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!

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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.

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Leader Q&A: Conrad Hake

 
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What is your role at Trinity?

My best role is being part of the Trinity family, but I also get to lead outreach, global initiatives, and spiritual formation.

Tell us about your family!

Debi and I have been married for 17 years. She’s a therapist, entrepreneur, and advocate for emotional, relational, and spiritual health. We have three kids: Josiah (15), Mackenzie (12), and Oliver (17 months), our craziest adventure yet.

Where else are you involved in the community? (work, volunteer, etc)

I’ve served on an advisory team with ForColumbia and coached soccer at a few schools in town. I’m currently helping coordinate the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course for the second year and working with a grassroots neighborhood-focused mobilization group called Community of Faith. I’m also involved with starting up Serve573, one of Columbia’s best kept secrets. In my spare time, I lead operations for a web design company providing online marketing solutions for businesses and non-profits.

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

We have a camper that’s on our DIY list to restore (that’s the crazy thing that seems like it’s taking most of my life to complete). If and when we get that done, I’d love to take a long trip through the Pacific Northwest.

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

Renewal is especially compelling, because it’s the inevitable outcome of Grace and Love. The gospel isn’t just talk; it transforms. Renewal gives hope for the brokenness around us to be changed through God’s Grace and Love. Renewal is a compelling vision of Jesus’ love penetrating the deepest, darkest places of our own souls, relationships, and community and restoring their value, beauty, and purpose. Renewal allows us to love our community, not just put up with it, because we hope for something better. I think that’s a longing shared by everyone that the gospel uniquely delivers.

 

 

Leader Q&A: Casey Smith

 
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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

 
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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.

 

Leader Q&A: Jeremy Linneman

 
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What is your role at Trinity? 

I'm the primary teaching pastor and give direction to the leadership team. 

Tell us about your family!  

My wife, Jessie, and I have been married for 12+ years. We met through Cru at Mizzou. She is an artist, likes running, and is working toward a master's in social work. Our boys are Joseph (9), Jude (7), and Jack (4). They like making noise. 

What's your favorite thing about Columbia?  

The Katy Trail, for sure. Also, Trinity Community Church. 

Where else have you worked, lived, or studied? 

I'm originally from South KCMO but graduated from Mizzou in 2006 and lived/worked in Columbia for four more years. From 2010-17, we lived in Louisville, where I was a pastor at Sojourn Church. 

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

Sneak into the Tour de France and climb a hill or two before getting arrested. 

 

Leader Q&A: Dan Szy

 
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What is your role at Trinity?  

I lead setup and tear-down for our Sunday gatherings. Seeing the church worship together is a beautiful thing. 

Tell us about your family!  

I have a 9 year-old daughter and 6 year-old son. 

Where else are you involved in the community? (work, volunteer, etc)  

I am a researcher and writer for foundation relations at the University of Missouri. Sometimes I volunteer for political campaigns. 

Where else have you worked, lived, or studied?  

I grew up in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania, attended college and lived for 7 years in Washington, DC, studied for a year in eastern Maryland on the shore of Chesapeake Bay, and went to seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

We experience God's grace because Jesus is alive. This doesn't change, no matter what else we gain or lose.

 

Leader Q&A: Lindsey Poenie

 
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What is your role at Trinity?  

I oversee the hospitality team. This includes providing coffee and muffins on Sunday morning and overall making people feel welcome.

Where else are you involved in the community? (work, volunteer, etc) 

I work as an Account Strategist at a Columbia-based marketing agency, Influence & Co. Outside of my day job, I serve on the organizing committee for Start-Up Weekend CoMo. I also volunteer regularly at Coyote Hill Children’s Home.

What's your favorite thing about Columbia?  

I enjoy the art & culture community in Columbia. Between the True/False Film Festival, Roots & Blues Music Festival, and weekly opportunities to attend shows and films, Columbia really does offer so much to the creative community. I also really love the local bike riding trails. They are everywhere!

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

Favorite Books: East of Eden, A Severe Mercy, and The Outsiders. All three books changed my life in very different ways.  Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, Midnight in Paris, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Godfather I and II.  Favorite TV Shows: Friday Night Lights, Younger, Mad Men, Parks & Rec…honestly, this list is endless.

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

The thing I appreciate most is the inclusivity of women. Our church does a good job at empowering and encouraging women to serve in areas they are gifted in. We’re encouraged to speak up and have opinions on matters within and outside of the church. It’s important to me to be considered an equal amongst men because the Bible does not exclude women nor does it give license to men to treat women as any less valuable.

 

Outdoor Movie Night: Moana!

On Friday night, Aug. 24th, our Outdoor Movie Night series continues with Moana! 

We'll meet as usual at Louisville Park (806 Louisville Dr. 65203), and the film will start around 8:20pm, depending on darkness. But this month, we'll also provide a free cookout dinner at 7:00pm of the neighborhood! So bring a friend and join us at 7pm for dinner and yard games, and stay for Moana! (And like/share our online event page.)

We'll see you Friday.