Beloved of the Trinity Church and School Community,
I’m writing to update you on some changes our vestry has approved in regards to our Covid protocols for worship. Following the announcement last week from the CDC updating recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals, the Diocese has updated their guidelines accordingly and given individual congregations the permission to reconsider their policies.
The primary goal of the protocols in place has always been an issuance of Love for our neighbor. When there was no other way to protect the more vulnerable members of our community from spreading the virus, masks and distancing were required for us to help stop the spread, flatten the curve, and protect one another. As frustrating as this disruption has been, I am profoundly grateful for our community’s adherence for the benefit and welfare of one another.
Trusting in the science now, we have an extremely effective mitigation method in the various forms of vaccine developed to prevent spread and serious illness from Covid-19. Studies are showing clearly that fully vaccinated individuals now have a very small chance of a) catching the virus, b) getting seriously sick if they do, and c) having a strong enough viral load to spread the virus if they do contract it. In short, getting vaccinated has given us the chance to both fight the virus and care for one another. I encourage you to get a vaccine shot as a new issuance of Love.
In consideration of the new guidelines given from the Diocese of West Texas, the vestry has approved the following updates to our policies at Trinity:
There are additional updates and considerations the vestry will be taking up at our next meeting, but this is an encouraging sign we are turning a corner in our collective efforts to control this pandemic. A return to full connectedness is in our near future. If you need assistance getting a vaccine shot, please let us know in the church office and we can use our resources to help.
As always, I’m deeply grateful to serve alongside you in this ministry. We look forward to welcoming more and more of you back to worship in the weeks that follow!
Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Traditional Spoken Service,
With Anointing for Healing.