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With the rapid spread of the coronavirus, anxiety has become the order of the day. This has disrupted daily life for billions of people and placed many industries and national economies in jeopardy. We all need to pray for the proper measures to be taken by governments and medical providers and to remain calm and prudent in our behavior.

The Worship Team at Trinity is asking everyone to refrain from shaking hands or hugging, and we have suspended the intinction method of serving communion until this epidemic passes. We will serve prepackaged, individual sealed plastic cups of juice that have a wafer sealed on top to worshipers in the pews. We also encourage frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers placed throughout the church building.

After careful consultation with the leadership of the Preschool, we've decided not to hold the Preschool luncheon after worship this Sunday, March 15th. In addition, the ACTS seniors group has temporally suspended its monthly outings until it becomes safe to resume them. Of course, we pray for those who have become infected and for the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

As we make our way through the season Lent, I pray that you will find time for additional prayer, Bible study, and reflection on the suffering and death of Jesus. The message of Easter morning makes little or no sense without an understanding of the suffering Jesus was willing to face. Both the political and religious establishment were threatened by his ministry, which led not only to resistance and opposition, but also persecution and finally execution. One of the great ironies of history is that the one who preached peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and helping the sick and the marginalized was accused of treason and blasphemy and crucified. One of the most telling statements in the gospel came from the soldier at the cross who said, “Surely this was the Son of God.”

The disciplines of Lent in the church teach us that life in this world includes hardship, adversity, and pain that we cannot explain. But the good news is that the new life God gives us in the Christian faith gives us hope and the ability to weather storms and solve problems that might otherwise do us in. One of the great titles of Jesus is “Emmanuel.” This is Hebrew for “God with us.” Jesus came to show the world that God walks with us every step of the way and can enable us not only to survive adversity but to also to thrive.

I pray for safety and good health for all, as well as for wisdom and prudence to manage this epidemic to minimize the potential harm it might do. “Emmanuel!”

Grace and peace,

David
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PRESCHOOL LUNCH CANCELED - Preschool Sunday and the lunch that was to follow worship are canceled for this Sunday, March 15th. Missy Farrow writes, "Folks are staying home more and not going to events as much so it was decided to possibly hold the lunch at a later date. I know everyone was looking forward to it. However, we expect to see everyone at church as usual!"

IF YOU KNIT (or are learning) and would like to join a group that donates their handmade goods, please speak with Beth Dixon. Her knitting group next meets on Saturday, March 21st in the church's Parlor from 10am to noon. Folks can come and knit on any project they want... and get help if they need it. This group has donated items to UNC Children's Cochlear Implant Center, Knitted Knockers for Wake Med Breast Services, Red Scarves for Foster Care to Success. Please come check them out! 

MARCH 28 - 8AM UNTIL NOON
 
The Property Team has projects for inside the church and outside - more details to come! As always, please bring gloves and the tools you enjoy using. Children and youth welcome, too! 
There has been a great deal of interest in holding another church yard sale. To do so, we need volunteers to form a team to set the June date, organize the event, organize volunteers for the sale, and to tidy up when it’s through. Would you be willing to be on the yard sale team? If so, email Virginia in the church office.
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