Dear members and friends of Our Savior's Lutheran,
God's grace and peace be with you!
On March 15, the Church Council held a conference call and decided to heed the advice of Governor Bullock and cancel church events for a while. The goal at this point is to resume activities on Palm Sunday -- April 5. But that may change.
So, this means we will not hold our Wednesday evening Lenten Soup Suppers or Evening Prayer services through the rest of Lent. All musical rehearsals are cancelled. Confirmation class and Rhythm and Chimes are cancelled. Quilting and WELCA is cancelled. So is Men's Breakfast, though our cooking is more of a threat than the coronavirus! All of these groups will not meet until after April 5. Again, this is the goal and will be re-evaluated as this public health crisis unfolds.
Sunday worship will take place, but only online. There will be no in-person worship services. Expect a more simple worship service, but something will be offered on-line. I need to iron out the details. Stay tuned.
Also, stay tuned for other ways we might be connected through prayer. I'm going to be thinking about how we can pray with each other. This is all such new stuff that I need some time to consider the options of what actually might be helpful for our congregation.
John 3:16 comes to mind. "For God so loved the world." We are canceling events not only for the safety of those in our congregation who are vulnerable; but primarily for the well-being of the world God and we so dearly love. God gave his Son; we can make sacrifices through social-distancing.
Ministry continues. The office will continue to be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays (9:30am-12:30pm) and Fridays (12:00-3:00pm). I am available through this email address, or my cell phone 406-407-5184, or the church phone 892-3784. Please let me know of ways in which I can be of help to you as your pastor.
The Church Council reminds us all that our offerings continue to be needed. Our congregation's expenses are nearly the same as in normal times. Let's see how resilient we can be in this way. You can give by:
1. mailing in your offering
2. dropping off your offering at the church during office hours
3. giving your offering through our secure website with a debit or credit card at https://www.oursaviorscfalls.org/donate-here
4. using your bank's services to make electronic donations to the church
5. signing up for regular electronic giving using the form that is in the lobby or available if you contact the church office. We will also include copies in our next newsletter.
Some words from Philippians 4 about anxiety: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Peter Erickson