Our Life Together and the Coronavirus

Our Life Together and the Coronavirus

A Word From Pastor Jim About Our Life Together and the Coronavirus

At TLC we care about our community and the well-being, abundant life of all.

There is no need to panic about the coronavirus, but we will use best practices to be prudent and responsible. Our staff is monitoring the situation and we are thankful that to date there are no reported cases of coronavirus in Island County. However, we do know that the senior population is the most vulnerable and so we will proceed with caution.

In light of the recent events in the State of Washington we will be making some temporary changes in our worship practices.

There WILL be church this Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

There will NOT be Holy Communion this Sunday. We may suspend the celebration of Holy Communion altogether for some period of time.
If you are sick or have any symptoms, you are encouraged to stay home and watch the sermon online.

We encourage everyone to wash their hands upon arrival at TLC. We will dispense with hugs and handshakes until the Coronavirus situation is better understood. Ushers and greeters will greet you, but will not make physical contact. There will be no greeting line after the service. The coffee hours will be conducted as usual, with servers wearing gloves. Please wash/sanitize hands before attending coffee hour.

This Sunday we ask you to take your bulletins home with you for recycling.
We will suspend the printing of bulletins until further notice.

We are not canceling regular church activities at this time; we are simply asking everyone to use good sense and precaution.

Lenten Services will go on as scheduled, but the Lenten Meals have been canceled. Holden Evening Prayer Services will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

You can always watch sermons online at TrinityLutheranFreeland.org, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/TrinityLutheranChurchFreeland.

Fear will not win the day! Do not be afraid, but do look both ways before you cross the street, do stay home if you are sick, and do wash your hands.

My love and prayers to you all!

 

 

 

Pastor Jim

Ash Wednesday Service, February 26 at 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Service, February 26 at 7 p.m.

Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 at TLC for our Ash Wednesday service.

This marks the beginning of Lent, and in the following weeks we will gather on Thursday evenings for a soup and bread supper together at 6 p.m. and then gather for a Lenten service using the Holden Evening Prayer selections.

For those who do not drive after dark or cannot make the evening service, please stop by the Sanctuary between 9 and 10 a.m. for an imposition of ashes and a prayer.

The Whole Theological Enchilada Continues Feb. 18

The Whole Theological Enchilada Continues Feb. 18

The Twice-Monthly 10-Session Evening Co-Ed Class: continues  TuesdayFeb. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Dr. Jerry C-H will teach “The Whole Theological Enchilada,” tracing the ways Western Christianity has been impacted by historical and cultural factors to become what it is today.   This class will meet in the Fireside Room on the first and third Tuesdays January through May.  While it is helpful to attend all sessions, you may enjoy individual sessions if you have travel or other commitments on some of the meeting dates. 

A New Year for Women’s Ministries

A New Year for Women’s Ministries

A message from Shaleen Camery-Hoggatt, Director of Women’s Ministries at TLC…

Blessed 2020 to you and yours! This week we’ve received the gift of a fresh start–new beginnings in the form of a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, and a new decade. Wow–all that symbolized in the turning of a calendar page! As you plan your days and commitments in 2020, know that you are invited and welcome to participate in the many events and programs at TLC. Below is information about some of them that begin next week:

Women Growing in Faith Together:
Join other TLC Women for GIFT this Tuesday, January 7th from 10-11:30 am in the Fireside Room. GIFT is a weekly gathering of women engaging in Bible Study, exploration of spiritual practices, sharing, praying and supporting each other on life’s journey. This week’s topic is “Embracing the New Year in Four Steps.”

New Twice-Monthly 10-Session Evening Co-Ed Class: Beginning this coming Tuesday, January 7th from 6:30-8 pm, Dr. Jerry C-H will teach “The Whole Theological Enchilada,” tracing the ways Western Christianity has been impacted by historical and cultural factors to become what it is today. This class will meet in the Fireside Room on the first and third Tuesdays January through May. While it is helpful to attend all sessions, you may enjoy individual sessions if you have travel or other commitments on some of the meeting dates.

Contemplative Bible Study/Praying the Psalms: You are invited to participate this Friday, January 10th from 10-11:30 am in the Fireside Room for the weekly co-ed Contemplative Bible Study. Guidance and resources are provided to learn and explore a variety of prayer practices in this reflective approach to praying the Psalms.

TLC Women’s Retreat 2020 will be at Warm Beach May 29-31. Sign-ups begin this Sunday, January 5 at church.

Saddle up Your Horse and Come to TLC

Saddle up Your Horse and Come to TLC

Weekly Word

I hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday, October 20th. I promise you that it will be a unique worship experience. Unique in the 66-year history of TLC.

Inspired by the Ken Burns PBS Documentary titled, “Country Music,” we will be using country songs and country sounds at all three worship services. We will be led by many fine musicians, as they break out their guitars, fiddles, and banjos. They will be picking and singing all morning long, to the glory of God.

When I was a kid, we had a rather cantankerous old widower who lived in our neighborhood. One summer he got sick and my mother asked me to mow his lawn. I protested, “Mom, he is not nice, he yells at us when we cut through his yard. I don’t want to mow his yard. I don’t like him.”

My mother responded by saying, “Do you like me?”

I said, “Yes.”

“So, go mow the lawn, you are not doing it for him, you are doing it for me.”

Some of you probably don’t like country music. You may think that you should just stay home this Sunday. But to quote a country song, “When I am alone, I am in bad company.” So, don’t be alone, come to TLC and join the party.

Some of you probably don’t like country music. Do you love God? Don’t stay away because you don’t like country music. Show up and we will worship God together.

I hope to see you in Church this Sunday. Saddle up your horse and come to TLC. Bring a good attitude, cowboy hats and boots are optional.

If you play this message backward, you will get your house, your wife, your dog, and your pick-up truck back.

Keep smiling!

 

 

Pastor Jim