In-person worship resumes May 31 In March, after prayerful and deliberate consideration, it was decided to suspend gatherings at Faith Lutheran Church to support efforts to slow person-to-person spread of the novel coronavirus and prevent overwhelming area healthcare systems. During this time essential services were permitted and even required to remain open. Now past the peak of infection and with no immediate threat to our healthcare capacity, as Christians we yearn for the essential food that endures to eternal life and as our Lord bids us to gather in His name. (You may benefit from considering the thoughtful article my colleague at St. Mark’s has published) While the Governor’s Executive Orders have exempted churches from penalty we will still be following appropriate and responsible precautions for your health and safety:
Above all: If you are not feeling well or experiencing cold/flu symptoms please stay home.
We are requiring all persons able to do so to wear face coverings while inside our facilities. Let us know if you need one. Families with children who can not endure a face mask are asked to attend the 11:00 service.
Parishioners should expect to use the upper level doors only and apply hand sanitizer upon entry. (Please give preferential upper-level parking to those in need of it) We are closing off the entire lower floor and coffee room. Upper bathrooms will be open to use.
Continue to practice social distancing. We will be limiting seating to every other pew. Avoid physical contact with those from other households. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently. This is by far the most effective measure you can take.
All necessary elements printed in a disposable bulletin. Use of hymnals, shared books, children’s activity kits avoided. (Plan to bring such items from home, if needed)
Offering and attendance will be taken at entry to avoid passing of plates/fellowship record.
Communion will be offered at every service for the time-being. Instructions for communion will be given prior to worship.
If you are at-risk or unready to return, services will continue to be posted online for anyone who is not able to gather with us. As always, immediate pastoral care is available upon request.
Please practice patience and grace with each other as we all adapt to these changes.
Your elder will be contacting you to communicate the above guidelines.
As many of us have different opinions about practices during these trying times, please call your elder or Faith Lutheran 248-887-5550 with questions or concerns. May the Lord grant us his mercy and peace.
The office will not always be staffed but inboxes are being monitored.