COVID – 19 Updates

Learn all of the COVID-19 updates regarding risk management decisions, worship and HTLC programming.
February 18, 2021
Dear Community of Holy Trinity,
As we give this month’s COVID-19 update, we have much to celebrate. We have seen cases decrease, vaccine availability increase and your ongoing service to the neighbor continue in daily life. Jesus calls us to live a life in service to our neighbor, and we give thanks to God for each of you and your humility to prioritize the care of others through this time.
We continue to make decisions with love for God, this church, and our neighbors. Our leaders continue to stay current regarding the dynamic reality, staying attuned to the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, ELCA, and our local health professionals. The Department of Health continues to have a “strong recommendation for virtual services only,” articulated by Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan (see link above). While there is good news, there remains a need to be vigilant as vaccines are administered and variants are watched. Our leaders also stay abreast to the current faith practices of our neighboring faith communities. While church practices vary in the New Prague area, we are in good company with our sibling ELCA churches. We do not make decisions based on what others are doing, but we do care as we know that may impact how you feel about what is available to you for your faith life. We are grateful for all the leaders in this church who are looking out for the well-being of all. Please pray for them as they continue to make important decisions.
Our Risk Management Team, Church Council, and pastors have agreed that it is best to continue our worship together online and on the radio at this time (remaining in phase 2). Easter will be online and on the radio. We look forward with hope of gathering outside once warmer temperatures allow. While we are patient, there is progress.
We continue to try to provide meaningful worship, faith formation, and care in ways that we can welcome all to participate. Lent is an important season of spiritual practices- for worship, daily devotionals, and small group discussion. Lent prepares us for the most important time in the church year- Holy Week and Easter. There is nothing that can separate us from the hope that God has for us on Easter!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
In God’s love for you and this church,

Pastors Alicia & Ben Hilding