Dear FLC Church Family:
As we enter into the holiday season where we look forward to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it’s a good time to reflect on our many blessings. Needless to say, 2020 has been filled with challenges. We owe great appreciation to our Pastors for the efforts they have made to safely keep us open for worship. If you have been able to attend a service in person recently, you have seen the results of these efforts. They include:
- Roped off pews specifically designated for each service (which are sanitized between services)
- Sanitized bulletins and hand sanitizer throughout the building
- Sanitizing spray used pretty much everywhere (including in the air conditioning systems)
- Continued reminder and encouragement of social distancing and the wearing of masks
The results of these efforts over the past nine months have also yielded no virus infections at church. Hallelujah!
While we have been truly blessed by God with this protection, we have more challenges ahead. As we get into our glorious Advent and Christmas services, we are always blessed with more people in attendance than usual. This creates a need to be even more vigilant in our efforts to avoid the spreading of germs. I ask you to join me and other worshipers in the practice of always wearing a mask when inside the building, and not seated. This includes all the hallways, the Fellowship Hall, the Narthex, and the Sanctuary. Even if you don’t think a mask is needed, please wear one as a courtesy to those around you. As Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3-4, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Each day, we move a little closer to a time of returning to a more normal fellowship and worship experience. In the interim, let’s do all we can to minimize the risk of exposure.
I am so proud to be a part of the Faith Lutheran Church family, and I am blessed to be of service to you as your Congregation President.