March 17, 2020 Update

March 17, 2020 Update

See below for the email we sent to people in our database. If you are part of our community and didn’t receive the email, you can call the main office to get added to the ongoing updates list.

Dear First Trinity Friends,

What a crazy week it has been! I’m in lots of online communities with church leaders all around the country who have been figuring out how best to respond to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Last week we shared this verse with you:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Psalm 46:1-2a

The Executive Ministry Team continues to hold on to this promise, confident that God is still in control and therefore we will not fear. I want to share some changes to our ministry with you in light of this outbreak, but I also want to assure you that through all of our discussions, fear has not been the motivator. Rather, we want to help keep everyone safe in this time while still responding to the needs around us. We have a unique opportunity to be Christ’s hands and feet and mouth and ears in our various circles right now. Before we get to the changes however, check out this message from Pastor Chuck:

Based on CDC recommendations and putting the safety of our people and our community first, here are some changes to our programming that you should be aware of:

First, let’s talk about Worship and Sunday Morning:

  • We are moving Lenten and Sunday morning services through May 10 to online only. You can find our livestreams here: http://FirstTrinity.com/YouTube  We are suspending the 5:30 Saturday service.
  • FT Kids will livestream a lesson for kids at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Families can participate live on our YouTube channel linked above, or later on demand.
  • Other Education Hour offerings are being suspended. We will be providing resources in the weeks ahead for digging into God’s Word in your homes.

Here are some things that are being put on hold for the time being:

  • There will be no meetings on campus at First Trinity, through May 10. No basketball, volleyball, AA, Horizon, etc.
  • The Congregational Meeting set for March 28 has been postponed to a date to be announced later.
  • Confirmation Sunday has been postponed to a date to be announced later.
  • The Preschool is closed now until at least April 20. They will follow what the Ken-Ton School District does. Preschool families are being communicated to by our Preschool Staff.

Here are some modifications and additions to ministry:

  • For our Life Groups: the CDC is asking that groups larger than 10 not meet in person. First Trinity has a Zoom account whereby people can meet in a video conference for Life Group, if you’d like. Contact Jason Christ or Sue Steege for access.
  • Pastor Chuck and some guests from time to time will host some kind of online video communication on Fridays around Noon on YouTube.
  • Sue Steege will be doing nightly talks for kids on First Trinity’s YouTube channel.
  • Marsha Peth is coordinating a team of people who will support our folks who are in the high risk people group. If you need assistance, please call us.
  • There will be ways for people to share prayer requests and for us all to share God-sightings during this time. For now, our prayer wall will work: http://FirstTrinity.com/prayer
  • Children’s and Youth Ministries will continue to meet online as able.

This is a lot to digest! As we think about this new season of living, here are some things you can do to be the church in the world:

  • Seek opportunities to connect with others relationally, even if they can’t be physically present.
  • Check on your neighbors, love your family, pray for and with people. Be an encouragement.
  • Connect to God’s Word and worship in new ways.
  • Contact the church if you need help. We will find help!
  • Continue to support First Trinity’s ministry financially.
  • Share the stories of what God is doing during this time.

I am so grateful for this faith family. We will continue to update you via email and on our website and social media channels.

Blessings,

Vicar Jason

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