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March 18, 2020
Dear members and friends at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As I write this letter, I hope that all is well with you. Please know that I am praying for each one of you both now and in the days ahead. As we all have learned, things have increased in seriousness with the COVID19 pandemic since my letter a few days ago. Therefore, I want to let you know about changes taking place at Trinity due to the growing health risks associated with virus expo- sure.
Our federal and state governments as well as their health advisors have made it clear that the virus is growing at an exponential rate, and appropriate action must be taken. One of their strongest recommendations is that all groups, organizations, etc., refrain from having gatherings of more than ten people for at least two weeks, if not for thirty days. To that end, we had an in depth discussion at last night’s church council meeting on how to best proceed in caring for the physical and spiritual needs of our congregation. The council and I believe it is the most prudent course of action to postpone all worship services and activities until further notice. It is our hope to be back to a full activity level by 4/09/20 (Maundy Thursday). However, we will be constantly evaluating things to determine when the best time to resume normal church life is. Note: The church council requests that members continue to mail in your tithes and offerings as the work of the church continues even in difficult times. However, please do not drop them off at the church, as office hours are variable at this time.
During this time, we will be doing several things. We will be making phone contact with members to see how everyone is doing and if they have any particular needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with thoughts concerns, or needs (you can call, text, or e-mail). I am in the process of getting a live streaming pro- gram set up so that church services can be posted for members. Furthermore, I am looking at the possibility of having a video conference set up for our Bible studies. In addition, Linda or I will be at church for limited periods during the coming weeks.
This is new territory for all of us. Nevertheless, the Triune God Who was with us at our baptism is still with us as we go through difficult times that we frankly do not understand. Please pray for me and all other pastors as they work to take care of their congregations in a God-pleasing manner. Pray for church staff members, and especially pray for those in the medical, law enforcement, and fire/rescue communities as they continue to serve us in this unprecedented time.
One thing to especially bring to your attention is that we will be opening church for worship on 6/7/20! There are some guidelines you will need to be aware of, so please note them in this Sunday's worship folder. Otherwise, contact the office or myself and we will make sure you get the info. The Lord be with you all!
Just a reminder that I will be doing drive up communion again this Sunday from 1-2 PM. If you are planning on coming during that time slot, please let me know.
In service to the King, Rev. William Weiss <><
Trinity Lutheran Church
3223 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
EMAIL: Pastorbilltrinitydsm@gmail.com WEBSITE: http://www.trinitylcdesmoines.org
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, (18) yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (19) GOD, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer's; He makes me tread on my high places.
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Des Moines, Iowa 50311