sunday services at 9am and 11:11am. 2796 charlestown rd in new albany.

COVID-19

updated 4.16.20

mid-week musings with pastor chris

Scripture:  Daniel 3:1-30

Main characters:  King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego

Summary:  King Nebuchadnezzar became the most powerful king in the ancient world.  As trophies of war, he would collect the kings of other countries and enslave them.  He would also take captive the brightest and most physically-fit young men of other nations bringing them back to Babylon to serve him.  After stripping them of their dignity and their culture, he gave them Babylonian names and reprogrammed them for blind obedience to the king.  As his power and ego grew, he had a 90-foot tall statue of himself constructed and instructed the entire nation to bow down and worship him.  Three Jewish boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not defy God and worship the statue.  The king had them thrown into the fire.  God was with them and they came out unharmed.  God was with them in the midst of the fire.

Take-aways: 

  1. Anything we place before God is an idol. In our culture, many “statues” are placed before us to worship.  Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we must choose whom we will worship.
  2. Obedience and disobedience both lead to consequences.
  3. Standing for our faith is sometimes not easy especially when the “fires” of life blaze all around us.
  4. God did not extinguish or remove the fire. However, he did join the three men in the midst of the fire and God does the same for us!

Questions to ponder:

  1. Does it feel like a metaphorical fire is raging all around you?
  2. In whom do you place your hope and trust?
  3. Do you believe that God is with you in the midst of uncertainty and struggle – in the midst of your fire?

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

 

updated 4.15.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10222013280950507/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjE2NDMyMjQxNzI0MjU4/

updated 4.14.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10222003034934363/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjE0MTIwOTgxOTU1Mzg0/

updated 4.13.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221991472485309/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjExNjU4NDMyMjAxNjM5/

updated 4.12.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine on Easter sunday

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221978817888952/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjA4ODEzODY5MTUyNzYy/

updated 4.11.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221965798243469/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjA2MDgzOTgyNzU5MDg0/

updated 4.10.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine on good friday

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221953255129899/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjAzNjk0NDI5NjY0NzA2/

updated 4.9.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine on Maundy Thursday

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221939566827700/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMjAxMDExMDQ2NTk5NzEx/

updated 4.8.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.turcotte.397/videos/10221932372527847/UzpfSTExMzQwOTY1MjAyNjU0ODozMTk5MzczMTgzNDMwMTY0/

updated 4.7.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/1121842541482141/

updated 4.6.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/1108413289536432/

updated 4.5.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/640790736483423/

updated 4.4.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/2661288974191851/

updated 4.3.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/2662519813991389/

updated 4.2.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/563897311148613/

updated 4.1.20

mid-week “musings” with pastor chris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyRxtQelu8I

Scripture:  1 Samuel 16:1-13

Main characters:  Samuel, Jesse & his sons, David

Summary:  After God rejected Saul as King of Israel for his disobedience, the Lord sent Samuel to Bethlehem with instructions to anoint the next King of Israel.  Samuel was fearful of Saul, but went anyway.  Seven of Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel and God rejected them all telling Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  They waited for David to come in from the fields.  It was him… a leader after God’s own heart!

Take-aways: 

  1. God often calls us to act in the midst of fear.
  2. We are judgmental by nature as we evaluate others based on height, weight, good looks, confidence, skills, abilities, but God is only concerned about the heart.
  3. Long before David would slay Goliath, long before David would become a great warrior, and long before David would become a great king, God’s anointing came upon him. David would spend years preparing for leadership and waiting.  Just because you can’t see the end-game, doesn’t mean God is not at work.
  4. Seek the Lord and allow him to work within your heart. God is up to something!

Questions to ponder:

  1. Are you wondering if God is present in the midst of waiting?
  2. What will it take for you to give your heart with God and trust that he is doing a good work in you?
  3. Do you trust that just because you can’t see the end-game in the midst of all this uncertainty, God is still at work?

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/548277586087043/

updated 3.31.20

Prayer with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/2607481956191621/

updated 3.30.20

Prayer time with pastor catherine and guest

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/213754213300296/

updated 3.29.20

Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/1323890304468672/

updated 3.28.20

continuing our Prayer adventure with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/1113980282294001/

updated 3.27.20

Prayer with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/2816442371767475/

updated 3.26.20

mid-week “musings” with pastor chris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zzkooCh8zM

Scripture:  1 Kings 17:1-24

Main characters:  King Ahab, Elijah, Widow at Zarephath

Summary:  The great prophet, Elijah, informed the king that it would not rain in the next few years except at his command.  God sent Elijah to the Kerith Ravine where the ravens fed him.  When the brook dried up, God sent Elijah to Zarephath.  A widow there was to provide for his needs.  She was destitute, depressed and suicidal.  God provided an endless supply of flour and oil to provide for Elijah, the widow, and her son.  Even though she seemed to do everything right, her son died.  Elijah brought him back to life.

Take-aways: 

  1. In the midst of a “drought”, God provides sanctuary, shelter, and sustenance for his servants.
  2. God’s resources flow through the most unlikely sources and God’s resources are without end.
  3. Sometimes, tragedy, unrelated to obedience and faithfulness, happens during the most difficult of times and among the most innocent.
  4. God is still working miracles beyond human understanding.

Questions to ponder:

  1. Are you worried about God providing for your needs during this time of uncertainty?
  2. Do you need to find sanctuary, shelter and sustenance during this present struggle?
  3. Do you believe God’s resources are unlimited and flow throw the least likely sources?
  4. Do you need to spend more time in prayer asking God to work miracles beyond our human understanding in your life, in your family, in our community, and in our world?

prayer time with pastor catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/219362052457494/

updated 3.25.20

Prayer time with pastor catherine & special guest

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/1084244438617007/

updated 3.24.20

Trinity Church – we are experiencing some difficulties with our telephone lines and are working to correct the problem. We are getting some calls, but others are ringing once and then are cut off. Please share with your circles that email is the most reliable form of communication at this time.

Church Office email – info@trinitynewalbany.org

Pastor Chris’ email – pastor@trinitynewalbany.org

If you need to reach the church immediately, call Pastor Chris’ cell phone @ 812-568-8045. If it goes to voicemail, please leave a message and Mary or Pastor Chris will return your call. Thank you for your patience.

children’s prayer adventure with Pastor Catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/699017890838528/

updated 3.23.20

children’s devotion with Pastor Catherine

https://www.facebook.com/TrinityNewAlbany/videos/200548474578191/

updated 03.20.20

Mid-week “Musings” with pastor chris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgY4yE2MvP4

announcement regarding worship

Some updates regarding worship and ministry at Trinity Church during the COVID-19 crisis

  • “In-person” worship is suspended for the next four weeks: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12
  • A NewlyRecorded Worship Service will be uploaded to the church website (org) with a link on Facebook by 9:00 am on Sunday morning for “in-home” worship.
  • “Drive-Thru” Holy Communion and Prayer has been CANCELLED. As new information becomes available, out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling “Drive-Thru” Holy Communion and Prayer previously scheduled for Sunday, 3/22, 3/29 & 4/5.
  • DVD’s of the newly-recorded worship service will be available for those individuals who do not have internet access.  We will make those DVD’s available for pick-up at the church on Monday or Tuesday between 9am and 4pm.  For those unable to pick-up, if requested, we will deliver a DVD. Please do not take a DVD if you have internet access.
  • Our Kids and Youth Pastors will be connecting with and providing devotional content to the children, youth and families involved in Trinity Kids and Trinity Youth.
  • The church will be uploading video announcements and devotions to the website and Facebook. Please “Like” and “Share” these posts because Facebook’s algorithms prioritize content by number of interactions… meaning “popular” content appears in news feeds more frequently.
  • Pastor Chris will be available for “phone” visits and prayer.  If there is an emergency, hospice situation, palliative care need, or death, Pastor Chris will attempt to make an in-person visit.  Please let the church office know of needs @ 812-944-2229.  If after hours or if you are unable to contact the church office, please call Pastor Chris on his cell @ 812-568-80545
  • As the church is dependent on the generosity and faithfulness of God’s people to financially support its ministry. Please continue to give as you are able by either mailing in your tithe/offering or giving online via the “give” link in the upper right hand corner of the home page (org). While we do pay a fee, giving online may be the best solution as it goes directly into the church’s account and does not have to be “handled” by counters or physically taken to the bank for deposit.  Thus, limiting person-to-person contact during this time.
  • Leaders of ministries, teams, classes and groups will be contacting participants and members in their circles to check-in, receive prayer requests and communicate information.
  • If you (or if you are aware of individuals who) have specific needs that you (or they) are unable to meet, please contact the church office @ 812-944-2229.
  • We are brainstorming about how to handle Holy Week and Easter. We will communicate those details as soon as we have them to share.
  • The church office will remain open to answer telephone calls, respond to inquiries and answer emails. The church office and all facilities will be closed to visitors during this time.

Crisis creates opportunity.  Even though we may not gather physically in our sanctuary on Sundays, the church is God’s people gathered in spirit and truth, and connected through common prayer. May we capture this opportunity to be the church, share good news, and be conduits of the hope we have found in Jesus Christ.  Please continue to approach this ever-changing situation from a posture of prayer, precaution and planning, rather than panic.  God is faithful.  Pray without ceasing.

Blessings,

Chris Neikirk
Senior Pastor, Trinity Church
812.944.2229 -http://www.trinityna.org


updated 03.17.20

Greetings Trinity Church family,

I shared with you last week that, “unfortunately, the entire situation is a “moving target” and we can only make the best decisions based the information we have at the time.” Well, it certainly keeps moving. The optimist in my thinks, “Much of this is an over-reaction and we should continue to live our lives without fear.” While the pragmatist and realist in me thinks, “We must make decisions that will attempt to protect the most vulnerable among us and those in high-risk categories from contracting what may be a potentially fatal illness.”
Yesterday, I received communication from Bishop Julius Trimble of the INUMC requesting all UM churches in Indiana suspend their regular worship services for four weeks. While I am not happy about the prospect of God’s people not gathering at Trinity Church to worship and pray, I believe we must comply. I do not like the decision. However, I understand why our Bishop made it and believe it was a decision at which he arrived after much prayer and wise counsel. Therefore, I fully support it.
All that being said, Trinity Church is suspending in-person worship services through Sunday, April 12, 2020. Additionally, with the exception of worship-related activities, all meetings and events sponsored by and/or hosted by Trinity Church are also suspended for the next four weeks. Yes, I realize that includes Easter Sunday and I am greatly disappointed because Holy Week and Easter worship are the highlight of my entire year. I want to remind you that the Church is God’s people united in prayer, worship and service, not a physical building. We will make every effort to provide a meaningful worship experience during this time, including Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
Over the next few days and weeks, your church staff and leaders will be researching, brainstorming and implementing initiatives that will minister to our people, connect people to each other and to God, celebrate God’s presence and power in the midst of challenging times, and encourage our church and our community to “lean into their faith” and lean on God. While it is not ideal, it is an opportunity for our faith to grow and our light to shine. Crisis creates opportunity and we must capture this opportunity to deepen our relationship with Jesus, share the love of Christ with a world experiencing panic, and spread the hope and peace that is only found in Jesus Christ.
It is not a time to offer empty platitudes nor preach a message of judgment. If there is anything this crisis can teach us, it is that our world is desperate for hope and is looking for the person or organization who can bring order to their chaos. Many believe that hope and order can only come from a government or stock market. As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world and only God can bring order to our chaos. We believe that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Meaning God knows everything, God is everywhere, and God’s power is without limit. If you are struggling to believe that and live out those truths, please pray for God to make himself known unto you and unto the world.
If ever there was a time for the Church to rise up and share Good News and hope, it is now! We will make every effort to continue the ministry to which we have been called. Please be on the lookout for additional emails and other forms of communication offering the logistical and practical parts of the Ministry of Trinity Church during this time. In the meantime, be a good neighbor and share hope.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“Who is this man, even the wind and the waves obey him?” (Matthew 8:27)
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)

Blessings,

Chris Neikirk
Senior Pastor, Trinity Church
812.944.2229 -http://www.trinityna.org

 

Greetings Trinity Church family,

The COVID-19 outbreak has been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As additional testing and research is conducted, we are receiving updates and information on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Unfortunately, the entire situation is a “moving target” and we can only make the best decisions based the information we have at the time

Below you will find our church’s proactive response regarding policies at Trinity Church. You will read that as of today, we will continue with regularly-scheduled worship services. Staff and church members with any listed symptoms should not come to work or worship. We will serve Holy Communion, but in a “safer and “more sanitary” way. We will not serve snacks in the Narthex/Lobby because we cannot control how home-made items are prepared nor can we control the level of cleanliness of “hands” grabbing snacks. Additionally, groups larger than 40 are strongly encouraged to consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling events/meetings. Should additional recommendations or information be received that facilitates a change to the attached policies, we will make every effort to communicate those changes effectively and efficiently.

That is the “practical” and “logistical” response. Now for a pastoral response. Take heart, do not fear, take care of yourself, and take care of your “neighbor.” If ever there was a time to pray and cry out to God, it is now. If ever there was a time to worship, it is now. If ever there was a time to “lean into” your faith and lean on God, it is now. If ever there was a time to “be the church” and share compassion, grace and hope, it is now. I will not offer hollow platitudes or attempt to minimize the severity of this outbreak and its impact on the health of our community, church, and families as well as the impact on the financial resources of our economy and more specifically, our people. What I can offer is this: God is faithful. God is present. God is able. And, God continues to inhabit the hearts, minds and praises of his people. So, if you determine that it is in your best interest to refrain from attending worship, please do not refrain from worshiping God in your homes and in your hearts and please continue to pray without ceasing.

Specifically, pray for:

  • Those persons affected by COVID-19.
  • Doctors, nurses, technicians and first-responders who are interacting with and treating infected persons.
  • Scientists and researchers who are working diligently to better understand the virus and develop a cure and/or vaccine.
  • Those persons who are anxious and fearful about COVID-19 and economic uncertainty.
  • Local, state, national and international leaders who are having to make decisions for large groups of people.
  • Your pastor and your church, other pastors and church leaders, all of whom are making decisions and attempting to communicate effectively and offer hope in the midst of uncertainty.
  • Lastly, pray for yourself. Pray that God will strengthen and protect you and your family as well as provide opportunities to share hope, grace, and peace and be a good neighbor to those in need.

Please share this information with anyone in your circles whom you believe would not have received this information. Copies will be available in the church office and in the Narthex/Lobby.

Please contact the church office at (812) 944-2229 should you have questions regarding these policies or regarding the potential cancellation of meetings or events.

Blessings,
Chris Neikirk
Senior Pastor, Trinity Church
812.944.2229 -http://www.trinityna.org

Trinity Church Policies Concerning COVID-19

Drawing from information communicated through government, INUMC, and the CDC, in an effort to be proactive, church leadership has determined that Trinity should implement precautionary measures associated with worship, meetings and gatherings. The CDC and others are working diligently to determine more about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and make recommendations regarding containment and limiting the spread of the virus. As with most viruses, the elderly and those with compromised health conditions are at greater risk for contracting the virus and greater risk of complications associated with the symptoms.

Effective immediately:

  • At this time, all regularly scheduled worship services will continue.
  • Any staff member with a temperature above 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, aches, chills, vomiting, sneezing, etc. (unrelated to allergies) is not to come to work.
  • Any church member with the above symptoms should not attend worship services, meetings or other church events and should contact their doctor for instructions.
  • Staff and church members are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom or prior to handling food.
  • Staff and church members are to wash hands upon arrival after being outside of the church.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently; with a limited supply available, please bring your own to worship.
  • Cough and sneeze into elbow.
  • Refrain from touching mouth, nose, eyes, face, etc.
  • Staff and church members are to avoid shaking hands and limit all personal contact.
  • Any staff member or church member who has experienced the above symptoms within the last two weeks should not attend worship services, meetings or other events at the church.
  • Staff is encouraged to use disinfecting wipes to wipe off frequently touched surfaces (faucets, light switches, toilet flushers, door knobs/handles, handrails, refrigerator door handle, etc.)
  • We will continue to serve Holy Communion. However, we will no longer offer a common loaf and common cup. Instead, an individual who has followed proper hand-washing procedures and wearing sanitary latex gloves will prepare pre-cubed bread and individual cups of juice.
  • With the exception of regularly scheduled worship services, all group and ministry leaders are encouraged to evaluate the necessity of gatherings larger than 20 and reschedule, postpone, or cancel said events or gatherings.
  • Hospital and nursing home visits will be limited to those individuals in hospice or palliative care as well as emergencies.

Should additional precautionary measures be recommended by the CDC or state/national government, Trinity Church leadership will implement additional precautionary measures as necessary and will attempt to communicate any changes effectively and efficiently.

For additional information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm
https://www.inumc.org/bishop/coronavirus-leaders-churches/