A Letter from Pastor Mark

Trinity Coronavirus Update – May 20, 2021

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Psalm 46:1-2
Dear Trinity Church Family:

As COVID-19 mitigation measures ease in Michigan, we are excited to welcome you back into the church building for worship and other on-campus activities. Several changes in COVID-19 Guidance from the CDC and Michigan Department of Health have been implemented over the last few days. We've been discussing these changes and how best to implement them at Trinity Church. These changes will be reflected in our COVID Safety Protocols, which will go into effect for worship services and other on-site activities beginning Friday, May 21.

I know that there are as many opinions on this as there are people. Some may be strongly convicted they must continue wearing masks. Some may be just as strongly convicted that they should not. Regardless of what you think of wearing masks or vaccinations for that matter, we want scripture to inform our behavior in all things and to prayerfully submit to it. There are two passages from Scripture that have been especially helpful for guiding and informing our decisions related to masks, COVID, and our church over the last year:

Let us “love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Rom 12:10).

Therefore “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:3-4).

This is an area where we are free to use our liberty in Christ to glorify God and love one another in how we behave.

In the spirit of grace and humility encouraged by these guiding passages, we wanted to highlight a few important items that are most relevant for attending worship and on-site events:

FACE MASKS

In common areas indoors: Those who fall under the “fully vaccinated individual” definition may choose whether to wear a mask or not. We will still require face masks in our church common areas for all other individuals, including children (as we have been doing for the last ten months).

When seated: Once you are seated in the FLC, you are welcome to remove your mask. During times of singing, fully vaccinated individuals are free to sing without putting on your mask. For all others, we kindly ask you to wear your masks while singing.

Our ushers and welcome team are always available to help you with questions or guide you to a preferred seating area.

TRINITY KIDS

No changes: Seating arrangements for various activities and events will still maintain physical distancing as we have over the last several months. All of our students will need to wear masks to the best of their ability. We understand the continuing challenge this poses for our children and, as always, we want to have an abundance of compassion and grace.

TSM – TRINITY STUDENT MINISTRIES

Seating arrangements for various indoor activities and events will still maintain physical distancing as we have over the last several months. All of our students who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear masks inside. Vaccinated students may choose whether to wear a mask or not.

THANK YOU!

I am VERY eager for the end of COVID restrictions to come, as you are. We have so many exciting events and activities planned for our church this summer, which we will be unveiling in the next 2-3 weeks! As we move forward, we are ONE church in Christ – whatever your preferred worship style, whether you join us in person or online, and whether or not you wear a mask. We love you and want to help you Come Alive with Jesus, Grow with Jesus, and Change the World with Jesus!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Mark Fuller and the Trinity Elders