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El Mensajero   26 March 2021
Official Online Newsletter of La Trinidad UMC
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Holy Week 2021

Worship kits for Holy Week will be distributed curbside this Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9 AM until 12 PM at La Trinidad UMC (300 San Fernando St.).  The kits will include palms for Palm Sunday, communion for both Maundy Thursday and for Easter Sunday, a Holy Week pop-up calendar and other items.  
 
Palm Sunday
Worship on Palm Sunday will be streamed on YouTube at 9:30 A.M. in Spanish and at 11:00 A.M. in English.

Maundy Thursday
A noon service of Holy Communion will be streamed on YouTube at 12:00 P.M. from the Sanctuary.  Communion and prayer will be offered beginning at 1:00 P.M. through 3:00 P.M. outside.

Good Friday
The Way of the Cross Video Program
La Trinidad UMC is collaborating with St. Paul UMC and Travis Park UMC (our two other downtown churches) to produce a special Good Friday video program.  Bishop Joel Martinez will serve as host and narrator as the seven clergy appointed to these historic churches lead reflections on the Way of the Cross with 14 stations of the cross demonstrating the solidarity of Jesus with those suffering injustice within our world.  This video will be simulcast through all three churches at 6 P.M. on Good Friday.
 
Easter Sunday
La Trinidad UMC will offer a 7 A.M. in-person Sunrise Service on Easter Morning outside the church facility.  Face-coverings will remain mandatory for participants while not leading in a speaking or singing role.  The 9:30 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Easter services will be offered online-only.  

(Please read below for the policy adopted by Church Council for reinstatement of in-person activity.)


 
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Successful Vaccination Campaign 
 
In late February, Kellum Family Medicine contacted Rev. John Feagins with the opportunity to host a 220 dose vaccination clinic at La Trinidad UMC.  The purpose of this clinic was to create vaccination access equity within the community served by La Trinidad UMC.

Prior to the clinic, a church-wide survey revealed that at least 123 church members and constituents had already gained access to a COVID-19 vaccine.  Rev. Feagins then enrolled an additional 97 La Trinidad members, constituents, and extended family members.  In addition, he enrolled 123 members of the community at large, covering unvaccinated faculty at Cooper Academy at Navarro, our Academia America ministry partners, four blocks of unvaccinated neighbors within the church's subdivision, and others, completing the total of 220 doses at the clinic.

The first dose of this vaccine was administered on Thursday, March 4 in the church gym.  The second dose for this clinic will be administered to those enrolled on Thursday, April 1, 2021 beginning at 1:00 P.M.  As this clinic will take place on Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion and prayer will be available, and our Good Friday "Way of the Cross" program will be pre-recorded (see above).  

Importantly, two weeks after this second-dose clinic, 95% of the active adult members and constituents of La Trinidad UMC will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Our church and community are very grateful to Dr. Danny Kellum and Kellum Family Medicine for providing this clinic within our community and see the hand of providence at work through its coincidence with our Holy Week celebration.  In response to the high rate of vaccination compliance and success, the LTUMC Church Council met on Monday, March 22, 2021 to develop and adopt a phased plan to reintroduce in-person ministry opportunities at the church facility.
 
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Plan to Resume On-Site In-Person Ministries

Face coverings, enhanced hygiene, and on-site precautions will remain mandatory, and on-site meal preparation and large community events and fund-raisers will remain suspended until immunization rates in the community at large bring an end to the pandemic.

 
Phase One:  Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
7 A.M. In-Person Sunrise Service around Church Prayer Garden
9:30 AM and 11:00 A.M. worship services remain online-only through April.

Phase Two:  145th Church Anniversary
Sunday, May 2, 2021


New Worship Schedule Launches in Hybrid Format (In-Person and Online)


9 A.M.  Adoración (español)       
10 A.M.  Sunday School Classes
11 A.M.  Worship                         
  • Individual attendance registration at all on-site activities. 
  • Monday Bible Study continues in ZOOM format (for convenience).
  • Choir open to all on Tuesday evenings at 6 P.M.  Choir serves both services.
  • Church Council and administrative committees may be in-person, hybrid, or ZOOM.
  • Fellowship groups and service ministries free to resume meeting in the facility.
  • Children's Sunday School held in hybrid ZOOM format.
  • Church office returns to normal operating hours but outside doors remain secured.
Needs:  Additional volunteers needed Sundays in areas of ushering and touch-up sanitizing (between services).  
Contact Pastor John Feagins.

Phase Three:  Monitoring of Progress and Policy Development

Phase Four:  End of Pandemic (Estimated September 2021)
  • Streaming of services and use of ZOOM technology continues.
  • Implementation of preventive policies developed in phase three.
  • Large events and meals resume.
  • On-site community ministries resume.

Resolution Reached with SAWS
Over the past several years, La Trinidad UMC has struggled with issues relating to sewer services in the church's basement.  Two major sewer backups in recent history led the church to install a lift-station and to re-route the sewer from the lateral on San Fernando Street to the Pecos-La Trinidad Street sewer lateral serving the SE restroom in the basement.  That line now serves the restrooms in the church foyer, the water fountain, basement restrooms, shower facilities, and future laundry hook ups, and the SE restroom.  

A third backup last year led the Trustees to hire an engineer whose research revealed that the Pecos-La Trinidad Street line, connected to the church from at least 1921, had been taken out of service at the time the subdivision next door was constructed (late 1980s). The church was not informed of the abandoned line and did not notice until the lift station began operating.  Within weeks, SAWS installed a new sewer lateral but at a higher elevation rendering our existing service unusable.  Since these issues were not due to the responsibility of the church, the Board of Trustees appealed to the San Antonio Water System for relief, a process taking several months.  With funds obtained, La Trinidad UMC will be able to reconnect its lift station sewer service  and install special equipment in the SE restroom allowing that restroom to remain in service.  We anticipate this work to be completed before our return to in-person activity on May 2.
 
Weekly Online Gatherings
Monday Noon Bible Study

The Monday Noon Bible Study is open to all, lasts one hour, and surveys entire books of the Bible.  The weekly group is currently studying Paul's Epistle to the Galatians.

Topic: Monday Bible Study
        Every week on Mon, until May 10, 2021, 18 occurrence(s)
     
Join Zoom Meeting
https://smu.zoom.us/j/92090622629?pwd=VzkrNGFvRWlBcmd0WExOWk4zdTJidz09

Meeting ID: 920 9062 2629
Passcode: 162058

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    

Collegiate Fellowship

The Collegiate and Young Adults fellowship of La Trinidad UMC gathers weekly online on Tuesdays at 8 PM.  Please use the following link to join:  https://utsa.zoom.us/j/99886115452
 
LT Kids Bible Club
Ages 3 to 12. Teachers are Mrs. Sandra Fuentes and Pastor Raquel. 
Topic: LT Kids Bible Club
Time: This is a recurring meeting on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81393312757

Meeting ID: 813 9331 2757
Online Worship
La Trinidad UMC continues providing live weekly worship services on YouTube to a growing worshiping community.  Services are interactive with online chat and prayer requests and include persons locally as well as individuals outside the city.  Please share our channel to your friends and family members as this is a very good opportunity to be together online and to share God's Word.  

https://www.youtube.com/latrinidadunitedmethodistchurch

Pre-recorded worship offerings of music or testimonies can be prepared and sent to Pastor John Feagins and included in the Sunday broadcast.   Arrangements can also be made to produce pre-recorded music solos and testimonies inside the church sanctuary using the audio-visual system.

Prayer requests can be emailed to the pastors at prayers@latrinidadchurch.com.

 
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