Worship Sunday Mornings at 9:00am Sunday School and Adult Education at 10:10am
May 17 Worship
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we as a church are doing our best to keep people safe and provide opportunities to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ that rescues us from our fears. These are our current action steps:
1) We are postponing all church functions and meetings until further notice. We are not sure how long this will last, but know that we will update you as soon as plans change and we can resume in-person gatherings.
In the meantime, we are working hard on ways to help us remain connected in the midst of the mandated social distancing. We are currently offering morning and evening devotions on Facebook, group Bible study through the Bible App, phone-in group Bible study Tuesday mornings at 9:30am, online songs, audio and video sermons and interactive video worship gatherings each weekend through Zoom and Facebook live. Contact Pastor Dan or see our website and Facebook page for more information on any of these new connection points.
Remember that the church cannot be cancelled, because church is not a building, it is a people. We are the church. Now more than ever, we need to BE the church, caring for each other, spreading hope and kindness, praying for our world, nation and local community, and not giving in to panic or anxiety. We will get through this together!
2) We encourage everyone to take time each week to check in with other members of our church and community, especially those who are elderly, at risk or isolated. You church staff and leadership are making lots of phone calls to start this process. We also hope you will look at your church directory and call the people on your page. This can be a good way to maintain spiritual connection and support even while we are apart physically. Please check in with your neighbors as well.
3) We will use our social media reach to publicize congregational availability to support those in need during this time. Our Facebook page is a great resource for connection and online conversations. (facebook.com/christlutheranpreston/). If you have prayer concerns or need spiritual care, we encourage you to contact Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-838-1745. If you know of people who can use phone calls, meal deliveries, medicine, masks, or even basic supplies like milk, bread and toilet paper, let us know and we as a church can help provide for those needs. We will get through this together.
4) As you are able, we encourage you to continue to give offerings in support of Christ Lutheran’s mission to Love God, Love People and Follow Jesus. Use Simply Giving automated checking account withdraws (available by calling the church office), give online or through text—details are at christlutheranpreston.org/giving/ or mail your offering to our church office. Remember, the work of the church continues even if we cannot be physically together!
Finally, dear friends in Christ, let us remember that Jesus is with us in the midst of this anxious time. We will get through this together as we continue to trust in the Lord and live in love.
Peace be with you,
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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