I hope that you and your family are holding up during this protracted pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen, unless you were alive in 1918. Sadly, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is the highest since it began last winter. I am grateful that the number of our members and family who have been infected is low and that they have all recovered. I hope you join me in praying that everyone will continue to practice safe public health behavior over the next few months so that we can accelerate the demise of this deadly disease. My prayers are with the family and friends of the 400,000 people who lost their lives to this disease and the millions of people who are out of work and experiencing devastating economic hardship. I know that we are way past ready to return to a more normal way of life, when we can gather again with family and friends and do the things we enjoy. The isolation and restrictions have certainly taken their toll on our emotional and mental health. But I hope that we will not let our guard down and engage in behavior that will enable this virus to continue to spread.
As I write this, a new administration is about to be inaugurated in Washington, DC. Recent events concerning the outcome of the November election have deeply divided our nation, culminating in the violent attack on our nation’s capital. My prayer is for our new president and congress to bring healing to our nation and to unite us. As Christians, we have pledged to follow Jesus who carried out a ministry of love, compassion, and grace, calling us to love God, neighbor, and even our enemies. I pray that those who seek to fan the flames of division will be influenced by our example of living the Christian life. Jesus said that he was the way, the truth, and the life and if we know the truth, the truth will set us free. So, let us all join in prayer for peace, calm, and reconciliation in these troubled times.
I am grateful for the faithful service of our outgoing class of elders (David Brown, Mike Lhotsky, Laura Piazza, and Amy Rhoades) and deacons (Robin Brown, Diane Catalano, and Betsy Moore) and welcome our new class of elders (Tom Carrigan, Lexi Everett, and Laura Piazza) and deacons (Kitty Barco and Amber Young). I am particularly grateful for the outgoing class for extending their terms for six months during the time of Covid. And thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the congregational meeting via Zoom, which enabled elections to be held.
I am looking forward to starting a new Bible study on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians this week and to celebrating the Sacrament of Communion with you in worship on Sunday, January 31. Our annual meeting will be held on Zoom on Sunday, February 14, and our youth group will lead our worship in early February. In the meantime, may God continue to keep us all safe and healthy, kind and loving. I continue to be grateful for your faithfulness and support during this difficult time. May the God who has brought us this far continue to sustain us. I hope to “see” you in worship on Sunday.
Each staff member would like to express their gratitude for the donations received for the Staff Gift offering. A total of $1,285 was raised in December and shared proportionally amongst the staff this January. As you know, this has been an extraordinary period of time, requiring a bunch of stick-to-itiveness, empathy, consistency, and creativity in our ministry and work. The staff feels they modeled their behavior on the resilient, optimistic nature of the congregation, and we are grateful for you! Thank you again for your many kindnesses; we appreciate each of them more than you know.
Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.
2020 End of Year statements have been emailed. If you would prefer to also received a copy via the post, please let Virginia in the church office know (919-872-1142). If you have questions about your statement, please email Louise Taff.
Would you like to pick up your packet of offering envelopes for 2021? Virginia will set them outside of the church's entryway, sheltered from the weather. To pick up yours, email Virginiaso she'll set your box out for you.