March 18th, 2020

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Family,

Throughout this week, we have made every effort to appropriately navigate the unprecented situation in which we find ourselves, making decisions we feel would best serve our Holy Trinity community. After hearing the most recent updates and more stringent recommendations from local and national government officials, as well as from the CDC, we believe it is both inevitable and necessary to further implement increased precautionary measures beyond what has previously been enacted.

Beginning today, March 18th, Holy Trinity will be suspending all in-person worship services taking place at our facility. This includes our 7:15 p.m. midweek Lenten service tonight. For the foreseeable future, all services will be conducted digitally. This decision was reached after much prayer and careful deliberation.

Your Holy Trinity staff is working hard to provide a more enhanced online experience during these difficult days for both Traditional and Modern worship, as well as our Adult Sunday School hour. At this moment, the plan is for these services and Bible studies to all be available at www.holytrinityedmond.org/sermons and our Holy Trinity YouTube channel beginning Sunday morning, March 22nd. These options can be viewed at your leisure. 

At the same time, for the opportunity to worship electronically with others, we will be offering three “Watch Parties” via Facebook on Sunday morning at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. Our 8:15 will feature the Traditional Service; 9:30 will feature A.J. Cluck conducting the Red Letter Challenge Bible study; and, 11:00 will feature our Modern Worship service. Whether or not you are able to join us for any of the Facebook Watch Parties, once again, you will still be able to view these digital options at your leisure on Facebook, our website, or the Holy Trinity YouTube channel.

Finally, beginning Sunday, March 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Pastoral Staff will be offering “drive-thru Communion.” All who wish to partake of the Lord’s Supper simply drive through the portico at the entrance to the Traditional Sanctuary. Then, without leaving your vehicle, we will serve you the pre-consecrated Body and Blood of our Lord. Then go about your self-isolated day, fed and forgiven!

It is heart-breaking to not be present in worship with one another. Yet, be assured, when we are finally able to come together, our fellowship will be all the sweeter and more beautiful! In these trying times, we continue to trust in the Lord of the Church, whose death and resurrection we proclaim, and whom we worship and adore--even digitally. We pray for a swift end to this pandemic,

Blessings,

Rev. Jonathan C. Meyer
Senior Pastor




Monday, March 16th, 2020

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Family,

After much prayerful deliberation and dicussion, Holy Trinity is continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment brought upon us by COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation hourly and are taking into consideration the advice from the CDC, and government officials. The decisions we have formed were not made lightly, but we are confident we are doing what is best for our members, visitors, staff, and teachers - while also providing everyone a healthy environment to continue worshipping our Lord.

Below are the additional measures we are implementing along with those previously initiated last week.

  • From March 17th through April 6th, all extra-curricular activities, meals, events, and ministries will be suspended apart from worship and leadership meetings.

  • All special music will be suspended through at least April 6th - this includes singing/playing in Worship services and rehearsals.

  • Sunday School classes will be suspended through approximately April 6th - including adult, youth and children. Please check our Facebook page on Sunday mornings to view a Red Letter Challenge Sunday School session from A.J. Cluck.

  • Our nursery will continue its normal operations during Sunday worship services as long as our nursery attendant, Elizabeth, is permitted to be present.

  • In-person Confirmation classes are suspended until approximately April 6th. Classes will continue on an online platform. More information and instruction to come.

How can you help the situation? As stated previously, if any individual in your family is experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus (ie. cough, fever, shortness of breath) you and your family must stay home.

While we are saddened by the necessary precautions and the significant decrease in fellowship opportunities, we feel it is in the best interest of our community to limit group exposure while still offering a place to worship. As of now, all worship services will go on as previously scheduled. We ask that you continue to use your best judgment in regards to your health and safety; if you feel uncomfortable with attending service, we encourage you to join us online for our 10:45 a.m. service at www.holytrinityedmond.org/live or via Facebook.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the epidemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Blessings,

Rev. Jonathan C. Meyer
Senior Pastor



Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Family,

With growing concerns of the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, spreading in the Oklahoma City area, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School staff are taking extra precautions within our facilities to prevent infection and the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our members, visitors, teachers, and staff are our number one priority and with your cooperation we can better protect one another. 

At the time of this writing there are currently no known cases in the Edmond area. However, we will be implementing proactive measures now - not giving in to panic and fear but making the best use of the knowledge and wisdom of medical professionals. Below are the steps we are taking to foster a healthy environment for all.

  • As of March 16th, 2020, indoor facility usage for non-Holy Trinity events/groups will be temporarily suspended. Outdoor spaces will still be available for use.

  • On Sundays, the external doors to the Family Life Center will remain locked. Please utilize only the main doors at the Narthex or the South link doors by the school.

  • Bathrooms, entry doors, and classroom handles will continue to be disinfected daily. All rooms will continue to receive a deep disinfecting every two weeks. (This disinfecting solution lasts three weeks.)

  • To prevent the spread of germs through contact with common surfaces, we are temporarily implementing walk through Communion at all services. Furthermore, the practice of the Common Cup will be temporarily halted. In addition to hand sanitizing, all Communion assistants will take the time to wash hands immediately before serving. Gifts and tithes can be placed in the offering plates before or after services in the back of the Sanctuary.

  • To further prevent the spread of germs among our members, community food on Sundays will no longer be available until further notice. Sadly, this includes our weekly coffee and donuts. 

How can you help the situation? If any individual in your family is experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus (ie. cough, fever, shortness of breath) you and your family must stay home. We encourage you to join us online for our 10:45 a.m. service at www.holytrinityedmond.org/live or via Facebook. While on campus, please avoid hand shakes and physical contact with others. Please continue to wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and do your best to otherwise avoid large crowds.

We will continue monitoring the situation and reassess our policies and procedures on this matter daily. We also continually lift up prayers to our merciful Lord for His protection and provision, for the spread of the virus to decrease, and for a cure to be found quickly.

Blessings,


Rev. Jonathan C. Meyer
Senior Pastor