Why is it so hard for me to tell people I go to church?

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.

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Changes made to parking at Trinity’s south lot on Sundays

We have some good news! We have more kids at Breakfast Club (9:30am option for children) than our facilities can handle! Praise God! What this means though is that we have to accommodate the influx of kids by re-purposing some old space.

We will not be opening the black gates that leads into our South Parking Lot from Garfield Ave. until 10:52 AM on Sunday mornings. Because we have so many kids, it is no longer safe for cars to be driving in and out of that alley near the playground where our kids are playing.

How will this affect parking?
Because there will only be one way in or out during our first service at 9:30am, we respectfully ask that if you park in the South Parking Lot to pull all the way in. This way, we can fully utilize the parking spaces we do have. Now if you want to leave before 10:52 AM we ask that you consider parking a little further away from Trinity as you may not be able to get out.

Thank you for working with us as we continue to keep our children safe!

Common FAQs about visiting Trinity on Easter Sunday

Last year we posted an FAQ page about Trinity’s Easter Sunday service. We think it’s good to share that again with a little bit of some updating. Since this past fall, we’ve added a second service to our worship time on Sundays. You can join us for service at 9:30am or 11:15am.

Additionally, we have a couple events going on before Easter Sunday. On Friday, we will have our Good Friday service at 7:30pm. We usually do a combined, joint service with several churches from our area but this year we will be having our own service. We would love for you to join us.

The next day on Saturday, 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.

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21-day fast and prayer testimonies

FastingLast week, we as a church concluded a 21-day fasting period. During the fast, each person spent time in prayer daily to focus on God and to deepen the relationship. The purpose of the fast was to cut out distractions from our lives such as social media or junk food and in its place spent time to draw strength from God. Along with prayer, it opened up an avenue for us to connect with our Lord and it enhanced that relationship.

Before Jesus began His ministry, he spent 40 days in fasting and in prayer. He wanted to connect with His Father. Despite the devil’s attempts to tempt Jesus away from his fast, Jesus resisted because His relationship with God was strong. Jesus depended on God for strength, not the temptations and distractions from the devil.

Several members of our church experienced great change in their lives during the three weeks of fasting and they volunteered to share their experience and testimony. We hope that these stories can inspire those who also participated in the fast; and encourage those who may be unsure about the benefits of fasting. May God continue to bless you in your journey with Him and may you draw strength from our Lord daily through prayer.

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How can I worship God with my passions?

Cameron Moberg: Graffiti artist and pastor.

Take a look at at the photo above. From your first impressions, what do you see? You look at the piercings, the cap and the location of the shot and you might think that this guy is probably a skateboarder who listens to alternative rock. He likely is not the kind of guy you would see in a church, right?

Would you believe that this guy is a pastor? Would you also believe that he is a graffiti artist?

His name is Cameron Moberg but he likes to go by Camer1. I recently discovered him when I was watching the first episode of Street Art Throwdown. (I’m into these kind of shows.) When the contestants were introducing themselves, it was pretty standard. But when Cameron showed up and said that he was a pastor, it threw people off guard.

“When I say I’m a Christian, often times the artist is confused by that or the Christian is confused by the fact that I am a graffiti artist,” he said on the show. “I have always felt that I can’t be either/or. I just want to show the world it’s OK to be who you are.”

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The ‘What If’ Christmas

By Samuel Lam

What if Jesus never came to save us?

As we are in the Christmas season and we have so much to do (decoration, buying gifts) during this time of year, we often lose track of the importance and reason of Christmas. This past Sunday, we had an amazing sermon about the core foundation of Christmas. I recommend you check it out right here. It’s very powerful.

I haven’t really fully participated in Christmas as the world tells me to do so. I don’t put up decorations or even do any gift buying for others. It’s not that I am a Grinch, but I have come to realize that for the longest time, I have ignored Jesus in this whole story. Christmas was more about the eggnog and wreaths than the actual story of Jesus’ arrival. It just didn’t feel right.

Then it made me wonder: What if we did really ignore Jesus and Jesus never factored into the story. What if God never sent Jesus to save us? What if there was no salvation?

Whoa, that’s heavy.

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Trinity Church’s new interactive direction for Sunday services

By Samuel Lam

A more interactive, learning-focused approach is coming to Trinity Church on Sundays. We got a little taste of it this past Sunday.

Before I moved to Southern California and visited Trinity Church for the first time, I was part of a mobile house church that I had been attending for about half the time I was going to school in San Jose. It was different from all the other churches I had attended. One of the things that really captivated me was that during Sunday services, we would actually set up the chairs in a circle. The idea of the circle was to allow everyone to see one another and make it easy to open up discussion. Rather than just have the pastor talk the whole time, it was encouraged for everyone to talk and ask questions. The idea was that it was essential to not just sit and soak in information, but to actively think about the information and use different mediums, such as discussion, to drive the point home.

It was probably the best church experience I ever had in my life. It was different from what I had experienced before. But it was so good for me. Not only did I get a chance to learn differently, but it help me learn that I may have insight that other people of the church never even considered. We all learned with each other.

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Forgiving someone isn’t easy

By Samuel Lam

It ain’t easy, but it’s right.

This past Sunday, Trinity continued with their #DoHardThings sermon series and the topic was about forgiveness. Boy, that ain’t easy.

LISTEN TO THE SERMON RIGHT HERE

Forgiveness is something that should be part of our daily lives as Christians. We are taught to forgive others because we ourselves have been forgiven. The mercy that God shows us should be something we give to others.

But it’s not easy.

Forgiveness may be the hardest topic to really take in from the #DoHardThings sermon series. Many times, especially for me, I’m too prideful. I want to come out as the “stronger” person. Somehow forgiving someone makes me appear weaker, making it appear that not taking vengeance is a sign of me being less of a man. Of course it’s silly to think that is true when you take a couple steps back. But in the moment, it’s hard to be logistical.

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To My Inner Child, A Poem

by Michael Cheng

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Forgive me, for I have sinned.
For as “the Child is father of the Man,”[1] so have I failed to honor you, my father.[2]
For you were hungry and I gave you no food;
You were thirsty and I gave you no drink;
You were naked and I did not clothe you.[3]
When the Lord called out to you, I filled your ears with the voices of Legion.[4]
When the Lord planted you in good soil, I dug you up and tossed you onto stony ground. [5]
When your heart yearned for the Lord, I bound you to the rock with lust and desire, greed and envy, sloth and despair, fear and loathing.
So you pled for death above all else. The Lord heard your blood cry out[6] and in His pity, He transformed you into a wraith.

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