Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
~Psalm 46:1-2, 7

This year for Lent, we have been exploring what is to be learned and experienced in the wilderness.  Never did we imagine how deep into the wilderness we would find ourselves.

The last week has been filled with news of the COVID-19 virus and ever-changing recommendations for all we need to do to keep our communities safe.  The gathering restrictions have come day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour.  The leadership at Trinity is working hard to make faithful and wise decisions concerning worship and other meetings at the church.

In light of the recent declarations from the CDC, the Governor of Maryland and the White House, we will be canceling all worship services, activities, and meetings at the church through the month of March.  We are in the process of imagining and creating new ways to worship and be the church in this time of crisis.  Stay tuned to your email inbox, our church Facebook page, and our website ( for more information.

If you are in need of any assistance, support, or someone to talk and pray with – please reach out to Pastor Melissa, a staff member, or a member of church council.  This can be a scary and anxious time, and we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy.  Remember, you are not alone in this.  Your sisters and brothers in Christ are here for you.  I encourage you to reach out to one another – through phone calls, emails, texts, etc. – to stay in touch and simply check-in. These communications are vital in a time where many feel isolated.

When we are once again able to gather together to worship and share in the Lord’s Supper, it will be a wonderful celebration and homecoming!

Let us pray: Gracious God, it is good for us to gather as your beloved in community. We treasure your presence with us in word and meal, song and prayer. Be with us in these days when gathering together as often as we would like is not possible. When we must be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen. (From The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Facebook page)

In Christ’s Love and Hope,
Pastor Melissa