My Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
I can hardly believe it is already September. I love the change in activities and energy that September brings. The evenings begin to cool a bit, but the days are still warm/hot. I do love the starry nights when it is cool and the cosmos is revealed to us reminding us that our God is indeed a magnificent God.
In thinking of a variety of ways for us to stay connected while being socially distanced, I have some ideas that I would like to present for your consideration. Ideas for connecting:
First, while continuing to record our worship service on Fridays in the sanctuary for the following Sunday, would you consider gathering outside on Sun-day mornings at 10:30 for a time of singing, prayer and scripture for about 30 minutes or so. Of course, we would encourage social distancing, masks and bringing your own chair. The words to the hymns would be printed and handed out with hand sanitizer;
Second, what about Sunday School classes and Bible Study Groups…we could safely distance in the fellowship hall or we could find another outside venue to have holy conversations and grow in discipleship, we could even consider doing these on Zoom (if interested);
Third, what about outside activities such as walking/hiking locally in 2-3s with masks for conversations or picnicking locally with everyone bringing their own sack lunch to a nice location where we can eat (without masks) and fellowship (socially distancing) with masks. What other ideas do you have? As the weather hopefully begins to cool, and the uncertainty of when we will be able to join together for in-house worship, we need to look for a variety of ways to engage with each other to worship, connect, grow, serve/give, and share as a community of believers in order to Encounter God, Share Jesus and Engage Community. Let us think ‘out-of-the-box’ to finds ways to continue to connect with each other and share Jesus with our community.
May God open your hearts, minds, souls and spirits to His amazing mysteries, will and purposes for your life and our church. Diligently seek Him and He will do amazing things to you and through you for the building up of His kingdom here on earth.
Love and Light in Christ,
A Five-Star Church
Trinity United Methodist Church
300 West Second Avenue
Lenoir City, TN
Onsite activities cancelled
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Trinity Protocols for Safe Worship
Worship with song and spirit under the old tree! Bring your chair and wear your mask
Sundays September 27 - October 18 11:00 am
Trinity's Pastor, Staff, Protocol Planning Team and Administrative Council are preparing for worship in our own sanctuary. As we do, all our actions will be guided by these four principles for safe worship. For more details about what our plan must include and why, follow the links to the right.
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
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