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MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER

From the Pastor

THE CORONAVIRUS CAN’T STOP US!

  • The coronavirus has come…but the church is still here.
  • The world called off Easter celebrations…but Christ is risen, nonetheless.
  • The world says, “Woe is me”…but we say, “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”
  • Public gatherings are not allowed…but we continue to worship, just in a different way.
  • We can’t listen to a sermon in the church…but we can do so online.
  • We can’t hear the Scriptures being read in church…but we can read our Bibles at home.
  • We can’t celebrate the Lord’s Supper…but we can enjoy the other means of God’s grace.
  • We can’t meet in person…but we can reach out and touch someone by phone.
  • We can’t go to work or do non-essential shopping…but we can enjoy the life God gives.
  • We can’t pass the basket on Sundays…but we can mail or drop off our offerings.
  • People worry about daily bread…but our food pantry is serving more and more people.
  • People think that the coronavirus rules…but God is still in control.
  • People think this will never end…but God shall see to it that this too will pass.

WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE NEAR FUTURE

The governor has extended the stay-at-home order through May.  Nonetheless, that does not prevent us from worshipping–we just have to do it in a different way. We will continue to record the Sunday worship service and post it on our website (www.fblcchicago.org) until the governor’s order is lifted. We will also record the Ascension Day service on May 21. We will continue to have our Bible classes and Theology Today via Zoom. (See the bulletin for the access code to join the classes.) The Church Council will also meet monthly on Zoom. And the food pantry will continue to operate. In short, you will be able to do just about everything as you would normally do in a given week at First Bethlehem—just not in person (with the exception of the food pantry).

The one big exception is Generations will probably be the last program to be restarted because it serves extremely vulnerable people—senior citizens—who shouldn’t be gathering in any sizable numbers for the foreseeable future, even when others can.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Today (April 26) we will finish off the final chapter and conclusion (pages 127-173) of Robert Kolb’s Nicholas von Amsdorf: Champion of Martin Luther’s Reformation. The group will settle on another book and meet next on May 31.

NO MEMORIAL WEEKEND SERVICE AT CONCORDIA CEMETERY

Usually Concordia Cemetery has a memorial weekend service on the Saturday before Memorial Day, but it won’t be held this year.