This weekend (September 13, 2020) welcomes us back to our “Fall Schedule” here at Grace Lutheran Church. What does this mean? Our in-person services will move to 11am each Sunday and the Nuer language services at 2pm. The doors to the church will be locked, during each service – doors locked at 11:15am and 2:30pm. Late arrivals will not be allowed into the building. Thank-you for you cooperation and understanding on this process. Register here for the 11am in-person services https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040548A9AE2FABFF2-september
Both services have an attendance cap at 75 people (children included) and may be amended to less if the number of people in attendance does not allow for social distancing measures to be followed. Please be considerate of those people who are manning the doors and enforcing these rules. They are only following instructions.
The Board of Lay Ministry and Pastor Mark have discussed, pondered, prayed together and have decided to offer Communion on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the 11am Worship Service and will continue the last Sunday of each month, until further notice. While the process of having Communion together will be different than what we are used to, it has been carefully configured and adjusted to provide a minimal contact process for everyone. In order to do this, we require anyone who plans to be in attendance and wants to have Communion, to register for both attendance to the service and Communion prior to Friday, September 25th at 9am. Individual settings for Communion are going to be made up prior to Sunday morning and to limit the waste & manage time effectively, we will only be providing a setting for those people who have preregistered. If you are not using the online registration process, please contact the church office in the manner discussed for past registration. Thank-you for your understanding and cooperation for our new Communion process. We do not require any Communion Assistants or additional ushers for Communion, at this time.
Note: Communion will be available to Confirmed members and guests or to those who have had a conversation with Pastor Mark in regards to Communion. The only thing that has changed, in this matter, is the HOW.
Please keep Jeff, Alf, Alan, Shane and Pastor Mark in your prayers, as the decisions to make changes and other items that affects our congregation and therefore all of us, do not come without heavy discussions, considerations, communications, planning and prayers. Your support for them, is a gift and is truly appreciated. Also, please keep the members of the PPC (Shane, Nadine, Kendra, Jeff, Terry, Pastor Mark and Nicole) in your prayers as they work to keep our church moving forward and together during this time.
Upcoming Special Services at 11am:
Online Worship Services and Weekly Online Bible Study will continue as they have been. Stay up to date by checking the church calendar at https://calgarygracelutheran.360unite.com/calendar the calendar is subject to change. All members are asked not to attend the building without prior consent of the church office due to attendance tracking requirements.
Notice of Annual Voters’ Meeting (March 15, 2020) Postponement
Due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and news of the spread of the virus being troubling, we continue to emphasize “informed preparation, not panic”. Therefore, to err on the side of caution, it has been decided to postpone the Annual Voters’ Meeting and Potluck Lunch, until further notice. Church Leadership will continue to monitor the recommendations from Alberta Health Services and other governing authorities and advise the church body, accordingly.
Thank-you for your understanding at this time. We are trying to act in consideration of those members whose health is considered vulnerable.
We recommend everyone to err on the side of caution in decisions related to the coronavirus. Your health and well-being, that of your families, and the health of our broader community is our top priority.
As a reminder, if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing, please contact your doctor or call 8-1-1 immediately and inform them about your symptoms. Contact 8-1-1 even if you have no reason to believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus. If you have been diagnosed with the flu or another respiratory illness, do not attend any church services, classes or meetings until you have been asymptomatic for a minimum of 24 hours.
We request that everyone ask themselves the following three questions daily – along with any other local guidance from local leaders – prior to coming to the church, regardless of whether you have traveled recently either for business or personal purposes.
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