Dear Trinity Friends,
We all know that the pandemic isn’t over. The Delta variant is rapidly increasing infection rates across the country. As a consequence, the CDC is recommending everyone, regardless of vaccination status, mask in public indoor settings. Our Trinity PRG (Post-Covid Re-entry Group) as has met, considered these developments carefully, and has adapted our Trinity policies as following:
- Facemasks are mandatory for all persons (age 5 yrs. and above) indoors on church property.
- The 9:00 Sunday morning Modern Worship Service will return to Outdoors starting Sunday, Aug. 8. Unvaccinated persons should be masked. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated persons. This service will move indoors when the mask mandate is lifted.
We sincerely hope and expect that these are temporary measures and that the current surge in infections will soon end. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC so that we as a congregation are part of the solution and not part of the problem. Please know that we are all frustrated that Covid continues to be such a scourge and that we again must take these measures.
There is good news: The vaccines are working remarkably at protecting us from severe illness, hospitalization and death from Covid-19. The bad news is that so-called breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated persons do occur, and while these infections are often asymptomatic, or extremely mild it has been determined that such infected persons are fully contagious and a threat to unvaccinated persons. The rate of children being hospitalized with Covid, sometimes in ICU, is rising across the country. Our mitigation measures, especially wearing facemasks, are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children and those with compromised immune systems. Can anyone doubt that the Lord who said, “If anyone asks for your coat, give him your shirt also,” and “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn them the other cheek” would expect us to do any less? Jesus asked us to lay down our very lives, wearing masks is literally the least we can do. This is our Christian duty.
In the name of Jesus Christ let us not grow weary in doing the right thing, let us be strong in our faith in Jesus Christ, let us hold one another dear, and let us continue to be of good cheer. The God of the Ages is our strength and shield.
May his grace and peace be with you,
Trinity PRG Team
Larry Lenow Hung Su Lim Bill Pike
Corey Booker Jim Crowder Alice Hirata, M.D.