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Trinity Lutheran Church & Schools + May 28, 2020
Building up and joining in God’s mission as one
to nurture, love, and serve all.

BUILDING. BELONGING. BECOMING.

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Friends,

We continue to wrestle with the strange dichotomy between the 'business' of adapting to new ways of living and working in the ever-shifting, constantly evolving world of a global pandemic and the monotony that can come with the need to stay home and stay healthy. The near constant deluge of news and information (not new, but certainly amplified these days) is exhausting. Despite all this, the work and worship of the church as a whole and Trinity specifically continues, even if it looks different. 

This coming Pentecost weekend is important in the life of the church, as we commemorate and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. The foundation of our church is built on this shared breath. 

At Trinity, we typically mark this occasion with festive worship: the sanctuary decked out in reds and oranges; balloons floating above all; grand musical offerings. Of course much of this is not possible given the restrictions placed on us by the risk of infection from Covid-19 and our collective calling to protect the health and well-being of all in our community. 

However, we still celebrate. We still worship. We are still a community of Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit, called to be Christ for one another, our neighbors, and the world. We are separated physically, but one in our collective calling to 'build up and join in God's mission as one to nurture, love, and serve all.' 

This Sunday, we will mark Pentecost with a special Zoom worship, where we as a community of Christ will have the opportunity to see one another as we worship together. After worship, we will do the important business of the church in our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting. More info below, and watch for an email this weekend with specific Zoom connection information. 
Blessings and Peace,
Josh Judd-Herzfeldt
Trinity Communication Coordinator

day of pentecost

May 31, 2020 + 10 AM - [live stream | bulletin]

All are invited to join together virtually for a special Zoom worship service followed immediately by the Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting. Scroll for more information. Worship (and the meeting) will also be live streamed to YouTube as usual for those who are unable or uncomfortable connecting via Zoom.

 
Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.
 
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pentecost worship & semi-annual congregational meeting

Sunday, May 31 + 10 AM worship, ~11:15 AM meeting
  • How to Connect
    All are invited to join a Zoom call for worship and the meeting. Instructions were emailed on May 20, but if you missed it or can't find the email, contact Debbie@trinitylutheranchurch.com for connection information and instructions. Be sure to download and install Zoom prior to Sunday to ensure you are able to connect. (The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube on the same stream as worship for those unable or uncomfortable joining Zoom).
  • Pentecost Worship - 10 AM
    All are invited to join worship via Zoom for this special festival day so we can all see each other! Be sure to wear red, and maybe decorate your home worship space. Worship will be live streamed to YouTube for those who cannot join Zoom.
  • Semi-Annual Meeting - approx. 11:15 AM
    Following worship, stay on the Zoom meeting to participate in this important part of congregational life as we elect council & committee members, ratify new proposed bylaws (with amendments added following 5/24 forum), and ratify financial actions of the council among other business. Link to materials below.
  • How to Vote
    Download the ballot, and be ready to mark it during the meeting. Return to Trinity following the May 31 meeting and before June 5. Since the Trinity constitution doesn't allow proxy or absentee ballots (Chapter 10.05), you must participate in the Zoom meeting or watch the YouTube stream prior to voting. Instructions and options to return are on the ballot. 
  • 2019-20 Annual Report
    Available for download now. 
meeting materials (agenda, ballot, etc...)

children & family ministry

  • Zoom Family Potlucks - June 7, 14 at Noon
    The third Zoom Potluck will take place on Sunday, June 7 at Noon (off this week for the Annual Meeting). Gather your family around a computer with some food and join other families along with the pastors for a time of fellowship and discussion. For Zoom meeting information and questions, contact David@trinitylutheranchurch.com, or see the weekly Family Email.
  • Survey about Summer for Children, Youth & Families
    An email was sent earlier this week to the Trinity families with children about planning for Summer activities. Please respond by June 3. Email David if you didn't get one or can't find it (check your trash and spam folders too!). 
more resources for families

WAY student ministries

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  • NET (high schoolers) - virtual meeting via ZOOM on Sundays at 7 PM - (meeting link, ID 792 193 585)
    • May 31: Games, discussion and some weird stories from the bible. 
  • ZOE (middle schoolers) - done for the program year. Watch for upcoming Zoom events in June.

trinity 2020 graduate recognition

Sunday, June 14, 2020 


As is tradition at Trinity, we'll honor and recognize 2020 graduates in June. All graduates are asked to respond by June 4: 

Information collected will be added to a Graduate Recognition Brochure, and all graduates will be recognized during the June 14 worship live stream. 

phishing scams on the rise

 

With most people working remotely and on email more and more, phishing scams are on the rise. Please continue to be careful and vigilant if there is any inkling that an email or text message is out of the ordinary. Note that Trinity pastors and staff will never ask for gift card or other financial information via email or text. Always get voice or in-person confirmation of any request for money or gift cards. 

If you have concerns or questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Josh or another Trinity staff member.

weekly bible study

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM 

For connection information (meeting ID/link) or with questions, contact Debbie@trinitylutheranchurch.com.

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