September 20: “God’s Work. Our Hands 2020: OSL Responds to COVID-19” is a video prepared for OSL’s celebration of God’s Work. Our Hands on Sunday, September 20. View the video here.
July 8: Pastoral Letter no. 17 contains additional information about in-person worship and Holy Communion. You’ll find it and previous weeks’ letters here.
July 1: Detailed information about in-person worship in Pastoral Letter no. 16. Find it here, as well as previous pastoral letters, too.
June 24: Here comes Pastoral Letter no. 15! Read it here, and all the previous letters, too.
June 22: OSL Resumes regular office hours as of today: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June 18: OSL is taking steps to resume in-person activities!
Read more here.
June 17: Pastoral Letter no. 14 is hot off the press! Read it here, along with previous weeks’ letters.
June 17: The Resume Task Force has completed its work and forwarded to the Governing Board its recommendation for resuming indoor in-person activities including worship. The board will meet next on June 18, and will notify the congregation of its decision regarding the resumption of indoor in-person activities soon afterward. Watch this page for updates!
June 10: Time for Pastoral Letter no. 13: read it here, and previous weeks’ letters as well.
June 3: Pastoral Letter no. 12 is online now: click here to read. Previous weeks’ letters are there, too.
May 27: Time for this week’s Pastoral Letter (no. 11), online now: click here to read. You’ll find previous letters there, too.
May 20: This week’s Pastoral Letter (no. 10) is online now: click here to read. You’ll find previous letters there, too.
May 15: In-person church activities are canceled at OSL through June 15. Watch this space for updates.
May 13: This week’s Pastoral Letter is online now: click here to read. Previous letters are there, too.
May 8: Although an uncomfortable topic of discussion for many of us, discussing end of life wishes with those we love is an important way for each of us to show our love for one another. OSL’s Spiritual Care ministry team has collected some good information and links to resources. Read more here.
As of April 22, In-Person Church Activities Are Canceled at OSL through May 17. Watch this space for updates.
Beginning on March 23, the South Entrance to OSL will be unlocked from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, and the Church Office will be open. You are still encouraged to follow guidelines
about social distancing and curtailing unnecessary travel, but if you wish to return a library book or leave items for the Food to You Mobile Food Pantry, here’s your chance!
How Do I Worship at Home?
• View (or print) weekly worship materials at oslchurch.com.
• Watch worship services on TV: Celebrate: 9:00 a.m., KTTW (cable channel 9; channel 7.1); Festive: 1:00 p.m., KSCB (cable channel 30; channel 53).
• Catch live-stream worship services at facebook.com/oslchurchsf: Celebrate, 8:45 a.m.; Festive, 10:15 a.m.
• Watch recorded services at oslchurch.com, uploaded on Monday.
• Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Our Savior’s Responds to COVID-19
These are interesting and anxious times for all of us, so let us cling to the words of our Lord Jesus, “Peace be with you,” and “I am with you always.”
Our Lord also calls us into a mission we share of proclaiming Christ and nurturing faith that connects with everyday life. In these challenging days, that mission is beginning to look different than what we are accustomed to:
• As of March 13, 2020, all in-person church activities have been canceled at least through March 22, with the possibility that this pause in programming may need to be extended depending on a number of variables related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The reasoning behind this decision is rooted in the advice we are being given that remaining physically separated from each other for a period of time will greatly aid the containment and mitigation of the spread of this pandemic. As people of faith who share a common mission, let us do all that we can to care for and keep safe not only ourselves and our families but also our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable.
Also, the pastoral team and other key programming staff are already planning creative ways to nurture and foster community during this time when we need to remain physically separated. In the meantime, please join me in praying for our community, our country, our neighbors around the world, and especially the vulnerable among us as we find our way through this challenging time. May God grant us the faith, wisdom, courage, and compassion we will need to be the church in the days and weeks ahead.
In Christ’s love,
To combat fear with knowledge, Our Savior’s is taking these initial steps in what we anticipate to be a multi-phase response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
- 1. We are distributing information to teach and reinforce basic health techniques that contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and the community.
2. We have placed information about Coronavirus at the Information Center.
3. We are cleaning and disinfecting surfaces more frequently.
4. We are adapting our worship practices:
a. Pastors will not be shaking hands with worshipers at the end of worship.
b. Offering plates and buckets will be disinfected after each worship service.
c. Items in soft bags used by children will be disinfected after each worship service.
d. Communion servers will sanitize their hands prior to distribution, and maintain proper hand hygiene during distribution.
e. Communion will be distributed using individual wafers or pre-cut bread and pre-filled cups of wine and grape juice.
f. Those receiving communion are requested to avoid making contact with the server’s hand when receiving the elements.
5. We will eliminate any self-serving of food during fellowship events and regularly disinfect communal beverage stations.
In addition, OSL’s pastoral team will remain available and attentive to the pastoral needs of the community as we navigate together this time of greater anxiety and uncertainty. Our mission to proclaim Christ and nurture faith that connects with everyday life calls us to respond in faith to challenges like the Coronavirus outbreak with creativity, compassion, and calm, and we are committed to leading this community forward in the confidence that comes from Christ’s promise to be with us to the end of the age.
—Pr. Randy Gehring
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