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?
- If you are over 65 or have underlying health conditions that make you more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.
- "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."
- If you are infected with COVID-19 and/or have been in contact with someone COVID-19 positive.
- If you feel even remotely ill.
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:
- We will discontinue communion except for one Sunday a month.
- We will no longer have an usher moving about the sanctuary.
- We will have hand sanitizer bottles in each pew.
- Masks will be required inside the church at all times.
- We will continue to not "share the peace physically."
- 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,