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Holy Trinity friends,
Greetings in Christ on this Fourth of July holiday weekend when we give thanks for the freedom to express, witness and demonstrate our faith freely for the benefit of all God’s children.
In addition to praying for continued healing for Diane Whalen and Alice Larrimer recovering from leg infections, please remember too, Gail Svendsen at OSU hospital receiving non-COVID medical treatment. We remember Kris Eicher whose mother Nancy Hawk died earlier this week after extended illness and time on our prayer list.
Plans to Gather Anew
The first priority for our plans to Gather Anew at church is to commend and affirm the faithful responsibility that everyone is taking with regard to their own level of community interaction. Only you really know your own circumstances. So please understand that we have prepared to worship again in person only when you are already to do so, continuing to provide online worship so that we might gather together as widely as possible.
You will find our worship service at
and at the “Online Worship” tab of our website.
The worship bulletin is still available at
For any who are feeling well and want to worship in-person this week, we will gather at our normal times on Sunday morning, July 5, at 8:30 and 10:30, with an additional service at 11:45 on Wednesday, July 8 as well. As a most safe practice, we have also decided now to require everyone at church to wear facial coverings of the mouth and nose. Extras are available just inside the front doors.
When you arrive for worship on Sunday, you will see a table of individually packaged communion safe-spaced across at table at the sanctuary door. Communing worshippers will take one of the packets and parents of non-communion children will pick up a sticker for each child. You will be instructed during the service how to make use of each from your own seats. This communion is also available for delivery to your home by request to Pastor Steve ator calling the church office. And offering will be collected at the door as well.
As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will help you identify a seat or cluster of safe-distance seats that will accommodate your household, and help make adjustments to a cluster of seats as necessary. We also have four armchairs marked for use by those who use the arm of a chair to help them stand. Service bulletins will already be in place at each seat.
We look forward to an uplifting if somewhat different worship experience as well. While there will be no group reading or singing, we will have a song leader to sing the words of hymns while the rest of us follow along. We will pray together the Lord’s Prayer. And we’ll explore new ways of sharing the peace, without touching each other while including gestures to all those who are worshipping with us from home.
At the end of the service, ushers will help dismiss the congregation from the back of the sanctuary moving toward the front. Once out of the sanctuary, everyone will be directed to exit the building through the Service Door. Signs and markings on the floor will serve as a guide as well, just as there are new hand-sanitizing units installed at strategic locations through the building too.
If you would like to preview what the worship space will look like when you arrive or how the new cameras will broadcast the service into your homes, please click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7OXql6Z5Ng&feature=youtu.be
Whether online or in-person, we look forward to gathering again for worship this week with the God who finds new and meaningful ways to touch us with grace for us to share with the world.
Be safe. Stay well.
Yours in Christ,
Mike Christman, President (firstname.lastname@example.org; 419-356-9565)
Pastor Steve (; 614-579-8128)
Vicar Sara (; 513-581-6006)