Trinity Church Updates – Coronavirus Communications

Trinity Church Update: October 22, 2020

Covid Update Note Oct 22 2020

Trinity Church Update: August 28, 2020

TC Updated Regathering Info August 28

Trinity Church Update: July 22, 2020

TC Updated Regathering Info July 22

Children’s Ministry Reopening Plan

Trinity Church Update: June 4, 2020

TC Updated Regathering Info June 4

Trinity Church Update: May 23, 2020

Countdown to Regathering Day 1

Trinity Church Update: May 22, 2020

Countdown to Regathering– Day 2

Trinity Church Update: May 21, 2020

Countdown to Regathering – Day 3

Trinity Church Update: May 20,2020

Countdown to Regathering – Day 4

Trinity Church Update: May 19, 2020

Countdown to Regathering – Day 5

Trinity Church Update: May 18, 2020

Re – Gathering Information

Trinity Church Update: March 24, 2020

How Trinity Church Plans to Move Forward…Message from Pastor Marcus Busenitz

Pastoral Update March 24 2020

Ways to be God’s Hands and Feet while abiding in Social Distancing

Trinity Church Update: March 19, 2020

Dear Trinity Church Family,

How are you?!?!? I hope this week has been an opportunity for you to see God’s faithfulness and provision in your lives. A few thoughts for you this afternoon:

1. Sunday Worship Service—Many of you have been asking, and here is the plan: We will have our worship service ONLINE ONLY this week, via our live-streaming option. You can access the live stream on our website, just click “streaming” at the top of the page. While we can’t gather together in person at the same place, we will still gather together at the same time, but in different places. Please join us— I think it is incredibly important for us to lift our voices together, and to worship as one body during this time. 

2. Church is changed, but it is NOT canceled… This is important! Even though we can’t gather at the church for worship, or meet together in groups, or love one another in the ways that we are accustomed to, we must remember that God calls us to continue being His Church. Church is NOT canceled! It’s just changed…

3. Changes: As you can see in the email below, Trinity Church remains committed to the same four values: Worship, Discipleship, Community, and Mission. But how we continue to grow in these areas will look different. Stay up to date on our plans for each of these areas, and look for some exciting new ways to grow in the days ahead. Check the website, Facebook, and your email for updates… 

Finally, remember the words that I shared with you on Sunday. My prayer is that Trinity Church will live out Hebrews 12:1-2 during this time: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I’ll see you Sunday!

-Marcus

Trinity Church Update: March 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Church Family,

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.” I find those words from Psalm 46 to be incredibly reassuring. As we walk through this “time of trouble,” I want to make you aware of a couple of things on this Tuesday morning:

1. Cancellations: After discussion and prayer, the elders and staff have decided to cancel all gatherings that are scheduled to take place this week at Trinity Church. This is due to the most recent recommendations from the CDC, as well as President Trump’s recommendation that we forego any meeting with more than 10 people present. The situation is changing rapidly, and we want to do all that we can to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Our hope is that we will be able to resume our meetings soon. A word of encouragement—this is NOT permanent! Please join with us for this (hopefully short) period of time as we seek to love God and love others in the best way possible. We will update you from week to week as the situation continues to develop. 

2. Sunday Worship: We will have a Worship Service on Sunday morning. At the very least, we will plan to livestream through our website. Stay tuned for updated plans later this week. We will be closely monitoring the latest recommendations from our local and national authorities as we decide how to best make this happen. I look forward to worshiping with each of you. 

3. Staying Connected: We are currently looking into options for “virtual meetings.” This will help us continue our discipleship and small group efforts. While there is no substitute for meeting face to face, we believe that this is the best course of action as we walk through these rapidly changing times. While the office and church building is closed, our staff will continue to work from home. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you need anything. The church office phone number is 985-893-0218. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and we will get back with you as soon as possible. 

Finally, a reminder to be people of prayer, people of care, and people of the Word. Reach out to your family, your friends, your neighbors, even your enemies (if you have some). We want to demonstrate God’s love and concern during this challenging time. Don’t hesitate to email me or the other elders if you have thoughts or questions. Be on the lookout for more emails and Facebook posts later this week as we forge ahead. 

See you Sunday! 

-Marcus 

(marcus@trinityefca.com)

 
 

Trinity Church Update: March 14, 2020 

Dear Trinity Church Family,

As you can see from this picture, we are all set to worship together tomorrow morning at 10AM! 

 
 

We are grateful for the opportunity to gather together during this national health crisis. We believe that the precautions described in the email yesterday will allow us to worship in a way that reduces the risk of spreading this sickness. Here are a couple of thoughts for tomorrow:

1. Livestream—I’m happy to announce that we have a brand new live-streaming option available, starting tomorrow. If you are uncomfortable attending, if you are unable to attend our worship service tomorrow for any reason, if you feel sick, or if anyone in your household is sick, please take advantage of this option. Go to our website and click on “Streaming” at the top of the home page. Please share this option with as many people as possible who may not be able to attend…

2. Giving— also, if you are unable to attend, please consider using our online giving platform. It is secure, and easy to utilize (it’s the method that our family personally uses). Simply click on “Giving” at the top of our home page.

3. Parents with kids in the service: we have printed some activity sheets and distributed them along with crayons throughout the sanctuary. We know that worshiping with young kids can be a challenge, so don’t worry if your kids make a little noise tomorrow. We are a family, we are glad to have your family present, and we will get through this together! 

4. Safety—again, a reminder to please practice safe social distancing. The CDC recommends maintaining a healthy distance between yourself and non-family members, when possible. Don’t hug, don’t shake hands, don’t even fist bump. Here’s the thing: THIS WON’T FEEL NORMAL. But I want to remind you that we are NOT living in a “normal” time. It’s better to be extra cautious at this point, given the information that we have. No one will be offended if you take the needed precautions.

Overall, I want to remind all of you that we are called to be a people of prayer and a people of care during this time. God wants to use Trinity Church in a powerful way to share his love. I look forward to visiting about this, and worshiping with you tomorrow.

See you Sunday! 

-Marcus

Trinity Church Update: March 13, 2020

Dear Trinity Church Family,

We want to give you an update on our plans for worshiping together this Sunday, March 15. We ARE planning to meet at the normal time (10AM). After careful discussion, thought, prayer, and consideration of the guidelines given by state health officials, we believe this is an opportunity that we don’t want to miss. We plan to use the following precautions:

1. Should you come? If you feel sick at all, if anyone in your family feels sick, or if you find yourself in one of the “at-risk” populations, PLEASE stay home! We are exploring options for live-streaming the service, and we hope to have that available on Sunday morning (but no promises!). Check our website Sunday morning (trinityefca.com). 

2. Nursery and Kids ministry will NOT be available this week. It is nearly impossible to prevent the spread of germs among children in a confined area. Instead, children and infants will sit with their parents throughout the worship service. 

3. Seating—our worship center will have a different setup when you arrive. Chairs will be separated into groups throughout the auditorium. Families will sit together in “pods,” groups of 2, 4, 6, etc. chairs. This will help maintain the “social distancing” recommended by the CDC. 

4. Offering—we will not be passing the plate, but will have an offering plate in the back of the worship center. If you are worshiping from home, please make use of our online giving capabilities. (https://www.trinityefca.com/giving)

5. Coffee bar—we will NOT have coffee or snacks this week. 

6. Greeters—all greeters and welcome team will be instructed to open doors for guests, but to avoid shaking hands or any physical contact. A nod, smile, wave, or salute will suffice…

Again, you are invited to gather together with us for a special time of worship and prayer this Sunday. I look forward to praising our great God and Savior with anyone who can come.

I’ll see you Sunday!

-Marcus

Trinity Church Update : March 12, 2020

Dear Trinity Church family,

Like many of you, I watched President Trump address the nation last night regarding the threat from Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

How should we as Christians react to what we see happening as this disease spreads around us? History shows that uncertain times like this can lead to anxiety and fear, among other things. Four words of encouragement:

1. “Fear not”—So many times in Scripture, God tells his people that they need not be afraid. In fact, he repeats it so often that it almost seems like maybe we need to hear it every day… Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” We know that we have the hope of eternal life, and that gives us courage as we face the threat that is before us. This is an opportunity to trust.

2. “Pray”—as we saw last week in Ephesians 6, one of the best ways to battle fear is to “pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Pray for your family, friends, and neighbors. Pray for your church. Pray for our leaders who are doing their best to manage this situation. Pray for mission partners who may be directly affected by this. Above all, pray that God will use this as an opportunity to multiply his gospel to those who need to hear it. This is an opportunity to pray. 

3. “Proclaim”— This public health crisis gives us the opportunity to be present in the lives of those who are fearful, and maybe even be present in the lives of those who are sick. As one Christian author recently pointed out, throughout history, Christians have been known to care for the sick and diseased. In fact, we are uniquely qualified to be present in these situations because we have no fear of death. We have hope. Use your presence in the lives of people to proclaim Jesus. As Paul said in Eph. 6:19, our desire should be “to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” This is an opportunity to be present, and to proclaim.

4. “Prevent”— Lastly, God calls us to exercise wi