Faith Lutheran Coronavirus Update – Tuesday, October 12, 2020
From Pastor Kerry…
In July, not knowing what would happen with the virus in the near future, our Church Council made a decision. They would postpone reopening to public worship until, at least, November, and they would take the question back up again in October. We’re there now.
Tomorrow night, at the October Church Council meeting, we will re-visit the question of when we will re-open. All members of the congregation are welcome at church council meetings. We will begin the council meeting with a discussion about re-opening. If you want to be part of that conversation, click here and you can join our ZOOM meeting at 7:00 PM.
I have very mixed feelings. I miss seeing everyone. Just as much, as you all miss seeing each other. At the same time, I am aware that, when three of our congregations returned to worship, it resulted in all three pastors, and several of their members, getting infected with COVID 19. That hasn’t happened at Faith. The only possibility that it might would follow after we begin public worship. The numbers keep changing but the virus hasn’t gone away.
We will let you know what we decide. Meanwhile, life goes on. We are already making preparations for our November congregational meeting. It is scheduled now for November 8 at 10:00 AM and will be a virtual meeting on ZOOM. As in the past, there will be three pre-meetings on the Sundays before the annual meeting for conversation about next year’s budget.
Our Day School has been open for a month now. Our numbers are quite low as many parents are choosing to keep their children home. So far, so good, no one has gotten sick and the safety protocols we have in place are working.
May God continue to give us patience and strength as we do the best we can through these trying times.
1. Worship services continue to be available online. Everyone is invited to have Holy Communion AT HOME every Sunday.
- As you prepare for Sunday worship, be sure to have some bread and wine or grape juice available. At the appropriate time, you will be invited to eat and drink with the words “The Body of Christ, broken for you” and “The blood of Christ, shed for you.”
- Theologically, the heart of the “for you-ness” of Holy Communion is a shared, public, communal experience. But these are abnormal times, never before seen. We do well to make them as meaningful, and memorable, as possible.
- Bags with handles for packing groceries (paper, reusable, plastic)
- Hearty soups (with meat or beans)
- Canned tuna or chicken
- Boxed dry cereal
- Canned vegetables (all types)
- Canned fruit (all types)
- Cleaning wipes
- Toilet paper
- Bar soap
- Baby wipes/diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6)
- 3230 Mercer St., Monday-Friday 9 a.m to 2 p.m., or
- 6856 Bellaire Blvd. Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To see a full list of gatherings for this next week, click here.