COVID-19 RESPONSE I UPDATED MAY 15, 2020
Closure Update and Worship Streaming Details
The LCGS facility and Preschool continue to be closed.
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 and Thursday.
Re-opening the building and returning to in-person worship was discussed at length during the May 19 Council Meeting. Three decisions were made:
1) The building will continue to be closed until at least June 28. The Council will reconsider opening again at that time. Until that time, we will continue to livestream worship from the sanctuary at 9:00 am on Facebook and upload to the website at 10:00 am or later viewing. Worship bulletins are available to download from the home page of this website. Paper copies can be mailed to those that don't have access to download by calling or emailing the church office.
2) We will establish a team tasked with making recommendations regarding in-person worship practices, regular sanitation of the facilities, and general building use guidelines.
3) We will create a second team tasked with making recommendations regarding improvement of streaming worship.
We are all eager to return to the sanctuary and the other facilities at LCGS. However, there is much to be done to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of all who use our building is our primary concern. Our God is patient and wise. We are doing our best to follow that example.
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! In addition to worship, we are continuing to gather for Bible Study on Sunday; Faith Groups; Prayer Groups in the morning and evening on Wednesday and Thursday; Youth Group; Council and other Ministry Meetings; and checking up on one another via phone, email, and text! Sunday School and Confirmation lessons are being emailed too. Keep it going!
Pastor Greg is available for any pastor 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. Our Pastoral Care team has been working to call every member's household. Please do not hesitate to let them know of your needs!
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!
Message from our Executive Committee I May 15, 2020
Dear Fellow Disciples,
Yesterday, Governor Hogan announced the implementation of Stage One of the gradual reopening process for the State of Maryland, effective as of Friday, May 15th at 5 p.m. Stage one includes the possible return to religious services at 50% capacity with organizations strongly encouraged to hold outside services and religious leaders cautioned to take the health of their congregations into account when making re-opening decisions.
While we are all anxious to get back to worship in our sanctuary, a number of factors are involved in the decision as to when that will happen for our congregation. We have begun these discussions within the council and the ministry teams and there is a lot to consider including the safety and risk comfort level of our pastors, staff, volunteers and members, guidance from the Synod, the use of personal protective wear, the availability of sanitation supplies, changes to the worship service itself, and space to limit personal contact. The Church council will be meeting early next week to discuss and consider plans to implement a gradual re-opening.
In the meantime, we will return to livestream services with our crew of four webcasting from the sanctuary beginning this Sunday, May 17th. We know waiting is difficult but, we ask for your patience and your trust that we are making decisions that comply with all known safety guidelines and which will be, we believe, in the best interest of our entire community.
As additional decisions are made regarding re-opening, they will be shared via Epistle, email and posted on the website.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
Blessings and continued health,
Pr. Greg Fetzer