Ways to Continue to be Church Together

March 26, 2020

Greetings in the name of Christ! 
 
You all are aware that recommendations are changing frequently as we work together to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Your staff at Our Saviour's are working to stay on top of the updates and respond strategically and responsibly as we sustain the ministry and business of the church. We pray for you, and earnestly covet your prayers as well.
 
We will publish our Sentinel for the month of April as usual, so watch for detailed information next week. Here are some shorter-term updates. 
 
  • With Governor Walz most recent directive to "Stay at Home," office hours and phone access at the church will be less consistent. We are all trying to do as much work remotely as possible. Exemptions as listed in the Governor's Emergency Executive Order from the Governor's office: Faith leaders and workers. This category includes officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. This category also includes workers necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members. 
  • You will be most successful in reaching staff via email, or by calling their cell phones. These numbers were published in last week's update, and are available in the church directory. 
 
  • In person worship will continue to be suspended for the foreseeable future, as we follow the protocols and recommendations of public officials. We can say with certainty that the church building will be closed at least until May 1st.  We will continue to live stream worship services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings on Facebook Live. We are currently at work planning for Holy Week and Easter celebrations in virtual modes. We love hearing from you regarding these services. In response to comments, we are experimenting with ways to make the sound more accessible. Thanks for letting us know! 
    • You can find the current worship folder by clicking here or by going to our website www.oursavioursmpls.org and following the link  on the home page and in the Worship section. 
 
  • We will continute to host our Wednesday Bible Study on Zoom.   Join Zoom Meeting by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/349328834. If you can't get the link to work, you can go to zoom.com, click "Join a meeting," and enter our Meeting ID number: 349 328 834
  • One tap mobile  +13126266799,,349328834# US (Chicago)  Meeting ID: 349 328 834 
 

WE CONTINUE TO LOVE AND SERVE OUR NEIGHBORS 

    • ADDITIONAL SHELTER MEALS
      In these days of COVID-19 Our Saviour’s Housing is dealing with additional challenges as it serves the homeless community. It has become more difficult to schedule groups to handle the evening meals, and this coming week the shelter will begin serving breakfast and lunch as well.
       
      Jim and LaRue Unglaube have made a commitment to the Shelter to cover the evening meal on three nights in April. This is in addition to the congregation’s continuing commitment to provide the meal on all 5th Mondays and Saturdays. In doing so we plan to purchase the food from Butter Café, and support this venture at a time when they are closed except to take-out orders. We invite you to make a contribution to help cover the cost of these meals. You may make a check payable to OSLC and designate “shelter meals” in the memo section.
       
      Thanks so much for your consideration as we seek to respond to the Gospel call to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger. 
    • Thanks to those who have contributed to the COVID-19 support fund - for Shelter meals and/or support for members who are unemployed or on reduced income. You can continue to make contributions for these opportunities on line or by mail.  Click here to be directed to Online Donations and use Special Donation Fund.  In the space provided, put COVID-19 or Helping Hands or OSH Meals.  
    • If you are able to sew protective face masks for the staff and residents in the Shelter, please contact Pastor Laurie by email, and I will share the instructions with you. 
    • Community Emergency Service (CES - 1900 11th Ave S) needs volunteers to pre-pack grocery bags/boxes in the morning and assist with distribution (in the parking lot) in the afternoon. You can sign up using the link below. If you have any questions, contact Maryellen.   Maryellen has been doing the pre-packing so she can address any safety concerns about the process. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084aaeaf2babfa7-food
 

We are in the midst of troubling times, and the uncertainty and fear do take a toll on all of us, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Tend with care to your own well-being as well as that of others. Intentionally notice whatever you have to be grateful for. Honestly admit your disappointments, sorrows, and fears. Give yourself permission to cry when you need to. God gave us tears as one of the ways we heal from what hurts. Continue to love one another in whatever ways you are able. Pray, and trust God.

 

Now to God who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 

(Ephesians 3:20-21)

 

 

 


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