Dear Trinity Family & Friends,
Following the strong urging of our Bishop, Jeremiah Park, along with the full cabinet, we have again made the difficult decision to discontinue our in person indoor worship services through the end of this year. This will, unfortunately, include Christmas Eve. While this news is both disappointing to share and to receive, let's not be discouraged by what we are losing, but rejoice in all God is providing. Remember, we are in the season of Advent. A time when we are eagerly waiting for the light of Christ to come into our dark world.
Isaiah 9:2 Common English Bible (CEB
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.
This decision is very new and so I ask for your patience as we work through the changes to our Advent and Christmas schedule. A few things I can share with you right now:
• I will continue to offer a livestream message on Facebook each Sunday morning at 10:00am.
• We will continue to offer a hot meal every Wednesday evening for take-out or delivery only. Meals can be picked up between 5:00pm and 5:30pm at the entrance of the side doors on Howard Street. If you would like a meal, please contact that church office at 355-9425. We will not be sharing in our Wednesday evening Gathering service.
• We will share our annual Christmas dinner on Sunday, December 13. This meal will also be take out or delivery only. Meals can be picked up at ll a.m. If you have not already signed up for your meal, please contact the church office by Wednesday, December 9.
• We will be planning something special for Christmas Eve, so please watch for more details.
Coming together for worship is a very important part of what makes us a church family; but just because it is safer for us to stay physically apart right now, does not mean our church is not open. In fact, we are even more open than ever. It is times like these when the Church needs to be alive in ministry. Individually and collectively we must find new ways of reaching out to one another and to the community that needs us. This Christmas, I especially encourage you to experience all the joys Christmas offers. Not presents under the tree, but the presence of Christ Jesus in your life. Find new ways to share that gift with others. We have an entire world hurting right now, but as Christ's church, we possess a Light that cannot be extinguished. Let's share that Light with our world!
Borrowing from Dr. Seuss, this Grinch of a pandemic cannot stop Christmas from coming. It WILL come anyway! Let's prepare the way of the Lord together!
I pray for each of you and wish you all the blessings of Advent and Christmas,
Sunday Worship Service — 10:00 am on Facebook
Please see Pastor's announcement above for details.