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 three in-person worship services, Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 8:30am (outdoors) 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 upon entering and exiting the building. At the Saturday, 5pm you may take off the mask once seated. At the 10:ooam service due to signing, you must keep the mask on throughout the service. 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 6/11

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

I know your heart. You love Jesus. You love people. You want to do something. These times are crazy and so uncertain. So what can we do?

This weekend we start a new 3 week sermon series called, “Steady.” We will look at portions of Matthew 10 which tells how Jesus sent out his disciples for the very first time. His instructions to them can help us now as we try to stay the course and remain steady. This week’s sermon is, “See. Pray. Go.” So please join us this weekend for worship at one of these times. Please sign up by clicking on the link or by calling the Church Office on Friday from 9 AM – 2 PM (574-674-8800): 

Saturday, 5 PM – Spoken Liturgy with Special Music (In Person)

Sunday 8:30 AM – Outdoor Worship (In Person)

Sunday, 10 AM – Sung Liturgy (In-Person and Online)

You can read about all of our updated guidelines on our website.

The Sunday, 10 AM Eucharist is also live-streamed on Facebook. We will also distribute Holy Communion from 11:15 AM – 11:45 PM on Sunday after the service.

See you soon!

Pr. Mielke

Saturday 5 pm Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 8:30 am Outdoor Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 10 am Worship Sign-Up

New! Outdoor Worship at 8:30 AM on Sunday.

Last weekend was a great start to our new outdoor Eucharist. Here is what you need to know if you plan to come this week:

    1. Please sign up on SignUpGenius so we can anticipate how many are coming. We have room for up to 70 families.
    2. Please bring your own lawn chairs. When you arrive, attendants will direct you to where to park and then where you (and your family) can sit.  To give you a quick picture, we will have the altar and musicians under the carport. Families will sit in the parking lot near the carport in designated spots marked for distancing. We will park on the outer perimeter of the lot. There will be a small number of handicapped spots for those who can’t walk longer distances. Please tell an attendant when you arrive if you need assistance. 

 

  • Please dress comfortably. Comfortable clothes, hats and sunglasses are recommended. You may also want to bring some water and sunscreen. Face masks are recommended but not required. 
  • What happens if there is bad weather? Each Sunday at 7:30 AM we will either confirm or cancel this service. We will email those who have registered on SignUpGenius and post on our Facebook page. Please pray for good weather, but if we have to cancel due to bad weather, please:
  • Worship online at 10 AM or,
  • If there are any available spots left, sign up and attend in person at 10 AM.

About Receiving Communion by Intinction. 

In order to receive both the Body and Blood of the Lord, the pastors or Eucharistic ministers will now dip the Body of Christ (bread) into the Blood of Christ (wine) and then present it to you. Please carefully take the host with your right hand at the top right hand corner of the host. Think “2 PM” on a round clock. Place your left hand underneath in case the precious Blood would drip. If it does drip on your hand, please consume it. 

Council Elections

Last weekend, a resolution was presented to elect the 2020 – 2022 Church Council. If you are a confirmed member in good standing, 18 years or older and have not voted yet, you can do so here or by calling the church office on Friday from 9 AM – 2 PM (574-674-8800). Voting closes at 2 PM on Friday, June 12th. Click here to read more about the nominees. Results will be announced this weekend. 

NEW!! CruFest 2020 Online: Future Focused – June 24th – June 26th

Like many things this year we had to put our annual school auction on hold back in April. We are now ready to move forward but in a whole new way. We are excited to hold our first-ever online auction!! Our theme this year as a school was Future Focused, and our online auction is exactly that. We are putting all funds raised toward preparing and equipping our students, teachers, and school for whatever the future looks like this fall and beyond. If you would like to register to bid online click the link. If you would like to know more about what we are doing look for an email this weekend with complete details on the event and a word from our new Principal, Paul Rosin.

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 canceled, and individuals that had previously signed up should have received an email through Eventbrite with the details on that.

Got a used smartphone?

Do you have a used smartphone in good condition that you aren’t using? Trinity recently updated our hearing aid system to an app-based system, and we need donated smartphones for non-smartphone users to use during the service. Drop your phone off (with charger if possible) at the church office (they will be sanitized, of course, before use!) Contact Laura Hedstrom at laurahedstrom@trinityl.org with questions.

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 8:30 am-3:00 pm 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

Church Community Services Donations and Volunteering

Many have asked if CCS is still accepting food, bag, and egg carton donations. Yes! They are! They are also collecting empty water bottles with lids. We are not collecting items onsite at Trinity, but you can drop your donations off directly at CCS, 907 Oakland Avenue in Elkhart. Want to volunteer in person? Contact CCS at 574.295.3673 or volunteer@churchcommunityservices.org

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 it is he 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 next on Tuesday, July 14, from 9-10 pm. 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.

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

  • Sundays, 9:30-9:45 am 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
  • Thursdays, 7 PM: Zoom Prayer meeting with Chuck Spencer. Email Chuck Spencer (chspen@comcast.net) to get the Zoom login info. (NOT MEETING JUNE 11TH. Will resume next week)
  • 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 4:30 pm 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

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 31st we welcomed 156 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 753 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 119 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 156 Live viewers mean that 156 devices are being used. Many families are using one device so our overall viewers are certainly higher. 

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 6/4

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

The events of the last 2 weeks have once again shaken us as a nation and as individuals. Racism, hatred, and violence contradict the very dignity of our humanity. God made each of us as a unique and unrepeatable person in His image and likeness. And who is He? As we will hear in the Old Testament reading this weekend, He is “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity” (Exodus 34:6)

Oh that we would mirror that! But this is precisely why Christ came for us – to redeem us and restore that image in each of us. He came to save us not condemn us, as we will hear in the Gospel reading (John 3:16-18). 

This weekend we celebrate Trinity Sunday. I am looking forward to hearing Pr. Davis teach us about who our God is – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a loving communion of persons – and how He has made the entire human family to reflect this: to live in a loving communion with Him and each other. 

I know I need not only to hear this, but I need Jesus’ mercy and grace to live it.  So please join me for worship this weekend, either in person or online. We are offering a new worship schedule this weekend:

Saturday, 5 PM – Spoken Liturgy with Special Music (In Person)

Sunday 8:30 AM – Outdoor Worship (In Person)

Sunday, 10 AM – Sung Liturgy (In-Person and Online)

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 (574-674-8800). Please see more information on what to expect below. 

For those of you who wish to continue worshipping online this Sunday: 10 AM Eucharist will still be live-streamed on Facebook. We will also distribute Holy Communion from 11:15 AM – 11:45 PM on Sunday after the service.

Let us join in prayer with Jesus, that we “may be one,” even as He, the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.  (John 17:21)

Pr. Mielke

Saturday 5 pm Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 8:30 am Outdoor Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 10 am Worship Sign-Up

Coming to worship in person at Trinity:

If you plan to come to Trinity to worship in person, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Since we 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. See links above. 
  2. For a list of all of our Guidelines for worship see our website

New! Outdoor Worship at 8:30 AM on Sunday.

We are excited to start an outdoor Eucharist this Sunday. Here is what you need to know if you plan to come:

    1. Please sign up on SignUpGenius so we can anticipate how many are coming. We have room for up to 70 families.
    2. Please bring your own lawn chairs. When you arrive, attendants will direct you to where to park and then where you (and your family) can sit.  To give you a quick picture, we will have the altar and musicians under the carport. Families will sit in the parking lot near the carport in designated spots marked for distancing. We will park on the outer perimeter of the lot. There will be a small number of handicapped spots for those who can’t walk longer distances. Please tell an attendant when you arrive if you need assistance. 

 

  • Please dress comfortably. Comfortable clothes, hats and sunglasses are recommended. You may also want to bring some water and sunscreen. Face masks are recommended but not required. 
  • What happens if there is bad weather? Each Sunday at 7:30 AM we will either confirm or cancel this service. We will email those who have registered on SignUpGenius and post on our Facebook page. Please pray for good weather, but if we have to cancel due to bad weather, please:
  • Worship online at 10 AM or,
  • If there are any available spots left, sign up and attend in person at 10 AM.

 

About Receiving Communion by Intinction. 

Last weekend we began serving both the Body and Blood of the Lord through Intinction. The pastors or Eucharistic ministers will now dip the Body of Christ (bread) into the Blood of Christ (wine) and then present it to you. Please carefully take the host with your right hand at the top right hand corner of the host. Think “2 PM” on a round clock. Place your left hand underneath in case the precious Blood would drip. If it does drip on your hand, please consume it. 

IGNITE Update.

Last weekend we dedicated the IGNITE generosity commitments we have received so far. Since then we have received more! If you haven’t joined the journey, please do so. Our hope is that every member of Trinity will join this journey of personal transformation as we become more generous followers of Jesus. We are truly growing in generosity! Here are some encouraging things the Holy Spirit is already doing:

  • 150 Households have now made commitments which is 58% of those who regularly give to Trinity.
  • These commitments grew on average by 22% from what these families gave in 2019.
  • 16 commitments indicated they are truly starting to give to the Lord for the first time at Trinity. 
  • 14 commitments increased their generosity by 50% or more. 
  • 29 commitments have at least doubled their generosity.

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 at the 10 AM Eucharist this weekend. After the resolution is presented, an email will be sent to all confirmed members in good standing, 18 years or older will be able to vote electronically. If you don’t use the computer or don’t receive the email, you can call the church office on M – F from 9 AM – 2 PM to vote (574-674-8800). Click here to see the slate and a short biography on each of them.  

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.

Got a used smartphone?

Do you have a used smartphone in good condition that you aren’t using? Trinity recently updated our hearing aid system to an app-based system, and we need donated smartphones for non-smartphone users to use during the service. Drop your phone off (with charger if possible) at the church office (they will be sanitized, of course, before use!) Contact Laura Hedstrom at laurahedstrom@trinityl.org with questions.

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 8:30 am-3:00 pm 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 it is he 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 9-10 pm. 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 canceled, 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, 9:30-9:45 am 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
  • Thursdays, 8 PM: Adult Membership Class (RCIA) with Sue Emmack
  • Thursdays, 8 PM: Zoom Prayer meeting with Chuck Spencer. Email Chuck Spencer (chspen@comcast.net) to get the Zoom login info.
  • 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 4:30 pm 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

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 31st we welcomed 156 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 753 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 119 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 156 Live viewers mean that 156 devices are being used. Many families are using one device so our overall viewers are certainly higher. 

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.