The Coronavirus and Our Church

Updated April 28, 2020

The governor of the State of Illinois has issued an executive order banning gatherings of more than ten people and mandating that people “reside in place.” Therefore, we have had to make the following adjustments in our church life:
  1. We are not panicking. God is still in control. Through technology (telephone, email, recorded video, etc.) we are able to continue to connect people with his Word. When we go to the stores, we won’t hoard things as if the world will come to an end shortly. We continue to trust in the Lord.
  2. Because public gatherings are banned, there will be no services held in-person on Sunday morning through May 31 or until the order is lifted. Instead, the Sunday worship services will be recorded in advance and posted online. A PDF worship folder will be created for the worship services and posted in the same place so that you can follow the service in print as you watch or hear it online. Obviously, there will be no communion, and so the service will end with a benediction after the sermon and the prayers.
  3. Also, the Bible classes and Theology Today discussion group will be handled online. Contact Pastor Kellerman for how to join them via Zoom.
  4. The weekly bulletin will still be distributed via email each week. It will also be mailed to those regular attendees who do not have email; they will receive the worship folder and sermon as well, since they have no means to access our services online.
  5. The food pantry will remain open. First of all, we are many people’s “grocery store” and thus we really should stay open. Furthermore, we rarely have that many people coming all at once, and so we should be able to practice appropriate “social distancing.”
  6. Generations, our program that connects our younger members with senior citizens living in a nearby senior building by serving a monthly luncheon to them, will likely not meet for the next several months. Even when in-person gatherings will be permitted again, it is likely that there will be more stringent restrictions put on gatherings involving senior citizens. We intend to follow the guidelines set by the CDC, the governor, and the mayor in determining when to restart this activity.