Updated: Oct 10
Dear People of God:
I am pleased to share with you several pieces of information regarding worship.
First, we'll once again be worshiping with St. Stephen this weekend. Because our building is still closed, we will be joining their service again on August 9th. I will be preaching and Pastor Tom Holdcraft will be presiding over the liturgy. We will not be celebrating Holy Communion this week. Please watch for a link the service to be sent to you via email on Thursday or Friday of this week. You can also access the service on Sunday by going to their Facebook page on Sunday morning, just before 10 am. I hope you will join us!:
Second, I will be off for two Sundays in August, the 16th and the 23rd. On August 16th, lay people from our congregation will lead us in the Service of the Word, here at Grace. It will be pre-recorded, as is our current practice, and available on our website at the usual time. The second Sunday, August 23rd, we will once again join St. Stephen for worship. Once more, an email will be sent to you with the link for the service, or you can go to their Facebook page (address above) on Sunday morning.
Please know that once we are back to face-to-face worship in September, we will welcome Pastor Tom and the people of St. Stephen to join us in worship as well (they can watch the live-stream, or make a reservation to attend, if they desire). And Pastor Tom will be here to lead worship with me from time to time, as well.
Finally, please remember that our plan is to resume in-person worship at Grace on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Things will be different - more information will be coming to you shortly about what worship will look like, and how you can help us to ensure this transition happens as smoothly as possible. But please know that if you are uncomfortable returning in September, we will continue to offer you the opportunity to worship with us online. In fact, we hope that it will become a permanent part of how we worship at Grace.
In the meantime, please know that you all continue to be in the prayers of both the Pastor and the Congregational Council. If you have any needs, please do not hesitate to contact the church office or Pastor Jenn on her cell. And thank you for all you are doing, as well - checking in on one another, keeping each other in prayer, and keeping the church office informed of any needs you know about. We are truly blessed to have such a loving, caring community of faith, and we have seen that blessing in action these past five months. It is an honor to do God's work with you in this world.
Pastor Jenn Kopacz, President Joy Becker, and the Congregational Council of Grace Lutheran Church