This past month has been busy, even though we are not having services on Sunday morning. The trustees and Council have met and decided to remain closed for a while longer. We are doing very good with wearing face masks and using the hand sanitizer, but not so good at social distancing. Having the pews closed helps, but before and after the services we were meeting as we did before the COVID-19 hit us, minus the coffee. If we open for services, we need to follow all the CDC guidelines.
Thirty-two (32) cars were part of a drive-by for Leroy (Skip) Morgan’s birthday. Bells were rung and voices were heard shouting “Happy Birthday” as Leroy sat on his porch waving to all. Sadly, Leroy passed away on Saturday, August 15, surrounded by his family. I am so glad we were able to say goodbye. Services are pending at the time this was submitted.
The AA group is meeting at individuals’ homes while the church is closed. They will return to meeting at the church when we are open for business. The Girl Scouts will not meet at the church at this time also. The Council met with Bishop Allende (virtually) as part of the call process. He was pleased to find out that our Ministry Profile was complete and submitted to the Synod. Bishop Allende suggested that we have a fund of $5,000.00 set aside for the interviewing expenses (lodging for out of town candidates, meals, and mileage). Thank you, Randall Beckley, for setting up the Zoom meeting. I may have a son that knows how to do all that computer stuff, but he didn’t get it from me or Rollie!
Pastor Larry Klinker will soon be starting as our Interim Pastor. An exact date has not yet been set. A Constant Contact email will be sent out as soon as we have more details.
The Council will meet in a couple of weeks and will decide if the time is right to reopen for Sunday services. In the meantime, the church is open on Tuesday mornings for worship services at 10:00 am. All are welcome to attend at that time if the virtual services “aren’t the same as being there”.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.