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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 Campo 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
President
Trinity Lutheran Church

Zoom Access, September 13, 12:15 p.m.
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Wee Disciples Preschool-COVID-19 Reopening Plan–2020-21

Wee Disciples Preschool has created a COVID-19 Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year. We are following state and local guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our staff, families, and students as we prepare for the upcoming school year. We will start school as planned on August 24th! Watch for more news about our preschool in the coming weeks.

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

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.

The Ministry of a Mother

This May, please take time to celebrate the Ministry of a Mother! As you all know, Mother’s Day is May 8th, and motherhood was created by God. The apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:2-3, “‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.’” To honor mothers specifically this month, Jill has some insights and thoughts about the ministry of a mother.

“When I think about the ministry of a mother, I think about caring, loving, and nurturing. I think about a 24/7 ministry of presence, of always being there to help another. I recall middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes. I remember daily wiping away tears and hugging. I think about teaching, patiently, over and over, until finally, one day, it clicks and the child understands. I think of long, often teary, discussions about the challenges of life. I think about worry and fear and feelings of inadequacy, along with prayers to the One who can do the impossible. It is a calling that really never ends, to love another for as long as it takes, and as often as needed, until he feels strong enough to take the next step.

“I think God designed families this way. He put that nurturing instinct inside of mothers (and fathers) for the sake of his children. Mothering is a tremendous responsibility. A young child needs close physical contact and constant loving attention to develop a trust relationship. This trust relationship is the foundation for all of the child’s future growth and development; without it, the child will struggle for the rest of his life.”

A mom’s ministry is meant to be a picture of Jesus. From the earliest moments of life, it’s an example of God’s loves to us. This ministry is too much for anyone. Because of the weakness of our flesh, our love runs dry; we cannot be continually giving without being continually refilled. It is only by God’s constant flow of love to us, and by the work of his Holy Spirit in our lives, that we can begin to love another in this way. It is essential that we draw our daily strength and security from Jesus. Because the most important part of the ministry of a mother is bringing the child to Jesus, not just once, but continually, in prayers, in words, in actions.

We’ve posted this article to invite your comments. Please share a brief comment or testimony of how a mother (or being a mother) has blessed you, as the Bible tells us: “encourage one another daily.” Hebrew 3:13

May the Lord bless you and keep you in Christ’s love,

Pastor Shawn & Jill