May 29, 2020

Starting June 1st, Governor Reynolds has announced that most gathering-related activities can resume normal operations at a 50% capacity rate. In addition, 14-day trends for Black Hawk County have shown a steady decline. As a result of this information, the Regathering Task Force has opted to move Trinity's COVID-19 response from Phase 1 to Phase 2.

In Phase 2, we will continue to offer Sunday services in an online format only. However, for those who feel comfortable, we encourage you to consider hosting or participating in a Sunday Watch Party with a group of friends, neighbors, or even your small group. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, "watch party", it is simply a time where a group of people gather together in-person to experience an online service on either your TV, computer, or any type of media device. For example, if you have been gathering with your family these past several weeks to watch online services, technically you have already been engaging in a Sunday Watch Party! The next step is to simply start inviting others to join you in-person.

In addition to hosting or participating in a Sunday Watch Party, all of the following areas can continue to meet in an online format, or begin to gather again in-person:

  • Student Ministry (6th grade - 12th grade)
  • Small Groups
  • 1 on 1 Discipleship
  • Ministry Teams

When gathering in-person, social distancing is encouraged when possible, as is wearing a face mask. During this time, the church building will remain closed as a way to reduce custodian and utility costs. For further details on our decision-making guidelines and Trinity's 4 Phase Regathering Plan please view previous communications below on this webpage.

Individuals who feel uncomfortable with in-person gatherings at this time, we love you and respect your decision to remain cautious. For those that identify as a part of the vulnerable population, (over the age of 60, have underlying medical conditions or immune-system compromised), we strongly encourage you to continue to gather virtually. We understand that while social isolation can protect you physically, it can also create an emotional and spiritual strain. If you are feeling the burden of this, please don't go through it alone. Let us know how we can help you by going to

Our Regathering Task Force is continuously monitoring data provided by local and state officials and we will re-evaluate mid-June to assess the next appropriate measures to take. We hope to regather corporately in our building soon, but regardless of where we worship, let us remember that we are still the Church. In the meantime, we ask you to pray and consider hosting a Sunday Watch Party and thinking of those you could invite. God's grace still allows us to be the Church, even while we can't meet in our building.

Please continue to pray for wisdom for our church leaders, healthcare providers, and government officials as we work through this pandemic together.


May 15, 2020

This week, Gov. Reynolds eased some of the shutdown restrictions in Black Hawk County, allowing certain businesses to reopen, but Iowans are still asked to limit gatherings to 10 people, social distance when in public and wear a mask when not able to social distance. Additionally, their recommendation is that any Iowan over 65 or those with underlying health conditions should still continue to stay home as much as possible.
Meanwhile, some churches in our area and around the state are beginning to resume in-person gatherings, which is our constitutional right. I (Pastor Peter) am grateful that the Governor has recognized this right and has given churches the freedom to decide when to regather for public worship, but this decision has to be very carefully evaluated.
To do this, our Shepherding Board has appointed a Regathering Task Force to decide how and when to transition into the next phase of Trinity’s 4 phase re-entry plan, as well as establish guidelines for what procedures we need to follow once we regather as a church. This task force consists of Trina Landmesser, myself, and some of the doctors in our church: Dr. Mike Berstler, Dr. Gary Moyer, Dr. Steve Riggs, Dr. Jeff Sutton. We have decided that at this time, our building will remain closed for in-person gatherings, and our worship services and small groups will continue to meet online until social gathering limits have increased.
There are 4 major factors we’re considering as we continue to evaluate how and when to regather as a church.

1. Respect for governing authorities. 1 Peter 2:16-17 says: Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Even though we are free to gather, we don’t want to abuse this freedom. We want to honor and respect the social gathering guidelines put in place by our governing authorities, and right now those guidelines limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people. Our worship services and most of our small groups are over 10 people.

2. The Great Commandment: Love God. Matthew 22:37-40 sums up the Christian life by first saying: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. We believe that it is possible for us to grow in love for Jesus even during these extraordinary circumstances where we aren’t gathering for public worship. Regular public worship is clearly modeled in the New Testament Church, but there are also examples in the New Testament where believers were able to thrive in their relationship with Jesus while unable to gather, such as the Apostle Paul while he was in prison.

3. The Great Commandment: Love your neighbor. Along with the command to Love God, Jesus also taught us to Love your neighbor as yourself. For Trinity, this means:

  • Caring about the public health of our community. We care deeply about human life because we believe that every person is created in God’s image. Our Regathering Task Force believes that gathering isn’t safe for our staff, volunteers, attendees, or for the broader community at this time.
  • Giving grace to one another. There are a wide range of opinions about COVID-19, the government’s response, and how churches should respond. We need to extend grace to each other during this stressful time. I ask you to extend grace to our leadership as we are all trying to do what’s best for our personal health, our church, and our community.
  • Unity as a body. Various churches in our community will phase in regathering at different speeds, and we aren’t going to try to compete with other churches. We ask you to stay committed to each other and to our local church during this time, as there is nothing the enemy would want more than to see this crisis result in a division in our church. We need to be unified and committed to one another now more than ever. As we begin regathering in the future, there are many who won’t be able to join us because they are especially vulnerable. We need to be considerate, gracious and bend over backwards to ensure that everyone feels included.

4. The Great Commission. Our mission is to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). We envision a movement of spiritual generations that transforms the very fabric of our community. The last thing we need is to damage our reputation in the community. We want to be known as a blessing to our community, not as ground zero for a new outbreak. Additionally, when we come back together for Sunday morning worship, we want worship to be a joyful and welcoming environment for you and for your “ones”.

In the last 8 weeks, we have seen that Trinity is much more than a building. We are gathering together weekly to participate in online worship on Sunday mornings, and we have had newcomers join as well! We also have started a YouTube Channel and we are doing daily Facebook Live videos to encourage spiritual growth and community. Our small groups are meeting on Zoom to study the Bible and to support each other. We have been calling each other and praying for each other. We are finding creative ways to serve each other and to serve our community. We are sharing Jesus with friends and neighbors. Our church staff and lay leaders are learning and growing and are utilizing new strategies that will allow us to better serve our congregation and community through this season and beyond. This disciplemaking movement continues to grow even during this season! So be encouraged that we aren’t taking a step backwards, we are continuing to press on in faith (Phil. 3:14).


May 1, 2020

This week Governor Reynolds issued an advisory for Black Hawk County to continue to shelter in place until May 15th. This extension does not apply to religious gatherings. However, under the advisement of several doctors in our congregation, we feel that returning to our normal Sunday services would be an unnecessary risk to our community.

In order to better prepare you for what to expect in Trinity's response against the COVID-19 outbreak, we have created a 4-Phase Re-entry Plan. We will continue to utilize the guidance of state officials, as well as doctors in our Trinity community, to determine when we will transition from one phase to the next. When a decision has been made, we will communicate more specific details on what the next phase may look like. Based on our re-entry plan, we are currently operating in Phase 1 (Strict Operations). While our hope is that we continue to progress towards Phase 4 (Normal Operations), we want to prepare you that reverting back to a previous phase may occur.

These phases are to serve as a guideline for how we will operate, but we want to keep your safety in mind. For individuals who are considered vulnerable populations; such as those are over the age of 60, have underlying medical conditions, or immune-system compromised, we would advise you to stay home until no evidence of a rebound in the outbreak is present in Black Hawk County. For when we do return to public gatherings at Trinity, our staff has been working together to discuss what elements we need to consider to reduce communal spread.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet for our Sunday Services through Facebook, YouTube, and on our Website. We also encourage you to continue to engage with each other through phone calls, text messages, and online call-in Zoom meetings. If you aren't currently plugged into a Small Group, we would love for this to be an opportunity for you to consider a no-commitment trial run of attending one of our Zoom Small Groups. If this is something you'd be interested in, please contact Pastor Steve at

We thank you for your prayers for our leadership team and your patience as we work through this crisis together. We ask that you continue to pray for our governing officials, healthcare providers, and those directly affected by the virus. Let us continue to put our hope and strength in the One who continues to be with us through these troubling times (Psalm 46).


April 16, 2020

Recently, an Outreach Team was formed at Trinity, and we want to provide you with some ways you can be helping others here in the Cedar Valley during this time, as well as offer some tools for you to engage with those around you. CLICK HERE to find out some ways you be involved!


March  30, 2020

Due to the recent advisement by the U.S. government to extend the social distancing guidelines through April 30th, Sunday services will continue to be delivered in an online format through Sunday, April 26th.


March 23, 2020

Watch our Sunday sermons online! The message will be posted through various communication channels:

1) Trinity Website: Video posted Saturday evenings.

2) YouTube Channel: Video premieres at 10AM CST on Sunday mornings.

3) Facebook Page: Video premieres at 10AM CST on Sunday mornings. 
**Given the sheer volume of people watching live stream or pre-recorded videos on facebook Sunday mornings, we (along with many other churches) experienced some video glitches last week. There were no issues watching the sermon via YouTube. 


March 18, 2020

Wondering how you can stay connected? We have a number of communication channels at Trinity in which you can receive updates and engage online.

1) Check this page for updates, as well as watch video sermons and download sermon guides on our website. 

2) Sign up for the Trinity Family Update email. You'll receive Trinity updates and news directly to your inbox. Sign up at

3) Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Watch the latest Sunday sermons and daily devotions. 
Click Here to find our channel.

4) Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cedarfallstrinity. Watch Sunday messages and other video posts, learn about upcoming online events, and more. New sermons will be available via Facebook Live on Sundays at 10a central time.
You can find us on facebook at Once on our page, you can view everything posted to the account.
**Make sure you "like" and "follow" us on Facebook to receive our videos and posts in your newsfeed. These buttons can be found under the landscape photo at the top of the page. 

5) Download our Church App. The Trinity app features details about upcoming events, a free bible app, video sermons, and sermon guides. Search for "Cedar Falls Trinity" in your app store.

6) Join our Virtual Prayer Gatherings. Every Wednesday at 7:00pm for the next few weeks, we'll be "gathering" through Zoom Video Conferencing to pray. To join the meeting, go to
**For those who haven't used Zoom before, wait to "join" until close to the meeting start time (6:30pm). 

7) Email the Church Office. While our office will remain closed through Sunday, April 12th, we will be checking our email account frequently for any questions or concerns you may have.

8) Share Prayer RequestsHow can we be praying for you? We want to know!

9) Give Online. We will still be receiving mail and processing checks weekly in our office, but if you are interested in giving online, now is a great time to get started! 
In the days to come our staff at Trinity, along with our small group leaders, will continue to find ways to connect in a virtual setting. Stay tuned for more details!

In Christ,

Trinity Bible Church


March 16, 2020

As you are aware, information pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly changing by the hour. Community transmission has now been confirmed in the state of Iowa, the White House has issued a statement advising against gatherings of over 10 people, and the state of Iowa is closing all schools until at least Monday, April 13th.

As a result of these updates, Trinity Bible Church will be taking further precautions to reduce the spread of the virus by canceling all Sunday worship services through at least Sunday, April 12th. All Trinity-related programming has been canceled through Sunday, April 12th including small groups, Bible studies, choir, Awana, Genesis, and Mosaic Housegroups. The church office will also remain closed during this time.  

We understand that the uncertainty of this outbreak may be creating anxiety for you as daily activities continue to be disrupted. Let's remain certain of God’s steadfast presence in our lives and be a beacon of hope for those around us. Please continue to pray those who are affected by the virus, and those working to contain the impact of the Coronavirus across the globe. 

We also ask that you pray for our leadership team as they discuss alternative online worship opportunities to support our Trinity family. We will be sharing those options with you in the coming days.

If you want to join us in collective prayer, we will be hosting a weekly virtual prayer gathering starting Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30p-7:30p via Zoom. To join this weekly video conference call on Wednesdays, go to

In Christ,

Trinity Bible Church