All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,

         

          Greetings on this Thursday afternoon!  How are you doing?  Now that Gov. DeSantis has suggested a 2 week “social distancing/ stay well at home” for anyone 65 and over, COVID-19 has added another layer of challenges to our life.  But we cannot let this get us down.  Paul writes and Phil. 4:4-7  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Wow it is as Paul is talking to you and me in this passage.  We are all beginning to get concerned about when will we emerge from this seemingly written for TV movie script.  Yes it is reality, but no one could have anticipated what we find ourselves facing today as we entered into the new year 2020 just a short three months ago.  Everyone is affected some way, some how no one is not touched by the changes that have been imposed upon our world by this Virus.  We never know when we may have an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with someone that comes into your lives.  This is why even now we are reminded by 1 Peter 3:15  “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”  This is an opportunity for each one of us to be a light in an otherwise darkened world.  Stand strong in the Lord! Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

          Susan has asked me to remind all Thrivent members who have Thrivent Choice Dollars that need to be disbursed it must be done by March 31st.   This is something you can do during you “social distancing/stay well at home” time.  If you have questions call Susan at the office at 465-5253 and she can walk you through the steps.  This is money that we can certainly use here at Trinity or Trinity Tots during these difficult days.  Yes Trinity Tots is still open but we have very few students and this is really hurting the program financially. 

 

          Ok even in the midst of all this I have to share some good news.  As frustrating and as challenging as it is to not be able to come to church, Trinity is still impacting the community.  Although we did not have thousands of people view our “live stream” on Sunday we did have about 50.  And throughout the week since there have been 631 people reached by Sunday’s “live stream”.  Now whether they stayed for the whole time or not I do not know.  But the point is that we got great comments from people thanking us for taking the time to try to do this.  I have to admit I was scared to death to do this.  But thanks to Kayla, James, Susan, Linda and Julie, Fred, Jean, Wanda, and others I was encouraged and things went so much better than I thought it would.  Even as I write this Rev. Olckers if checking some new ideas out to make our streaming better and more consistent.  So check us out at Facebook “Like” us and join us for worship Sunday!  The comments and notes that we have seen about this one “live streaming” event have been extremely encouraging!  Thank you! 

 

          I am looking at a program called “Zoom” as I said yesterday.  Kayla has sent me some tutorials on this tool and how it works.  I am beginning to see many applications for this from communications, to meetings to even the possibility of prayer time together or even a brief Bible study of some sort.  It raises many possibilities.  I just have to weigh the cost and the possible uses.  I have to pray about it. 

 

          I am doing everything I can to stay in touch with you, let me know how you are doing as you get these emails. 

          Stay healthy everyone! 

Pastor Norris