Sundays at Good Shepherd – Fall 2020

Online Worship on here.
Online worship premieres at 9:30 am with live chat. Participate then or anytime later. 

Outdoor Worship*
(2nd and 4th Sundays) – 
NOTE:  The service for October 25 has been CANCELLED
 
Zoom coffee hour–  Zoom Coffee Hour– every week
 
Youth Forum (2nd and 4th Sundays) – Good Shepherd backyard, bring a mask
 
Zoom Sunday School–  (1st and 3rd Sundays) – Zoom Sunday School –  https://luther.zoom.us/j/99137551020

 

10:30 a.m. – ZOOM COFFEE HOUR!

We will have coffee hour on Zoom at 10:30. Zoom adult forums will happen on the same Zoom links starting at 10:45 am. (join anytime between 10:30-10:45am)

  • The people who have joined the coffee hour really appreciated the opportunity to see faces (without masks!) and talk a bit after worship.
  • Join by clicking Zoom Coffee Hour.

Or you can go to zoom.us and enter the 
Meeting ID: 828 3257 6602
Passcode: 327183
or join by phone by calling 312 626 6799 
and entering the meeting ID and passcode   

10:45 AM – ADULT FORUM

Oct. 18 – Travels with the Not-So-Grim-Reaper led by Lori Erickson
Lori, daughter of the late Good Shepherd member Grace Erickson, will lead us in a discussion about living well with the reality of death. Lori is a deacon in the Episcopal church and a travel writer specializing in spiritual journeys. Her most recent book is Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim-Reaper.
  • Please Note: The Zoom Adult Form link is the same as the Zoom Coffee Hour link (see above).  If you’re already at the Zoom Coffee Hour, just stay on that Zoom link to participate in the Adult Forum.
  • To participate in the Zoom Adult Forum only, join the Zoom link above anytime between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m.

*Outdoor worship services will not be broadcast. The services will be short and will include prayer and the communion liturgy. We will gather in the Good Shepherd backyard.  In case of inclement weather, the service will be canceled.  Notice of cancellation will be posted on the website and Facebook by 10:00 am the day of the service.

Families with children are welcome to attend. The children’s sermons in August will be offered at these services rather than online. Kids will be asked to stay with their families for the short time of worship but if children do interact with other children outdoors, that is a lower risk activity for transmission of the virus. Kids are very unlikely to come too close to an adult wearing a mask!  

Musicians are welcome to offer acoustic music during the service.  The SignUp Genius link to offer music is here.

We are doing the best we can to make church activities COVID-19 responsible, but as with any activity in this fluid situation with sometimes limited controls and information, we encourage individuals to consider what level of risk they may be exposing themselves to as they engage in outdoor worship. Please feel free to consult with our staff about any questions or concerns.

Because we care deeply about everyone’s safety and wellbeing, a number of measures are being taken to limit possible exposure to COVID-19:

  • Each service will be limited to 100 people. You are asked to sign up using SignUpGenius or by calling the church office. This will allow us to physically distance and will allow for contact tracing should that be needed.
  • There will be limited access to indoor restrooms (one household at a time in the building).
  • You are asked to bring your own chairs. There will be folding chairs at the church for those who need them.
  • Everyone over the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be available for those who do not bring them. (Kids aged 2-5 are encouraged to wear a mask.)
  • When you arrive, please check in with an usher so that we can have an accurate record of attendance.
  • There will be no congregational singing. The congregation will share in spoken responses, quietly, while masked.
  • Communion will be offered using a single-serve cup with a small piece of bread and wine (or gluten free bread and grape juice). Physical distancing will be practiced as individuals and households are ushered to the table. Communion will be distributed without physical contact.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to stay home.
  • Please be advised that the CDC recommends that those at high risk for a more severe COVID-19 illness (people over 65 and those with underlying conditions) avoid gatherings.
  • We are inviting members to sign up to serve as ushers.

Thank you for helping us to gather in a way that is safe and inclusive for our community. All are welcome! If you cannot attend, we can extend the table of Holy Communion to you. Please be in touch with Pr. Amy about options that might work best for your situation.