Letter From Pastor Luther- May 26th, 2021


Love Intentionally


Love Inclusively


Love Universally


Love Completely


Love Everyone, always


Love Better!


May 26, 2021 (Year One, Month 2, Week 1, Day 2)


Sisters and Brothers in Christ!


This past Sunday, the 23rd of May, we celebrated the birthday of the church on Pentecost Sunday. It was particularly joyful for us this year as we welcomed some families into the church for the first time in a very, very long time, to assist us in the Rite of the Affirmation of Baptism. This year, six confirmands participated in our service and we want to congratulate all of them for their success in study, and their commitment to faith. They are: Avery MacCollum, Aaron Terry, Cole Solomonson, Max Montgomery, Lucas Cianflone and Samantha Servais! Congratulations to one and all, and to the families!


Next Sunday, the 30th of May, we are celebrating Holy Trinity Sunday. Worship will begin at 8:30 am, and will be something of a hybrid and blended worship service: hybrid because it will be an “in person” service, but it will also be live-streamed for those at home; blended because it will continue to retain elements of our traditional liturgical service, as well as elements from our Saturday evening service and our contemporary service.


There are protocols to follow, including signing up to come for worship, social distancing, masking, etc. The sign up link is already up on our website, so please sign up now! Please check the “Guidelines” provided for us by our church council on our website, at https://www.godamong.us/post/ilc-re-opening .


The transition to doing everything back together is going to be a bit of a challenge, because though we’re going back to “the way things used to be,” there is a sense in which they’ll never be completely as they were. Some have become so accustomed to the 10:00 worship time, that they’re already concerned about the “change back” to the way its been, and that’s understandable. However, for facility sake, and with the addition of other worship opportunities as we move forward, it makes most sense to begin with the early service without creating too many transitions. We genuinely hope that our members and friends will come in and join us, so that we once again might truly be together again in an in person environment. For those who cannot, we will continue to provide an online presence. This has been a huge blessing for us, in that our outreach to the community is broader than its ever been. How that will affect in person attendance is yet to be seen. I am confident that between in person and online attendance, we’re doing well as a community. That said, I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone in person! We’ve missed you! See you this weekend!


Peace and grace,



Pr. Luther

ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Congratulations to the 2021 confirmands:

  • Avery MacCollum

  • Aaron Terry

  • Cole Solomonson

  • Max Montgomery

  • Lucas Cianflone

  • Samantha Servais


A Message from Dr. Brent Brown

Our Council President would like to stress,

"Please look into getting the vaccine as soon as possible if safe for you to do so. The faster we all get vaccines safely the faster we can have more people in church."


Stephen Ministers

Training Update: Please keep our Stephen Leaders and our Stephen Minister trainees in your prayers as they near the end of the 50 hours of initial training. Here is the training topic for this week - “Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care (Part 2). This is the second of two sessions on Stephen Ministry Small Group Peer Supervision, in which Stephen Ministers provide support, encouragement and accountability to one another in their ministry. Supervision ensures that Stephen Ministers provide the best care possible, yet is done in a way that keeps the identity of the care receiver and the details of his or her situation confidential. If you are going through a particularly difficult period and would like to pursue the idea of meeting with a Stephen Minister on a regular basis, please call Deacon Mindy or one of the Pastors.


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.


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