LEADING PEOPLE INTO A GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST

Sunday Morning Gathering:

Adult Fellowship/Sunday School - 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service - 10:00 a.m.
Impact Youth Ministry - 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday:
Adult Bible Study - 6:30 p.m.
Impact Youth Devotions - 6:30 p.m.

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Sermon Series

Pastor Steve Cope

IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE and streaming online (Facebook)

  • August 1 - Celebrating the Lord's Supper
    Scripture:  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; 3:1-5 
    Message:  "Nothing But the Truth - part 2 "

  • July 25
    Scripture:  2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 
    Message:  "Nothing But the Truth - part 1"

  • July 18
    Scripture:  Romans 8:31-39 
    Message:  "Nothing"

  • July 11
    Scripture:  Exodus 20:4-6; Ezekiel 14:4-5; Psalm 135:15-17; Psalm 34:17 
    Message:  "Idol Thoughts"

  • July 4
    Scripture:  Psalm 33:12; Psalm 9:17; John 15:5; Romans 11:17 
    Message:  "A Declaration of Dependence"

  • June 27 - Guest Speakers Tim and Stacy Reese, endorsed missionaries to the Dominican Republic

  • June 20
    Scripture:  2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 4:15-16, 11:1; Psalm 15  
    Message:  "Duct Tape Dad"

  • June 13
    Scripture:  Philippians 2:8; Isaiah 55:6-9; Romans 9:20-21; Luke 9:23-24 
    Message:  "Who's In Control?"

Join us every Sunday to hear God’s Word, offer our praise through music, and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

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Bible Study

Don't forget, our next Bible study starts Wednesday, 4/14 at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bill Kerr will lead us in a study of "Growing to Be Like Christ."
If you are interested in the study guide, it seems to be available only in eBook form at this time. (It is not necessary to have the study guide to participate in the Bible study.) If you wish, you can purchase and download it to your tablet or phone from online sources like Amazon, Christianbook, and Barnes and Noble.

Baby/child dedication postponed until February 7

The baby/child dedication scheduled for January 31 has been postponed until Sunday, February 7. 

Baby and Child Dedication - Sunday, January 31

Please let Pastor Steve know if you would like to have your child dedicated. (There is no age limit.)

Christmas Isn't Cancelled!

We love the traditions that come with Christmas. That’s why we do them every year. They draw us closer to each other and fix our eyes on Jesus.

But this year we have to figure out how to do the holidays with coronavirus on the guest list. That includes our church adjusting our traditions to make it safer for our church family.

Many people have health concerns that make COVID-19 more dangerous to them, and many are related to someone they want to protect. We get that and totally understand and support your decisions. We also know that state restrictions could possibly get crazier.
Unfortunately, many of our church’s holiday traditions are too crowded to work this year. We know that many of you will feel disappointed that the yearly tradition you enjoy is cancelled.

However, there are still a couple of opportunities that we feel we can do safely.

Monday, December 21st, Tuesday, December 22nd, and Wednesday, December 23rd, 6-8 p.m.: Live Nativity!

Stop by the front driveway of the church to experience the old-fashioned tradition of an outdoor Nativity scene with shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph portrayed by members of the congregation. It is a gift to the community, so invite your friends and neighbors to come by and visit! We still need “cast members” to participate each evening. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Susan Nicholson.

Thursday, December 24th , 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service

Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.! Worship with scripture readings and traditional carols, a devotional message and candles lit to proclaim the birth of our Savior. Invite your family and friends to join you at this beautiful family service to welcome in Christmas!

(We will be continuing to adjust to pandemic protocols and the church will be prepared appropriately. During the service, we will practice social distancing and strongly request that everyone wear a face covering.)

No matter what happens with the coronavirus, what will not be lost is the message of Advent and the telling of the Christmas Story as long as we keep Christ in our celebrations!

Church Reopening! Sunday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.

It's been a full three months now since our church has gathered for worship! And most of us were ready to be back together yesterday. We miss the congregational singing and the joy if friends and families worshiping and fellowshipping together in the church building.

You may not remember what happened in the spring of 2016 or 2018, but you'll probably never forget what has happened during the spring of 2020! The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything about our daily lives, and the changes are still not over. Like you, we're ready for things to return back to something approaching normal, even though we recognize that each step takes wisdom, caution, and patience. In the midst of it all, God reminds us that He leads us through the wilderness into the new things He has for us.

In the last several weeks, Pastor Steve and your Church Council have been praying for God's direction and preparing for the reopening of our church building for Sunday worship services. Today, we are thankful to share our upcoming Sunday morning plans with you. 

Based on prayer, consulting expert opinions, and watching the current local trends, the Church Council has unanimously recommended that we reopen the church building for worship on Sunday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m., as long as we are able to complete our preparations to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

For those of you who are not yet ready to return, we just want to reassure you that WE UNDERSTAND! We know that some of you may have health issues or just a concern about not coming back until you feel more comfortable with the situation. That's OK!

As excited as we are about being able to gather together again, the main concern is to keep people safe and healthy and to minimize risks, while still gathering us together as the body of Christ.

Things will be different. Let us say that again: Things will be different. 

A couple of things you will notice right away:

  • We STRONGLY request that both adults and children with any signs of sickness please STAY HOME.
  • We are going to start off temporarily with just one worship service at 10:00 a.m., until our attendance recovers to support our normal two services.
  • We will be STRONGLY encouraging everyone to wear masks (we will have sanitizing stations with hand sanitizer and masks for those who didn't bring their own set up at each entrance). Even if you don't feel you are at risk yourself, we are requesting you wear a mask to protect others from potential asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
  • As much as you want to see each other and socialize, we request that upon entering the building, you proceed directly into the sanctuary and sit in the pews as indicated - please no loitering or close greeting in the lobby/narthex area.
  • The pews will be marked for appropriate social distancing. Please sit together as family units (no mixing please), and only sit where indicated.
  • All worship services will be for the entire family. We will temporarily suspend nursery care, children's Sunday School and Children's Church. Please keep your children with you in the sanctuary. It's OK, really! We all are able to handle some fidgeting and a little noise - we were all kids once too!
  • We will not engage in corporate singing for a while - studies and real-life examples have shown that airborne droplets travel extremely far when singing. We will utilize individual singers and special music to help us draw closer to the Lord in worship.
  • Other aspects of our order of worship will be changed.
  • We will offer our worship service live online for those who are not yet ready to return, and for those who are ill or traveling. We also encourage everyone who is considered part of a vulnerable population or who is not yet comfortable coming to an in-person worship service to continue worshiping with us online.

We have clear guidelines for extra precautions as well as some procedural changes to our in-person services, to do our best to ensure that everyone remains healthy. We have a detailed "Reopening Preparation/Procedure" document that Pastor Steve and the Council have developed to manage our reopening process. We will be providing a link to the document soon so that people will know the steps we are taking to make sure we do our best to keep everyone safe and healthy.

If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to contact Pastor Steve.

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK - SUNDAY, 3/22, 9:00 a.m.

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Hopefully, we will be able to join together for an on-line worship experience Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. In other words, we are not canceling Worship, but we are gathering “long distance.”

Please come back here to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TrinityBaptistChurchNorthCanton/) to watch and participate from home. We will be using Facebook LiveStream, so all you would need is your smart phone, or a computer, or your smart TV with internet access to watch and participate. If you can’t join us online at 9:00 a.m., the service will remain posted to view when you are able. We will truly miss your presence in the church building but are blessed to interact and worship digitally with many of you.

This is an unprecedented situation, both in that it is necessary, and also in that we have never done a Livestream service before. So we may encounter some glitches or issues as we learn together - please view with grace (and possibly humor), and allow us some slack as we work through the process.

A few thoughts:

* The Livestream will begin at 9:00 a.m., tomorrow - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - and can be found on Trinity's Facebook page.

* We will begin with a time of worshiping through song, and our Praise Band will lead us.

* We will have our "Prayer and Praises" time during the worship. If you have a praise or a prayer concern for us to include, please text them to my cell phone no later than 8:15 a.m. so that I can include them.

* Encourage your family and friends to gather with us and be a part of worshiping our living Lord. Maybe someone will watch and participate who would not do so normally, and this can be an opportunity for you to witness and share the truth and hope found only in Jesus Christ.

* Just like normal Facebook posts, you can make comments during the service which will be visible to all of those watching. I encourage you to throw in an “Amen” or two, "good point" or "what does he mean by that?" where it might be appropriate. (If you are planning to heckle, I prefer that you do so in person.)

* Also, your ongoing giving to the church is very appreciated. Please continue to send God's tithes and your offerings to the church address (mark your outer envelope “Attn: Financial Secretary” so it will go straight into the safe).

With so many church doors shutting across America, it is time for us to show that the church has never been about the building. WE are the church!

Be safe, be blessed, and bless others. Please utilize this time for increased spiritual activity such as prayer, Bible study, and connecting with others by phone or social media. Especially take time to check in with our older members and family just to make sure that they are doing OK, and to see if they need anything. And we should all prayerfully show our neighbors love and kindness, and promote hope in the world which is through Jesus Christ.

While we are working to adapt in this time of crisis, I am looking forward to the day that we will gather again face to face and hand in hand to Worship our Lord Jesus Christ!

Blessings, grace and peace,

Pastor Steve

Please share this information with any of our members or guests who may not receive this email. If you are not sure, then reach out to them anyway.

Coronavirus concerns

**UPDATE:  MARCH 19, 2020**
After prayerful consideration and multiple discussions, I have decided to cancel our in-person Sunday morning church services and most church activities for at least the next two weeks. Please watch our Facebook page 
(https://www.facebook.com/TrinityBaptistChurchNorthCanton/) for more up-to-date information.

Pastor Steve 
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I would like to address what so many of us are watching in the news. By this time, many of you are tired of hearing all of the media reports about the coronavirus COVID-19. I know I am! But COVID-19 continues to make an impact in the world, our nation, even the state of Ohio and Stark County; not just through the infections, but by the worry and anxiety it may be causing. Sporting events, school concerts, in-person college classes, the Home and Garden Show, and even our own ABC/Ohio Leadership Conference scheduled for the end of the month have been canceled.

Whether or not you believe that the media is over-reacting or just being prudent and “better safe than sorry,” at Trinity Baptist Church your safety and your health are very important to us. While we are NOT canceling any services or events as of today, March 12, we encourage everyone to use safe health practices (not just now, but all the time!). We are a very warm congregation, usually greeting each other with a smile and a handshake or a hug. For the time being, how about a smile and a wave or an elbow-bump? Also, we normally have hand sanitizer located in the restrooms and at the back of the sanctuary, and we encourage you to take advantage of it. The reason that we are even addressing this is because we want you to feel safe at Trinity Baptist Church.

I know so many people right now are stricken with fear, worry, and anxiety. I want to remind you that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7) The Church of Jesus Christ should be a place that is speaking HOPE in the midst of storms. As the people of Trinity Baptist Church, we will continue to pray for God to bring about solutions to this illness, we will pray for the leaders that are making decisions, and we will pray for God to bring about good out of this situation.

You and your family need to use discernment regarding your health. We here at Trinity stand ready to support each of our family members in any way that we can to help you get through this trying time. 

Pastor Steve

Chili Cook-Off - Saturday, February 22 @ 6:00 p.m.

Get out your favorite chili recipe and enter it into our Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. We will also have tossed salad, dessert, some chicken noodle soup and beverages. Last year’s winner was David Metheney. Who will it be this year?
Bring along your favorite board or card game and have some fun after we crown our winner. This is a fun event! Invite your friends!

February 16, February 23, March 1: “The Gospel According to Mr. Rogers”

On February 16, we will begin a new three-week sermon series, “The Gospel According to Mr. Rogers.” Many of you may already be aware that Fred Rogers was in fact an ordained Presbyterian minister. He treated all people with genuine care and respect on and off camera, and was careful to tell his viewers that they were special during every episode. For over 30 years his television show offered a significant ministry to children that focused on basic principles of the Christian faith: forgiveness, kindness, compassion and respect. So hop aboard the trolley and join us for a ride through the neighborhood as we delve further into the spirituality of Fred Rogers as it intersects with the teachings of Jesus and how we can apply these lessons to our lives today.
(During this series, I will be referencing Amy Hollingsworth’s book The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers and the book, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King.)