Welcome Wilkins Family!

Trinity Park,

I'm excited to announce that we have offered the new position of Pastor of Youth and Children to Drew Wilkins and he has accepted our offer! Throughout the interview process the search committee and the session have been impressed with Drew. We feel he will be a great fit for our church in general and for this pastoral role in particular. 

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Drew and Lindsey will be moving to the Cary area in late August or early September. We are still working out the final details of when Drew will officially start in his new role. 

If you want to learn a little more about Drew and Lindsey, click the here for his resume or here to view his cover letter. Keep your ears open for more updates about the Wilkins' transition to Trinity Park in the coming weeks!

Please rejoice with us in God's provision for our church by bringing the Wilkins family to us. Also, please pray for Drew, Lindsey and their 4 children as they prepare to leave their current church in Ohio and move down to join us in the Triangle. 

Grace,

Corey Jackson
Senior Pastor

Women's Ministry: Triads

Triads

This Fall the women’s ministry team is rolling out a new program that will replace the morning and evening Bible studies that we usually offer at Trinity Park.

 

Why are we doing this?

After taking some time to review the results of the women’s forums we have seen a few patterns. Many women are looking for deeper friendships and discipleship relationships. And women are also seeking to build relationships with women of who are in different stages of life and who are from different cultural backgrounds. As the church grows it’s becoming more of a challenge to get to know new people. After much conversation and prayer, we’ve decided to roll out a new idea called Triads to encourage women in the development of these type of relationships.

What is a Triad?

A Triad is a group of three women that are paired together for a set amount of time, to study a book together, to pray for one another and to develop life on life discipleship relationships.

What will the women be studying together this Fall?

The session and the women’s ministry team have come up with a list of six books. Each book has a different focus. 

How often should a Triad meet?

We will notify you about who is in your group by the end of August. At that time you can gather and discuss where and when you will meet.  It is suggested that you meet as a group 7 times between September 17 and December 10th. We realize that the nature of these groups (because we are intentionally pairing different ages and stages) might make finding a time to meet a little complicated, but we feel that with creativity you can work out a schedule. Meeting 7 times means you will be meeting roughly every other week. Of course, if you really connect with your group and would like to meet more frequently that is ok as well.

How do I sign up? How are groups members picked?

There is a google sign up at the top and bottom of this page and a link that will be sent out in the weekly updates newsletter. The sign up will list the six book choices. When you sign up you should pick the book or books you are most interested in studying this Fall. Groups will be organized by the women’s ministry team based on desired book choice.

There will also be a line where you can write a preference of a few people you are hoping to get to know better from a different age, stage, or cultural background. The Women’s Ministry Team will do our very best to put you in a group that desires to study the same book and if possible with the people you have listed that you’d enjoy going deeper with as well.  If you want to sign up but are unsure of someone you’d like to be grouped with, that’s fine as well. We will pair you together based on the book you have selected.

Going forward.

After the first week of December the Triads program will end and the traditional Morning and Evening Bible studies will begin again in the Spring. This is a trial run for the Triads program and feedback is welcome.

Our hope behind the Triads is that deeper community will be built among our women at Trinity Park. Our desire is that these groups will be a source of Spiritual encouragement and growth for all of those participating. We pray that your time together will produce authentic friendship and grow us all in love for one another.

If you are interested in the Triads program, please sign up by August 12th.

Sunday Morning Set-up & Children's Ministry: 40 New Volunteers Needed

New Volunteers Needed

We need 40 new volunteers to help us make worship possible each week.
20 in Children's Ministry
20 in Set up

If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at Trinity Park contact Assistant Pastor Andy Ew, andy@trinityparkchurch.org.

Thank You!

It takes a lot to make worship happen each week! We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers who have served us over the past 7 years.

Summer Community Meals

Summer Community Meals - Chatham Forest Apartment Community

By Alexey Negru

Our Goal: Engaging Our Community

The goal of Community Engagement is to help each member of Trinity Park Church be actively engaged in the work of practical ministry in our community, according to God’s given talents and abilities.

As the church grows, we want to make sure that all of us have plenty of opportunities to serve in practical and tangible ways. We want to see our faith meeting the real challenges and needs of those around us.

A Heart Of Service

I know many of you who have been sacrificially serving for years at TPC (we thank you and praise God for you) and I know there are many wonderful people who just recently started attending TPC and also have a heart to serve and be involved in other people’s lives for the glory of God (we praise God for you as well!).

Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” - Mat 25:35    

And I’m so excited that throughout this summer we have an opportunity to provide healthy meals and drinks for the children in Chatham Forest Community!

In partnership with Project Phoenix (Cary PD), Wake County Human Services and Pleasant Grove Church we will serve as site supervisor in Chatham Forest apartments by providing healthy meals and recreational activities for the children of the community.

Mark Your Calendar

We'll be starting on June 8th with a big kick-off party with food, crafts, various sport games, fire truck, K-9 unit and music and then twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays evening we will be there to distribute healthy meals to any child 18 years old and younger, for free!

I want to clarify, this is not giving out non-perishable food items, this is feeding children with nutritious meals, freshly prepared by our friends and sponsors at Pleasant Grove Church.

How It Works 

Our job would be to set up tables, distribute the meals, monitor to make sure all of the food is consumed at the site and offer recreational activities. Oh, and the clean-up of course.

Every other Friday we will also host a cookout for anyone in the community, any adult who decide to stop by for a freshly grilled burger or a hotdog! There is no better way to get to know people, their life situation and their needs than by sharing a meal together!

You might of heard somebody said:  “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care

Jesus in his earthly ministry would often meet people’s needs first and then shared the truth of the Kingdom of God. And we want to follow his example.

Our Hope

So our hope is that through being in the community, serving with meals and recreational activities, we’ll get to know its residents, their needs and struggles, and be able to continue to develop relationships with them after the summer is over.

I invite you to pray that from this summer meal program, many other opportunities arise like helping the youth with school, teaching ESL, career counseling and others. Most importantly, I hope we will have the opportunity to pray for people we serve and perhaps see them as part of our church family.

We Need Your Help!

It’s an ambitious endeavor and we do need many volunteers. To signup, CLICK HERE and commit to serve at one or all of the 20 events throughout the summer. Best way actually would be to connect with your Community Group and participate together in sharing the love of Jesus. We believe this is perfect opportunity for each CG to stay engaged in doing good while taking a break from regular meetings this summer!

God bless you!
Alexey Negru

Panel Discussion: Speaking openly about race and the gospel

The Gospel & Race: Discussions of race in the light of the gospel

MLK 50 Conference

In April 2018 Senior Pastor Corey Jackson, Assistant Pastor Andy Ew, and Worship Director Joe Jackson attended the MLK 50 Conference held by The Gospel Coalition in Memphis, TN. To learn more about their experience and listen to a selection of the seminars from the MLK 50 Conference click the link below.

TPC Panel Discussion

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 Corey, Andy, and Joe sat down for a panel discussion on what it looks like to discuss race in today's culture with a gospel lens.

Trinity Park Church hopes to see more conversations like this, in which we can come together and speak openly and lovingly about uncomfortable or difficult issues in the light of the calling of the gospel. 

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility - Ephesians 2:14 (ESV)

The Gospel & Race

The Gospel & Race

By: Corey Jackson

Last month from April 2-4 Andy Ew (Assistant Pastor), Joe Jackson (Worship Leader) and I (Senior Pastor) all had the privilege to travel together to Memphis, TN to attend the MLK50 conference. MLK50 was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. At the conference 4000 church leaders from multiple denominations and many ethnic groups from all over the United States met on this anniversary of Dr King's death to consider the state of race relations in the church and what it might look like for us to lead forward together.

These three days proved to be a rich time of worship and of learning for us. However, we would all say that the most beneficial aspect of the conference for us was found in the side conversations where each of us were able to share our experience of racism in America, specifically in the church. As we processed our thoughts and feelings together in-between speakers and panel discussions, we connected deeply with each other. In the end, we developed a care and compassion for one another in the area of race we simply didn't have before. 

The conference was one of the best I've personally attended - I'm grateful for the times of singing with the broader body of Christ and for the times of learning from cultural and theological experts. But much more important to me was the personal connection the three of us developed as we processed our life experience with each other. I'm confident Andy, Joe and I now have the personal understanding required to lead the church forward together on matters of the Gospel and race in this critical, cultural moment.

If you want to journey in deeper with Joe, Andy and I on the topic of the Gospel and Race, let me highlight three opportunities for you THIS week:

 

#1 Tune into these specific talks from the MLK50 conference

If you can only listen to one talk, listen to Matt Chandler speak on 'A House Divided Cannot Stand: Understanding and Overcoming the Inconsistencies in White Evangelicals on Racial Issues'

If you have more than 30 minutes, here are the next two talks and one panel discussion Joe, Andy and I would recommend to you: 

Russell Moore 'King and Kingdom: Racial Justice and the Uneasy Conscience of American Christianity'

Charlie Dates 'The Most Segregated Hour in America: Overcoming Divisions to Pursue MLK's Vision of Racial Harmony' 

Panel Discussion: The State of Racial Tension in America

 

#2 Come to Trinity Park this Sunday (May 13) and listen to the sermon on The Gospel and Racial Division I will be preaching from Galatians 2:1-16

In Galatians 2 Peter, a mature Christian, shrinks back from fellowship with other Christians for racial and cultural reasons. Paul, another mature Christian, is not okay with this - he sees Peter retreating from relationship with other believers based on his own cultural preferences. Paul sees Peter's prioritization of race and culture above the truth of the Gospel as a sin issue - as a matter where the Gospel itself is at stake. 

What do you think about Paul's boldness with Peter? Was Paul overreacting to Peter's separating himself from other Christians for racial and cultural reasons? What might Paul say to the church in the United States today about matters of racial and cultural separation? Come join us this Sunday for more.

 

#3 On Sunday directly after a shorter than usual sermon Joe, Andy and I will be on a panel moderated by church member Beth Peterson where we will seek to model a conversation about race. 

Our desire is to re-enact some of the side conversations we had during the MLK 50 conference in the hope that as a congregation we can begin more and more to 

(1) connect in Gospel friendships with those who are of different racial backgrounds than we are and 

(2) have loving but honest conversations with one another on issues of the Gospel and race (like Peter and Paul do with one another in Galatians 2).


So, if you want to learn more about what the Bible has to say about the Gospel and race, tune into these recommended talks from MLK50 and then come join us at Trinity Park this Sunday!

Grace,
Corey

Galatians Sermon Series: A Pastor's Resources

Galatians: Living In Grace Sermon Series
Resources

By: Corey Jackson

Trinity Park,

I've been enjoying the start to our Galatians: Living in Grace Series. I hope you have as well.

In my first sermon in the series I mentioned a few of the key resources the preaching team will be relying on as we prepare our messages. Some of you may be interested in going deeper into Galatians by reading one of these commentaries alongside the sermon series. If so, here's a list for you that moves from most accessible to most challenging and includes amazon links:

Most Accessible

Medium Accessibility

Most Difficult (But Truly Wonderful!)

Galatians by Martin Luther is available for FREE with Amazon Kindle.

If you want a taste of what reading Luther would be like before buying, check out the preface to his commentary. Just reading the preface has been life transforming to several of Trinity Park's elders. You can find it here:

Scripture Journal

Some of you may like to keep as you study the word throughout the series. You can find a good note taking journal for Galatians here:

May God bless us as we journey through Galatians together.

Corey Jackson
Senior Pastor

Vision Moment: Update from the Elders

TPC STAFFING UPDATE

By Elder Richard Sugg

WOMEN'S MINISTRY UPDATE

Women's Ministry Director

The Trinity Park Church Elders have heard from many of the women in the church and recognize the growing need for a Women's Ministry Director. In answer to this need the Elders are planning to hire someone in this role in the next 12-18 months. For more information about the growing Women's Ministry at Trinity Park contact Elder Richard Sugg, richardsugg@gmail.com or Women's Ministry Team member Joy Sugg, joystampin@gmail.com.

YOUTH & CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Preschool Ministry Director

Our most immediate need is in the area of children’s ministry. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we have a lot of kids here at TPC! A few weeks ago our current Children’s Ministry Director Pam announced that she would step down from her role by June 3rd. 

From these discussions, we decided to move from one person filling these roles (as we had with Pam and Haley and those before them) to a two person approach to meet the growing needs of CM. To be clear we are going to be hiring for 2 positions simultaneously over the next several months.

As we look out into the longer range future, we believe youth ministry will grow into its own full time role in the next 3 years. So we anticipate hiring more staff for children’s and youth ministry in the future. Perhaps 3 or even more if God continues to grow our ministries here.

  • This new position will focus on Sunday morning ministry to kids 0-5 years old. 
  • We hope to raise up 4 adult members of the church to serve as point people on Sunday mornings to allow this person to regularly attend the worship service
  • We estimate this position will require 10-15 hours per week including Sunday mornings
  • We hope to hire a woman for this position from within the church so please let us know if you’d like to be considered for this position.

Timeline for this hire: Our desire is to hire for this position by mid-May to have ample time to connect with Pam before she finally transitions out of her role on June 3 (at the latest). All applicants can send in their resume to Laura Guthrie, laura@trinityparkchurch.org on or before April 22nd.

Pastor of Youth & Children's Ministry

  • This new position is a pastoral position. We will be hiring a 3rd pastor to assist Corey and Andy in pastoring this congregation broadly. As you may know we’ve grown by at least 50% in the past year making a new pastoral position necessary. This person will need to be ordained or ordainable in the PCA.
  • This pastor’s main area of oversight will be all ministries to youth and children 0-18
  • They will help give leadership to children’s ministry and youth ministry and here’s how we think that can look on a weekly basis:

○ On Sunday mornings, they face children’s ministry ages 0-5th grade. Since we will have the PMD in place, they will focus mainly on elementary school ministries - particularly the tween class
○ Outside of Sunday mornings, their main focus will be on middle school and high school ministries - on building our youth program.

  • As the youth ministry grows, we believe and hope that youth ministry will become a full time role and so their focus may change over time; however our hope is that they will still oversee 0-18 ministries on a leadership level.

Timeline for the Pastor of Youth Ministry hire:

  • applications received by May 27
  • interviews in June and July
  • hired by August and here for the fall, Lord willing.

Women, Elders and others will be represented on each of the teams that will be put together to hire for these two positions. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this position, email Office Administrator Laura Guthrie, laura@trinityparkchurch.org.

Assistant Pastor Andy Ew's Role

Once we hire the new pastor of youth ministry, youth ministry will no longer be his responsibility. Other aspects of his current job are a full time job on their own leading the discipleship and community ministries of the church:

  • assisting Corey in general pastoring & preaching,
  • overseeing discipleship ministries
  • community group leadership
  • leading guest teams
  • and following up new visitors
  • overseeing the church membership process.

Session is excited to have received such participation from women, deacons and other men not on session as we’ve put this plan together. We feel good about it. But it’s up to the Lord to provide the right future preschool ministry director and pastor of youth and children for our church. There is much for us to pray for.

Good Friday Service 2018

Trinity Park had its first ever Good Friday Service on March 30, 2018! It was a wonderful time of worship and reflection on the great exchange Christ made at the cross when He gave us His Righteousness and took on our sin. 

The Trinity Park Worship Team encouraged us to draw near to God and embrace the grace given to us because of the sacrifice on the cross.

 

Draw Near (Psalm 69)

The flood around me is rising; 
the water’s up to my neck. 
My voice is worn out from crying. 
O Lord, please send me your help! 

Draw near to my soul, O Lord! 
Draw near to my soul, O Lord! 

My flesh and blood no more own me; 
my family’s no more my home. 
They hide their eyes from my grieving; 
they stop their ears from my groans. 

I asked them all for some comfort; 
I begged, but there was no bread. 
They gave me food that was poison; 
with wine, they left me for dead. 

Words & Music: © 2017 Wendell Kimbrough (BMI). CCLI Song #7100077

Vision Moment: City To City Partnership

City To City Partnership

By: Senior Pastor Corey Jackson

We are excited to announce that Trinity Park Church has been asked to join the Redeemer City to City Network!

In mid March 2018 Senior Pastor Corey Jackson received a list of churches participating in the partnership this year-there are 23 churches nationwide. Trinity Park is the only church from NC. Other PCA churches in the partnership this year include Pacific Crossroads church in LA, Harbor Church in San Diego, Oak Mountain Presbyterian and Covenant Presbyterian in Birmingham and Downtown Presbyterian in Greenville, SC. 

 

Why Trinity Park? 

Word is getting out about what God is doing here! God is calling all kinds of people from all kinds of places and backgrounds to himself through our church. We also have the mission of God to the world at the very heart of our DNA both with local ministry and global ministry. These factors make us a great match for partnering with Redeemer CTC.

 

What is Redeemer City To City?

CTC was founded by Redeemer NYC and Tim Keller but is non-profit existing outside the church itself. Since it’s founding CTC has planted over 400 global churches in all 6 continents of the world who all have these foundational principles at the heart of their church identity: urban, led by entrepreneurial committed pastors, are highly evangelistic, are culturally engaged and are economically sustainable and who have been trained by a trusted source, Tim Keller, and Redeemer CTC.

 

What does it mean to partner with CTC?

Trinity Park will partner with a new church plant in a global city. Since our first two major global partners are currently in Bangalore, India and in Chengdu, China we will look for a third major partner in Eastern Europe or Central America.

TPC will fund this church plant at 50K over four years (12.5K/year). 80% of this funding will go directly to the planter and 20% will go to the ongoing training and development costs incurred by CTC to keep the planter healthy, aligned with the mission and moving toward toward sustainability.

We don’t yet have this new third partner assigned to us. The TPC Missions Team and Session are currently in conversation with CTC. We hope to have a new partner by summer 2018.

 

What are other benefits of partnering with CTC?

Trinity Park will select up to four people to join a learning cohort who will have the opportunity over a nine month period to learn from Tim Keller and other leaders within CTC. The training is rooted in Keller’s book ‘Center Church’ and will be focused helping church leaders operate from a theological vision that is contextually sensitive, gospel­ centered, city-positive, and movement-oriented applying to our church’s whole philosophy and profile of ministry.

This cohort group will travel to NYC two times in a nine month period for training. All other meetings will take place in an online forum. Trinity Park’s four people attending this training have not yet been selected.

This is an honor for us, Trinity Park. It’s an opportunity for us to plant a Reformed, gospel centered church in a global city. And it’s an opportunity for us to learn from Tim Keller and others about how we can lead and operate out of the theological vision God has given our church. 

 

Resources

For more information about Trinity Park's involvement with City to City contact Senior Pastor Corey Jackson.

To learn more about Redeemer City to City visit their website by clicking the link below.

2018 Women's Retreat

Who is God, Who we are, How we are needed

By: Joy Sugg (Women's Ministry Team)

New friendships, deeper conversations, growth in the Lord.  All of these were experienced at our Trinity Park Women’s Retreat, March 9-10 at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center.  In the last couple of years the women of Trinity Park have enjoyed numerous events including two learning seminars, two soup socials, three “Sharing the Gift of Cooking” in-home sessions, a Wine and Design night, and hiking at Hemlock Bluffs.  However, the women’s retreat has been the most widely attended. Close to 40 women gathered together to worship and to explore how the Lord uses relationships for our sanctification. I thank all the women who attended the retreat and for those who shared and helped in anyway.  For those that were unable to attend, here is a brief overview of what we learned and a few of my personal thoughts as well.

Our speaker, Jacklyn Tubel, a Biblical counselor with Hope Counseling Services in Chapel Hill reminded us of who God is, who we are as needy people in a broken world, and how, though needy, we are also needed as a part of the body of Christ.  As Jayne V. Clark states in the booklet “Healing Broken Relationships”, distributed at the retreat, “God broke the one relationship that never should have been broken, the one relationship that never needed to be broken - his relationship with Jesus, his son- so that our relationship with him could be restored.”  Understanding this point is key in understanding who God is. We must recognize that God also created us to be in community and we need that community to support and encourage our growth in Him. Allowing ourselves to be needy in a fallen broken world is hard, yet God uses relationships to show us Himself and direct us to Himself. Just as we need others to do this for us, we in turn are needed to do this for others.  As we grow in our relationship with the Lord and experience transformation by Him, we will then move toward others. As we become who we truly are in Christ, as we move upward toward our heavenly relationship with God, we move outward towards others. We all know that relationships can be hard and messy, but we must trust that Christ is in the middle of the messiness and will use relationships to grow us in grace, mercy, and wisdom.  

My personal takeaways have been, one, greater awareness of my neediness, not because of my circumstances but because of my condition.  Don’t get me wrong, I have experienced many circumstances in life including years of infertility, multiple miscarriages, and other losses, and those circumstances were most bearable when the Body of Christ reached in.  However, regardless of my circumstances, my condition as a sinner in need of His grace will always be true, and my neediness will always benefit from others in the Body reminding me of and pointing me to Christ. I know I am prone to turn inward, and it helps when others direct me upward and outward.  Second takeaway, I don’t have to have experienced the exact same circumstance as someone else in order to be needed by them because ultimately the root of our neediness is the same. They need me to point them to Him, as much as I need them. Thirdly, be willing to reach out to others, and be intentional about it.  Jacklyn challenged us to develop action plans for this and I have already been blessed since the retreat by meeting with a couple of ladies that prior to the retreat I had not spent much time with.

I encourage you to consider your neediness.  Do you recognize that Christ alone fulfills that need? Are you allowing yourself to be vulnerable so that others can know you and direct you to the Lord?  Is there someone that you could pursue, as you remember how the Lord pursues us? I leave you with a couple of quotes from the retreat for you to ponder.

In Christ,
Joy Sugg
Women’s Ministry Team Member
 

“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.”
― Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Heidelberg Catechism 1:
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong - body and soul, in life and in death -- to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.  

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Senior Pastor Sabbatical 2019

Summer 2019 Senior Pastor Corey Jackson will be taking a 14 week sabbatical.
 

WHAT IS A SABBATICAL?

Sabbaticals are fairly common in academia, at some places of work, and increasingly at churches. They are a paid time of leave with the purpose of rest. The word "sabbatical" comes from the Hebrew word "shabbath" or "sabbath" meaning rest.

WHY A SABBATICAL?

 A sabbatical is very biblical idea in that it provides an extended time away from work to rest, study, and rejuvenate.  We see in creation that God created and then He rested to enjoy what He had made.  He rested, not because He was tired but to enjoy what He made.  God has given us an example of the cycle of work and rest (work is a blessed activity and so is rest).  

As a result, Trinity Park Church has a sabbatical policy for its pastoral staff that encourages a 2-4 month sabbatical, every 5-7 years. Session believes that it is important to have this policy in place and to make sure our pastors actually do it!

WHEN?

The Jackson family sabbatical is planned for Summer 2019. That’s more than in a year away. They and the church need time to prepare. In the meantime, Corey is assembling a grant application with the Eli Lily Foundation that would enable him, his family and the church to do more during their time (special trips, training and activities).  
Pray for Corey as he prepares the grant application and pray for a favorable response. Regardless of the outcome on the grant, the sabbatical (which will last 14 weeks) will happen but we all could do more if there are additional funds from the grant. Expect to see occasional updates as we approach the sabbatical. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Randy Nabors, who preached at Trinity Park last year, wrote about his sabbatical experience.  The article was first published in ByFaith (PCA’s online magazine).  It’s titled “Investing in a Pastors Wellness.”  That’s exactly what we are doing.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about the sabbatical, contact Mark Atkinson.

Community Bible Reading Journals

2018 Community Bible Reading Journals

Trinity Park Church would like you to join us in spending 2018 in the Bible. We believe spending time in God's word is a vital aspect of growing in Christ. In an effort to better assist Trinity Park's Members and Regular Attenders the TPC leadership has gifted Youth (Middle & High School) and Adults with a Community Bible Reading Journal. 

 

More Than Just A Reading Plan

Community Bible Reading Journals are designed to help you grow in your walk with the Lord. 

GOALS OF THE CBR JOURNAL

  1. To commune with God
  2. To grow in Community
  3. To know the Scriptures

THE CBR JOURNAL DAILY GUIDE

  1. SURRENDER through Prayer
  2. LISTEN to the Scriptures
  3. PRAY through your Pen
  4. PREPARE for Gospel Community
 
 Pick up your journal at the Trinity Park Church Office or on Sunday Morning!

Pick up your journal at the Trinity Park Church Office or on Sunday Morning!

Vision Moment Blog Series: The Purpose of the Benediction

The Purpose of the Benediction

By: Andy Ew

At the conclusion of our Sunday services at Trinity Park, as well as countless churches across the world, a pastor stands before the congregation and gives a benediction. While this practice can sometimes appear to be a meaningless church tradition, the benediction actually holds great importance and purpose. The word ‘benediction’ is originally derived from the Latin words bene, which means ‘good,’ and dicere, which means ‘to speak’. A benediction, then, is the pronouncement of good words to us. It is the declaration of God’s blessing upon his people.

The practice of benediction originated in the Old Testament when the Lord commanded Aaron, the first high priest, to bless the people of Israel with these words: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). The high priest would lift his bare hands to the sky as a sign of peace to show that God holds no weapon against his people as he pronounces his blessing of peace upon them.

In the New Testament, we observe Christ himself blessing his disciples before his ascension into heaven (Luke 24:50). Because of Christ’s gift of redemption on the Cross for his people, those who believe in him are the recipients of grace. Therefore, the authors of the letters of the New Testament pronounce benedictions to the respective audiences in the name of Jesus (see the end of each letters from Romans through Revelation).

God continually commands his people to enter into a place of returning and rest. The Sabbath rest encourages us to remember God’s goodness and trust Him with the processes of our lives. Isaiah 30:15 records, “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’” Jesus, who invites weary and heavy-laden people to come to him and receive rest (Matthew 11:28), made a way for us to receive and rest in the goodness of blessing. Through benedictions, we receive a reminder to rest in the blessings of Jesus.

Ministers today have been given this privilege to pronounce blessings over the church. Lifting their hands over the congregation, the pastor will quote God’s word of benediction to both remind us of God’s faithfulness and point us to our hope and blessing in Jesus. We must remember that the one giving the benediction is not the source of blessing; Christ is.

As the church, then, we receive this pronouncement of blessing by faith. We trust and hope in the assurance that we no longer live in fear, guilt, or shame. Rather, because of Jesus, the source of true blessing, we are free to live and walk our daily lives in love.

Vision Moment Blog Series: What is the 'Call To Worship?'

What is the Call to Worship?

By: Richard Sugg

When Jesus spoke to the woman in Samaria, recorded in John 4, he declared that, “The hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (John 4:21). This was because “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23). In Jesus, we have access to God. And by specifying, “True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,” Jesus taught us that all of our life is meant to be worship.

Our weekly worship services are also intended to lead us to worship the Lord. In our services at Trinity Park, anyone attending will probably notice that week-to-week we follow a particular order of worship, or liturgy. This is intentional, as each part of our worship service has a special function in serving this purpose.

This installation highlights the first part of our service: the call to worship.

Our services begin with a call to worship. This is God calling us to corporate worship. The call to worship is intended to direct our minds and our hearts toward the true and living God. It directs us to the foundation of our hope by pointing us to Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11). The call to worship invites us to stop what we were thinking about, stop what we are doing, and prepare to worship together. It is an invitation to meditate on our hope in Jesus and prepare to hear the word of God, which gives us grace in our lives. When we are experiencing God’s blessing in our lives, the call to worship directs our attention to the Giver of all gifts (James 1:17). When we are hurting, when we are struggling, the call to worship directs us to our great high priest, Jesus, who deeply desires comfort and sympathize with our weaknesses, and who suffered for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Practically speaking, if the call to worship is this important, what are some ways in which we receive these benefits? Let us suggest four:

#1: Arrive on time. We can’t hear the call to worship if we aren’t present, or are still finding a seat. Western cultures are more prone to being sharp and short on time while Eastern cultures tend to be more relaxed and social within matters of time. For both cultural backgrounds, the need to be on time as well as congregate after the service and be flexible to God’s shaping of the weekly calendar presents challenges.

#2 Personally participate in the service. Don’t gloss over the meaning of the phrase “worship service.” We follow a God who both tells us, “God is not served by human hands as though he needs anything, but he himself gives to everyone life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25). Therefore, we approach God in worship services to first receive his love and then ascribing to God the praise he is worthy to receive. He is great and greatly to be praised (Psalm 145:3). Listen to the liturgy as healing to your wounds. When we sing, let it be YOUR song. As you sing the words, consider words. The songs are intentionally chosen. We don’t want to be lulled into a routine where we simply sit, stand, sing, and repeat. We want to focus both our minds and our hearts on hearing God’s gracious words to us.

#3 Ask the Lord to let you experience worship in a fresh way. We gather on Sunday mornings with a hopeful expectation that these words, songs, and time together would be life to our souls. God alone has the power to bring about renewal through the worship service and he ministers to our needs through elements of the service such as the call to worship. The renewal of God will propel us to “sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96:1).

#4 Believe that all of life is worship. Our connection with God doesn’t start when we arrive, and it doesn’t end when we leave. Personal worship during the week is critical for the care of our souls. At Trinity Park, we encourage you to find some way of hearing God’s words of life during the week. Find some way to talk to your husband, wife, kids, or friends about the Lord’s grace. A key application of conversing about God’s grace is to share your struggles with each other and affirm the Lord’s goodness to each other. We need each other in our church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other as we point each other to him.

The Call to Worship is a reminder. In our modern world full of busyness, the Call to Worship is the invitation to slow down, to remember the goodness and healing of Christ Jesus, and to acknowledge his relentless love that binds us both with him and with the other people in our church. We hope these practical applications above will guide you to receive the gift of worshipping God more fully.

Vision Moment Blog Series: Why Do We Sing

Vision Moment:  Why Do We Sing?

By: Joe Jackson

Why do we sing? There are many ways to answer this question. Perhaps you hear that question and immediately call to mind the fact that you “have no voice.” Or perhaps you are quickly reminded that you have no musical ability and therefore don’t seem to have a song to sing. We should remember first that the question is not, “Do you have a voice?” but rather, “Do you have a song?”  This central question prompts us to contemplate our stories. For believers in Jesus Christ, we can answer the question affirmatively because we have received his grace in our lives. In a beautiful twist of our stories, Jesus has freely lavished his redemption and forgiveness upon us. And that means that you have been given a song, a redemption song. As people with the capacity to worship, our ultimate purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. One of the clearest ways we enter into this purpose is to proclaim in song that we are the redeemed of the Lord. So then, we all have a song. 

But the question remains: “Why do we sing?”  While there are many reasons to sing, let us to consider at five specific reasons that we should “make a joyful noise to the Lord” with singing!

#1: We sing because God invites and calls us to sing! Consider the following biblical reminders that exhort us to sing to the Lord. Psalm 47:6 declares, “Sing praise to God, sing Praise! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” In Psalm 98:4, the psalmist writes, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praise!” In the New Testament, Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spirituals songs, singing and making melody to the LORD with your heart” (Ephesians 5:18).

Throughout Scripture, God’s people sang. The Israelites sang outside the temple as well after crossing the Red Sea as well as after returning from exile in Babylon. These stories exemplify God’s intended purpose for us as created beings to worship him through song.

#2: We sing because it reminds us of truth.  Through song, we remind ourselves of who God is and the various attributes of his character.  When we sing we are hiding God’s word in our hearts as we remember all that he has done. As we sing we are ultimately calling to mind the glorious implications of the gospel that we have received as sinners forgiven by a holy God.  When we repeat phrases while singing, we receive many opportunities to think more deeply about the truths we proclaim, allowing the gospel to more fully saturate our thoughts and lives.

#3: We sing because it’s an expression of the Spirit’s work in our hearts.   We cannot see the Holy Spirit. However, as believers, we are indwelt with the Spirit of the living God. This Spirit is life giving and affects not only our thoughts but also our hearts and our affections. By the work of the Spirit, singing gives us a greater awareness of God’s presence with us. From the Spirit, we receive all of the motivation we need to sing out to the Lord.

#4: We sing because it’s an encouragement.  While we primarily sing praises to God, we are simultaneously singing to one another. We are teaching and reminding each other of the truths of faith.  We are counseling, admonishing, and building each other up in the Lord. As image bearers, there is a true comfort in the mutual building up of brothers and sisters in the Church singing God’s grace and truth into each other’s lives.

#5: We sing because it gives us a more complete expression of our love for God. I not only express my love for my wife in words but also in my attitude and behaviors towards her. Similarly, God is worthy to be praised and words alone are not enough to convey our gratitude and love for Him. So we add to these words our emotion and affection. God demonstrated his love for us, with all emotion and affection, in Jesus. It follows that we should sing, play instruments, raise our arms, clap our hands and bow down before the Lord as expressions of our gratitude for Christ and his finished work on the cross.

 

         In conclusion, there are many reasons why we sing; the five reasons above help to form the core of our motivation in singing together as the body of believers.  I hope and pray that God will help us live in the manner in which we were created to live – making a joyful noise to the Lord with our whole lives.  John Piper stated it well when he wrote, “The reason we sing is because there are depths and heights and intensities and kinds of emotions that will not be satisfactorily expressed by mere prose and poetry...  There are realities that demand poetry be stretched into song.  Singing is the Christian’s way of saying: God is so great that thinking and talking will not suffice... there must be singing!”  

 

Additional Reading

1. Doxology & Theology: How the gospel forms the worship leader. 2013

2. True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God.  Bob Kauflin. 2015

3. True Worship. Vaughan Roberts. 2006

Women's Ministry @ TPC

A note from Women's Ministry Leader Abi Spears:

As the coordinator for the Women’s Ministry Team, it’s been a joy for me to serve the church. I’m thankful to my parents for exemplifying the importance of the body of Christ in my life growing up—as far back as I can remember, my family was involved in the church almost every Sunday. My friends at church were an extension of my family, and I always got excited for more fellowship with them. As an adult, those same thoughts and feelings continue to expand as I meet new friends and as I jump in to ministry with both feet.

The Women’s Ministry Team works hard each semester to think about the needs of the ladies in the church. I am always excited for new events and opportunities that could reach each lady at Trinity Park Church. From seminars and bible study to soup socials and painting classes, I continually pray that we can grow relationships with our Lord and with each other. It is important to be in fellowship with the body of Christ, and the Women’s Ministry strives to bring together women from all walks of life.

If you’re new to Trinity Park or new to attending any of the women’s events, take some time to consider if you could join us this fall. We would love to have you!!

Romans 12:4-8
“We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”

Location Transition Update

Trinity Park Church is moving! We are planning a location change from Morrisville Elementary to about 2 miles south on Davis Drive to Davis Drive Middle School. 

Why? 

  1. We need more space - we frequently have Sundays where we struggle to have adequate seating. DDMS has an auditorium that seats 360.
  2. We need to take the burden off our set up and tear down teams - 6 1/2 years of pulling a trailer, setting up each week, tearing down each week and driving the trailer back to the office has become burdensome. DDMS will have onsite storage which will minimize our set up.

What has been happening in the past couple of months? 

-Thorburn and Associates have gone in and given us a plan for optimizing the auditorium space from an audio visual standpoint. They’ve also estimated the cost and put together a proposed plan for installation.

-Session received this plan from Thorburn last week and passed a motion for us to spend up to $22K on auditorium upgrades. These funds will come from the 104K we raised last year for relocation.

What will be happening in the near future?

-Greg Peterson, Corey Jackson, & Laura Guthrie will meet Wednesday afternoon with Davis Drive administration to talk through our proposal to upgrade the auditorium space. They are thrilled to have us moving there and will be additionally thrilled that we’re investing 22K to upgrade their auditorium. We also need to talk through on site storage with them. As well as a probable timeline for completing this work in the auditorium.

-Next Sunday a newly formed transition team will meet to discuss how we need to make additional changes as we move-parking signage, greeting, many other things, etc. That group is: Laura Guthrie, Philip Zumbrun, David and Donna Kraay, Charlie Hawkes, Greg Peterson, Jason Walley, Haley Walley, Vince Thai, Richard Sugg, Abi Spears and Corey Jackson. Moving will change quite a lot of how we operate on Sunday mornings - not the content of the service but where we store things, where the classrooms are, nursery, etc. This group will meet to put our heads together to anticipate those changes. 

When will we move? 

We are hoping for late March/early April so we can have adequate time to prepare to be at full speed by Easter Sunday, April 16

What do we need from you?

Please be praying for the transition to our new location.

If you have questions feel free to contact Corey Jackson, Greg Peterson, or Charlie Hawkes.