On Tuesday the congregational council met via Zoom for their regular meeting. I can’t say enough good things about this group. They’re dedicated to their work, faith filled by God, and committed to Trinity. Together we’re talking about our plans for returning to in-person worship.
We know that when we return to worship it will necessarily look different. We expect that the recommendations and guidelines will yo-yo as possible reinfection or new surges happen. We understand that social distancing and sanitizing will need to be maintained for some time. Trying to plan around all the contingencies is a challenge but the council and I are committed to navigating this together seeking the best interest of the congregation.
What I know for sure is that many people participate in Trinity’s worship online, more than we have during our typical Thursday/Sunday worship weeks. This means that we’re reaching new people with God’s Word! The increased use of technology in our world allows people to participate when they’re able. People are sharing links to worship with friends and family. People are tuning in to cable station 987 at 9 am/9 pm and telling their neighbors to do the same. The Good News of Jesus Christ is being shared in ‘new-to-us’ ways and people are ready for it. They are ready to be part of a faith community in a new way.
When we return to our in-person worship, we will also continue to broadcast online and on cable. I’m hopeful that our online community and in-person community will blur into one great cloud of witnesses continuing to worship God, grow in faith, and serve our neighbors through acts of love.
We are a living community of Christ and that means we’re changing and adapting. Worship may be different, but we’re still called together as God’s holy people and for that I give thanks.
In Gratitude to God,
Offering Update: Thank you all who are faithfully giving a financial offering to Trinity. This is a strange and difficult time for everyone, so your gift is even more valuable. At the beginning of our time of safer-at-home, offerings remained strong. Now they’ve begun to change dramatically as more people are feeling financial strain. This is understandable!
Given the expectation that offerings would necessarily be down, the Council decided to apply for the PPP Loan and Trinity was approved on 4/28. This loan goes directly to paying staff salaries and utility bills. We will use the loan in these designated ways so that it will qualify as a grant, meaning we won’t be required to repay it.
All in all, this gives us a window of two months where we hope that everyone begins to recover their financial footing. Our plan is to continue to be careful, faithful stewards of the gifts given to the church of God.
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