Welcome Statement

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church

You are invited to join us as we seek to be God’s loving community for all who enter here.

You are received as a friend ….

  • just as you are, created by God.
  • whatever your color, culture and customs, your age, abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • wherever circumstances find you – in the midst of change or challenge or pain, in need of strength and hope, or in search of spiritual fullness and friendship.
  • whether you are a new visitor or an old friend, have no church home, have doubts or do not believe, or want to follow Christ and pursue peace and justice in Christ’s name.

You are embraced as an expression of the diversity and beauty of the creation God has given us. You are welcome here!

Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation. What does this mean? 

Resuming In-Person Worship     

This week the Trinity Council met and discussed resuming in-person worship. Remembering that at our congregational meeting on January 30th roughly 2/3 of those in attendance were not ready to resume worship in-person in March. We also know that with a drop in local hospitalizations and new CDC guidance many are anxious to return to worship with one another.

It was decided that in March will continue our in-person worship at 8:00am and our 10:30 worship on Zoom. At this time our intention is to resume both services in-person on Palm Sunday, April 10th.

On Sunday, November 7th, we resumed in-person worship with our 8:00am service. Currently our 10:30am service remains on Zoom as an online worship service. On Sunday, November 28th, both our 8:00am and 10:30am services will go back to being offered as in-person experiences in our sanctuary. The 10:30am service will continue to be available online by watching a livestream of the service on our Facebook page or by clicking on the “Watch Live” button in the header of this webpage. We hope you will join us as you are able and as you feel comfortable resuming in-person worship. 

At our January Council meeting this week we evaluated the December in-person attendance for Sunday morning worship and considered the current rate of Covid transmissibility. The rate of transmissibility in Alameda County remains HIGH. National, regional, and local health experts are seeing a decline in cases and hospitalizations. They are anticipating this surge will recede and we will enter the endemic stage of this virus in the next few weeks. Our Council is very concerned about the well-being of every member of our congregation. We also recognize that many in our congregation have family members who either are too young to be vaccinated or are at high risk if they were to contract the virus. Therefore, we have decided that our 10:30 service will remain on Zoom in the month of February.

Knowing that there are members for whom Zoom has not been an option for and that there are also members who feel strongly that for their own well-being they need to be in church with others in-person, Pastor Stephanie will lead service in the sanctuary at 8:00am on Sundays beginning February 6th. 

Please keep yourself well. Wear your masks. Get your vaccines and boosters.

We are taking special safety precautions and ask that all who gather in person with us follow these protocols:

  • We are asking that all people wear masks to protect the most vulnerable among us and to lessen the chance of spreading more contagious variants of Covid-19. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please speak with Pastor Stephanie so we can make appropriate accommodations together.
  • We ask that social distancing between households/mutually agreed upon groups of people is kept. To assist you in spacing out, we have reoriented the pews and worship space to create more space between pews and we have pew signs you can take to your pew with you to help reserve an empty space next to you.
  • Until further notice, we will not receive communion in person. 
  • As this virus is airborne, we will be ventilating our sanctuary the best we are able by opening all doors and windows. It is a chilly time of year, so be sure to dress in layers that will keep you warm.
  • In addition, we will be limiting aerosol emissions by not singing together until further notice.
  • Fellowship time following our service will be limited to coffee and water right now and while the windows in the fellowship hall will be open, we will encourage you to use our outdoor spaces as much as possible since drinking coffee is best done while unmasked. 
  • The 10:30 service will be available online. We will experiment with offering the service using the Zoom platform, but once we are worshipping from the sanctuary this may not be the best way to offer our worship online. After we test this, we may choose to livestream our service instead. More information about what live-streaming is and how to access our worship that way will be provided if necessary. For now, hold onto our Zoom meeting information.
  • We will continue to post our service bulletins on the church website (a link can be found in our weekly email newsletter). We encourage you to either print out a copy at home or bringing your tablet/e reader/phone with you to use a digital bulletin. A limited number of bulletins will be printed and available on Sunday morning for those who need them.  

If you will be joining us at home via Livestream or are not ready/unable to join us in person or online and cannot print a bulletin for yourself at home, please contact Jessica in the church office. We want to make sure you are still able to worship at home as you need to. 

In Christ, 

Pastor Stephanie and the Trinity Lutheran Church Council

Join us on Zoom for Sunday Morning Worship by clicking here

Watch past Zoom Worship Services, Classes or Other Offerings on Our YouTube Channel

Read a message from our Council President, Mike Luque