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November 29, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

Happy New Year.

 

Today we began the first day of the new year by thinking about the Last Day, the Day of the Lord's glorious return.  We are so thankful that Connie is playing our organ again and, from what I've been told, it sounds pretty good on-line.

 

We will gather on Wednesday at 7 p.m for our first midweek Advent service.  A link will be sent out later in the week, though it is the same as last week's Thanksgiving Eve service.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim
 


November 27, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

I hope you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving Day, even though it may have been scaled back for you.  Attached is the sermon, or read below.

 

While there are some Advent/Christmas events that we are unable to do this year, we will be able to gather for worship be it in house or on-line.  This is what we are fundamentally called to do as a congregation.  Please see the attached newsletter for Sunday and Wednesday sermon themes, as well as other news.

 

In addition, attached is an order form for Christmas flowers.

 

Also, enjoy the attached picture of Gordon and Robin Okumu.  When things open up, they plan on visiting us so that we might celebrate with them.

 

This is the first Sunday of Advent.  As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Advent is also a time for us to prepare for His second Advent.  Attached is the order of service.  On Sunday, I will talk about what we can expect on the Day of the Lord's return.  There are still a few seats open for those who would like to join us in-house.  Please check with me.  Otherwise, here is the on-line information.

 

Join Fellowship at 10 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
Passcode: 675675
Phone  +1 669 900 6833

 

Any able bodied person who is here on Sunday, is asked to help bring down Christmas decorations.  Things will be scaled back this year, but we could still use some help.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


November 24, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving Trinity Family,

 

Even in these COVID days, we give thanks to the Lord for His abundant mercy and grace.  I invite you to join us in-house or on-line for Thanksgiving worship Wed at 7 p.m.  Attached is the order of service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 861 4360 3659
Passcode: 675675​
Dial  +1 253 215 8782  

Please keep this information for it will also be the meeting ID for our midweek Advent Services on Dec, 2, 9, 16th.

Speaking of Advent, which begins this Sunday, we have some Advent devotions for children in the narthex.  Please share them with all the children you know.

Thankful for my 16 years as your pastor.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


November 22, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

Thanks for observing the new COVID guidelines concerning the size of worship attendance.  Though, it did feel a bit empty in the sanctuary today.  There are some spaces open for Nov 29th, so if you would like to attend, please let me know.

 

Attached is the service and sermon.  If you would like to view the service, check out our web site on Tueasday.  http://tlccg.com/Link_to_Online_Worship_Service.php

 

May you have a happy Thanksgiving week.  You are welcome to join us in house (just let me know) or online Wednesday for our Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 861 4360 3659
Passcode: 675675
       +1 669 900 6833 
 
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim



November 16, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

So thankful for a new week.

 

Last Wednesday, Charter was here to change our internet router so that our upload speed would increase so that we can better zoom our services.  On Thursday, we had no wifi at the church, and the church website and email were down.  As the result, I was unable to email you on Friday with Sunday's worship service and zoom info.

 

On Sunday, we were unable to connect our new streaming computer to the internet and so by using cell phone hot spots we were able to get two laptop computers on-line to stream our service.  However, the audio suffered badly as a result.  You really need to thank Chip Kreklau and crew for dealing with all these challenges.

 

Today, Charter got us back on-line.  The recording of the worship service will soon be posted to our website but you will need to turn your speaker way up to be able to hear it.  Instead, you might just use the attached order of service and read the sermon for a time of personal worship sometime this week.

 

On Sunday I announced that for the time being, our seating capacity will only be 25.  Those slots are already filled for this week.  But, if a dozen more of you would like to attend, we can schedule a later service.  Just let me know.  We will be working hard this week to make Sunday's streamed service work as best as possible.  We are hoping that soon we will be using our own organ and not singing to recorded hymns.

 

I also announced that the Ann Brown memorial service is now postponed indefinitely.

 

I have learned of two people related to the congregation with Covid.  It is touching closer to home.  I do believe that if we follow masking and distancing that we can stay safe and hinder the spread of this virus.  Oh, and wash your hands!

 

So thankful for a Savior who has dealt with our even bigger problem.

 

Blessings in Christ

Pastor Jim

 


November 5, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

In this time of election uncertainty, how good it is to have the certainty that God has elected us and made us part of His Kingdom.  Our hope is not in man or any human government, but in Christ.  And yet, how do we live as we await his return?  That will be our theme throughout the month of November.  

 

If you are unable to attend in person, join us Sunday morning via zoom.  Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678 and Passcode: 675675.  Phone: 1 669 900 6833 

 

FYI in order to make it easier on our tech people, and to make our conversations private, we are considering holding a separate zoom meeting for fellowship that precedes our worship service.  If we implement this change, those fellowshipping would need to sign out of the fellowship zoom meeting and then sign into worship.  I would appreciate your feedback about this possible change.

 

On Saturday, we are holding Cherlynn Ashley's memorial service at 2 p.m.  You may join in person or via zoom. Meeting ID: 834 2052 2369        Passcode: 675675             Phone: 1 669 900 6833 

 

As we think about holding our Christmas Eve service, due to seating restrictions, this will be a ticketed event.  You can secure FREE tickets by following this link.  https://buytickets.at/trinitylutheranchurch/446967  If seating capacity is exceeded, we will add a second service. 

Or you may join us online. Meeting ID: 813 3646 0544        Passcode: 675675 ​  Phone: 1 669 900 6833


Please do your best to stay informed by keeping all these meeting numbers in a safe place.  Many thanks.


Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 


October 30, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

It will be a joy to be back with you as we observe All Saint's Sunday.  That is always a very special service as we remember congregational members who died in the Lord in the last year.  It is also a time for us to remember other loved ones as well.  My sermon will address the question "What happens after we die?"

 

We will join with the hosts of heaven as we share Holy Communion.  

 

If you are unable to attend, we will hold a small communion service on Monday, Nov 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity.  Please let me know, by phone or email, if you will be attending so the proper amount of cups can be set-up.  Thank you.

 

If you continue to worship at home, may you do so in a heartfelt and non-distracted manner.

 

Here is the zoom link.
Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89634370678?pwd=OElSb1VUeXRaZWJjODFxdDB3K09IQT09

 

Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
Passcode: 675675

 

Or you can call - 1 669 900 6833 long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m. for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:30 a.m. 

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

For a review, below are the protocols we are currently following for worship.  Please observe them properly.

 

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim

Protocols for Gathering for Worship

 
According to the Center for Disease Control, anyone feeling ill, or has a persistent sneeze or cough should stay home.  The wearing of masks is required.

 

If you arrive early, fellowshipping is encouraged in the front parking lot area.  Please minimize fellowshipping in the narthex so that we don’t clog it.

 

 Sanitize your hands at the front door.  Please refrain from touching items/furnishings unnecessarily. 

 

Please place your offering in the plate as you enter the narthex and grab a bulletin.

 

An usher will direct you to be seated.

 

Seating Instructions
·         Hanging over the back of pews are crosses indicating where you may sit.  When you sit down, the cross will be on the pew in front of you.
·         Please understand that you MAY not be able to sit in your normal pew. 
·         Family units may sit together, otherwise singles must sit by themselves.
·         We estimate that this seating arrangement will accommodate 60 worshippers.
·         Four family units may sit upstairs.
·         Some may sit in the narthex as needed, following the 6’ rule.    

 
Please send me any prayer requests by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  pastorjim@tlccg.com

 

Fans will remain on to foster good ventilation.


When communion is offered, it will be done by continuous communion.


At the end of the service, you will be ushered out from the back to the front.  You may exit using the central or side aisles.  Maintain distancing and do not clog the narthex.  Please take time to fellowship in the front parking lot area.

 

Let us know if you feel sick later that week.



October 9, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

I enjoyed 1 1/2 days this week in a Zoom all workers conference of the NW District.  Good to see "old" friends, even on-line.  The topic was very challenging.  How do we engage our post-Christian culture with the Law and Gospel of Jesus?  My big take away was that even as Jesus is FOR us, we need to be FOR others.  Our culture needs Jesus more than ever.

 

Speaking of Zoom, if you are not attending in person, here are a number of Zoom meeting ID's for upcoming events.

 

Sunday Morning Bible study on the parables at 9:15 a.m.  (This class will also meet in the Fellowship Hall.)  ID: 818 9958 3985.  Since you will be put in a waiting room, no passcode is needed.

 

Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.   (service attached)  ID:  896 3437 0678   Passcode: 675675

(BTW 675 is the address of the the church and an easy number to double and use as our passcode)

In our service, we will, sadly, be releasing Kathleen Rackleff from membership, with our blessing, as she is joining another church in town.  I commend Kathleen for giving us the opportunity of doing so.
 

A Voter's Meeting will follow in a different meeting to allow us to borrow the NW District's account which allows voting. (Please see the attached agenda.​)

Passcode: 910719   Or Dial  1 669 900 6833

There has been a change of time for Cherlynn Ashley's memorial service.  It will be held at Trinity and on-line on Saturday Nov 7 at 2 p.m.  Zoom Meeting ID: 834 2052 2369  Passcode: 675675  Phone: 1 669 900 6833

 

I encourage you to save this email for future reference.

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 


September 25, 2020

Dear Church Family,


What a busy week it has been around here.  Connie has been handling a lot of details and changes as she prepared the bulletin, newsletter, (attached) and new member Sunday. Due to COVID, I've been putting off a new member Sunday, but, for a number of reasons, we want to welcome new members this week.  

Join us in-house or on-line.  Go to zoom.us.  Click "join a meeting" and enter 896 3437 0678


As we welcome some, we need to be prepared to say goodbye to others.  Cherlynn is drawing near to the Lord, with family by her side.  We pray for God's peace and comfort to be with her and them.


If you are interested, there is a community prayer event happening this Saturday.  See below for the information.​  As we gather publicly and privately, we need to turn our concerns, fears, anxiety etc. over to the Lord.


Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


“The Return: A Community-wide Prayer Event, Saturday, 6:30 pm, Bohemia Park Amphitheater (City Approval Pending)
The local observance of the national/global “Day of Prayer and Repentance” held concurrently in Washington, DC. Organized by area churches, the non-denominational event begins with praise and worship in the amphitheater followed by small prayer groups spreading out across the park with a list of topics to pray for. For details on the significance of the prayer gathering go to: 
www.thereturnwebsite.org  This is a social distanced event and masks/face coverings are required.










September 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

While thankful for the favorable weather, we remain concerned for those evacuated and still in harm's way from these horrible fires.  This has been a wake up call for all of us.  Preparation is better than panic, every time.  I've been asked to share the attached helpful check list.  Please, please, take this seriously and think through your response.  In the face of any emergency, as the Church, we want to be prepared so that we can care for ourselves and others.

 

As we learn how these fires have impacted sister congregations we will let you know and receive a special offering to help.

 

Sunday is coming.  Please use the attached service if you will be joining us on-line. 

 

Join Sunday morning worship.  10 a.m. for fellowship.  10:30 for worship
 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
 
Dial in        +1 669 900 6833​

 

For those joining in-house, we will also celebrate Holy Communion.

 

We remember to pray for Mike and Cherlynn Ashley as she learned that, maybe, she has only a few weeks remaining in this life.  We will be encouraging her as she crosses the finish line in faith.  So thankful for the life to come in Jesus.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

EVACUATION CHECKLIST










September 12, 2020
 

Dear Trinity Family,

 

With all the stresses we are facing in our world and lives, may God indeed be our Rock and Fortress.

 

Our hearts go out to all who have lost their homes and businesses to fire this week.  There are a number of members who have friends or family who have been directly impacted.  I hope that all of you have given some thought to your "go kit" if you need to evacuate.  Advanced planning will minimize the stress and trauma.  

 

Here's a link with the latest information for Lane CO.  https://www.lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=17035134&emci=dfa061f1-b6f2-ea11-99c3-00155d039e74&emdi=c1707946-cef2-ea11-99c3-00155d039e74&ceid=11987053

 

More than ever, we need to gather for worship be it in-house or on-line.  Attached is Sunday's order for worship.  We look forward to receiving an update from Gordon.  

 

Worship Link
 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
 
Dial  1 669 900 6833

 

 

Also attached is the study sheet for the new Parables class that begins in-house (in the sanctuary) or on-line on Sunday at 9:15 a.m.  Go to ZOOM and enter this meeting ID.   818 9958 3985.  


Please keep these meeting ID's for future use.


May God deliver us.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


 

September 6, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

It was a blessing to gather in worship this morning.  For those of you who would like a recording of the service, go to our webpage (tlccg.com) beginning on Monday and find a link for it.  I'm no longer going to record to Zoom, since we have limited memory there.  

 

Speaking of zoom, here is the link for this Wednesday morning's class as we begin the Book of Revelation.  This link will be the same from week to week so please save it.

 

Revelation   Wednesdays 10 a.m.

 
Meeting ID: 835 4546 1449
Passcode: 675675
Dial in :    +1 669 900 6833

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


August 28, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

I trust you recognized God's wonderful blessings throughout this week.  On Sunday, we will gather in-house or on-line to receive even more of His grace.  In preparation, let me encourage you to read over the sermon text from Romans 12:9-21

 

To join us online at 10 a.m. for fellowship and 10:30 for worship use this link.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89634370678

Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678      mobile 1 669 900 6833

Passcode if needed:  675675

 

Attached is the order of service.

 

Please get caught up on Trinity's upcoming news by opening and reading the attached newsletter.

 

Following the service, we will hold the Congregational meeting that was postponed from the Spring.  We will be borrowing the NW District's Zoom account which gives us extra features like raising your hand and voting.  See below for special Zoom instructions.

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING -

Please join us for our Congregational Meeting following worship service.

Time: Aug 30, 2020 11:30 AM

https://zoom.us/j/94721622515?pwd=SmZjM2Q2SlpZS0EwUEhwODRzeEQwZz09

 

Meeting ID: 947 2162 2515

Passcode: 794863

One tap mobile

        +1 669 900 6833

 

Since this a new meeting link, if you have trouble, please call my cell 541-520 1759.

 

Please find attached the agenda for Sunday's Congregational meeting, the last meeting's minutes, and the most recent financial report. 

 

Lastly, I want to highlight this announcement from the bulletin.

CHURCH SOCIAL – SUNDAY, 5:30 p.m. at Shady Oaks, 77380 Highway 99.  Ice cream for purchase.  Bring your own treats, drinks and games.  Physical distancing will be followed.

 

See you Sunday

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Chat Box:

The chat box is a great way to ask questions, make comments, share links, clarify, offer suggestions – all without interrupting the meeting proceedings. Your comments in the chat can be visible to the entire group, or you can engage in private conversations with other attendees.

Here’s how to begin a chat:

Click ‘Chat’ in the meeting controls bar at the bottom of the client. The chat window will open on the right.

Type a message into the chat box (to message everyone) or click on the drop down next to ‘To:’ if you want to message a specific person.

 

  1. Raise Your Hand:

This feature is another way to get the organizer’s attention. Raising your hand lets him or her know that you have a question, comment, or idea that you wish to bring to the entire group. It’s your chance to take the floor for a moment.

Here’s how to raise your hand:

During a meeting, click on the icon labeled ‘Participants’ at the bottom center of your screen.

At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labeled ‘Raise Hand.’ Your digital hand is now raised. Lower it by clicking the same button, now labeled "Lower Hand."

 

  1. Voting:

During a meeting, click on the icon labeled ‘Participants’ at the bottom center of your screen. At the bottom of the window you see a yes or a no button that you can click while voting.

 

  1. Muting:

When not speaking, please be sure to mute yourself. This will reduce the chance of background noise.

 

  1. Video:

When you launch Zoom, you will have the option of either sharing a video of yourself as you participate in the meeting or (typically) a simple screen of your name only. It’s a much more interactive experience if users share videos as they participate, but it’s also not always needed. Here is how to make sure your video is turned on or off.

Video on:

When you join a meeting, click ‘Turn On My Video’ when you are about to join a meeting.

Video off:

Disable your video by clicking “Turn Off My Video” when you are about to join a meeting, or click “Stop Video” when you are in a meeting. You can even right-click on the video and select “Stop Video.”​

 

August 13, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

By now, I hope you know the routine for Sunday morning worship.  Worshipers are invited to join us in-house (with masks and physical distancing) as well as on-line.  Please save the Zoom meeting info since it does not change from week to week AND I may not be able to send it out next week.  For your information, you can always go here for the meeting link and order of worship.  http://tlccg.com/Link_to_Online_Worship_Service.php

 

Join Zoom Meeting  Sundays 10 a.m. for fellowship, 10:25 for worship
 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
 
Or Dial          +1 669 900 6833

Attached is the order for worship for Sunday. (Give Connie a big thank you!)  Please read the Weekly carefully for there is a special congregational meeting following worship on Sun Aug 30 and a fellowship event later that day.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


July 23, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,


On what looks to be the hottest Sunday of the year, we will gather around the Lord's Word either at home, or in the air conditioned sanctuary.  The sermon is based on Rom 8:28-39, certainly a favorite section of Scripture for many of us.  


Let me encourage all you to gather by 10:15 a.m. so that I can introduce to you Danelle Putnam via Zoom.  We have adopted Danelle through Together in Missions to help support her work in the Dominican Republic.  Our Zoom fellowship will be cut short to allow her time to share with us some of what God is doing in the DR.


Here is the Zoom link which is the same from week to week.  The Zoom meeting opens at 10 a.m.



Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
Passcode: 675675
One tap mobile
+1 669 900 6833,


Attached is the order of service and August's newsletter.  (Thanks Connie.)  Please read the newsletter carefully because there is an important announcement for those of you with church keys.


This last week, I resumed teaching the youth of our congregation via Zoom.  I'm so blessed by their willingness to study God's Word through this means.  Below is a picture of me in action.


Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


 

July 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

KFC will be doing more business than usual this Saturday since our annual Chicken BBQ has been canceled.  Thank you for all your hard work on this outreach over all these years.  I've heard from a few community members that, though they understand, they are disappointed that they won't be able to stop by for a great meal.

We will feast on God's Word this Sunday.  Those who join us in person are asked to observe the below protocols, especially as we observe Holy Communion.

Here is the meeting information for those joining us on-line.  And the order of service is attached.

 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
Password: 675675
 
In other news:
 
You've got mail!  Joyce has prepared your mid-year giving statements and they are in your church mail box.  If you would like us to mail it to you, please let me know.  
 
Thank you for your faithful support, especially in these uncertain days.
 
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim
 

In order to open, we will follow the following protocols.

According to the Center for Disease Control, anyone feeling ill, or has a persistent sneeze or cough should stay home.  The wearing of masks is required.  We will continue to stream the service for those who feel more comfortable staying home.  (Please bear with the camera in front of the altar until we purchase one for the loft.)

If you arrive early, fellowshipping is encouraged in the front parking lot area.  Please minimize fellowshipping in the narthex so that we don’t clog it.

You will be asked to sanitize your hands at the front door.  Please refrain from touching items/furnishings unnecessarily. 

Please place your offering in the plate as you enter the narthex and grab a bulletin. 

An usher will direct you to be seated.

Seating Instructions

  • An X above the pew rack will be in front of a place to sit.
  • Starting with the front pew, family units will be seated one seat in from the center and side aisles.
  • In the next row a family unit will be seated in the middle of the pew.  Such an arrangement will continue from front to back.  Please understand that you MAY not be able to sit in your normal pew. 
  • We estimate that this seating arrangement will accommodate 60 worshippers.
  • Four family units may sit upstairs.
  • Some may sit in the narthex as needed, following the 6’ rule.    

(In the case of an overflow crowd, we are trying to stream the service into the fellowship hall.)

 Please send me any prayer requests by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  pastorjim@tlccg.com

 Fans will remain on to foster good ventilation.

 When communion is offered, it will be done by continuous communion.

 At the end of the service, you will be ushered out from the back to the front.  Please take time to fellowship in the front parking lot area.

 Let us know if you feel sick later that week.

 If you have any questions or recommendations, please let me know.  We want everyone to feel safe in either coming or zooming the service at home.​

 


July 9, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

On Sunday we will once again have a hybrid service for those of you joining us in person and those joining us on-line.  Here is the on-line link.

 


Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678

Password/passcode: 675675​​​

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


July 2, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

What a beautiful day today!  With all that is going on in the world, it is good just to pause and reflect on God's blessings all around us.

 

On Sunday, I'll speak about our need for rest.  You are welcome to attend in the sanctuary by wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.  For those joining us on-line, here is the zoom information.  It has been changed, so please use this beginning this Sunday and the following Sundays

 

 
Meeting ID: 896 3437 0678
 
Password/passcode: 675675​​
 
While we give thanks to God for our nation's independence this weekend, let us recognize our utter dependence upon God for His love, mercy and grace through Christ our Lord,
 
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim

 

June 18, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

It looks like it will be a beautiful Father’s Day weekend.  And Saturday, being the longest day of the year, is one of my favorites. 

 

In this week’s news, we learned of an outbreak of the corona virus in a church in Eastern OR.  This may cause some to question the wisdom of us re-opening for worship on Sunday.  As I read the reports, that congregation was not following the safety protocols that we have employed.  While we cannot absolutely guarantee that gathering for worship will be completely safe, I believe our protocols have greatly mitigated the danger. 

 

However, as with any activity, each of us must assess our own vulnerability.  For example, though bike riding is dangerous, it is more dangerous for some than for others.  While we are doing everything reasonable, to make attending worship a safe experience to hear the dangerous message of the Gospel, each of us has the responsibility of discerning for ourselves what is the wise choice.  We allow personal freedom on this issue and will not cast any judgment upon those who attend or those who don’t. 

 

If you attend, be prepared that things will be different.  Please bear with the camera in front of the altar and the technical details we need to attend to throughout the service.  For the sake of all, follow the protocols outlined below.  Also, communion will be offered, with protocols in place, for those who desire it.

 

If you continue to worship at home, may you do so in a heartfelt and non-distracted manner.

 

Here again is the zoom link.

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m. for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m. 

 

 Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

PS. There are a lot of nice things for sale in the Fellowship Hall.  Stop by, if interested Friday 9-5, Sat 9-2.  Wear a mask.  Many thanks to those who have worked so hard to raise money for the homeless youth in our community.

 

Protocols for Gathering for Worship

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, anyone feeling ill, or has a persistent sneeze or cough should stay home.  The wearing of masks is recommended. 

 

Since we will continue to stream the service for those who feel more comfortable staying home, please bear with the camera in front of the altar until we purchase one for the loft.

 

If you arrive early, fellowshipping is encouraged in the front parking lot area.  Please minimize fellowshipping in the narthex so that we don’t clog it.

 

 Sanitize your hands at the front door.  Please refrain from touching items/furnishings unnecessarily. 

 

Please place your offering in the plate as you enter the narthex and grab a bulletin.

 

An usher will direct you to be seated.

 

Seating Instructions

·         An X above the pew rack will be in front of a place to sit.

·         Starting with the front pew, family units will be seated one seat in from the center and side aisles.

·         In the next row a family unit will be seated in the middle of the pew.  Such an arrangement will continue from front to back.  Please understand that you MAY not be able to sit in your normal pew. 

·         We estimate that this seating arrangement will accommodate 60 worshippers.

·         Four family units may sit upstairs.

·         Some may sit in the narthex as needed, following the 6’ rule.    

(In the case of an overflow crowd, we are streaming the service into the fellowship hall.)

 

Please send me any prayer requests by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  pastorjim@tlccg.com

 

Fans will remain on to foster good ventilation.

 

For singing of hymns, please direct your breath downward or into your bulletin.  To sing loudly, please wear a mask.

 

When communion is offered, it will be done by continuous communion.

 

At the end of the service, you will be ushered out from the back to the front.  Please take time to fellowship in the front parking lot area.

 

Let us know if you feel sick later that week.



June 12, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

Now that our county has entered phase II, churches have been allowed to re-open while still observing physical distancing.  I’m happy to say that the Elders have made the decision that our re-open day will be June 21st at 10:30 a.m.

 

In order to open, we will follow the following protocols.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, anyone feeling ill, or has a persistent sneeze or cough should stay home.  The wearing of masks is recommended.  We will continue to stream the service for those who feel more comfortable staying home.  (Please bear with the camera in front of the altar until we purchase a camera for the loft.)

 

If you arrive early, fellowshipping is encouraged in the front parking lot area.  Please minimize fellowshipping in the narthex so that we don’t clog it.

 

You will be asked to sanitize your hands at the front door.  Please refrain from touching items/furnishings unnecessarily. 

 

Please place your offering in the plate as you enter the narthex and grab a bulletin.

 

An usher will direct you to be seated.

 

Seating Instructions

·         An X above the pew rack will be in front of a place to sit.

·         Starting with the front pew, family units will be seated one seat in from the center and side aisles.

·         In the next row a family unit will be seated in the middle of the pew.  Such an arrangement will continue from front to back.  Please understand that you MAY not be able to sit in your normal pew. 

·         We estimate that this seating arrangement will accommodate 60 worshippers.

·         Four family units may sit upstairs.

·         Some may sit in the narthex as needed, following the 6’ rule.    

(In the case of an overflow crowd, we are trying to stream the service into the fellowship hall.)

 

Please send me any prayer requests by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  pastorjim@tlccg.com

 

Fans will remain on to foster good ventilation.

 

For singing of hymns, please direct your breath downward or into your bulletin.  To sing loudly, please wear a mask.

 

When communion is offered, it will be done by continuous communion.

 

At the end of the service, you will be ushered out from the back to the front.  Please take time to fellowship in the front parking lot area.

 

Let us know if you feel sick later that week.

 

If you have any questions or recommendations, please let me know.  We want everyone to feel safe in either coming or zooming the service at home.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim







June 5, 2020


Dear Trinity Family ,

 

In the midst of this challenging week, and the various issues and feelings that have arisen within us, we need to gather for worship.  We need what God gives.  He gives us grace, mercy and peace, all because of Jesus.

 

Yes, WE need grace. 

 

When we see the recent public displays of the sins of racism, violence, and vandalism, we are so tempted to point the finger at those evil people, without reflecting on the evil in our own hearts.  It’s also important to recognize that any sin cannot be overcome by human strength or resolve.  All of us need Jesus. 

 

So, let’s gather remotely for yet another Sunday morning worship service.  Here is the link.

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m. 

 

This Sunday is Holy Trinity Sunday.  Monday is the anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church. I will combine those themes as we “Remember 73 years of Blessings.”

 

The Elders and Church Council will be meeting this coming Tuesday to talk about, among other things, how and when we can open for worship.  Stay tuned.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim ​

 

PS.  Remember these tips to help you engage in the worship service as best as possible.

1) Dress as you would for public worship.

2) Set up an altar with a candle.

3) Participate in the attached order of service.  (I'll be listening for your responses!)

4) Remove distractions - no multi tasking

5) Turn off your camera.  If your camera is on, others are seeing everything you are doing.



May 28, 2020


Dear Trinity Family ,

 

Wow, what a nice day it is.  This heat is great for our tomato plants.  I hope all your gardens are doing well.

 

This coming Sunday, we will observe Pentecost Sunday and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  We are in for a special treat as Dr. Jack Meadows, from Chosen People Ministry, will join us, via zoom, to give us the OT background on that important Festival. 

 

Here is the zoom link to use so that you can join us.

 

Topic: Pentecost Bible Study

Time: May 31, 2020 09:00 AM  

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82449872470

 

Meeting ID: 824 4987 2470

 

Then, when that meeting ends, you will need to enter the ID below for our worship service.  Since the class will probably last until 10:15 a.m. I won’t be able to open the worship service until after that.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship  “The Sermon that saved 3,000.”

Time: May 31, 2020 10:15 AM  

 

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Let me encourage you to invite others to join us on-line.  Someone who might be uncomfortable coming into a church building, might be interested in watching one of our services in the safety of their own home. 

 

Also attached is the newsletter for June.  Please read it carefully

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim ​
 


May 20, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

A question for you.  If you gather for Christmas Eve and Easter services but not Ascension, why not?  I believe if you give it some thought, you will realize that the ascension of Jesus is a worthy event to observe and celebrate.  Well, this year, you can gather for worship in the comfort of your own home.  Here is the link, and attached is the service, for our worship on Thursday at 7 p.m.  Fellowship will follow the service.

 

Blessings on your day.

Pastor Jim

 

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 838 0160 4615
One tap mobile
+12532158782
 

May 8, 2020


Dear Trinity Family ,

 

It looks like a warm and beautiful weekend is coming.  In whatever way you can get outside safely, I hope you are able to do so.  We wish all the Mothers in the congregation a special Mother’s Day.  Certainly, it will be one to remember.

 

We will gather remotely for yet another Sunday morning worship service.  Here is the link.

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m. 

 

Let me encourage you to invite others to join us on-line.  Someone who might be uncomfortable coming into a church building, might be interested in watching one of our services in the safety of their own home.  I’ve posted an invitation, below, that you can copy, paste and edit in an email to an unchurched friend.  Attach the order of service as well.

 

As we look forward to opening publicly for worship, in the near future, we need to think about what that might look like.  Wearing masks?  Sitting distant?  No potlucks?  Elders and Council will be talking about this on Tuesday.

 

During this Easter season, we are looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Our New Identity ” I Pt. 2:2-10.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

Dear (insert name),

 

As you know, I attend Trinity Lutheran Church.  Currently, since we are unable to gather for public worship, our service is being live streamed.  If you have ever wondered what our worship service is like, you can join us on-line and anonymously.  Feel free to do so at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday at this link.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

I look forward to when we can get together again.

 

Your friend,

 

(name)



May 1, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

Well, we have survived another week.  Let’s keep in mind that our temporary inconveniences and sacrifices are nothing when compared to those who have been directly impacted by this virus.  May God comfort and bless.

 

I look forward to seeing you on-line for Sunday worship.  Some of you have mentioned how much you like seeing and hearing each other in the time of visitation both before and after the service.

 

Here is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  

 

Let me remind you that some of your friends, who say they would never enter a church building, just might be curious enough to observe a service on-line.  Why don’t you invite them!  Let them know that they can join us anonymously.

 

During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Accepting Unjust Suffering ” I Pt. 2:19-25.  We will remember the suffering of Christ for us.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim 

 

PS. You might be interested in the checklist that we need to follow in order to stream these services.  I'm thankful for Chip, Elizabeth, and Connie who are helping with all of this.

 

Before Service
    Set up iPad, laptop, and speakers.
    Light Christ Candle
    Put sign in place
    On Laptop – cue up songs

 

10:00

    On iPad – start meeting

    Invite laptop to join and co-host meeting

    On Laptop – join meeting

    Mute mic and video

10:25 

    Move sign out and change sign

    Announce beginning soon.  Tell all to turn off mics and video

Prelude
    Move new sign back in
    Mute all and disable video
    Unmute iPad
    Light candles

10:30
    iPad – connect mic and speakers.  Turn on receiver
    Move sign out
    Turn on lapel mic

Welcome and Announcements
    Remind all to turn off your mics and cameras.

Time of preparation
    Hit record

For all Hymns
    On laptop, click “share screen”, allow sound, click hymn, click play.
    ​At end of hymn, click “end share screen.”

End of service
            Click “stop recording”
            Unmute all
            Unplug speakers
            Turn off mic and receiver








April 24, 2020

 

Dear Trinity Family ,

This is now the sixth Sunday we need to worship remotely.  This is getting old, but we are being told that our actions are saving lives.  As this self-quarantining continues, please let me know if you are having any special needs.  


I hear, from a number of you, how much you are appreciating our zoom services.  (see below “tips to enhance your worship”)  For those who still might be a bit hesitant to join us, I think you will find that it is a lot easier to join than you might think.  


Below is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.


Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.


The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  We will also allow time for fellowship after the service.


During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Living with Certainty” I Pt. 1:17-25.


Attached is the order of service and May’s newsletter.


If you are looking for more spiritual resources, check out:

https://worshipanew.org/
https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/video-how-to-do-family-devotions/?ct=t(lcms-worship-resources-april-19-2020-update)


Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


Some tips to enhance your worship:

  • Prepare yourself for worship as if you were coming to the church, which also includes what you wear.
  • Minimize all distractions in your home.
  • Download the attached order of service, pick it up from our little library on 7th Street, or open it on another device.
  • Participate in the service as if you were here.
  • With a HDMI cable you may be able to link your device to your TV for a larger image.
  • Please turn off your mic and video when the service begins.
  • Look for “speaker view” and click it so that you are not distracted by others attending.







April 20, 2020
 

Dear Trinity Family,

A look out my study window would tell me that nothing is wrong in the world.  It is one of those perfect Spring days.  Spring follows winter.  Easter has taught us that death is not the last word for those who are in Christ.  

 

And yet, we must bear together in this time of isolation.  

 

To help keep us connected, please consider these two zoom opportunities.

 

Join me for a continuing study of the Gospel of John.  We are picking up on Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in chapter 17.  Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.

Gospel of John Zoom Meeting Wed April 22  10 a.m.

https://zoom.us/j/98087229340

 

Join me for a time of fellowship on Wednesday at noon.  Just a time to check in on each other.

Fellowship  Zoom Meeting  Wed April 22  noon

https://zoom.us/j/96516722914

 

Let me remind you to stay active.  Follow your normal routine.  Or, perhaps, this is a time to develop some new positive routines.  Stay connected.  Take time with the Lord.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

​ 

 
April 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,
 

How are you all doing as our self-quarantining persists?  I admit that it is difficult being separated from you for this extended time.  May God bless that we may gather in full number for worship in the near future.

 

Nevertheless, more and more of you are joining us for worship via zoom.  Below is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  We will also allow time for fellowship after the service.

 

During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about our “Living Hope.”

 

Some tips to enhance your worship:

  • Prepare yourself for worship as if you were coming to the church, which also includes what you wear.
  • Minimize all distractions in your home.
  • Download the attached order of service (Word or PDF), pick it up from our little library on 7th Street, or open it on another device.
  • Participate in the service as if you were here.
  • With a HDMI cable you may be able to link your device to your TV for a larger image.
  • Please turn off your mic and video when the service begins.
  • Look for “speaker view” and click it so that you are not distracted by others attending.

     If you have any questions, or problems with connecting, please let me know.  Of course, when the service starts, I’m unavailable to help you.

     In addition to missing meeting with one another, we have been missing the sharing of the Lord’s Supper.  We would normally be observing that sacrament in Sunday’s service.  As I’ve mentioned before, if you would like home communion next week, please call me for an appointment.  I believe there is a safe, healthy and meaningful way for me to share the sacrament with you.

     If you are looking for more spiritual resources, check out:

    https://worshipanew.org/

    https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/video-how-to-do-family-devotions/?ct=t(lcms-worship-resources-april-19-2020-update)

    Blessings in Christ,

    Pastor Jim ​


April 9, 2020

Dear Trinity Family​,

 

Please bear with the length of this email since there is much I need to share with you.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES VIA LIVE STREAMING
Maundy Thursday April 9 - Messiah in the Passover with stripping of the altar
What is the meaning and significance of the different food items and rituals of the Passover meal?  How does this traditional meal point us to Christ?  While we had hopes of seeing this presentation live, Chosen Peoples Ministry has made a video for us to share with our congregation.  Following that presentation, we will observe the traditional stripping of the altar and will conclude the service with silence.

6:30 p.m. Fellowship Time
7:00 p.m. Service Begins

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/619405606

Meeting ID: 619 405 606

(No order of service is needed.)

 

Good Friday April 10 - Service of Darkness - 7:30 p.m. - “God’s Eyes”  (Meeting will open at 7:25 p.m.)  Since worshippers would normally gather for and leave this sacred service in silence, there will be no time of fellowship before or after this service.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/734537533

Meeting ID: 734 537 533

 

Easter Sunday April 12 - One service only - 10:30 a.m. – “Angel Eyes”  (Meeting will open at 10:20 am.)  The time of fellowship will follow rather than precede this service.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/487563162

Meeting ID: 487 563 162

 

NOTE: Copies of the services are attached and available through our little library outside the fellowship hall doors on 7th St. Or you can go to our website tlccg.com and click on the worship link.  Also, recordings of services are posted there.

 

In the event that there are technical problems, look for a new email with information from me.

 

In addition to missing meeting with one another, we have been missing the sharing of the Lord’s Supper.  We would normally be observing that sacrament in tonight’s service.  Since questions have come up about observing the Supper on-line, see below why we don’t think this is good and proper.  (I thank a ministry group that I follow for this information.)  However, if you would like home communion next week, please call me for an appointment.  I believe there is a safe, healthy and meaningful way for me to share the sacrament with you.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

PS. Attached please find the order of worship for Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and the Easter invitation that you can forward to others.

 

What about on-line communion?

Recently, a couple LCMS congregations have practiced a form of individual self-communion. While watching a worship service on their computers, individual members recite the Words of Institution over some bread and wine and commune themselves. This is an error that should be corrected.

That being said, one cannot fault a Christian for desiring the Sacrament of the Altar. Indeed, we should all hunger for the Body and Blood of our Lord. We should all recognize our need for the forgiveness of sins which is given in the Eucharist.

 
Allow us to give you some words of comfort from the Smalcald Articles:

We will now return to the Gospel, which does not give us counsel and aid against sin in only one way. God is superabundantly generous in His grace: First, through the spoken Word, by which the forgiveness of sins is preached in the whole world [Luke 24:45-47]. This is the particular office of the Gospel. Second, through  Baptism. Third, through the holy Sacrament of the Altar. Fourth, through the Power of the Keys. Also, through the mutual conversation and consolation of brethren, “Where two or three are gathered,” (Matthew 18:20) and other such  verses [especially Romans 1:12].(1)

 

You might be unable to gather with your fellow saints to receive the Lord’s Supper for a while, but take heart! God is superabundantly generous in his grace! There are many ways he assures us of his mercy and grants us forgiveness.

 

You might not receive the Lord’s Supper this week or the next, but you are still baptized! You have a Bible and access to sermons online. Even though you cannot leave your house, the Lord can still speak to you! Call your pastor and perhaps confess your sins over the phone. You can still hear the Lord’s Absolution! Or call your fellow Christians and encourage each other with the sweet Gospel promises.


There is no reason to create novel practices like online communion. There is no reason to participate in a Lord’s Supper that is, at worst, invalid or, at best, so novel that it creates uncertainty in the hearts of those who participate. There is no reason to ignore the Pastoral Office or the pastor’s responsibility to oversee who communes.

 A pandemic might stop us from celebrating the Lord’s Supper for a time, but it can never stop God from delivering his grace to you. So, have no fear, little lambs of Jesus. Your Shepherd is still with you.

  ​


Trinity Lutheran Easter Service

 


April 6, 2020
 

Dear Trinity Family,

 

Despite the technical problems in yesterday's service, we are moving forward in being able to stream our Holy Week services.  Let me remind you of our service schedule for the week.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES VIA LIVE STREAMING
Maundy Thursday April 9 - Messiah in the Passover with stripping of the altar
What is the meaning and significance of the different food items and rituals of the Passover meal?  How does this traditional meal point us to Christ?  While we had hopes of seeing this presentation live, Chosen Peoples Ministry has made a video for us to share with our congregation.  Following that presentation, we will observe the traditional stripping of the altar and will conclude the service with silence.

6:30 p.m. Fellowship Time
7:00 p.m. Service Begins


Good Friday April 10 - Service of Darkness - 7:30 p.m. - “God’s Eyes”
Since worshippers would normally gather for and leave this sacred service in silence, there will be no time of fellowship before or after this service.

 

Easter Sunday April 12 - One service only - 10:30 a.m. – “Angel Eyes” (Meeting will open at 10:20 am.)
The time of fellowship will follow rather than precede this service.

 

Attached, please find an Easter invitation that you can forward to your friends, family, and neighbors (churched or unchurched.)  Some who would never walk into a church building, might be willing to view a service anonymously on-line.  Please invite them.  After the service, touch base with them about what they thought.  In the event that we have technical difficulties, be there for them in helping them navigate the disruption.  

 

Two other matters, if you would like a facemask, let us know and Peggy will get one (or two) to you.  Also, please drop by the church any notes to Pastor Rabe and family by Easter Sunday. 

 

We are being told that this will be difficult week for our nation.  Stay close to the Lord.  He is with us.

 

May you have a blessed week.  Look for devotions with me on Trinity's facebook page.

 

Blessings in Christ,

 

Pastor Jim​

 

 

 

April 3, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

How are you all doing?  Staying well, I trust.  If you have any news for me, please let me know.

 

I have a number of things to share with you.

 

First, if you are looking for a good resource for family devotions, please go here.  https://scholar.csl.edu/tabletalk/

 

SecondPastor Rabe (pastor of Trinity from 1987-2002) who has suffered from a heart problem, and other issues, recently fell and broke his hip which can’t be repaired.  He has returned home on hospice.  Pat Fordyce has created a Tree of Life bowl (made by Ron Fenrich) to receive your encouraging messages for Pastor Rabe, Jane and the family.  Please write out a short remembrance, story, or encouragement to be included in the bowl that Pat will send out on Easter Monday, April 13.  Mail your remarks to Pat Fordyce (1475 Whitman Blvd) or drop them by the church by Easter.


Third, join us for Sunday morning worship.  10 a.m. for fellowship.  10:30 a.m. for worship.

https://zoom.us/j/592406080​   Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

You can also dial in for audio only.  +1 301 715 8592     Long distance charges.

 

Download and follow the attached order of worship.  Or open it with another device.  If possible, you might be able to connect your device to your TV for a larger picture.

 

NOTE: Copies of the service are available through our little library outside the fellowship hall doors on 7th St.


Fourth, I am resuming my LIFE 101 class on Sundays at 1 p.m. via zoom.  If you are interested in joining that class, please let me know and I will send you a meeting link.


May God continue to bless in these challenging days.


Pastor Jim


Let us pray

O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1928 BCP, 45). ​ 

 

March 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,
 

We are living in unprecedented days.  Unpredicted, confusing, and unsettling to us.  But known completely to our loving heavenly Father. 

  

In light of the coronavirus threat, and in accordance to government guidelines, we are cancelling our worship services.  No service tomorrow night and Sunday.  There is no way of knowing when we will be able to gather again, but you will know when we know.

  

In an attempt to stay connected as a church community, we will be recording and posting our services on-line (starting Wednesday night).  Once we get all the details worked out on how that will be done, we will let you know.  Be assured that those who do not have internet access will be contacted by an elder with this information and will be receiving the services through the mail.  If you would like to check out a hymnal for home use, please let us know.  You could stop by during office hours to pick one up or let us drop it by.

  

To help me accept the inconvenience and even hardship of the self-quarantine efforts, I’m helped by the following thoughts.  

 

In WW II, our nation joined together to fight a common enemy.  This generation is doing the same to combat this virus.  We can make the sacrifices needed to do so. 
 

We are doing this out of love for our neighbor.  It is hoped that our efforts will stem the rapid spread of this virus and not overwhelm our medical system.  In addition to treating patients with the virus, we need medical personnel to tend to the other medical needs that arise.


In all of this, we can share the love and peace that Christ gives us.  Find ways to safely care for others.    

 

Peggy is continuing our care to the community by offering take away meals only.  

 

Let me encourage you to stay in touch with each other as best you can.   

 

Please continue your financial support of the church as our bills continue even as yours do at home.  You can mail in your gift or (if you haven’t already done so) enroll in on-line giving.  Please let me know if you would like me to send you a “Joyful Response” form which will enroll you in our electronic offering program.

 

Due to the importance of this announcement, please respond personally to this email to assure me that you have received it.  And let me know how you are doing.  If you need someone to shop for you, please let me know. 

 

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I hope the following will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


"The life of St. Patrick is such an example to us still today, that even in the darkest of times, God’s Sovereignty shines over His people. He can’t help but to come to our aid. He can’t help but to bless us and let His favor surround our lives. Because He’s a good and loving God. And nothing escapes His notice. He watches over all, and we can trust that our lives and circumstances are held securely in His hands.

'As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Amen.'"



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