All church activities and worship are cancelled until May 10, 2020.
When Martin Luther was dealing with the Black Plague in his time, he wrote,
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others….If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above.” (Luther’s Works, Volume 43, pg. 132).
As our community, our state, our nation, and our world in this time and age are adjusting the daily patterns of life in an attempt to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus, also called COVID-19, so too at Trinity we must adjust our patterns of life. As your pastor and congregation president, we are called to love and care for each of you and are always concerned for your health and safety. We also desire for you to have easy access to Word and Sacrament. Because it is through these means of grace that we all receive great comfort and consolation, strength, and courage to meet the daily challenges of life.
What Can You Do To Help
As Martin Luther advised so many years ago, we are being thoughtful and taking precautions that we believe will benefit members of our congregation. But along with Luther we recognize that Being Church means more than simply taking precautions during a potential crisis.
Please remember that telephones work. Call and connect with another person from the church when you have a spare moment. FaceTime or other video chat software are also great ways to stay connected. Let’s share our stories with each other and let’s take special care to connect with those who are most vulnerable.
Good stewardship also involves self-care. Be aware of your health. Engage in the best practices of handwashing, staying home if you are sick, and social distancing. But also stay physically active and eat healthy. Take time to enjoy God’s creation and reflect on how wonderfully you were made. Above all, don’t spend your days sitting on the couch watching the news. Clean out a closet. Read a book. Learn how to knit. Engage in the creation of art. Let’s use this challenging time to challenge ourselves to be a better person.
You can pray. Pray especially for those who are on the front lines visiting and caring for the sick. Perhaps download the fiile and take a moment each day to pray the prayer that has been offered by the Lutheran World Federation, praying for all of those who are affected by COVID-19.
Please do not be afraid – God promises to be with us. This too shall pass. Please remember that we are engaging in these steps because we are especially mindful of those members who have underlying health issues and those who have been identified as members of high-risk groups. At Trinity we are church. We are resilient, responsive, strong in faith, and strong in our connections with God, each other, and the world.
Giving and Stewardship
Offering income during a time like this could be a concern. How can you give if you can’t go to worship? Two easy options are to mail your offerings to the church office, or take advantage of online, regular giving.
May God be with us all,
Rev. Christopher D. Berry Dr. James White
Bridge Pastor Congregation President