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COVID-19 and Zumbro | Update on May 15, 2020

1)This coming Sunday (and Wednesday) we will be celebrating communion during worship. In a world of COVID-19, it may feel a bit different, but hopefully lifegiving. Those listening on the radio and those streaming are invited to participate.

We invite you to set a table at home. Gather a piece of bread and some wine/juice before worship begins. When the time comes, a pastor will consecrate the elements. If there is more than one person in the household, you 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 in the household, the pastor will speak the words directly to you.

2) Just a few weeks remaining in our Easter sermon series: We’re All in this Together. All sermons are available online.

Here is the schedule:

· May 17 – Being a Good Samaritan in a Day of COVID-19 – Luke 10:25-37

· May 24 – Jesus Breaks Down Walls and So Do We – Ephesians 2:11-22

· May 31 (Pentecost) – We’re All in This Together – Acts 2:1-21

3) As the state of Minnesota focuses on re-opening, we plan to have a conversation about it at our upcoming council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. We will be considering study documents from both the ELCA and the SE MN Synod. While we have no immediate plans to resume in-person worship (in the gym), we will discuss possible outdoor worship options over the summer. We will consider when we might be able to resume care ministry for elderly members not in senior housing. And we will look down the road at what Rainbow School and Luther College may do in the coming months. We should have an update for you next week.

4) Sorry to say, we will not be holding our Memorial Weekend gatherings at Soldiers Field and the Columbarium.

5) We are happy to report that we will be highlighting our high school graduates on Sunday, May 31 (Pentecost Sunday; wear red). We will also be treated to a virtual anthem by the Zumbro Lutheran Choir.

6) We occasionally hear of people who’ve been hospitalized, but only occasionally. We encourage you to let us know if you’re entering the hospital or just getting home. We would welcome the opportunity to connect with you and spend some time in prayer.

Friends, as we live with closed-in feelings, I hope you can get outside to enjoy some of the nice weather. And I hope you feel God’s love and care for you each and every day. We are all in this together, and with the help of God, we will make it through.

In the strong name of Jesus,

Pastor Vern Christopherson