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.

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

Midweek Worship at 7pm Wednesday Night

Devotions

Update 3/26: Starting today there will be an evening devotional minute for the next 14 days. These :60sec devotions will focus on each station of the Cross as we approach the 3 Holy of Holy Week, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. 

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, check Facebook every day after 7am 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.

Holy Week and Easter

We are currently planning on what we can do to celebrate the most important days of the church calendar, in a special way.  Check back for more updates

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.

Small Groups & Bible Study

Update 3/26 – Prayer Vigil This weekend

 Our 12-hour prayer vigil on Saturday, March 28th (5 AM – 5 PM) is being moved from the church into our homes. We need to pray now, more than ever, for our world, the Church, those in need, as well as our Ignite vision. Would you please spend an hour or whatever time you can give in prayer? If you would like to pray with others via Zoom, we have leaders and prayer activities ready for the hours. Sign up for an hour here and you will receive an invite to a Zoom call.

Small Groups & Bible Study

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

We are currently working on some ways to deliver an online Bible study. There are also several great online resources that you could access.

Trinity Lutheran School

Per the Governor’s statement on March 19th, our school building is closed until May 1st, pending no new developments.

Our students preschool – 8th grade are engaging in remote learning. 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 3/26

Dear Trinity Family, 

I continue to pray that you and all your loved ones are well. Here is an update on what we are doing at Trinity as we respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

  1. Culminating our IGNITE generosity journey in online worship this Sunday.  As we meet this Sunday again at 10 AM on our Facebook page, we will have a special part of our service to ask God’s blessing on our IGNITE commitments. Since we have been preparing to do this for quite some time, let’s go ahead and take this step of faith together. If you haven’t already, please pray about and complete your IGNITE commitment card by Sunday. Here is a great video to explain the commitment card. Please have the card with you, as we worship, along with a candle and a lighter or matches.  
  2. Prayer Vigil – Our 12 hour prayer vigil on Saturday, March 28th (5 AM – 5 PM) is being moved from church into our homes. We need to pray now, more than ever, for our world, the Church, those in need, as well as our Ignite vision. Would you please spend an hour or whatever time you can give in prayer? If you would like to pray with others via Zoom, we have leaders and prayer activities ready for the hours. Sign up for an hour here and you will receive an invite to a Zoom call. 
  3. Our Generosity. Please continue to remember your financial gifts to the Lord at Trinity, especially during this time. Though the building is closed, Trinity is open and we continue to provide ministry, including many new opportunities. Our financial gifts support that work each day and make it happen. You can give by: 
    • Visiting our website and clicking “Give Online” 
    • Downloading the Tithe.ly app.
    • Texting “Give” to 765-314-4040.
    • Mailing your offering to the Church: 30888 C.R. 6, Elkhart, IN 4651
  4. A New addition to our Facebook Daily Devotions. Each day on our Facebook page we have devotions to feed your faith. 14 Days to the 3 Holy Days starts March 26th at 8:30 PM. As you wind down each evening and get ready for bed, join us for a brief end-of-the day devotion led by the pastors. Over 14 days, we will look at 1 Station of the Cross each day and start preparing for the 3 Holy Days (Triduum): Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. We also continue to offer: 
    • Morning Devotions (M-F) at 7 AM, led by one of Trinity Lutheran School teachers
    • Evening Devotions (M, T, Th, F) at 4:30 PM led by one of the church staff.
  5. Connected Care. Every household of our Trinity family is receiving a weekly care call each week so that we stay connected. If you haven’t received a call by Saturday, March 28th, please contact the church office.  
  6. Office Hours. Because of Governor’s Holcomb’s “Shelter in Place” order, our office will now be managed remotely. The front desk will not be staffed, but your calls can be answered 9 AM – 12 PM, M-TH at 574-674-8800. You can also contact the office by email or any of your Staff.

Be at peace and be well, my friends. He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

Pr. Mielke

Update 3/19

Dear Trinity Family, 

Happy St. Joseph’s day. As St. Joseph protected the child Jesus, now may the crucified and resurrected Jesus protect us!

I hope this update finds you well. I also hope that these latest adjustments to our life together at Trinity will serve us for the rest of March. We will then update you as we look into April and prepare for Holy Week. But if plans change, we will be in touch.

Here are 3 big ways we will minister to you during this time:

  1. Worship. We will worship together online from our homes. We will not meet at the church. Not ideal, I know. But there’s a gift to be found here. Our homes become what they truly are, “little churches.” Praise and thanks to God is going to be offered up all over our Michiana community!  Go to our Facebook page on Sundays at 10 AM and for Lenten midweek service on Wednesdays at 7 PM. If those times don’t work, you can watch anytime after it is posted! Even if you don’t have a Facebook account you can watch. 
  2. Daily Devotions. We will also post on our Facebook page a morning devotion at 7 AM led by one of our very own Trinity Lutheran School faculty (M-F) and an evening devotion posted at 4:30 PM led by one of the church staff (M, T, Th, F). You might think about using them for devotions during your mealtimes.
  3. Care Connect. Every household of our Trinity family will receive a call from a staff or lay leader each week. We want to make sure you are well and that we can all stay connected. You can expect a call by Saturday, March 28th. If you haven’t received one by then, please contact the church office so that we can make sure we have all of your correct information. 

Our Facebook page and our website are also great resources that we keep up to date on our COVID-19 response and will link you to many resources, including ways to give.

In the meantime, if you need anything, please contact the church office from 9 AM – 1 PM, M-TH at 574-674-8000 or office@trinityL.org or contact any of your Staff.

Please know that your staff is lifting you up in prayer. We are so very thankful for the many prayers you have offered for us and for all of your encouragement and grace in this unprecedented time. We feel it and your love gives us great strength.

May the promises of Scripture give you great comfort and strength these days, promises like this one: The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7–8 ESV)

Your brother in Christ,

Pr. Mielke

Recent School Communications

 

Update 3/19
Dear Parents,
The governor of Indiana announced that school closings across the state will remain in place until at least May 1st.  That means our remote learning plan will continue through that date. 
He also announced, in coordination with the Indiana Department of Education, that state mandated assessments (IREAD and ILEARN) will be cancelled for this school year.
What does that mean for Trinity students? Your teachers, preschool through grade 8, as well as specialty areas, are all continuing to plan lessons, activities and experiences for you to continue your progress through this school year. It’s different for everyone that we are not doing that in the same space, but we have been blessed with technology to make it work virtually while we are apart.  
Teachers are targeting instructional standards in their lessons so everyone can successfully complete learning for your grade level. They are also available to you for tutoring or support throughout this time. 
We appreciate your feedback and flexibility as we are kicking off this new adventure together! If you need tech support, work with your teacher and they will get additional guidance for you if needed.
The office is still open tomorrow, Friday morning, from 9am-1pm if you need to check out an ipad (K-4) or pick up your headphones.  
I hope your first day of Remote Learning went well, and we will continue to stay connected with you and pray for you through these weeks ahead. 
Please share pictures and encouragement on our school Facebook page and with your classmates! Check out the school Instagram account today (@TLSElkhart) and have your heart warmed by Miss Neumeyer sharing their preschool song today, “You are wonderful, you are marvelous, you are beautiful!”
May God’s peace live in your homes,
Sandy Price

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.

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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 feel sick

  • Stay home except to get medical care, people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor
  • Isolate yourself in your home, away from members of your family.
  • 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.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms, and call if they progress.

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

Tithe.ly Mobile App Explainer Video

Tithe.ly Mobile App Explainer Video

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