May 28, 2020
Statement by ELCA Congregations about Not Reopening Buildings Yet
Dear Members of the Eau Claire Community,
Almost three months ago we closed our church buildings to be Safer At Home, in accordance with Governor Evers' directive. The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 had arrived, and while there was a lot we did not know about it, staying home was recommended as the safest option to keep ourselves, our congregations, and the wider community healthy and reduce, or at least slow down, the spread of this virus. These many weeks later... We miss YOU. But we hold to some commitments, and the best practices for safety compel us not to open our buildings yet.
Read the entire statement here.
The Peace of God be with you!
The Rev. Jim Ahlquist, Spirit Lutheran
The Rev. Mary Kaye Ashley, Trinity Lutheran
The Rev. Julie Brenden, St. John's Lutheran
The Rev. Jamie Brieske, Immanuel Lutheran
The Rev. Christine Emerson, St. John's Lutheran
The Rev. Mary Erickson, Hope Lutheran
The Rev. Patrick Patterson, Trinity Lutheran
The Rev. Lori Ruge-Jones, University Lutheran
The Rev. Phil Ruge-Jones, Grace Lutheran
The Rev. Josh Toufar, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Welcome Pastor Tom and Family!
We are thrilled to welcome Pastor Tom Westcott to Trinity! Pastor Tom is married to his wonderful wife Emily. They have two children, Olive and Rowan, and share their home with their "fur child" Summit.
Pastor Tom finds great joy in exploring what God is up to outside of the church walls and in our everyday lives. "Faith should not be kept within the confines of Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. Faith should permeate everything we say and do. Faith should be a way of life," he notes.
Some of his hobbies include home brewing, following local sports, ice fishing, and experimenting with all things BBQ.
While our in-person ministry may be temporarily suspended, we can find new and creative ways of being church together! These Facebook Live events will occur at 6:30 PM weekdays and will be a short devotional and way for us to connect together. Download the Pandemic Hope devotional below to follow along.
Trinity's Facebook page
Download the NEW Pandemic Faith devotional - the next 8 weeks (beginning May 11)
Download the Pandemic Hope devotional