In accord with the recent Franklin County Board of Health Advisory and on the recommendation of the Parish Health Team and staff, Church Council has decided that Holy Trinity will conduct all worship and ministry meetings remotely for the next 28 days starting Friday, November 20. While we are not legally prohibited from gathering in person, Council believes we can most faithfully promote the well-being of the community by helping to stem the increasing COVID infection rate and burdens on our medical staff and hospital systems in our local area, especially given all the meaningful ways that we can continue to worship and serve together from home.
Church staff will live stream one worship service from the sanctuary for the whole congregation at 9:30am on Sundays, November 22 – December 13, 2020 at engagedbygrace.org. A recording of each service will be available to view online after that. Although the services will not include communion since the whole assembly will not be gathered, Pastor Steve and Vicar Sara are available to share communion at the doorstep of any who request it. Plans are also in place to provide streaming worship on Christmas Eve, and live worship if possible given community health conditions at that time.
While we will not be inviting anyone to leave their home for ministry activity over the next 28 days nor hosting any other group meetings at the church, Pastor Steve and Vicar Sara remain available for pastoral and spiritual care over the telephone, via zoom, and in person at church by appointment at safe distance with masks. Congregational volunteers also stand ready to run errands for groceries and medications. For assistance, please contact the Church Office at 614-486-9433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends in Christ, take heart! These will be holidays like no other, except in this way. Emmanuel – God is with us, and will see us through these circumstances … as God has done through every circumstance before … and will through every circumstance to come. Jesus raised from the dead is our assurance of that.
Yours in Christ,
Mike Christman, President
Sara Wunsch, Vicar
Steve Wachtman, Pastor