Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Trinity Safer at Home Update
In keeping with the Safer at Home orders currently in effect in Wisconsin through April 24 and the national social distancing orders in effect through the end of April, we will continue to suspend all in-person events including worship services, educational programming, small group activities, and outside groups that meet on-site at Trinity until May 1. The only exception to this will be the Trinity Food Pantry which will remain open during its normal hours of operation. Read more here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Trinity Safer at Home
In order to keep our members and staff safe during this COVID-19 situation, all staff of Trinity Lutheran Church are working remotely from home. You may reach out via email with any concerns, and your message will be replied to promptly.
The church building is closed indefinitely, except for the food pantry which is keeping normal hours to serve the most vulnerable in our community.
Our worship services on Sunday and Wednesday will be live streamed on Facebook Live. You can access that even if you don't have a Facebook account by clicking on the Facebook logo on our home page. Check our web site and Facebook regularly for updates.
Loving one another as Christ loves us means taking these extraordinary steps to keep our neighbors safe. We hope to be all together in-person soon.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
While our in-person ministry may be temporarily suspended, this is a time that we as church leaders must implement new and creative ways of being church together! These Facebook Live events will occur at 6:30 PM weekdays (except for Wednesday worship), and will be a short devotional and way for us to connect together. Download the Pandemic Hope devotional below to follow along.
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Monday, March 16, 2020
A Message from Pastor Patrick and Trinity's Leadership
On Sunday, we met with members of the Trinity Executive Committee, Pastor Mary Kaye Ashley, and Parish Nurse Vicki Dueringer to discuss how to proceed with Trinity’s various ministries in the immediate future in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In keeping with current recommendations and actions taken at the state and local levels, the following ministry adjustments will be made:
All in-person events, including worship services, educational programming, small group activities, outside groups that meet on-site at Trinity will be suspended until April 6. The only exception to this will be the Trinity Food Pantry, which will remain open during its normal hours of operation.
Until April 6, worship services will be available in an online format only. The 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning services as well as the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening service will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube (accessible via links on the Trinity home page, www.trinity-ec.org). The 12:15 p.m. Wednesday worship service and soup luncheon are suspended for the remainder of Lent.
Trinity staff are exploring ways to utilize online technologies in support of the various ministries at Trinity. We will contact members with more information about these options if and when they become available.
At this time, Trinity staff will remain working on-site at the church. If you are in need of pastoral care or have other questions, please call the church office at 715-832-6601 or contact Pastor Patrick directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell phone at 507-779-4991).
Even though we are not able to worship and gather together physically right now, you can continue to support Trinity’s ministries of serving in Christ’s love and sharing the Good News through:
Praying for the health and safety of those in our community and around the world;
Calling and checking in on your neighbors who may be isolated and in need;
Continuing to support Trinity’s ministries monetarily by giving online or mailing offering envelopes to the Trinity office; and
Volunteering to help with food distribution at the Trinity Food Pantry. New recommendations put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will require many additional volunteers to safely supply food to those in need in the days and weeks ahead. If you are interested in offering assistance in this way, please contact the church office.
Trinity's leadership will continue to meet regularly during the coming weeks. Please look for an update regarding worship services and ministries on April 1.
God’s blessings always!
Pr. Patrick Patterson
Congregation Council President
Friday, March 13, 2020
A Message from Pastor Patrick
In respect for safety, and in keeping with health official recommendations, all worship services and Christian education will be cancelled for Sunday, March 15. Our 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. worship services will be live streamed on our website and Facebook, so please join us from the safety of your home.
God has called us to love our neighbor and care for the least of these, and it is with this in mind that we practice caution due to the fluid nature of the COVID19 situation. While many of us feel healthy and wonder if all of the hype is justified, we must keep the welfare of others in mind as we act. Read more from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department on their website.
There will be many other considerations in the hours and days ahead. A team of elected leaders and our Health Ministries staff will discuss future steps that may need to be taken. Please watch for regular updates on our website, Facebook, or please call the church office.
We will continue to provide spiritual and pastoral care for all members as we are able, although those activities may look a little different in the short term. Please contact me at email@example.com or on my cell phone at 507.779.4991 for any of those needs.
God's blessings on your day!
Patrick A. Patterson
A Message from Preschool Director Marlee Knickerbocker
Noah's Ark Preschool and all Early Childhood Programming (including Open Gym) at Trinity will be closed effective immediately. In the interest of health safety, Noah's Ark is cancelling our field trip to Menards on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. In addition, Gov. Evers directed the Department of Health Services to mandate the closure of all K-12 schools beginning Wednesday, March 18. Therefore, Noah's Ark will close as well.
The anticipated reopening date is Monday, April 6, however this is subject to change pending further information. We will continue to provide updates via email, the Trinity website, and Facebook posts.
Stay home. Stay well. Wash your hands! God's peace be with you!
Noah's Ark Preschool Director and Early Childhood Enrichment Coordinator