Coronavirus update

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. 

Update: The most recent data suggests that COVID-19 infection rates in the
Corridor are again rising significantly. The Visioning Council recommended that:

  • September 20 we add the outdoor worship service under the canopies to the 9 a.m. offerings as we practiced this summer (masking and social distancing).

To accomplish our in-person goals, we ask that you honor the need for masks and social distancing when you gather at the church on the lawn for any of the worship or other gatherings. We have sanitizer and some disposable masks, shaded canopies, sanitized lawn chairs etc. on site, but encourage outdoor worshipers to bring their own lawn chairs, tailgate tents, and masks (required) in order to be able to spread out adequately.

 

Those most at risk or recently exposed to anyone with COVID-19 are encouraged to worship online or in your vehicle. We understand that many may choose to remain worshiping at home or in your vehicle until it is safer to venture out. Thank you again – and we hope to see many of you in person or in your vehicles in the coming weeks!

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:

  1. Use of and access to church offices and ministry areas.

  2. Gatherings of groups from within and beyond the congregation, other than weekly worship.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

  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 contacting 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

Ministries

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.

Resources

Taking care of your behavioral health

Talking to children about COVID-19

How to make a face mask without sewing

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