A question on the hearts and minds of most of us these days is a question Israel often asked: “How long, O Lord?” God’s chosen people often found herself in dire straits, even fifty years of exile in Babylon. But with encouragement from the prophets, she was able to keep the faith and hang in there until relief finally came. I know many of you right now are running as low on patience as you are on certain items from the grocery store. Patience is often difficult to come by, especially when you need it. When things are going well, the demand for it is quite low. Patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit Paul lists in the fifth chapter of his letter to the Galatians. We often pray, “O Lord, give me patience … and please be quick about it!” Waiting can be difficult, especially when we do not know what lies ahead. So, please know that I am praying for patience for you and for myself, as we deal with this thing one day at a time, trying not to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the current crisis.
I continue to give thanks for and pray for all who are on the front lines fighting this pandemic, especially the medical personnel, first responders, fire fighters, police, military, scientists, public health people, elected officials, grocery workers, food preparers, delivery drivers, and all who are helping us stay healthy and safe. They deserve our gratitude and deepest respect. Thank God for their patience and perseverance during this unprecedented time. Right now a lot of debate is going on about when to reopen. Churches are in this same boat. The session will have an online meeting next week to consider recommendations from the governor and our Presbytery about when resuming public worship at church will be safe and wise.
I want to thank all who have sent in kind notes of appreciation for our online services, and to say a huge word of gratitude for those who have sent in their tithes and offerings. I am grateful for your generous and faithful stewardship! I also want to thank again Nancy, Frank, Virginia, and our other volunteers for creating our online worship. This has been a steep learning curve for all of us, but I am very pleased with the results and the response.
As we enter our third month of confinement at home, let us give thanks to God for helping us get through this thing together. For, even though we are physically apart, through modern technology and the Holy Spirit that binds us together spiritually in the Body of Christ, we are able to feel connected and to support one another. I urge you to continue to pray for your fellow church members and their families, and to reach out by telephone and other electronic means to check on each other and express your care.
I hope you will tune in to our service on Sunday; I will preach on the patience of the waiting father who watched every day for the return of his prodigal, wayward son. Also, Betsy Moore will give another of her thought-provoking children’s messages. Thanks again for all you do to support our ministry and mission. See you online!
All in-person church activities - services, meetings, programs - remain suspended until further notice.
From the Preschool...
Hi Trinity Family!
I hope you all are still well and staying safe. I wanted to update everyone on our preschool status. Gratefully we received our PPP loan! So we are able to pay our staff for reminder of the school year. Thanks be to God! We continue to provide learning packets to the children each week. We also send videos of Ms. Moody doing the music lessons and PE ideas. The families have sent us some great feedback and wonderful photos, as you can see above!
The start of school in the fall will be tricky. We are going to change how we teach and run preschool to keep our children and staff well and safe. Even though it will take a lot of work, we are all excited to get back to a new normal. The staff will work this summer to make plans and changes ready for September.
The preschool will operate with low attendance as some parents might not feel comfortable sending their children back to school just yet. In that case, our staff and I are prepared to take pay cuts to keep the preschool going. Our preschool serves an important mission and we want to keep and strengthen the connection from our church to the community.
Please keep our preschool and staff in your prayers as we venture into our 'new normal' to engage little learners and invite them into our church home each week!
Please know that Trinity's elders, deacons, and staff are praying for you, your loved ones, and your friends as we all stay home to help ease the burden on our hospitals, urgent care centers, and their medical and support staff. If you should have a need you'd like to share, please email David or the church office.
Jim Young will have a kidney stone removed on Thursday, May 14. Please pray for a successful procedure and for a full and swift recovery. This will be outpatient surgery, so he should not have to stay overnight at the hospital.
Jo Dunnigan’s mother, Mary Gaugler, is not well. Jo asks for prayers for Mary and the staff at her nursing home.
Bob Wells fell and broke his ankle; at this time he's had two surgeries on it, since it's a serious break. He and his wife, LaVerne live at Springmoor assisted living center.
Ralph Everett's foot surgery went well; please pray for comfort while healing, and a speedy recovery, too.
Anne Liddicote's sister-in-law, Stacey Tranfo, lost her mother, Marilyn Markham, to the coronavirus in Maryland. May God’s comforting, healing hand be upon their family.
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) daily as she is able.
We recognize that for many people this is an uncertain time, and know that you may not be working the hours you used to work. 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.