Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
After the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision and a recent statement by the Vilas County Dept of Health, I am looking to restart the availability of Sunday Divine Service at Trinity starting, Sunday, May 17th at 9:00 AM. With that said, I recognize that many in our congregation have health considerations that would make extended home quarantine advisable. Please feel no pressure to return yet if that is your personal situation. I will continue to send out resources for home use for a while yet. Individuals and households will need to make their own responsible decisions regarding health and at the same time not all individuals have the same needs in that regard. We also realize that as the virus situation change the fear aspect of it will also linger.
I want to pastorally make Sunday Divine Service available with extra precautions for those who are able to come – sitting apart with distance as households in the sanctuary, hand sanitizer available, foregoing shaking hands for a time, offering basket in the center aisle rather than passing the basket, and communion by households separately at the rail, etc. We will also encourage washing of hands, use of hand sanitizer. We encourage those who are particularly vulnerable to continue to stay home. I recognize that this will be a gradual process and I thank you for your patience as we navigate this process together with the Lord’s help, protection, and guidance. We shall seek to love our brothers and sisters in Christ by recognizing health concerns, realizing not everyone has the same health situations, and also by making the Word and Sacraments available for faith for those who are able to attend Sunday morning. We prayerfully recognize the health considerations, fears, and philosophical differences many may have in approaching the situation.
I will continue to also offer scheduled household communion at homes or at church during the week for those whose health concerns requires such. We also want to gradually want to walk our way back to more normal church practices while talking precautions as the viral wave passes. We realize that adjusting back with the health considerations will not be a “light switch” instant change back.
Thank you for your prayers and for sending in offerings to give thanks to the Lord and support the ministry of the church.