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I hope you and your family and friends are doing well and holding up during this extended period of confinement. When all this over maybe we will have learned how to be more patient, kinder, and gentler with one another. It could happen. I continue to grieve from not seeing your smiling faces and hearing your exuberant voices every Sunday morning, and I particularly miss watching our youth and PK enjoy each other’s company every Sunday evening in the fellowship hall.

The longer we are physically apart, the more I appreciate the fact that the Greek word for church (ecclesia) means “called together” in English. So, I look forward to when we can all be together again to sing praises to God in the sanctuary, to study the Bible around a table, and to carry out our ministry shoulder to shoulder, as it was designed. Until that time arrives, let us all strive to be patient and understanding of the limitations that have, wisely, been placed upon us by the governments we have elected.

A word or two about the next few days: on Thursday I will read from my study at home the passages that tell the story of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, his arrest, and trials. If you would like to read them ahead of time, I will be reading Exodus 12:1-14 and John 13, 17, 18, and 19:1-16. On Good Friday, we will post a video of readings of the crucifixion of Jesus from Matthew 27 and John 19. These videos will be on our community Facebook page and our group Facebook page at about 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday respectively.

On Easter Sunday, we will have a virtual celebration of the resurrection that will include a recording by our quintet made a few months ago, virtual communion, and a special  Easter egg hunt during the children’s time. When you view it, make sure you have a piece of bread and a cup of juice for dipping the bread. This will not be quite like the sacrament we share together in the sanctuary, but with God’s help it will be the next best thing under the circumstances. This service will be posted online by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. 

And remember the reason we celebrate Easter. When the women discovered the empty tomb, they discovered that our amazing, loving, merciful, gracious God had destroyed once and for all the grip that sin and death had on the whole human race. God had not just resuscitated Jesus’ corpse. God had taken upon himself the sins of the whole world, making possible the establishment of a whole new form of government in the world called the Kingdom or Reign of God.

This was a spiritual realm whose values of faith, hope, and love replaced the tired old material values of power, status, and wealth. This was a world where God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus didn’t come to take us out of this world, but to transform our world into the one that God had created in the beginning  and declared to be very good, where everyone was created in God’s image and deserving of love and respect. Now, that’s a place I want to live!

Happy Easter, my friends; Christ is risen.  Christ is risen indeed!  Let everyone say, Amen!

Your friend and pastor,
David
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All in-person church activities - services, meetings, programs - remain suspended for the month of April, until further notice.

Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends as we all stay home to help ease the burden on our hospitals, urgent care centers, and their medical and support staff. If you should have a need you'd like to share, please email David or the church office

We ask that you keep Millie Swan in your prayers, as she remains in the ICU. David asks that we pray for her strength, stamina, and healing.

In addition, we are saddened to report that Elbis Hernandez's cousin - Jesus Zambrano - who was a physician at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, has passed away from the coronavirus. Dr. Zambrano leaves behind a wife and two children. Please keep his family and Elbis in your prayers.

As we continue to pay the church's unchanging monthly obligations, we remain sincerely grateful for your giving. Your faithfulness, generosity, and helpfulness are more than appreciated!

We recognize that for many of us this is an uncertain time, and are grateful that you give as you are able. If you find yourself in a difficult position and would like to request assistance from the church, please write a confidential email to David. As a staff note, Virginia continues to check the mail (and voicemail) daily as she is able. 

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