Coronavirus Updates

 

 

The leaders of Trinity Lutheran Church and School are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following up-to-date guidance from the CDC, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department of Public Health while gathering insights from our local hospitals and medical community.

 

July 3, 2020

On-campus worship continues this weekend with safety precautions in place. If you would like to sign up for this week’s church services, please click here to access the Sign Up Genius form. For those who feel more comfortable continuing to social distance, online worship will be offered on our YouTube channel and website. Last weekend’s service is now available. This weekend’s service will be posted on Wednesday, July 8th.

***

June 24, 2020

In order to maintain the quality of our online worship services while accommodating the in-person worship schedule, we need to adjust the posting schedule for our online services. For this reason, our online Classic Worship Services will now be published on Wednesdays. If you’re looking for online resources this Sunday, we encourage you to view a previous service, or any of the many worship and devotional resources archived on our YouTube channel.

Throughout this time of social distancing, many people have reached out to share their appreciation for our online worship services and have confirmed that the time spent creating a quality online worship experience helped keep our people engaged and connected to God’s Word. For this reason, it is important to us that we continue providing high quality worship services online. Moving the posting date allows us to do this while balancing the in-person worship schedule. We appreciate your understanding as we continue Sharing Christ and Meeting Needs during this unique time!

On-campus worship will continue this weekend with safety precautions in place. If you would like to sign up for this week’s church services, please click here to access the Sign Up Genius form. 

Worship Times and Locations:

  • Saturday, 5:30pm – School Campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd)
  • Sunday, 8:00am – Church Campus (220 S. Second St.)
  • Sunday, 9:15am – School Campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd)
  • Sunday, 10:30am – Church Campus (220 S. Second St.)

 

 

***

 

June 15, 2020

 

We are delighted to share with you that Trinity Lutheran Church will reopen for worship this weekend – June 20th & 21st! We look forward to reuniting in person and are thankful for the opportunity to worship together again. In preparation for resuming in-person worship, we have carefully reviewed current CDC guidelines and the practices employed by other churches. Below, is an overview of in-person worship procedures. There may be slight changes to these procedures in future weeks, if we identify any issues with the system. For those who feel more comfortable continuing to social distance, online worship will still be offered.

Each worship service will be limited to 85 attendees. For this reason, we ask that you reserve a space for worship ahead of time. You may do so using this Sign Up Genius form or by calling or emailing the church office, 217-787-2323 x2 or church@trinity-lutheran.com. 

Due to the limitation on gathering size, we have added an additional worship service which will take place during the Sunday School & Sunday Morning Bible Class hour. Sunday School and Sunday Morning Bible Class will not resume until the gathering size recommendations have been expanded. The sanctuary and the parish hall will be cleaned between services.  

Worship times and locations: 

  • Saturday, 5:30pm – School Campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd.)
  • Sunday, 8:00am – Church Campus (220 S. Second St.)
  • Sunday, 9:15am – School Campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd.)
  • Sunday, 10:30am – Church Campus (220 S. Second St.) 

 

The following procedures will be in place when you arrive for worship: 

  • Two points of entrance will be available to help control traffic flow and avoid congestion. At the downtown church location, we will be using the new addition entrances, on the north and south side of the building.
  • An usher will be stationed at each entrance, holding the doors open to avoid unnecessary contamination.
  • We ask that you maintain a distance of 6 feet from other families as you enter the building and approach the sanctuary or parish hall.
  • We encourage you to wear a mask as you enter and exit church. Masks will be available for those who do not have one. Once you are seated and properly socially distanced, you may remove your mask for worship.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.
  • An usher will greet you as you approach the worship space and direct you to another usher who will show you to your seat.
  • We will fill the worship space from front to back, with pews left open to avoid unnecessary contact. We ask that you comply with the seating procedure even if you are placed in a new area of the sanctuary or parish hall. Who knows, you may enjoy the new perspective and view!

 

Notes about the worship: 

  • All items have been removed from the pews to avoid additional risk of contamination.
  • Due to evidence that singing increases the risk of spreading germs, music during the service will be instrumental or presented by a soloist.
  • Offering plates will not be passed during the service but will be available at the back of church for you to place your offering into as you exit.
  • Once worship has concluded, ushers will dismiss congregants by pew, from back to front. 

 

These procedures and guidelines were developed through careful consideration and with love for the members of our congregation. Your safety and health are very important to us. There are still many unknowns related to this virus and strong opinions on all sides. We ask that you show your love for others by following these recommendations. Now more than ever we appreciate the gift of worshiping together as a community and pray that God will bless our time together. May He create in each of us a gentle spirit and grateful heart as we gather to worship Him together as His people! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office.

 

Blessings, 

The Board of Elders

 

***

 

June 11, 2020

 

Trinity will offer Communion at the school campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd.) on Sunday, June 14. We will be upholding all safety guidelines while distributing the Sacrament: individual cups will be prepared, our pastors and elders will be wearing gloves (to ensure no contact with the wafer and wine), and we will welcome groups of 10 (9 Communicants and 1 pastor) in the room at one time. The time for this event is 9:00 am – 11:00 am and you must sign up for time slots. Our time slots will be every 15 minutes (9:00am, 9:15am, 9:30am, etc.) until 11am and only 9 people per group. If you would like to sign up, please go to this link to reserve your spot! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4EAEA82FABF94-communion. 

 

Reservations may also be made by contacting the church office.

 

***

 

 

 

June 8, 2020

 

We are excited to announce that Trinity will resume in-person worship services the weekend of June 20th & 21st. Due to the limitation on gathering size, we are adding an additional worship service that will take place during the Sunday School & Sunday Morning Bible Class hour. Sunday School and Sunday Morning Bible Class will not resume until the gathering size recommendations have been expanded.

 

The worship times and locations will be the following:

 

  • Saturday, 5:30pm – school campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd)
  • Sunday, 8:00am – church campus (220 S. Second St.)
  • Sunday, 9:15am – school campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd)
  • Sunday, 10:30am – church campus (220 S. Second St.)

 

 

 

We are developing appropriate traffic flow procedures as well as preparing both worship spaces for recommended social distancing during worship. In an effort to ensure we stay within the CDC recommendations for gathering size, we will be asking worship attendees to submit a reservation form. A link to the form for the upcoming weekend will be made available each Sunday afternoon. Worship reservations may also be made by calling or emailing the church office. Additional details will be made available in the coming week.

 

***

 

 

 

June 2, 2020

 

Trinity will offer Communion at the school campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd.) on Sunday, June 7. We will be upholding all safety guidelines while distributing the Sacrament: individual cups will be prepared, our pastors and elders will be wearing gloves (to ensure no contact with the wafer and wine), and we will welcome groups of 10 (9 Communicants and 1 pastor) in the room at one time. The time for this event is 9:00 am – 11:00 am and you must sign up for time slots. Our time slots will be every 15 minutes (9:00am, 9:15am, 9:30am, etc.) until 11am and only 9 people per group. If you would like to sign up, please go to this link to reserve your spot! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4EAEA82FABF94-communion. 

 

Reservations may also be made by contacting the church office.

 

***

 

 

 

May 27, 2020

 

Trinity will offer Communion at the school campus (515 S. MacArthur Blvd.) on Sunday, May 31. We will be upholding all safety guidelines while distributing the Sacrament: individual cups will be prepared, our pastors and elders will be wearing gloves (to ensure no contact with the wafer and wine), and we will welcome groups of 10 (9 Communicants and 1 pastor) in the room at one time. The time for this event will be 9:00am – 11:00am. You must sign up for time slots. Our time slots will be every 15 minutes (9:00am, 9:15am, 9:30am, etc.) until 11:00am and only 9 people will be assigned to each group. If you would like to sign up, please contact the church office at 217-787-2323 or church@trinity-lutheran.com.

 

***

 

 

 

May 23, 2020

 

We know many of you are eager to resume gathering for in-person worship services, as are we. However, at this time we are unsure of when that will be. Before we re-open, significant adjustments need to be made within our worship spaces and plans to handle the logistical issues related to reopening in this environment need to be developed.

 

 

 

In the meantime, we encourage you to continue worshiping with us online and keeping this situation in your prayers. In order to be sure that you are in the loop and aware of updates coming from Trinity Lutheran Church, we encourage you to subscribe to our e-newsletter by visiting the link the below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

May 1, 2020

 

On Monday, May 4th, Trinity Lutheran Church will begin sending a weekly e-newsletter with helpful information to keep you connected throughout the week. This email will include updates, announcements, a weekly schedule of video postings, and Scripture readings. Click the link below to subscribe.

 

https://www.subscribepage.com/trinityluspfldchurchsignup

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2020

 

Trinity Lutheran Church is excited to announce that, in an effort to help families create a special and memorable Mother’s Day, we will be offering a free Mother’s Day Picnic Pick-Up for families! The picnic bundles will include sandwich (subway or PB&J), chips, fruit, veggies, and a cookie for each member of the household and will be available for pick-up on May 10th from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Trinity Lutheran School. Please click here to reserve your family’s Mother’s Day picnic.

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

April 23, 2020

 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced today that a stay-at-home order meant to curb the spread of the new coronavirus across Illinois will not be lifted on April 30th. Instead, a modified version of the order that strengthens social distancing requirements will remain in place through May 30 as the state continues its battle against COVID-19. Trinity Lutheran Church and School will continue to adhere to the state’s stay-at-home order and worship services will continue to be offered online via our YouTube channel.

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

April 18, 2020

 

Per the announcement by Governor Pritzker yesterday (4/17/2020), all Illinois schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of the academic year. Trinity’s Board of Christian Day School (BCDS,) in conjunction with the Principal, Pastor and Early Childhood Director, will be drafting a plan of action to move forward (including discussion about the end of the year programs, ceremonies, etc.) We appreciate your willingness to work with us as we explore remote learning, and we pray the lessons continue to be a blessing to your students. In the coming week, we will publicize the plan for the remainder of the Trinity Lutheran School 2019-2020 school year. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this unique time.

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm

 

Trinity school families are invited to drive through the school parking lot on Wednesday, April 8th between 5:30-6:30pm to pick up books and materials needed for duration of our distance learning. Click the link for instructions and details.

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

April 3, 2020 | 7:00 pm

 

 

 

Even though we can’t meet in person we can still worship together! Join us for the following Holy Week video worship services:

 

  • Palm Sunday Classic Worship
  • Palm Sunday Family Worship
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness
  • Easter Sunday Classic Worship
  • Easter Sunday Family Worship

 

 

 

 

 

***

 

 

 

March 21, 2020 | 9:00 am

 

The leaders of Trinity’s ministry boards met last night to finalize plans for the resources that Trinity will make available during this time of social distancing. These resources are outlined in a new section of the Trinity website, which you can access by clicking here. As resources become available, we will update the page with live links and share updates via Facebook, Trinity’s app, and the BCR email list. We will be using our YouTube channel to post video resources. Below are instructions to access and subscribe to these platforms so that you are able to stay connected and informed.

 

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (click the link or search @TrinitySpfldIL)

 

Like or follow our Facebook page (click the link or search @TrinityLutheranSpfld on Facebook)

 

Trinity App (search Trinity Lutheran Springfield in the App Store or on GooglePlay)

 

Subscribe to Trinity’s email list (click here to subscribe)

 

***

 

March 16, 2020 | 12:30 pm

 

The CDC has recommended that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.

 

For this reason, Trinity Lutheran Church has decided to postpone our weekend worship services until further notice. In addition, there will be no Sunday School or Sunday Morning Bible Study classes until further notice. All Trinity board meetings have also been canceled until further notice.

 

We will continue to offer our worship services online each week through our YouTube channel. Trinity will also begin offering additional digital resources to help support your time in God’s Word during this time of social distancing. We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow our Facebook page to access our digital resources and stay up-to-date on announcements.

 

If you would like to receive Communion, please contact the church office to a schedule time with a pastor. The church office will remain open during this time. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please call 787-2323. If our secretary does not answer, please leave a message and you will receive a response as soon as possible.

 

***

 

March 15, 2020 | 6:30 pm

 

The following events have been canceled or postponed:

 

– World Relief Quilting (Monday, March 16)

 

– Track Practice (Monday, March 16)

 

– No School (Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30)

 

– Senior Bible Class (Tuesday, March 17)

 

– Ladies’ Bible Study (Tuesday, March 17)

 

– Sunrise Bible Study (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Midweek 12:10 Service (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Public School Catechism (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Lenten Service and Meal (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Primary Choir (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Adult Choir Rehearsal (Wednesday, March 18)

 

– Trinity Quilters (Thursday, March 19)

 

– Early Childhood Dad’s Night (Thursday, March 19)

 

– Early Childhood/Kindergarten Choir (Saturday, March 21)

 

– World Relief Quilting (Monday, March 23)

 

– Senior Bible Class (Tuesday, March 24)

 

– Sunrise Bible Study (Wednesday, March 25)

 

– Midweek 12:10 Service (Wednesday, March 25)

 

– Public School Catechism (Wednesday, March 25)

 

– Lenten Service and Meal (Wednesday, March 25)

 

– Adult Choir Rehearsal (Wednesday, March 25)

 

– Trinity Quilters (Thursday, March 26)

 

– Indoor Track Meet at U of I (Saturday, March 28)

 

– 2020 Charitable Giving Options Seminar (Sunday, March 29)

 

– World Relief Quilting (Monday, March 30)

 

There will be no Track practice until further notice. Track parents should watch for updates from Coach Budde via the Band app.

 

Trinity’s Adult Choir will not be singing during worship services until further notice. Please contact Mrs. Laura Fliege with any questions regarding the Adult Choir schedule.

 

Trinity Lutheran School will be out of the classrooms for a total of only five originally scheduled school days (due to Spring Break already being scheduled for the week of March 23rd – 27th). At this time, the plan will be for school to resume on the Tuesday (March 31st) after Spring Break.

 

***

 

March 15, 2020 | 3:00 pm

 

The Board of Christian Day School met on Sunday March 15, 2020, and affirmed the decision to keep plans for Monday as previously scheduled.  While there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sangamon county in the last two days, the School Board has stated that tomorrow is an optional day for attendance.

 

Classes will run as normal. If you choose to stay home (this will not be counted as an absence) work will be available for pick-up in the office between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. Please contact the school office or classroom teacher(s) to let them know about these arrangements for your family.

 

School work that will be given out tomorrow will be for the five days we will be out under the current schedule. If the time out of the classroom is extended you will be notified as soon as we know. During this time teachers will be keeping daily classroom hours to allow for communication between students/parents and teachers. This information will be supplied to you by the classroom teachers tomorrow.

 

***

 

March 14, 2020 | 10:30 pm

 

This weekend’s worship service has been posted on our YouTube channel. Click here to view the service. We encourage you to subscribe to our channel while you’re there so that you can take advantage of future digital resources that we make available during this period of social distancing. If you are worshiping with us from home, you can still take part in the offering. Visit trinity-lutheran.com/giving to learn more about our eGiving tools.

 

***

 

March 14, 2020 | 1:00 pm

 

All Sunday School and Bible Study classes will take place as scheduled tomorrow. Join us at 9:30 am at the school campus and choose from any of the following classes:

 

WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Join us as we look at the key teachings of the Lutheran faith and how applicable they are to our daily lives in the 21st Century! Led by Pastor Hemenway in the Parish Hall.

SUNDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: We are studying Altogether Beautiful by Heidi Goehman. In this study of the Song of Songs, we discover deep spiritual truths, grapple with some uncomfortable topics found in the Bible, and see the lavish love our Savior offers us. Led by Amy Holmes in the Science Room.

ECCLESIASTES: In this study of the Book of Ecclesiastes, we discuss how to be true disciples and what it means to be a congregation. Led by Pastor Holmes in the Extended Care Room.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES: All classes for children ages 3 through 18 will meet in their regular classrooms.

INFANT & TODDLER CHILDCARE: Childcare is offered for children under 3 years.

 

***

 

 

 

March 13, 2020 | 8:45 pm

 

Math Bowl at Lutheran High will take place as scheduled tomorrow. Student representatives from grades 5 through 8 were chosen earlier this month and correspondence was sent to parents. If your child was selected, please plan to arrive at Lutheran High by 9:45 am for check-in.

 

***

 

March 13, 2020 | 5:00 pm

 

As of 4:00 pm on Friday, March 13th, Governor Pritzker has ordered all public and private schools to be closed from Tuesday, March 17th – Monday, March 30th.  Trinity Lutheran School will be in session on Monday, March 16th to allow the teachers to provide learning resources to our students for the five days they are off of school and to give parents a little more time to plan child care for the unexpected days off.

 

We will be out of the classrooms for a total of only five originally scheduled school days (due to Spring Break already being scheduled for the week of March 23rd – 27th). At this time, the plan will be for school to resume on the Tuesday (March 31st) after Spring Break.

 

***

 

March 13, 2020 | 12:00 pm

 

We have opted to cancel/postpone the following additional events for this weekend:

 

– 4H Meeting (originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15)

 

– Financial Peace University (originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15)

 

***

 

March 13, 2020 | 9:30 am

 

With an abundance of caution and keeping the best interests of our school and church families in mind, we have opted to cancel/postpone the following events for this weekend:

 

– Trivia Night (originally scheduled for Friday, March 13)

 

– Baby Shower Tea and Children’s Fashion Show (originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15)

 

 

 

There is no change to our weekend worship schedule. Services will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel by Sunday morning for those who would prefer to avoid crowds during this time.

 

***

 

March 12, 2020 | 8:00 pm

 

At this time, we plan to proceed with normal schedules at both our church and school, while actively planning for next steps if needed. Our custodial staff has increased efforts to disinfect frequently touched surfaces at both our church and school campuses and we are in the process of adding hand sanitizing stations at our school campus. Throughout the school day, we encourage frequent and thorough handwashing by students and staff.

 

Our church services will continue as scheduled and we will maintain our practice of greeting one another at the start of the service. Church members may refrain from shaking hands and opt for an alternate greeting if they feel more comfortable.

 

As we receive communion, we will continue the use of the common cup for now and evaluate if other action is needed. That is a personal choice. Of course, we will continue to have individual cups if you prefer to make a switch for a time. Should it become necessary, we are ready to increase our digital ministry through podcasts, online sermons/worship & other means.

 

We encourage our school families and church members to do the following:

 

– Avoid / stay away from those who are experiencing any illness

 

– Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

 

– Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

 

– Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home or places of work

 

– Use disinfectant wipes identified for use against Influenza A & B and Coronaviruses

 

 

 

If you have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing):

 

– Cover your coughs and sneezes

 

– Stay home and call your doctor

 

– Remain at home until you are cleared to return to work or school

 

 

 

This situation continues to develop and change rapidly. In all of this, we don’t want to over-respond or under-respond. We are doing everything we can to handle this situation in the most effective way possible.

 

We encourage you to stay connected and look for updates from Trinity through our primary communication methods. This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. Updates will also be posted on our Facebook page, through the Trinity app, and sent via email. If you would like to receive notification via email, please click here.

 

Please pray for people around the world who are currently suffering from coronavirus and their caregivers, families and community. Pray for those who grieve loss of their loved ones to the virus. Pray that our medical professionals find the proper treatment for the virus and keep it under control. Pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world would be a beacon of light and love to those who are suffering.

 

***

 

March 12, 2020 | 7:00 pm

 

If you are a parent or grandparent and are unsure of how to talk with the children in your life about the Coronavirus situation, this video may be a helpful tool for you.

 

Coronavirus Video from Brain Pop

 

Children are very observant and are undoubtedly aware that something significant is happening. It is important that we talk with our children and answer their questions to avoid unnecessary anxiety.