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 & Sign-Ups 

We are so joyful the time has arrived for us to begin worshipping in-person once again. In accordance with the state guidelines and recommendations for houses of worship, we are taking a gradual approach to reopening.  We are currently offering two in-person worship services, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 10am.  In order to maintain appropriate social distancing in the sanctuary, we are requiring those who would like to worship in-person to register their attendance using Sign-up Genius. Below you will find the links to the individual sign-ups for each service.

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

All attendees (except for infants and toddlers) must wear face coverings out of concern for fellow parishioners. Please bring your own. Trinity has a limited supply if you do not have one.

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 do not sit in other pews than the one you choose during registration.

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 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.

This Weekend’s Worship Service

Ministry Updates related to COVID-19

At this current time, all church and school activities on campus are canceled.  You can find more information on the status of our various ministries below.

Worship

For the time being, we will conduct all our worship services through Facebook.

Our worship schedule will be

Weekend Worship at 10am Sunday Morning

A children’s program at 9:30am Sunday morning on Facebook as well.

Devotions

Update 4/24: Check Facebook every day at 8:30 am for a morning devotional from one of our very own Trinity School Staff.

Dinner devotionals will be posted at 4:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and will be led by a member of our church staff.

Care Connect

With our intention to put people first, we are making a point to check in with every member of the Trinity Family weekly. Each week you will receive a contact from a member of our staff or lay leader.  If you don’t receive a call by March 28th, fill out the form below to let us know, and we can update your contact information.

Bible Study & Small Groups

Bible Study

  • New! Sundays starting April 26th: 9:30-9:45am Children’s Program led by Fran Conner and Tais Brekke on our Facebook Page
  • Sundays, 6 PM: High School Youth. Contact Tais Brekke for details.
  • Monday, 7 PM: Children’s Confirmation (RCIC) with Pr. Davis
  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM: Middle School Youth. Contact Tais Brekke for details.
  • Wednesdays, 7 PM: Pastor’s Bible Class. Join Pastor Mielke and Shelley Mielke for a   Facebook Live study called Learning to Pray with the Psalms.  The Lord has been calling all of us to a deeper life of prayer these days. But long before any of this, He inspired a prayer book for us to guide our life of prayer. In this interactive study we will learn about the different kinds of psalms and how they can enrich our prayer life. 
  • Thursday Prayer Meeting, 7 PM Our “Zoom” Prayer Vigil on March 28th was such a success as we gathered at different hours of that for prayer and conversation! So we are going to keep it going with this weekly hour of prayer on Zoom. If you’d like to join, please contact Chuck Spencer for login information. 
  • Thursdays, 8 PM: Adult Membership Class (RCIA) with Sue Emmack
  • Connection Groups (Small Group Bible Studies) are meeting at various times using different technology platforms. Please Contact Sue Emmack for more information.

 

Daily Devotions on Facebook:

Each weekday morning join our faculty for devotions posted at 8:30 AM. This includes the school’s chapel service on Wednesday mornings. 

Evening devotions led by the church staff will be posted on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:30 PM.

New! Sisters Sip ‘n’ Study

Is an online women’s Bible Study with Kristen Senne. Women of all ages and stages gather to read the Bible, share reflections, and pray for one another.  All you need is a Bible and a device with internet connection and 2-way audio and video. Tea, coffee, or a beverage of choice is optional. Zoom online meetings are the first Sunday of each month from  6:30 to 8pm. Please contact Sue Emmack if you are interested.

Small Groups 

As a church, we feel it is important to be a good citizen and look out for the most vulnerable among us. We are encouraging small groups to continue to meet virtually. Community and connection will be even more important during this time of social distancing. You can make use of the tools you already use, or implement some new ones like a Facebook Group, or a Zoom or Google Meet video chat.  If you need assistance getting started contact our church office at office@trinityl.org

Trinity Lutheran School

Per the decision of the state, our school building is closed for the remainder of the school year, and our calendar has been amended to reflect this with school officially ending on May 20th.

Our students, preschool – 8th grade are engaging in remote learning Tuesday through Friday until the 20th. Our staff is committed to bringing the best learning experiences to our students using the blessing of technology while supporting families during this stressful time.

Resources

K-8 Google Classroom

Preschool Facebook Group

Recent Church Communications

 

Update 5/21

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

Happy Ascension Day! Today marks 40 Days after Easter, the day when our Lord ascended to heaven to take his throne and intercede for us at the right hand of the Father. We will celebrate Ascension this weekend in worship.  

Adding to our joy this weekend is that we will begin in-person for the first time in 70 days!

For those of you who would like to attend: Due to our limited capacity, you must pre register using Sign Up Genius (see the links below) or by calling the Church Office on Friday from 9 AM – 2 PM (574-674-88080). As I write this, there are places for 10 Households at the Saturday 5 PM Eucharist and 2 Households at the Sunday, 10 AM Eucharist. Please see more information on what to expect below. 

For those of you who wish to continue worshipping online the Sunday: 10 AM Eucharist will still be livestreamed on Facebook. We will also distribute Holy Communion from 11:15AM – 12:00 PM on Sunday after the service.

Friends, as we take these next steps, please pray to Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, for protection, guidance, and that the Holy Spirit would hold our Trinity family together.

Love you all, 

Pr. Mielke

As we reopen Trinity:

As we reopen Trinity for in-person worship on this weekend (May 23rd – 24th) here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Since we will have to have social distance and cannot exceed our limited seating, those who wish to attend will need to pre-register via Sign-Up Genius. 
  2. For a list of all of our Guidelines for worship see our website
  3. As we move forward it is important that we: 
  • Act Responsibly – Let’s continue to work together to follow recommendations, always putting the good of others before our own. Please know that much research, conversation, thought and prayer is being put into every step we take for the safety and health of all of our members and guests. 
  • Respect Others –  Let’s always honor and love each other even when we have different feelings and opinions about this situation and how to handle it.
  • Be Flexible – We are all getting pretty good at this, but we must continue to be prepared to change and adjust quickly should things change.  
  • Ensure Sustainability – With every step we take, we need to make sure we have the resources and energy to keep it up for quite some time if so needed. 

About Receiving Communion by taking the Host. It is the normal practice and desirable for Lutherans to take both the Host (Bread/Body of Christ) and the Chalice (Wine/Blood of Christ). However, for exceptional reasons it is permissible to receive Communion under one kind. We believe that the whole Jesus is present in, with and under both the bread and the wine. Given these exceptional circumstances, we will distribute the Host for now. We are working on a plan so that we can safely administer the chalice for those who so desire as soon as possible. 

From Sandy Price

Dear Trinity Family – It was an overwhelming experience to be honored this past Sunday, with the special music, the photos of our students and flowers in the church, the video messages, and a very special sermon with my family by my side. 

I thank you for the opportunity you have provided me to work with you in ministry for 31 years, and the trust and encouragement that provided support along the way. I’m in awe when I look back at that journey, its challenges and joys, and am filled with gratitude for it all.  

Thank you for the recognition of my retirement by the very special gift of a cross for every classroom. They are each uniquely beautiful and I know they were crafted with love and amazing skill! I am thrilled to know that students and all who come to our school will see those every day and know that Jesus loves them. 

Thank you to Pastor Schallorn for taking a break from your own retirement to preach and remember our work together; Thank you to Pastor Mielke and Davis for your loving kindness and partnership in ministry, and to all who made this retirement a celebration of ministry and our Trinity community, I am so humbly grateful!

God’s continued blessings,

Sandy Price

Soli Deo Gloria 

Be a part of our IGNITE Pentecost Celebration!

Next weekend (May 31st) we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost when Jesus gave the fiery gift of His Holy Spirit.  If you haven’t already, please do the following to help us prepare for this celebration:

  1. Send in your IGNITE generosity commitment. You can either mail your commitment card to the church office or fill out one this electronic version which is submitted directly to our Executive Director, Tom Haeussler. We love to have your commitment here for the dedication.
  2. Take a selfie. If you didn’t last weekend, would you please take a picture of you and any loved ones gathered with you during our online worship this Sunday? Then, please email it to: office@trinityl.org.  We are putting together a special video for our celebration.

Congregational Vote for the next Church Council (July, 2020 – June, 2022)

The Council has approved the Nominating Committee’s slate for the next Church Council. The Council will present that slate to the congregation for approval on the weekend of June 7th with a balloting method so that all confirmed members in good standing, 18 years or older will be able to safely participate in the vote. That method and a “Get to Know Them” Guide of those on the slate will be made available this coming week. 

The slate is: 

Officers: Corey Van Luchene – Chair, Duane Wilcoxson – Vice Chair, Sabra Twiford

– Treasurer, Susan Franger – Secretary

At Large Members: Tom Duckworth, Dawn Fisher, Jeff McNeil, Jon Rogers, Frank Lehker, Kelly Wiard

Thank you to our nominating committee (Corey Van Luchene, Duane Wilcoxson, Dave Lentz, Diane Raderstorf, Ty Miller, Courtney Piazza and Pr. Mielke) for their work in putting together the slate of nominees and to the nominees for their willingness to serve our Trinity family for the next two years.

A Way to Serve- Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2020

We will be building two homes side by side on Stiver Ave in Elkhart. Participants must be 16 years and older. The cost is your love in action to build homes, community and hope for families of Elkhart County. We will work from 8:30am-3:00pm on Friday, June 12 and Saturday June 20. This is primarily an event for women but men are never excluded! Habitat is taking precautions to protect volunteers and staff. Masks will be worn and we will also be honoring the social distancing recommendations. Please sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084CAEAB22A7F85-habitat

Vine and Branches 

Ladies – it’s our turn! The guys have been gathering for Hebrews for several years- it’s time for the women to have their own group! Vine and Branches is based on John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. This topical study will focus on what it means to be connected to Jesus in every area of our lives. We will meet after Hebrews via Zoom on Tuesday, June 9, from 9-10pm. Join Sue Emmack and Tais Brekke with your favorite glass of wine for our discussion. Don’t drink wine? Join us with whatever beverage you choose. Email Sue Emmack at sueemmack@trinityl.org to sign up.

Update on Summer Camps

Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan states that all K-12 school buildings, facilities, and grounds are closed until June 30. With that as our guide we plan to BEGIN SUMMER CAMPS 2020 on July 6 for all ages. Our first camps of the season will be Adventure Camp and Lego Mania!  We have updated EventBrite with the new dates and camps. All previously scheduled camps in June, including VBS have been cancelled, and individuals that had previously signed up should have received an email through EventBrite with the details on that.

Bible Studies, Devotions, Prayer Groups and More throughout the week at Trinity . . . 

  • Sundays, 9:30-9:45am Children’s Program led by Fran Conner and Tais Brekke on our Facebook Page
  • Online Evening Devotions: Monday – Friday at 4:30 PM our church staff and other volunteers will post on Facebook a short evening devotion. We are presently journeying through the Book of Acts.
  • Thursday Prayer Meeting, 7 PM Our “Zoom” Prayer Vigil on March 28th was such a success as we gathered at different hours of that for prayer and conversation! So we are going to keep it going with this weekly hour of prayer on Zoom. If you’d like to join, please contact Chuck Spencer for login information. 
  • Thursdays, 8 PM: Adult Membership Class (RCIA) with Sue Emmack
  • Connection Groups (Small Group Bible Studies) are meeting at various times using different technology platforms. Please Contact Sue Emmack for more information.

Daily Devotions on Facebook:

Each weekday (M-F) at 4:30pm we will post a devotion led by a staff or volunteer.  If you would like to lead one of these devotions, please contact Pastor Davis at pastordavis@trinityl.org

Are you up to date?

During this time it has become extremely important for our church database to be up to date so we can ensure you’re getting the most up to date information.  If you need to update any of the following, please contact the office at office@trinityl.org:

  • current address 
  • home phone 
  • cell phone  
  • birth dates with year 
  • current email

Online Attendance Report

Thank you all so much for continuing to participate in our online worship services and Bible studies. Here are some stats on what is happening: 

Sunday Worship – On Sunday, May 17th we welcomed 235 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 1,700 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 388 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 235 Live viewers means that 235 devices are being used. Many families are using one device so our overall viewers is certainly higher. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study – On Wednesday Evening, May 20th Pastor and Shelley hosted up to 30 live viewers, and as of this writing this post has reached nearly 502 people on Facebook. One of the unique benefits of conducting a study online is the opportunity for more people to be engaged and participate and we were excited to see 106 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares) during Pastor’s study.

Finance Report

Below you will see the most recent update on our financial status since we have begun this new journey of the Ignite One Fund. Just a reminder this shows all of our gifts in one fund that is then used to pay for all of our expenses including our building expenditures. You have been truly generous as we have started our expanded IGNITE giving.  Thank you!

There are several great ways to offer your gifts to the Lord at Trinity:

  • Online Giving. Online giving is a great benefit because it allows you to continue giving when you are not able to attend (travel, sickness, bad weather or a crisis like the current one) and it helps Trinity to continue ministry by receiving offerings more regularly. 

It is easy to get started. Just follow these steps:

    1. Go to our website, TrinityL.org and click “Give Online.” 
    2. That will take you to a secure page to set up your account. 
    3. In the top right box, titled “Give to:” please be sure to select “Ignite One Fund (Combined Gen. & Bldg. Fund).” 
  • From your Phone: you can download the Tithe.ly app on your mobile device and set up an account. 
  • Text the word “Give” to 765-314-4040. It will prompt you to set up your account.
  • Mail your offering to the Church: 30888 C.R. 6, Elkhart, IN 46514.

For more information . . . 

On Trinity’s ministry and response during the COVID-19 situation, visit our Connected Care page on our website.

Update 5/14

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

Please join us this Sunday for our online worship at 10 AM as we celebrate the faithful ministry of Sandy Price. We have a very special liturgy planned to celebrate her retirement, including someone coming out of retirement to preach!  🙂 

Sandy has served Trinity for 31 years, first as a teacher, and then becoming our administrator in 2000. As her colleague I have been so privileged to know the beautiful heart God crafted in her and how that heart has guided her ministry every day. Sandy sees every child as an unique and unrepeatable gift from God. She always strives to discover that gift in each child, and then help the child to discover it about himself or herself. She relishes the child who thinks, feels, or acts differently than everyone else. Instead of trying to make them conform, she wants them to embrace and unleash that gift and not be afraid of who God made them be. She has always wanted the very best for our Lutheran School and given her best for it.

On a personal note, Sandy has been a wonderful mentor to me, from the time I was a very young, “green” pastor who thought he had all the answers until now, when I know I don’t have all the answers! I have always cherished her partnership in this ministry, but never as much as these last two years. She is a trusted confidant and advisor, one of the smartest people I know, and a dear friend. Perhaps my favorite thing about Sandy is that she has taught me in the midst of striving to give our best for this ministry, we can also laugh – and even laugh at ourselves. For what she has done for my own five children and the countless “spiritual children” of Trinity, she has my deepest gratitude.

Sandy, on behalf of our entire Trinity family, thank you for loving Jesus so much and dedicating your life to helping parents bring their children to Him. 

So friends, please join me, this Sunday at 10 AM in our online worship as we honor and thank Sandy.  

Finally, just a couple of other quick notes:

  1. Pr. Davis and I will serve Holy Communion (The Host) after the service again this Sunday, May 17th, from 11:15 – 12:00 outside of the Church.

  2. Provided there is no change in the guidance from state and local authorities, we will take our next step toward reopening Trinity and begin in-person worship the following weekend, May 23rd-24th. (We will also continue our live streamed service for those who prefer to continue worshiping at home.) Look for more information about the schedule and plan early in the week. 

 Blessings, 

Pr. Mielke

Preparing to reopen Trinity:

As we are preparing to reopen Trinity for in-person worship on the weekend of May 23rd – 24th, here are a few things:

  1. If you haven’t already, would you please take this 1-2 minute, 4 question survey that will help us in our final preparations? 

  2. Since we will have to have social distance and cannot exceed our limited seating, those who wish to attend will need to pre-register via Sign-Up Genius. 

  3. Finally, as we move forward it is important that we: 

  • Act Responsibly – Let’s continue to work together to follow recommendations, always putting the good of others before our own. Please know that much research, conversation, thought and prayer is being put into every step we take for the safety and health of all of our members and guests. 

  • Respect Others –  Let’s always honor and love each other even when we have different feelings and opinions about this situation and how to handle it.

  • Be Flexible – We are all getting pretty good at this, but we must continue to be prepared to change and adjust quickly should things change.  

  • Ensure Sustainability – With every step we take, we need to make sure we have the resources and energy to keep it up for quite some time if so needed. 

About Receiving Communion by taking the Host.

It is the normal practice and desirable for Lutherans to take both the Host (Bread/Body of Christ) and the Chalice (Wine/Blood of Christ). However, for exceptional reasons it is permissible to receive Communion under one kind. We believe that the whole Jesus is present in, with and under both the bread and the wine. Given these exceptional circumstances, we will distribute the Host for now. We are working on a plan so that we can safely administer the chalice for those who so desire as soon as possible. 

Be a part of our IGNITE Pentecost Celebration!

On May 31st we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost when Jesus gave the fiery gift of His Holy Spirit.  If you haven’t already, please do the following to help us prepare for this celebration:

  1. Send in your IGNITE generosity commitment. You can either mail your commitment card to the church office or fill out one this electronic version which is submitted directly to our Executive Director, Tom Haeussler. We love to have your commitment here for the dedication.

  2. Take a selfie. If you didn’t last weekend, would you please take a picture of you and any loved ones gathered with you during our online worship this Sunday? Then, please email it to: office@trinityl.org.  We are putting together a special video for our celebration.

Vine and Branches 

Ladies – it’s our turn! The guys have been gathering for Hebrews for several years- it’s time for the women to have their own group! Vine and Branches is based on John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. This topical study will focus on what it means to be connected to Jesus in every area of our lives. We will meet after Hebrews via Zoom on Tuesday, May 12, from 9-10pm. Join Sue Emmack and Tais Brekke with your favorite glass of wine for our discussion. Don’t drink wine? Join us with whatever beverage you choose. Email Sue Emmack at sueemmack@trinityl.org to sign up.

Update on Summer Camps

Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan states that all K-12 school buildings, facilities, and grounds are closed until June 30. With that as our guide we plan to BEGIN SUMMER CAMPS 2020 on July 6 for all ages. Our first camps of the season will be Adventure Camp and Lego Mania!  We have updated EventBrite with the new dates and camps. All previously scheduled camps in June, including VBS have been cancelled, and individuals that had previously signed up should have received an email through EventBrite with the details on that.

Throughout the week at Trinity . . . 

The building is closed but Trinity is open!  We have quite a lineup of Bible Studies and activities throughout the week:

  • Sundays, 9:30-9:45am Children’s Program led by Fran Conner and Tais Brekke on our Facebook Page

  • Sundays, 6 PM: High School Youth. Contact Tais Brekke for details.

  • Monday, 7 PM: Children’s Confirmation (RCIC) with Pr. Davis

  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM: Middle School Youth. Contact Tais Brekke for details.

  • Wednesday, 7 PM: Pastor’s Bible Class. Join Pastor Mielke and Shelley Mielke for a   Facebook Live study called Learning to Pray with the Psalms.  The Lord has been calling all of us to a deeper life of prayer these days. But long before any of this, He inspired a prayer book for us to guide our life of prayer. In this interactive study we will learn about the different kinds of psalms and how they can enrich our prayer life. 

  • Thursday Prayer Meeting, 7 PM Our “Zoom” Prayer Vigil on March 28th was such a success as we gathered at different hours of that for prayer and conversation! So we are going to keep it going with this weekly hour of prayer on Zoom. If you’d like to join, please contact Chuck Spencer for login information. 

  • Thursdays, 8 PM: Adult Membership Class (RCIA) with Sue Emmack

  • Connection Groups (Small Group Bible Studies) are meeting at various times using different technology platforms. Please Contact Sue Emmack for more information.

Daily Devotions on Facebook:

As school ends this week, we are going to start a new devotion routine. Each weekday at 4:30pm we will post a devotion led by a staff or volunteer.  If you would like to lead one of these devotions, please contact Pastor Davis at pastordavis@trinityl.org

Are you up to date?

During this time it has become extremely important for our church database to be up to date so we can ensure you’re getting the most up to date information.  If you need to update any of the following, please contact the office at office@trinityl.org:

  • current address 

  • home phone 

  • cell phone  

  • birth dates with year 

  • current email

Online Attendance Report

Thank you all so much for continuing to participate in our online worship services and Bible studies. Here are some stats on what is happening: 

Sunday Worship – On Sunday, May 10th we welcomed 203 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 2,000 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 216 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 203 Live viewers means that 203 devices are being used. Many families are using one device so our overall viewers is certainly higher. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study – On Wednesday Evening, May 13th Pastor and Shelley hosted up to 34 live viewers, and as of this writing this post has reached nearly 992 people on Facebook. One of the unique benefits of conducting a study online is the opportunity for more people to be engaged and participate and we were excited to see 76 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares) during Pastor’s study.

Finance Report

Below you will see the most recent update on our financial status since we have begun this new journey of the Ignite One Fund. Just a reminder this shows all of our gifts in one fund that is then used to pay for all of our expenses including our building expenditures. You have been truly generous as we have started our expanded IGNITE giving.  Thank you!

There are several great ways to offer your gifts to the Lord at Trinity:

  • Online Giving. Online giving is a great benefit because it allows you to continue giving when you are not able to attend (travel, sickness, bad weather or a crisis like the current one) and it helps Trinity to continue ministry by receiving offerings more regularly. 

It is easy to get started. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to our website, TrinityL.org and click “Give Online.” 
  2. That will take you to a secure page to set up your account. 

  3. In the top right box, titled “Give to:” please be sure to select “Ignite One Fund (Combined Gen. & Bldg. Fund).” 

  • From your Phone: you can download the Tithe.ly app on your mobile device and set up an account. 

  • Text the word “Give” to 765-314-4040. It will prompt you to set up your account.

  • Mail your offering to the Church: 30888 C.R. 6, Elkhart, IN 46514.

For more information . . . 

On Trinity’s ministry and response during the COVID-19 situation, visit our Connected Care page on our website.

Recent School Communications

 

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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.

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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.