To celebrate the first day of May, the students of Wee Disciples Preschool sent in pictures of flower artwork. We hope these bring you joy and happiness on this sunny day.
Happy May Day!
Wee Disciples Preschool is not in session for the rest of the 2019-20 school year due to the Governor of Illinois mandate to Shelter at Home and not return to school. The Wee Disciples Preschool Committee and staff are so disappointed to not have our students back in the classroom in May, but the safety and health of our Trinity and Wee Disciples Preschool family is our utmost concern at all times. The Wee Disciples Preschool Director/Teacher, Karen Rohrer, has stayed in contact with families throughout the past month and will contine to until the end of May. Here is a list of what Karen has been up to in April:
The plan is to continue these activities into May and also conduct a Drive-by Hello to students, set up a time for families to come a pick up student belongings, and possibly a preschool reunion in June or July if the social distancing is lifted.
May is a time of endings and the start of new beginnings. As we come to an end of the 2019-20 school year, I want to congratulate our Wee Disciples students who are moving on to Kindergarten in the Fall. Katelynn, Elliot, Matthew, Tobin, Tom, Josephine, Caleb, Samantha, Valerie, and Austin, we are so proud of how you have grown at Wee Disciples Preschool. We will also miss Jason and James who are moving on to other preschool programs in the Fall. Several students, August, Toby, Theodore, Rhiannon, Leila, Lucas and Lydia will return for another year with us in the 2020-21 school year. Our long time Teaching Assistant, Karen Ross, is stepping down from her position in May. She is moving on to new challenges as a substitute Teaching Assistant in Urbana District 116 schools. Mrs. Ross has been such an asset to our preschool program for 10 years. Please pray for her success and happiness. Julie Elsts will be taking over Karen Ross’ position next school year. We are so grateful for her continued commitment to our program.
Please continue to keep Wee Disciples Preschool in your prayers over the next few months as we navigate through this challenging time.
I pray that you are well as we experience this Stay-at-Home event. I hope that you’re having time to grow in your faith and in fellowship with those around you. This is a reminder to join us for Worship online this Sunday at 11AM. I’ll be starting a new series based on the movie Risen, and called “The Message of the Cross Come to Life though the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!” Click for connection details.
Blessings in Jesus – He is Risen Indeed!
The Governor of Illinois is following President Trump’s request and extending the Shelter at Home Mandate thru April 30th. This means that we will not return to Wee Disciples Preschool in April. I am so sad at this news because I miss the students greatly. I will continue to stay connected with our Wee Disciples Family through website and Facebook posts, emails, and Zoom Meetings through April.
Wee Disciples Preschool Director/Teacher
Good News! The Trinity Office will maintain weekday hours (10 AM-2 PM) in accordance with “Basic Minimum Operations” in the governor’s “Stay at Home” order. Please feel free to call if you have any needs or concerns. We especially want to help our seniors and those with underlying health conditions, who should avoid going out at this time. We have volunteers ready to assist you if need help getting groceries or medicines. Mike can help coordinate this, so please don’t hesitate to call the church office.
Pastor Shawn is available anytime. It’s true that personal visits are limited, but you can phone, text or email. Pastor is posting devotions daily and also contacting members. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33 (NKJV).
With the Centers for Disease Control now restricting gatherings to fifty people or less and for elderly people and those with underlying health issues to not more than ten, Trinity Lutheran Church will not be holding Pastor Ehlers’ Tuesday Morning Bible Class, the midweek Lenten fellowship meal and worship this Wednesday. This next weekend’s worship (March 21 and 22) will also be canceled. Also, I received notice that hospitals don’t allow clergy calls at this time; however, it’s comforting to know that Chaplain Bob Frank is on staff at OSF and Chaplain Jeff McPike is on staff at Carle.
We will go forward on a week by week basis, and we will provide information in as timely a manner as possible. Additionally, I am in the process of developing online devotions and worship resources that I’ll post on the Trinity website. During this time, the church office is open as usual, and you’re welcome to call, text or email me at any time.