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Trinity Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC
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AUGUST 23, 2020 WORSHIP SERVICE
Most schools and colleges now have begun the fall semester, either in person or online. Most of our students are learning online at this point, and I trust that all of you are doing as well as can be expected during these difficult times. I know many of you are getting bored and/or frustrated with the ongoing social distancing measures, but we all need to continue to keep a safe distance from one another if we are going to make a serious dent in this covid 19 pandemic. My heart and prayers go out to all who are battling this disease, especially to the families of the 175,000 people who have lost their lives. I am also grateful to our medical community and the food industry and all who have worked hard to keep us safe, healthy, and well fed.
 
One silver lining in this dark cloud has been the vast improvement of our computer skills, especially those of my generation. We also have learned to cook again and spent some precious quality time with our family members. I might add that my Bananagrams skills have improved significantly. I have also had more time for reading and communicating with church members either by phone, e-mail, or snail mail. Another thing many of us have probably learned is that we tend to take for granted the value of gathering together for worship, meals, entertainment, sports, and travel. So, as I have said many times before, hang in there; keep the faith; rely upon prayer and scripture and alternative communication with family and friends to keep your chin up and hope alive. This too will pass, even if it is a lot longer than we wish.

I also want to give a shout-out to our Property Team for the excellent work they have done keeping the building and grounds in shape. Not only have they had a lot of grass to mow, but they have had to replace several heating and air conditioning units that got hit by lightning, and get the wooded area behind the courtyard cleared of brush. Our preschool staff has been very busy lately getting things ready for re-opening on September 8th with a much smaller enrollment and staff. They are strictly following CDC recommendations and working closely with parents to make sure that they can reopen safely.

After much study and discussion, the Session voted on Monday to extend our current cessation of all programs and activities at Trinity (except Preschool) through at least September 20. We are committed to remaining closed for in-person activities until we are convinced by the government and public health officials recommend that it is safe to re-open. I am grateful for your patience and for your support of our online worship. We have been blessed to have so many involved in producing these services.

In the meantime, please continue to tune in on Sunday mornings, and please know that I look forward to the time we can safely gather again for worship, study, fellowship, and mission. God be with you!

Your pastor and friend,
David
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Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends as we follow state guidelines to restrict the spread of Covid-19. If you should have a care concern or celebration you'd like to share, please email David or the church office

Jon and Amanda Bernardina are thrilled to share that Baby Bernardina #2 is due to arrive in very early March. Amanda adds that they can't wait to see everyone in person again when it is safe!

We celebrate the birth of Bryson Tanner Hardee, born on August 13, 2020. Bryson is the son of Ashley and Tanner Hardee and younger brother of Bennett. Celebrating with the family are the proud grandparents, Dale and Robin Overcash.

Please keep Katie McDermott, Nancy Elder's daughter, in your prayers. Katie continues to heal from surgery to remove her gallbladder. Please pray for successful pain management, healing, and an easy recovery for Katie.

Bobby Nelson’s stepfather’s first cousin, Russell Capps, has been diagnosed with colon cancer and has spots on his liver. Betsy and Bobby have asked that we keep Russell and his wife Gayle in our prayers as they and his doctors make a decision on a course of treatment/or no treatment. May God’s healing hand be upon him and guide them in their decision.

Please keep Jo Dunnigan's mother in your prayers. She tested positive for Covid-19 and is unfortunately not improving.

Joe Thompson's sister, Gayle Peacock, has received some bad news. She has been treated for pancreatic cancer for the past year and had been doing better. However, the doctors found two spots on her stomach, and they believe she may have only a few months to live. Please keep Gayle and her whole family in your prayers.

Missy, our Preschool Director, is busy planning a safe, engaging program for the fall at Trinity's Preschool. Focusing on CDC guidelines, the teachers are excited to safely welcome children back on September 8th. Enrollment is limited; there are currently openings for 3 year olds. To learn more, email Missy or go online.

As we continue to pay the church's unchanging monthly obligations, we remain sincerely grateful for your giving. Your faithfulness, generosity, and helpfulness are more than appreciated! As a staff note, Virginia continues to check the mail (and voicemail) as she is able. 

We recognize that for many people this is an uncertain time, and know that you may not have the income you had before the pandemic. If you find yourself in a difficult position and would like to request financial assistance from the church, please write a confidential email to David.

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