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Message from Trinity's President

March 25, 2020

Dear Members of Trinity,

Throughout the history of our congregation, I can only recall a few
times when Sunday services were cancelled for a single Sunday due
to heavy snowfall. Last week, in response to the COVID-19 virus and
the warnings of our health professionals, Trinity cancelled all
public gatherings including our worship services
for the
foreseeable future. However, the church is where I go to be at peace,
uplifted by hearing God’s Word, to praise Him, and to be with my
brothers and sisters in Christ. Not surprisingly, this leaves me feeling
slightly off-center.

At times like this we all need to remember Martin Luther’s definition of church, as confessed in the Apostle’s Creed, “I believe in …the communion of saints…”. This confession reminds and encourages us that it is the people that make up God’s church, not the building, and although we are unable to hold services, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to care for one another as we are able. Pray for our members, for our national church body, and for those who are fighting to bring this virus under control. You could also call and visit other members by phone, checking to make sure they are properly cared for, and have the necessary supplies during this time of self-quarantine, directing any concerns to the Pastors, the Elders, or myself, if you are unable to help. (Pastor is keeping office hours, Tue-Fri,  9:00 – 1:00.) Together, as a congregation we will come through this, and we will gather together as soon as we are allowed.

This week, immediately following our closure, the Pastor received several calls from members asking how they could maintain their regular Sunday offering. They correctly assumed many of the operational costs incurred by the congregation wouldn’t go away, just because the doors were closed. There will be some savings, as we cut back on some maintenance areas, but not enough to offset the loss of funding provided by the generous gifts of our members through the Sunday offering plate. Although Trinity has a small contingency fund, and a line of credit we could use if needed, it would certainly be preferred if members could maintain their Sunday offering by other means. We are also aware that some members have had their own funds greatly reduced due to employer shutdowns, so we fully understand if you are unable to maintain your regular offering at this time.

For those who are able, there are several methods by which offerings may be made, including:

    • Dropping off or mailing post-dated cheques directly to the church 
      (Office hrs are Tue-Fri 9:00 – 12:00)
    • Single or automated eTransfers directly from your bank account into Trinity’s bank account using the email address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , via your online banking website
    • Regular, monthly EFT transactions, upon completion of a form authorizing the transfers
    • Using our existing CanadaHelps link on Trinity’s website, paid by credit card or PayPal

For more information, and for specific details on the options listed above, click on the “DONATIONS” button when visiting Trinity’s website at www.tlc-lcc.ca

Trinity’s leadership will continue to monitor the public news bulletins and provide updates on our financial situation as time passes.

We know that in every situation, God provides exactly what is needed, and so, we place our needs in His hands, while encouraging our members only to give as they themselves have been blessed.  May the Lord watch over us, and grant us His peace, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Your servant in Christ,

 

Allen Schellenberg

President – Trinity Lutheran Church