First Lutheran, Manhattan (MHK)
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable in our community, First Lutheran Church is CLOSED until Monday, March 30. Please see below a note about how we are planning to stay in community in this time.
in our gospel reading we heard how we who worship God “worship in spirit and
truth,” (John 4:23). Jesus promises us that God can be found in all corners of our
world, not simply in one place, or one building. In this time of coronavirus,
we as a faith community are having to readjust our patterns of ministry in
order to care for one another. As a congregation, you can anticipate the
following changes, effective Monday, March 16th, and extending
through Monday, March 30th. Following that time period, we will
reevaluate the situation.
worship will be suspended the weekends of March 21st and 22nd,
and March 28th and 29th. We
will continue to offer virtual worship experiences, which you can find
here, through your email, or through our facebook page.
March 16th, our church office will be closed,
and we are suspending all in-person ministries, including: Wednesday
prayer service, committees, bible studies, youth groups, music groups,
outside groups, and volunteer work. If you have any questions, please
contact that leader of your group.
- Church office
can receive calls via voicemail, so if you have questions, don’t hesitate
to call. Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
will also be answered promptly. If you would like to have your group host
a virtual meeting, let Pastor Liz know for help setting that up. Staff
will primarily be working from home, although staff will continue to have
Suppers and Food Pantry will be run by the leaders of
those ministries and staff, and adjusted to be served in safe and
responsible ways. We are going to continue to feed our people, but additional
volunteering for these ministries will be temporarily suspended.
Bible Study, Devotional, and Prayer will
be available online on Wednesday afternoons- check it out! This time will
also include ideas and ways you can continue to serve your neighbor.
Virtual Devotional will be available on Thursday afternoons- all ages will
Faith Packs- We have a fabulous family
activity and devotional pack available for anyone, with an emphasis on
Lent and prayer. This pack includes a mini service project. Available for
all ages- it’s geared towards kids, but all generations will enjoy! Let
Pastor Liz know if you are interested- email@example.com
- LOG ECM
will have separate communication for our child care
procedure for the next two weeks, if you have questions, contact LOG ECM
Director Tynisha Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
this time, you can access quick and convenient online giving here. You may give a one-time amount, or set up a recurring donation for further
ease of access.
is appreciated as we take this unknown situation one step at a time. Know that
your leadership and staff is working diligently to stay aware of the most
recent information, and is in communication with other churches and community
resources to see how we can best respond to this changing situation. Email,
website, and Facebook will be your best methods of keeping up-to-date with our
situation following March 30th.
stay connected and caring for one another, even if we cannot meet in-person.
Never forget the power of prayer, a phone call, a card, and all the other ways
we have to stay in touch. God is here, God will continue to be with us. Know
how proud I am for how our church has risen to the occasion, and how we will
continue to shine God’s light to our weary world.