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I hope and pray that you and your family and friends are holding up midway through the second week of this medical emergency. I continue to pray for good health for our congregation, our state, nation, and all nations. I read today that one third of the world is currently living under some degree of medical restriction.

Nancy, Frank, and I will be recording our second virtual worship service for March 29 that will be shared with you via the church's email, our Facebook groups, YouTube account, and website at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Bear in mind that this is not live streamed, so you can watch it any time after it is posted. I want to thank our irrepressible Virginia who is a wizard with the computer and electronic logistics. I hope you will tune in Sunday; this week’s service will be more interactive that last, and Nancy and I will be asking you to sing along at home with your family, as we try to create some togetherness in our physical separateness. 

By now you are probably starting to climb the walls with cabin fever and have seen about one too many TV show/Netflix or Amazon Prime movies – not to mention running out of recipes for meals. I urge you to seek the fourth fruit of spirit (patience) as we navigate this unprecedented voyage. This is far more demanding than a snow day or spring break or summer vacation. This is a once in a century global pandemic that is wreaking havoc upon 140 countries. Never in my lifetime have I seen such a widespread shut down of business, education, and social life. But these drastic measures are critical for containing the spread of this virus and minimizing the loss of life. I pray that you are heeding the Center for Disease Control guidelines and federal and state government mandates to practice physical distancing, sanitizing, and staying at home as much as possible. 

We will get through this. We are blessed to live in a nation with many highly trained medical professionals, government leaders and agencies, and industrial leaders that are working together around the clock fighting this pandemic. So, take heart, do not be discouraged, and do not let this terrible trauma get the better of you.  I would encourage you to read the Psalms, especially 8, 23, 27, 100, 103, 121, 136, 139, 145, 146, and 147 or Isaiah 40, 66:13-14, Jeremiah 30–33 (the Book of Comfort) or John 14:25-31, Romans 8:31-39, or II Corinthians 4:7-18, Hebrews 11.

In Sunday’s worship I will preach on the comfort God promises to give those who are afflicted in Psalm 137 and II Corinthians 4:7-18. In times of trouble we are tempted to despair or give up. That is when we need to focus less on our doubts and fears and more on God’s promise to be with us and for us in all things.

So, hang in there; keep the faith; and rely upon God to hold us up and get us through.  And remember to “stay calm; pray often; and help each other.” Right now these are words to live by. God bless you all.

Your pastor and dear friend,
David
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At this point, the session has extended the suspension of all activities at Trinity through at least March 31, and we will likely have to extend it again. Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a need you'd like to share, please email David or the church office. As encouraged by medical professionals, we affirm the practice social distancing to help contain the spread of the virus. #flattenthecurve

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