From the Board of Elders, along with our Pastor and the Church Council (3/17/2020)
The called and elected leaders of Trinity Lutheran Ministries, out of concern and love for our members, guests, and our community, announce the cancelation of our Wednesday evening dinner and service on 3/18/2020. Additionally, we will cancel all non-Worship related activities hosted at Trinity until at least the end of March, including all remaining Lenten Dinners. Federal, state, and local governing authorities have directed the cancellation of gatherings of 50 or more people, and we, as instructed by the 4th Commandment, wish to obey the lawful orders given from them, by the authority granted to them.
During this period of hardship, rest assured that our Pastor and all of our Ministry leadership are exploring all options to bring the Word and gifts of Christ to you. For instance, we will make services available via either recorded or live-streamed audio. We will continue to use all communication channels available to make our members aware of the time and the ways to access the audio recordings or live-feed.
We are evaluating the situation daily, and we will provide updates to the Congregation concerning weekend services on the 21st and 22nd and beyond.
Jesus Calms the Storm
A devotion and note from Pastor Shank:
As each day passes, and we are faced with new and more difficult challenges. One of the more difficult things to deal with is the great challenge of the unknown. We are all facing unknown waters and upon these waters, we can all be frightened. I was reminded of the time when the disciples were afraid in the midst of a storm on the sea.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Yes, in the midst of the storm of sickness, economic fears, and social isolation we can feel like our boat is filling up and we have run out of buckets for bailing. We too might be asking, “Is Jesus asleep at the wheel?” Let me reassure you, we worship a God, as Psalm 121 instructs us that, our God does not slumber nor does he sleep. Yes, the One we worship is this Christ Jesus, who speaks a word and calms the storm. May the Word of his promise calm the storm of doubt, fear, and trouble within you. For he has promised, “33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Through the Passion of our Lord, Jesus has overcome. He has calmed the storm. May you hear Jesus today and always, as he speaks to our hearts saying, “Peace! Be still!” Amen
Let us pray:
O Lord, You are the one who has the power over the sea and storm, by Your word they are still. Calm the storms that rage in our lives, so that we can live in the calm of the lives of faith that trust in you, all our days. Abide with all who are in leadership positions over us, grant them wisdom to know what is best for the safety of all. According to your gracious will, bring an end to the spread of this virus, O Lord and bring healing to all who have been affected, and grant peace to us all. We ask these things, in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Brothers and Sisters we need your help.
As always, we rely on your support through the tithes and offerings that you render to the Lord. To the very best of our ability, we want to continue our support for those who are employed at our Ministry but we cannot do that without your help. If you are able, please continue your normal giving. And if I could even be so bold to ask you to consider increasing your giving out of love, knowing others who have lost income will not be able to support to their normal level right now. You can give by mailing in your contribution by using your contribution envelope and you can also give electronically by clicking here: Give Now
I know that you too are hurting and many are struggling and if you are in need, we want to help you, please let us know. If your doctor has told you that you cannot go out and you need some groceries or other necessary items, let us know and we will work with your brothers and sisters to assist you. May this crisis cause us to grow closer together in our love as a church family.
We also need your help spreading these notes/ updates to those you know who do not use email. Please call around to all your friends, so that all of our church family is aware of the changes and adjustments we are making. Thank you for your assistance.
On a happier note, allow me to brag on our staff. I have to say, I am so very impressed. The hours and thoughtful work they have put into providing eLearning and homeschooling for our students is remarkable and a testament to their professionalism. Please send them your thanks, on behalf of our ministry and all of our families.
The peace of Christ be with you all,
From the Board of Christian Education and School Principal (3/15/2020)
Tomorrow (3/16) will be a regular attendance day at Trinity. At the end of the school day, students will be sent home with packets of lessons, assignments, and activities to work on while the mandated closure takes place. There is of course a chance that the mandate could be extended and our teachers are preparing lesson plans for an extended period. The Governor has declared these days to all be “act of God” days, which means that they do not have to be made up. The teaching staff of Trinity is committed to making sure that your children are prepared for the next level of education. As we get closer to the completion of the mandated closure, decisions on any changes to the school calendar will be made and sent out to all families.
I know that some parents have decided to not send their children to school tomorrow (3/16). If this is the case, please contact your child(ren)’s homeroom teacher(s). The office will be open from 8:00-4:30 for families to pick up packets, books, and any needed materials. If this time frame does not work, please let the homeroom teacher know and arrangements will be made accordingly.
Each day, your child’s teacher will send out an email reiterating the assignments that need to be completed and give written instructions when possible. The teacher will also set “phoneable” hours for the day in this email. If there are any questions for the teacher, please use these hours to contact them. Most of us also have families that need to be taken care of and narrowing the calling times to specific hours will be a respectful way to honor that. If you are unable to reach a teacher during the given hours, please reach out to me and I will do my best to assist you.
The teachers will be having an online meeting each day. This will be an opportunity for us to gauge the progress of how things are going during the closure. Any questions that teachers are unable to answer will be discussed during these online meetings.
Tuesday, March 24th, will be “Turn-In” day for the first half of the assignments that are being sent home. Plan to have someone come to the school to turn in the work that has been completed. This will give teachers the chance to catch up on grading. If the mandated closure is extended, these “Turn-In” days will also become “Pick up” days for additional work to be completed during additional closure days.
Please check your email multiple times a day. All messages from the office will also be posted to the church’s website. Thank you for your flexibility as we all work through something that is brand new to us all. As a reminder, all after school activities are canceled. The daycare is open, please see my email from yesterday and contact Mrs. Shank if you have any questions.
From the Director of Trinity Daycare (3/14/2020)
Starting on Tuesday March 17th, Trinity Lutheran Daycare will remain open. Our immediate concern is for the needs of our current Trinity Daycare and School families. We especially desire to remain open for those of you, whose place of employment have deemed you an essential worker (health care providers, first responders etc.) Since this is something we have never had to face, it is always good for you to have a backup plan for your childcare needs in case the state mandates change or our leadership has deemed public health safety concerns have increased.
As always we will follow our normal sick day procedures, but during this time we will operate under more strict health guidelines from the state, if your child displays a cough or cold like symptoms they will not be allowed to attend. Please use extra precautions at home and where you are taking your children.
Trinity Lutheran preschool students and day school students will only be charged their normal before and after school rates for wrap around care. As more information comes forth we will know how to proceed in the coming days. Please contact Casey Shank at email@example.com if your child will be using care Tuesday-Friday so we can make sure we have the appropriate staffing, we hope to limit this to 20 children or less. Please be watching your emails closely as things may change.
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.
God’s Peace be with you!