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January 2022 Newsletter

January 2022 Newsletter

Our January newsletter is ready – you can download the PDF version here or in our Facebook group. A printed version will arrive in the mail this week at every household.

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Unity Prayer  2022

Unity Prayer 2022

This Wednesday, January 12, is Trinity’s turn at the great Unity Prayer Watch. Every minute of every day, a Moravian somewhere is praying for the ministry of the Moravian Church. We have again been assigned the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Please consider signing up for a 30 minute slot — or perhaps splitting a slot with a spouse or friend. Of course, under the current COVID restrictions, we will all be praying at our homes.

You can download a Prayer Guide that will guide you through prayer for all our provinces and ministries. DOWNLOAD HERE.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

This prayer watch, inspired by the “Hundred Year Prayer Watch” in Herrnhut, has continued unbroken since 1957.

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Christmaslovefeast.org

Christmaslovefeast.org

Our website christmaslovefeast.org is open and active and ready to take your order for local pickup or shipping. 

PLEASE place your orders early, especially those which need to be shipped.  We must have those orders in by 12/12/21 to be sure you will get your items on time.  Kits will be shipped USPS Priority Mail.  The charges for those kits are arranged to cover the cost of shipping, which has gone up substantially.  The kit itself is a gift to you from our congregation. THESE ORDERS HAVE BEEN SHIPPED!

Local pickup orders should be placed before 12/19/21.
LOCAL LOVEFEAST PICKUP
Wed, Dec. 22 from 4pm – 7pm
Thurs, Dec. 23 from 10am – 2pm

If you ordered last year, then your account is still active.  If you can’t remember your password, just go to the site and click on “My Account/Login” at the top right of the screen.  In the “Returning Customer” box, click on the link for “Forgotten Password,” type in your email address, and the system will send you a reset link – pretty much like every other website with a password!

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Moravian Day of Service

Moravian Day of Service

Sunday, September 19 is the annual Moravian Day of Service. Our 11 am service will focus on our role in service others as a way of serving God. After the service, we will invite you to make a difference by taking part in some act of service to others. If you are joining us in person, we will have a number of on-site projects you can help with; if you are joining us virtually, download the suggestions for individual projects you can do at home: DOWNLOAD HERE.

If you plan to attend in person, please fill out the survey to let us know which activities you are most interested in doing:

MORAVIAN DAY OF SERVICE PROJECTS

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Delta Variant Precautions

Delta Variant Precautions

As you have heard, the Delta variant of COVID 19 has spread rapidly through the US – and Forsyth county is regarded as a high transmission area.  The Delta Variant is far more contagious and dangerous than the original version we dealt with last year.

In keeping with the CDC guidance and the guidance from our Provincial Elders Conference, the Trinity Moravian Church Board has decide to temporarily impose additional safety measures in our worship setting, to protect one another and those who cannot be immunized, especially children under 12 and those with suppressed immune systems.  

VIEW VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

We will continue to worship in person, with live webcasting for those who must stay at home.  But for the next few weeks, we will ask everyone to wear a mask or face covering while in the sanctuary, whether you are vaccinated or not.  We will continue social distancing.  We will temporarily suspend congregational singing, and most music will be instrumental.  The Board will meet the first Sunday in September to review the situation.

If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.  If you have questions or want to know more about the Delta variant and why we have taken these measures, please watch the next video on our website, which goes into greater detail. VIEW HERE.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4

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Communications/Office Manager

Communications/Office Manager

Would you like to use your skills and imagination to make a real difference in a diverse community? Trinity Moravian Church has an opening for a part time Communications/Office Manager. Strong computer skills will be needed, great people skills are essential. You can download the job description below. Applicants should contact pastor@trinitymoravian.org.

DOWNLOAD JOB DESCRIPTION

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New Mask Rules

New Mask Rules

May 19, 2021:  The Board has reviewed advice from physicians and the (somewhat confusing) guidance from the CDC, and has decided on an interim policy for public worship.  This will be reviewed frequently and adapted as new information come out.

Our interim policy for public worship:
– Continued social distancing
– No congregational singing for the interim
– Non-vaccinated adults and children should continue to mask
– Masks are optional for fully vaccinated adults.*

Children are welcome to be part of worship, and we will continue to have special activities for them.  They should wear masks while indoors, and Pastor Jackman will wear a mask while interacting with the children.  We will not have a Nursery available during this interim period.

We hope you will join us in worship, either in-person or virtually.  As we get back in the “swing,” we have some very special services planned with special music.

*”Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after the individual who has had the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or both shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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Return to In-Person Worship

Return to In-Person Worship

We are happy to announce that next Sunday, April 18th, we will return to in-person worship in our sanctuary.  Easter Sunday we had a wonderful service on the lawn, but we had huge technical problems webcasting from outside.  Our board has met and reviewed the many issues involved, and has voted now to go back to in-person Sunday School and worship on a regular basis, using all recommended safety procedures.

Bear in mind that this will not be like flipping a switch.  It will be gradual.  There are many people who will still not feel safe coming out for in-person worship, and we will be working to make sure that the webcast is easily available for them.  We will not be having child care or Coffee Fellowship at first.  Go ahead and bring the children to worship, bring a blanket and some toys, we have activity bags for them.  We’d love to have them.  As time goes on, we will organize a new child care team and will announce later when that will start up.  We’ve done our best to keep everything in the century-old building working, but we may run into some problems as we use equipment that has not been used for an entire year.

The six foot social distancing requirement limits the number of people we can seat in the sanctuary.  We will need to seat some folks in the balcony, and if there is a Sunday that we max out, we will be prepared to stream the live service to the screen in the Reich Fellowship Hall and use that as an overflow area.

At first, we will have to limit the amount of singing that goes on.  This is probably the hardest part of COVID restrictions for Moravians, but there is good science behind it.  We will have instrumental music, solos, and limited singing by our choir — wearing specially made “singer masks.”

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Easter Worship

Easter Worship

We are excited to announce that we will have Easter worship IN PERSON and ON THE LAWN this Sunday at 11 am. Bring your lawn chair, wear your mask, family groups will socially distance, and all current precautions will be in place. Parents, bring a blanket and toys for the little ones, there will be a special time for them with Pastor John. We expect the weather to be GORGEOUS – in the unlikely event of adverse weather we will be prepared to move indoors, but that is not likely.

NOTE: there will be no Zoom Sunday School class on Easter.

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