Hello Friends in Christ,
As cases continue to rise and be prevalent within Sweetwater County we will continue observing Phase 1 where worship is online this weekend (All Saints', November 1st). When cases are on the decline for 14 days we will once again return to Phase 2 where we can meet in-person for the Divine Service.
I do ask your patience in this difficult time. Remember that God is faithful. We have the promise that God speaks through his Word--and yes, even the online services are a "vehicle of the Word." That is, God's joy, grace, love, kindness, and forgiveness expressed in Jesus Christ. Depend on this and on nothing else as we journey together. For the promise is the one thing that will not fail us. For now, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Remember that you are stewards of the Word to one another with "mutual conversation and consolation." Even in time of physical distancing, we are blessed to have many ways to communicate with one another such as letter writing, phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media. You are each a means to each other by which God keeps us in his grace. Though we social distance in order to preserve life, do not fear, for that distance does not keep God's grace from you.
Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County, we will not have in-person services this weekend. There will be a full Service of the Word recorded and made available by Sunday morning on our church Facebook, YouTube, and website. It is Reformation Sunday this weekend, wear red!
It has been decided in consultation with the worship committee that when there is a weekend with no in-person service a full Service of the Word will be recorded and made available online in its place. If there are weekends that we do have in-person services, a shorter Digital Service will be made available for those who need it.
PSA: Church council met tonight (10/8/20), per the rise in the county pandemic cases, we will go digital for the next two Sundays worth of services. We hope to return Sunday, October 25th for Reformation Sunday! Please plan accordingly. (an announcement will be made the Wednesday before).
Due to it being below 50 degrees we will have worship indoors tomorrow. Remember, wear a mask, please wait to be seated and unseated by an usher, keep 6 feet distancing from people outside your household when at all possible. If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, please stay home. We also encourage you to stay home if you are in the vulnerable populations. There will still be a digital service made available.
Peace and joy,
Digital HymnSing on Monday, September 21st at 7pm. Grab a hymnal ahead of time, we're singing your favorite hymns! This will be at the same time on Google Meet and Facebook Live.
Mondays 5-7pm; Tuesdays 10-12pm; Thursdays 12-3pm. **Sundays 9-11am only if we return from Phase 2 to Phase 1.
The church sanctuary will be open and available for family/individual prayer, reflection, lighting a candle, a chance to share your offering, individual confession and absolution, to receive the Lord's Supper, or time with Pastor Levi during these times.