Jeff Cao, our pastor of administration, shares this devotional about peace. It is fitting given the time of divide our country is in right now.
I have been enjoying some peace and quiet in the office today which led me to meditate on the word peace. This reminded me of a section of Scripture that the Bridge [Life Group] recently went over in Luke:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace.”
I think it is safe to say that the country as a whole is aching for peace. Some find peace in the government, some in laws and rules, some in faith, and still others in just things. As Jesus-followers, we know that the peace that our country is clamoring for can only be found in Him. Jesus wept over Jerusalem as he saw it knowing full-well that he will soon be walking to the cross. I pray that each of us will know what would bring peace, not just for ourselves but also for those we come into contact with.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we have a lot of be thankful for. As a church, we are so grateful to the Lord for blessing us with a new campus in Rowland Heights and a lot of new faces that we get to welcome into our church family.
Our church family has seen the blessings of God and some of them wanted to share them with you. Whether it is a big or small thing, God is worthy of praise always.
Here are some things that our church family is thankful for!
Man, I really wish I had a picture to upload for this blog post. But I don’t have one at the moment, so you have to just imagine with me.
Imagine not having a place to call home every day. Imagine not having the money to send your kids to school. Imagine that the uncertainty of tomorrow is your greatest fear. This is a reality for many families in America. Families are without homes every day. There is no reliable source of income because companies don’t want to hire someone who doesn’t have a stable living situation. Every day, these families are left wondering where they may end up.
When I joined Trinity’s outreach team and got involved with Family Promise, I wasn’t sure what it would entail. But I knew God wanted me to be here. This is what I was called to do.
Joyce and Eleanor celebrating a commitment of being a donor.
Two weeks ago we were blessed to have Donate Life California on campus at Monterey Park for two days to spread awareness of organ and tissue donation and to get members of our church family to be donors. Some of the information was new to many and we had a great turnout of people who wanted to sign up as donors.
Joyce Wong, who was representing the booth at church with her partner John shared this message with the church:
Firstly, thank you so much for everyone in making the above organ, tissue and eye donation drives such a great success! I witnessed miracles and gained so much precious experiences from the above events. The volunteers and I were so amazed and impressed by the kindness of the church. Especially, you really brought smile to John’s face (in the above Facebook photo). John’s one of the volunteers and he’s a liver recipient. He also lost his job because of the sickness. But he’s so happy because everyone that he met was so friendly, kind and lovely in your Church.
I had many years volunteering for bone marrow drives and some organ donation drives. The success rate’s so high in your Church. Out of all the people that I was able to ask, 97% percentage of people would love to sign up to be a organ, tissue and eye donor on Sunday services. You taught the gospel so well that really transformed people’s lives. All the church members are so lovely and put God’s love into action.
The mission of Jesus Christ is fulfilled with the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Every Easter, followers of Christ celebrate this day as it is the promise of God becoming reality. It is the foundation of our faith.
Trinity is excited to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter this Sunday with everyone. It is a very meaningful day for several members of the Trinity family. We asked some of our members what Easter means to them. Here are the responses. We hope that this is as encouraging as it is for them.
Easter is the foundation of our Christian faith. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, all of us who have been adopted as children of God have been gifted with the promise everlasting life with Christ. Amen!
Well, for one, in the words of Bill Gaither’s song, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
This week is Holy Week and we have a few events this week to celebrate Easter! On Easter Sunday March 27, we will have two services to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our services are at 9:30 am and 11:15 am. Additionally after the second service, we will be celebrating baptisms as well. We welcome you to stay for that!
We have a couple events going on before Easter Sunday. On Friday March 25, we will have our Good Friday service at 7:00pm. This is a time where we reflect on Jesus’ trial and crucifixion on the cross. It is also a chance for us to celebrate His sacrifice for us. We would love for you to join us.
The next day on Saturday March 26, we will joining in part with the city of Monterey Park’s Easter Egg Hunt. It’s a great event for the kids to go around the park looking for Easter eggs while us families can mingle and enjoy a day out with our community.
I think back to all the commercialism and all the pressures of buying gifts, decorating houses and sending cards. I am not a big fan of it. I tend to think that as we continue all this, we are losing touch with the true meaning of Christmas.
I like to look back at Linus’ message of the true meaning of Christmas, taken from the Gospel of Luke. It’s refreshing to still keep this relevant in the society that seems to push everything but Jesus as the reason why we are celebrating this time of year.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May the message of Christ’s arrival be the centerpiece of the reason of this season!
This Christmas season, Trinity Church wants to bless people you know and people in our neighborhood.
If you had $100 to bless someone, who would you bless? Would you buy groceries for a single mom with two jobs trying to make ends meet? Would you buy a new set of work clothes for a former inmate who just got his first job? Would you provide a dinner for a family who just immigrated to the U.S. and is celebrating their first Christmas here?
Whatever your idea is, Trinity wants to help!
A different take on pajamas and how it correlates with our faith in Christ. Jesus awaits us to get out of our pajamas and into the new clothes He has set forth for us.
Check out the blog post by Jeff.
A somehow odd yet perfect image I found on Google.
Ever since I was a kid growing up and going to church because my parents told me to, it has been a very odd relationship I’ve had with attending a building every Sunday. On one hand, I enjoy it and in my recent years, I have grown to really love it and find it as the highlight of my week.
But also in the same sense, I don’t speak much about it outside of those four walls. Rarely did I ever share with co-workers, friends, even strangers, that I attend church on Sundays. It’s not something I bring up. Even when the topic of weekend activities is brought up, church is never mentioned. I was comfortable talking about almost anything else but church.
It’s hard to sometimes be open about church and there are reasons for it. For me, I didn’t want to open up a new conversation about my faith. I didn’t want people to think of me differently. And sometimes I just felt me talking about going to church would fit in the discussion. I just didn’t think it belonged.
I was so selfish.