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Welcome to worship on the Fifth Sunday of Easter! This morning’s service is a recording of the 8:30 service and our return to in-person worship. We are reminded today that Jesus is the vine, we are the branches and God is the tender of the vineyard! This morning’s service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. Please have your bread and wine (or something similar) ready if you would like to participate. God bless you as you worship today! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Debs6cCUhnU
As was previously shared, we are excited to return to in-person worship services on Sunday, May 2! Worship with Holy Communion will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with 75 people being able to attend each service. Whether we continue with two services each Sunday afterwards will depend on attendance numbers. To better prepare you for what to expect as you return to on-site worship, here are several key guidelines that are being put in place to minimize risk to those who wish to worship in person. If you decide to attend Sunday worship in person, you must pre-register. On Monday, April 26, an email will be sent with directions and a link to SignUpGenius which will enable you to sign up to attend either service as well as volunteer as a greeter, an usher, or a cleaner. Registration will close when the seating capacity for each service is met. Only those with reservations will be able to attend worship that Sunday. Those from the community who wish to register should call the church office at 360 491-2052. Masks will be worn at all times. If you leave your house and accidentally forget your mask, there will be disposable masks available at church. Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the church. Before entering the sanctuary, please pick up your own bulletin from the stack available. At the conclusion of the service, you can either keep your bulletin or deposit it for recycling in the box provided. The bulletins cannot be reused. Seating will be socially distanced. Up to 15 people from 2 families may sit together. Dress warm. To maximize air flow in the building, the front door and some of the sanctuary windows will be open. All Bibles, hymnals, welcome cards, and writing tablets have been removed from the pew racks to aid in the cleaning of the sanctuary. While we cannot safely bring back our tremendous Chancel Choir at this time, singing while wearing masks can be done by the congregation. Restrooms will be available with occupancy restricted to two people at a time. There will be no nursery service available. There will be no coffee hour between worship services. You will be asked to leave the building immediately after the service. The backs of the pews, door handles, restrooms, and any other high touch areas will be cleaned after each service. For those who are unable to attend, a video will be produced. While we all are eager to be together again, we acknowledge that each individual must carefully consider many factors in deciding whether to attend any in-person event. We want to encourage everyone to demonstrate love and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ by making choices that will protect their health and well-being, as well as your own. If you do not feel well or should you have flu-like symptoms, you are asked to stay home. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this time of transition. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office at 360.491.2052, Pastor Eric at 360.591.9949, or Pastor Beth at 360.591.5533.
Pastor Beth is offering a Zoom Book Study of “How to be an Anti-Racist” written by Ibram X. Kendi beginning on Thursday, May 6, at either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. This class will be held each Thursday through June 10. You are asked to do some “homework” (about 40 pages of reading) prior to our first class and each class following. We will read several chapters in advance and discuss them when we gather on Zoom. Although it is very helpful, you do not have to read all the material to join the conversation. A Zoom link will be sent out closer to our start date. If you are not on the congregational email list, please contact the church office for more information. This is what we will discuss each week: May 6 Intro, Chapters 1-3 (Definitions, Dueling Consciousness, Power) May 13 Chapters 4-6 (Biology, Ethnicity, Body) May 20 Chapters 7-9 (Culture, Behavior, Color) May 27 Chapters 10-12 (White, Black, Class) June 3 Chapters 13-15 (Space, Gender, Sexuality) June 10 Chapters 16-18 (Failure, Success, Survival) You will need to secure your own copy of this book. They can be found at the library, in bookstores, or online. Order now so you have time to read the first 40 pages before our first class. Note from Pastor Beth: I have read this book and appreciate Dr. Kendi’s honest personal and social analysis of how we live together as human beings. His book moves beyond race and challenges us to discover new ways of how we think about ourselves and each other. This is a timely book for us as people of faith to read and discuss as we seek to embody Christ’s love for all people in our world today.
Welcome to worship on this “Good Shepherd” Sunday! It is good to be together as the people of God! In the Gospel Lesson, Jesus refers to himself as the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep. Pastor Eric and Pastor Beth both explore the beauty of creation and the beauty of God’s love for us. The Chancel Choir sings “I’ve Got A Shepherd” written by Trudy Hoy and Terry Shaw and Rae Corbin offers a beautiful song entitled, “Morning Star.” This morning’s service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. Please have your bread and wine, or something similar, ready if you would like to participate. Welcome to worship! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPWSIZvguKE
Welcome to worship on this Third Sunday of Easter! We are thankful you are here! Today we witness the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples to remind them of their connection to him and to one another. We too are connected to Jesus and to one another. We are connected in the meal Jesus has given us to share. We are the Body of Christ! This service includes the celebration of Holy Communion. If you would like to particpate, please have your bread and wine (or something similar) ready. God bless you as you worship today! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F_l1qqHoLM
These are just some of the many beautiful quilts created by our St. Mark Quilting Group. This ministry was at work individually, while COVID restrictions were in place and recently as a group as each of the quilters completed their COVID vaccinations. These quilts will be shipped next week to Baltimore, Maryland to be used by Lutheran World Relief. We give thanks for the hands of all those who helped make the quilts. May those who receive one be reminded how we are all quilted together by the love of God.
The church is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All calendar events are canceled while the church is closed. Continue following the website and emails to the congregation for status of the church closure.
Introductory Giving Page
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This page gives help information and links to the actual sites at which you can enter electronic donations.
You can still mail in a check and that mail is being picked up at the church’s locked mailbox and processed regularly.
Read Reasons for Giving to learn about church activities and expenses during the COVID-19 era.
Even though the church building is closed and church events are canceled, the church still has expenses like utility and other bills that must be paid.
Clean Kids Ministry
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The “Clean Kids” laundry room will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19, since we cannot control the separation or health of potential users in a small room.