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No one wants to be the messenger bringing bad news, especially someone ordained to deliver good news! Historically, these messengers often experienced the brunt of the recipient’s frustration and disappointment, including the biblical prophets. Jeremiah was arrested and thrown into a pit for delivering God’s truth to the people who did not want to hear it. Jeremiah was also very critical of false prophets who preached peace when there was no peace.

Right now, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that this pandemic, which we hoped would have run its course by now, is showing no signs of diminishing any time soon. Half the states are still experiencing daily increases in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The good news is that the God we worship through Jesus Christ has promised to be with us and for us in all things, especially hard times like these. So, take heart, have courage, and remember that God, who has helped us weather the storms of the past, will enable us to get through this one too. We Christians are called to live by faith, not by sight.

I can’t believe we are approaching the middle of August! Time flies, and it seems to fly the fastest in the summer months. I trust that you and your family have been able to enjoy some outdoor activities and savor fresh produce from the garden, either yours or the ones that supply the local grocery store. This is the time of year I always remind myself to pray prayers of thanksgiving for the farmers who grow our food and all those who work in the food supply chain. They are a vital link in our wellbeing. These days I am also praying often for the medical and scientific personnel, first responders, and critical workers who are treating those who are infected with Covid-19 and saving lives every day. May God bless them and keep them safe and healthy as they strive to keep us safe and healthy.

We continue to be closed at church, with all our in-person activities suspended through at least August 23rd. The session will reassess the situation at its August 17th meeting, but be assured that safety is our number one priority as we decide when to reopen. In the meantime, the Session and I continue to be grateful for your faithful and generous financial support. As of July 31st our income was higher than it normally is at this time of year. Thanks be to God and to you!

I hope you will continue to tune in to our online worship on Sundays. I am grateful to all who are participating in this, especially Nancy, Frank, Mike, and Virginia. On August 9th I will preach one of the most liberating and difficult things in life: forgiveness. Peter must have felt proud of himself for asking Jesus if forgiving someone seven times was enough, until Jesus told him to multiply that number by 70. Clearly, Jesus believed that those who have been forgiven for much should extend the same grace to others. That is why the prayer he taught us says, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”  I hope to “see” you online. Meanwhile, 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

Please keep Katie McDermott, Nancy Elder's daughter, in your prayers. Unexpectedly, Katie had emergency surgery on August 4th to remove her gallbladder. Please pray for successful pain management, healing, and an easy recovery for Katie.

We ask that you keep June Goodwin in your prayers since she recently broke a rib. We are saddened to share that her cousin's wife, Judi Herring, has been diagnosed with Covid-19. It's a difficult time for June and her family; please lift them up and pray that she has a full and swift recovery.

Good news! Virginia Raby has finished her sessions of radiation. Please pray for successful recovery period and a return of her energy.

Happy upate: Donna Kostandy is progressing well following sinus and adenoid surgery. Please pray for a full recovery for Donna!

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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