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. 

 

Digital Worship ServiceOnline Giving
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 marking off pews that are not to be used. 

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 10:0am service due to singing, 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 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 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.

Outdoor Worship Guidelines

If you plan to come to outdoor worship, here is what you need to know:

  • 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 and even an umbrella for shade. 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.

 

 

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 7/30
Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

Our lives are a series of moments which pass by quickly. In those moments, there are certain ones that stand out. Sometimes in those moments we realize they will stick with us. Other times, they pass quickly and unnoticed, only to be recalled later in life.

What was it like for Jesus to learn of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist? Did he weep like he did at the tomb of Lazarus? Did he cry out to heaven with groanings inexpressible by words? All we are told is that he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.

But the peace was short lived, and people found him so he could heal them. And he obliged. His heart was heavy with the loss of his cousin, but he never stopped his ministry. It was in this place, the sun setting on the horizon, the cool evening air blowing across the land, that the disciples asked the Lord to dismiss the crowds.

Will he separate himself from the crowds? No. Instead he shows them compassion and feeds them; over five thousand people. Did they know in the moment they were experiencing this miracle, or were they just happy to be fed? Did they receive it all joyfully, or did some complain of the plainness of it all? Did they think back on that day years later and wonder if it was all just a memory–a dream–which grew taller than any tail with each passing year?

Did they know they beheld the Lord, though heavy with sorrow, never separating the people from his love?

I look forward to worshipping with you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Pastor Davis

Worship this weekend at Trinity

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.

Outdoor Worship at 8:30 AM on Sunday.

Here is what you need to know if you plan to come this week:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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:
    1. Worship online at 10 AM or,
    2. If there are any available spots left, sign up, and attend in person at 10 AM.
Pastor Davis and Family Farewell

This weekend (August 1st and 2nd)  is Pastor and Rachel Davis’ last with us.  In order to honor their 8 years with us we will:

  1. Have a Farewell “Party” for Pastor, Rachel, and their kids on Saturday, August 1, 1pm-3pm.  (Rain date will be on Sunday, August 2, 1pm-3pm.)  We will be lining our cars up for a parade, with a chance to stop and say goodbye to the Davis’s under the carport.  We encourage you to decorate your cars or make signs.  We also would like to invite you to drop off cards or gift cards for the Davis’ as a show of gratitude for all that they have done for our church family.  To keep everyone safe, social distancing is expected.  Please stay in your cars at all times. Thank you for your help! Contact John or Jill Duggan at zamsmom1975@gmail.com with questions or if you would like to help with this event. 
  2. Celebrate the rite, “Farewell and Godspeed” at the end of the 10 AM Eucharist on Sunday.  

We pray many blessings for the Davis family as they move to Wisconsin and for our brothers and sisters at Living Word Lutheran in Jackson, WI>  

Wednesday Midday Eucharist

Our Wednesday midweek Eucharist is held at 11 AM each week. All precautions practiced at our weekday services are observed at this Eucharist also but you do not need to sign up prior to coming. For questions or more information, contact Pastor Mielke at pastormielke@trinityL.org

Office Hours

The Office will be open 9 AM – 3 PM, M – F. 

Update on Summer Camps

Our camps are up and running for the summer. You can see all of the updated camps on Eventbrite. Camps are filling up quickly so please check out the Eventbrite page or our website for more information and to get registered.

Church Worker Scholarship Fund

The Church Worker Scholarship Fund’s purpose is to aid in defraying the financial burdens to those pursuing careers as full-time church workers. This fund has offered financial aid to those who have heard the Lord’s call to ministry and have responded by offering their lives to His service. What a blessing it is to support the sons and daughters of Trinity that will one day work to grow the Kingdom!

Trinity awards scholarships to members of our congregation who pursue church work professions such as: Teacher, Director of Christian Education, Pastor, Deaconess, Church Musician, or Missionary. Applicants must be enrolled in a school of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Concordia University or Seminary System. 

Each student must complete an application for consideration, and the deadline for scholarship applications is August 28th. Please contact our Executive Director, Tom Haeussler, at tomhaeussler@trinityl.org for an application or for any questions that you may have. 

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, Monday through Friday, from 8am-3:30pm. Go to the back building, yellow door. 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. We will meet next on Tuesday, August 11, at 8:30pm. Email Sue Emmack at sueemmack@trinityl.org to sign up or check our website for more details.

Bible Studies, Devotions, Prayer Groups and More throughout the week at Trinity . . . 
  • 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 log in info. 
  • Connection Groups (Small Group Bible Studies) are meeting at various times using different technology platforms. Please Contact Sue Emmack for more information.
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: 

Saturday Worship – On Saturday, July 18th we welcomed 30 worshipers during the 5:00pm Eucharist.

Sunday Worship – On Sunday, July 19th we welcomed 137 worshippers to the 8:30am outdoor Eucharist, and 39 during the 10am Eucharist.  During the 10am Eucharist we had 92 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 993 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 108 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 92 Live viewers means that 92 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 as we continue our Ignite One Fund journey. 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). Thank you for your generosity as we continue our expanded IGNITE giving! 

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

Saturday 5 pm Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 8:30 am Outdoor Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 10 am Worship Sign-Up

Update 7/23
Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

This week we will tie up our look at the kingdom parables. If last week’s parables could be summed up by saying our God is a patient God, this week we will talk about the value of the Kingdom. There are many things we value in life. Relationships, our passions and desires, and of course, our faith. Let us reflect together how we prioritize these things and rightly value the many things in our life.

In the upcoming weeks I will be preparing to move to serve God’s people in Jackson Wisconsin at Living Word Lutheran. My last weekend at Trinity will be August 1-2. On that Saturday, August 1st, from 1-3pm, we will be at Trinity for a drive thru greeting/farewell time. We would love to see you there if you are able. You are all near and dear to us. Thank you for your continued prayers during this time of transition.

I look forward to worshipping with you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Pastor Davis

Worship this weekend at Trinity

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.

Outdoor Worship at 8:30 AM on Sunday.

Here is what you need to know if you plan to come this week:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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:

    1. Worship online at 10 AM or,

    2. If there are any available spots left, sign up, and attend in person at 10 AM.

Davis Farewell “Party”

Pastor’s last weekend with us is August 1st and 2nd.  Please join us for a Farewell “Party” for Pastor Davis, Rachel, and their kids on Saturday, August 1, 1pm-3pm.  (Rain date will be on Sunday, August 2, 1pm-3pm.)  We will be lining our cars up for a parade, with a chance to stop and say goodbye to the Davis’s under the carport.  We encourage you to decorate your cars or make signs.  We also would like to invite you to drop off cards or gift cards for the Davis’ as a show of gratitude for all that they have done for our church family.  To keep everyone safe, social distancing is expected.  Please stay in your cars at all times. Thank you for your help! Contact John or Jill Duggan at zamsmom1975@gmail.com with questions or if you would like to help with this event. 

Wednesday Midday Eucharist

Pastor Ted Stanley has resumed our Wednesday midweek Eucharist on Wednesdays at 11am. All precautions practiced at our weekday services will be observed for this Eucharist also. For questions or more information, contact Pastor Mielke at pastormielke@trinityL.org 

CruFest 2020 Update – Thank You

CruFest 2020 was a great success despite the circumstances 2020 has brought. That success is due to the continued support from our Trinity Family. Through your generous support, we raised $50,000!!! We are able to fund our two projects, increased sanitation stations throughout the school, and the implementation of a 1:1 iPad program for our K-4 students, bringing our whole school to the 1 device to 1 student status.  Thank you all so much for your gracious support.

Office Hours

The Office will be open 9 AM – 3 PM, M – F. 

Update on Summer Camps

Our camps are up and running for the summer, we are finishing up a great first week. You can see all of the updated camps on Eventbrite. Camps are filling up quickly so please check out the Eventbrite page or our website for more information and to get registered.

Church Worker Scholarship Fund

The Church Worker Scholarship Fund’s purpose is to aid in defraying the financial burdens to those pursuing careers as full-time church workers. This fund has offered financial aid to those who have heard the Lord’s call to ministry and have responded by offering their lives to His service. What a blessing it is to support the sons and daughters of Trinity that will one day work to grow the Kingdom!

Trinity awards scholarships to members of our congregation who pursue church work professions such as: Teacher, Director of Christian Education, Pastor, Deaconess, Church Musician, or Missionary. Applicants must be enrolled in a school of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Concordia University or Seminary System. 

Each student must complete an application for consideration, and the deadline for scholarship applications is August 28th. Please contact our Executive Director, Tom Haeussler, at tomhaeussler@trinityl.org for an application or for any questions that you may have. 

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, Monday through Friday, from 8am-3:30pm. Go to the back building, yellow door. 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. We will meet next on Tuesday, August 11, at 8:30pm. Email Sue Emmack at sueemmack@trinityl.org to sign up or check our website for more details.

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

  • 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 log in info. 

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

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: 

Saturday Worship – On Saturday, July 18th we welcomed 30 worshipers during the 5:00pm Eucharist.

Sunday Worship – On Sunday, July 19th we welcomed 137 worshippers to the 8:30am outdoor Eucharist, and 39 during the 10am Eucharist.  During the 10am Eucharist we had 92 Live viewers, and since Sunday our post has reached almost 993 people on Facebook. Online worship allows for a different type of engagement and the numbers have been uplifting, this weekend we had 108 post engagements (Likes, Comments, Shares). 92 Live viewers means that 92 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 as we continue our Ignite One Fund journey. 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). Thank you for your generosity as we continue our expanded IGNITE giving! 

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 

Saturday 5 pm Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 8:30 am Outdoor Worship Sign-Up

Sunday 10 am Worship Sign-Up

Recent School Communications

 

Learn

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.