4/29/2020 2:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s Friends and Family,

As the Governor discusses re-opening businesses and easing gathering restrictions, congregations are beginning to have consider similar decisions. As much as I wish this was a simple process, it is not. Yes, Government agencies have the authority to tell churches when they can re-open. However, a congregation should not feel compelled to re-open simply because the government permits it! 

As Christian’s one of the places we look to for guidance is of course scripture, I refer to you 1 Corinthians 10 and focus in on 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

“23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Like most of scripture the heart of the matter is loving your neighbor as yourself.

The first step in any process is to Assess the situation and how it would effect all of us as neighbors?  Factors for us include: Average age of the members attending and everyone’s vulnerability (such as people with suppressed immunity), and risk tolerance for the members the congregation. Would we really social distance? Would people be able to just use the sanctuary and then go home or would people want use the bathrooms to? Would and could everyone really correctly wear their mask the whole time?  How would we thoroughly sanitize all the spaces used in the church before and after each use? What costs would be involved in taking this precautions (Additional Chemicals and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)). How do we get enough PPE in stock at this time to not cut corners so that we might not, “seek our own good, but the good of others.”

With the COVID-19 numbers growing almost daily in Platte County, I am of the belief that is would not be to the “good of others “ to return to the physical sanctuary and building at this time.  However, I do have a plan so that we may physically gather in proximity together.  In addition, to our current spiritual gatherings via the Weekly Newsletter, Online Worship, Radio and the Birds and Bells Gathering.

Starting on Mother’s Day (Sunday May 10th, 2020) and throughout the month of May, we will be having “Drive-In” services at Gruetli at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. 

You are invited to:

  • Sit in your vehicle with the windows down
  • Sit in the back of your truck or on the tail gate
  • Use a lawn chair in front of your vehicle as long as you are not within 6-8 feet of a different cohort.
  • Wave or Honk ……. DO NOT TOUCH OR HUG !

   Bring your Coffee or whatever to drink as well during the service.

This will be a shorter service (roughly 30 min) of Prayer and Praise.                                                         You are also invited to bring some bread or a cracker and some grape juice or wine so that we may celebrate the Sacrament of Communion together each week during May. 

 

Blessings

Pastor Adam

 

 
 
4/2/2020 10:00 a.m.

For the Foreseeable future there will be NO in Person services at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ. There will be online only events only such as Tuesday Night Bible Study which is live and Worship Services which are being prerecorded.  All members are being sent a weekly bible study mailing to participate in.  If you would like to receive a copy and are not please let the Church Office know.

The weekly services are available online on the website and will be airing on KTLX 91.3 FM.

Preschool sessions are being recorded twice a week and broadcast to our Rainbow Preschool family.

We are being guided by East Central Health District in how to proceed. The church office will be closed to the public, until further notice. We will be in communication with the congregation as the situation changes. Announcements will be made via Facebook, Email and the Church Website and you can always call the church answering machine for the most up to date information.

We appreciate all your patience as we navigate through this very difficult time for our community.

 
 
3/14/2020 2:00p.m.
 

Upon the request of the Local Health Authorities, we are suspending services, effective immediately and until further notice, to get ahead of the coronavirus.”

Please call the Church Answering machine at 402-564-8862 or Check the Church Website for the most up to date information.

 

 

St. Luke’s COVID-19 Plan 3/13/2020

The coronavirus outbreak, both in Nebraska and nationally, is being closely monitored by the Council, Staff, and Preschool Board concerning how it affects the operation of St. Luke’s Rainbow Preschool and  St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.

Our prime resources for decision making during the time concerning the COVID-19 virus is the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the local health department.

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and Rainbow Preschool will follow proven procedures to limit the spread of illnesses and prepare for contingencies.

The following precautionary measures are being used at this time to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 :

Preschool:

The Preschool’s closure will be based upon the status of the Columbus Public Schools as well as the Lakeview Public school District.  If your child does not feel well, you are encouraged to keep them home and monitor the situation.  An emphasis on Hand Hygiene will be part of the programming, additional precautionary measures are pending at this time, which may include the monitoring of a child’s temperature when they arrive in the morning.   

 

Church Services and Fellowship:

  • Greeters are asked not to shake hands or have contact with those they greet.
  • During the “Passing of the Peace,” please share some non-physical greeting, such as saying hello or a smile.
  • The Offering Plate will be placed at the back of the Church, and you are requested to put your offering in it as it will not be passed during worship.
  • Social Distancing will be encouraged.
  • During the fellowship hour, only disposable items are to be used.
  • Hand-Sanitizer is available and all are encouraged to use it upon entering church.

 

The following additional actions have taken place:

  • The Community Lenten Lunches are canceled.
  • Messy Church has been canceled for March; we will reevaluate for April if the risk has decreased.
  • Pastor Adam’s Ordination has been Postponed.