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COVID 19 and Zumbro

Update April 3, 2020

Here are some of the latest things going on at Zumbro. A few new items are listed in bold:

1) We will be worshiping online and on the radio this Holy Week. The radio, of course is available only on Sundays at 1520AM, KOLM. All the services are available for streaming at zumbrolutheran.org.

2) We encourage you to join us for the following services (You can see  worship here.):

  • Palm Sunday (8:30am)
  • Maundy Thursday (7pm)
  • Good Friday Family Service (5:30pm)
  • Good Friday (7pm)
  • Easter Sunday (8:30am).

The sanctuary might not look exactly the same, but many of the sights and sounds will be familiar. Check out the April newsletter for more details.

2) We’ve been having conversations about how we might have communion in the midst of COVID-19. We have decided to include communion liturgy as part of our worship and invite people to participate in this holy meal at home. Our first opportunity for this will be Sunday, April 19.

We will ask individuals and families to gather a piece of bread and some wine/juice before worship begins. When the time comes, a pastor will consecrate the elements in the sanctuary. If there is more than one in the household, they will speak the words to each other: “The body of Christ given for you; the blood of Christ shed for you.” If there is only one, the pastor will speak the words directly to that person. Be looking for additional information on this soon. We will also discuss it further at our Maundy Thursday worship, as we remember Jesus instituting this meal for his disciples.

3) Because our regular worship life is on hold, we expect that giving—both to our general fund and our building fund—will be affected. Depending on your current financial situation, I encourage you to be as generous as possible. We plan to update our financial picture this coming week.

There are three easy ways to give to Zumbro:

  • Mail your offering to the church.
  • Make a gift or set up recurring giving on our website.
  • Use your smartphone and text ZUMBRO to 73256.

4) The church office is currently staffed from 8:00-noon. Churches have been listed as an “essential service” so our staff has some leeway when it comes to being in the building.

5) Construction work has also been listed as an essential service, so work on the new elevator continues. Workers are careful to maintain appropriate distance. This past week drillers were able to bore down to 44 feet, as far as they needed to go for elevator hydraulics. The workers are making good progress.

6) In the coming week, I will be leading a Zoom Bible study on the events of Holy Week. The Bible study will run daily from April 6-11, Monday through Saturday, for 30-45 minutes. We’ll “gather” at 9am each day. Join us when you can. See the website for details and sign-ups.

7) In case of an emergency, please call the church office and—depending on a facility’s current visitation policy—a pastor will make every effort to connect with you or a loved one.

(8) Mission Mondays continue. This week they are asking for donations for our Good Samaritan Fund. We will use these gifts to bless a number of Zumbro families this Easter. Check Facebook on Saturday for further details.

9) We have a group of quilters and sewers who are busy making masks for those working in health care. They’re partnering with LSS to get these masks made as quickly as possible and then sent on to the people who need them.

10) We’re working on a new sermon series for the season of Easter. It’s entitled, We’re All in this Together. We expect there will be plenty to talk about.

Good people of Zumbro, I have missed being together with you over the last several weeks. I will especially miss you during Holy Week. This is such a rich and vibrant time of the year. Streaming is good, and so is the radio, but our ongoing physical separation is a reminder to me of how important it is when we can be together.

We will get through this, I’m confident of that. We’re all in this together. May God keep you safe and secure as we wait and hope. You are in my prayers, and I ask for yours.

Together we are building bridges of understanding and peace, reaching out with compassion, and sharing the hope of Jesus.

In the strong name of Jesus,

Pastor Vern Christopherson