Enjoying God

We might think often of obeying God and knowing him and even trusting and loving him. But how often do we think of our relationship with God in terms of joy and happiness? What does it mean to “enjoy God”? If we are saved by him and belong to him and obey him, what difference does it make if we enjoy him? Our thoughts about God are critical to our faith and relationship with him, but what about our feelings toward him? Is it a modern self-help fascination to want to have happy feelings toward God—or is it a firm promise of the Scriptures and the goal of our union with Christ? 

This Sunday, we’ll start a new series in our gatherings and groups: Enjoying God.

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism begins with this Q&A: What is the chief end of man? “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” 

Or as author John Piper has written: “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.” 

Enjoying God is one thing we can do here and now, regardless of circumstances, regardless of our future, that has an eternal impact on our own souls, and improves our lives on earth. Enjoying God is what we were made for. 

The point of enjoying God is not what we get from it—less sin, more strength, a better life, etc. The point of enjoying God is simply enjoying God—he is the source of true, lasting joy. We find joy when we find him. 

How Do We Enjoy God? 

Our joy in God increases as we come to know him as he is (his character, attributes, and ways) and enter his presence in prayer. When we do these two things, the result will be enjoying God in everyday life

The three important elements of this series are: 

(1) Knowing God’s Character & Attributes, 
(2) Cultivating a Prayerful Life, and (the result)
(3) Enjoying God in Everyday Life 

Enjoying God’s Character & Attributes

The majority of this sermon series and community group study is a sustained meditation on God’s character and attributes. Each week (after the introductory sermon), we’ll focus on an aspect of God’s character (an attribute) so that we enjoy him as he is. A **highly-tentative** schedule is: 

June 9: Enjoying God in Everyday Life (Pentecost Sunday)
June 16: Enjoying God the Trinity (Trinity Sunday) 
June 23: Enjoying God Most Beautiful
June 30: Enjoying God Most Loving 

July 7: Enjoying God Most Merciful
July 14: Enjoying God Most Just
July 21: Enjoying God Most Faithful
July 28: Enjoying God Most Powerful 

Aug 4: Enjoying God Most Wise
Aug 11: Enjoying God through Suffering


If you are a Trinity member: This summer is a great opportunity to grow in your knowledge, experience, and enjoyment of God! Consider a commitment to join us for all ten weeks (in the gathering or, if you’re serving in Trinity Kids or traveling, by following the sermon page as well).

If you are considering a visit to Trinity: This is a great time to visit us! We would love to have you. If you have any questions, would like to talk with a pastor or leader, or want to let us know ahead of time that you’ll be visiting… you can contact us here.

See you Sunday!

Easter with Trinity!

Hey friends!

This Spring will mark another “first” for Trinity Community Church—Our first full Easter Sunday gathering!

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We invite you to join us for worship, teaching, children’s ministry, and more. If you are exploring Christianity, looking for a church home, or have visited Trinity in the past, we would love to have you join us.

Here’s what to look forward to on Easter Sunday:

  • Coffee and light refreshments

  • Worship music led by our music team, feat. traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs

  • Scripture readings and pre-written prayers (some aspects read aloud together)

  • A message on the meaning of Jesus’s resurrection from Matthew 28

  • Communion (optional)

  • Trinity Kids ministry provided for ages 0-12 (or your kids can remain with you in the worship gathering)

  • Benediction (closing prayer) by 11:20am

  • Easter egg hunt**

**We will also have an Easter egg hunt for children under 10. Immediately after the worship gathering, you and your kids can search for candy-filled eggs in a fenced-in playground at the school. We promise it will be fun! (And well-organized, so the older kids don’t turn it into a scene from Lord of the Flies.)

If you have never attended Trinity, don’t worry: We have first-time visitors every week, and you won’t be the only visitor on Easter. We look forward to meeting you!

Much love,
Jeremy (teaching pastor)

An Exciting City Service Project!

Hey Trinity family!

 I have an exciting announcement: We have a unique opportunity to serve our city in a significant way, in partnership with other churches as well as the local community, in a single day (Saturday, April 27th). We will be (drumroll, please?)… running point on the creation of an urban pop-up park on the Business Loop!!

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Three things have converged to make this possible: 

(1) Our love for the Business Loop. Call us crazy, but as we announced at our public launch in September, we think the B-Loop is a sneaky cool part of central Columbia that could serve as a future home for Trinity Community Church. Why? The Loop is making a comeback, and, as it is centrally positioned and reachable from every part of Central Missouri, has the potential to be renewed for the good of the city. Our long-term desire is to find an old building in a left-behind part of town and renew it to use as a multi-use ministry base and community center, and the Loop seems like a perfect place for this. (Of course, I’m about 5-10 years ahead of myself, as usual, and we LOVE meeting at CIS for now and the foreseeable future!) 

(2) A relationship with the Loop: Out of this interest, we have been building a relationship with the Loop CID, an urban development office, which has received local and grant money to revitalize the Business Loop. We had discussed providing volunteers for beautification projects, but no immediate needs had been finalized. However, they have been working on this crazy cool idea to establish an urban pop-up park in the unused lot between Flooring America and a payday loan shop (ugh).   

(3) ForColumbia: I serve on the pastoral committee for ForColumbia, a one-day service cooperative for about 50 local churches. FC’s commander-in-chief, Shelly Mayer, invited member Conrad Hake and me to a planning meeting, and things began to come together in a beautiful (divinely inspired?) way. ForColumbia has been looking for a way to add the Loop to its growing list of service sites for April 27th, and this meeting brought us to the potential of having a joint Trinity-ForColumbia-Loop CID project to establish the Community Pop-Up Park in a single day!

Last week, we got word that Boone Electric (who owns the 1-2 acre lot) will pave the entire lot with asphalt in a few weeks. The Loop office is purchasing all the items needed to create an urban/festival park, but they need volunteers to pull it off. Enter Trinity: We will provide the majority of the volunteers (hustle and heart) for the project and work with FC and the Loop folks on Saturday, April 27th (the city-wide ForColumbia date). At the end of the day, there *may be* a big ForColumbia celebration for all the volunteers, located at the new community park. Pretty sweet opportunity to serve our city and let others know that we love our city and are quick to work with anyone doing good. 

So what do we need? I’m glad you asked. We need volunteers (LOTS of them!) and team leaders (a few of them).  Your children are welcome to join you, and we’ll have some small projects for them as well. Or you can choose to utilize FC’s great day-long childcare.

Here are some basic project details:

Laying astroturf in the park area
Assembling ten heavy-duty picnic tables
Filling twelve 8-ft water tanks with rocks, dirt, and small trees (urban forest)
Painting two large (hipster beloved) shipping containers
Assembling out some additional tables and chairs
Painting small rocks (perfect for school-aged kids)
Add fencing around the park (most likely)
Install a bike station at nearby Parkade plaza, inc a bike rack, bench, and trees
Provide drinks, snacks, and other refreshments to hard-working volunteers

We will have one or two contractors from FC’s rolodex to give guidance on more technical stuff (inc the bike station), FC volunteers, and volunteers from several non-church organizations as well. I already have a few folks that have offered to help with logisitics over the next four weeks and several team leaders, but if you are interested in either of those roles, email me! Otherwise, REGISTER HERE for the project—or sign up at the Resource Table on a Sunday. 

Okay, folks! Have a great day and we’ll see you Sunday!

Jeremy (on behalf of the lead team) 

Trinity Fall Festival

Trinity Church invites you to join us for our first Fall Festival at Shryock's Farm & Corn Maze!

Join us starting at 5:00pm on October 20th for the state’s largest corn maze, the Fun Barn for kids, hay rides, and a bonfire reserved from 7-9pm. (Shryock’s Farm is located at 2927 County Rd 253, Columbia, MO 65202.)

Admission is $7 per person; please let us know if you would like to have Trinity cover your cost of admission.

Rain or shine! (And yes, it’s MU Homecoming weekend, so the farm will be less crowded!)

Trinity Launch in Pictures!


Thank You!

A big, heartfelt Thank You to everyone who worshipped with us, prayed for us, encouraged us, and supported us financially this past weekend! We had a beautiful and powerful public launch gathering.

We had 121 people gather with us for this big Sunday! (80 in our worship gathering and 41 in Trinity Kids—yes, that's a lot of children!)

There was a real Spirit of joy and celebration among us, and we know that this is just the beginning. We were blessed to minister to many non-church-attending neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and also welcomed many friends and family members who have supported us along the way. We are not done church planting, but this is a big step towards becoming a healthy, self-sustaining local congregation (that plants other churches). The best is yet to come.

What a Sunday! Enjoy the pictures!

Jeremy & Co.


Leader Q&A: Casey Smith


Casey Smith is worship pastor of Trinity Community Church. He is a native Midwesterner and holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary. He also works as the director of communication for Sojourn Network. Prior to joining Trinity, he worked with the Acts 29 Network in the US and England. He and his wife, Jess, have four kids.

What is your role at Trinity? 

I serve as the Worship Pastor, and my wife (Jess) and I also help lead a Community Group here at Trinity.

Tell us about your family! 

It always blows my mind to say this, but I have had the incredible privilege of being the husband to Jess for 10 years now, and we have four children: Soren, Solomon, Scarlett, and Simone. We’ve lived as a family in Kentucky, England, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. Fun Smith Family Fact: each member of our family was born in a different state (or country)! Also, we have a Goldendoodle and her name is Sunny.

What's your favorite thing about Columbia? 

Columbia is a great place to be outdoors! We love exploring the many parks and trails and being out in our neighborhood (Bellwood). Sipping coffee on a Saturday morning in the cool morning air at Meriwether Cafe is hard to beat!

What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows? 

Oh geesh. I could (and would love to) spend hours in conversation with anyone around any of the following…

Books: Anything related to the history of WWII fascinates me, so do biographies from that era. There’s just something about that period in time that captures my imagination. It probably has to do with my love for my grandparents, all of whom were great storytellers. I also enjoy reading C.S. Lewis, sports journalism, Wendell Berry, comic books, and theology.

TV shows: I’ve recently introduced my kids to Family Matters and they love it, so that’s been fun. We also enjoy shows like The Office, 24, Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Parks and Rec, Friday Night Lights, The Newsroom, and a handful of British shows.

What's one crazy thing you have to do before you die? 

I’d love to be able to take my family on some wild, expansive, adventurous vacation. All of us together, probably in a station wagon or caravan of sorts, having a good time and involved in a fair bit of mischief, not too dissimilar to a National Lampoon’s movie. Then sometime after this vacation, like 30 years later, I want all my family gathered in my house, wife by my side, and the two of us just sit back and enjoy all the Lord has blessed us with: kids, grandkids, stories, loads of beautiful memories and hope for the future.


Leader Q&A: Allison Wopata


What is your role at Trinity? 

I am responsible for Trinity's design work, and my husband (Mark) and I lead a small group.

Where else are you involved in the community? 

Mark and I are soon-to-be foster parents!  I also lead a college bible study with some really fun Mizzou women.

What's your favorite thing about Columbia? 

I love that Columbia combines all the best parts of being a smaller community with many of the cultural offerings of a larger city.  There's always interesting things going on, and you'll probably run into someone you know!  I also love walking Columbia's trails. And reading a good book on the patio at Uprise.

What's one crazy thing you have to do before you die? 

Mostly this is just a long, long list of places I'd like to travel. Mark and I once spent 48 hrs in Ireland, and I loved the beauty and quiet of the landscape. I want to go back and take our time there. I've also hiked a couple of Colorado 14ers-- there's no feeling quite like it, and I want to conquer several more before I die!

What aspect of Trinity's vision do you most resonate with? 

I am grateful for our church's desire to seek gospel-driven renewal of our community.  We long to see hearts changed, and we are committed to using each of our gifts and passions for the flourishing of our community.