SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON CHURCH ACTIVITIES
After prayerful deliberation and under the guidance of Bishop Herman Yoos of the SC Synod and our President’s recent call to not gather in groups of more than 10, we have decided to cancel corporate worship and church activities until further notice. This decision was not easy for us. We love to gather together for worship and to have times of fellowship with you. These are our two favorite parts of being pastors! We also do not make this decision out of fear of the COVID-19 virus, but out of love for our neighbor. The church has been called to care for the most vulnerable in society. By closing our doors for a short time, hopefully we can help to curb the spread of the virus.
We will hold online worship on Sunday mornings until this time of quarantine has passed. We will also record the worship service and make DVDs for those folks who are unable to watch at home. Please call the church office and let us know if you need a DVD. We plan to keep the office open as long as it is safe for our staff. We are available for any pastoral needs. Please do not hesitate to call the church or to send us an email.
We have already heard stories of how folks in our congregation are being the hands and feet of Jesus, and serving their neighbors in need. Keep it up! If you are able, this is a wonderfully holy way to share the Good News of Jesus with those around you. We have also had folks reach out to let us know that if we have any members who need someone to grab some groceries for them, they are willing to do so. Again, please call the church office and let us know of that need.
The Psalmist writes:God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam;though the mountains tremble in its tumult. The Lord of hosts is with us;the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46
God is with us, and though we might not be able to gather together, we are still bound together by God’s love and our care for one another.
The Peace of Christ be with you,Pastor Andrea Rice and Pastor Nathan Rice
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
Worship with Us Each Sunday Morning. New links are posted each Sunday at 8:30AM: Online Worship with St. Luke’s
DRIVE-IN WORSHIP SERVICES
Beginning on Sunday, June 14, St. Luke’s will hold Drive-In worship services in the front parking lot beginning at 9AM. We only ask that you register for a parking space to make sure that there is enough room for all. Parking will begin around 8:30AM, so come early to get your spot. Be sure to have your radio tuned to 99.1FM, so you can hear the service in your car. If you park on the right side of West Second Street, be sure to back into a spot so that you can view the worship area in front of the sanctuary. As you pull into the parking lot, you will receive your bulletin and communion elements. We are working really hard to keep everyone safe. Our bulletins and communion elements have been packed with care. They will be distributed to you in the safest manner possible. We are asking folks to stay in their cars and enjoy this fun, interactive service.
WEEKLY PRAYER SERVICES AND MEETINGS ON ZOOM
All may join us each Thursday for Bible studies, hymn sings, and Responsive Prayer services through Zoom.
Youth are invited to Wednesday evening Zoom hangouts online each week at 6:30PM. Youth and Children are invited to weekly Sunday School lessons at 10AM on Zoom.
REOPENING ST. LUKE’S
We look forward to the day when we can meet together again face to face! Until then, St. Luke’s has begun a Reopening Taskforce to think about what will happen when we can gather again for worship. Here are some of the latest guidelines for reopening provided by our Synod: SC Synod Guidelines Covid19.