Rev. Garry A. McCracken
Cell #: 314-348-2474
(in case of emergency)
1307 Boone Street
Troy, Missouri 63379
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Sunday Worship resumes to original schedule on July 5, 2020 (8:30 am & 11 am)
Please read Pastor McCracken’s updated letter below.
Worship Policies & Procedures
To: Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Troy, MO.
From: Pastor Garry A. McCracken
Date: June 26, 2020
Re: Phase 2 of the Re-Opening of Trinity Lutheran Church
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I pray that this second church update finds you continuing to do well and keeping yourself (and others) safe in these unprecedented times. It is with joy and excitement that I announce to you that Trinity will be opening up the sanctuary to an increased occupancy on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2020, Gov. Mike Parson fully re-opened the state of Missouri as part of his “Show Me Strong Recovery—Phase II.” While stating that there will be no statewide health order during Phase II, Gov. Parson emphasized that the COVID 19 is not gone. He further emphasized that all citizens should be proactive and take precautions in protecting themselves, their families and their neighbors.
In addition, the Lincoln County (MO) Health Department has adopted Gov. Parson’s Phase II of the Re-opening of Missouri with no further restrictions. As a result of that, all congregations in Lincoln County can open to full capacity. This applies to us at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Since there are no capacity limitations imposed, Trinity will go back to an 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM worship schedule on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Our secretary, Letta Smith, has prepared a seating chart for the increased capacity.
In preparation for our first Sunday under Phase II of our re-opening at Trinity Lutheran Church.
For our members who currently attend the 8 AM Divine Service, you will not need re-register for worship. I will be able to seat you very close to where you typically sit.
I strongly encourage you to wear a mask during the Divine Service. This is especially important sitting in a sanctuary with increased attendance.
We are making arrangements to continue to broadcast our worship services on Facebook and our YouTube channel as well. Daryl Favignano, Jr. will be showing our Board of Elders’ at their July meeting how they can tape and download our worship services in his absence.
We will continue to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month.
For those in our 11:00 AM Divine Service, you will not need to re-register for worship either. Again, I should be able to seat you where you normally sit.
For our members who currently attend the 9:30 AM Divine Service, you will need to call and confirm the service that you desire to attend. Again, I should be able to seat you in the service you normally attend, and at your normal spot. The reason that I ask you to call and confirm is for the purpose of contact tracing.
If you have a compromised immune system, or if you don’t feel safe in an increased environment, then please consider attending our Midweek Wednesday Worship Service at 7 PM. This midweek service will be held throughout the remainder of the summer.
When you arrive at Trinity Lutheran Church on July 5, 2020.
Please maintain safe social distancing, even in the parking.
You may enter the narthex doors on either the west side or the east side of the parking lot. There will be taped spots on the carpet. Please stand there until called forward. You will enter the church, as well as exit the church from the right side of the narthex.
You will be required to apply hand sanitizer either before or as you enter the sanctuary.
An entire family may stand on a taped spot as long as they are safe social distanced from other worshippers.
You are strongly encouraged, but not mandated, to wear a face mask.
As you enter the Trinity sanctuary.
One usher (wearing a mask and gloves) will hand you a worship bulletin. Another usher (wearing a mask and gloves) will hand you an individual communion cup. Sealed in at the top of this cup is a communion wafer. These will serve as your elements for the Rite of Holy Communion.
An usher will take you to your assigned seat (pew) in the sanctuary. Please stay in your seat (pew) until the Divine Service has started.
An offering plate will be on a stand if you desire to place your tithe/offering there.
There will be no sharing of the Peace of Christ, passing of the offering plates, or passing of the attendance clipboards.
Once everyone is seated, the Divine Service will begin.
Should you need to leave, please walk down the middle of the aisle and an usher will hold the door open for you.
If you need to leave the sanctuary during the service, you will need to apply hand sanitizer before you re-enter the sanctuary again.
When the Divine Service is over.
Each pew will have a four (4) hymnals. I am asking that each family unit share a hymnal. When the service is over, please leave the hymnals on the pews to be disinfected.
Please take your individual communion cups and worship bulletin with you. There will be a trash can and recycling box for you to put them in.
An usher will dismiss you from your pew. Please maintain safe social distancing as you exit the sanctuary.
At the recommendation of the Lincoln County Health Department, no food or drink is to be served at Trinity. If one brings their own coffee to a Midweek Bible Class, they will need to bring it in a disposable cup.
There will be no Sunday School or Adult Bible Class until August 9.
Pastor will continue to offer Drive-Up Holy Communion underneath the overhang on the eastside parking lot on Wednesdays from 4-5 PM.
If you have come into any contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, or if you feel sick on Sunday morning, please stay home!
· The DORCAS Society will resume their monthly quilting on Monday, July 13, 2020.
· Board of Elders’ and Board of Education meetings on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Board of Parish Leadership meeting at 7:30 PM.
· Car Show Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
· Men’s Club, DORCAS Society, and Multiply Student Ministry – TBA
· Pastor’s Midweek Bible Class will resume on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in the Fellowship Hall. It will be from 10-11:30 AM. Ruth Anderson’s Midweek Bible Class will resume on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in the Multi-Purpose Room from 10:00-11:30 AM. The reason for the change of days is that Dawn has to report to Webster University on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July 6, 2020. Matthew will return to work after Labor Day. After the Labor Day holiday, we will go back to the regular schedule.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at either (636) 528-4999 or (314) 348-2474.
I remain in Christ,
Rev. Garry A. McCracken
MARK YOUR CALENDAR & PLAN TO ATTEND!
TRINITY LUTHERAN BENEFIT CAR & TRUCK SHOW
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
Rain Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Proceeds to Benefit :
The Oasis Resource Center of Troy, The Key Youth Center of Lincoln County and The Haskell Foundation!
Entry Registration: 9 am to 12 pm noon
Participant Judging: 12 to 2 pm
Silent Auction Ends: 2 pm
Awards: 3 pm
Entry Fee: $20
First 50 entries receive a “free” dash plaque & goodie bag!