Dear Trinity Family,
We have great news! Texas has begun to ease it's restrictions on public gatherings effective May 1st. This means that we will be able to return to regular worship this Sunday! Not home worship or drive-in services, but back in the sanctuary! While it will be so good to start getting back to normal, at the same time we will be taking extra precautions in accordance with the recommendations given by the state to ensure the safety of everyone. This means our service will be a little "different" than normal... of course everything has been a little different lately so this is nothing new! Here's a picture of what this will look like:
- Families and those who come together may sit together with six feet between parties, sitting every other pew.
- To ensure that we space out properly, the ushers will seat everyone when they arrive and when we dismiss.
- If seating runs out in the sanctuary, extra seating is available in the Education Building where a video feed of the service will be shown.
- Communion will be individual cup only (for the next couple weeks at least) and will be continuous flow instead of approaching the communion rail.
- Offering will be collected at the door when you arrive and attendance slips will be collected when you leave.
- Gathering for socializing will be limited to outdoor spaces and there will be no coffee and donuts.
- We will not be having Sunday School for now.
- In addition to regular safety precautions we will also make hand sanitizer available at both entrances.
Because of the extra steps we are taking, I would encourage you to come a little earlier than you might normally so we will have time to seat everyone. Also, you may end up sitting somewhere different than normal, so look at this as an opportunity to see things from a "different perspective."
If you have a weakened immune system or are otherwise at-risk to where you are unable to attend, we will be streaming the service on Facebook so you can participate in this way. We will also continue to transmit short-range on FM 107.1 on Sunday morning if you would like to remain in your car in the parking lot and listen to the service. If you feel the need to wear a face mask, please feel free to do so.
As we continue to work through these unusual times, we will continue to do our best to offer opportunities to worship God that are both safe and God-pleasing. Thank you for your prayers, support, and patience as we all seek to serve God and support one another. I feel truly blessed that we have such a great church family during these difficult times. I hope to see you this Sunday as I join the Psalmist in saying:
“I rejoiced when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord!'” – Psalm 122:1
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthias Dinger