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A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CHRIS

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Well, I’m back to wearing a mask in public. It felt great to not wear a mask while I was on vacation, but while we wait for vaccination rates to increase and hospitalizations to go down, I will continue to wear a mask in public. For Sunday worship at Trinity, I am asking you to please wear a mask. We will continue to sing as community with masks. Bishop Susan Candea said it well in the letter she wrote on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, as found below.

 

Pandemic-ing Together, Pastor Chris

 

I believe and trust in science. Data and research have shown that the vaccines for Covid 19 are safe, highly effective and that if enough people get vaccinated, we can end this pandemic. That is why I got fully vaccinated as soon as I was able. Not only to protect my own health but to participate in bringing an end to the suffering this pandemic has caused. Now with the highly transmissible Delta variant being so widespread, I will follow the guidelines of the CDC and resume wearing a mask in all public settings.  

 

I also believe and trust in the way of Jesus. Calling me to live in community with others and to obey the commandment to love my neighbor, rather than insisting that I have the right and freedom to do whatever I choose without regard for my neighbor. I am fully vaccinated and will resume wearing a mask because this is a public health crisis. My neighbors, fellow children of God, are suffering and dying throughout the world. For me, this choice is a decision grounded in faith. 

 

This is not a debate about who has the right to make requirements or mandates regarding one’s personal health. This is not about blaming or shaming individuals who have different views and opinions. This is about doing what is right and what is necessary to end this pandemic and save lives.  

 

As faith leaders, I urge you to do what is right and what is necessary. Be examples of how we can come together, care for one another, and live the way of Jesus. I am recommending that we, as the church, as people of faith, encourage individuals in our communities to get vaccinated. While I am not recommending that we again suspend in-person worship, I am recommending that we resume wearing masks in all public gatherings. This includes worship. It doesn’t need to be a debate, it's not a mandate. It is simply the way we gather together in a time of a pandemic. While we cannot, nor should not, tell people what to do, we can invite, ask, and even challenge people to connect their actions to their faith. We can listen compassionately and respectfully to the concerns of others and still do what is right and necessary. 

 

Rev. Susan Candea

Bishop

WORSHIP WITH US INSIDE OR ONLINE!

INSIDE AND ONLINE WORSHIP

We offer inside worship services on Sundays at both 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM. Face masks are required for all individuals. We will continue to follow CDC and St. Louis County recommendations.

 

Our 9:00 AM worship services will continue to be broadcast on YouTube. If you are sick or in a high-risk group, please stay at home and utilize our online worship options. If you are unable to watch at 9:00 AM, you may view the services online at your convenience. To choose the worship service you would like to watch, please Click Here.

SOWING OUR FUTURE WITH FAITH & GRACE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

More information about the Capital Campaign can be found on the Trinity website. Click Here to go to the Sowing Our Future webpage. Have you made your pledge to the capital campaign yet? You can make a pledge Here.

GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS. SERVICE SUNDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

God’s Work. Our Hands. Service Sunday will take place on Sunday, September 12. We are in need of volunteers to help with the following:

  • Supervise the Soup in a Bag Station

  • Supervise the Meals Do Matter Station

  • Grow Basil plants from starter kits

  • Coordinate the Basil Potting Station

  • Help with Set Up on Saturday, September 12 (time TBD)

Please contact Leslie Steinmeyer at news@tlc-stl.org to volunteer. Thank you!

 THRIVENT CARDS NEEDED

We are looking for Thrivent cards for our upcoming God’s Work. Our Hands. Service Sunday and Meals Do Matter Cooking and Assembly sessions this fall. We are looking for cards for the following projects:

  • Soups in a Bag for Lutheran Senior Services

  • Meals Do Matter packing event (5 sessions -- August, September, October, November & December)

  • Basil plants for Circle of Concern

  • Critter Boxes for the Missouri Department of Conservation

  • Books & Buddies for Gateway180

Remember, if you are a Thrivent member, you have access to funds to use for your favorite service project or fundraiser! Contact Corlyn Salisbury, salisbury04@gmail.com or 636.225.1457 if you’d like to help.

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES ONLINE

Online registration for the 2021-2022 preschool year continues. We provide a developmentally appropriate Christian educational experience for children ages 2 through 5. We encourage members to register their preschoolers and/or proudly tell their friends about the quality preschool program we sponsor. Our registration will be done all online. Click Here for the preschool website page.

More New Meals Available in the MDM Freezers

We now have 2 different meals in the Meals Do Matter freezers -- Penne with Meat Sauce and Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole. Bring a meal to someone in need. We have two serving and four serving meals available. Please reach out to someone you know who could use a meal.

 

Bakers Needed. The Meals Do Matter freezer needs new desserts. If you are baking this summer, please make a few extra goodies and place them in a Ziplock bag (2-4 servings per bag). Please list the ingredients on the bag so those with food allergies can check the ingredients. Desserts can be brought to Trinity and placed in our Meals Do Matter freezers at your convenience. Please contact Christie Tietjen at Christie.tietjen@Experitec.com or 314.443.8035 if you are interested in joining the Meals Do Matter Team.