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Sundays @ 9:00 am
GROWING IN FAITH
January 20, 2021
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Your council would again like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you for your patience,
cooperation, and support over these difficult months. After discussing the current situation, we would
like to again offer indoor worship with Holy Communion on Sundays for those who are comfortable
gathering inside. For those who may be uncomfortable returning to indoor worship, we will be
continuing the Facebook feed, and 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 as before.
Please be aware that Covid-19 is still very active in our country, our state, and our community.
With this in mind, we will be following the same indoor worship protocols as before. 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. 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.
We are utilizing these protocols to gather together safely and to protect each other, so please
help us to provide a safe, welcoming, and loving place of worship for all to attend. As always, if you have
any questions, please contact the office during regular hours, or contact a council member.
As you are aware, our annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 24. We will be holding
the meeting in the sanctuary in order to provide enough space for everyone to attend. We ask that
anyone interested would prayerfully consider participating in the ministries the church has.
There will be vacancies on the council, education committee, and audit committee, as well as synod delegates to elect. Please consider serving if you are able. These positions don’t require much time and it is veryrewarding to work with fellow members of St. John’s to lead the church in various capacities.
We wish you all a happy and healthy 2021, and we’ll see you Sunday!
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.