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Update – August 15, 2020

Statement on Regathering from the TBC Shepherds

We believe that the corporate gathering of Christ’s church is vital to her life and mission. Gathering is essential to her nature. When the local church gathers, she gathers as Christ’s church—a holy assembly—to worship God publicly. This is a massive privilege and responsibility. The church gathers to make manifest and thus reveal the worth of Christ, which is to say that we gather to make much of Christ in our community.

In all of creation, there is only one institution that has been charged with the high responsibility of knowing and making known the person and work of Christ—the world’s only Savior. That one institution is His church. For this reason, the church stands above every other institution under heaven for the promotion of God’s glory and the joy of humanity both now and forever. The gathering of the church is categorically distinct from any other social gathering. Her gathering is more important than any other.

We pray that all among us would have a holy longing for the church to gather. As shepherds, our burden for the church under these conditions is indescribable. Love and care for souls compels us. It is our resolve and priority to earnestly seek the regathering of Trinity Bible Church.

The Shepherds have drafted a document that is intended to outline our official statement regarding our present status and direction. It serves as a position paper that explains why we are taking the present course and outlines what principles will guide our decisions and future actions.

May God be glorified and may we find joy in honoring Christ through these difficult times.
– Shepherds of Trinity Bible Church

Read the full document here.

Update – July 9, 2020

Gathering Status Update from the TBC Shepherds – As of July 9, 2020

Greetings in Christ, beloved church family.

For this latest update from the TBC Shepherds, please read “Longing to Gather – Shepherds’ Update” here.

Update – June 5, 2020

Gathering Status Update from the TBC Shepherds – As of June 5, 2020

Greetings in Christ, beloved church family.

We are in extraordinary times. Socially volatile and spiritually vitiated. Such extraordinary times call for extraordinary stewardship—especially for the church.
Christ’s church among us has been separated for three months. We are longing to gather. Governing authorities have said that we may begin in-person services, but their restrictions redefine how we gather. How we gather encroaches on how we worship. These circumstances challenge us all to reexamine our understanding of the church, her purpose for gathering, and her relationship to civil government.

Deciding when and how to meet under these conditions is not simple for any church. Multifaceted factors must be carefully weighed in each situation. Different counties have different regulations and different churches within the county are responding differently. We need biblical clarity and covenant unity in these matters. The shepherds of Trinity Bible Church are of one mind to lead us through this with the utmost care. This Lord’s day, in lieu of our scheduled exposition, a special message will be given that aims to address these matters directly.

Certain related questions will be attended, including: Is the government violating our religious freedoms? What about the separation of church and state? When, if ever, should the church disobey civil government? What does all this mean practically for us; when will we meet again? What will our gathering look like?

With Scripture as the authority and shepherding the aim, it is our intention to pastorally walk you through the decision-making process by which the shepherds continue to evaluate when and how to regather. Important biblical principles and priorities for navigating these uncharted waters will—we pray—encourage, edify, and equip us to make much of Christ as we continue to steward this storm as Christ’s church.
In these extraordinary times, may we the church pray and prepare in the unity of the Holy Spirit to gather for Christ.

Update – May 28, 2020

Gathering Status Update from the TBC Shepherds – As of May 28, 2020

Greetings in Christ, beloved church family.

We sincerely miss you all, longing to gather. I, like John, can say, “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink [or type]. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 12). While written communication has its place, and even peculiar benefits, there is nothing like personal presence. John says that he expects to see them face to face and that this would serve the purpose of promoting mutual joy. In fact, the grammar conveys the idea that the fellowship uniquely afforded by face to face presence “fulfills” or “make complete” our joy. This is what we are designed for—between God and one another—and what sin destroys and the curse hinders. This joy that comes only with personal presence one to another in Christ is an emblem of the gospel.

We earnestly pray for you. For your physical and spiritual health. For your encouragement, ambition, and strength to press on for Christ. For your holiness, peace, and comfort. For your patience, discipline of mind, and joy.

We have received and carefully reviewed the thirteen-page document issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday, May 25, 2020, which provides guidance for places of worship to reopen. Overall, the document is closely aligned to the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for faith-based organizations.

So why haven’t we issued a statement about reopening the church yet? While the state has publicly given churches guidance for reopening, authority for implementation has been delegated to the counties. As of Wednesday, 47 of the state’s 58 counties have granted reopening protocol for their churches. We are in one of the eleven counties waiting. Therefore, while we are using the state issued guidelines to prepare, we cannot formulate our plan until the county issues their modifications.

Please know that we are doing what we can to shepherd the church and prepare for reopening in the timeliest manner within our reach. Again, we are working with the mayor of Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County authorities as well as following legal advice to ensure a safe and responsible reopening. Just today, Pacific Justice Institute indicated that they may be filing a lawsuit specifically on behalf of churches in our county. We will keep you posted.

Let us remember that we are Christ’s church, purchased by His precious blood (Acts 20:28). His bride is precious to Him. And none of this has caught Him by surprise (Matthew 10:29-30). He reigns (Psalm 29:10; 97)! The Shepherd and Overseer of our souls holds the keys of Death and Hades and can surely open our doors at His command (1 Peter 2:24, Revelation 1:18). May we draw comfort and strength from Him who is seated on the throne.

We thank God for you all with the love that has been given us in Christ Jesus. As John writes in another place, “I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face” (3 John 14).

Update – May 23, 2020

Gathering Status Update from the TBC Shepherds – As of May 23, 2020

Greetings in Christ, beloved brethren:

Amid the rapid-fire news we want to keep you informed concerning the gathering of the church among us.

We are thankful for the statements made yesterday by President Trump, declaring churches in the category of “essential business” and urging governors of states to remove restrictions on religious gatherings. We are also grateful for the statements made yesterday by Governor Newsom, indicating that by Monday, May 25, California officials will release guidelines for reopening places of worship.

While changes in our situation are happening almost daily, we are not yet able to reopen. We are aware that some churches will be opening sooner than others. Many factors are at work and not all churches are under the same conditions. Trinity Bible Church will continue exclusively streaming services while we evaluate guidance from local officials. We are working with the mayor and county authorities as well as seeking legal advice to ensure a safe and responsible reopening.

We ask for your continued prayer and patience. In light of these things, please consider reading our updated blog post, “Longing to Gather.”

With love in Christ,
Shepherds of Trinity Bible Church

Update – May 21, 2020

Current status at TBC – As of May 21, 2020

To all the beloved of God in Christ among us, partnering in the ministry of the gospel, greetings and blessings to you.

As Shepherds, we express our love and care for you all. Keeping you in prayer and seeking to be attentive to any needs you may communicate is our daily commitment. We are also laboring to lead us all through this shadowy valley of separation.

For a devotional view of our current situation, read more at the Blog: “Longing to Gather”.

BEHIND THE SCENES
This has been a very busy week. We are working with local authorities and coordinating with other churches in our area in an effort to responsibly seek the most timely, locally relevant, and accurate information available to guide our reopening strategy. One virtual meeting hosted sixteen pastors from churches in our immediate area, with input from a representative of the Santa Clara County administration. Today, I was on a call with Mayor Rich Constantine that was exclusive to leaders of “houses of worship” in Morgan Hill. We are also actively seeking guidance from the Pacific Justice Institute in Sacramento (a legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom) with one of our shepherds attending weekly meetings and providing debriefs.
At this point all known churches in our immediate area are remaining closed until we receive an official statement from the county. According to Mayor Constantine, the county is currently saying that we are about two weeks out before they will issue a statement for churches in Santa Clara County. Local authorities are indicating that all is tied to testing in our area. The mayor was helpful and demonstrated a willingness to work with us before the county. Along with the mayor, we are coordinating between churches to work with the County Board of Supervisors in an effort to have our voice heard.

We are currently preparing some preliminary documents for our potential reopening strategy but are substantially dependent upon the local authorities for details. We will keep you all posted.

In the meantime, the shepherds and deacons are constant in their labors of love behind the scenes.

HOW YOU CAN PRAY
How can you help in response to our current status? Please pray for God’s mercy on our land and the lives that have been impacted by this disease. Please pray for the wisdom, statesmanship, and unbiased upholding of justice among our government representatives. Please pray for the fear of God among all. Please pray for our county leaders to listen to the voice of Christ’s churches. Please pray for the various churches in our area. Please pray for the shepherds as we weigh and prayerfully consider the many factors and details involved in navigating these uncharted waters. The challenges are substantial, and the responsibility tremendous. Please pray.

Update – April 30, 2020

Hear from our Pastor on the latest status at TBC – As of April 30, 2020

Due to the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued April 29, 2020, Trinity Bible Church is continuing to suspend all events and gatherings through the month of May.

During this critical time, we especially encourage you to stay connected with us online at trinitybiblechurch.org/live and through our app.

Live streaming of Sunday School classes and Sunday morning services are all scheduled to continue.

Tithes and offerings can be made online at trinitybiblechurch.org/give or mailed to the church at 16100 Caputo Dr, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

Updates will be posted as they become available on this page as well as communicated through email and social media.

If you are facing challenges or need any assistance, please contact the church office at [email protected] or (408) 762-5800. You may also contact the shepherds at [email protected].

Let us all remember that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Let us continue in earnest and patient prayer, by the faith of a disciplining mind that centers on Christ (Philippians 4:6-8). We thank God for you and are praying for you all with the affection of Christ. May the Lord be pleased to restore our gathering together soon, for His glory and our joy.

Update – April 21, 2020

Hear from our Pastor on the latest status at TBC – As of April 21, 2020

Update – March 31, 2020

Hear from our Pastor on the latest status at TBC.

Due to ongoing health concerns and the Superseding Shelter-in-Place Order, which increases restrictions until May 3, 2020, Trinity Bible Church is continuing to suspend all events and services through the first week of May.

During this critical time, we especially encourage you to stay connected with us online at trinitybiblechurch.org/live and through our app.

You will be able to remotely participate in our commemoration of Good Friday and celebration of Resurrection Sunday through livestreaming. Sunday School classes, Wednesday night, and Sunday morning services are all scheduled to continue.

Tithes and offerings can be made online at trinitybiblechurch.org/give or mailed to the church at 16100 Caputo Dr, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.

Updates will be posted as they become available on this page as well as communicated through email and social media.

If you are facing challenges or need any assistance, please contact the church office at [email protected] or (408) 762-5800. You may also contact the shepherds at [email protected]

Let us all remember that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Let us continue in earnest and patient prayer, by the faith of a disciplining mind that centers on Christ (Philippians 4:6-8). We thank God for you and are praying for you all with the affection of Christ. May the Lord be pleased to restore our gathering together soon, for His glory and our joy.

March 18, 2020

Hear from our Pastor on the latest status at TBC – As of March 18, 2020.

March 13, 2020 – 5:30 pm

Due to escalating health concerns and an official mandate, Trinity Bible Church is suspending all events and services. We will be closed to in-person attendance through the end of March.

Sunday services will be live-streamed on the internet at 10:30 AM at trinitybiblechurch.org/live (or on our app). Only church shepherds and staff will be onsite during service times. Streaming of Wednesday evening services is still to be determined.

Tithes and offerings can be made online at giving.trinitybiblechurch.org or mailed to the church at 16100 Caputo Dr, Morgan Hill CA 95037.

Updates will be posted as they become available on this page as well as communicated through email and social media.

If you are facing challenges or need any assistance please contact the church office at [email protected] or (408) 762-5800. You may also contact the shepherds at [email protected]

We serve the sovereign Lord who has His hand over things. Let us respond to this challenge with faith and prayer ( Philippians 4:6 ) even when absent from one another. May the Lord see fit to restore our gathering together soon, for His glory and our joy.

March 12, 2020 – 2:00 pm

Update from the TBC shepherds:

Trinity Bible Church is suspending all events other than our 10:30 AM Sunday gathering until April.

This is being done due to input from state and local health officials and out of concern for the physical health of our church body and the wider community.

If you or those in your family are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms, we request that you stay home until it passes. If you are out due to illness, in love we request that you inform us as to your condition and how we might best pray for you ([email protected]).

We are stewards of life. We are not to neglect wisdom, responsibility, and care for one another in difficult times. But above all, we rest in the sovereign Lord who gives to all life, breath, and all things. In the midst of alarm, we who are in Christ discipline our minds to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Rather than being anxious about our health, may we seek God and His kingdom first (Matthew 6:25-34). Faith rather than fear shall govern us, because of Christ.

TBC Shepherds

March 11, 2020 – 9:30 am

Out of care for our beloved church family and visitors, we are taking extra precautionary measures to promote a safe and sanitary environment for our worship gatherings. With increasing concern over the coronavirus, the Shepherds are praying and monitoring the situation closely with input from local agencies. Additional sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the church facility. We are also encouraging all to follow increased hygiene measures per CDC recommendations.

If you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms, we request that you stay home until it passes. If you are out due to illness, in love we request that you inform us as to your condition and how we might best pray for you ([email protected] or 408-762-5800).

We are stewards of life. We are not to neglect wisdom, responsibility, and care for one another in difficult times. But above all, we rest in the sovereign Lord who gives to all life, breath, and all things. In the midst of alarm, we who are in Christ discipline our minds to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Rather than being anxious about our health, may we seek God and His kingdom first (Matthew 6:25-34). Faith rather than fear shall govern us, because of Christ.

TBC Shepherds