Holy Trinity is a Lutheran congregation located in downtown Wytheville. As we have experienced the unconditional grace of God, our vision is to make the grace and love of Jesus known to all. In our homes, congregation, community, and world. We worship together, we learn together, we serve together, and we play together.
Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Dear members and friends of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church:
As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout our commonwealth and country, we continue to respond with deep lament, prayer, love, and respect of our Governor's orders to stay at home.
As such, Holy Trinity’s leadership has therefore canceled worship and any other in-person, public gatherings through Thursday, April 30 and likely beyond, as we await further information. We make this decision out of love for neighbor and wanting to protect those who are most at risk, those over sixty years of age and those with pre-existing conditions.
Bishop Humphrey stated in his pastoral message on COVID-19 that “there is a growing consensus among health organizations that our best chance to slow the spread of this virus and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system is to immediately respond as calmly, but as aggressively, as possible to limit person-to-person direct contact.” This means several things:
The Highlands Conference has moved all worship to online. You can stream it live on our Facebook Page. This goes for ALL services: Sunday, Midweek Lenten, and Holy Week. The service will be recorded and uploaded to Highlands ConferenceYouTube.
All Holy Trinity meetings and gatherings are canceled until April 30. This includes: communion classes, choir, handbell choir, Adult Sunday School, Troubling the Waters Bible Study, St. John’s Board Meeting, Pub Theology, and the upcoming work day.
Visitation will only phone calls rather than in person meetings and/or visits.
If you find yourself in need of help or support during this time of physical distance, please reach out to neighbors, congregation members, and Pastor Colleen for assistance as possible.
Mary is working shortened hours, but checking mail and messages daily.
Communication in this time of distance is key. Please stay attentive to your email for updates and other information as well as helping pass information along to others via phone so that we can all stay connected.
Offerings can be mailed in to the church (405 W Main Street, Wytheville, VA, 24382) or given online at the link below.
We encourage you to wash your hands, stay home as much as possible even if you feel well, avoid public gatherings, wear a mask if you have symptoms, and consult your medical provider.
Bishop Humphrey also shared these important words: “As the church, this is an opportunity for us to act as faithful, responsible witnesses in our communities. We act, not out of fear, but out of genuine care and concern for those most vulnerable in our midst – those of us who are older; those of us who have chronic health conditions; those of us who care for those impacted by this virus. We act unselfishly for the sake of others and our communities. While we act with full confidence that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39), there may be times when we should be separated (at least physically) from one another.”
While this will be a difficult few weeks, I believe the Holy Spirit is at work already to comfort, sustain, and unite us. I am particularly moved by this opportunity to live into a piece of our vision statement. To make the grace and love of Jesus known to all: in our home, congregation, community, and world. God is with us in our homes as we pray, read our bibles, write cards, make phone calls, and wash our hands. Let’s take this opportunity to deepen our spiritual practices at home.
I am praying continually for our congregation, community, and the world. I invite you to pray as well.
If you have any questions, please reach out. If you need prayer, please reach out. If you have ideas about how we might connect digitally, please reach out. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.