Trinity Lutheran Church and School

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod


Help Us Celebrate Lynn Ishmael’s Retirement

Trinity Lutheran Church and School planned on hosting a retirement celebration for Mrs. Ishmael. Due to Covid-19 and personal health concerns, Lynn has requested that in lieu of a party former students write a letter sharing memories they have of her classroom. These can be emailed to Karen (kfreidenberger@gmail.com) or the school (c.brown@trinitylutheranfortmorgan.com).

Roger and Lynn are planning on moving to Tennessee to be near their son and his family. We would like to have them ASAP so we can put them in a scrapbook to give to her before she moves. Thanks for helping us show our appreciation to Lynn for all her years of service.

 

07/18/2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ –

This past week has again brought about another change in our society. Governor Polis mandated that as of July 16, 2020 at midnight that all people 11 years of age and older are required to wear a mask when entering or moving around in any public space. A number of you have contacted me about what we will be doing here at Trinity. Some have told me that they will not attend church if they are required to wear a mask. Others have told me that they will not attend if the rest of the congregation does not.

We are all angry. We think that our way is the best. Wear gloves, don’t wear gloves. Remain confined at home, leave home as often as possible. I know that you want me to do what you think is right and that your way is the only right way. In reality I’m struggling with these questions and mandates as much as you are. I’ve lost plenty of sleep trying to make decisions that will make everyone comfortable. No matter what direction we head in the future someone will be angry. So repent of your anger.

Instead of automatically going on the offensive and attacking first pause and consider putting the best construction on everything. Instead of attacking a pastor or church for not having congregational singing think for a few moments about why they may have decided to go down that road. Or why some churches have made the decision to remain closed since the end of March.
To that end I ask that when you attend the Divine Services this weekend and for the time the future: please remember your neighbor. But remember they are not just your neighbor that are your brother and sister in Christ. We have been bound together in the waters of Baptism as a family.

The elders and ushers are not police officers. We will continue offering services online for those that are uncomfortable attending in person. We will also continue to offer the Divine Service for those who desire to gather in person. Use the gift of reason and sense that God has given you not only for your own good but for the love of others.

To that end, Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order that goes into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days. It may be extended.
You can find a lot of information about this order at the link below. There is even a small section for “Houses of Worship”https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance

+If you are experiencing, or have in the last 14 days, any symptoms of COVID-19 such as high fever, dry cough, loss of smell and taste, sore throat, muscle pain, or chills, please remain home and join us on Facebook for the service.

+ If you have been recently and knowingly exposed to COVID-19 through social contact, please strongly consider remaining home and join us on Facebook for the service.

+ We are practicing Physical Distancing please keep a distance of 6 feet from others.

+ Please sanitize your hands often. Hand Sanitizer is provided in different areas of the building.

+ You are welcome to sit with your family during church, and are welcome to commune together.

+ Pews have been marked off in an effort to assist with Physical distancing.

+ Feel Free to take a Worship Bulletin, but please take it home with you today.

+ Communion is offered in a clean manor.

+ The offering Plate is in the Church as you enter and at the front of the pews on the lectern side.

+ While enhanced cleaning measures are in place… an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists anywhere people are present. By visiting Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.

Rejoicing in the Lord always,
Pastor Storck

 

A Welcome Back

June 9, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ –

You have been baptized into Christ for such a time as this. “God’s own Child, I gladly say it, I am baptized into Christ!” (LSB 594, vs. 1) His death and resurrection are assuredly yours. Yet this is not just a future promise but a present reality. Through the refining fires of the trials and the tribulations of this world God is making all things new.

Much can be written about the choices that we have had to make over the last few months. We have seen jobs and businesses disappear. Health has been challenged. Bank accounts have been stretched to the limit. Marriages and relationships have been strained. Many of the things that we have come to trust and rely upon have gone and we must ask ourselves, “Who/what is our God?” The idols that have arisen in our lives cannot see the hurt. They cannot hear our cries. They do not have hands to help. But the God who created heaven and earth can and does. He sees our brokenness. He hears the cries of the faithful and answers them. He has come down into this broken world and helps us.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Divine Service. Beginning this weekend, we will start to offer larger services of 50 people. At this time, we will have three services: Saturday, 6:00PM; Sunday 9:00AM & 11:00AM. All three services will offer the Lord’s Supper.

Please note we will be implementing social distancing protocols. I beg your patience and willingness to go with the flow during this time. “Your pew” may be blocked off during this time and I would ask that you follow the directions of the elders as they seat you and your family.

Some of the other changes during this time:

  • Masks are not required but if you are more comfortable wearing one, please do so.
  • Offering will not be received in the normal manner but the plates will be available in the narthex as you enter the church and at the front of the sanctuary when you come forward for the Lord’s Supper.
  • There will be hand sanitizing stations at the entrances and exits to the church.
  • The service will be printed in whole for your individual use.
  • The Lord’s Supper will be offered in a continuous manner during this time. Pastor and the elder for the day will wear both gloves and mask for your safety. Both the common cup and individual cups will be offered.
  • After the service is concluded we will dismiss from the back.
  • Cleaning of the pews, bathrooms, and other surfaces of the church will take place after each service.

We again ask your assistance by signing up for a service. This will allow us to prepare for communion as well as being able to safely socially distance each of you. If you are unable to sign up online please contact the church office and Lisa will do it for you.

God bless you!

Rejoicing in the Lord always,

Pastor Storck

Worship

Every Sunday at 9:00 AM. we gather together to hear and receive the blessing of God’s Word, and to offer praise and thanksgiving to our loving Father for the great blessings and mercy given us through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We then can return home, spiritually refreshed and strengthened by God through His Word to serve Him and share His peace and love with our friends and neighbors and families. The service is also broadcast live every Sunday on KFTM 1400 AM.

Communion

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated every Sunday. In, with and under the bread and wine in this sacrament we receive Christ’s body and blood that assures us of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We also receive strength to resist life’s temptations and pressures.

Those wishing to commune for the first time are asked to speak to the pastor prior to the service.

Baptism

In the water of Holy Baptism the Word of God gives us forgiveness of sins, freedom from the power of sin, death and the devil, and gives eternal life to all who believe this. We invite you to join our Christian family through this Baptism and receive the blessings offered by our Lord Jesus to you and your children. If you are interested in Baptism please contact the pastor.

Christian Education

Sunday school for ages 3 through 8th grade meets at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.

Bible classes for high school youth meet  at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.

Bible classes for adults meet every Sunday morning at 10:15 AM in the church parish hall.

Midweek confirmation for 6th grade meets on Tuesdays at 4:15pm at the Church. 7th & 8th grade class meet Wednesdays at 4:15pm at the Church.