Our service schedule is back to normal:
The Divine Service is on Sunday at 9am,
and also on Wednesday at 6pm.
You do not need to sign up. We are streaming it on our facebook page while the shelter-in-place measures continue. The 5th Sunday of the month, and also the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays are non-communion services.
As outlined in the Governor's Executive Order 20-26.14.b, churches are exempt from gathering size restrictions. We are exercising careful social distancing and cleaning guidelines, so expect a somewhat different experience as we adapt.
Take heart... Even thought everything else changes, God's Word endures.
ZION CHURCH SERVICES UPDATE:
Grace and peace to you all,
God be praised! Christ is risen from the dead to forgive our sins and bring us to life eternal in heaven. He rules the world, and distributes His favor among us. Our fear, love, and trust is first and foremost in Him: the risen and ascended Christ Jesus.
The Governor of Indiana’s latest Executive Order outlines the stages by which we can slowly move towards opening our state back up again. While there are size limits for social gatherings, churches are exempt from any gathering size restrictions. They ask that we follow the guidelines for social distancing and encourage the at-risk to remain at home for a while longer. As we freely exercise our sincerely held religious beliefs, Zion is accommodating these guidelines by doing the following:
We are joyful that some of us may return, but still grieved that we are not (yet) able to gather in full company yet. The government’s guidelines read: “Ask all individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch services online.” CDC link.” Please take a moment to remember, pray for, and encourage our brothers and sisters who might not be comfortable coming out to public worship at this time.
We were already doing most of what the guidelines asked with respect to safety measures. In case you were wondering, here are a few of them: We will prop the doors open, have hand sanitizer available, and will refrain from shaking hands for the time being. Seating arrangements will be different than normal, and we will also be keeping socially distant at the communion rail. Tithes and offerings are being collected in a plate in the narthex to reduce contact. We are not requiring anyone to wear masks, but you are encouraged to bring one if you would like. We already have been and will continue to use safe protocols for communion distribution. We will clean the communion rails between tables, and may ask you for help wiping down your pew after the service. When the service is over, we’re hoping to allow everyone to exit the building in a way that supports social distancing. If you are symptomatic, please consider contacting the office for alternate times for pastoral care.
It occurs to me that there are those in the world who are watching us Christians, to see what we do and what our actions confess. Though we will be careful, we do not fear the one that can harm the body more than we trust The One who saves us, body and soul. We can boldly seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. I suspect that in the weeks and months to come they will be looking at the churches to see how we fared, and it is my hope that our congregation can be a good example of steadfast faith in God and careful love for our neighbor. If you are in a situation of need, or in a situation to help, please contact me and I’ll try to connect you with someone else, so we can continue loving one another as Christ first loved us.
God bless and keep you and yours in the days ahead.
WELCOME TO ZION!