Coronavirus Update

Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Wednesday, July 1
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Member,

This Sunday, July 5, our church building will be open for worshippers to attend in person per the guidelines from our State and local authorities.  We will have one Livestreamed worship service only at 8:30 AM.  Masks will be required for all attendees at all times and temperatures will be taken before entering the building.  No exceptions.  We ask everyone to review this communication thoroughly before deciding about attending worship in person.  The church has been cleaned per the CDC guidelines and the staff and volunteers have been screened.  If you do attend in person, please help us maintain an orderly, safe, and worshipful environment by following these instructions.  Our collective cooperation and self-discipline are two of the most important components to help us moving forward.

I want to stress as well that this plan is subject to modification or cancellation at any moment depending on the ever-changing circumstances.

We encourage you to make the decision that is best for you and your family

  • Our Lord teaches us, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and love your neighbor as yourself.” It is up to you to determine best how to live out the words of Christ in this situation.
  • There is nothing wrong, immoral, or sinful in a decision to worship virtually when your safety and the safety of others is at stake. You should NOT feel guilty or conscience bound to attend in person if you feel it is in your best interest, the interest of others, or is necessary as part of your civic duty in obedience to God.
  • While we are permitted to gather for worship now, we are not encouraging nor suggesting everyone needs to do so. We sincerely urge each person to take the best precautions you can for your own health and safety.  This is especially true if you are in the high-risk category.
  • If you are medically at risk or concerned about other family members that could be affected, we recommend caution and perhaps waiting a bit longer before returning.
  • If you have experienced COVID related symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle aches) or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please do not attend worship.
  • If you do decide to attend, please self-check temperature and ascertain that no one’s temperature in your group is above 100.4 Fahrenheit degrees before choosing to come.
  • Livestream broadcast (8:30) and radio rebroadcast (11:00) will still be provided for those remaining at home. 

CDC Guidelines for Personal Safety, the Alabama Safer at Home Order, and the Mayor’s Mask Order are still in effect

Please remember that these guidelines are still in effect for each of us:

  • Face coveringsare required for all attendees at all times by the Executive Order issued by the Mayor, effective June 19, 2020.  Therefore, attendees must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect things you touch, and do not touch what you do not have to.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Practice good etiquette when coughing/sneezing.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid large groups.

Given these guidelines and those from our Mayor and Governor, what will the worship service be like?

  • We will have one Livestreamed worship service only at 8:30 AM. After the service is over, it will be available as a recording on the Church’s Youtube.  The service will be re-broadcast on the radio at 11:00.
  • Those wishing to attend in-person will need to make worship and childcare reservations by going here. Space is limited to meet social distancing requirements.  Worshippers will sit by family group and capacity will be a function of the size of those family groups.  Once the Sanctuary is full, worshippers will be directed to Trinity Hall.
  • There will be only one entrance available for worship in the Sanctuary – the front, main entrance to the Sanctuary.
  • All attendees will be required to wear masks in accordance with the city order on June 19. Those not complying with the mask order will not be allowed in for worship
  • All attendees will be required to have their temperature taken before entering worship. Those with temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed in for worship.
  • There will be no Sunday School or Small Groups on-campus. Sunday School classes are encouraged to make plans that best suits their members.  There is no set time for classes to meet.
  • No Children’s Church
  • No Choir
  • No Coffee, beverage, or food
  • All hymnals and other materials from pew racks have been removed.
  • Single use bulletins with words of hymns and any responses printed in them will be placed on the pews prior to the service. Please take all used personal items (bulletin, gloves, mask) with you as leave.
  • We will also broadcast the service outside the Sanctuary for those who wish to worship on the lawn, weather permitting.
  • Please try to arrive a bit early so that we can seat everyone in a timely manner. You will be seated and dismissed by the Ushers starting at the front of the Sanctuary. The ushers will dismiss the congregation in the opposite order.  Our organist will begin playing an instrumental Prelude at 8:15 AM.
  • Seating will be on every other pew which gives the needed six-foot distancing. Couples and families are not expected to have 6 feet between each person.  Please keep at least two empty seats or six feet of separation between parties on a row (unless family).
  • Doors will be propped open so that handles are not needed for opening.
  • Spray hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Before and after the service, please do not gather and socialize inside the building, even though the habit will be hard to limit. Social distancing is still in effect on campus.
  • Please be understanding and cooperative if the Sanctuary reaches capacity and you are not able to worship in the Sanctuary. If the Sanctuary fills to the safe capacity, please use Trinity Hall for overflow worship.  The same protocol will be in place in that room.
  • Offering plates will not be passed but will be available at the exits.

Regardless of your decision, please exercise charity and grace toward others whose decisions and personal protocol differ from your own.  It is precisely because there is no “one size fits all” solution that we have chosen the path of providing options for people and letting them make the decision that best fits them.

Other notes for this Sunday, July 5:

  • The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.
  • You can always give to the church online by going to trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available for this Sunday, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  This will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Overview: 1-2 Kings | The Bible Project

1 Kings 19 | The Still, Small Voice | Tim Keller

Thank you for your cooperative and unified attitude you have shown during this unusual season.  Returning to “normal” church activities will be more of a process than an event.  We are hopeful that as the weeks progress we will be able to return gradually to a more normalized life in every way, including as a church family.  To that end, we will continue to monitor the conditions and standards and adjust as necessary.

With much love and indebtedness,
Claude McRoberts III


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday, June 27
12:00 PM

Dear Friends,

For the first time in many weeks (as of this writing) there is actually some good news to share.  Since June 15, the number of new cases in Montgomery has been steadily declining.  This is not the sole determining factor that will change public policy or our plans, but this is certainly good news and the kind of news we have been hoping and praying to see.

Our Guidance Team will meet again early next week to update our plans.  Please pray that this trend will continue.  I assure you that it is the leadership’s goal to offer in person worship services as soon as it is deemed safe and feasible to do so.

For this Sunday, June 28, we will continue to worship virtually.  We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Several adult classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Spiritual Warfare, Ephesians 6, Tim Keller
https://youtu.be/JcPlfM7w-ZE

Spiritual Disciplines, Isaiah 58, Russ Whitfield
https://m.soundcloud.com/grace-mosaic/for-the-life-of-the-world

I know many are suffering right now, and my heart truly breaks for that.  Remember that Christ waits to live His life through each of us no matter what we face.  To that end, I will close with this simple prayer that helps me to rightly order my heart to receive Christ’s life in exchange for my brokenness:

Dear Lord and savior Jesus Christ: I hold up all my weakness to Your strength, my failure to Your faithfulness, my sinfulness to Your perfection, my loneliness to Your compassion, my little pains to Your great agony on the cross.  I pray that You will cleanse me, strengthen me, guide me, so that in all ways my life may be lived as You would have lived it, without cowardice and for You alone.  Show me how to live in true humility, true contrition, and true love.  Amen.

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday, June 20
12:00 PM

Dear Friends,

Numbers for Montgomery have continued to be bad.  In the past week, Montgomery has now become the city with the most cases in the state, and our Mayor has issued a mandatory mask order.

As I said in my email on Wednesday, we will continue with remote worship for June 21 and 28, but we will keep monitoring conditions daily and adjust as needed.

We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Philemon Bible Project Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW9Q3Jt6Yvk

Tim Keller | Boasting in Nothing Except the Cross | Galatians 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyoqvoX-b-w

I will close with some of my favorite prayers for healing…of all sorts…in the hopes they will help direct your own heart, as they have mine, to God in prayer.

Prayer for Healing
God of mercy, hear our prayer for ourselves, and for our families and friends who live with the struggles of illness, setbacks, confusion, suffering, and the pain of loss. We ask for strength for today, courage for tomorrow, and peace for the past. We ask these things in the name of Christ, who shares our life in joy and sorrow, death and new birth, despair and promise. Amen.

Prayer for Healing
Father, mend us and make us better than we could be without You. Take those things that are broken in our lives and visit us with Your healing. And help us to use the strength we receive in Your service, to Your glory!  Amen.

Litany for Healing

God the Father, Your will for Your people is life and salvation;
We praise You and thank You, O Lord.
God the Son, You came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly;
We praise You and thank You, O Lord.
God the Holy Spirit, You make our bodies the temple of Your presence;
We praise You and thank You, O Lord.
Holy Trinity, one God, in You we live and move and have our being;
We praise You and thank You, O Lord.
Lord, grant Your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Grant to all who seek Your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, knowledge of Your will and an awareness of Your presence;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Grant to the dying, peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of Your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;
Hear us, O Lord of life.
You are the Lord who does wonders; with You all things are possible:
You have declared Your power among the peoples.
With You, O Lord, is the well of life:
And in Your light we see light.
Hear us, O Lord of life:
Heal us, and make us whole.

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Wednesday, June 17
4:00 PM

Dear Friends,

I want to give you an update on the latest plans regarding worship and our plans for resuming in-person worship services.  Before I do that, I’d like to mention a few other things.

First, I want you to know that although we are not able to have in-person worship services, that does not mean that our church is closed or that our church is idle.  On the contrary!  Our pastoral staff has been very busy contacting our people by phone, particularly those considered high risk.  In person visitations are not allowed in hospitals and assisted living facilities, of course, but that has not stopped all of our care staff and volunteers from reaching out to our people.  And I am sure that there are countless cases of spontaneous care and love that has been shown through our people to neighbors, friends, co-workers, and others that may have need.  God has been at work through his people!

Our Sunday School classes and many small group studies have continued to meet through online means…so much so that many of us are now experiencing “zoom fatigue”…but we are so grateful that we have the technology to stay in touch and minister virtually.  Our youth have been active in safe ways that are allowed on a voluntary basis.  In fact, right now they are completing a scavenger hunt that was set up by our great youth staff and summer interns.  Our children are getting ready for some great activities, too!  Although we had to cancel VBS, our children are being invited to a father/son fishing outing, Art with Barb, and their very own scavenger hunt as well. 

There are so many more things I could mention, but I mention this only to say: we are not closed!  As the church of Jesus Christ, we are continuing on in His power and creativity to take the good news of Jesus to the world and to makes disciples in His name!  I am so proud of our great staff and all our volunteers who have worked so hard to keep things going over these last three months.

I especially want to thank Mike Hogg and our Audio/Visual Team (Wiely Boswell, Charles Harris, Lee Liles, John David Giles, and Whit Hamiliton) for making sure our services are broadcast each week.  They are doing an outstanding job and we are so grateful for their dedicated hard work.

Throughout all of this, you have been so generous and faithful in your giving.

Second, resuming in-person worship services is the top priority, but we want to do that safely and responsibly and in submission to our authorities if possible.  Our task force meets regularly and monitors the information daily.  When they meet, the top priority is resuming in-person worship services. 

Third, I want to remind you of something I know you already know.  We are separated from in-person worship services, but that does not mean we cannot worship God together.  Worship is not tied to any sacred space, the sacred space that God occupies is our hearts.  Worship is not tied to a building, God’s people are the house and dwelling of God.  Jesus teaches us that true worshippers worship Him in spirit and in truth, not through gong to a “sacred space.” I know that worship remotely is difficult and that nothing can replace our worship together.  But don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.  All of God is available to us all of the time.  And it is certainly better that we worship together; but for a season longer, we must stay apart.

For the next two Sundays, June 21 and 28, we will continue to worship remotely.  We will monitor conditions daily and will adjust accordingly.  Thank you, again, for your patience and support.  Please pray for all of those serving on the front lines and all of those in decision making positions. 

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday – June 13, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Friends,

What a week.

Numbers for Montgomery have not improved and the news has not been encouraging: https://www.wsfa.com/2020/06/09/montgomery-covid-cases-alarming-hospital-association/

In addition, our nation is hurting, angry, confused, and suffering.

We are broken, and we live among brokenness (Isaiah 6:5).  I know that many of you are hurt, frustrated, angry, and, like me, ready for the darkness to lift.

Many people have highlighted the work of those on the frontlines, those who, when brokenness “happens” they run toward the brokenness, not away from it.  I am encouraged by those that I see all over our city, nation, and the world who are running toward the brokenness to bring healing, even if it means that they suffer as a result, even it means they are hit by friendly fire.

These dear people are reflecting the One who “did not equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself” and ran into our brokenness and the brokenness of the world (Philippians 2:6-8) in order to being healing and wholeness.  Jesus Christ is the One who left the heights of heaven and, running toward brokenness filled with holy fire, went to the far reaches of our sin and brokenness that He might heal it all.

Even now, He stands in the midst of all this brokenness, yours and mine and the world’s, and bids us come to Him.  Because He defeated it all He can heal it all.  He stands among us as the risen and victorious Christ whose wounds are still open – ready to receive our brokenness so that we might be healed.  It’s our only hope.  Look to the One whose wounds can heal.  Alleluia!  He is here!

  • For this Sunday, June 14, we will continue with our virtual only worship services.
  • We will continue to closely monitor conditions next week and communicate with you as soon as plans are made for future services.

We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.

 Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/content/series/287526
The Book of Colossians by Rev. Louie Giglio (Eight 12-minute sessions)

http://tapesfromscotland.org/Audio3/3925.mp3
Ephesians 2:11-22 by Rev. Sinclair Ferguson

“Send out Your light and Your truth that they may lead me and bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling” (Psalm 43:3).

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Friday – May 15, 2020
6:30 PM

Dear Trinity Member,

In the last couple of days our leadership team, like many of you, has been keeping abreast of the surge in Montgomery County COVID-19 cases and the impact this is having on local hospitals.  As of this writing, Montgomery County is second only to Mobile in new COVID cases.

Based on this new information, we have made the decision NOT to hold in person worship this Sunday.  We will continue to worship virtually as we have done since March 15.

We are making this decision out of concern for our church members as well as for our community. While we are all very much eager to resume in person worship, we also realize that this temporary inconvenience must continue for a little while longer if for no other reason than as an act of love and support for those suffering in our community.

Other notes for this Sunday, May 17:

  • We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream at 11:00 AM. The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.
  • You can always give to the church online by going to trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available for this Sunday, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

The Burden of Religion by David Jackman on Isaiah 46-47

God Will Give You Strength by H. B. Charles on Isaiah 40

The Anticipated Servant by Brian Habig on Isaiah 49:1-6

Thank you for your cooperative and unified attitude you have shown during this unusual season.  Returning to “normal” church activities will be more of a process than an event.  We are hopeful that as the weeks progress we will be able to return gradually to a more normalized life in every way, including as a church family.  To that end, we will continue to monitor the conditions and standards and adjust as necessary.

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Wednesday – May 13, 2020
10:00 AM

Dear Trinity Member,

This Sunday, May 17, our church building will be open for worshippers to attend in person per the guidelines from our State and local authorities.  We ask everyone to review this communication thoroughly before deciding about attending worship in person.  The church has been cleaned per the CDC guidelines and the staff and volunteers have been screened.  If you do attend in person, please help us maintain an orderly, safe, and worshipful environment by following these instructions.  Our collective cooperation and self-discipline are two of the most important components to help us moving forward.

We encourage you to make the decision that is best for you and your family

  • While we are permitted to gather for worship now, we are not encouraging nor suggesting everyone needs to do so. We sincerely urge each person to take the best precautions you can for your own health and safety.  This is especially true if you are in the high-risk category.
  • If you are medically at risk or concerned about other family members that could be affected, we recommend caution and perhaps waiting a bit longer before returning.
  • If you do decide to attend, please self-check temperature and ascertain that no one’s temperature is above 99 degrees before choosing to come.
  • Livestream broadcast and radio will still be provided for those remaining at home.

 CDC Guidelines for Personal Safety are still in effect

Please remember that these CDC guidelines are still in effect for each of us when we go out. They recommend the following:

  • Always wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect things you touch, and do not touch what you do not have to.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Practice good etiquette when coughing/sneezing.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid large groups.

Given these guidelines and those from our Governor, what will the worship service be like?

  • We will have one worship service only at 11:00.
  • There will be no Sunday School or Small Groups on-campus. Sunday School classes are encouraged to make plans that best suits their members.  There is no set time for classes to meet.
  • No Nursery or Children’s Church
  • No Choir
  • No Coffee or food
  • No Evening Worship
  • No Midweek activities
  • No Prayer Breakfast
  • All hymnals and other materials from pew racks will be removed.
  • We will use single-use bulletins with words of hymns and any responses printed. The bulletins will be placed on the pews prior to the service.  Please take all used personal items (bulletin, gloves, mask) with you as leave.
  • Masks are not required, but are encouraged (especially when singing). You will need to supply your own mask.  Staff and volunteers (except for worship leaders) will be masked and gloved.
  • There will be four spaces available for worship:
    • The Sanctuary – please enter though the main entrance
    • Trinity Hall (Livestreamed) – Please enter under the Porte Cochere
    • The Westminster Room (Livestreamed) – Please enter by the playground. This room will be available for those who want a low risk environment.  Masks will be required for those worshipping in the Westminster Room.
    • Outside Front Lawn – We will also broadcast the radio broadcast outside the Sanctuary for those who wish to worship on the lawn, weather permitting.
  • Please try to arrive a bit early so that we can seat everyone in a timely manner. You will be seated and dismissed by the Ushers starting at the front of the Sanctuary. The ushers will dismiss the congregation in the opposite order.  Our organist will begin playing an instrumental Prelude at 10:45 AM.
  • Seating will be on every other pew which gives the needed six-foot distancing. Couples and families certainly are not expected to have 6 feet between each person. Please keep at least two empty seats or six feet of separation between parties on a row (unless family).
  • Doors will be propped open so that handles are not needed for opening.
  • Spray hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Before and after the service, please do not gather and socialize inside the building, even though the habit will be hard to limit. Social distancing is still in effect on campus.
  • Please be understanding and cooperative if the Sanctuary reaches capacity and you are not able to worship in the Sanctuary. If the Sanctuary fills to the safe capacity, please use Trinity Hall for overflow worship.  The same protocol will be in place in that room.
  • Offering plates will not be passed but will be available at the exits.

Regardless of your decision, please exercise charity and grace toward others whose decisions and personal protocol differ from your own.  It is precisely because there is no “one size fits all” solution that we have chosen the path of providing options for people and letting them make the decision that best fits them.

Thank you for your cooperative and unified attitude you have shown during this unusual season.  Returning to “normal” church activities will be more of a process than an event.  We are hopeful that as the weeks progress we will be able to return gradually to a more normalized life in every way, including as a church family.  To that end, we will continue to monitor the conditions and standards and adjust as necessary.

Your Brother in Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Friday – May 8, 2020
2:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

On Friday, May 8, we received an amended public health order from the Governor.  This order will allow for the resuming of “in person” public worship services beginning Monday, May 11, under certain parameters.  Our COVID-19 Response Team has already been meeting in preparation for this moment.  We will be meeting over the next couple of days and finalizing our plans for re-opening worship services and will be communicating our plans as soon as we possibly can.

This does not affect our plans for this Sunday, May 10. We will continue this Sunday as we have since March and worship remotely.

Here is what we will continue to do for this Sunday, May 10:

  • We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM. The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.
  • You can always give to the church online by going to trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.
  • Many small groups and Bible studies are continuing to meet virtually and are encouraged to keep doing so.
  • Our ministry teams will continue to create and provide online opportunities for all (see below).
  • We will continue to hold out hope that our summer activities will be able to go on as planned. We are trying to wait until the latest possible moment before we cancel any event. So, unless otherwise stated, all summer activities are a “go.”

We will share more information as it becomes available via email, the website and other means (including our Phone Tree system).  To make sure you are current in your information with us and are getting all of the information we send out, visit www.trinitypca.org/update.  If there are multiple people in your household, please make sure they are signed as well.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available for this Sunday, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Praying Our Fears, by Tim Keller (Genesis 15 and Psalm 3)  Anxiety is a deep fear that threatens your sense of self. But we must obey Christ in times of hardship, and place our hope in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.

The Importance of Holiness, by RC Sproul (Isaiah 6)  A classic message.

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“Send out Your light and truth that they may lead me and bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.” Psalm 43:3

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Thursday – May 7, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

We are anticipating a new public health order from the Governor very soon.  Our COVID-19 Response Team is monitoring things closely.  As soon as things change, we will be sending out information about our worship services and what “coming back” will look like.  We are preparing for opening things up under several different scenarios.  We are also preparing for the reality that we may continue as we are for a while longer.

Here is what we will continue to do:

  • We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM. The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.
  • You can always give to the church online by going to trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.
  • Many small groups and Bible studies are continuing to meet virtually and are encouraged to keep doing so.
  • Our ministry teams will continue to create and provide online opportunities for all (see below).
  • We will continue to hold out hope that our summer activities will be able to go on as planned. We are trying to wait until the latest possible moment before we cancel any event. So, unless otherwise stated, all summer activities are a “go.”

We will share more information as it becomes available via email, the website and other means (including our Phone Tree system).  To make sure you are current in your information with us and are getting all of the information we send out, visit  www.trinitypca.org/update.  If there are multiple people in your household, please make sure they are signed as well.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available for this Sunday, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Praying Our Fears, by Tim Keller (Genesis 15 and Psalm 3)  Anxiety is a deep fear that threatens your sense of self. But we must obey Christ in times of hardship, and place our hope in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.

The Importance of Holiness, by RC Sproul (Isaiah 6)  A classic message.

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“Send out Your light and truth that they may lead me and bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.” Psalm 43:3

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday – May 2, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

Tuesday’s announcement from the Governor did not change things as far as our worship plans.  So, as I said last week:  until we have more information on what is permitted and what is not, our hands are tied and we will continue on as we are.  We are preparing, however, for opening things up under several different scenarios and trying to remain as flexible and agreeable as possible.  Our COVID-19 Response Team made up of Elders, Deacons, and Staff will continue to monitor things closely and keep you up to date as things progress.

Here is what we will continue to do:

  • We will continue to broadcast by radio on AM 1440 and Livestream 11:00 AM. The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.
  • You can always give to the church online by going to trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.
  • Many small groups and Bible studies are continuing to meet virtually and are encouraged to keep doing so.
  • Our ministry teams will continue to create and provide online opportunities for all (see below).

We will share more information as it becomes available.  Please pray for our leaders and all of those in decision making positions.

One change to note is that we have rescheduled VBS (Vacation Bible School) to July 20-24.  We believe this will give us the best opportunity to have a normal VBS for our children.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available for this Sunday, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

 Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually.  Otherwise, here are some recommendations from Rob Pendley:

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“Send out Your light and truth that they may lead me and bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.” Psalm 43:3

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday – April 25, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

We, like all of you, are monitoring closely the announcements from Washington and the Governor’s office regarding the possibility of “opening up.”  The current orders are in effect until April 30.  We, of course don’t know what will happen after that: things could be extended as they are, things could be opened up completely, or something in between (most likely).  Until we have more information on what is permitted and what is not, our hands are tied and we will continue on as we are.  We are preparing, however, for opening things up under several different scenarios and trying to remain as flexible and agreeable as possible.  Our goal is to return to “normal” as soon as it is possible and safe.  We do not want to cancel or postpone any of our plans so we will wait as long as is practical before deciding so that we will have the best, most up to date information.

We will continue to broadcast by radio and Livestream this Sunday at 11:00 AM, and  I hope you will be able to join us by radio on AM 1440 or by Livestream.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.  You can always give to the church online by going to www.trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving. Thank you to all of you who are continuing to give through this time.  As you know, there is a “business side” to the church and we have financial commitments that we want to keep.  This aspect of the church is dependent on “income” just like any business is, so thank you for making our operations possible.  Our leadership is doing a great job managing resources during this time.

Last Friday, some of our members took 90 meals to families in West Montgomery through cooperation with Mercy House.  We will continue to do that at least for two more weeks.  Thank you to the staff and volunteers who are making this happen! And thank you to many of our ladies who have been busy making masks for volunteers in the Montgomery area!

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

 Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually:

Cornerstone: David Stanley, jdstanleydent@yahoo.com

Disciples: Davis Smith, davis.h.smith@gmail.com  Or Franklin Johnson, johnson.franklinr@gmail.com

Living Waters: Tommy Bopp, tbopp@balkcomgroup.com

New Mercies: Jim Rives, jrives@ball-ball.com

Stakely: Joe Street, jmstreet98@gmail.com or  Pat Penton, pat36111@icloud.com

Steve Fox: Lewis Chapman, lewisc@chapmanortho.com

Nancy Guthrie interviews RTS professor Dr. Michael Kruger on Help Me Teach (or understand!) Romans 1-7

Nancy Guthrie interviews RTS professor Dr. Michael Kruger on  Help Me Teach (or understand!) Romans 8-16

Or shorter: Romans 1-7 or Romans 8-16

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“Send out Your light and truth that they may lead me and bring me to Your holy hill and to your dwelling.” Psalm 43:3

In Christ,
Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday – April 18, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

A blessed Eastertide to all of you!  He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

This past Holy Week was one we will all remember, I know.  I am so grateful that we were able to keep some semblance of normalcy through all of this change, and I want to especially thank all of those who made Holy Week possible. Laura Steiner and the Chancel Guild pulled off their normal wonders with the cross, the sanctuary, the lilies, and the flowers even through the challenges of the present unpleasantness. The AV team (Wiely Boswell, Charles Harris, Lee Liles) who showed up 7 times in 8 days to make the services available by livestream.  Musicians, readers, and soloists shared their gifts to minister the words of life to us. And there are others who do not come to mind right now…thank you to all of you!  Thank you to all of you who shared photos of your Easter with us…there is a highlight video linked below that I hope you will watch!

There is nothing to report by way of changes to our schedule.  I can tell you, however, that our staff and our leadership are making plans for us to return to worship and other activities as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  May is such a busy time at the church: Mothers Day, Communicants’ Profession of Faith, graduates, etc.  Not to mention June with Youth Choir Tour, VBS, and RYM.  What I can tell you is that we are monitoring things very closely. Our goal is to return to “normal” as soon as it is possible and safe.  We do not want to cancel or postpone any of these plans so we will wait as long as is practical before deciding so that we will have the best, most up to date information.

We will continue to broadcast by radio and Livestream this Sunday at 11:00 AM, and  I hope you will be able to join us by radio on AM 1440 or by Livestream.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.  You can always give to the church online by going to www.trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

If you want to volunteer, we want to make you aware of one opportunity that desperately needs volunteers. Remote Area Medical (RAM) is calling for volunteers to help at drive-thru COVID 19 testing sites.  They are in need of volunteers of all backgrounds and skill sets.All volunteers will be provided with personal protective equipment and will be trained.  If you are interested, please visit www.ramusa.org for more information including how you can sign up.

This Friday and for the next two Friday’s, we will be providing 90 meals to families in West Montgomery through cooperation with Mercy House.  Thank you to the staff and volunteers who are making this happen!  And thank you to many of our ladies who have been busy making masks for volunteers in the Montgomery area!

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Parents, you can go here for a video SS lesson, here for the Parent Page, and here for the Activity Sheet. This information and the Children’s bulletin are also posted on the website and under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

 Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classes or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually:

Cornerstone: David Stanley, jdstanleydent@yahoo.com

Disciples: Davis Smith, davis.h.smith@gmail.com  Or Franklin Johnson, johnson.franklinr@gmail.com

Living Waters: Tommy Bopp, tbopp@balkcomgroup.com

New Mercies: Jim Rives, jrives@ball-ball.com

Stakely: Joe Street, jmstreet98@gmail.com or  Pat Penton, pat36111@icloud.com

Steve Fox: Lewis Chapman, lewisc@chapmanortho.com

If you are looking for a video teaching for personal use this Sunday, perhaps take advantage of one of the following:

Colin Smith (MPhil, London School of Theology) is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Click here for his lesson from Isaiah 38 entitled Crisis: Facing the Unexpected.

Tim Keller, Peace in Times of Uncertainty

John Piper, Jesus is The Resurrection and The Life. https://youtu.be/G9ikbZE1_vs

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“O God, grant me more and more of the resurrection life: may it rule me, may I walk in its power, and be strengthened through its influence; through Jesus Christ our hope and our Lord. Amen.”

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday – April 11, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

Thank you to ALL OF YOU for your patience with us and this situation and for all of your encouraging words the last few weeks.  It is a bit like trying to build the airplane while you are flying it.  As you know, the information is changing all the time so we will continue to keep you updated via email, the website, and social media the best can.

Tomorrow (Sunday), we celebrate together our annual remembrance of our Lord’s resurrection.  With it we celebrate our new life in Him, our hope, our forgiveness of sins, and our victory over death…all accomplished through HIS resurrection.  “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”

This Easter, it is good for us to remember that, for the Christian, our best days are always in front of us…never behind us, and Christ’s resurrection ensures this.  As the Puritan Richard Sibbes wrote:

“God reserves the best for the last. God’s last works are his best works. The new heaven and the new earth are the best. A Christian’s last is his best. Every day they live, they may think, ‘my best is yet to come.’ Every day they rise, they may think, ‘I am nearer heaven than I was yesterday. I am nearer death, and therefore nearer to Christ.’ What a solace this is to a gracious heart! A Christian is a happy person in life, but happier in death, because then he goes to Christ; but happiest of all in heaven, for then he is with Christ.”

We will continue to broadcast by radio and Livestream this Sunday at 11:00 AM, and  I hope you will be able to join us by radio on AM 1440 or by Livestream.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.  You can always give to the church online by going to www.trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

Unfortunately, we will not have our annual Sunrise service or the pancake breakfast that follows which symbolizes the end of the fast and beginning of the feast.  BUT, that doesn’t mean you and your families cannot celebrate with your own, homemade pancake feast!  So, pull out that pancake batter, whip up some Easter pancakes, and celebrate the resurrection!  If you do take some pictures and send to us…we would love to share those with our church family.  Next year, Lord willing, we will all be back together.

Thank you to all those who donated lilies for tomorrow’s service.  Lillies may be picked up on Monday from 9:00-3:00 under the Porte Cochere.

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

The children’s classes will be having their own lessons virtually this week. Each SS teacher should be contacting their classes individually with instructions.  As a backup you can always go  here for a video SS lesson. Activity sheets for SS and the Sermon are posted on the website under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

 Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Several classes are meeting online each week. Whether you are in one of these classe or not, you are invited to contact a class leader for details on how to join them virtually:

Cornerstone: David Stanley, jdstanleydent@yahoo.com

Disciples: Davis Smith, davis.h.smith@gmail.com  Or Franklin Johnson, johnson.franklinr@gmail.com

Living Waters: Tommy Bopp, tbopp@balkcomgroup.com

New Mercies: Jim Rives, jrives@ball-ball.com

Stakely: Joe Street, jmstreet98@gmail.com or  Pat Penton, pat36111@icloud.com

Steve Fox: Lewis Chapman, lewisc@chapmanortho.com

If you are looking for a video teaching for personal use this Sunday, perhaps take advantage of one of the following:

Tim Keller, Encountering the Risen Jesus https://youtu.be/59L1CkF1y98

John Piper, Jesus is The Resurrection and The Life. https://youtu.be/G9ikbZE1_vs

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.  If you need ANY sort of assistance (financial, food, transportation, help getting supplies from stores, etc.), our Deacons are standing by and ready to help.  So that we can get you the right help you need, please contact the church staff or pastors.

“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the sufferers: mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to our country and to the whole world the help of Your power, that our sickness may by turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our hope and our Lord.  Amen.”

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Friday – April 3, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

Tomorrow (Sunday) we begin Holy Week, our annual remembrance of our Lord’s passion.  It is not difficult now to imagine what Paul meant when he wrote, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17).  Let us begin this week with Jesus bringing our sorrows and brokenness with us, that His life might raise us to newness.

Our civic leadership has asked us to spread the word about their centralized home for area information on COVID.  Please visit https://www.montgomeryal.gov/live/coronavirus for the latest local information and guidance on how to prepare and respond to COVID.

We will continue to broadcast by radio and Livestream this Sunday, and  I hope you will be able to join us by radio on AM 1440 or by Livestream.  The link for the bulletin is posted below and on our website homepage.  You can always give to the church online by going to www.trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

In addition, we will broadcast our Holy week services each night at 7:00 from the Sanctuary.  I hope you will join us as you are able.

I realize that there are many prayer efforts being organized around the city, state, and country and I am not trying to add to the confusion or “load.”  However, we did want you to know about a nationwide prayer opportunity on Saturday, April 4, led by The Gospel Coalition.  It will be led by many different national leaders including Tim Keller, Joni Erickson Tada, John Piper and the Getty’s.  You can participate by going here: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/day-fast-pray-april-4/

If you are looking for some ideas on lessons or do not have a Sunday School lesson readily available, our staff has provided some guidance in addition to what we gave you last week:

Children

Stacy Hamilton recommends going here for a video SS lesson. Activity sheets for SS and the Sermon are posted on the website under the Livestream window. You can always go to Right Now media for good material as well.  If you need an invitation to Right Now Media, email us and we will send you an invitation.

Youth

Kurt Cooper will be posting his video Sunday School lesson on Instagram.  Will be a great lesson for everyone of all ages to take advantage of.

Adults

Rob Pendley has put together the following list of resources for adult lessons.

YouTube Devotional with Tim Keller– Mark 15:33-47 on the burial of Christ

RightNow Media Look at The Book with John Piper: Do Not Be Anxious

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.

“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the sufferers: mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to our country and to the whole world the help of Your power, that our sickness may by turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our hope and our Lord.  Amen.”

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Wednesday – April 1, 2020
12:00 PM

Dear Trinity Church Family,

I write this morning, as I do each time, from a VERY quiet church.  It’s not the same without you!  Just remember, however, that YOU are the church, not the buildings.  You are the body of Christ and we are ALL united in Christ even when we are apart. As Paul wrote, “For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ”  (Colossians 2:5).

Here is the latest:

Our leadership met again on Monday night, March 30, and extended the suspension of all public gatherings at least through April 17, to comply with the order from the State of Alabama.  Of course, this means we will not be able to gather for worship.  We will re-evaluate the situation prior to April 17.

We will continue to broadcast by radio and Livestream this Sunday, and I hope you will be able to join us by radio on AM 1440 or by Livestream.  The link for the bulletin, the children’s bulletin, and children’s Sunday School material is posted below the Livestream window.  You can always give to the church online by going to www.trinitypca.org/give and following the instructions for online giving.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.  The paraments will change to red to symbolize the passion of our Lord.  We won’t be able to see the children process with palms, BUT that doesn’t mean we won’t be worshipping!  Stacy Hamilton has gotten some palms for the children to wave in worship at your home on Sunday!  You can pick them up on Friday afternoon or all day on Saturday, or as long as the palms hold out.  If you did not get the email with locations for the palms, you can email Stacy Hamilton at shamilton@trinitypca.org.

For Holy Week, we will Livestream services each night at 7:00 PM and I hope you will be able to join us.  Simply follow the same Livestream link that you do for Sunday morning.  HUGE shout out to our av/sound team (Wiely Boswell, Charles Harris and Lee Liles) for committing to be here each night at 7:00 so that we can broadcast these services!  Each service will be about 20-25 minutes long, except for the Tenebrae service on Friday which might be a little longer.

Monday – Homily by Kurt Cooper
Tuesday – Homily by Rob Pendley
Wednesday – Homily by Claude McRoberts
Thursday – Homily by Michael Howell
Friday – Homily by Patrick Curles

Some of you have asked and other may be wondering about communion?  Will we have communion on Maundy Thursday?  Will we have communion on Sunday’s during this time of “virtual worship?”  The answer is: no, we will not serve communion in person or virtually, but we do want you to understand why that is the case.  Communion symbolizes our union with Christ but also our common union in Him, our togetherness in Him.  It is to be celebrated precisely when we are together because being together as the body of Christ is unique, special.  This is not a new question: the church faced the questions of communion to those not present and private communion before and always said “no” (Confession of Faith 29:3, 4).  Paul, in 1 Corinthians 1 refers five time to the fact that they take the communion when they come together.  Are there extraordinary cases?  Yes, the sick who cannot come to communion do have communion.  Even then, however, there is a minister present to preside and the community near by is invited to join.  However, as I have said to those who have asked, this is a temporary inconvenience, not an extraordinary, prolonged absence from the table.  If we were stranded on a desert island for years, that would be different.  But we are not.  Let the absence make us hungry for Christ and worshipping together soon!  Let this slight, momentary affliction prepare us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17).  For a helpful article on this, click here.

Let me remind you as well that there is no grace available in the sacrament of communion that is not available to us all the time by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.  All of God, all of Christ, is available to us all the time.  We may be temporarily deprived of the sacrament of Christ’s indwelling presence, but a child of God is NEVER deprived of the real, indwelling presence of Christ.  As Andrew Murray said, I can have all of Christ in all of me all the time.  The sacrament only points us to the spiritual, eternal, unseen reality.  It does not create that reality or make Christ present.

On Easter we will worship by Livestream again at 11:00.  This will be an Easter we will always remember and I am confident that God will meet us and give us the gift of Himself if only we are ready with the eyes of faith to receive it.  We will have lilies here in the Sanctuary, and if you want to purchase one for the service, you can still buy one by going here.  We will provide a way following Easter for you to get your lily while still following the social distancing guidelines.

Lastly, as always, please know that the pastors, staff, and leadership are praying for you and are available should you need us.

“O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the sufferers: mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to our country and to the whole world the help of Your power, that our sickness may by turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our hope and our Lord.  Amen.”

In Christ,

Patrick Curles
Executive Minister


Update re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Wednesday – March 18, 2020
7:00 PM

Members, Families and Friends of Trinity Presbyterian Church:

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord!

Today, a ream of Elders, Deacons, and Staff met to make plans for the church moving forward.  Here is the latest:

1. Church activities are suspended at least through April 4, the day before Palm Sunday. It is our hope and prayer that the social distancing guidelines will be lifted by that time and we can resume worshipping together in the same space.  This includes Sunday School, Bible studies, etc.  We will re-evaluate our plans on April 1 and we will be updating you frequently as we go forward.

2. We will continue our Morning worship service at 11:00 AM on Sundays by radio and by live video streaming. We hope that you will join with us VIRTUALLY at that time to worship, even though it is a little different from what we are used to.

  • By Radio – Listen on WLWI AM 1440 or by going here on the internet or another streaming device. If you have an Amazon Echo or other similar device, just ask it “Play AM 1440” and you should be able to hear us.
  • Live streaming – click here or go to our website and click the link on the home page.

3. Our Pastoral care visits to hospitals and care facilities will be suspended out of care and concern for those most vulnerable to this virus.  In an emergency, however, we will, of course, be available to visit and provide care and support as desired and as permitted by authorities.  In case of an emergency Pastoral Care need, you can contact one of our ministers directly.

4. Speaking of Claude, he is in the beginning of a self-quarantine period at his home.He recently returned from New York and because New York is one of places most affected by the virus, his doctor has told him that he needs to self-quarantine. Non-negotiable.  He is available by phone, email, etc. and is working from home, and I know you will be hearing form him soon if you haven’t already.

5. If you or someone you know if in need during this time, we are available to help.Please call the church at 334-262-3892.  We will do our best to get you the help you need.  This includes grocery shopping for those not comfortable leaving their homes.

6. This morning Mike Hogg and I participated in a citywide conference call with the Mayor, and I want to pass on some very helpful information to you:

  • An emergency operating call center has been established that includes law enforcement, military, and civic leadership to help the city through this time.
  • You can visit mgmready.com to see the latest updates from the city on their efforts.
  • We are told that essential services will continue (safety, fire, sanitation, etc.) but city buildings have been closed and non-essential employees have been sent home to work remotely.
  • Fever is the primary indicator of infection, followed by fatigue, pain, and cough.
  • If you suspect you are infected, DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPIITAL. INSTEAD GO TO THE TESTING SITE AT 2936 MARTI LANE ON THE SOUTHERN BYPASS.  PHONE NUMBER THERE IS 334-747-0150.

7. As part of that call, we discussed with other leaders the ways our community organizations can come together to help those in need during this time.We have offered Trinity Presbyterian Church as a location/distribution point for goods and/or services.  We have also offered to gather as many volunteers as we can to help those in need during this time.  I realize that many of you are eager to help.  The Mayor stressed, however, that it is better to coordinate behind other community leaders who are best able to tell us where our help can be most effective. We will let you know as soon as we receive more information.

8. Because this pandemic has had such a dramatic effect on the economy, our leadership team has identified discretionary church expenses than can be suspended for the time being.This may seem drastic, but we feel that this is the prudent thing to do given these uncertain times.

This is such a crazy, stressful, frustrating, scary, maddening, humbling, anxious, unbelievable time that we are living through.  But, when you think about it, that’s what our life in a broken world is: crazy, stressful, frustrating, etc.  My heart hurts for all of you and so many others whose lives have been upended by these events.  It is such a stark reminder of how fragile and broken our little lives are.

BUT, we are children of the King.  And so, I am praying now, for each one of you, that as you walk through this trial, you will hear the voice of your loving, heavenly father calling to you. Whatever you are facing, He knows, and He is there, and He is able.  Remember the basics of our faith: God is here, He is good, He is able, He has conquered all His and our enemies, nothing can snatch us from His hand.

Trusting in Christ Alone,

Patrick Curles, Executive Minister
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama


Statement re Coronavirus
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama
Saturday March 14, 2020
2:30 PM

Members, Families and Friends of Trinity Presbyterian Church:

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord! 

We are continuing to monitor the daily news reports regarding the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Alabama Department of Health, the US State Department, and the World Health Organization. 

I am writing to update you on Trinity’s plans in response to this rapidly evolving situation. 

1. For now, all church activities are cancelled until further notice.  This includes worship services, Sunday School, Bible studies, etc.  The wedding scheduled to be held at the church on March 21 will continue as planned.

2. The Church office will be open and staffed as normal.  We will use the week of March 16-20 to thoroughly clean and disinfect the church as best we can per CDC guidelines.

3. Our Elders and Deacons will meet together on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 PM to update our plans, and will continue to meet regularly as necessary.

4. We will broadcast our 11:00 worship service this Sunday live on the radio on WLWI AM 1440.  You can also listen to the service on iHeart Radio and other radio streaming services.  Please visit our website at www.trinitypca.org and click the link on the homepage.  We are also making plans to live video stream the service in the future.

5. Our Preschool will follow the MPS schedule and, given that all Alabama public schools have been closed until April 6, the Preschool with do the same.

6. Our Pastoral care visits to hospitals and care facilities will be suspended out of care and concern for those most vulnerable to this virus.  In an emergency, however, we will, of course, be available to visit and provide care and support as desired and as permitted by authorities.  In case of an emergency Pastoral Care need, you can contact one of our ministers directly.  

7. The best way to prevent spreading COVID-19 or other contagions like the flu is to follow these CDC recommended hygiene practices to limit the spread of respiratory diseases found at cdc.gov.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Please stay home when you are sick or running a fever.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (Our facilities are equipped with liquid/foam hand sanitizer dispensers) 

While these measures may seem drastic, we are taking these measures out of love and concern for our older members who are most vulnerable to this virus.  In addition, we want to do our part in the community not to overwhelm the health care system and resources unnecessarily.  Let us all strive to be good citizens by following the leadership of our civic authorities as we are able and seek the welfare of our community in every way that we can.

These are, of course, unprecedented times for many of us.  Paul reminds us, however, that whatever we face, God is with us and provides a path for us to walk.  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13.

I think Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 1:7 are helpful at a time like this: “For God gave us a Spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound-mind.”  Each one of us indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that brought to life our Lord, Jesus Christ.  It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to form Christ within each of us that we may live the lives God has called us to live (John 16:14).  The Holy Spirit is able to give us:

  • “Power” – for whatever trial or difficulty we may face.  Indeed, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).
  • “Love” – for those who most need our love, care, and support during this time.  Love enables us to look out not only for our own interests, but the interests of others.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Mr. Rogers mother told him once that if he were ever in trouble, look for the “helpers.”  We are the helpers.
  • “Sound mind” – for thinking rationally and deliberately in a time of upheaval.  Sound minds keep things in their proper perspective, are not easily swayed by emotion, keep their heads in the midst of a crises, and set their minds on eternal things and the hope laid up for us in heaven.

YOU, as a child of God, have this Holy Spirit.  Follow His lead.

“Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this world, for the she sake of Your only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

We will continue to update you if conditions change and other measures are recommended.  Stay tuned to our website for the latest information.

Trusting in Christ Alone,

Patrick Curles, Executive Minister
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama