A Word From Your Church
December 11, 2020
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Our Most Recent Update by Dr. Jeff Roberts
Dear Trinity Family,
As we began our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we adopted as a guiding statement the following: Because we love our church family we will seek to minimize risk and trust our congregation to act responsibly. This guiding statement has served us well as we have sought to navigate the complex decisions that the pandemic creates for churches, businesses, schools, organizations and families.
During the past nine months, we have tragically lost church members to this disease. We grieve with these families we love and pray for them as they are passing through this painful time. As we are all aware, the virus is spreading not only in our nation but also in our own community. Until recent months, the number of church families that have reported being infected by the virus has been few. However, in the past few weeks, these reports have increased. We are grateful that we know of no one who has become infected through participating in worship or one of our planned activities. The protocols, which have been put in place, and our church willing to be responsible to each other, have been effective. Yet, more of our church family is dealing with the infection of the virus and the illness, anxiety and disruption the virus can cause.
Due to the rise of infection we are witnessing, our Covid-19 advisory team had a called meeting this past Thursday evening. As a result of that discussion we are taking the following steps as we move through Advent and Christmas. We have decided to cancel the 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Service. Our team also remains concerned about our other two planned Christmas Eve Services due to the rise of infection and that these two services would be our largest gathering since the pandemic began. The team will continue to monitor this situation and we will keep our congregation informed of any decisions.
If you have registered for either the 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services and you have changed your mind about your own attendance, please go to the website and remove your registration. It is very important we have a good estimate of participants as we make decisions. Also, please remember that we are pre-recording a Christmas Eve Service for you to use at your own convenience during the Christmas Season. This service will be available on the website.
I have asked you over these last 9 months to be flexible and faithful. Our church family has been amazing through all of our challenges and I am deeply grateful. The decisions that we have had to make and those we will make in the future are difficult because we all long to be together. As difficult as this has been, I am convinced that the proclamation of the angels that first Christmas is true. Jesus is Immanuel. God is with us.
Dr. Jeff Roberts