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April 21 Update on Coronavirus Precautions

Dear Members of St. John’s,

One of the greatest blessings of our lives is that Jesus is our Savior and our resurrected Good Shepherd.

He wants all of us as His sheep, to stay connected to Him through the Holy Spirit, the Word and sacraments, and prayer. It is my privilege, along with our elders, to help you, in doing just that.

Staying Connected to God Through Each Other

Over the next week, we will be making calls again to you, our members, to check on how you are doing. It’s important that we stay connected while we are physically separated from each other. You will also see an announcement this week regarding our newly formed Care Team. The Care Team’s purpose is to connect St. John’s members who have a need with resources that are available both internal to St. John’s and external through the community. If you have questions about this, feel free to reach out to one of the Care Team members.           

Staying Connected to God Through His Word

For this Sunday, April 26, I will provide a taped message that can be viewed through the St. John’s website. I encourage you to take the time and listen to God’s Word through this medium to stay connected to Him. 

As a reminder, I would again point you to other programs that are wonderful ways to hear God’s Word. Specifically, the Lutheran Hour radio program and other resources are available at lutheranhour.org. Also, Worship Anew is a series of taped services from Lutheran Ministries Media at worshipanew.org.

Staying Connected to God Through the Sacrament of Holy Communion

For this Sunday, we will continue to distribute Holy Communion using our “Walk-In, Family-Isolated” (WiFi) process from 9-11 a.m. Again, to be clear, we are not gathering as a congregation. We are simply providing a means to receive the gift of Holy Communion one family at a time through a safe, peaceful, sheltered, and familiar setting. I will have already consecrated the bread and the wine by the time you arrive. You may enter the St. John’s parking lot, follow the car line, and remain in your car. Once your car gets to the front of the line at the front doors of the church, you may leave your car under the direction of an elder, enter the narthex, receive the bread and wine from Pastor, return to your car, and then exit the parking lot. The process has been designed as a sanitary, non-touch, safely spaced experience providing a peaceful, familiar environment for prayerful self-examination. 

Finally, you should have recently received an email letter from Matt Ellison, our congregational President, highlighting some of the operational opportunities we are taking advantage of while worship, Sunday school, and Preschool are closed. I, along with Matt, thank you for your continued financial support. It is truly a blessing from the Lord. Whether you are dropping off your offering at WiFi communion, mailing your check directly to St. John’s, or giving online through the electronic giving section of our website at https://stjohnslexington.org/worship/electronic-giving/ , we truly appreciate your continued offerings to help us meet our financial obligations and outreach support during this time of separation.  

As we live through these unusual times, we also live in the abundant grace of our loving Lord. It is grace that is and will be sufficient for our every need. The certainty of His grace-filled provision gives us joy and abiding confidence. We are God’s people.

Living in Jesus with you,
Pastor Bettermann