Here are the details describing how we intend to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus (as of 5/24/20)
- Please wear face masks. If you have your own mask, please put it on before entering the building. Cloth masks will also be available at the door for those who do not have a mask.
- Everyone’s temperature will be checked as we enter, using a non-touch thermometer. If you have an elevated temperature, you will be advised to return to your home and get well.
- Rest room doors will remain propped open.
- Please maintain physical distance when entering, leaving, or when seated in the pew. Please be seated where bulletins have been placed in order to maintain adequate physical distancing during the service.
- Offering plates will not be passed. A plate will be placed on a table in the narthex for those who bring an offering.
- We will not have Holy Communion at this time.
- We will not have social gathering in the Bethany Room or narthex for the time being. (Coffee and doughnuts will not be available.) When it’s determined that you don’t have a fever, please find a seat in the pew.
- Services will be briefer than usual.
- The Praise Team will lead us in song. They will be located in the chancel area at a safe distance from the worshipers in the pews. Please be advised that the COVID-19 virus is transferred in the droplets of moisture emitted as we breathe, so if you wish to sing along, please be sure you have your mask in place and sing softly. It has been scientifically demonstrated that when we sing those droplets are propelled farther than 6 feet, and we tend to inhale more deeply as well. Lyrics to the hymns will be printed in the bulletin so that hymnals will not be needed.
- We will not be shaking hands in the narthex after the service. At the close of the service, please be seated and wait for an usher to dismiss you.
- The pastor will remain in the front of the church before and after the service. Please know that you are more than welcome to step up and speak with him, but please follow the same precautions with him as you would with others, so that he can continue to carry on his ministry as the needs arise.
- The Church Council will continue to evaluate these procedures and make further recommendations to guide us through this difficult time.
We are by nature a friendly faith family, and therefore it may not be easy for us to follow these guidelines as we come back together again. Some may even feel that these procedures are not at all necessary. We should all be aware, however, that the person in front of us or next to us may not feel as we do. At this time we need to be patient and understanding, for this is new territory for us all. So let us try our best to be respectful of one another, especially toward those who may feel insecure or afraid. It’s wonderful that we can come back to church for services once more, but let us do our best to follow these guidelines as a way that we can love one another.
Peace and blessings to all,
Gathered Worship Services to Resume May 24th
Dear Members and Friends,
After much deliberation the Church Council voted to resume in-person gathered worship services this Sunday, May 24th. All recommended precautions will be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
It must be said that not everybody is on the same page regarding the return to gathered services. Some are ready to get back to church, while others are choosing to wait a few more weeks. If you find yourself in the latter group feeling that you should stay home a while longer, please know that your fellow members understand completely and want you to do what you feel is best for you. We will continue to send out the services by Email and live stream the services on Facebook so you can remain connected to your faith family. (We have addressed the sound volume issues that we had last Sunday, so you should be able to hear the sermon. Moreover, if you experienced buffering of the video while watching it live at 10 o’clock, try watching at 11, once it is fully uploaded.)
If you find yourself among those who want to get back to gathering for worship at this time, we welcome you to join us as we celebrate the Festival of the Ascension and we’ll be glad to see you. We were not privileged to be together for Easter this year, but we hope your heart will share our joy as we celebrate our Lord’s glorious and victorious ascension into heaven.
Finally, for now, if you are like me, you are weighing in your mind, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” Here are some questions to ask ourselves before we decide to go to church or stay home and read the Emailed service or watch the live streamed service:
- Have I taken seriously the guidelines for protecting myself and others from the Coronavirus? (facial covering, physical distancing, hand washing, not touching the face, avoiding crowds, etc. If I haven’t been taking the recommended precautions seriously, then—for my own well-being—I need to start taking them seriously, and—for the love of others—I need to stay away and not put others at risk.)
- Am I feeling okay? (If I feel sick in any way, have a cough or sniffles, or have an elevated body temperature I need to stay home.)
- Have I knowingly been exposed to the Coronavirus? (If I know that I’ve been around someone who has it, I need to self-quarantine until it is certain that I have not contracted the virus.)
- Am I at higher risk because of my age or because of a physical health condition? (Friend, please take this seriously. I am amazed how many people are not. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and we should know if we are at higher risk.)
I want you to remember that, if for any reason we can’t be together right now, I am still here for you. I keep you constantly in my prayers, and I want you to reach out to me by phone or Email. We will see the end of this. The Lord has big plans for us.
The guidelines that we will be following can be viewed here.
Love to all,
More opportunities to get involved in the work of God’s kingdom and make a difference in the lives of others!
DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR:
- Sharing the Good News with those who need to get to know the Lord?
- Communicating person to person, through the Internet, social media, or printed word?
Speak with Tom Peconge about joining the Evangelism Team.
- Caring for our church members who are ill, shut-in, or troubled?
- Visiting, calling, or writing to our homebound members–helping them know that their church still loves them and cares for them?
- Would you be willing to take some flowers to someone after church?
Speak with Heidi Rudolph or Debra Kiefer about joining the Care Committee.
A new choir season is beginning. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 9 AM. Are you interested in adding your voice to lead our congregation at worship and make beautiful music for the Lord? Speak with Tracy Meihls.
Did you know that you don’t need to be able to read music to play handbells? Practice will start up again Thursday, October 3 at 6 PM. Please speak with Barb Weiford or sign the sheet on the bulletin board if you are interested in being a ringer.
Tuesday, September 17
The Deborah Esther Circle invites you to join them at their next meeting on Tuesday, September 17. Please note that this is one week later than their normal monthly meeting day. The group will gather at noon for lunch. Please bring a sandwich for your lunch, and dessert will be served. After a short business meeting the ladies will be assembling the personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. All ladies of the church are welcome!
Sunday, September 15th
Our first meeting for the fall will be Sunday, September 15th, after the service. Continuing where we left off at the beginning of summer, we will begin our study of the 3rd Article of the Creed.
Heroes of the Faith – Sunday, September 29
It’s hard for us to imagine that–even in this day–Christians in some other parts of the world suffer persecution for their faith. Please plan to join us after the service on September 29th. After packing the shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, lunch will be served and then we will view a video about Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor from Romania who was tortured for 8 years because he refused to give in to the communist regime and stop preaching God’s word. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know a modern-day hero of the faith and learn what led him to be the founder of “Voice of the Martyrs”.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 18, 7PM
Friends, I’d like to invite you to come and enjoy an ice cream sundae or a root beer float with me on the evening of September 18. Honestly, there’s no special reason for this event–only a chance to build up the fellowship of our church family. Let’s just set aside a few minutes in the middle of the week to visit, chat, and pray together. Mark your calendars and come to the Bethany Room around 7 PM. I really hope you’ll come.
PERSONAL CARE KITS for LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF are being collected and assembled by the Deborah Esther Circle. These are the items that we need:
- Sturdy Combs
- Bath Size Bars of Soap (4 oz)
- Dark Colored Bath Towels (27″x52″ Maximum Size)
- Adult Size Toothbrushes
- Metal Nail Clippers
If you have any questions, please see Carol Skinner.
September is not a time when most of us think about Christmas, but it’s the right time to think about Operation Christmas Child. We’ll be filling shoe boxes with gifts to share the joy of Christmas with children of the world who may have never heard the name of Jesus before.
A display table has been set up in the Bethany Room to provide suggestions for donation ideas. Items will be accepted through September 22nd. Monetary donations are also welcome.
This year we are using preprinted boxes. We do not need any additional shoe boxes donated. This provides an option for someone to take one home, fill it, and return it. Filled boxes need to be returned by September 22 so an accurate count can be taken and shipping costs can be arranged.
Please see Todd Campbell with any questions.
SHARE THE JOYFUL MESSAGE OF CHRIST’S BIRTH THROUGH OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!