Hello to all who are taking the time to read this post. Summer has gone, Autumn has arrived, and COVID-19 numbers are on the rise again in our area. If you've poked around on our website recently, you will notice that we are still gathering weekly for digital worship and coffee hour, just like we have every week since we moved services online back in March. Every ELCA church in our conference is still worshipping online, too. We know that worshipping from home is not ideal, but keeping our most vulnerable safe from the coronavirus is not only our top priority but also our Christian duty. The Church has never closed just because our buildings are not open for corporate worship. The Holy Spirit is alive and well doing her thing, just as powerful as ever. No one and no force can stop God's Kin-dom from coming to earth.
Over the next three weeks our worship team is planning an outdoor communion service to celebrate First Communion with two of our third graders. The event will be short, socially distant, and strictly outside. If you'd like to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion with the people of St. Mark, stay tuned for more information. We will also live-stream the service for those who want to participate but feel unsafe coming in person. We'll even send you our communion bread recipe so that you can bake your own bread before the service if you'd like!
The council is also working on indoor building use protocols for congregational small groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are using the synod's COVID-19 guidelines along with the Washtenaw County Health Department's most up-to-date information. In the coming weeks, be on the look-out for more about this COVID-19 development.
If you have any questions, please email or call me. I am holding socially-distant office hours from 10AM-12PM on Tuesdays. This week at 10AM on the lawn, we will be hosting conference-wide poetry devotions. Bring a chair, a blanket, your mask, and your favorite poem, and we'll supply the coffee. See you then!