Temporarily suspended in person. Video services are here! Please see Pastor Dan's message below:
Pastor Dan Forsgren
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, March 26, 2020
I just wanted to take a moment and update you all about where we, as a congregation, are during the current pandemic. As many of you know, yesterday Governor Brad Little issued an order to shelter at home, or self-isolate for at least 21 days. We cannot stress this enough, please, if you do not need to leave your home for something essential, stay home.
A part of our commitment to our God, to our faith, and to our neighbor is to take care of our neighbors. Jesus was asked by a lawyer, “who is my neighbor?” Instead of answering directly Jesus told a parable… you know the one, after the story Jesus turned the question back to the lawyer; the answer, “the one who showed him mercy.”
Showing mercy is something that we do. Showing mercy is how we serve our neighbor. And, we show mercy at this time, by staying away from each other. This is difficult, because what we do as church is gather together, and what does it mean when we can no longer gather together? It means that we need to look for new ways to connect while maintaining proper etiquette with regards to social distancing. Which is just a fancy way to say that we need to rethink what it means to be church together while we are apart.
We have taken steps to bring you worship services online. These have seen a wonderful response. Thank you to those who have “tuned in”. I was worried with this stay-home order, what that meant for our recording and then posting of those services. I spent some time on the phone this morning with the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare. I needed some clarification about what this order meant for us as we navigate our way through this pandemic. I am pleased to report that with proper social distancing, and with only those people needed to produce each service, they said that recording our service does not violate the order set out by Governor Little. Additionally, check our website for Daily Devotions, Lenten Devotions and other faith resources.
Thank you for your continued support in these times. The office is still being staffed; we are still here. We still depend on your financial gifts to maintain our facilities and the services we are providing. Donations can be mailed, or we have an online donation portal on our website, the Donate button below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Stay home, stay well, stay safe.
Pastor Dan Forsgren
Member and Church Treasurer, Dan LaVine, will be sharing brief devotionals daily. Check back frequently for his reflections!
March 30, 2020
Believers of Christ's Ultimate Sacrifice,
May we find reason afresh in
2 Peter 1:5-7 to deeper explore the very faith with which we seek His Almighty Presence in our lives:
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love." 2 Peter 1:5-7
We desire with our whole hearts to embrace the compassion Our Blessed Savior showers upon us. We strive to live out His Divine Teachings, that we may, each of us, be a reflection of God's Grace and Peace here on Earth. Through the sacrifice of His Son, The Beloved, Our Father in Heaven has secured for us our Eternal Salvation. Through our faith and devotion we graciously praise His Unending Mercy.
God, grant us wisdom and patience, that we may better serve Your Perfect Design. In Your Holy and Precious Name we pray.
Kids Club At Home Activities
At Home Bags
Families can stop at church and pick up "At Home" bags. The bags will have stories, games, crafts, and reminders of God's awesome love for them. The theme for the Kids Club At Home bags changes weekly. The bags will be on the Kids Club sign-in station on Wednesday mornings. Please come in and pick one up for each child!
Fleece Blankets to Tie
We are tying fleece blankets for the Idaho Humane Society. If anyone in your house needs to keep their hands busy for some animals in need, come grab a blanket from the basket at Trinity, finish tying, bring back and repeat! All blankets will be brought to the Humane Society.
At Kids Club, we color big posters with great messages and hang them up around the church. They are awesome. I have more of those posters. There will be some by bags and blankets if your family would like to work on one. Keep it or bring it back to the church to hang up. Around here, I have found that coloring together provides the space for great conversations. I invite you to try it too. Prayers for great family time in the midst of social distancing,
Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Sunday of the Passion, April 5
Matthew 21:1-11 Procession
Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
Click on the image above to be taken to the Lenten Devotionals for February 26 - April 11, 2020
From Pastor Dan, click on the image below to sign-up for year round Lectionary reflections
All Youth Events including Wednesday night Kids Club are cancelled for as long as the Coeur d'Alene School District is closed. We will follow their schedule and begin activities when school resumes.
We are still doing yard work, as requested, as we can be outside and maintain social distancing. Call Penny to schedule: 208-664-9041
Family Resource from Penny:
Illustrated Ministry. Sign up for weekly emails with free resources for families while kids are home:
Palm Sunday is April 5. Here's a coloring sheet to do as a family, and talk about the meaning of this day.