In The News This Week
September 18th, 2020
Updated Outdoor Worship Times
Live Outdoor Services Information
I saw a beautiful post on Facebook this morning that I’d like to share (thanks to Brenda Thompson for posting). I believe this was written by Cathy Kingsbury Bradford Keagy:
Don’t’ give up on this year
Keep fighting for the good
Keep showing up
Keep giving back
Keep being kind
Keep being brave
Keep trying new things
Keep showing grace
The world needs you
To believe in the good.
Hmmm… That’s a wonderfully tough one to follow, but follow I must. Here goes:
You may have noticed a new streamlined eNews last Friday. Look for more of the same in the weeks to come. Since there is a fair amount to overlap between the Tuesday messages from me and the eNews, we decided to make it less wordy, unless you want to click on something to learn more about a particular topic. Happy clicking!
Our food drive for next week will benefit Sharing with Sheridan food pantry. They are in need of the following items, please: spaghetti noodles (NOT whole wheat, please), Meal soups (ravioli, beef stew, chili), tuna, canned corn, cereal. Since the shelter served 172 families on September 3, they are certainly so grateful for our generosity. The food drive will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 22-23 from 10 to noon.
Remember that outdoor worship begins on Sunday mornings at 9 am for September 20 and 27, then we will switch to 10 am for the month of October.
Oktoberfest! Believe it or not, our Oktoberfest celebration is less than two weeks away. Several families have signed up to reserve a spot. Here’s the link in case you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FA5AD2EAAFC1-oktoberfest
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Also, many generous people and groups have donated baskets for the raffle. Thanks to all who have donated. If you would still like to get in on that action, please have your basket to the church by noon tomorrow.
The raffle tickets for the Oktoberfest baskets will go on sale on Thursday, September 17. Look for a separate message about that on Thursday and in Friday’s eNews. Ticket sales will be available until Thursday, September 24 at 5 pm. No tickets will be sold at the event! The drawing for the baskets will happen live at the Oktoberfest celebration on September 26, but you do not need to be present to win. We will also announce the winners in lieu of the regular Monday morning Bible study on September 28, as well as contacting winners to claim their baskets!
Finally, a bit of scripture to round out the message: From Psalm 61- From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.
To that, I say amen.
Blessings to you all. Please call or email if there’s anything we can help you with here at church.
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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