What: In honor of its 102nd church anniversary, Truvine Missionary Baptist Church (“Truvine”) will engage in public worship, according to CDC guidelines, for the first time since closing its doors on Sunday, March 22, due to the potential outspread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Reverend Dr. Edward L. Quary Jr., Pastor-Teacher of Truvine, will preach under the covering of the sanctuary’s drop-off-pick-up zone while members remain in their individual vehicles. Hand sanitizer, face masks, and water will be readily available for members and guests.
Since closing its doors on Sunday, March 22, Truvine has been engaging in virtual worship on Facebook Live through its Facebook page. On Sunday mornings at 10:30 am and on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, Pastor Quary delivers inspiring messages such as “Five Reasons to Stay in the Race”, “Overcoming Discouragement”, “The Other Side of the Storm”, and “Persisting in Pandemic Times”. Virtual worship has increased engagement on Truvine’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.
Truvine also engages in a morning prayer call at 7:30 am, Monday through Friday. The dial-in number is 712-770-4915 and the access code is 779297.
Following the ‘praise in the parking lot’ worship service to honor its 102nd church anniversary, Truvine’s doors will remain closed until further notice. “No word quite yet on a definite date for physical return, but when we do, it will be in phases,” says Pastor Quary.
Lastly, on April 21, Truvine earned the ‘2020 Church of the Year-Neighborhood Church Award’ during the National Revitalize 2020 virtual conference. “We rejoice in Jesus Christ for this honor. It is Jesus who is building His church for His glory and it is a great privilege to be a part of His heavenly work on earth. I treasure every moment God grants me to serve the wonderful members of Truvine through the preaching of His word,” says Pastor Quary.
At the time of this release, no members have tested positive for the Coronavirus.
When: The 102nd church anniversary worship service will be held at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 24.
Where: Truvine Missionary Baptist Church, 1947 31st Street, Sarasota, 34234.
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Truvine is a highly regarded ministry that has always advocated for equality in civil rights and human and social services throughout Sarasota. Among other historical highlights, Truvine hosted one of the Freedom Schools during the Sarasota County schools boycott of 1969. Over the years, it has helped meet a multitude of social and community needs, including raising more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. As a former member congregation for Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity, it also rallied for affordable and clean housing for all households, regardless of income.
In 2007, Truvine opened the doors to a new $20 million sanctuary while remodeling the former sanctuary into a fellowship hall, where Truvine hosts a food pantry to help feed the hungry on the fourth Saturday of each month. Truvine also participates in the annual Mayor Feeds the Hungry program.