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TRINITY’S PLAN FOR CONTINUING PUBLIC WORSHIP SERVICES – Rev. 2

Revision 2 As most of you know, Trinity resumed public gathering for worship on Sunday, May 10.  We resumed offering Holy Communion as part of our services on May 31.  The following includes a review of most of the initial guidelines which were put out prior to “reopening” along with the procedures to maintain safety during Communion. This update also comes with slight revision to our procedures.  First a little background.  On Tuesday, June 2, the Elders and I held a Zoom conference/meeting that included Doug and Angela Campbell, both of whom as most of you know are MDs.  In that meeting they shared with us research they have done regarding Covid-19 risks and precautions.  They gave us their informed and professional medical opinions on several items which pertain to gathering for worship.  Their opinions, along with most recent CDC guidelines, included the following: 1.  If you are concerned about the potential of catching Covid-19, the recommended mask would be an N95 mask (initially these were not readily available but have now become more so it would seem).  2.  The purpose of cloth or other simple masks is not necessarily to protect the person wearing it but to minimize the risk of inadvertently passing on the virus to others should you have it without symptoms. 3.  The Covid-19 virus is a “heavy” virus that is transmitted in droplet form.  Research has shown that during regular activity such as talking, it can be transmitted up to 6 feet (thus the recommendation

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Trinity’s Plan for Continuing Public Worship Services

Trinity’s Plan for Continuing Public Worship Services

As most of you know, Trinity resumed public gathering for worship on Sunday, May 10.  The following is mostly a review of the initial guidelines which were put out prior to “reopening” with the addition that we will soon resume Holy Communion as part of our services. To comply with safety guidelines, we continue to ask that everyone closely observe the minimum 6-foot social distancing guidelines. All gatherers are asked to wear masks. We continue to limit the number of people per service to around 50. In order to accommodate everyone, we have been holding 2 Sunday services – the first service at 9:15 a.m., the second at 10:30. We will continue to have 2 services for now. For the time being, we will continue not to hold in-person Sunday School/Bible class, choir, small groups, etc. In order that we not exceed the number of people in either service who can be safely accommodated with adequate social distancing, we ask that you sign up for the service you intend to attend. A weekly email will continue to be sent out with a link to sign up. If you prefer, you may call the church office to sign up. If we reach maximum capacity for a given service, we will be asking anyone wishing to sign up for that service to attend the other. A few important further notes. First, the guidelines require worshipers wear masks. Please wear a mask to service! If you do not have one, we will have

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Trinity’s Plan for Restarting Public Worship Services

Trinity’s Plan for Restarting Public Worship Services

 TRINITY’S PLAN FOR RESTARTING PUBLIC WORSHIP SERVICES Restrictions have now begun to be lifted for public gatherings.  As of Monday, May 4, Phase 1 of Memphis and Shelby County’s plan went into effect.  As it relates to church and gathering for worship, we can begin meeting with 25% capacity, closely observing minimum 6-foot social distancing guidelines and gatherers wearing masks. With that news, Trinity resumed holding public worship services.  To comply with guidelines, we need to limit the number of people per service to around 50.  In order to accommodate everyone, we will temporarily be having 2 services.  The first service will be at 9:15 a.m., the second at 10:30.  For now, we will continue not to hold in-person Sunday School/Bible class, choir, small groups, etc. For the services, in order that we not exceed the number of people in either service who can be safely accommodated with adequate social distancing, we ask that you sign up for which service you intend to attend.  You can sign up for service here: Trinity Service Sign up.  (This is the updated link for Sunday, May 24th). If you prefer, you may email or call the church office to sign up, as well.  Once we reach maximum capacity for a given service, we will be asking anyone wishing to sign up for that service to attend the other. A few important further notes.  First, the guidelines require worshipers wear masks.  Please wear a mask to service!  If you do not have one, we

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Daily Prayers

Daily Prayers

Martha has taken the time to put together some daily prayers (some morning, some evening) for you to use during Trinity’s time apart from one another. Feel free to download the prayer for the day to do either individually or as a family.

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Trinity’s UPDATED Response to COVID-19

Trinity's UPDATED Response to COVID-19

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’m sorry to say that just as the updates and recommendations regarding Coronavirus seem to be updated on the hour, so also do I have an update since then on how we are proceeding. After much time was spent to put precautions in place and get them out to you all, I received an email from our Mid-South District Office and President. It was sent to all of the congregations of the district and strongly urged that we follow the just announced recommendations to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people. Not long after that, Memphis city Mayor Jim Strickland declared Memphis to be under a state of emergency; and, at least as I have been told, he gave direction to churches to stop public worship at this time to limit exposure and spread of the virus. After speaking directly with President Paavola at our district office and further prayer, with great reluctance and sadness I consulted with and recommended to the elders we halt public worship services for the next couple of weeks as requested and pray that we can resume very soon. I was thankful that the elders struggled with this decision, as well, and only with reluctance agreed. So, what does this all mean? For at least the next 15 days, we will not have public gatherings of more than 10. One of the things we had begun to work on, which I noted yesterday, was attempting to livestream services. So,

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St. Jude Marathon event at TLC

Back in December runners and members of the community gather together in the heart of Downtown, Memphis for the Annual St. Jude Marathon that takes place in early December every year. Trinity had the opportunity to become a checkpoint for a portion of the marathon. Members of Trinity gathered together in the early morning hours to help prepare Trinity and make it become as welcoming and loving as we are and show. Members of the community and those who traveled from all over the U.S and the world had the chance to stop by for hot chocolate, love, prayer, and fellowship. If you would like to know more about the next St. Jude Marathon that is scheduled 2020, please click the link https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/fitness-fundraisers/memphis-marathon.html

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Organ Concert / Hymn Festival

SAVE THE DATE On September 21, 1980, three young organists were among the 371 people who crowded into Trinity Lutheran Church to hear an Organ Concert / Hymn Festival presented by the legendary Lutheran organist Dr. Paul Manz. Over the years we have used his music in our own churches, and now, in this year of our Lord 2019, we have planned another Organ Concert / Hymn Festival to honor this man who so inspired us, to share his music, and to celebrate his legacy. Please join us at Trinity Lutheran Church (210 Washington Avenue, 38103) on October 20, 2019, 4:00 p.m. for “E’en So, Lord Jesus – A Celebration of the Music of Paul Manz,” featuring organists Martha Israel, Ty Legge, and Jane Scharding Smedley, as well as a choir led by Dr. Bruce Smedley. Free Parking is available in the lot across the street, and a reception will follow. For more information, call Trinity’s office at 901 525-1056.

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Vacation Bible School 2019

Trinity Lutheran Church Invites Children to Roar VBS: Life is wild, God is good. A summer kids’ event called Roar VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church from July 29 to August 2. At Roar, kids discover that God is good even when life get wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Safari Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:00 pm. Kids at Roar VBS will join a missions effort to provide nutrition packets and health checkups for moms and babies in need in Zambia, Africa. Roar is for kids and will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm each day and a meal will be provided. For more information, contact the office at office@trinitymemphis.org. You can download and print a registration form here: VBS Registration Form Send completed form to Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 Washington Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 OR email it to office@trinitymemphis.org.

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Worship & Picnic at St. Columba Retreat Center

This Sunday, June 2nd, we will be having Worship and a catered lunch at the St. Columba Retreat Center at 11:00 am. The address is 4577 Billy Maher Road in Memphis. Worship will be at the Gates Pavillion and someone will be there to direct you as you drive in. We’d love to see you for this special springtime worship event!

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Is fasting a requirement for Christians?

  While Advent is a celebration and a time of great anticipation, Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or for giving something up — abstaining from something we like or enjoy.   Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection. It serves as a time for us to call to mind our sinfulness and the reason that God the Father had to send His son to suffer and die in our place.We remind ourselves that it is this one selfless act that obtains for us freedom from the wages of sin and sets us free from our bondage to sin. Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that

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Trinity History

We will be actively adding back the Trinity history pages. Here is a link to the first two installments There is also a link to the Diary of Rev Sieck who was trapped in Arkansas during the second Yellow Fever epidemic,

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