June 2020

GREETINGS IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS!

The past couple months have been filled with trials and tribulations in our world like we have never seen in most of our lifetimes. The COVID-19 virus has taken away our social liberties, caused economic hardship, overworked our health care workers and overtaken our hospitals, caused insurmountable deaths, shutdown our schools, put all essential workers at risk, suspended our worship gatherings and church related events, and if that was not enough, the world watched through social and news media as a human being was murdered right before our eyes and before the eyes of a loving God of justice. Our world has been turned upside down with a lack of hope in the eyes of many during this pandemic.

And yet, our God remains steadfast and with God's help, we carried on to the best of our ability with countless celebrations of births, graduations, birthday parades, and sending two American astronauts to the International Space Center from American soil in almost a decade.

In the midst of all this tribulation and celebration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania began to re-open in three phases with many restrictions which fell heavily on places of worship and sadly, the larger the places of worship. Unfortunately, the larger places of worship, the more difficult the institution of these many restrictions. Our Church Council has had to make some very difficult decisions for the safety of ALL our members. Some of these decisions, outside of the cancellation of all worship services and activities, included revamping the operations of the Food Pantry, closing the Thrift Store and the entire building, postponing Confirmation Sunday from May 31st to Reformation Sunday on October 25th, and limiting funerals to graveside services only. These decisions were probably some of most difficult decisions in the history of Trinity, and I am grateful to each Council member for their honesty and diligence.

As our State continues to re-open, the Council made two major decisions at the June 4, 2020 meeting:
(1) To hold Outdoor Parking Lot Services beginning at 9:30 am and again at 10:30 am on June 14, 2020. This will take the cooperation of everyone to be successful as we maintain proper physical distancing and adhere to three documented guidelines: (a) ELCA Re-Opening Guidelines, (b) Pennsylvania's 3-Phase Guidelines & Restrictions in yellow and green phases, and (c) CDC Guidelines for Religious Gatherings.
(2) To keep the building closed until the Commonwealth of PA moves well into the Green Phase AND we feel it is safe for our staff as we welcome groups and committees to meet inside the building. Keep in mind going into the Green Phase on June 12th, will continue to hold us to restrictions for wearing masks, frequent hand sanitizing, continued social distancing and required disinfecting. These restrictions will take time to implement due to the size of our building. Your patience is appreciated.

Therefore, there are certain steps to be followed for the Outdoor Parking Lot Services set to begin on June 14, 2020.
Step 1: R.S.V.P. Since we have only limited parking spaces, a reservation is required on a weekly basis by calling the Church Office at 610-377-4303 BY THURSDAY OF EACH WEEK. This is a week-by-week signup just as you would sign up for a church dinner or other similar event.
Step 2: IN-PERSON CONTACT: All worshippers must stay in their vehicles and designated space on the lawn and avoid in-person conversing with one another.
Step 3: PARKING: As you arrive from South Street, drive down the alley where there will be parking attendants to direct you to a parking space. It is important to follow the directives in order to maintain arrival and exit flow.
Step 4: BULLETINS: As you enter the lot, you will be given enough bulletins for those in your vehicle.
Step 5: FM RADIO SETTING: Once in the parking space, tune your FM radio to 87.9, and you will be able to hear the service through your car radio as you watch and participate in the worship service.
Step 6: OFFERING: As you exit the parking lot, an offering basket will be available as you make the right turn into the alley and proceed to Iron Street.

LAWN SEATING: Should you desire to park on the street and sit on the lawn, please bring your own lawn chair and be sure to sit in the designated areas marked for social distancing. Also, a reservation is needed to ensure there are enough bulletins on hand. Please note: There is no amplification to the lawn seating, only to the vehicles. Masks are encouraged for the safety of those around you.

RESTROOMS: Please note that the only restrooms open during the worship services will be in Luther Hall, due to the strict disinfecting orders we must follow. Pete will be inside Luther Hall to disinfect frequently during usage. Masks are required when entering the building.

I realize this is a tremendous change in the way we must conduct worship services at this time, but this will give folks who have no access to Facebook to once again worship together as a church family. The worship service will be posted to our church Facebook page immediately following the first service. We hope this will be a smooth transition from online services to in-person worship during this difficult time in the life of the church.

Sincerely in Christ,

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore, Pastor


Service Schedule

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m.

Sunday School

10:45 a.m.

First Saturday of the Month

5:00 p.m.

First Tuesday of the Month

10:00 a.m.


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