Message from the Pastor

May 20, 2021

Dear Friends,

Light and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to thank all of you for your patience over the last year as we found new ways to be the Church of Jesus without being inside the church. We have been blessed with gifts of creativity, resources, and patience as we had to go online for a few months.

Through all of this, we had a plan that directed us based on Covid positivity numbers, local hospital capacities, and state regulations. The synod also provided suggestions and support. The governor has been somewhat confusing on whether churches are institutions and what restrictions or freedoms they may have. That too is taken into consideration.

Now, we are at a point of reopening. There is a plan for that too. At the last council meeting we looked at the issues of social distancing, masks, singing, with the idea of what will be best for us. It was decided that by continuing to social distance inside the church, those who have been vaccinated or have antibodies could safely remove masks for worship, but we also need to be respectful of those who still feel unsafe, and still choose to use masks. Also, for those who might have been exposed, we ask that you stay home for a week or wear masks.

As Christians, we are always called to be aware of the needs of others, and as such, we are not opening all at once. For the next few weeks, we will continue to not sing inside (but feel free to hum along with the music). Plus, communion will continue to be served the way that it is, in individual muffin papers and cups. Our hope is that if numbers keep going the way they are, we can revisit the issue of singing and communion by the end of June.

Some of you still will not feel safe and that is perfectly acceptable. I am happy to bring communion or the presence of the church to your home. We also have the option of having activities or worship outside, although the weather seems to keep sinking those plans. But we will persevere!

We also want to begin welcoming community groups back in. They will have similar requests for social distancing, and cleaning.

For now, we welcome you back to Sunday worship at 9:30am, trusting God and respecting one another, we look forward to being family together again,

In Christ,

Pastor Linda