Message, News and Events

UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: 10/23/2020

Trinity, Lehighton's indoor worship services have resumed, although some church activities continue to be paused for the current time due to continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 safety. The congregation council will re-evaluate the safe reopening of the building to outside groups on a month-to-month basis.

Sunday worship services in the sanctuary are held at 9:30 a.m. by RSVP only. On Communion Sundays, which are the 1st and 3rd Sundays, we will continue to use safely prepackaged communion cups and wafers.

Please call or email the office by Thursday afternoon of each week to RSVP. Since there is limited seating, it is imperative that you sign up each week. This will also tell us how many bulletins and prepackaged communion sets will be needed.

We will continue to post a video recording of our Sunday services on our Facebook page after the service, as well as post the worship bulletin and children's bulletin to our website and Facebook page.

The following in-person, indoor activities continue to be paused at this time: Quiet Communion, Confirmation classes, Youth Group meetings and outside groups using the building.

The Thrift Store is now open. Due to COVID restrictions, hours to shop or drop off donations are by appointment. Call Kay Patterson at 610-377-4471 on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Temperature check upon entering the store and masks are required. Please do not leave bags or boxes without an appointment.

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 church building will continue to be locked due to strict CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, you are encouraged to call or leave a message at 610-377-4303 if you have a dire need. Beverly Mills, our secretary, will retrieve all messages and distribute them to the proper person. 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 following our Sunday worship services. They also are being accepted through regular mail or can be dropped into the newly installed drop box at the Third Street entrance.

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.

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 March 7: The Third Sunday in Lent: Worship Service With Sacrament of Holy Communion in Special Circumstances

Dear Friends,

Our 9:30 a.m. worship services have moved back into the sanctuary, and we will be following guidelines provided by the CDC, the ELCA and the PA Department of Health. Services will follow the outdoor worship format with the addition of NO singing and restrictions on out-loud congregational responses. Please be aware that face masks must be worn throughout the entire worship service. If you forget your mask, one will be provided. In addition, upon entering the building, contactless temperature checks will be taken.

RSVPs will continue for the required "contact tracing" occupancy restrictions and so that enough bulletins and prepackaged communion cups and wafers can be prepared. Please call or email the church office by Thursday afternoon of each week to RSVP.

A recording of the worship service, led by Pastor Moore, and the hymns by Susan Lovejoy, our Minister of Music, will be posted on the church's Facebook page at the conclusion of the worship service. The bulletin for Sunday, March 7, can be downloaded here. Also, a children's Celebrate bulletin is available here.

As a reminder, please 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


An Effective Prayer Life

Of all the Christian disciplines, prayer is the most commonly practiced and the least understood. Prayer should not be regarded as a life jacket in desperate times or as a wish list.


Activities

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

Sunday School Bible Stories
Our Sunday School staff and Pastor Moore are taking turns reading prerecorded Bible stories for the children on a weekly basis throughout our winter break through March 21. Be sure to tune in every Sunday after 10:30 a.m. to watch the videos on Trinity's Facebook page.

Mid-week Lenten Worship Services
Lenten worship services will be held on the following Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 17 and Mar. 24. This year's theme is "Come and See." Please RSVP to the church office at 610-377-4303 by the end of the day on Monday if you would like to attend.

Sunday School Palm Sunday Parade
Join us on Palm Sunday, March 28, for our outdoor Sunday School Palm Sunday Parade! After the parade, Dominick the Donkey will lead us to the designated places on the lawn for an egg hunt. BYOB—Bring Your Own Basket—and take all eggs with you. No sorting eggs on site. Due to COVID restrictions, all eggs go home and we do not want them back! Hope to see you there and don't forget your mask. Dominick the Donkey will be wearing one!


Council Highlights -- February 2021

  • Pastor Moore noted that to date there are 4 students in the First Year Confirmation Class and there are 5 in the Second Year Class. The numbers could change because the deadline has not yet been met. Classes will begin Feb. 21 in Luther Hall following Sunday worship.
  • Approved reinvesting in the Mission Investment Fund for another three years at 1.49%.
  • Approved Paul Wright Roofing to replace the roof around the steeple by removing the caulking and replacing the shingles.
  • Noted that the 2021 Synod Assembly is scheduled for June 3-5. Synod is hoping for an in-person assembly, but a Plan B is being considered as well.
  • Conveyed our thanks to everyone volunteering on Sundays so we can have in-person worship: lectors, ushers, the Property Committee, sound system techs, pastor and vicar, Beverly, Pete, Julia, and anyone else we may have missed.

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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

Cancellation of Services Policy

In the event of inclement weather, check the following for the status of our church services: WFMZ-TV (Channel 69); BRC-TV (Channel 13); the church office (610-377-4303) for a recorded message; or Trinity's Facebook page.


Jack & Jill Preschool

Children who will be three, four or five years old by October 31, 2021, can be registered to attend preschool in the fall. You do not have to be a member of Trinity, or live in the Lehighton Area School District, in order to have your child attend Jack and Jill. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment to tour the preschool. Scholarships are available to help families defray some or all of the cost. 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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