- the building is closed with limited exceptions by appointment (service personnel, vendor visits, etc.)
- most pastoral care and small group activity will take place by phone or online
- if an in person visit is necessary, we’ll meet outside where possible by appointment only
- small groups can meet in person outside by invitation only (registration required)
- services will be broadcast live
- Holy Communion will be available via drive-thru each week at the end of the service
Instructions for Receiving Holy Communion
We will serve Communion safely from disposable plates in factory-sealed containers of bread and wine. I am afraid that there is no safe way to serve alcoholic wine or gluten-free wafers at the moment. If you can’t consume the wafer, please share it with a family member. Be prepared to see those serving wearing gloves and masks and keeping their distance from you.
If you want to receive Holy Communion please worship online first and come over to church at the end of the broadcast. Receiving Holy Communion is the culmination of a carefully crafted service and we are keeping the first part online so that you can hear the word, confess your sins, be assured of God’s grace, and worship in song before coming here in person to receive bread and wine.
We’ll be serving for at least an hour so there is no need to rush and if there is a really long line, we’ll stay until everyone has received. We have nowhere else to go and nothing better to do – ever!
Please wait patiently in line and stay in your car at all times. Servers will be waiting outside at the front door under a clearly marked blue tent. Like a drive thru, you just need to pull up to the front door and wind down your window. All the clergy will be there to serve you and pray with you briefly.
Even though you are in a car, please try to think of the front door as a temporary communion rail and consume your communion there with as much reverence as you can in the circumstances.
This is not a replacement for coffee hour or pastoral ministry, so we’ll continue with all of our many Zoom meetings and calls for now as well. If you would like to talk at greater length, we’d be happy to pray with you during the week, just contact us via phone or e-mail to set up a time.
When you’ve received, please leave the site so that others can drive up. If you need to leave the line, the road is wide enough for you to pass on the left.
Instructions for Taking Communion to Someone Else
If you want to take Communion to a member of our church who cannot be here, please speak to Rev. Ben Wulpi first and he can talk you through a few simple words that you can say together as you serve them.
There are three ways they can receive: (1) if they have been worshiping online; or (2) if they have used our new library iPad with recorded services loaded on it; or (3) if someone authorized by us serves them Home Communion with a simple scripture, reading, and confession as we’ve been doing for many hundreds of years.
I know that our plan might seem intricate and unusual, but it enables us to maintain the traditions that are so important to us and serve Holy Communion in both kinds to every member of our church safely, ensuring that no one is excluded simply because they are vulnerable.
We might not be able to serve everyone at home immediately, but we’ll do our best to make sure that anyone who can’t be here, can still receive can as soon as possible.
Instructions for Making Donations
The safest and easiest way to give is to mail in checks or ask your bank to take care for that for you on a regular basis. Our new app also enables electronic giving and it is quick and easy to use.
If giving something in person is a really important part of your pattern of worship, we won’t be passing a plate or handling things you give, but there will be a donations box available at the door when you receive Communion.