Important notice about church activities in light of Covid-19

By Tom Eaton

March 14, 2020

Dear Members of Trinity,

In these unusual and difficult times, it is important for us to remember the words of King David in Psalm 31:14-15, “I trust in you, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.” While we act in faith and trusting the Lord, our God, we also need to act with sanctified Christian judgment and common sense. With that in mind, the Church Council met today and came up with these decisions for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to hold our regular services on Sundays, Lenten Wednesdays, and during Holy Week, unless something changes or we are mandated not to. However, we encourage you not to come if you or one the members of your family are sick or have a cough or cold. While we feel it is important for people to have the opportunity to hear the Word of God and receive his Sacrament (especially at a time when so many are stressed and perhaps distressed,) we also don’t want to put anyone at needless risk. Therefore, we place the decision whether or not to make use of our services in your hands. At the same time, hold on to the belief that our “times are in God’s hands.”

Here are some of the things the Council decided:

• While services will continue, we are suspending Sunday School and Bible Class on Sunday mornings at least until after Easter. There will also be no Coffee Hours for the remainder of Lent.

• When coming to church, please do not greet one another by shaking hands. Also, do not expect the pastors to shake your hand as you enter or leave church. A friendly nod or spoken greeting is sufficient.

• We will not take a collection by passing the offering plate. The plates will be positioned at each entrance/exit so you can place your offering there.

• For communion, we will use only the individual cup out of concern for our brothers and sisters in faith. We also will distribute the body of Christ to your hand only, as opposed to placing it in your mouth. In addition, the pastors will be washing their hands immediately before the distribution of the Sacrament. We will also keep the number of individuals in the communion tables smaller than we have before (maybe 4 or 5 instead of 8-10).

• We encourage members to sit a little farther apart, keeping in mind the recommended six-foot social distancing. Assuming the attendance will be dropping for the next few weeks, this should not be a problem.

• We will not be re-using bulletins/worship folders from one service to another, so you may take them with you or throw them away when you are done with them. Bulletins/worship folders will also not be handed out by the ushers, but made available for you to pick up on your own.

• We plan on sending online copies of the readings and sermons to everyone at least during the next few weeks, especially for those who do not choose to attend services. (In addition, we will post videos of our services within 24-48 hours on our website http://tlcsaline.church)

Therefore…

• If you know someone who might not receive e-mails from the church at present because they have not yet given us their e-mail addresses, now would be a good time to get those e-mail addresses to us. Or, if you know someone who does not have e-mail capabilities, please share this information with them.

• As always, private communion is available from one of the pastors at any time.

• Above all, please, please, please let one of the pastors know if you test positive for COVID-19.

Also of note is that the Teens and Tweens have decided to cancel the Taco Buffet scheduled for next Saturday. They will, however, have a raffle of items available in the annex starting tomorrow and running for the next week or two.

Here is the link to the WELS guidance concerning COVID-19:

https://wels.net/as-we-face-covid-19/

This is the link Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provided for COVID-19 information

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor William Natsis

Trinity News Archive
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