Dear Friends in Christ,
The ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church continues even as we respond to the on-going pandemic and the governor’s “stay at home” orders. Sorry for the length of this post...but here is an update on the work we continue to share:
Sunday morning worship service is live-stream only at 9:30 a.m. There is no in-person attendance at Holy Trinity. The stream will continue to be accessible via Facebook Live and can be accessed through our website (holytrinityakron.org). There will be a "technology usher" at each service to help you with issues getting connected.
Holy Week services include Morning Prayer (Monday-Friday at 8 a.m.), Maundy Thursday (7 p.m.), Good Friday (7 p.m.), and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil (7 p.m.). All will be live-streamed via Facebook Live. Bulletins are available on our website (holytrinityakron.org).
Discipleship and Fellowship
A new study on the Psalms will debut on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. by means of a Zoom meeting (which requires no special software). Email Rachel Nunez (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we'll send connection information.
Gather up the kids and join Miss Rachel for a Bedtime Story and Prayer on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live (with the exception of Good Friday).
Prayers for All People, a weekly virtual prayer meeting, is being led by Pr. David on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. via Facebook Live.
Dare to Love More Food and Resources (DLM)
DLM, in partnership with Akron Public Schools’ Project Rise, has begun a new food delivery program to existing client families. If you need food assistance, please call the church office (330/376-5154) or email Darlene Anderson (email@example.com). We will be in touch to make arrangements.
Giving and Financial Stewardship
Members and friends are urged to continue needed financial support for our ministries by giving via mail (USPS) or online means (accessible through the website) as they are able. Thus far, the response from the congregation has been heartening and generous.
There is a special opportunity to support DLM...a Daily Bread feeding ministries grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can help us reach our goal of raising $1000 by April 19. Go to support.elca.org/goto/DLMatHTLC. Thanks for your contribution.
Hospital, nursing home, and home visits are suspended, so we are in touch with folks by telephone. If someone needs to be contacted for any reason, please email Rachel Nunez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vicar Debbie Pinnegar (email@example.com) with current contact information for those in need of our prayerful attention.
Staff and Facilities
The church building is closed to all non-essential gatherings, and is being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Office hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. primarily for mail delivery/pick-up. Staff is working remotely as much as possible. If you must visit the building, please call ahead to make arrangements.
Please keep watching our Facebook page (facebook.com/trinityakron) and our website for up to date information. If you do not already receive it, our MidWeek Word email is also a good resource. Contact Sandy DeLuca (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she'll add you to the list.
While We Are at Home
Stay as physically active as possible. Get good sleep. Eat right. Care for the body God has given you in order to reduce your susceptibility to illness.
Check in on your neighbors, especially those in high-risk populations.
Stay in touch with one another. Let the phone and email, social media and text-messaging be a source of encouragement and connection while we wait this out.
Pray…for public health workers…for those who are ill…for those doing the research necessary to develop a vaccine…for those whose lives and livelihood are put in jeopardy because of the economic disruption that this is causing.
Stay informed. The Ohio Department of Health website and the Governor DeWine’s daily briefings are excellent sources of the most up-to-date information.
We continue to draw strength from the knowledge of Christ’s presence with us. Here is a God who brings forth light from darkness, life from death. That is the Easter Gospel we have been given to share. And it is what sustains us through the hurt and anxiety of these days. May the hope of that Good News be your peace and your strength.