OSL Responds to COVID-19
Pastoral Letter #18
Week of 15 July 2020

Dear OSL Family,

We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer months despite these strange circumstances in which we are living. We have begun to see more of you at church and for that, we are grateful. We continue to hold you all in prayer and trust that God’s presence is with you giving you strength, courage, and patience for each new day.

Our venture back to indoor in-person worship takes another step forward this weekend with services on Saturday (5:00 p.m.) and on Sunday, Celebrate (8:45 a.m.) and Festive (10:15 a.m.). All services will include Holy Communion, the distribution of which is now contactless.

For the sake and wellbeing of our neighbor, our goal continues to be minimizing the risk of spreading the coronavirus as much as possible when we gather in community. Therefore, whenever we are together, we are strongly encouraging everyone to:

• wear a face mask;
• maintain 6–10 feet of distance between yourself and others who are not part of your household;
• wash your hands regularly;
• isolate the virus by staying home—
✓ when you don’t feel well,
✓ if you’ve been exposed to the virus, or
✓ if you are more vulnerable due to age or underlying health issues.

If you are not ready to join us for in-person worship, catch us on KTTW (FOX) at 9:00 on Sunday morning and on KSCB (cable) at 1:00 Sunday afternoon. Sunday worship will also be streamed on Facebook Live at 8:45 and 10:15 a.m., and recordings of the Sunday services will be posted on our website on Monday.

Your Presence Is Requested
The Governing Board has set the date and time for our mid-year congregational meeting. We will gather on Sunday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m., in The Gathering Place. Our agenda will be brief but the business we will conduct together is critical to supporting the ongoing ministry of proclaiming Christ and nurturing faith that connects to everyday life.

In addition to hearing an update on how our ministry has flourished during the pandemic, we will:

• approve an annual ministry plan (budget) that will provide vital support to new and continuing ministry initiatives in the new fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), and
• consider an amendment to our governing documents that will allow us to conduct congregational meetings electronically using a group meeting platform like Zoom or GoToMeeting.

In order for the meeting to be official, at least 75 voting members will need to attend. As usual, we will take all necessary precautions, including NOT serving a meal, to ensure that the risks associated with gathering will be minimized. We hope you will join us.

Prayers of the People
This week the ministry of your prayers is requested for: (healing) Jennifer Kahl, Rosalie Ryan, Uydene Amdahl, and Owen Shay; and (grieving) the families of Marilyn Revier and Dennis Andachter.

A Final Word
Kingdom of Heaven logoThere is talk of weeds and wheat in our preaching series this weekend as we remain in Matthew 13 for another parable from Jesus. This story speaks both to the presence of “enemies” in our world who work in opposition to the kingdom of heaven, and our God, who will ultimately defeat and destroy “all causes of sin and all evildoers.” In other words, despite pandemics and forces that divide us, God is at work even now, Jesus teaches us, reconciling all of creation. In this is our greatest hope. “Let anyone with ears listen!”

See you in church,Your pastors at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church,
Rev. Randy Gehring,
Rev. Tim Lemme,
Rev. Justin Kosec

P.S. Due to vacations, the next pastoral letter will arrive in your mailbox or inbox on or after August 5. In the meantime, “Be well and press on.”

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