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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. The new store hours (by appointment only) are as follows: Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations will be accepted by appointment only. Please call Kay Patterson, our store manager, at 610-377-4471 for an appointment to shop or to drop off donations (Thursdays only). For the safety of our volunteers, 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 Nov. 29: Service of Healing with Blessing of Prayer Shawls

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, Nov. 29, 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


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Activities

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

Annual Congregational Meeting
Trinity's annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15, in the sanctuary immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Some of the items on the agenda include election of Council members, setup of our 2021 nominating committee and approval of the 2021 budget. We hope to see you there!


Council Highlights -- October 2020

  • Approved the recommendation of the Special Gifts Fund Committee to disburse $10,000 to various benevolent organizations.
  • By Pastor Moore's request, approved the following students for Confirmation on Sunday, October 25: Synceray Behler, Ashley Christman, Aidan Gruber, Levi Monk and Elizabeth Troutman.
  • Noted that this year's Blessing of the Animals will be by drive-through on Monday, October 5.
  • Approved the opening of Luther Hall for standing committee meetings and AA use only.
  • Approved the 2021 preliminary budget.
  • Discussed the reopening of the sanctuary following CDC, ELCA and Department of Health guidelines.

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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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