August 17, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity family,
It has certainly been a peculiar season of ministry for us at Holy Trinity. This pandemic has made so many simple things we take for granted—things as basic as just gathering together—immensely complex. But God has been faithful to our parish, and I thank him for all of you.
As we move into the fall, we need to be mindful of the sudden increase of people at the church brought about by the return of the students at the college. As most of you are aware, Hillsdale College has, like most colleges in the state, opted to try for as normal an in-person semester as can be managed under these strange circumstances. So we as a parish need to be ready.
After extensive consultation between the parish staff, our vestry, Bishop Julian, and many of our key volunteers, we have decided to take the following precautions for the fall semester. Please take a few minutes to read closely these important updates.
Allow me to conclude by saying a few things. First, not every one in the parish will agree with all these extra measures—some will think they go too far, others not far enough—and so I encourage you to be mindful of the diversity of opinion in the congregation and to conduct yourselves towards one another with generosity and a spirit of service. Second, I want to hear from you if you have concerns; please know that I am ready to listen if you want to talk about these matters. Third, it is my express intent that we as a parish can return to our normal patterns of ministry as soon as possible. Some of the more disappointing items in this list—the choir, our fellowship lunch—will return in full flower at the proper time.
Let us pray that God will deliver us from this season soon, and give us patience in the meantime.
Blessings in Jesus,
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Fr. Adam Rick
A prayerbook Christian with a patristic twist.