COVID-19 RESPONSE I UPDATED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
The LCGS facility is open on a modified schedule to include Sunday and Wednesday worship and essential office and ministry operations.
Mail is being collected and we check email and phone messages daily. Our custodian is providing the necessary sanitizing and maintenance. If need be, you can reach Dawn in the office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Moving into Step 2 of Reopening!
Thank you to everyone who has assisted with our return to in-person worship thus far. Your service along with the cooperation of all who have attended in following the safety protocols has made for a fairly seamless return! Coupled with steady or declining positivity rates in the county and state enable us to move a little further and begin Step 2 on October 4th!
Ministry Team Meetings and Faith Groups may decide to gather in person. Leaders of those groups have been contacted and will be making a determination of what works best for each group and it's members.
Changes to our worship practices will remain in effect. While we know many are itching to belt out hymns during worship, congregational signing will remain on hiatus (though you can contact Angela Kromm if you'd like to share your gift of song as the hymn leader during worship). Ongoing studies report that groups of people singing together inside and without properly fitting surgical grade masks is a high risk for spreading Coronavirus.
We are continuing drive-up communion for those not ready or able to return to in-person worship. Drive-up communion distribution is available on Sunday from 11:15 - 11:45 following the worship service. Drive to the side parking lot during the distribution time and wait for the direction of the attendants.
Your offerings are needed to help continue the work of LCGS and the wider church.
The mailbox at church is secured and being checked daily for those that prefer to mail offering.
Additionally, there are many ways to give electronically, including eGiving and bill pay through your bank. If you choose to give electronically through eGiving, simply visit our website and click the "give now" button near the closure notice or, text the word "give" to 410-673-4483. You will be taken to a secure platform to set up your one time or re-occurring gift by either ACH or credit card. If possible, ACH debit (which comes directly from your checking or savings' account) is preferred since it requires less processing fees.
Maintain or make new connections
Technology has been a wonderful blessing in this time of uncertainty! Now that we are beginning to return to in-person ministry, it can lead to more feelings of isolation by those that for health or other reasons can not. Please continue to reach out and maintain connections. If you or someone you know of is in need of home communion or other Pastoral Care, please contact Pastor Teal or Pastor Greg. Our Pastoral Care team has been working to call every member's household. Please do not hesitate to let them know of your needs!
Pastor Greg is available for any pastoral care emergencies. You may also make an appointment with him should the need arise. You may call the church office at (410) 838-8081 and leave a voicemail message. The system will then notify him that you have called.
It is the Holy Spirit that makes us one, and our loving God is still active in our midst. May the Peace of the Lord be with you!