I hope your family is enjoying this beautiful weekend. We have some exciting news to share. The elders have made it a priority to move back to two worship services. They believe this will give us more opportunities to connect together as a congregation and it will also help us to place more emphasis on our education hour between worship as we restart Adult Bible Study, confirmation and continue Sunday School. To make this work we will have a change in worship location because we have too many people attending to still be socially distant during the late service (that’s a good problem to have!). So we will be moving our late service into the Family Life Center at least through the end of the year. In addition we will relaunch our Wednesday night worship for those that need an alternate worship during this time. All of this will launch on Sunday, October 18. Starting October 18 this will be our new schedule.
8 am – Traditional Worship in the sanctuary
9:15 am – Education Hour with Adult Bible Study, Confirmation and Sunday School
10:30 am – Contemporary Worship in the Family Life Center
Until then we will continue to have 3 worship services (8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am). Please remember to sign up in advance on sign-up genius. If you can’t join us in person, the online worship resources are available below.
Also we are excited that our Board of Youth and Family Ministry is planning a Trunk-or-Treat event. It will be an outdoor, socially distant event safe for the whole family. But we need lots of cars decorated to make this a successful event. If you are willing to decorate your car and wave at those driving through, please sign up by October 4 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4CA5AB2CA5F49-drive?fbclid=IwAR2Xdiounpz7vBznhOBkqhuB5Iv6VIHuCyC-a0w4Zag1UnI2Y9RvF9clZuw
If you have any questions, let us know. Praying that your family is enjoying the abundance of God’s blessings.
We will have communion during each worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. We hope to offer a Sunday of small group communion later in the month.
Because of the capacity reduction we are asking each person to sign-up for worship on a weekly basis. You will only sign-up for the service you will be attending and you will need to sign-up again each week. You can use sign-up genius to sign up and the links are found here.
These are the links for each service. You can sign up at these links:
Worship Service - 8:00am Traditional: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544A5A729A6F94-worship7
Worship - 9:30am Contemporary Service: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544A5A729A6F94-worship8
Worship - 11:00am Contemporary: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544A5A729A6F94-worship6
If you are unable to comply with our mask requirement, we ask that you please take advantage of our online resources for a time and refrain from joining us for in-person worship.
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please let me know. I pray that we will continue to be a faithful witness to our community and that God would strengthen us as His people.
Here are a few things to know when returning to worship
If you are feeling sick, have a fever or have been recently exposed to someone who is sick, please stay home and make use of the online resources.
We strongly encourage you to wear a mask. This is for the safety of everyone. We will be in an enclosed space for a long period of time and this puts everyone at a higher risk. The mask does help to minimize that risk. Please bring your own mask but if you do not have one or forget, masks will be available at the door.
Hand sanitizer will be available. Please use it and wash hands to prevent the spread of disease.
Practice social distancing. You will be asked to keep at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household. Please refrain from hugs and handshakes at least for now. You will be sitting in every other pew and do not sit in a pew unless you can have social distance from others already in that pew.
Please don’t arrive any sooner than 15 minutes before the start of your worship time. We will be disinfecting pews, bathrooms and other high touch areas between the services and need enough time to do so.
Please enter and exit only through the main doors of the church.
There will be no time of greeting and on passing the offering plate. Also no bulletins to pick up at this time. Mailboxes have been emptied and will be covered up and inaccessible for the time being.
When you arrive you will be asked to “check-in”. This information is for our private record keeping. But we are required to keep this information so that in the case of a positive test result from a member of our congregation, we can contact everyone who may have been in contact with that individual.
Be patient! We are thankful for the opportunity to gather together again and we do not want to abuse that privilege, which means taking some of these extra precautions. We may not get it right the first time and we will have some things to work out along the way. Please bear with as we work to do these things in the best possible way.
The last several months have not been easy and have been filled with so much uncertainty. But one thing is certain, God is good! For the last couple of months we have had the opportunity to live out Grace Overflowing in the community. God’s Word has continued to strengthen us and through technology has reached new people. We have continued feeding the hungry. We held a much needed blood drive for the Red Cross. You have continued your support of the church. And now because of God’s faithfulness and your support I believe we are returning stronger than before to be filled with and share Grace Overflowing.
Rev. Steve Hayden, Senior Pastor
Lutheran Church of St. John; 3340 State St., Quincy IL 62301
Office: 217.222.8579 email@example.com
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The women's conference featuring guest speaker, Jill Savage has been postponed until the fall of 2021. Those that have already paid for their tickets may request a refund or donate the purchase price of their ticket to Open Hands Food Pantry to purchase feminine hygiene products. Please contact Erica Perry-Broekemeier at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We look forward to having Jill with us in 2021!
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Saturday, October 24th, 4pm - 6pm An outdoor, socially distant event safe for the whole family. Drive thru to see all of the decorated cars.
If you are willing to decorate your car and wave at those driving through, please sign up by October 4 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4CA5AB2CA5F49-drive?fbclid=IwAR2Xdiounpz7vBznhOBkqhuB5Iv6VIHuCyC-a0w4Zag1UnI2Y9RvF9clZuw