Our Response to the coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Hello all.

 

In response to Governor Kelly’s most recent mandate limiting gatherings to ten people or less, Grace Lutheran Church will no longer worship together in the sanctuary until further notice.  Worship services, beginning tonight, will be available via facebook live only.  Please join us!

 

Lenten midweek worship will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m.  Like our facebook page (facebook.com/graceinliberal) and you’ll receive a notification when the service is about to begin.  Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. will be available by the same method.

 

Offerings may be mailed to the church or bring them by the office on weekday mornings.  Or, you can give electronically by downloading the Venmo app on your smartphone.  Search for Grace on Venmo by using our email address gelcks@hotmail.com.  If it asks for the last four digits of our phone number, use 2624.

 

A plan for offering the Lord’s Supper to groups of ten or less is being established.  We will let you know as soon as that plan is ready.

 

Our website gracelutheran-ks.org has resources available for learning the faith at home.  Please check it out!  Your suggestions are welcome!

 

Thank you for your patience.  I’m praying for you and for all of us!

 

Pastor Wehling

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March 19, 2020

 

Dear Members of Grace,

 

Greetings in the name of Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior!

 

In response to the coronavirus, I share the following announcements:

 

Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, midweek meal, and midweek classes are all cancelled until further notice.  Most meetings and activities at the church are also cancelled.

 

However, recognizing that gathering around God’s Word with our family in Christ is exceedingly important, we do plan to meet this Sunday at Grace for worship at 10:30 a.m.  The service will also be streamed on facebook live at facebook.com/graceinliberal.  We will reassess early next week whether to continue to offer a worship service at Grace.  Even if we cancel services at the church, we’ll still offer an online streaming option.

 

Out of Christian love for our neighbor, especially the elderly, please observe the following:

 

• It’s fine if you stay home.  Join us on facebook live at 10:30.

• If you are not feeling well, have a cough, or feel flu-like symptoms, stay home.

• Please wash your hands regularly.

• Observe social distancing in the church (six feet away from others).  This may prevent you from sitting in your usual place.

• Hymnals will not be utilized. Everything will be on the screen and/or in the folder.

• No hand shaking or other physical contact.

• Worship folders can be picked up as you enter the sanctuary.

• Offerings may be left in the offering plates near the exit at the end of the service.

• We will not utilize the fellowship books for registering attendance.

 

If you’re planning to attend in person this Sunday, please RSVP the church office at gelcks@hotmail.com.

 

If you’re unable to bring your offering to church, please mail it.  We are working on providing an online giving option.  Thank you for helping us keep our bills paid.

 

If you’d like me to visit you, please let me know.  I’m happy to come!

 

If you have any questions or concerns, give me a call at 620-624-5900 or 620-655-2624.

 

Sincerely, in Christ,

 

Rev. Andrew Wehling

Pastor

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March 16, 2020

No midweek meal or classes this Wednesday, March 18. We will meet for Lenten midweek worship at 6:30 p.m.

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March 14, 2020

Dear Members of Grace,

Greetings in the name of Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior!

We continue to carefully monitor the advice of government authorities regarding the rapidly changing situation with coronavirus.

At this time, we plan to continue with our normal schedule at Grace. This includes Sunday School, Bible Class, Sunday worship, and midweek. We will adjust this schedule as the situation warrants.

Out of Christian love for our neighbor (Mark 12:31), especially the elderly, during this time of uncertainty regarding the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • The sanctuary, fellowship area, and bathrooms will be sanitized at least weekly, with extra effort toward wiping down surfaces and door handles.

  • If you are not feeling well, have a cough, or feel flu-like symptoms, please stay home.

  • Please wash your hands regularly.

  • If you would rather not shake hands, fist bumps or waves are fine! (Or, refrain from contact altogether.)

  • The pastor and the elder will wash their hands before the distribution of the Lord’s Supper.

  • If you prefer to refrain from receiving the Lord’s Supper, that’s okay.

  • Instead of handing out worship folders by hand, we will have the folders available for you to pick up at the entrance to the sanctuary.

  • Instead of passing offering plates by hand, we will receive offerings at the end of the service in offering plates near the exit.

  • Audio recordings of the Scripture readings, sermon, and Prayer of the Church will be available each week via our website and facebook page.

With these precautions, we hope to help limit the spread of Coronavirus, both for our benefit and the benefit of our neighbor.

Our confidence is always rooted in our loving and gracious God. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and protector of our faith, as we pray for our secular leaders who work to eradicate this disease.

Sincerely, in Christ,

Rev. Andrew Wehling
Pastor

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