June 2020

Post date: Jun 04, 2020 5:57:11 PM

Dear Friends in Christ,

We so look forward to having in-person worship services again! The governor surprised us all by allowing up to 50 people in houses of worship during Phase 2 of reopening. So, starting this Sunday, June 7th we can have up to 50 folks in the sanctuary for our 10 am worship service. We will need to continue practicing safe social distancing (6 feet). So every other pew will remain vacant in the sanctuary. We will need to wear face masks. Love thy neighbor: wear a mask. I will wear a mask, although take it off while preaching and speaking. Otherwise it will just sound like mmghmmgh. The pulpit is quite a ways from the pews and no one sits in the front row anyhow!

The goal is no-contact worship. We may prop the front door open, weather permitting. Ushers will not hand out bulletins. Bulletins will already be in your pews. No handshaking. We pastors think we need to shake everyone’s hand, so remind me if I attempt to shake yours. Passing the peace can just be a verbal “Peace of the Lord be with you” accompanied by a peace-sign, hand wave, bow….. Offering baskets will be in the back and not passed during worship. No contact Holy Communion is more challenging, but I think I have a solution. Stay tuned!

If you are quite elderly (whatever that means) or you have an underlying health condition, it is better that you continue to worship with us by means of the radio or zoom. Sorry! But the last thing we want is for someone to get really sick with the Covid-19 virus as a result of worship. We won’t be taking temperatures at the door, but if you feel at all ill, please stay home.

Let me say a sincere thanks to all who help make worship happen during this pandemic. Jim Stolte—sound operator and offering counter/financial secretary, Chuck Boss—zoom man, Betty & Ralph Kramlich, Tor Blaisdell and Judy Ragland—music: assisting ministers and scripture readers. Thanks to Christine Rice for producing worship bulletins, electronic and print, and also paying the church’s bills. Thanks to Carla and Isak Bergman for extra cleaning.

Even as our county moves to the next phases, allowing gatherings of more than 50 in worship, (July? August? September?) we will want to still stay 6 feet apart and wear face masks. If anyone in the sanctuary ever feels too crowded there is plenty of space in the fellowship hall and you can still hear the worship service well. Perhaps, eventually, we will need to add an early Sunday service around 8:15am to safely accommodate everyone. We have thought of that possibility. We could have one service in the fellowship hall and one in the sanctuary to keep both spaces clean.

And if you are worshipping from home, remember we are always on 1240 AM Radio at 10 am. If you miss a worship service you can always look it up by date on our website flc-eburg.org. The service usually gets uploaded to our website by noon. We also plan on continuing to do Zoom worship for a while.

Thank you again everyone for continuing to support your church financially during this epidemic. Many folks are mailing in their offering, giving electronically, dropping it off Mon-Thurs 9am-noon at the church office, or giving by phone via the Vanco GivePlus app. We are surviving financially. Thank You! Praise God!

May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Dennis