I wanted to give some reflection on the last almost 8 months we have been in the storm of this pandemic. I think we have done a good job of playing a "middle ground" in terms of worship opportunities. We have held a number of different worship services since we "opened" back up for worship in the sanctuary, and for the most part, I think this has gone well. I think the fire pit services went well through out the summer even though I know some people might have preferred an earlier start at 5pm. We had a real summer this summer so the later 7 pm start was much better in terms of the heat and having shadows come in play in terms of the back of the church to keep things a bit cooler. We can talk about whether an earlier time would be preferred next spring/summer. The Parking lot services gave people an opportunity to commune and get out of their PJ's and go to church without having to go inside if that was out of their comfort zone. We have had numbers in the sanctuary of about what I was expecting given the circumstances.
In terms of programming we are at the moment getting some of the regular things back up and running. We started Sunday School in the first week of October in a large group setting in the sanctuary. We are asking for kids age 3 to fourth grade to attend. We start at 10:45 and go until 11:15. We wouldn't want anyone to miss a second of those amazing Vikings! ;) (HaHa!). Confirmation is going well as we are meeting at United Lutheran in Elbow Lake on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45, grades seven through ninth (which is a change). We start out in a large group with screens and large group interaction and then break down into small groups with adult leaders. The Impact group is also up and running on Tuesday's after school for about an hour and a half.
In terms of giving, we are holding our own. One of my concerns has been the roof payment that comes due in the fall. We had to take funds out of the general saving to pay it this fall. The general savings is very minimal right now. I encourage all those who have pledged to keep up with the pledge. If you have not pledged--I encourage you to help retire this debt, and if you have already fulfilled your pledge, I would ask you to prayerfully consider additional giving.
As always, if you have any praises or concerns let me know 24-7. My cell phone # is (218) 851-3153