Letter From Pastor Luther- July 14th, 2021

Love Intentionally

Love Inclusively

Love Universally

Love Completely

Love Everyone, always

Love Better!

July 14, 2021 (Time in Pandemic: 1 Year, 4 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

As more and more we open up, it is important that we remember that our call to worship together and study together is concurrent with our call to serve together. The great strength of our faith is that we are called to serve God in the service of all God’s people.

Now, we reflect again on best practices in worship and in gathering and in serving. Some things are changing a bit, but by and large, we are going to be back at it….at serving; and in serving offering up worship and praise to our Lord. As of this Saturday evening, we re-introduce our second weekly worship opportunity…our Saturday evening 5:30 pm service is back! As we look forward to that blessing, we are grateful to all the participants (especially Karen Zajac), and all the worshippers who will gather together. There’s an awkwardness to it, because we’ve been apart so long, but it will come back to us. Down the road a bit, as more and more in person elements are reintegrated, we will bring back our Contemporary Worship service, but now at 5:00 pm on Sundays. That service will begin on August 22. We look forward to activities and worship to welcome new families and friends to that new and exciting worship opportunity! And in that mix, we invite your to pray for God’s people at Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church in Lake Elsinore, as they continue their journey, and as we walk alongside!

Again, there will be some awkwardness and faltering; but it is so exciting to worship together; to serve together; to be together! This togetherness gives us strength for the journey and courage for the mission God gives us: to proclaim that God loves us; all of us; all the time. We need to be reminded of that, because we sometimes forget. We need to proclaim that, because God has empowered and commissioned us to make such a proclamation. We need to share that, as far and as wide as we can, for we live in a terribly dysfunctional world that now more than ever before, needs to hear it! God loves you! God loves us all!

Join me then, in praying with Mother Teresa that God will guide us in what we are called upon to do; indeed, to do the best we are able. In so praying God changes us into doers of His Word from mere recipients. God changes us to change the world!

And so, once again, we begin…..

God bless each and every one of you, as begin this journey together, again!

Pr. Luther


Saturday 5:30 p.m. Worship Resumes!

The Saturday 5:30 p.m. worship service will resume on July 17th, 2021. No sign ups are necessary. Please continue to check the church website (www.godamong.us) for safety guidelines and precautions.

Message from Parish Mission

I sure have missed you! It’s been so long! How have you been! How’s your family doing!

This is what I hear every time a few of us are on the church campus! Gathering together is an important part of being a church community. We gather for worship and we gather for Mission work, we gather for meetings and Bible study but after 16 months of not gathering there is a real need to just gather to catch up, to reconnect, to meet new people and see old friends, all on just a social level.

We do this Sunday mornings after church with coffee and donuts, but miss the people who prefer to watch the service on line or can’t make it at that time. We need to have a time when we can all join in the conversation, a time to tell our COVID stories and reconnect.

We have decided to do just that! Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 in the Parish Hall. No agenda, no arm twisting to get you on a committee, no asking you for a donation! Just socializing!

Please come join the conversation!

We haven’t been able to come up with a clever name for this, so let’s just call it what it is, WEDNESDAYS at 6:30!

I hope to see you all there!


LINK (6th-12th grades) will meet on Sundays June 13 & 27 and July 18 & 25 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. We have service projects, games, fellowship, and fun planned for you all. Meet in the courtyard. Bring a jacket. Wear a mask. And be ready for a fun time!

ILC Youth Golf Tournament Our first fundraiser for the ELCA youth gathering is a golf tournament on August 8th. Get your neighbors, relatives, and friends to participate for a day of fun in the fairways. Let me know if you'd like to help that day.

Hygiene Supplies Needed! Interfaith is low on hygiene supplies, shampoo, deodorant, bar soap. There is also a need for new or gently used blankets. Thank you for your consistent generosity!

Food Drop off for Interfaith Community Services Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9:00 and 11:00 in the morning, volunteers are in the parking lot to move groceries and take all the donations to ICS.

From our Church Council President, Dr. Brent Brown COVID19 Precautions last updated 6/18/21

The Plan

· Please, if able, get vaccinated. · We will continue to have one weekly worship service, Sunday mornings at 8:30. · Worship returns to FULL CAPACITY, with no weekly online sign-up. · Sunday’s worship service will occur on campus and will be simultaneously live-streamed online on YouTube and our website. The replay/recording will be available online immediately following worship to view at your leisure. · Livestreamed services will continue with the same degree of excellence for the foreseeable future. · Masks are no longer required for vaccinated persons age 12 and above. · Social distancing is no longer required. · Small groups will be allowed on campus with the approval of council and ministry staff.

The Experience We are gradually returning to normal. · If you have experienced any COVID19 symptoms in the last 10 days or have had recent contact with an ill person with COVID19, especially if unvaccinated, please stay home. · Hand sanitization will be available at every entry point. · Deep cleaning will be done every Sunday. · Vaccinated worship leaders and congregants can sing and speak without wearing masks. · Pre-wrapped communion elements will be placed on a table in the narthex. · Children under 12 are permitted at the service if they wear a face covering at discretion of adult supervision. Children under 2 are exempt from above rules, and can attend at discretion of parents. · Giving will continue online through our website or through the mail. There will be a box near the entrance to the sanctuary to drop in offering. Offering plates will not be passed during the service.

James 1:2-3: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.