Dear Community of Zion,
We are in unprecedented times and there is no guidebook. So we are trying to figure out what the right and best ways to do things. When there is no right and best.
In light of social distancing and flattening the curve (two phrases none of us knew until recently) we have made the following decisions:
- We have decided to suspend the Wednesday night gatherings until April. On Wednesdays, Pastor will send out the lessons and questions he would have used.
- The installation has been postponed until May 17th. This decision was made in conjunction with Krista as call committee chair.
- We will be working on a plan so that we can check on all the members of the congregation to see what needs they might have.
- This one is the hardest decision we have had to make. We were one of few, if not the only, Lutheran churches in the area holding worship services today although there were many other local churches that did have services. Most Lutheran churches are closed until March 29th. We would like your support in the following decision to not have worship services or Sunday School on March 22nd. It is safer and more prudent not to have worship than to have worship and expose one another. As things change we will reevaluate if we need to extend the closure.
What we will do instead:
- Ali and Roxanne will have things for the students to do that will be sent out by email.
- Have the church open on Sunday morning from 8 – 11 am for people who are anxious or need a time or prayer. Pastor will be there during that time.
- Then we will put together a video to upload to YouTube. It will be an abbreviated service with the Praise Band playing a few songs and a few hymns. We will also have a few bible readings and Pastor will do a children’s sermon and regular sermon. We will send out a Constant Contact email with the bible readings, prayers, a copy of the bulletin, a link to the YouTube video, a link to Vanco to make an offering and the church’s address for those who want to mail in an offering.
Another Lutheran pastor shared this: “In 1527, when the plague came to Martin Luther’s hometown of Wittenburg, Luther advised people to be careful, to seek medical attention, and to avoid unnecessary contact with others. He also reminded pastors, government officials, parents and ordinary citizens that followers of Jesus are empowered by the grace and love of God to care for one another”
As you know, things are changing daily. You are getting more emails that usual. But we are trying to keep everyone up to date.
If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Until the next message….
John Miller and Pastor Stalley