at the crossroads
Sundays @ 9:00 am
GROWING IN FAITH
This Sunday (October 18th) I will be leading worship indoors. It has long been our expectation that Wisconsin weather would change our worship focus from the drive-in service to an indoor service.
We will continue to offer all three options for worship – indoor, drive-in, and Facebook. The indoor service will be broadcast outside to those who prefer drive-in worship. Holy Communion will be served at the end of the service.
I want you to know that you are an important, beloved part of our church -- no matter the way you choose to join us for worship. We are one church family, united by our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessings and peace,
September 28, 2020
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Your council would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your patience, cooperation, and support over these difficult months. St. John’s has received numerous complements from inside and outside the congregation for the ingenuity demonstrated with the outdoor services and Facebook feeds each Sunday. However, our Wisconsin weather will soon dictate the feasibility of continuing the outdoor services and we will move indoors. The council has been reviewing information and recommendations from our synod, as well as local, state, and national government institutions, regarding indoor gathering and worship. We have developed guidelines to promote the safety and wellbeing of all once inside our church.
For those who may be uncomfortable returning to indoor worship, we will be continuing the Facebook feed indefinitely. It has been very well received by those unable to attend our Sunday services, and the technology to broadcast the service works equally well inside the sanctuary. Also, congregants will be able to stay in their vehicles in the parking lot and follow along with the service. Provisions will be made to provide communion, collect offerings, and recognize your attendance, and this will be covered later in this letter.
For those worshipping indoors, the following protocols will be in place. These protocols will be subject to change as conditions and recommendations regarding Covid-19 evolve.
1. If you are not feeling well, are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, please remain home to protect your friends and family at St. John’s.
2. Face coverings will be required indoors per the Wisconsin state mandate. If you do not have a face covering, there are masks available at the church.
3. We will be sitting in every other pew with the 6-foot social distance in mind. Families may sit together, but please provide 6 feet of space to other congregants.
4. There will be no singing inside as this has been shown to increase potential transmission of illnesses. Music will be provided during the service.
5. Offering plates will be placed at the front and rear of the sanctuary for congregants to place their offerings in. Plates will not be passed during the service.
6. The service will conclude with Holy Communion. Ushers will dismiss congregants from their pews with safe distancing in mind. Please proceed up the center aisle to receive the sacrament, then exit through the side door of the sanctuary.
7. Once everyone has been served inside the sanctuary, Pastor will proceed outside to provide communion and blessings to those in their vehicles. This will follow the same direction as previously practiced with vehicles exiting the south driveway past the garage.
8. There will unfortunately be no coffee hour until gatherings are deemed safe again.
9. Doors will be propped open when weather allows. Otherwise, ushers and greeters will do their best to open doors for all.
10. Our custodian, Linda Smith, and other members of the church are working hard to keep the premises clean and sanitary for the safety of all. With your continued cooperation and God’s grace, we will all get through these challenging times.
If you have any questions, please contact the office during regular hours, or contact a council member.
Yours in Christ,
Mike Dettmann, President
John Swisher, Vice President
Sally Albertz, Treasurer
Gail Mortier, Secretary
Pastor Dale Vlastnik
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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (OCC)
What is Operation Christmas Child?
The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, collects shoebox gifts‑filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items—and delivers them to children in need around the world to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 178 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
In 2020, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 11 million children in countries like Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda and Ukraine. More than 10.5 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide in 2019, with more than 8.9 million collected in the U.S.
Shoeboxes are now available in Fellowship Hall. Each box contains a label and instructions, and asks for a $9 shipping fee. The deadline is Sunday, November 15th.