March 2021 Connect
I love March and the feeling of springtime. I’m delighted to see moves toward normalcy in our communities. It’s so good to see kids back at sports-and I’m pretty psyched to see our local Big 10 teams dominating the NCAA-it’s Madness! It’s a joy to be reconnecting in person with community and church members. Even so, I cherish and am passionate to maintain the friendships and connections that we have built online. We will keep investing in our online and physical ministries to best love and serve each person and each community. You all mean the world to us!
As in person attendance increases, we remain diligent at each campus with cleaning and distancing protocols. Ashkum and Goodland facilities allow us ample room to accommodate guests in a distanced format. With distanced seating, Watseka 1st Service is nearing capacity, so we’ve added live video options in the Study and Living Room. There’s also plenty of seating available in 2nd service. Meanwhile, we’re delighted to keep streaming on FaceBook and YouTube for those who worship from home!
God is doing a mighty work in our midst! Lives and communities are being transformed before our eyes. I delight to fellowship with new followers of Jesus and new members at church. The Lord has been using our many new small groups, both local and virtual, to create precious connections. I’m thrilled to welcome Goodland, not just as a partnership location, but as a third campus of the Trinity Church family. I’m overjoyed to see Ashkum’s building plans taking shape as their congregation thrives spiritually and numerically, and desperately needs more space for children and ministry. Our Refuge multi-campus youth gathering was a huge success-with many youths being challenged in their faith by guest speakers and worship leaders Kyle and Miranda. I’m overwhelmed by God’s provision through your faith and partnership, as well as a pending farmland sale at the Watseka campus. Thank you and please keep praying!
We’re working on some exciting Easter plans for every campus: Online, Goodland, Ashkum, and Watseka. But first, I’m excited to take a Fresh Look at Jesus in the month of March. Please take a moment to check out our new series and some critical updates.
Thank you for your faithful friendship!
In Christ’s Love,
Fresh Look at Jesus
In his time on earth, Jesus was constantly surprising people. He took time for children. He healed the lame and welcomed the outcast. He challenged the self-righteous. He satisfied the thirsty and fed the hungry with physical and spiritual food. He lived above the politics of the day. He was a king, himself. He crossed ethnic and gender and social barriers with love and grace. He overthrew a musty religion of insiders vs. outsiders. He re-instituted true religion of caring for orphans and widows. His actions were utterly holy yet seen as scandalous. He was revered by many yet killed as a heretic. He never backed down in fear yet surrendered his life in sacrificial love. As much as I think I know and love Jesus, there is so much more to be known. I’m confident I’d be shocked and undone if I met him in person today. So whether you utter his name in anger, or you desperately cling to his love, we might all do well to take a Fresh Look at Jesus. Maybe someone you care about needs that too. I’m excited to binge watch Jesus in the month of March. Will you join me?
Date Title Snippets from Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
March 7 Jesus and the Kiddos Let the little children come.
March 14 Jesus and the Hangry Jesus feeds many-miraculously!
March 21 Jesus and the Scandal Eating with notorious sinners.
March 28 Jesus and the Palm Parade Palm Sunday-the triumphal/tearful entry.
Invest in the Vision!
We have a desperate need for space for children and ministry at our Ashkum campus! God has provided property south of Ashkum and building plans are shaping up! We’ll be sharing more details, but it’s not too early to contribute. If the Lord moves you to invest beyond your regular giving toward this great adventure, all gifts marked Invest in the Vision will go directly toward the new Ashkum Facility. Thank you!
We’ve invested in RightNow Media to help you and our loved ones invest in your faith. Use it on your smart TV, computer, phone, or tablet. Use it personally and gift it to a friend. Just text TrinityWatseka to 49775 to sign up! Let’s binge watch content about Jesus in the month of March. Check out our updated Trinity Channel and keep an eye out for our upcoming Spanish Channel!