COVID-19 is running through Elgin. We shall not be afraid, but we will respect this disease.

Hello Dear friends, this is your pastor. As you already know, COVID-19 is running through Elgin and is effecting people from St Peter's Lutheran. Therefore, I want to say a few things:

  • We shall not live in fear.
  • We will live faithfully as disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We will "live smartly" to keep our community "more safe" as we worship God and serve God's people.
  • Worship continues in person, so please attend safely. Worship will continue to be streamed live on Facebook. Sunday school will be available via Zoom.

When should I not go to a public worship service?

  1. If you are over 65 or have underlying health conditions that make you more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.
  2. "At-risk populations are those who are 60 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system."
  3. If you are infected with COVID-19 and/or have been in contact with someone COVID-19 positive.
  4. If you feel even remotely ill.

UPDATE 9December2020

The council met to discuss worship going forward into December. The council decided to continue in-person worship and will revisit the same topic on December 9th. Until then here is a list of the mitigation measure we will implement until further notice:

  1. We will discontinue communion except for one Sunday a month.
  2. We will no longer have an usher moving about the sanctuary.
  3. We will have hand sanitizer bottles in each pew.
  4. Masks will be required inside the church at all times.
  5. We will continue to not "share the peace physically."
  6. We ask each member to check their temprature before coming to worship.

I know these are distressing times. I feel it as badly as you do. I miss you all terribly. However, as I have said: this will eventually pass. There will be "the other side" of COVID-19. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Let's use our phones and computers and stay in contact. Please call or write me if you have any concerns or difficulties.

Blessings to you all and stay safe,

Pastor Sam