covid response

we take this seriously

November 19, 2020
Last night the Regathering Taskforce met via Zoom to review the latest Covid-19 data provided by state and local officials, as well as Governor Reynold's new statewide health proclamation implemented on Nov 17th.
 
Due to low church attendance numbers and the current strain on our local hospitals and healthcare system, we will be canceling the 8:10a vulnerable-friendly service for the next two Sundays (Nov 22 & 29). In addition, due to low volunteer availability, we will also be canceling TreeHouse Kids (2/3s class – 5th grade). Nursery will still be available at the 9:45 service for kids 0 – 3 years old.
 
We will offer in-person services at 9:45a and 11:15a the next two Sundays and the music will be the typical blended style of hymns and modern worship songs.
 
We continue to:

  • Strongly advise those over 60, and those with preexisting conditions, to join us online at 9:45a on Sundays via Facebook, YouTube, or the next day on the Trinity website.
  • Ask everyone to wear masks in our gatherings, in keeping with the current mask mandates from our state and local governments. Mask mandates are controversial, but out of respect for our governing authorities (Romans 13), we ask you to wear masks even if you disagree with the legalities of the mandate.
  • Ask for prayer. Pray for those in our church who are vulnerable. Pray for those in our church who are hospitalized or who have lost loved ones to COVID. Pray for protection over the holidays. Pray for the healthcare workers in our community. Pray for our government leaders. Pray for your church leadership and pastors.
 
We know the constant change and uncertainty is challenging, but we appreciate how supportive, understanding, and flexible you have been over the last 8 months. This situation is fluid, so our Regathering Taskforce is continually assessing it and will be sending out another update in 2 weeks.  The unity in our church over the past 8 months has been a beautiful picture to the world of how we can support each other, honor our civil authorities, and even disagree respectfully, all while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. If we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, we can run the race set before us and endure together. What an amazing testimony that will be to a world that is divided, angry, and lost!

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November 5, 2020
Our Regathering Taskforce has been closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 data provided by state and local officials. As of October 28th, the Black Hawk County Public Health Department has raised its risk status to "high". A "high status" refers to having 100+ daily cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days and over a 10% average 14-day positivity rate. In addition, contact tracing shows that these outbreaks are occurring through community spread, as opposed to isolated events taking place at one facility. Based on the increase of cases in Black Hawk County, the Taskforce is advising the following:

  • For those over the age of 60, have underlying medical conditions, or are immune-system compromised,  we strongly advise you to watch Sunday services online. We know, of course, that everyone has to make these decisions for themselves. 
    • You can stream at 9:45a on Sundays via Facebook, YouTube or watch the next day on the Trinity website.
  • We will continue to conduct our Sunday services, TreeHouse Kids, and midweek programming with the many successful safety precautions we have put in place. As a reminder:
    • If you, or your child(ren), are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we ask that you stay home until symptoms have subsided: Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, or diarrhea. 
    • Through December 9, facemasks are legally required for indoor gatherings in Cedar Falls, per the Cedar Falls City Council Mandate. Facemasks are provided at all church entrances for both children and adults. Children 5 and under are exempt from this mandate.
  • If you are currently meeting in person with your Small Group, now is a good time to consult with your group and evaluate everyone’s comfort level. If any member of your group is uncomfortable meeting in person, be sure to accommodate their needs however you can.

Despite these current challenges, we are not shrinking back at all from our faith in Jesus and our devotion to His mission. Jesus said it best in John 16:33: You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world. There is nothing that we can’t overcome as we trust in Jesus! The church of Jesus will grow stronger amidst this trial and the kingdom of God will advance! With that said, we understand many have endured long bouts of social isolation, which is both emotionally and spiritually straining. If you are feeling the burden of social isolation, please let us know how we can help support you.

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October 21, 2020
Under the Cedar Falls City Council mask mandate extension approved on October 21st 2020, we ask that masks are to be worn at all indoor gatherings at Trinity through December 9, 2020.

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October 4, 2020
Treehouse Kids will be offered at the 9:45am service only, with precautions in place. All volunteers / teachers will wear masks, as well as kids in Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Masks not required for preschoolers. There will be no large group time, with classroom gatherings only. Hand washing and hand sanitizer offered and encouraged in all rooms, upon entering and exiting.
Nursery will be offered at 9:45am and 11:15am.

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Sept. 16, 2020
IN-PERSON SERVICE TIMES
  • 8:10a: Vulnerable-friendly service | Face mask required | Traditional Music | No Congregational singing
  • 9:45a / 11:15a: Face mask requested per city mandate until October 21, 2020 | Contemporary Music | Congregational Singing
**We have adjusted service times to allow for ample cleaning time between each service. Online Livestream service will now start at 9:45a and is available through Facebook, YouTube, or watch the next day on our website or on the Cedar Falls Trinity app.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • God's inspired and infallible Word, amazing worship music, and a welcoming community!
  • A nearly touch-free environment. Communal items will be removed such as pens, Bibles, bulletins, and hymnals. Doors will be propped open, or opened for you.
  • Coffee, donuts, and water fountains will not be available.
  • Offerings can be placed in the offering boxes located in the sanctuary, or by giving online. 
  • All staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks.
  • The North, West, and South entrances will be unlocked to enter and to exit the building. All other doors will be locked. 
  • Everyone will be ushered into the sanctuary by household units (families, students who share an apartment, etc.) to their seats to ensure proper seat spacing.
  • Surfaces/spaces such as chairs and bathrooms will be sanitized between services.

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU:
  • Face masks are required for the first service and are requested and encouraged for the second service in order to follow the mandate by Cedar Falls, until October 21, 2020. If you need a face mask, we will be offering free face masks at all entrances.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and watch online.
  • Bring your own coffee, water, Bible, and pens.
  • Please exit the sanctuary immediately following the service to ensure proper cleaning between services. 
  • Avoid handshakes and hugging and practice 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible. We know this is a hard one!
  • Come with a heart prepared to worship God!

questions?

for more information, contact our office & operations manager, trina landmesser.