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Thank you to all of you that participated in the survey. As your elected representatives, it is important for the Council to hear as many of your opinions as we can before we make an important decision on your behalf. We looked at all of the results, reviewed all of the comments, and had a lengthy discussion prior to our vote.
On Tuesday night, the council met via Zoom. The vote was not unanimous, but the majority of the council voted to resume in person worship with modifications, and a requirement to wear a mask while inside the building. These modifications will be very similar to what was listed in the survey, however we will still pray out loud together. We will limit attendance to 50 people per service with plans to have one on Thursday nights and one on Sunday mornings. We will have a signup process that ensures that
everyone has a chance to attend worship at least twice a month if they desire. We will be seated as families but be spaced out a safe distance to maintain physical distancing. Communion will be given while we remain in our seats. Unfortunately, we will not sing but we will enjoy beautiful music from our fellow musicians. Most importantly, the building will be thoroughly sanitized after each worship. The requirement to wear masks was a request from the Pastors and staff for their own safety and peace of mind since they spend more time in the building than anyone.
While these modifications may not be popular with everyone, the council agrees that they are necessary if we want to resume worshiping together in a safe manner. We also pray that they will only be temporary. I think we can all agree that we want to go back to the way things were, but that would not be prudent at this time. We will need help to make this work. The survey showed that 70% of the respondents desire to worship in person however over 50% of the respondents are not willing to help. This simply won’t work unless we find enough people that are willing to make it happen. Our goal is to start in person worship on August 2nd, but only if everything is in place.
Finally, we plan to continue online worship indefinitely(forever) and drive-thru communion until we feel that it is no longer needed. We don’t want anyone to feel left out of our church family. If you don’t feel safe coming back to the building, please don’t. We will miss you and keep praying for the day that we can all be together again. Please watch the Tidings for more information in the coming weeks.
Remember that we are a resilient bunch of people that have been through a lot in the last couple of years, and with Jesus’ help we will make it through this as well. As always, you are welcome to reach out to your council members at any time. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. God’s blessings to all of you and your families. Stay safe and be kind to one another.
Eric Lonsdale, Council President
Will you help in worship? Sign up here for a training
- Sign Ups for worship will begin after we have secured volunteers to help with worship.
- Sign ups will be taken by phone at designated times in order to provide equal opportunity to sign up for worship.
Yep. At every service. AND drive-thru too!
Why no singing?
Covid thrives on droplets and singing projects farther, faster. We’ll still get to hear our beloved musicians play and pray together!
One Sunday Service?
For now, yes. We’ll start small. To add more, we’ll need volunteers to sanitize between services.
What about the park?
The task force chose to tackle meeting in the church with precautions and modifications.
Drive Through Communion: Sunday, 7/12 , 9 – 10 a.m. at Trinity!
Communion is a sacred gift to us from God. Jesus commanded that we “do this to remember” him and still serves as the host of this meal. Come. Receive this gift, be strengthened by the love and sacrifice of Jesus, be renewed. To prepare yourself for receiving communion, please worship online with us at 8 a.m.
- Enter parking lot on Lincoln Street
- Volunteers will direct you around the building
- Roll down your window to receive communion
- Gluten-free wafers available
Heart Chain Project
Thank you Sharon Armstrong for sharing your Heart Chain project with us! Everyday, she adds a heart to the chain until we gather again for worship. It’s not too late to start your own Heart Chain Project!
Prayers Requested for…
Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Nick Bee, Linda Doerr, Kim Hannan, Phyllis Hulstein, Renee Jensen, Ron Kemmerling, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lang, Steffani Liebel, Rick Liebel, Jane Milan, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Violet Prust, Paul Reed, John Satterlee, Tim Sawyer, Shelley Scheurm, Ruth Smithback, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Aryzone Zick, Donald Zuehlke.
Do you have a prayer concern? Email the prayer force at
email@example.com. People will gladly pray for you with their whole
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