We have now received guidance from a number of local authorities, including the Baltimore Washington Conference, that we shall NOT hold worship services, starting this Sunday-March 15, 2020 through Sunday, March 29th. We will suspend worship for three weeks and reevaluate the situation at that point. While only a few cases of COVID-19 are currently known in Maryland, these measures will help reduce the spread of this illness and help us to protect the community at large. I’m thrilled that the Discipleship Council has been making preparations all week for this occurence, and that we are ready to introduce Trinity To Go.
Trinity To Go– Introduction Video
– Born out of the Discipleship Council, Trinity To Go is a series of weekly worship & video resources to keep you connected to Trinity whenever, wherever.
– Trinity To Go will be emailed to the eblast list each weekend (separate from the eblast)
– Trinity To Go contains a facebook and youtube playlist of short videos, as well as other resources.
– Trinity to Go will include options to submit prayer requests and to sign up for a phone prayer buddy.
We are putting together a squad of volunteers to be “on call” for community needs like grocery runs which may arise. Contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up to volunteer, and you will be contacted as needs arise. If you have a need, let us know.
Things You Can Do Now
1. Please make sure that you are signed up for the eblast with a current email address. Forward this email to Trinity friends in your network.
2. The church office is keeping a list of church members who do not use email, so that we can continue to be in ministry with them. If you’d like to ensure that someone you know is on this list, please call or email the church office.
3. Sign up to be a volunteer with the Care Squad and offer your services to a community member in need.
4. Follow us on youtube and facebook for Trinity To Go videos and other content
We appreciate your continued financial support to the church. Consider signing up now for online giving, or simply set up a recurring payment through your own bank. You may also mail in a check to 13700 Schaeffer Road, Germantown MD, 20874. Trinity will continue to need to meet its financial commitments–even without collecting a weekly offering. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving.
On A Spiritual Note
I’ve been reflecting on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together, much of which he wrote in a Nazi prison, alienated from his Christian brothers and sisters. This experience of isolation deepened his appreciation for the sheer privilege of gathering face-to-face with other Christians. I have heard Trinity members describe our Sunday morning community time as a “reset to the week” as “healing balm,” and as a “life-saving space.” Sometimes, we don’t realize the gifts we have until they are under threat. This may be a season of declining church attendance, but that does not mean our fellowship will be taken away from us. As Bonhoeffer wrote: “Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim. Only God knows the real state of our fellowship, of our sanctification. What may appear weak and trifling to us may be great and glorious to God.” What is the nature of our fellowship, even if these times keep us apart? Bonhoeffer says this: “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.” We can pray anywhere and everywhere for one another. Let us keep the faith.
Peace and Joy,