Our Saviour Lutheran Church is staying mindful of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gripping the world today.
In response to the recommendations of social distancing from the local, state, and federal institutions,
The Church Council has decided to suspend all services, meetings, and other gathers effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Please see below for details,
and check back here for any updates from the Council.
You can also expect to receive an email when/if plans change.
(Please contact us if you are not receiving such mass emails.)
August 27, 2020
Updates to Fall Worship Schedule
**Please understand, these plans are subject to change due to the pandemic.**
We will continue the 9:00 drive-in service through the end of October. People leaving their cars for any reason are asked to wear masks.
Beginning September 13, we will add a 10:00 service in the sanctuary. The format for this service will be short, much like the drive-in service. However, we will use the organ and other sanctuary instruments. The indoor service will be limited to 50 people. The pews will be marked off to provide for social distancing. All people attending the 10:00 service are required to wear masks. There will be no congregational singing. There will also be no fellowship or in-person Sunday School.
Communion will be offered at both services on the 1st Sunday of the month. For now, we will continue to use the "snack pack" communion kits. Members attending the drive-in service are asked to take your empty cup home, rinse it thoroughly, pour the rinse water on the ground, and then dispose of your cup. Member attending the 10:00 service will be able to place their empty cup in a basin of water at the back of the church.
July 22, 2020
Revision to Weather Policy for Drive-In Worship
Drive-in worship will continue through Labor Day weekend.
In the event of rain or extreme heat, the worship leaders will broadcast from inside the building.
Parking will be adjusted accordingly.
In the event of severe weather, the service may be cancelled.
You can call the church from 8:30 a.m. on to see if there will be a service.
June 17, 2020
A letter from the Council
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord!"
The time has come to resume gathering for public worship!
We invite you to join us for church on Sundays,
beginning June 28 at 9:00 a.m.
As we make plans to return to worship, the safety and well-being of our members is our primary concern.
With this in mind, we will:
Transmit the service over the radio.
People attending the service are encouraged to remain in their cars.
Those who stay in cars do not need to wear masks.
The services will be short with limited congregational song or response, and no communion for the first few weeks.
The church restrooms will be available using the backdoor. Please wear a mask when entering the church.
Please do not attend services if you have a fever or other symptoms.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be cancelled and posted online.
These services will be a work in progress. You can expect further adaptation as we find our way.
Continue online recording of the services for those unable to attend church.
We look forward to the opportunity to gather with you again to hear God's Word and sing God's praises.
June 6, 2020
A statement of the Synod Council
The Synod Council of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
released a statement in response to the brutal and unjust killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
The statement in its entirety can be read in the PDF file linked below, which was sent to the church office.
The Church Council is planning an online recognition of graduates this year.
Please submit the names and graduation information of your graduate to the church office by May 4.
We hope to have an additional, in-person recognition when we are able to gather once again.
Assuming we are able to gather again in late May, the Church Council approved the following summer schedule to begin May 24:
8:30 a.m. – Traditional worship service with communion
9:30 a.m. – Fellowship between services
10:15 a.m. – Contemporary worship service with communion
If we are able to gather prior to May 24, we will follow the regular schedule.
The Church Council notes that offerings have been good, considering the circumstances.
Please continue to submit your offering by mail, in person, or by direct payment from your financial institution.
If you drop your check in the mailbox, be sure to put it in an offering envelope.
March 27, 2020
A message from our Parish Nurse
As your parish nurse, I would like to share a YouTube video that has very helpful information about the novel coronavirus affecting all of our lives.
The video is an hour-long Q&A session recorded on March 26, 2020, with Dr. David Bollivar, professor of biology at Illinois Wesleyan University.
In it, Dr. Bollivar shares his scientific, nonpartisan knowledge in plain language answering many of the questions we all have about COVID-19.
The first ever virtual worship service at OSLC is now posted for March 22, 2020.
During this time of suspended and/or restricted public gatherings,
we anticipate posting a recording like this each week where people can (over the Internet)
get weekly announcements regarding the church and its members,
read a lesson from the liturgy for that week,
hear a sermon on that lesson,
participate in a prayer, and
receive a blessing.
You can access these recordings each week on our usual Sermons Page.
March 18, 2020
A letter from the Council
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8 : 38
We are currently facing a pandemic. As a result, people are experiencing a great deal of disruption and uncertainty. From athletic events to weddings to travel, our plans have been disrupted. Some of these disruptions are painful and heart breaking. As people accustomed to doing what we want when we want, we find disruption unsettling. In addition, we face a great deal of uncertainty. We don’t know who will become sick, or how long this will last.
In the face of challenging circumstances, St. Paul reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. As a congregation, we remain committed to following our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in any and all circumstances. We will seek the well-being of our neighbors as well as our members. We will do what we can to reduce the risk of disease for all people. To do this we are taking the following steps:
Effective immediately, we are suspending Wednesday night and Sunday morning services until further notice.
We are suspending church meetings, including committees and council, all choirs, children’s activities and mission activities, until further notice.
During this time the pastor will provide recorded sermons weekly that will be posted online. Individuals may also contact the church office and request that paper copies of the sermons be sent directly to them. Pastoral care will be provided via the telephone. Please do not hesitate to call if you need to talk.
Please continue your offerings by mail. Remember that there are some who will not be able to give as planned due to the economic effects of the pandemic. As a result, others will need to increase their giving for the church’s expenses to be paid.
The church office will continue to be open Monday to Thursday, 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Megan will be available to help coordinate the flow of information and the use of technology to keep members connected and up to date.
If you are in need and cannot obtain shopping or delivery assistance, please contact Megan to share your situation as the church may be able to help.
Dana will continue to disinfect high contact areas of the church twice per week.
The Church Council will meet weekly to assess the current situation and to determine when regular scheduling can be resumed. An announcement will be made at that time, which will also be posted on the OSLC website.
These actions do not mean that we are suspending being the church. We will continue to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ as we are able. We will continue to care for those most at risk for illness. We will continue to care for those who are isolated and alone.
What can you do? The classic Christian response to a time such as this is prayer. Through prayer we remember who God is and who we are as the people of God. We encourage you to pray for the sick and the isolated. Pray for those whose plans have been disrupted. Pray for those who struggle with uncertainty. Pray for those providing medical care and those conducting research on this disease. Remain in contact with your fellow members. Talk with each other by phone. Send letters, texts, and emails. Let people know that they are not alone and that you care about them and so maintain the bonds of our community in Christ. Continue to monitor the church website and Facebook page for developing information. Pass along useful information to others.
The mission and life of the church go on. Even now, God continues the work of gathering us, renewing us, and sending us through the power of the Word. Confident in the power of God’s love and grace at work among us, we will face the challenges of the days ahead. Let us press on to know the Lord.