Announcements

Fellowship Hall is Closed Effective Immediately

NOTICE

To all members of Trinity,

Do not enter the Fellowship Hall until further notice. The Fellowship Hall, including the kitchen, is closed to everyone effective immediately due to potential hazards resulting from a roof leak and ceiling failure, including possible injuries from failing ceiling tiles, pooled water on the floor, and electrical shock.

Thank you to the members of the Property Management Committee for taking steps to protect safety of our members as they assess the roof leak and related potential hazards and investigate and determine necessary repairs and insurance coverage.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike at the church office (367-8923).

Rick Winkel
President
Trinity Lutheran Church

Resuming In-Person Worship Services

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease, we are thrilled at the prospects of dining out, shopping, getting a haircut…and going to church! And we are impatient to return to normal as quickly as possible. Even so, we are reminded daily that, at least for a time, the “new normal” will be much different than the old.

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry and Parish Councils have discussed – at great length – plans for gradually and responsibly returning to in-person worship services. These discussions are guided by God’s Word and informed by the most current information available from state government, public health agencies, the synod, and other sources. We are keenly aware of our responsibility to protect both the spiritual and physical health of every person at Trinity.

Per the latest state guidelines, we will resume modified, in-person worship services in the sanctuary, beginning on the weekend of June 27-28. All three services will be held at the regular times, Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45. Please be aware that several restrictions will necessarily apply. It is very important that we abide by these guidelines as responsible citizens, for the health and safety of our worshipers, and for liability protection.

  • Everyone must RSVP intent to attend using the online booking system or contacting Mike at the church office. Each individual requires a separate reservation so that we stay within allowable limits.
  • The front doors to the church will not be used. Entry will be by the Preschool door, which will be opened 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the service. A sanitation station is placed inside the entry.
  • Face masks must be worn inside the building.
  • The drinking fountain will be closed.
  • Restrooms will be open; one person at a time please.
  • Worshipers will enter the sanctuary through the West door only.
  • Social distancing of at least six (and preferably 10) feet between households must be maintained in the sanctuary. This will affect seating and communion procedure.
  • Singing and group recitation will be limited.
  • Worshipers will exit the sanctuary through the east door, then please exit the building promptly through the garden door.
  • There will be no coffee fellowship between the Sunday services until further notice.

Obviously, this will be far different than the normal worship experience and will require significant adjustment from everyone. It will be up to each of us to decide when and under what conditions we feel comfortable returning to in-person worship. Services will continue to be live-streamed so that those who choose to wait can join remotely.

We humbly plead for your patience – and your prayers – as we tiptoe toward “normal” during this extraordinary time. Please keep love for, and the health and safety of, others at the heart of your decisions. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike at the church office (367-8923).

Let us then give thanks and rejoice in the words of the Psalmist, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1, NKJV).

Blessings to All,

Pastor Shawn Boylan and the Ministry Council
Rick Winkel, President and Parish Council Chair
Kevin Donoho, Head Elder

Pick-up of Student Belongings–Friday, May 15

Today, May 15, from 9-11 am the Wee Disciples teachers will be passing out student belongings in the Pick-up line.   Each student has a bag which includes extra clothes, any student medications, journals(with extra pages to work on), Moving Up and On certificates, End of the year Student Gift, End of the Year Summary Report, and any artwork left at school.  Please remain in your vehicle as we pass out the belongings.    Thank you!
If you are returning to Wee Disciples in the Fall, we will be happy to collect your enrollment paperwork if it is ready.
God’s Blessings on your day!

Happy May Day!

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 Update

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:

  1. Participating in Zoom Chats with individual students and their families
  2. Facetime chats with students who do not have Zoom
  3. Weekly whole class group meetings through Zoom
  4. Homework activities emailed to families each week day and posted on the website and Facebook
  5. Video’s sent to students via text

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.

Stay-at-Home

Dear Friends,
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!
Pastor Shawn

No Wee Disciples Preschool–Extended thru April 30th

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.

God’s Blessings,

Karen Rohrer

Wee Disciples Preschool Director/Teacher

Wee Disciples Preschool Resumes-April 8

The Governor of Illinois has enacted a Shelter at Home mandate that is in effect thru April 7th.  Wee Disciples Preschool will follow this mandate, and, as of now, we plan to resume classes on April 8th.
While we are Sheltering at Home in the next few weeks, I will post each day a few suggested fun activities to try with your preschooler in order to help support families while spending time at home.  Look for the posts on our Preschool Posts located on the Trinity website.
I continue to pray for the health and safety of our Trinity Lutheran family and Wee Disciples Preschool family each day.
God’s Blessings to all,
Karen Rohrer
Director/Teacher
Wee Disciples Preschool

A “Stay at Home” Update

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).

COVID-19

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.