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Dear Ones of Trinity and beyond,

 
The March winds blew in Northport today, on Friday, March 13, and the sun shone intermittently. 
Patricia and I walked briefly at Houdak Dunes Natural Area.
We decided to head home early because of the icy/slippery trail.
But, 
not before I got this picture of the Dune near the top of the stairs into the trail.  
 
So magnificent was the sun.  
So magnificent is the sand.  
So magnificent is the coming Spring.

 

Houdak

You are hearing from everywhere about mitigation plans in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
I do know that you care deeply about Trinity UCC, Northport, Leelanau County, Michigan, the USA, the world . . . and I want to keep you informed of recent developments regarding Trinity’s response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Based on conversations with the Trinity Council, church colleagues in Northport, the Michigan Conference UCC as well as colleagues in other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as Michigan and Leelanau County Health Departments, Trinity has decided upon several actions to safeguard you and the larger community.
 
As of this email there are no cases of COVID-19 among the Trinity congregation or reported yet in northwest Michigan.  These pro-active measures have been decided upon to help slow the spread of the disease and protect our very vulnerable community of members and friends.
 
We have suspended worship in the Trinity sanctuary from March 15 through Palm Sunday on April 5.
There will be no worship or choir practice during these weeks, nor meetings of the Girl Scouts, RagBee, the Tuesday Study Club, Patricia’s Exercise Group, the Lion’s Club or other community meetings.  The remaining Lenten Soup Suppers at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, Bethany Lutheran and Trinity have also been canceled.
 
You will receive more information about Holy Week and Easter plans as those plans are determined.
 
It is true Trinity has been a beacon of light in Northport since 1863.  
 
And 
it is true 
we continue 
to be a beacon of light
in 2020.
 
This time of not gathering in our sacred space is not a dimming of that light but rather it is a protection of that light . . . and of your light as well.
 
DURING THESE WEEKS:
 
ALL THE TIME:
 
Please do stay at home if you are not feeling well.  
Contact your physicians’s office by phone if you need medical assistance.
Remember to wash your hands with soap often, even at home
If you need assistance in getting groceries, a prescription, or some other errand, give me a call on my cell phone 1-218-269-4466.  
I will find someone to help you. 
If you want a pastoral visit or have a pastoral emergency give me a call on my cell phone 1-218-269-4466 and I will respond.
Janet will be in the Trinity office fewer hours over these four weeks, but she will respond to phone calls and emails within 48 to 72 hours.
 
SUNDAYS:
 
Unless you request to not be included in these weekly emails (simply reply to this one with the request, “take me off this list”), you will receive a short email meditation from me on one of the lectionary scriptures of the week for your thought and reflection.  Nancy Flanagan will send me a link to one or two music recordings for you to listen to as well. This week the text will be the story from the Gospel of John of the woman at the well and Jesus in conversation.  The text is, John 4:7-10 . . . ohhh, and being me, you will also see these words from Psalm 91:1-5: “God will deliver you from the snare and the deadly pestilence.”  My email will be sent to those who get this email (unless you request to opt out) at 11:00 am on each of the next four Sundays, March 15, 22, 29 and April 5.  
 
Trinity does know of several who do not have internet access or email.  
These members and friends will receive a printed version of this email along with the printed meditation in a new card created each week.
 
WEDNESDAYS AT 6:51 PM
 
We can be in conversation with each other by way of video-conferencing on the internet – a ZOOM meeting – or by audio-conferencing by calling in on your phone.
This will be a time to say “hello” to each other in person each week and will resemble the prayer time in worship we know of as “Joys and Concerns.”
As we do in worship, you can share your Joys and Concerns with each other through these on-line connections:  Trinity Wednesdays at 6:51 pm.
We will end these calls with 60 seconds of quiet prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer.
I will explain the time of “6:51” at our first ZOOM Conversation on March 18 at 6:51.
These calls will be no longer than a half hour.
 
Here is how you can join in the conversation this Wednesday, March 18 @ 6:47  pm (or so).
(the link for the conversation on subsequent Wednesdays will be in the email [or snail mail] sent to you over the next few Sundays {or Mondays}):
 
Join Zoom Meeting Trinity Wednesdays at 6:51 on your computer by clicking on this link around 6:45 pm:
 
 
Meeting ID: 140 878 462
Password:674949
 
or call in on your phone for audio participation only:
1-646-558-8656
the meeting id and passcode are as listed above for internet access.
 
My ZOOM account allows for up to 100 people to join this TRINITY WEDNESDAYS at 6:51 conversation.  
 
YOU ARE INVITED!
 
YOU ARE BELOVED.
 
Many of you who have been around Northport for a couple decades or more will know of Nancy Peterson, her husband Patrick, and their three children who graduated from Northport High School (each as Valedictorian) Pohai, Nina, and Fiona.  In 2019, Nancy published her first book, Dear Husband:  Letters To An Addict,  She gave me a signed copy several months ago,  I just finished reading it today.  Sorry it took me so long, Nancy!  I am glad, in the end, to have read every word from cover to cover!  
Yes, I am!!!
 
On page 269 Nancy Peterson includes this poem by Julia A. Carey:  “Little Things”.
 
The poem is worthy of our reading and savoring in these days and nights of COVID-19 . . . 
well . . . 
and other times too:
 
Little Things
 
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the beauteous land.
 
And the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages 
Of eternity.
 
Little deeds of kindness.
Little words of love,
Make on earth an Eden.
Like the Heaven above.
 
– Julia A. Carey
 
Your ongoing support of Trinity UCC, Northport, MI,  in these times is appreciated.
 
Questions?  
Concerns?  
Give me a call
218-269-4466
 
namaste,
phil garrison
pastor, Trinity UCC, Northport, MI