Members – Church Services Update

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
 
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
 
The words are familiar, but the wisdom is hard to accept. While I write this, I want many things. I want safety for all of you and my family. I want to have the second surgery next week. I want to worship with all of you on Sunday. And yet I can’t control any of my wants.
 
The wisdom is that my shepherd, the Lord, gives me what I need most, which is what He wants me to have. The next verse talks about green pastures and still waters. Neither sounds like the world around us. Yet He lies me down and He leads me.
 
Then I remember what I want is only to trust in Him and be in His presence, a place to lay down and realize that the foaming torment of the world around me is a quiet place when I am with Him. And then I simply say, “Thank you Lord.”
 
With the Governor’s announcement yesterday that groups of 50 or more are forbidden and with a CDC recommendation of 10 as the ceiling for groups, it is clear that we will comply and not meet for public worship on Sunday.
 
But we will remain in the presence of Christ. By weeks end you will receive instructions regarding a live stream for prayer and devotion on Sunday mornings. In addition to this weekly worship via the internet you will daily find devotions, prayers and resources to help you manage the anxiety and isolation that we must endure to be safe.
 
I have set up a closed Facebook group called “St. Luke’s Montgomery.” Simply go to your Facebook news feed and search for the group by name. It is a closed group so you will need to ask to be invited. I will affirm your request and then you are a member and have access to all the content.
 
On Sunday morning at 9:00 am I will lead us in a time of devotion in real time. I do not know exactly what this will look like yet. And I am sure it will change over the weeks ahead. Please be patient with me as I navigate the choppy waters of technology.
 
If you do not have Facebook, ask your children or grandchildren to help you set up an account. I will try to get a few volunteers to be available for phone help if you need to be walked through the process. My encouragement is to do this as soon as possible. Then we will be able to estimate the availability to our congregation.
 
I will send more information Wednesday with other resources and contacts for help. In the meantime, be safe, pray for your neighbors and trust that God is in control, even during such uncertain times. Thank-you.
 
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A Message from Pastor Donovan regarding COVD-19 Click here for entire message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
The current infection named COVD-19 concerns and possibly frightens us. It is normal for fear to be a destination when we process the unknown. But I want to assure you that the antidote to fear is to trust in God’s grace. Most of the spread of any infectious disease is out of our control. And we have a built in need to control our lives. Faith is the confession that we have handed control over to our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Yet, there are some things that we can, and should control. While we will continue with Sunday worship as the liturgy and the sacrament are God’s means of feeding our faith, we should take appropriate precautions to protect ourselves and our neighbors.
 
Please follow these guidelines as we prepare and then gather for public worship.

  • If you feel ill, or sick in any way, cough, cold, or fever. Stay home and contact your physician. Your health is important to Christ as is the health of the rest of the community.
  • While at Church let’s avoid the normal physical contact that enhances the spread of viruses. You are a loving people but avoiding shaking hands and hugging for a few weeks may help us to stay healthy.
  • With regard to the Supper, the common cup will not be made available to the community. I will receive our Lord’s blood at the alter on behalf of the whole Church, but it will remain on the altar during distribution. Use the individual cups in the trays.
  • You will notice that a hand sanitizer will be available for myself and the servers at the altar to assure that we are properly sanitized.

 
Finally, I’d like to discuss our continued responses and protocols moving forward. This will be during the Discipleship time as part of our Bible Study. Remember that in all things God has control. Even the unseen and threatening dangers of a broken world have been defeated by Christ on the cross meaning He will weave this time into the Kingdom for His purposes.
 
Thank you for your time, and if you are well, I will see you Sunday.
 
In Christ,
 
Pastor



DIG-IN!

Sunday School will be starting on September 16! Pre-school and kindergarten will again be taught by Julia Kothera. First through sixth will be taught by the team of Alyssa Harris, Chris Johnson, Chloe Pearce, Ruth Henning, Lisa Steinwart, and Michelle Steinwart. Our new curriculum called DIG-IN, is going to be awesome!!
There will be pre-registration forms available soon in the Narthex at the information table. We are excited about this upcoming year as we will be joining the Academy students during the year in song during various church services.
If you would like to be involved or have questions, please contact Alyssa Harris at alyssa-lu.harris16@gmail.com or Lisa Steinwart at steinwart@aol.com.
More information will be coming soon!



Visit our Little Free Library!

 

St. Luke’s now has a Little Free Library!

The goal of the Little Free Library program is “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. There are over 30,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing over 1 million books annually.”

Please visit the house shaped box between the bench and bike rack at the south end of the church. You can take a book, leave a book, or both completely free! When you’re finished with your book, you can return it to our library or any other free library.

Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org to find more locations.



Online Giving Now Available!

 

Follow the link below for an easy way to give online. Donations are secure using the latest encryption. You also have the option to schedule your gifts at the frequency of your choice. Contact the church office with any questions.

Online Giving