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ATTENTION: It looks like we’re in for some morning thunderstorms tomorrow. So, we’re cancelling tomorrow’s in-person outdoor worship.

At 9:30am tomorrow the service will be up on our FacebookLive page as per usual.

Peace,

Pastor Chris

 

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“Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”—Esther 4:14

Dear siblings of the faith,

What a time to live in, right? And yet, here we are and here we shall be.

The council met via Zoom on the 19th to think through how to continue to function as the church, even as the Corona Virus puts a pinch on everyone’s ability to gather in person. These were not easy decisions to make, but we can all be proud of the leaders of St. Stephen we have raised up; they rose to the challenge!

We will follow the CDC guidance of no in person gatherings for 8 weeks, which will put us at May 3rd. That said, guidelines keep changing so quickly, so the council will be meeting again on April 8th (the Wednesday before Easter) to evaluate where things stand.

In the meantime, there will be worship and prayers online. We will be releasing videos on Wednesdays and Sundays. Please check out our Facebook page (St. Stephen Lutheran Church), Pastor’s YouTube channel (Chris Halverson), and especially, our website (https://saintstephenlutheranchurch.wordpress.com/).

One of the acts of worship we commonly practice is the giving of our offerings—well, we can’t exactly pass the plate around right now, but we are doing so virtually. You can find a link to our Vanco account on our website; we did a few practice runs, and it really works, so please give in that manner. Additionally, there is always the option of mailing your offering envelopes to the church.

As we often do, we ended our Council meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. On Zoom, our voices not only came through each of our computers, but also was caught by one another’s microphones. This made it sound like there were many more people praying in that moment; this is true, there is a great cloud of witnesses, and even when we are separated in the body, we are together in the spirit and in prayer. Friends, you are not alone, we are in this together!

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