COVID-19 RESPONSE I UPDATED APRIL 2, 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. Since Governor Hogan has ordered us to stay home other than for "essential" reasons, please do not drop by the church.
We will continue to worship virtually.
While we long to worship together in person, we are seeing many hundreds of people viewing worship services each week on Facebook and our website. Worship bulletins are available to download through the weekly Epistle and our website. Holy Week bulletins and resources are linked in the Holy Week Article below. Paper copies can be mailed to those that don't have access to download by calling or emailing the church office.
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 Church Council President and Vice President
Dear fellow disciples in Christ,
Despite our inability to gather together in person, we are pleased to have so many of you joining us in worship on Facebook Live and through You Tube and our website. Many of our ministry teams and faith groups have created virtual opportunities to meet and connect during this challenging time. Please continue to reach out to each other to share fellowship and faith.
At this time, the Governor's Executive Order limiting large group gatherings and the current schedule for public schools dictate that we will not be able to convene in person through at least the end of April. Pr. Greg and Pr. Teal, along with the Worship and Music Ministry Team will begin planning virtual services for Holy Week and Easter. We thank you for your continued support and patience as we explore ways to share our faith and serve Christ as a congregation despite these limitations.
We are pleased to report that many have continued to engage in the faith practice of giving. We encourage everyone to continue to mail your offerings to the church office, sign up online for egiving, or give through your financial institution so that we can continue to meet our budget commitments. Please see the information below for the ways that you can give. Please note, if you choose to mail your check in your offering envelope or a separate envelope, please add "Attn: Financial Secretary" to the address.
Finally, for those of you who are Thrivent members, please consider designating your Thrivent Choice Dollars to LCGS to further support our congregation.
To give to LCGS during the closure or anytime:
Ken Lorentzen, Council President
Laura Runyeon, Council Vice-President