In The News This Week
October 16, 2020
Indoor Worship Services
Youth-Led Worship This Week
All Saints' Sunday
Food Pantry Drive Next Week
Hello to you and your family,
What a beautiful autumn day we are enjoying today. Thanks be to God for the beauty and bounty of colorful Colorado!
As you undoubtedly read in last Friday's eNews, worship services will resume inside the church building beginning November 1. Look for a Sign Up Genius in this Friday's eNews to make a reservation for that service. For that weekend, there will be one service at 10 am, but beginning the first full weekend in November (11/7 & 11/8) there will be two services from which you can choose, either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Please remember that you must bring your own mask, as well as your own communion elements. Communion will NOT be served by staff or volunteers. Please refer to Pr. Eric's video message from October 11 for more details about indoor worship.
This coming Sunday, we will worship with our high school youth leading us. You will receive a link for that recorded service later this week. If the weather cooperates, we will also be lead by the youth in outdoor worship on Sunday morning at 10 am. Look for further messaging about that later this week.
You are invited! On Saturday, October 31, CLC will hold a Trunk-or-Treat event for our kids and their families and friends in the parking lot from 4-6 pm. Please join us by decorating your trunk or the back of your car, bringing along store-bought, prepackaged candy or treats, your masks, and a table. The table will sit between you and the kids, as you are requested to place treats on that table for kids to pick up as they pass your table. We hope to see many families in the parking lot that evening to make this a memorable event for kids who might not get to enjoy Halloween much otherwise. If you need a table on which to place your treats, please message Karen at email@example.com. Likewise, if you are willing to be a parking lot manager who helps to guide families safely through the trunk-or-treat process, please message Karen.
Reminder: Names of loved ones you want remembered on November 1 for the All Saints' remembrance must be submitted by October 20, one week from today.
Denise is a devoted church member who picks up donations of bread and pastries every Monday and Tuesday evening from Panera which the church then donates to either Field Elementary or Sharing with Sheridan food pantry. If you are willing to help with that task of picking up the bread from Panera, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For several weeks now, you have read about an Advent devotional booklet that will be made available to church members late in November this year with writings from our own members. For that to happen, we need submissions soon. There are many talented writers of all ages in this congregation, and we are calling on you to participate in this effort. The theme of the season is "Hope" and we all look forward to reading words of hope from you! Here are a couple of excerpts from a devotion booklet that was used at another church in a past season. Perhaps these excerpts will spark a bit of creative inclination for other writers. Please contact Peyton or Bev Brady for more information.
“Advent is the season of anticipation. While we may not always know what pathways lie ahead, we are assured that God is with us. Alleluia!”
“The gift of life through Jesus is as precious today as it was at that first Christmas. Help us to remember your love and to pass it on to others.”
On October 25, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday (so wear red that day, please) as well as the Affirmation of Baptism for 26 youth. We look forward to gorgeous weather and a wonderful celebration for our last outdoor service!
Nest week, we will collect food items for Sharing with Sheridan food pantry. They are requesting the following items: pancake mix, meal soups (on sale at both King Soopers and Safeway for .99 in quantity), chili/canned pasta/stew and granola bars. Please drop off items on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 10 am to noon. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Please contact the church with questions and someone will get back to you. Messages are still checked and phone calls returned, even though the staff is in the office for irregular hours.
Blessings to you and your loved ones.
LOVE INC. NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
We are looking for Volunteers to serve our Store-Renewed Treasures!
Small groups of sorters are needed to go through donated items. (can be trained on site for a one-time service opportunity!)
More regular shift volunteers to run the store are needed as many regulars are not yet able to return.
Furniture moving teams are needed to activate once a month.
IT Support volunteer to learn Point of Sales System and help with other IT needs.
We are looking for Volunteers to serve our Clients! - Connection Center
Connection Center Callers: We’re working virtually and training is provided. The needs of neighbors calling in are increasingly difficult and we want to build up this vital level of support.
Drivers: We have many dedicated drivers, but many are, understandably, not willing to drive individuals during the pandemic. If you are interested and able to help fill this gap, please reach out!
The Sharing with Sheridan Food Bank is located at the Sheridan Recreation Center in Sheridan, CO. 3325 W Oxford Ave, Denver, CO 80236.
Here are a few quick facts about Sharing With Sheridan:
They opened 6/5/14. Open Thursdays (registration begins at 3:00 and shopping occurs 3:30 to 7 PM)
Serve families who reside in the 80110 and 80236 zip codes but also welcome all families with students in the Sheridan School District regardless of where they reside.
Families are invited to shop twice per month.
SWS acquires most of our food through donations and local food banks including Food Bank of the Rockies and FERN.
In 2019, they averaged 34 families per week.
In 2019, they served over 7000 individuals at an average cost of $1.13 each. Most people leave the pantry with a large box and/or bags of food.
A unique feature of this food bank is that people may select their food based on what their family will use.
In 2019, their volunteers, who are from St. Philip and the community including some of our guests, logged over 3000 volunteer hours.
In addition to CLC's twice-monthly food drive, there is a place for you to serve at the SWS Food Bank.
With the increased need, 18-20 volunteers are needed each Thursday at the Sheridan Community Center.
11-1 – Help unload and stock (inside)
1:00 – Fill boxes with dry goods & move to lobby (inside)
12:30-5:30 -Package produce at the high school (shared parking lot)
2:00 – Set up tables & then help with distribution
2:45-5:45 – Distribution – Load the trunks of cars with boxes of food and other food (in parking lot)
All volunteers are to wear masks and gloves. Social distancing is practiced as much as possible. The pantry space inside is smaller. Teens 14 years and above are welcomed to help. 14-18 years need to fill out a volunteer app with parent’s signature.
Please visit SWS's website for more information:
Information for Outdoor Worship
It is very important to know and take personal notice of several
health-conscious points regarding these worship services:
For the Safe-Keeping and Love of Your Neighbor:
This opportunity for gathering in-person, even though outdoors, is not a COVID risk-free environment. Anyone not feeling healthy, and/or vulnerable to COVID infection as outlined by the CDC, and/or not wanting to risk gathering within a crowd, should not attend.
The wearing of a face mask over both the mouth and nose will be required at all times for all persons over the age of 3 years old. Please bring your own mask. Should anyone forget, we will have a limited amount of clean masks available.
In addition to wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance of no less than 6 feet between family units will also need to be honored. Though we do deeply miss you, all church staff will be maintaining strict social distance around themselves and will be wearing a mask.
Anyone over the age of 3 years old not willing/able to keep a face mask over both their mouth and nose, or maintain these social distancing stipulations, should not attend.
Logistics Regarding this Outdoor Worship Service:
This worship service will be recorded and emailed to the congregation and posted on our Facebook page, just as we have done in previous weeks.
Worship service will take place in the parking lot area adjacent to the office wing of the building. Parking will be limited to the north parking lot near St. Luke’s, along the west side of Broadway facing south, and at the farthest south entrance.
Each person will need to bring their own chair to sit on.
The parking lot spaces will be organized in a way to keep social distancing between family units. We will use the decline of the parking lot as a natural theater-style seating, facing downhill toward the sanctuary, for the best visibility and acoustics.
The ability to see and hear may be an issue for some attendees. We will try to do the best we can in ways that we can safely manage. Please consider your hearing/seeing abilities when making your space selection among those available.
There will not be a bulletin or a projection of the service. All of the scriptures, prayers and musical information will be emailed out to you prior to Sunday morning – please bring it with you.
Access to the inside of the church building (including the restrooms) will be restricted to urgent needs only. A staff member will be available to help when needed.
Skin protection and personal hydration are recommended. In the event of inclement weather, worship will be done via our media. We will try to communicate that decision to you with as much advanced notice as possible.
The Worship of Our Lord:
We will have a shortened service to minimize exposure time (around 45 minutes).
We will be celebrating Holy Communion each week. You will need to bring bread and wine/grape juice for your own family to use for communion (Please see the recipe above for communion bread, if you'd like to make your own). Pastor Eric or Pastor Gail will preside at the altar, and congregants will commune themselves.
Offering plates will not be passed. Online giving (or the church mailbox) remain available for our offerings to God.
Worship leaders will explain about music and invited congregational response at each opportunity.
Please contact Pastor Eric, Pastor Gail, Council or Staff if you have any questions or concerns. We all miss you and love you dearly. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers for Christ Lutheran Church.
-CLC Council, COVID Task Force, and CLC Staff
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