IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
In light of Governor Hogan's May 13, 2020 announcement initiating Phase 1 of the recovery plan, Trinity is making some modifications to our worship services. We will begin holding outdoor worship on Sunday, May 24, 2020 while continuing to live stream for those who are not able or comfortable coming in. Please watch Pastor Jay's video for complete details.
Pastor Jay's Letter to the Congregation:
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Friends, we were given a bit of optimistic news this week. We are now entering into the first phase of reopening our beloved state and resuming a bit of life as we knew it. We are now able to engage in conversations about how to come together in person to worship. This is exciting for us all on many levels. But our pledge to you as friends and members of Trinity is this… we will be smart about it.
Over the past three days, the Executive team and the Vision team have met to develop a plan for Trinity to worship together moving forward. Trinity is not the largest church on the block, but it is larger than most. And with this blessing, comes an added layer of protection for us to evaluate. Because our size is large, our exposure risks are also larger than most churches. And with the age range and vulnerability of so many of our members, we are taking the following measures for our worship experience.
First, this weekend… for the week of May 17th, we will be hosting our service on-line at 10:00 am and it will only be on-line. There will be no service at the church facility, and the church is still closed. While we have been planning for an eventual re-opening, we are not prepared to rush right back into the building at this time.
The following two weekends, May 24th and May 31st, we are planning on holding our worship service outdoors at 10:00am. The guidelines from the state have encouraged and recommend outdoor worship, and we like that option for now. We will encourage folks to remain in or near their cars to ensure safe physical distancing, but at least we will be able to gather, see familiar faces, wave to one another, and worship our God… together. This worship will have parameters and guidelines which we will provide on Monday to help guide us for the next few weeks. But we are excited and are looking forward to coming together safely outdoors and sing praises to our Lord and Savior. Please know that, even when we hold worship services outdoor, you will always have the option to worship online as we have been doing and are committed to do going forward.
Our process for opening will be communicated very clearly. We will be evaluating our worship opportunities two weeks at a time and will communicate with you all our decisions as we move forward. This intentional process will allow us time to not only gather a “best practices” approach as we talk with other churches about their re-entry plans, but will also allow us the necessary time to evaluate the trends and see how the county is handling this next re-opening stage. We know things are not back to normal, and while we do truly want that normalcy, we are committed to taking a practical and open approach to keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe at this time, and we feel that this is the best method to do so.
So please stay tuned. We ask for you to pray for patience and wisdom for Trinity’s leadership at this time. We want to make the best decisions possible for all people, but we, like you, have never been through a pandemic. What may be cautious to some still feels reckless to others, but we must foster an environment where we can be an example of a people who follow the Lord and look out for one another. We see too much division in our country already. Let Trinity be an example of a people who Love the Lord and each other at this time putting our own wants aside to live for others. This is what we have trained for. This is why we worship. This is why we follow Jesus.
We look forward to a time when we can all be together once more, and there will come that time. But until then, let us remain safe and worship, keeping Jesus Christ first in our lives above all else.
Yours in Christ,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with government recommendations, Trinity will no longer be hosting large group gatherings until further notice. Unfortunately, this most directly impacts our weekly worship. However, we are being proactive in finding innovative ways to continue to connect with God and each other while remaining conscientious to protect one another from the spread of this disease.
Based on information provided by the CDC, the Governor’s office and a variety of news sources, we feel it best to extend our Trinity campus closure indefinitely. If the situation betters at any point, we will certainly reevaluate. The team is keeping a very close watch on how the virus is progressing and affecting our community. Your health and safety are a top priority.
All worship services will be streamed online via our website, Youtube and the Trinity App.
The church offices will be closed during this time and all group activities are canceled. For updates and information, please check our website regularly or call our emergency hotline: 410-679-4000 x313. If you need to get in touch with a member of our pastoral staff, please call: 410-679-4000 x113 and leave a message with your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Our Food Closet will remain open during this time to accommodate the expected increase in need. Any food or monetary donations are appreciated to continue supporting this ministry and the ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church. The dropoff location for physical donations will be in the school entrance of our facility. To give a donation online, click here and under the "select a fund" dropdown menu, select "Food Closet." For general giving to support the ministry of Trinity, please select "Sunday Offering." We covet your prayers now and always, as we will keep you in our prayers as well.
The Trinity Staff