Anniversary is next Sunday, June 28th. Following worship, join us as we celebrate 71 years of being the lighthouse on the hill – with cupcakes and a special giving.

With bold humility, we are working to provide God’s hope for our hurting world.

Pastor Les

JUNE 12, 2020

These are trying days for all of us. So I pray daily that you will be refreshed by God’s renewing power. The One who created the universe created you to be resilient. Know that no surprise is beyond God’s preparations. And in His readiness, you can improv to meet any challenge.

Preparation is the best form of spontaneity, as the saying goes. Meaning we can pivot and adjust as we need to if we have prepared ourselves to adapt. Preparing by our attitudes being positive, our aptitudes being curious, and our abilities being engaged. We CAN DO “all things through Christ who strengthens us.”

(Click below to see how our Trinity Production Team is doing this.)

Following are 7 updates:

1.) Worship sets the church’s heartbeat, and our heart beats strong. I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday as we offer in-person worship, while continuing to provide worship via Facebook Live, and Livestream from our website. Our protocols now allow us to have one pew (instead of two) between each row of worshipers. Also, we can remove masks during the sermon and then put them back on to sing the song that immediately follows. As conditions allow, our protocols will vary from Sunday to Sunday, until we are able to gather without any restrictions. Click here for the current protocols. Jacob Sensenig has created an informative video to help you prepare.

2.) God guides us forward! With faith & courage we are figuring it out along the way by trusting God’s promises. This summer I am preaching from Acts, the New Testament’s 5th book. Asking the same question everyone is asking – “God, Where Do We Go From Here?”. On Sunday, we will be astonished by what happened in Acts 4:29-37 and then ask ourselves, “Am I Surprised By What God Is Doing Through Me?”.

3.) Beginning this Sunday, a digital bulletin will be available. You will be able to follow along during worship both at home and in the Sanctuary with your smart devices. Also, the June edition of The Trinity Trumpet is available on our website. If you want the Trumpet mailed to you, please click here.

4.) Virtual VBS launched last Monday and continues through June. VBS videos are posted on Mondays and available for a full week so that you can enjoy them at your family’s convenience. Visit the Children’s Ministry website and our Facebook page for more information.

5.) Day by day we are adapting our ministries to meet current challenges. Check our website for the latest updates. Thanks to each of you for doing your part. Our Ministry Staff created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This Sunday, Pastor Joe Barber is our featured guest.

6.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 6/12/20.

Income………………………………….$3,239,849
Expenses…………………………………$3,202,578
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income……………………………… $37,271

7.) This Saturday (6/13) our Bountiful Blessing Food Ministry will again be providing drive through service for more than 100 families. Also our COVID-19 Mission offering is providing assistance to: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry; the food ministry of Daily Bread; masks for the most vulnerable in S.A.; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance. To date we have received $10,785.

The Spirit is empowering us to provide God’s hope for our hurting world.

Pastor Les


JUNE 5, 2020

Wounds come in many forms. The COVID-19 wounds are massive. We are responding. The racial wounds erupting in our nation must and can be healed. Together we are committed to allow God to shape our hearts so we can be used by God to heal this sinful wound in our society.

Leadership includes being able to lead in more than one area at the same time. As we are working our way through the impact of COVID-19, we are also leaning in to God’s ways for us to build durable structures of hope so everyone in America is loved and treated with dignity & respect. (See the film clip in this eLetter to hear a story that illustrates a way to go forward.)

Following are 7 updates:

1.) This Sunday we again are able to offer in-person worship, while continuing to provide worship via Facebook Live, and Livestream from our website. Coming in-person is not a test of faithfulness, but offering it is a sign that we are stepping into our future by what we know and can do. Our protocols now allow us to remove masks during the sermon and then putting them back on to sing the song that will immediately follow. Our protocols will vary from Sunday to Sunday, until we are able to gather without any restrictions. All of us will do a joyful dance when that day comes. Click here for the current protocols. Jacob Sensenig has created an informative video to help you prepare.

2.) People of biblical faith have had to rise to these kind of challenges in the past. The Spirit who guided them for­ward is guiding us forward. Why? Because in this remarkable account we see how first century Christians learned as they lived. With coura­geous faith they figured it out along the way by trusting God’s promises. Their examples form case studies that teach us today. This Sunday, continuing our series in Acts, God, Where Do We Go From Here? we will be looking at “Seeing Your Life Resources Differently” from Acts 3:1-10.

3.) The June edition of The Trinity Trumpet is available on our website. If you would like to request a copy of the Trumpet to be mailed to you, please click here.

4.) We are so thankful for the new and creative opportunities we’ve had to connect with your families during this time. The Children’s Ministry will be having Virtual VBS during the month of June. To best accommodate family schedules, VBS videos will be posted on Mondays and available for a full week so that you can enjoy them at your family’s convenience. Visit the Children’s Ministry website and our Facebook page for more information.

5.) Daily we adapt our ministries to meet the needs of people with gospel hope. Check our website for the latest updates. Thanks to each of you for doing your part. Additionally, our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am on weekdays 6:30-7:00 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This Sunday, TBC Member Quincy Barnes will be the featured guest.

6.) Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 6/5/20.

Income………………………………….$3,105,813
Expenses…………………………………3,172,280
(with capital expenditures)
Net Income………………………………-$66,467

7.) Our COVID-19 Mission offering provides assistance to: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church ($2,500); the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry ($1,000); the food ministry of Daily Bread ($1,000), masks for the most vulnerable in S.A. ($6,300); and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance ($5,000). To date we have received $8,885.

The Spirit empowers us to meet today’s challenges for tomorrow’s victory.

Pastor Les


MAY 29, 2020

Today is Vicki’s & my 44th wedding anniversary. Wow. What an adventure. Glad that 11 of those years have been with you, our Trinity family. No two years of our marriage have been the same. And no one year at Trinity has been the same as any of the other 10. This has never been more true than what all of us are experiencing right now.

No one knows exactly what the immediate or long-term future will look like. But as Ralph Abernathy said during an earlier season of great change – “I don’t know what the future may hold but I know who holds the future.” And this makes all the difference! What I continue to learn in marriage is what I continue to know as Pastor, walk together in God’s direction and keep putting one foot in front of the other – moving in that same direction. Adapt and don’t be deterred. Be humbly bold from learning and doing.

Indeed, this is how TBC is moving into our summer.

Following are 7 updates:

1) We are living and sharing the gospel while having to make adjustments that we prefer not to make but need to made. Best health practices are requiring us to be flexible. Jacob Sensenig has created an informative video on the impact of singing with a mask to help you prepare. Consequently, we are offering a hybrid approach to whatever opportunity good safety practices will allow. Hopefully, week by week, we will be able to relax the protocols.

2) This Sunday we are able to offer in-person worship, while continuing to provide worship via Facebook Live, and Livestream from our website. Coming in-person is not a test of faithfulness, but offering it is a sign that we are stepping into our future by what we know and can do. Our protocols will probably vary from Sunday to Sunday, until we are able to gather without any restrictions. Click here for the current protocol.

3) The June edition of the Trinity Trumpet will be available on our website beginning June 1st. If you would like to request a copy of the Trumpet to be mailed to you, please click here.

4) Pat Pope passed away. This Saturday (5/30) morning. I will officiate her graveside service. She was a long-term TBC member. I join you in being grateful for her influence.

5) Daily we adapt our ministries to meet the needs of people with gospel hope. Check our website for the latest updates. Thanks to each of you for doing your part. Additionally, our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m.

6) Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute financially! Your offerings keep our ministries going in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 5/29/20.

Income………………………………………….$3,008,708
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $3,105,813
Net Income……………………………………….-$97,105

7) Our COVID-19 Mission offering provides assistance to: the Wednesday Wellness ministry of St. Luke Baptist Church; the downtown work of Christian Assisted Ministry (CAM); the food ministry of Daily Bread, and helping to provide masks for the most vulnerable in S.A. (So far we have partnered to distribute 10,000 masks from TriPoint; and the global hotspot work of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). To date we have received $7,075. Click here to watch the BWA’s Standing Together at Pentecost.

One day at a time, moving in God’s direction, we will get through COVID-19, and be glad where we end up.

Pastor Les


MAY 22, 2020

“God’s mercies are new every morning,” said the prophet in the midst of his tough times. That’s how he and we go forward during strange days. We know that God sustains us daily by the renewable source of His mercy. As one tough lady said to me, “ain’t nothin gonna happen today that me and the Lord can’t handle. Following are 7 updates about the Trinity family going forward:

1) Trinity Baptist Church is glad to partner with Baylor’s Truett Seminary in providing world class seminary opportunities for the greater San Antonio region. Trinity’s long-term relationship with Baylor is strengthened by our friendship with many of Truett’s current faculty, graduates, and students. Working alongside Truett’s leadership team, especially Dean Todd Still, and TBC’s leadership team – in order for this development to become a reality, has been sacred fun. We look forward to a dynamic future in serving God and meeting the needs of people. Click here to read the press release from Baylor University.

2) Our Memorial Day Sunday Service (10:30 a.m.) will be broadcast from the Sanctuary. As we worship the Lord we will also remember those who sacrificially served our nation. We will celebrate Communion so be prepared by having your bread/tortilla/cracker & cup in place. Recent college & grad school graduates will be honored. Our Scripture focus is Lamentations 3:18-29; Isaiah 40:31. Here is how you can connect with the service through Livestream. And here is how you can invite others to the service, and participate during the service through Facebook.

3) Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 we plan to offer in-person worship, while continuing to provide worship via Facebook Live, and Livestreamfrom our website. This is not a test of faithfulness, but it is a sign that we are stepping into our future by what we know and what we can do now together on our campuses in San Antonio and online around the globe. Our protocol may vary from Sunday to Sunday, until we are able to gather without any restrictions. Click here for the May 31st protocol.

4) Daily we adapt our ministries to meet the needs of people with gospel hope. Thanks to each of you for doing your part.Additionally, our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. More is on the way. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m. At the request of media sponsors, I’ve expanded my messages of Christian encouragement to the region.

5) The next in-person Deacons meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30 p.m. @ TriPoint. However, Deacons may choose to attend via Zoom. So, this will be an experiment in a hybrid approach. (More information has been sent directly to each deacon.)

6) Give financially so TBC’s ministries can continue in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute! The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 5/22/20.

Income………………………………………….$2,965,589
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $3,017,695
Net Income……………………………………….-$52,106

7) Our COVID-19 Mission offering is providing additional help to 5 local ministries (CAM, Daily Bread, selected small churches in the S.A. Baptist Association, TBC’s food ministries, and our provision of masks to the most vulnerable in San Antonio) and 1 global partner (the Baptist World Alliance). To date we have received $7,075. Click here to watch Standing Together at Pentecost.

Loved by God and called to service, we are “a caring family of believers” who during this crisis uniquely are “communicating & applying the life changing message of Christ’s unconditional love.”

Pastor Les


MAY 15, 2020

With hope God creates a future different than a painful present. Consequently, we can live beyond the pain caused by COVID-19. In a painful era from a time gone by, the prophet Jeremiah explained this truth. Since “God has plans to prosper us and not to hurt us, plans to give us hope and a future” – we can live today by “building, planting, creating, and praying.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14) Following are 7 updates on how the TBC family is building & planning in hope. Also click on to the attached film clip, where I give more explanation.

1) Daily we adapt our ministries to meet the needs of people with gospel hope. Thanks to each of you for doing your part.

2) On Pentecost Sunday, May 31 we are planning to offer in-person worship in the sanctuary, while continuing to provide worship via Facebook Live, and livestream from our website. On May 31st, our start time will shift from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. This will allow for the needed time for people to travel from their Zoom Sunday School class to the sanctuary. (More info will be provided next week.)

3) Join us online for Worship in the Round streaming from TriPoint on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm. Every generation is invited to sing sacred and Spirit-filled songs of the faith on Facebook Live or Livestream.

4) The next in-person Deacons meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. @ TriPoint. However, Deacons may choose to attend via Zoom. So this will be an experiment in a hybrid approach. (More information will be provided next week.)

5) Give financially so TBC’s ministries can continue in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute! The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 5/15/20.

Income………………………………………….$2,891,851
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,966,721
Net Income……………………………………….-$74,870

6) Our COVID-19 Mission offering is providing additional help to 5 local  ministries (CAM, Daily Bread, selected small churches in the S.A. Bapist Association, TBC’s food ministries, and  our provision of masks to the most vulnerable in San Antonio) and 1 global partner (the Baptist World Alliance). To date we have received $7,075.

7) We worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our online service will be broadcast from our TriPoint campus. Here is how you can connect with the service through Livestream. And here is how you can invite others to the service, and participate during the service through Facebook. This Sunday, I will highlight “Plan Your Future In God’s Hope” preaching from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14. Additionally, our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. More is one the way. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m. At the request of media sponsors, I’ve expanded my messages of Christian encouragement to the region.

Our hope comes from being grounded in the goodness of God’s character. And so we live boldly.

Pastor Les


MAY 9, 2020

We did not cancel praying or doing ministry this past Thursday, though we postponed our annual in person National Day of Prayer Breakfast for San Antonio @ TriPoint because of COVID-19. We adjusted. (Click on this eLetter’s film clip to hear a prayer blessing, a ministry prepped for the city, and a musical ensemble.) We prayed differently because of our different circumstances. We did ministry, but in a way differently than originally planned. These adjustments reflect how all of us are adjusting to the vastly different circumstances from how we thought life would be this Spring.

God is in our midst, leading us through the mist into the light of a new day. “His mercies are new every morning,” is how a prophet said it during the difficult days of an earlier era (Lamentations 3:22-24). God’s certainty gives us clarity during these uncertain days. Following are 7 updates of how we are adjusting because our hope is in the Lord.

1) On Sunday, May 31, we are planning to resume in person worship in the sanctuary – practicing all the precautions laid out by our medical & governmental authorities. (This is dependent on our region’s continued progress against COVID-19.) For instance, physical distancing will be practiced, no childcare will be provided, anyone whose health is particularly vulnerable is encouraged to watch the service at home via our Livestream and Facebook. We’ve set this date in consultation with our Trustees and various church leaders. All of us understand that circumstances may require us to reset the date from May 31. More information will be provided as we approach the last Sunday of this month, which is appropriately Pentecost Sunday. We lean into the Spirit’s presence and power! (Read Acts 2)

2) More time is needed to develop safe practices before we begin scheduling other in person gatherings. Please continue your online participation in Sunday School classes, small groups, and ministry team meetings.

3) On Tuesday, May 26, more of our church staff are preparing to return to work on location at our Mulberry & TriPoint campuses.

4) In many ways, TBC has actively helped individuals and groups through the time of COVID-19. For example, TBC has provided financial support to Alpha Home and the San Antonio Food Bank, and we have provided masks to those most vulnerable in San Antonio. In addition to those efforts, we are also creating a COVID-19 Missions Offering Opportunity. You can make a contribution by PushPay, on our website, or by check to TBC noting it to the COVID-19 Response on the memo line. Locally in San Antonio, among the groups that will be helped by the offering are: Faith Convening (meals for veterans experiencing homelessness); TBC’s Bountiful Blessings & Benevolent Ministry; Daily Bread and other local food ministries; CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry); some small churches in the San Antonio Baptist Association; and masks for the most vulnerable. Also, this offering will help support our outreach to the most affected global areas via our of the Baptist World Alliance.

5) We worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our online service will be broadcast from our Mulberry campus. Here is how you can connect with the service through Livestream. And here is how you can invite others to the service, and participate during the service through Facebook. This Sunday, Christopher Mack and I will highlight “Moved by a Mothering Hope” preaching from Matthew 12:15-21; 15:21-28.

6) Give financially so TBC’s ministries can continue in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute! The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/2019 – 5/9/20

Income………………………………………….$2,829,056
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,882,434
Net Income……………………………………….-$53,378

7) Our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families. More is one the way. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program, LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m. At the request of media sponsors, I’ve expanded my messages of Christian encouragement to the region.

On this Mother’s Day weekend, lean into how God’s love is working to heal our world, and win in your life.

Pastor Les


MAY 1, 2020

As an Easter people we are filled with God’s hope. From this hope we build a future beyond the COVID-19 crisis. With every fiber of our being and act from our ministries, we serve to build a future shaped by God’s hope. The following 7 takeaways illustrate:

1.Being back together in person will be wonderful. As soon as we can safely regather in person, we will. Church leadership is thinking this through. As pastoral staff we are praying, participating in Zoom conferences, webinars, phone calls, various platform conversations, and white-boarding to figure it out. But until that right time, we will keep doing what we are doing, the best we can. Being God’s church in our hurting world.

2. This Monday (5/4) you will begin to see and hear Public Service Announcements asking for SA companies to donate masks to the many San Antonions who don’t have one. Then, on Friday, May 8th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm companies will bring their masks to our TriPoint campus. There, we will receive them and get them ready to be sent to Senior Centers for distributions to thousands of individuals. Let Jim Furgerson, Chair of our Missions Ministry Team, know if you are interested in helping on May 8th. Register online or contact Jim. His contact information is 210-913-1834 or jfurg@sbcglobal.net. (We just worked out this joint endeavor with SA leadership on Thursday, 4/30.)

3. The nature of church life in America was already changing before we were hit with the COVID-19 global crisis. Through these last weeks we’ve all been forced to adapt to technology and other new practices. Thereby accelerating, by several years, the pace of change. Consequently, as we transition from a “shelter in place & work remotely” society, we will responsibly incorporate the right changes into our church’s best practices as we go forward. For instance, ministry teams will decide when to Zoom and when to meet in person.

4. As the near-future church arrives, we will continue to build on the biblical promises that have shaped us through the years. We will thrive by focusing on gospel essentials while letting go of unnecessary hassles. Our message will never change.

5. Together, we can thank God that we’ve been able to adapt so quickly and effectively. Not perfectly for sure, but we’ve been faithing our way forward. Let’s keep it up. We are alive with spiritual power to reveal God’s promises as the “good news” of salvation.

6. Give financially so TBC’s ministries can continue in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute! The following is our financial update from the beginning our church year 10/1/2019 – 5/1/20

Income…………………………………………. $2,714,414
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,851,387
Net Income……………………………………..-$136,973

7. We worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our online service will be broadcast from our Mulberry campus. Here is how you can connect with the service through Livestream. And here is how you can invite others to the service, and participate during the service through Facebook. This Sunday I will highlight “Renewing Yourself In God’s Hope: Sabbath,” preaching from Genesis 1:31-2:3; Hebrews 4:9-13, 6:19-20. Be with you soon

Pastor Les


APRIL 24, 2020

Dear Trinity Baptist Family,

Hope. Not just any hope will do. But the durable, reliable, and renewable hope that gives us the faith to see us through. During these days of COVID-19, we freshly discover that the ultimate source of real hope comes from God. During a tough stretch remember what is most true, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27) And during a tough stretch in a different era, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The Lord declares: I know the plans I have for you! Plans to help you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

Hope is a choice. As we choose to trust God, we choose hope. Consequently, Trinity is a people of hope. We know the words of that great hymn that comes from Scripture, “I know in whom I believe and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”

Through hope, the following are 5 TBC updates:

  1. We worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Our online service will be broadcast from our TriPoint campus. In preparation be: singing songs like “Is He Worthy?”; read John 21:15-25 for my sermon – “Now, What Am I To Do?”. Here is how you can connect with the service through Livestream. And here is how you can invite others to the service, and participate during the service through Facebook.
  2. We are ministering everyday in various ways. Let’s keep it going. We live today and prepare for tomorrow. Many people are expressing their gratitude for how Trinity is impacting them with the gospel.
  3. We are thinking through the various scenarios of how best to regather in person when the time is right. We are participating in various Zoom conferences with area leaders and webinars with national/global leaders to determine the best practices.
  4. We are staying connected and building community. Through Zoom and other platforms, participate in a Sunday School Class or Small Group.
  5. Give financially so TBC’s ministries can continue in San Antonio, in our region, and around the world. Thanks to the many who have stepped up to contribute! The following is our financial update from the beginning our church year 10/1/2019 – 4/24/20.

Income……………………………………….. $2,686,724
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,722,759
Net Income…………………………………….. -$36,035

What is most important now? What is the most important thing you can do? Well it’s what is most important all the time, day by day. Build hope by doing what Jesus told Peter – “love Me and feed My sheep.” And so we are a “caring family of believers, communicating and applying the life changing message of Christ’s unconditional love.”

Pastor Les


APRIL 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Baptist Family,

You help make it possible! Trinity Baptist Church is honored to be on the front lines, serving with other churches across the globe, daily offering Easter hope to our hurting world. The above WSJ article shows a photo, taken by nationally recognized photojournalist Eric Gay, of Mark Barr (TBC’s faithful Church Administrator) praying during our online Easter Service Broadcast. Our online service had more than 1,500 worshipers, and this photo (also used by other outlets) gave witness to millions of people across America.

Your partnership enable us to adapt to our challenging times. When the pandemic changed us into a work remotely & shelter in place society – we were already positioned to create content for children, youth, and adults, and broadcast our various worship services. Our members are engaging how to use & share our gospel resources via our website at trinitybaptist.org and social platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Our Sunday School classes, Bible Study & Small Groups are using Zoom to meet. We are calling to check in with each and our larger community. Our Prayer Room is active. Our church staff is working effectively and creatively. TriPoint is serving as a resource location for the San Antonio Fire Department. Alpha Home continues doing amazing work at our second campus.

TBC is continuing to support our mission partners, locally and around the world.

Thank you for trusting God with your participation & offerings. You are impacting people. By God’s Grace, we are meeting the challenge. Let’s keep it up. God’s goodness & generosity are shaping us to be ready for the near and long-term future.

The following are 5 updates:

1. You reached out to share our powerful Holy Week services. We felt Christ’s presence from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, to Good Friday, to Easter Morning, and into this Easter week. The services remain available for you to share.

2. Significant ministry is happening. Your prayers. Your participation. Your generous offerings are making a big difference. Please give by: Pushpay or visiting our website; mailing your contributions (Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78212); automatic donations from your bank. While we are reducing our church budget, and praying for your businesses and finances – we are able to keep strong in our work. Our ministries continue to share the gospel across San Antonio and regions around the world The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/19 – 4/17/20.

Income…………………………………………..$2,617,659
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,695,652
Balance……………………………………………..-$77,993

3. More and more people are participating in our Bible Studies & Sunday School Classes & Small Groups happening via Zoom. Check in with your teacher/leader about details.

4. TBC Staff is working effectively and creatively. Your calls to the church office (210-733-6201) are answered by a person who will then direct it to the staff person who can be most helpful. Feel free to email a staff member directly, using our email address format. For example, mine is lhollon@trinitybaptist.org. TriPoint is serving as a resource location for the San Antonio Fire Department. Alpha Home is doing amazing work on our second campus. The drive-thru for Summer Moon at TriPoint continues their normal hours.

5. Our Ministry Staff is creating faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals, and families (see below). More is one the way. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m. At the request of media sponsors, I’ve expanded my messages of Christian encouragement to the region.

Pastor Les

APRIL 10, 2020 AT 6:30PM

Dear Trinity Baptist Family,

How long will it last? How bad will it get? During the surreal days of the pandemic, we are asking questions. God has answers that are most real. His resurrected presence. His power to win over any challenge. He answers the questions with Easter!

With Christ’s resurrection comes our resurrection. With Christ’s resurrection comes evil’s ultimate defeat. With Christ’s resurrection is the victory of heaven over hell; love over hate; hope over despair; forgiveness over sin. Like the early believers, we share the joy of Easter’s promise. Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed!

The following are 6 updates:

1. Easter Sunday will be celebrated at 10:30am via our online service. Our dynamic worship service will be led by our pastoral staff, several musicians, and our production team. They are doing great work in bringing the service to you. The service can be watched live on Facebook and on our website. Follow Trinity Baptist Church on Instagram & Facebook and you will see your church in motion.

2. We have created an Easter Sunrise Service Devotional for you and your family to do together at your home. Visit our website to download the devotional.

3. Participate in some of the Bible Studies & Sunday School Classes & Small Groups happening via Zoom. Check in with your teacher/leader about details.

4. Significant ministry is happening. Thanks for helping to make it happen. Your prayers. Your participation. Your generous offerings are making a big difference. Please give by: Pushpay or visiting our website; mailing your contributions (Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78212); automatic donations from your bank. While we are reducing our church budget, and praying for your businesses and finances – we are able to keep strong in our work. Our ministries continue to share the gospel across San Antonio and regions around the world The following is our financial update from the beginning of our church year 10/1/19 – 4/10/20

Income…………………………………………..$2,575,725
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,583,822
Net Income…………………………………………-$8,097

5. TBC Staff members are working remotely. At times, some come in to the office for certain work responsibilities. Our Facilities Team continues to work on maintenance projects. Your calls to the church office (210-733-6201) are answered by a person who will then direct it to the staff person who can be most helpful. Feel free to email a staff member directly, using our email address format. For example, mine is lhollon@trinitybaptist.org. TriPoint is serving as a resource location for the San Antonio Fire Department. Alpha Home is doing amazing work. The drive-thru for Summer Moon at TriPoint continues their normal hours.

6. Our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals and families. More is one the way. Use them and share them. Listen to our radio program on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00 a.m.

Always know the ultimate truth, “Christ is Risen!

Pastor Les


APRIL 3, 2020 3:30PM

Dear Trinity Baptist Family,

We are on the eve of Holy Week, and in the midst of a global pandemic. God wants us to see our current challenge from the big picture of Holy Week. For such a time as this God calls us to live & be servant leaders. We are an Easter people! Therefore – our fear is turned into faith; our despair becomes hope; our not-knowing heightens our trust in the One who does know.

As your pastor I am proud of you. Our church is praying for you. How we live our faith now determines who we will be on the other side of COVID-19. The following are 7 updates:

1. Palm Sunday will be at 10:30am, Maundy Thursday will be at 7:00pm (prepare yourself to celebrate Communion at your home). Good Friday will be at noon. And Easter Sunday will be celebrated at 10:30am. Be reading from the related Gospel passages to receive inspiration, e.g., Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-16; Luke 22-24; John 18-21. Our dynamic online worship services are led by our pastoral staff, several musicians, and production team. They are doing great work in bringing the services to you. All services can be watched live on Facebook and on Livestream.

2. Tune in this Sunday morning at 7:30am on WOAI Television. I’ll be offering a prayer for San Antonio. Listen to our radio program on channel 630 am every Sunday morning at 8:30 and weekdays from 6:30-7:00am.

3. Your generous offerings are making a big difference. Giving can be done online. While we are reducing our church budget, and praying for your businesses and finances – we are able to keep strong in our work. The following is today’s update for our first six month of the year, 10/1/19-3/31/20.

Income…………………………………………..$2,457,783
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,504,294
Net Income………………………………………..-$46,511

4. Participate in some of the Bible Studies & Sunday School Classes & Small Groups happening via Zoom. Check in with your teacher/leader about details.

5. TBC Staff members are working remotely. At times, some come in to the office for certain work responsibilities. Our Facilities Team continues to work on maintenance projects. Your calls to the church office (210-733-6201) are answered by a person who will then direct it to the staff person who can be most helpful. Feel free to email a staff member directly, using our email address format. For example, mine is lhollon@trinitybaptist.org. The drive-thru for Summer Moon at TriPoint continues their normal hours. Alpha Home is doing amazing work.

6. Our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults, individuals and families. More is one the way. Use them and share them.

7. Significant ministry is happening. Thanks for helping to make it happen. Your prayers. Your participation. Your offerings make it possible. We are partnering with various city leaders.

Always remember this truth, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed.” We are an Easter people.

Pastor Les


MARCH 27, 2020 5PM
Dear Trinity Baptist Family,
Our love & prayers are with you. Through God’s grace, and our togetherness – we are surviving the challenge. God gives us the capacity to adapt and even thrive during these times. Most of how we are adapting will be short-term. Once the Covid-19 danger passes, we will return to familiar ways for which we will be newly grateful. AND there will be some practices that we’ve newly developed that we will choose to continue practicing on the other side of this current challenge. How we live our faith and do life now will determine what that looks like on the other side of the pandemic. With The Lord as our Shepherd, prayerfully think through the assuring & adaptive ways of faith being modeled in Psalm 23.
We are learning as we go, by being: centered in Christ; aware, but not scared; staying research informed; using & improving best practices; reaching out to each other & our community. The following are 9 updates:

 

1. This Sunday’s online worship will be based from our TriPoint campus at 10:30am. The Pastoral Staff, Production Team, and a few musicians will be leading. Invite others to join in these live worship experiences on Facebook or on our website. I join you in being grateful to all of our staff who make possible these and other services. Fortunately, we were prepared to accelerate our online capacities.

2. My sermon, “Loving & Being Loved During This Crisis,” is based on Jesus’ example & teaching from John 13:1-17, 34-35. As you prayerfully read the verses, receive Christ’s love so you can best share His love.

3. Ministry continues, illustrated by: connecting via phone, email, text, and postal mail; getting food & benevolent assistance to people in need; our Prayer Room is operational (210-738-PRAY); using Zoom and other avenues for Bible Studies & group happenings; social media messaging, and…

4. Our Ministers are producing quality online faith resources. Use them and share them. Check our website for weekly updates: trinitybaptist.org/updates.

5. TBC Staff members are working remotely. At times, some come in to the office for certain work responsibilities. Our Facilities Team continues to work on maintenance projects. Your calls to the church office (210-733-6201) are answered by a person who will then direct it to the staff person who can be most helpful. Feel free to email a staff member directly, using our email address format. For example, mine is lhollon@trinitybaptist.org. The drive-thru for Summer Moon at TriPoint continues their normal hours. Alpha Home is doing amazing work.

6. Our Deacons & other leaders are calling to check in with all TBC members. Let the office know if your contact info has changed.

7. While Sunday School classes and other small groups are not able to meet in person, alternate resources are available and being used by many people. Contact your leader if you have questions.

8. Thanks for your financial giving during this tough stretch. Though we’ve reduced our operational budget, your offerings enable us to keep doing gospel ministry. Since we can’t take the offering as we normally do on Sundays, please give by: Pushpay or going online to our website;mailing your contributions (Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, Texas, 78212); automatic donations from your bank. All the while we are sensitive to and praying for your financial situation. The following is a summary from our church year, which began 10/1/19.

Income………………………………………………..$2,319,354
Expenses (with capital expenditures) $2,417,552
Net Income…………………………………………….-$98,198

9. Tomorrow, (Saturday, 3/28) from 1:00-2:00pm, I will be co-facilitating “A Day Of Reflection In San Antonio” (see details below). During the day, tune in as you wish.

Always remember this truth, “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed.” We are an Easter people.

Pastor Les


MARCH 18, 2020 5PM
During our fluid situation, we are: centered in Christ; aware but not scared; staying research informed; using best practices; reaching out to each other & our community. The following are 10 important updates:

1. For the next 2 Sundays (March 22 & 29) at least, we will worship online only. The ministry staff and other worship leaders will be on campus leading an online 10:30am service. Invite others to join in these live online worship experiences. Obviously, this is not our preference, but it is what our context is requiring of us. Like you, I am glad that we were prepared to ramp up this way of our being together.

2. Our ministry staff is doing great work. As of now our offices are open but we are prepared to work remotely if need be. Please continue to pray for all the TBC staff.

3. A drive-thru version of Bountiful Blessing will provide groceries for 100 families this Saturday morning. Please pray as we give care to the most vulnerable in our community.

4. Our Deacons & other leaders will be calling to check in with all TBC members. Let the office know (210-733-6201) if your contact information has changed.

5. Though Sunday School classes & small groups will not be meeting in person, there are alternate resources that are available (or will be available) for you to use. These are being updated with your teachers and/or class leaders.

6. Our Ministry Staff has created faith resources for children, youth, adults – individuals and families. More is on the way. Use them and share them.

7. Your giving financially is as important now as it has ever been, if not more so. As of today, our contributions for this week are 1/3rd of what we would have typically received. We can’t pass the plate as we normally do on Sundays, so please give by: mailing in your contributions to 319 E Mulberry Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, using Push-paygoing online at our website, or making automatic payments from your account.

8. Our Prayer Room is fully activated. The room is regularly sanitized and has a separate secure entrance. Call the office if you can volunteer for an hour during the week.

9 . Check our website trinitybaptist.org/updates for important updates, and faith resources.

10. Tune in to our radio program, Monday through Friday from 6:30-7:00am and Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:00am. This program, which reaches a wide region, can be heard on channel 630 AM

We are an Easter people, “we know in whom we believe and are persuaded that God is able to keep that which we commit to Him in that Day.”

Pastor Les


MARCH 13, 2020 6PM

Earlier today, Mayor Nirenberg, Governor Abbott, and President Trump all declared states of emergency for their respective jurisdictions as we continue to wrestle with the growing crisis of the Covid-19 virus. What we do know is that In these uncertain and unsettling times we can place our fears into God’s care so we can live as a people of faith to give His care in the world.

As a result, we are modifying  our Sunday worship schedule and weekly events. Our website is the best source for up to date information. Or during the weekday you can call our office (210-733-6201) and speak to our receptionist or a pastor.

  • This Sunday we will have one Worship Service @ the Mulberry Campus  at 10:30 A.M. but we encourage you to join us on  Livestream or Facebook. If you do decide to come, please make sure that you are healthy.
  • No childcare will be provided during the service.
  • Sunday School classes will be cancelled for all ages.
  • Additionally, this week – we will not have PDO; Great Hearts Academy and BSF will not be meeting on campus; TACO Tuesday, Faith Family Night, and all other small groups throughout the week of March 16th through the 21st will be cancelled.
  • Prayer is always essential. Please contact us if you would to like to be a volunteer for the Prayer Room. Also let people know they can call the Prayer Room 24/7 for prayer at 210-738-PRAY. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and respond with additional modifications as needed.
  • For the most up-to-date information about how the Covid-19 virus is impacting our community and Trinity Baptist Church’s programming, please refer to our website, https://www.trinitybaptist.org/updates/.

REMEMBER: We as a church body want to be responsible and good stewards as we seek to meet the needs of our city, state, nation, and world. We’ve been highlighting for us to follow basic precautions – frequently and thoroughly wash your hands; avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth; utilize “social distancing” techniques by keeping 4-6 feet of personal space between you and other people, and avoid public handshakes or other physical contact. It is also extremely important for the fight against the spread of Covid-19 that each of us honestly self-select when to go out in public, especially for those who are feeling sick or showing any symptoms of illness such as coughing, fever, or shortness of breath, or those over the age of 60 or who have underlying medical conditions.