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Friends in Christ,
 
As part of our concern for the health and safety of all who come to First Lutheran, and as a matter of our responsibility to help limit the spread of this virus, we have decided to cancel worship services through the end of March, including Wednesday Lenten services. Community groups meeting in Strickler Hall may make their own decisions about whether or not to continue meeting during this time. Pastor Mims will deliver a message on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM on Facebook Live. We will keep you updated on the status of other services, meetings, and classes as plans develop, and we will share other opportunities for staying connected in fellowship and prayer.
 
Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your patience and understanding at this time.
 
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
 
— Pastor Rick Goeres and Pastor Cathy Mims
 
 
 
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Members and Visitors at First,
 
God gave the Benediction of blessing and peace through Moses and Aaron to the people of Israel as they wandered throu the uncertainty of the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land (Numbers 6:22-26). We are mindful that in these days, as COVID-19 continues to spread and cause concern, that God’s presence, blessing, and peace continue to abide with us. We are sensitive to the concerns people have about COVID-19 and our response as a worshipping community and want to share these thoughts and plans with you.
 
We encourage those who self-isolate to listen to our sermons online, read and follow the church activities through the Contact newsletter and Life Together, and pray for one another using our weekly prayer list.
 
The Lord’s Prayer, spoken or chanted (as we do during Lent), offers a wonderful focus and time frame for washing hands. The CDC gives the following as good hygienic techniques:
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer between washes
  • Avoid handshakes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Get a flu shot (to prevent getting sick, which helps ease the burden on hospitals)
As a congregation we will continue to gather for worship at this time while being mindful of healthy practices in our midst. Our new Sexton is being diligent about cleaning the building. We will use new bulletins at both worship services, encourage the sharing of the peace with a smile and a loving nod, and refrain from shaking hands. Pastors and communion assistants will maintain their practice of washing hands thoroughly before distributing communion. We will place an offering container at the baptismal font rather than passing the plates in the pew. We will continue to look for and implement other ways to support the health and well-being of our worshipping community.

In the midst of the coronavirus concerns and all of life’s adventures, we lift you up in prayer.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

— Pastor Rick Goeres and Pastor Cathy Mims