Operation Christmas Child 2020

Each year, Operation Christmas Child coordinates the shipping of Christmas gift boxes to needy children around the world. Many of these children have never received a gift before. Many of them have never heard about Jesus. Along with the gift box, the children also receive a Bible story book which shares the gospel message in their own language. They also receive the opportunity to attend a 12-lesson discipleship course for children at a local Christian church. Many children and their families become Christians through this outreach.

Changes are happening in the way we do things these days, but we can still send boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, instead of having a packing party, we plan to pack the gift boxes individually, and as families. Think what fun it is to shop for gifts for a child- especially if you can go shopping with a child or a grandchild, a family member or a friend!
The leadership of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child is encouraging churches and individuals to continue packing gift boxes for needy children around the world. Many families are suffering this year from the Coronavirus and from the economic downturn resulting from the virus. Children need those shoebox gifts, and the Gospel message that is delivered with them, this year more than ever.

Empty boxes are still available at Trinity Lutheran Church for you to pick-up.
Don’t forget to return your filled box by Sunday Nov. 22. We will deliver boxes, Nov. 22nd in the afternoon, to be packed onto trucks ready to get them started on their journey.

Trinity has sent around 50 boxes each year; we hope, by God’s grace, to meet that goal this year also.
Click here for some gift suggestions.

Fall Voters’ Assembly Meeting

Dear members of Trinity,

A Regular Voters’ Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in the Trinity church sanctuary after the late service, which will begin at 12:15 PM, subject to the sanctuary being ready for the meeting. A DRAFT copy of the meeting agenda was emailed to you on October 30, 2020 and it appeared in the Trinity newsletter as a part of my President’s report to the congregation.

If you would like to attend IN-PERSON, please let us know by calling the Trinity Office to make a reservation because seating in the sanctuary is limited to 50 members. You will also sign in when you arrive before the meeting so that we take attendance. You can reach Mike Campo at the Trinity Office by calling (217) 367-8923.

Or, if you prefer to attend ONLINE (live streaming via Zoom), You can register in advance for the meeting by clicking this link:
After submitting the registration form you will receive a confirmation email with the link for joining the meeting online.

If you have questions about how to use Zoom to attend online, please call the Trinity Office. After you sign in online, you will also be asked to verbally acknowledge your membership before we begin our meeting so that we can take attendance.

Whether you attend IN-PERSON or ONLINE through live streaming, you will be able to participate during the meeting and to vote. Please pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as we make our decisions during the Voters’ Assembly meeting.

Grace and peace,

Rick Winkel, President

Haiti Hunger Fight: An Update From Stivenson

As many of you know, our dear friend Stivenson Jean-Baptiste has completed his reign as the King of Parkland College, returned home to Haiti, and is working as a Feeding Program Director for Trinity Hope. Please join us for a virtual visit with Stivenson, via Zoom, on Saturday, November 14 at 6 PM. In this brief (appx. 30 minutes) and lively event, you will see the program in action, hear about its impact on the children, and learn how you can help.
Zoom link:
Passcode: 932477

Our congregation partners with Trinity Hope to sponsor the Yahve-Nissi Christian School near Bainet, and the Institute Olivier Christian School in Port-Au-Prince. Trinity Hope* is a Lutheran ministry organization that focuses on one thing: feeding children in Christian schools throughout Haiti. For about 25 cents per child, Trinity Hope provides one meal five days per week for over 33,500 children. In many cases this is the only decent meal these children get each day.

When parents know their kids will be fed, they find a way to get them into school. Because they are Christian schools, the kids learn the Gospel along with their other studies. Because most of the schools are attached to churches, more kids (and their parents) end up attending church and learning more about Jesus, and His kingdom expands. Trinity Hope’s impact is physical, intellectual, and most importantly, spiritual. It is a win-win-win for the children and their families.

*Trinity Hope has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator of non-profit charities. Check them out at

Special Voters’ Assembly Meeting

To all members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Urbana, Illinois:

As you know, a notice was posted on July 22, 2020 to not enter the Fellowship Hall until further notice. The Fellowship Hall, including the kitchen, has remained closed to everyone ever since 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.

Since then, the Property Management Committee has been 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. Also, the Property Management Committee, after coordinating with the Parish Council, has sealed off the Fellowship Hall with visqueen plastic sheeting, hired a contractor to remove water-damaged ceiling and insulation to prevent the further spread of mold, and hired another contractor to determine if additional mold remediation will be needed.

On August 18, 2020, based on the report of the Property Manager, the Parish Council approved a special Voters’ Meeting to be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 in the Trinity church sanctuary after the late service, to begin as soon as the sanctuary is ready for the meeting.

You will need to sign up to attend the meeting in person by making a reservation with Mike at the church office (367-8923). Seating is limited to 50 members. The meeting will also be streamed live for those who cannot attend the meeting in person. All who attend in-person or through live streaming will be able to participate and vote. You will be notified of additional details of the meeting arrangements as soon as possible.

The agenda will be:
1) Fellowship Hall -next steps, including demolition and rebuilding
2) Building campaign -restarting

If you have questions, please contact the church office at (217) 367-8923.

Rick Winkel
Trinity Lutheran Church

Zoom Access, September 13, 12:15 p.m.
Telephone: 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 815 3723 0797
iPhone one-tap : 3126266799,,81537230797#

Fellowship Hall is Closed Effective Immediately


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 contact Mike at the church office (367-8923).

Rick Winkel
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).

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.


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