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Trinity Lutheran offers Monday evening worship service

Trinity Lutheran Church now offers a Monday evening worship service. People are encouraged to "come as you are" for the service that was started to accommodate people who may not be able to attend a Sunday worship service. John M. Steiner / The Sun

To help accommodate some members of its congregation and have a different day available for others to worship, Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown is holding a Monday evening worship service.

Trinity Lutheran began holding worship services on Monday evenings on Nov. 7. The Monday evening worship service uses the same sermon that is used on Sunday. The church also follows the same schedule for Holy Communion.

"If the day before we have Holy Communion, we will have it on Monday too," said the Rev. Susan Haukaas, associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran.

Haukaas said having a worship service on a day other than Sunday has been something she and the Rev. Kristi Weber, senior pastor, have been talking about even before Haukaas was the associate pastor and was just interviewing for the position.

"We were already talking about the need to expand our options to people," she said.

Haukaas said some people can't make it to the Sunday worship services for a variety of reasons. She said many employers employ people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and employers such as care centers, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, the James River Correctional Facility, restaurants, hotels and other manufacturers have people on site all day.

"We wanted to give them (people) an option that wasn't already available in Jamestown," she said. "We wanted to do a different day and a different time."

She also said some families travel on weekends for out-of-town events or just enjoy good weather when they can.

She said Trinity Lutheran Church asked people in its congregation who pastors don't traditionally see on Sunday but are known members of the church to fill out a survey. After seeing the surveys, the church looked at the data and 6:30 p.m. on Monday seemed to be a time that could work for the largest number of people and Trinity Lutheran's schedule. It is also a time when there aren't many worship services elsewhere, she said.

Haukaas said the atmosphere for the Monday evening worship service is meant to be more casual. People can come as they are to the worship service.

"You don't need to be dressed for church," she said. "It is really designed to be a very friendly worship service for people of all ages."

An average of about 35 people have attended the Monday worship services. She said there are different people who are coming to the Monday worship service, so the church is seeing more than 35 total people.

The Monday worship service begins at 6:30 p.m. Haukaas said the worship service runs a little less than an hour.

For now there will not be any coffee and fellowship following the Monday worship service, but there may be special occasions where the church may offer fellowship.

Haukaas said the church is in a period of trying the Monday worship service out and will make some adjustments if any need to be made.

"We are in the process of making this service the best it can be so it serves the community and it serves them well," she said.