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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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Greetings From The Webmaster

Seasons greetings to you all, I am going to begin working on Trinitys website here soon. As things progress, you may see certain links, pages, pictures that disappear but I will be replacing a lot of stuff with new pictures and updating the website as time goes on. I am estimating it should be fully functional by January 2020. If you have any suggestions or things you would like to see then send a message with the form below and I will do my best to ensure your voice is heard and that it is more accessible for members and guests alike! If you have any suggestions as asked above then feel free to pull me aside at church and I would love to hear it!

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Organ Concert / Hymn Festival 10-20-19

______________________________Today musicians and members from the community gathered together once again for a Celebration of the Music of Paul Manz. A choir led by Dr. Bruce Smedley led the choir who took time out of their busy lives to put together this wonderful event “E’en So, Lord Jesus – A Celebration of the Music of Paul Manz,” featuring organists Martha Israel, Ty Legge, and Jane Scharding Smedley.

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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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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 Woman Make Scarves For Homeless

As you approach the meditation garden this week you may very well see it festooned with colorful scarves – a gift from the women of Trinity to the homeless community in the downtown area. The women purchased yards of fabric and finished them into warm snuggle scarves to give out this winter season. Next week, the ladies will be giving away socks filled with toiletries and personal items. Socks are the number one item requested by homeless shelters.

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Update From Our Mission Partners in Cambodia

Pat Ellis received the following note from George and Shary Frahm in Cambodia. Good Evening Pat, and greetings to all our friends at Trinity. I promised you that I would let you know when your partnership gift arrived, and it did so today.  Thank you so very much. If there are several people from Trinity that would like to put together a short term mission team, Pastor Samuel has asked for a short term to do a eye glass clinic in Sisiphon, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. We have necessary eyeglass charts, but lack the 3000 pair of marked eyeglasses that we would look for the team to bring with them. Sisiphon is Sophena’s home town and the fourth largest city in Cambodia.  While the roads have improved going in that direction towards the Thai border could still prove interesting, (rough) but I am told there are decent hotels in town. Blessings, george.frahm@gmail.com www.globallutheranoutreach.com/blog/frahm www.facebook.com/EmpoweringLCC Notes From Trinity’s Last Visit To Cambodia

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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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