Message, News and Events

UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: 7/10/2020

Trinity, Lehighton's in-person indoor worship and church activities continue to be paused for the current time due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19 safety. This decision was reached at our Church Council meeting on 7/9/20. The Council will re-evaluate the safe reopening of the building on a month-to-month basis.

We continue holding Outdoor Parking Lot Worship Services with Holy Communion, using safely prepackaged communion cups and wafers, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday by reservation beginning with the first service at 9:30 am. (A second service at 10:30 am will be added once all spaces are filled for the earlier service. If we need a third service at 11:30 am, we will add this service to accommodate everyone.)

Please call or email the office by Thursday of each week to RSVP. Since there are only 23 parking spaces, it is imperative that you sign up (as you would for a church dinner with seating event). This will tell us how many services and bulletins we will need each week.

We will also post a video recording of our Sunday Outdoor Worship services on our Facebook page after the service, and we will continue to post the worship bulletins to our Website & Facebook page as well.

Therefore, the following in-person, indoor worship/activities continue to be paused at this time: Quiet Communion, Confirmation classes, & Youth Group meetings, all indoor Committee Meetings, Music and Choir Rehearsals and all outside groups using the building.

The Thrift Store shall remain CLOSED until the staff can safely open the store under CDC guidelines. A plan is underway for clothing or household donation drop-off times, but we are not accepting random donations currently for the safety of all volunteers. We appreciate your cooperation.

The Food Pantry WILL CONTINUE TO BE OPEN ON TUESDAYS with a drive-up setting and precautionary measures in place. Those picking up from the Food Pantry must stay in their vehicles.

Although the BUILDING continues to be closed due to strict CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, you are encouraged to call or leave messages at 610-377-4303, should there be a dire need. The secretary will retrieve all messages and distribute them to the proper person(s). Should you be in emergency need of food, prescriptions or other life-sustaining items, again, please call the above number for assistance.

Please note that we will periodically post Morning, Evening/Night Prayer Devotions, Children's Bible Moments with Pastor Moore & Youth Group Activities & Devotions with Vicar Krenz recorded by Pastor Moore and/or Vicar Krenz onto our Facebook pages.

Offerings will be collected at our Sunday Parking Lot Worship Services and also are being accepted through regular mail or drop-off to the church office. Please call ahead if you are dropping off, and wear a mask when entering the building.

Please check in on your extended family, our elder members and neighbors by phone or email, and stay safe taking care of yourself and your family.

The best way to combat a pandemic of this nature is to continue to distance ourselves physically, wash or sanitize hands frequently, and continue to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth while we are in the green phase (CDC/Government guidelines).

As a faith community, we will continue praying for all on the front lines and those making difficult decisions for re-opening during this Pandemic.

God is at work! God is everywhere and has not abandoned us. It is our responsibility to live out the 5th Commandment as Luther wrote:
"We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all life's needs." (LSC)

Your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated!

Sincerely in Christ,
Reverend Nancy L. Moore, Pastor
Linda Williams, Council President
Church Council


Sunday Bulletin for October 18: 20th Sunday After Pentecost -- Worship Service with Holy Communion in Special Circumstances

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce we now have Outdoor Parking Lot Worship Services, beginning with a 9:30 am service by reservation and a second 10:30 am service by reservation (once all spaces are filled for the earlier service). If we need a third service at 11:30 am, we will add this service to accommodate everyone. Please call or email the office by Thursday of each week to RSVP. Since there are only 23 parking spaces, it is imperative that you sign up as you would for a church dinner with seating event. This will tell us how many services and bulletins we will need.

The bulletin for Sunday, October 18, can be downloaded here. Also, a children's Celebrate bulletin is available here.

A recording of the worship service led by Pastor Moore and the hymns by Susan Lovejoy, our Minister of Music, will be posted on Trinity's Facebook page.

Just a reminder to check our church Facebook page for Morning and Evening Devotions with Pastor Moore and "Bible Moments with the Pastor" for the children, recorded hymns by Susan Lovejoy, and Bible Moments for Youth with Vicar Krenz.

Please keep our world in your prayers at this time.

God's Peace be with you all,
Pastor Moore


Think and Thank!

When the path of life becomes steep, and dark clouds threaten to block out all inspiration, pause a while and consider how God has brought you along thus far. Remember all His abundant blessings.


Activities

Women of the ELCA
October 9: Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
Due to the pandemic, no meetings will be held until further notice.

2020 CROP Hunger Walk
Due to the pandemic, the Lehighton Interfaith Fellowship CROP Hunger Walk will not be held this year. Instead, they will be taking a special offering on October 11 in support of the walk. Checks can be made payable to CWS/CROP and mailed to the church office or you can donate online at crophungerwalk.org/lehightonpa. 75% will be donated to Church World Services and 25% will go to the Trinity Pantry.

Blessing of the Animals
Trinity's first-ever drive-through Blessing of the Animals will take place on Monday, October 5, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. This event, in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, will offer the opportunity to have your pets blessed. Please enter the drive-through by proceeding down the alley from South Street, turn right onto Iron Street in front of Jack & Jill Preschool, and proceed forward from there.


Council Highlights -- September 2020

  • The Property Committee reported the down spouting and gutter at the pantry and thrift store have been repaired.
  • The church will continue to remain on lockdown to see if there are any ramifications from people returning from vacations and in-house sessions starting. Council will discuss the reopening on a month-by-month basis. CDC, state and ELCA guidelines will be followed.
  • Discussed the waste disposal contract and reviewed proposals from other companies. Approval was given to award a 3-year contract to Berger Sanitation.

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Service Times
  • Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.
  • First Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
  • First Tuesday Quiet Communion at 10:00 a.m.
Church News

Jack & Jill Preschool

Registrations for the 2020-2021 preschool term are still being accepted. They can be picked up at the preschool during regular school hours or can be downloaded from the preschool's website. If you would like to learn more about Trinity's preschool program, please call them at 610-377-6562, email them at jackandjillpreschool@yahoo.com or visit their website.


Youth Group

Due to the pandemic, all Youth Group activities are cancelled until further notice. Be sure to check the Trinity Youth Group Facebook page and the church bulletin for updates.


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