The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
A Welcome Back
June 9, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ –
You have been baptized into Christ for such a time as this. “God’s own Child, I gladly say it, I am baptized into Christ!” (LSB 594, vs. 1) His death and resurrection are assuredly yours. Yet this is not just a future promise but a present reality. Through the refining fires of the trials and the tribulations of this world God is making all things new.
Much can be written about the choices that we have had to make over the last few months. We have seen jobs and businesses disappear. Health has been challenged. Bank accounts have been stretched to the limit. Marriages and relationships have been strained. Many of the things that we have come to trust and rely upon have gone and we must ask ourselves, “Who/what is our God?” The idols that have arisen in our lives cannot see the hurt. They cannot hear our cries. They do not have hands to help. But the God who created heaven and earth can and does. He sees our brokenness. He hears the cries of the faithful and answers them. He has come down into this broken world and helps us.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Divine Service. Beginning this weekend, we will start to offer larger services of 50 people. At this time, we will have three services: Saturday, 6:00PM; Sunday 9:00AM & 11:00AM. All three services will offer the Lord’s Supper.
Please note we will be implementing social distancing protocols. I beg your patience and willingness to go with the flow during this time. “Your pew” may be blocked off during this time and I would ask that you follow the directions of the elders as they seat you and your family.
Some of the other changes during this time:
- Masks are not required but if you are more comfortable wearing one, please do so.
- Offering will not be received in the normal manner but the plates will be available in the narthex as you enter the church and at the front of the sanctuary when you come forward for the Lord’s Supper.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations at the entrances and exits to the church.
- The service will be printed in whole for your individual use.
- The Lord’s Supper will be offered in a continuous manner during this time. Pastor and the elder for the day will wear both gloves and mask for your safety. Both the common cup and individual cups will be offered.
- After the service is concluded we will dismiss from the back.
- Cleaning of the pews, bathrooms, and other surfaces of the church will take place after each service.
We again ask your assistance by signing up for a service. This will allow us to prepare for communion as well as being able to safely socially distance each of you. If you are unable to sign up online please contact the church office and Lisa will do it for you.
God bless you!
Rejoicing in the Lord always,
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM. we gather together to hear and receive the blessing of God’s Word, and to offer praise and thanksgiving to our loving Father for the great blessings and mercy given us through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We then can return home, spiritually refreshed and strengthened by God through His Word to serve Him and share His peace and love with our friends and neighbors and families. The service is also broadcast live every Sunday on KFTM 1400 AM.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated every Sunday. In, with and under the bread and wine in this sacrament we receive Christ’s body and blood that assures us of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We also receive strength to resist life’s temptations and pressures.
Those wishing to commune for the first time are asked to speak to the pastor prior to the service.
In the water of Holy Baptism the Word of God gives us forgiveness of sins, freedom from the power of sin, death and the devil, and gives eternal life to all who believe this. We invite you to join our Christian family through this Baptism and receive the blessings offered by our Lord Jesus to you and your children. If you are interested in Baptism please contact the pastor.
Sunday school for ages 3 through 8th grade meets at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.
Bible classes for high school youth meet at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.
Bible classes for adults meet every Sunday morning at 10:15 AM in the church parish hall.
Midweek confirmation for 6th grade meets on Tuesdays at 4:15pm at the Church. 7th & 8th grade class meet Wednesdays at 4:15pm at the Church.