Welcome to another weekly update on all things Trinity related. I realize it’s Monday and I usually send this out on Friday, but there are a few things I thought you should know sooner rather than later.
The big news today is our August worship experiment that begins this coming Sunday, Aug. 9. I’ll be honest with you. I can be stubborn. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been very resistant to having outdoor worship every Sunday in the summer. I now realize, however, that outdoors is where most people, are most comfortable, most of the time these days. Therefore, for the next five weekends, Sun. Aug. 9 – Sun. Sept. 6, (Labor Day Weekend) our 11 a.m. service will take place outdoors in our worship area. Now, this is important, while masks are not required outdoors social distancing is. Please, be respectful of this distancing and be careful with your interactions before and after worship. In fact, wearing a mask before and after worship is preferred. If the weather does not allow us to be outside we will worship in the sanctuary as we normally do. Masks are required in the sanctuary for the spoken and sung portions of our service. Once again, beginning this Sunday Aug. 9 our 11 a.m. service will be outdoors weather permitting.
This is not the only part of our August worship experiment. Beginning this weekend, Aug. 9, our 8 a.m. service will be moved back one hour to 9 a.m. During August we don’t have children’s ministry, youth ministry or adult bible class on Sunday mornings, therefore, we’re going to give this a try. Over the years, I have had two groups of people ask about moving our early service back. The first group includes some of our older members for whom getting up and getting going early has become more and more difficult. The second group includes some of our families with children. The 8 a.m. worship time means getting their families up and going earlier on Sunday than they do on a school day. This is some of the thinking behind this five-week experiment. It’s the same service just at a different time. Currently we have lots of safe, distanced, space available for “in-person” worship at this service. Our goal is to make “in person” worship as accessible to people as possible as we live in our Coivd-19 world. We hope to see you next week at 9 a.m.,for our traditional worship, or at 11 a.m. for our outdoor worship.
Now, on to a few other items.
First, we continue to celebrate Holy Communion in the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays during August. The week of Aug.16, however, Communion will not be available. You can register for a time slot on our website.
Second, our Children’s Ministry survey closes on Wednesday, Aug. 5. If you’re the parent of a child between ages 3 and 11 and have not filled out the survey please, contact Blake Wright ASAP and he’ll direct you. We need, and appreciate, your input very much.
Third, parents of current confirmation students and parents of students entering the 6th grade please, be on the lookout for more information regarding our Confirmation Ministry. This is going to be a super busy time as kids head back to school and as we try to figure out the best way to engage in ministry here at Trinity.
Fourth, Trinity’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. We have not determined the format of this meeting but I wanted to give you a heads up so you have the date on your calendar. Also, a copy of the proposed budget will be sent to your home in the near future.
Finally, our next blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 from 1-7 p.m. You can register on line at redcrossblood.org. Thanks for being a blessing to others!
That’s more than enough for today. Blessings and peace for a great week as you live by faith and not by fear.