O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Given the forecast for tomorrow, we are changing our plans. Instead of a drive-in Ash Wednesday service at 6 p.m., we are inviting you to a ‘Zoom-in’ service instead – still at 6 p.m. A link to the Zoom was sent to all members’ emails at noon on Tuesday. You can find the service bulletin here.
This abbreviated service will include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion; the full recorded non-communion service will still be available on our website and youtube channel at 5 p.m. The Order of Service is here.
If you would like to participate in the Zoom-in service tomorrow, you may either pick up ashes and communion packets at the church from 4-6 p.m. today (2/16) or from 10-12 tomorrow (2/17). You may also choose to provide your own communion elements (bread or cracker/wine or grape juice) and ashes – burnt palms from last year or simple household dust will do. (If you need instructions on burning and preparing palm ash, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.) (If you need to have ashes and communion sets dropped off for you, please contact Kara Greer at email@example.com.)
Hope to see you online tomorrow for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten journey together. Today – stay warm and safe and enjoy your pancakes/fastnachts/donuts/or whatever your Shrove Tuesday tradition might be.
Pastor Lynette Chapman
The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, August 30 at 10:30 am, via Zoom.
In his letter of May 13, 2020, Bishop Roth states: “We will be renewing gathered worship, because simply reproducing the past is not an option.” Our Re-Opening Task Force has been working diligently to understand the ever-changing guidelines on the safest ways for us to re-open our building and renew gathered worship.
As we consider a variety of options we’d like to know your thoughts. Please click here to complete a short survey about worship preferences. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of the Task Force, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many, many thanks to the members of our Re-Opening Task Force for their very important work:
Jim Hack, Nancy McCowen, John Hart, Marla Todd, Jenelle Keene, Greg Fisher, Mike Massey, Sam Fisher, Dan Corkery, Sandy Reifsteck and Ron Meyer.
Wash your hands, wear a mask, and keep praying!
The ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine on June 17, 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy. www.elca.org
5/10/20 – Facebook, 9am Celebrate the 5th Sunday of Easter. Meet us at Facebook at 9:00 for a live greeting, then gather with us at YouTube for worship with Reverend Elyse Nelson-Winger preaching. Printable worship bulletin. Link to worship service.
5/10/20 – ZOOM, 10:30 am Study the Book of Acts with Good Shepherd through May. Jason will lead us in a weekly discussion. You’ll find our reading schedule, videos and meeting link here.
5/13/20 – Facebook, 6:15 pm Join Jason for a Wednesday video devotion and discussion.
We’re Online Together! While our building may be closed, our church is open – we can still be church, even if we’re not together. Click here to find our Online Together page with worship, prayer and devotion resources.
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.