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Trinity Baptist Church Covid-19 Updates

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 Livestream from 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.

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.

 

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

 

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.

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.