As awareness continues to unfold in our community relative to the spread of COVID 19, our staff and leaders are monitoring CDC recommendations closely, listening and praying constantly, and making decisions for the well-being of all, as best we can. We are doing what we can to balance all concerns, and heed the experts around us. See the Worship Services page for video links to our most recent services, and please continue to reference this page for our most up-to-date information.
The Visioning Council and staff have been attempting to make the best decisions we can regarding gathering for worship while at the same time balancing staff responsibilities in multiple ministry areas. After much discussion and deliberation, here is our plan for the time being:
Our pre-recorded worship will still be available on-demand via the website on Sunday morning. We’ll still be live-streaming the 9:00 a.m. service on Facebook Live if you’d feel that is the best way for you to participate this week.
As awareness continues to unfold in our community relative to the spread of COVID 19, our staff and leaders are monitoring CDC recommendations closely, listening and praying constantly, and making decisions for the well-being of all, as best we can. We are doing what we can to balance all concerns and heed the experts around us.
Please know that our staff and leadership have been working diligently and with an abundance of caution and courage to help us:
“Be the church” in all of the ways we can imagine during this crisis
Serve, protect, and be sensitive to the most vulnerable in our midst and in the community as a whole.
Practice life together according to CDC and WHO guidelines
Worship, grow, fellowship and serve together using online resources
Plan for a phased process of eventual regathering
Our Phased process includes four immediate components:
Use of and access to church offices and ministry areas.
Gatherings of groups from within and beyond the congregation, other than weekly worship.
Initial attempts to gather outdoors for worship, while broadcasting to cars in the lot, hosting a weekly “live” Zoom broadcast and continuing to offer a recorded service available anytime.
Eventually, a step toward indoor worship, albeit with restrictions for size, distancing, singing, and other aspects
Our Current Criteria relative to Phasing is as follows:
To be prepared for and implemented when:
The number of new cases and COVID-19 deaths have both declined for at least 14 days until it reaches a threshold of perceived insignificance. (Phases 2 & 3)
The number of new cases and COVID-19 deaths have both declined for at least 35 days until it reaches a threshold of perceived insignificance. (Phase 4)
Rapid diagnostic testing capacity is sufficient to test, at minimum, all people with COVID-19 symptoms, including mild cases, as well as their close contacts and those in essential roles. (Phases 2-4)
The health care system is able to safely care for all patients, including providing appropriate personal protective equipment for health care workers. (Phases 2-4)
While we want to and look forward to gathering together physically as much as anyone, we will still encourage those most vulnerable or at risk of contracting or spreading the infection to remain in isolation and worship from home, or to worship within their vehicles when that is an option. We miss you! Join us in any way you are able in the meantime!
a message from our leadership
As we work our way through temporary inconveniences for the sake of the health of all, we remind you that “church” is not where we go once each week, it's who we ARE. Together, as Church, we will pray and sing and carry each other along as well as our most vulnerable friends and neighbors, trusting in the mercy of God and in the desire for the well-being of all creation. Meanwhile, your continued support of the developing needs of our local ministries as well as our shared mission here are both appreciated, as you are able, in these times! Offerings can still be made electronically through the Vanco link on our website or by a check mailed to the office. Thank you for all the ways you are being Church both inside and outside our building. Stay tuned as we continue to update you about events, and don't hesitate to call with your questions.
Let’s pray… Lord, in these trying and challenging times, help us to be mindful of our own fragility and that of our neighbors. As we seek to be good citizens and neighbors, teach us to lean on our faith, to refrain from oversimplifying or complicating the issues at hand, to practice grace, and to look for ways to be your hands, feet, and voice in the meantime. We ask your presence with all public servants and those on the front lines of responding to the current crisis. Help us to do our part – no matter how small that may seem to be. May Christ guide us in all our efforts. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Together in Christ,
The Holy Trinity Visioning Council, Pastors, and Staff
We will not have children’s, youth or adult ministries on-site at the church until further notice, but we are gathering and providing resources in alternative ways! Please visit the banner under ‘Ministries’ for videos and more information on specific ministries.