“Called by God to live in loving, just, and respectful relationship with each other, our neighbours, and the earth.”
January 5, 2022
To the family and friends of Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church:
The TSA Council met on Tuesday to discuss the new provincial restrictions which go into effect today.
While we are allowed under the current measures to hold in person worship, at this time we feel it is safer for us to continue with just online worship. We will review this on January 26th, which is when the current measures expire.
Under the current measures, gatherings of more than five people indoors is not allowed. As a result, all church meetings will be held online for the coming three weeks. All outside groups that meet in our building have been asked to suspend their gatherings.
The current measures also require that staff work from home where possible. This means our church office will be closed as our Office Administrator Debbie McDermid will be working from home when appropriate. Mail and messages will be checked daily. Our custodian Merv Kusluski will still be checking on the building and will be using the quiet period to get caught up on some maintenance projects. Rev. Murray will not be doing any in person pastoral care except in extenuating circumstances. He is available for outdoor visits or by telephone. Please contact the church office or send him an email to request a visit.
The Thrift Shop has decided to also close its doors for the coming three weeks to better protect the health of their volunteers. They will continue to sort and prepare the shop as appropriate.
All of these measures will be reviewed as the situation develops over the coming weeks. Forecasts are predicting a record number of Covid cases and we have already seen Renfrew County record its highest numbers yet. We encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted, continue wearing masks, and avoid large gatherings.
We pray you will stay safe, and take care of each other.
Judy Ryan, Chair Rev. James Murray
“Sermons by Phone”: TSA is pleased to offer a new way for you to connect with us by telephone. We recognize not everyone has access to a computer, so we have partnered with a new company called Sermons By Phone to offer our weekly worship service to you by telephone.
Each week, after our broadcasted service, we will upload a recording of our worship service to 1-613-963-0061. This is a long distance number based in Ottawa. Simply dial in and you can hear the recording of the whole service, from the first notes of the Prelude to the sermon all the way to the final chords of the Postlude.
Please feel free to share this number with anyone who might benefit from it. And please let us know if you have found this to be a helpful option to connect.
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