April memory verse: “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Update: As the onecall phone call from Pastor Jay explained yesterday evening, we are under a cautious protocol at the school and ELC right now. We sent a little one home with a low-grade fever on Thursday, and subsequently, following CDC guidelines, the ELC has been closed until the protocols have been met. The closure could be for 5 to 14 days. Please keep the little one and her family in prayer and our hope is that she is healthy and just has a fever from teething. But we always err on the side of caution.
The sanctuary is a “safe zone” for now, as we continue to run worship online and other online programming, but if we should find it necessary, we will take appropriate measures to close it, but as of now, the CDC recommendations are in play.
TONIGHT! Join the worship team at 7:00 p.m. this evening for another of our Friday night concerts. It is a great opportunity to worship and praise our Lord.
MOTHER’S DAY/SPRING FLOWER SALE! We will be selling flowers as a church fundraiser. Attached to this message is the order form. For questions, to place an order and/or for more information, please contact Brenda Fischer at 443-520-8515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE'S THE NEXT NEW THING!
Next Wednesday, April 29, we will be starting a free, online 6-week study of C.S. Lewis's classic book "Mere Christianity." The classes will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on six consecutive Wednesday nights and led by Ken Coughlan.
Best yet, you have two options to participate:
Zoom: We can send you an invitation to a Zoom meeting where you can speak directly to Ken using your computer's microphone and participate in the class that way.
YouTube: If Zoom isn't for you, the class will also be live streamed to the Trinity Joppa YouTube channel where you can participate via live chat. Ken will be monitoring the live chat during the class and answer any comments or questions raised in the chat.
If you would like to participate via Zoom, send an email as soon as possible to email@example.com. For security reasons (to prevent hackers) this will be set up as a private meeting. In order to get access to the meeting you need to send Ken an email in advance. The YouTube feed will be available publicly.
The first class session will cover "Book 1," which consists of the first five chapters (don't worry, they're short). You do not need to purchase the book to follow along with the class, but it will enhance your experience if you read the chapters in advance. Below is a link where you can purchase the book in multiple formats from Amazon, including paperback or Kindle editions if you would like to download it quickly. We hope you will join us online! God bless.
JFIRE online—If you have missed our meetings, have no fear. We have another meeting through Zoom, this Sunday 4/26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Katie and Christian sent an email out with a survey and invite information, so check your email or contact one of them for information.
Face masks-- Face masks—Do you or a family member need a face mask? Trinity has two ways to help:
Worship Opportunities—All worship is live stream only
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. One Sunday service--live stream
Monday, 4:00 p.m. Children’s program with scripture, music and a craft through Facebook
Monday, 8:00 p.m. “Prayers of the People”
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Bible study on Psalms led by Pastor Jay.
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity book study
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Bible study led by Lori Hinman. Contact her for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 8:00 p.m. “Prayers of the People”
Friday, 7:00 p.m. Concert worship service with the worship team--This will be an uplifting time of worship and praise for the whole family.
DIRECTIONS FOR WORSHIP—Here’s how to join us for worship. Access is very easy.
On our homepage you will find a link to upcoming services and other worship opportunities
Click on the link and it will begin to play.
You will find a connection card link. Be sure to fill this out.
Through our website, we have made giving easier than ever.
There is a link to our online giving portal.
Most bank online platforms (desktop, tablet or smartphone) allow you to set up your giving the same way you pay your cable bill.
If you prefer, you can mail your offering to the church.
Notification from: Trinity Lutheran Christian School & Early Learning Center
Due to a child experiencing a temperature yesterday, the school will be closed for the next 5-14 days. Details will be provided as they become available.
Need help getting into our services? We can help! If you need assistance tuning into our worship opportunities through your computer, Ken Coughlan can walk you through the process. Email him at email@example.com or call 410-679-4000 x129 for help. We want everyone to join us in our Bible studies, worship concerts and worship services.
Food Closet - The Trinity food closet is remaining open for our regular hours, Tuesday from 6:00-7:30 p.m., Thursday from, 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We are accepting monetary donations. Currently donations of food are not able to be dropped off at the school. Contact Mary Kay for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the Facebook page for more details. We also need food closet volunteers… If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mary Kay at email@example.com so she can connect you with our volunteer coordinator.
Food Closet Update-- Drop Offs
Thank you so much for continuing to provide food for our Trinity Food Closet Ministry. During this lock-down, our drop off protocol had been the front entrance of the school. Due to the CDC protocol and a little one having a fever, we have closed the entire school side facility until further notice. So, effective today, both the school and church are closed. We are walking through the procedures and hope to re-open the Early Learning Center sooner than later. For now, we are working to provide another structured time and place for food drop offs. Please hold on to what you have and we will have an opportunity for you to drop it off soon. Thank you again, and we pray that you are all healthy and doing well.
Prayers – Are you in need for prayer due to illness or anything else? Please call the HEART ministry at (410) 679-4000 x 129. We are here for you and yours.
Women’s Bible Study – This is an ongoing study led by Lori Hinman. You are welcome to join. The study begins at 9:30 am on Thursdays. Email Lori Hinman at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invite to the Zoom meeting. Anyone is welcome to join…even if you haven’t been in our study before.
Pastor Jay’s Psalms Bible Study – Join us on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm for a live stream Bible study on Psalms led by Pastor Jay. Access the Bible study through the website just as you do for worship. Follow the directions above.
Small Groups - We encourage you and your small groups to stay in touch and keep praying. Right now, we need our small groups more than ever. Check in with each other.
Pastoral care - A member of the Trinity pastoral staff is on call every day. If you need to speak with a member of the pastoral staff, please call the church at 410-679-4000 x113 or for the weekend, call 410-679-4000 x186. Please leave a message for your call to be returned.
Let’s stay connected! Visit our website or our various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat). If you miss any of our worship services or want to see them again, you can access them through our Youtube channel which you can get to through our website, www.trinityjoppa.org.