Updated February 26
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In many ways, it is difficult to believe that this pandemic has been going on for a year now. We have missed celebrations, hugs, meals, conversations, and time together. We have lost loved ones. At the same time, we have found ways to adapt, to be the church beyond the walls of our building, and to take time to care for one another. Now, the needs of our neighbors are even more evident and Jesus is calling us to share his love.
Last night the action team at St. John’s met to discuss reopening our building for worship. Beginning March 7th, worship will happen in the sanctuary and in the parking lot each Sunday at 9 AM. Zoom worship will continue at 10:30.
Worship in the sanctuary means that we will have reservations each week, so please email or call Sandy Thompson if you want to worship in the sanctuary. We request that these are submitted EACH WEEK by Wednesday evening so that we can make sure we have enough space for everyone. Yes, it may be a hassle to call each week, but we want to make this fair for everyone and we have a small space.
We will also need three volunteers every Sunday! If you are willing to volunteer, please let me know. Being a volunteer also assures you have a space reserved in the sanctuary.
We hope to have a cantor to assist with our music. This is someone who will sing along with Morgan playing but will stand in the Upper Room. Would you be willing to sing?
As we venture into this way of worship, we will continue to review the guidelines that the council has worked so hard on. Please be patient with us, and continue to hold your church family in your prayers.
Thank you. Thank you for the love you show one another, for your patience, for your care. Thank you for praying and listening to the Spirit move. We have many other upcoming announcements, so please find those in our attachments.
Walking with you in Christ,
Sunday Bulletin for February 28th -- In-Person Worship
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March 03rd: Lent Devotions at 7PM on Zoom
March 07th: Worship at 9 AM in the parking lot and sanctuary, and 10:30 on Zoom
March 09th at 9:30 AM: Book Club, reading chapters 8 and 9 of “Just Mercy”
March 10th: Lent Devotions at 7 PM on Zoom
March 14th: Worship at 9 AM in the parking lot and sanctuary, and 10:30 on Zoom
March 17th: Lent Devotions at 7 PM on Zoom
March 21st: Worship at 9 AM in the parking lot and sanctuary, and 10:30 on Zoom
March 24th: Lent Devotions at 7 PM on Zoom
March 25th: We are creating a prayer garden around our glass door. You likely received colored paper and a craft stick in your Lent bag. Please trace your hand on the paper and write names of people you are praying for on the traced hand. Cut the hand out and glue it to the craft stick and return it to the church by March 25th so we can add your prayers to our prayer garden.
March 28th: Palm Sunday. Worship at 9 AM at Strickfaden Park (join us in the shelter house, in the lawn, or in your car), and 10:30 on Zoom
April 1st: Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 PM on Zoom
April 2nd: Good Friday Worship at 7 PM on Zoom
April 4th: Easter Worship at 9 AM at Strickfaden Park and 10:30 on Zoom