Resuming In Person Services

“I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” – Psalm 122:1

Beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ,

                It is true that the church is not a building, but a people. We are part of God’s one holy, Christian, and apostolic church always. We are the church when we are at our homes, schools, and workplaces. And we are the church when we gather in our sanctuary.

                It is good to come to the Lord’s house and that is why we miss gathering so much. Though we have not been without the ministry of the Word, we have missed gathering together with one another, and most of all receiving the sacrament that strengthens our fellowship, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given in the Supper.

                Therefore, I am glad to say, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” We will resume in-person Divine Service with Holy Communion beginning Sunday June 14th. We will also resume Wednesday evening Divine Service at 6:30 PM on June 17th. I am overjoyed that we will be together again receiving the Means of Grace together in our house of worship.

                Like a lot of public gathering places things will have to be different of course. I am listing the basics of what you need to know here and you will be contacted by me and/or an elder with more information.

  1. We must have multiple services to maintain social distancing.
  2. Online services will still be made available for those who are not ready or unable to attend.
  3. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms or fever are respectfully asked to remain at home until the symptoms have subsided for at least 48 hours.
  4. We will have three services on Sundays at the following times, 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM. The 8:30 AM service is for members over 65 years of age.
  5. People who work on Sundays have first priority for attending the 6:30 PM Wednesday services.
  6. You will be assigned a Sunday service time, so you will attend at the same time every week.
  7. Seating will be done in every other pew. Closed pews will be marked with red construction paper.
  8. Ushers and elders will assist in seating and dismissal. Households will sit together and smaller parties may be seated in the same pew with 6 feet of distance between them.
  9. We ask that masks be worn by adults and children who are able to wear them. We wear masks for the sake of our neighbor as the CDC guidelines report it lessens the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
  10. Communion distribution will be done by household groups and distributed continuously (kneelers will not be used). We will ensure that preparation of the Communion elements is done in a sanitary fashion.
  11. The sanctuary and bathrooms will be sanitized before and after each service. (If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Twila).
  12. Finally, we are all excited to see one another, but for the time-being please refrain from handshakes and hugs. Waves and smiles are in order and maintaining 6 feet of distance during fellowship time outside after the service.

If you have any questions your elder may be able answer when he calls or you can call the church office during our regular business hours.

        Finally, and on a personal note, I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all of you. Your words of encouragement, your prayers, and continued support of our church family has been a great comfort to me. I have missed all of you so much over the last two month and cannot wait to be in the house of the Lord with you soon!

In Christ’s service,

Pastor Estes

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