Trinity's Response to COVID-19 - CoronaVirus

Connected Care

During these uncertain times, we wanted to let you know that while the building may be closed, our Church is open. We are excited about the unique ministry opportunities this challenging time will bring. 

 

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Our Covid-19 – Coronavirus Strategy

People First

As people all over the world adjust to a new normal for a time, so does our church here at Trinity and the big C church around the world. We are taking the approach that in this time we are choosing to put people first.  With that in mind, this page will give you all the information you need to do the same. In this uncertain time Trinity is continuing to work to grow the Faith of people in the Michiana community and beyond, be a support to Families, and to bring the hope of an eternal Future, but also a Future beyond this time and current circumstance.

 

Faith, Family, Future.

In-Person Worship

Next Steps 

The time for another shift in our worship life has come. Our outdoor service has been a blessing this summer. The weather has shifted and now it is time to come indoors.

Beginning on Sunday, November 1st we are moving to the following worship schedule:

  1. 8:30 AM Eucharist will be our Sunday Live Stream service on Facebook. It will be traditional/blended in musical format with organ, piano, guitar, vocalists, and instruments. 
  2. 10:45 AM Eucharist will now be INDOORS.  It will be contemporary/blended in musical format and led by our Worship Team. 

In-Person Worship Guidelines

We all have an opportunity to serve one another by following the guidelines that have been laid out for a safe and healthy environment for all of us to worship in.

We understand there are several voices out there with different feelings and opinions on guidelines like these, please note we are doing our best to make everyone feel comfortable about returning to worship.

These guidelines were formulated not only on the recommendations for federal and local authorities but by the knowledge and guidance of some of Trinity’s own health care workers.

Finally, these guidelines are fluid and will be updated periodically based on the situation and data that is presented.  

Facemasks Update

All attendees (except for infants and toddlers) must wear face coverings upon entering and exiting the building. During all worship services, masks will be required when singing and may be removed during spoken parts of the liturgy.  On-screen prompts will indicate the proper times to wear and remove your mask. 

Social Distancing

Please remember to interact with others from a distance of six feet, even in the parking lots. The seating arrangement has been designed for this purpose. Please sit one household per available pew; or if it is a larger pew, then 2 households can share a pew as long as they can provide 6 feet for social distance in the middle between them. 

Hand Hygiene

All attendees must use hand sanitizer upon arriving, as well as before and after using the restroom.

Touching Surfaces

To aid our cleaning crews, please keep touching of surfaces to a minimum. All interior doors will be propped open and all hymnals and attendance cards have been removed from the pews.

Bathroom Usage

Only two people may use the restroom at one time and should maintain social distancing. If the restroom is full, please wait outside and maintain social distancing.

For the complete list of our guidelines and procedures, you can click below.

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What you can do

In General

  • Stay Home if Possible – Our leaders are asking us to limit our travel and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus
  • Stay Positive – In uncertain times it is easy to let worry, anxiety, and fear take over our minds and hearts. If you are feeling this way reach out to the church, a friend, or family member for support.
  • Support one Another – During this time of isolation, connection is extremely important. Make a point to contact someone outside your house regularly, whether it is a text, a call, a video, a DM or a handwritten letter, and see how they are doing, catch-up, share about what is happening in your life.
  • Stay connected to Jesus – This a wonderful opportunity to deepen your faith.  We have several digital opportunities listed above, but if you need further support let us know.

If you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
  • Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Additional symptoms include muscle pain/body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, and GI upset.
  • Stay home except to get medical care, people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover with monitoring of their symptoms.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor, and call ahead before an office visit.
  • STAY WELL HYDRATED!
  • Isolate yourself in your home, away from members of your family. If possible use a separate bathroom from other members of your household.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick or caring for some who is ill and cannot wear one.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes either with a thick tissue or by sneezing into your upper arm/elbow.
  • Clean your hands often (soap and water is preferred or a 60% alcohol-based hand-sanitizer).
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.

Thank you to Trinity’s own Laura Gillespie, PharmD and the Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, for consulting with us on this information. Be sure to always consult your physician if you think you are sick.

To Educate yourself

One of the larger issues surrounding the spread of the virus is the spread of anxiety, fear, and misinformation.  To help combat these feelings, we encourage you to stay informed but not overloaded.  Here are a few tips to help with that:

  • The headline is not the whole story, carefully read the article to get the full picture.
  • Consider the source, check the web address or who published the article, is this a source you can trust?
  • Find one or two sources you can trust and stick to those outlets for all your updates.

Below are two links to sources that have credible information about the outbreak. You can also follow them on several social media platforms, or sign-up for email newsletters.

Support Our Ministry

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Your continued worship through your giving and generosity is vital to continue Trinity’s Ministry during this uncertain time.

Online Giving

Continue or begin your online giving to support the ministry at Trinity. Consider setting up re-occurring giving as a simple and consistent way to give your gift.

Mobile & Text Giving

There are two options for giving from your phone.  You can download the tithe.ly app from either the Apple Store or the Google Play store.  You can also use the text-to-give feature by simply texting ‘Give’ to (765) 314-4040.

Traditional Giving

You can simply send in an envelope with your gift to the church at:

Trinity Lutheran Church
30888 C.R. 6
Elkhart, IN 46514

Looking to Help?

During these uncertain times, we have an opportunity to share the calming presence of Jesus with others in our community. We have compiled a list of opportunities to serve that we are currently aware of. If you can assist, please take a minute to fill out the form so we can quickly connect you to the area of need you would like to serve in.

In need of Prayer or Assistance?

We are committed to putting people first as we all deal with these uncertain times together.  If you are in need of prayer or assistance please take a second to fill out this brief contact form and let us know how we can help.

Serve our Essential Workers

Download your Prayer Request Flyer

While many of us stay at home during this time, there are many more who are working in essential roles to keep things going and make the rest of our lives a little easier.  We would like to show them our support and serve them by offering our prayers. Below you’ll find a flyer you can print off, attach to your door, and let essential workers, like delivery drivers that visit your home, know that you appreciate them. If you are still going to work in an essential business post a flyer, if permitted, in your work place or forward to co-workers as an encouragement. The flyer includes a QR code so that these workers can scan it with their phones, give us a name, and if they would like a prayer request. We will then add them to our prayer chain.  Download yours today and show your appreciation for all those working on our behalf during this difficult time.