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Muscatine Zion Lutheran Church Members,
The Church Council met with Pastor Steve Cauley in an emergency session on Sunday, March 15, 2020 due to new recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) put forth on March 15th.
The church council has discussed and voted to close all events at Zion Lutheran Church for the next 3 weeks, and to recommend all small groups post pone external events in the community due to the threat posed to the high-risk population, and COVID #19 new recommendations. This decision was not done lightly, but was done based on new recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. Sunday bulletins and announcements will be sent by email, and hard copies mailed to those parishioners who receive The Contact by mail. If you would like a hard copy of the bulletin mailed to you, please contact the church office.
Additionally, Zion will live stream worship services starting with the Wednesday Lenten Services at 5:30 pm, and Sunday Worship Services at 9 am on Sunday’s on our face book page for the next 3 weeks. The link to the worship services will be emailed out and provided on social media as soon as they are set up. This is a very fluid situation, details are being worked out and plans are currently being developed as to the format of the worship, the location, and the content.
Offering can be sent to the church office; we are looking into other options as well. We kindly ask of you to continue to support the ministry of the church during this unprecedented time. It is important to the mission and ministry that we continue to receive financial support for however long we must suspend gathering in-person for public worship.
The council will have another meeting in 3 weeks to discuss further options based on recommendations from CDC, Iowa Dept. of Public Health, and ELCA. The CDC (as of March 15) is recommending suspending all functions with at least 50 people for a period of eight weeks. As mentioned, the council will meet in 3 weeks to evaluate next steps.
We are in conversation with our building partners and local organizations that use our facility throughout the week. As our facility will be essentially shut down for non-essential in-person gatherings.
For parishioners who are shut in we are looking for volunteers from Zion to make a weekly phone call to check on them as we will not be doing home visits at this time of pandemic.
We know this will be hard news to digest, particularly for a congregation that prides itself for gathering every week. Gathering is central to our understanding of Christian community; so much life, hope, and love is created when we are together at Zion Lutheran Church. We know that many of you depend on worship for sustenance; the gathering, the Word, and Holy Communion give you nourishment for life’s journey. Please know this decision was not taken lightly, but was made out of our deep and abiding love for the neighbor. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect vulnerable populations of people, sometimes love looks like suspending in-person gatherings such as worship.
We trust that God will continue to guide our ministry during this time. Watch your email, our website, and social media for weekly updates about online worship and other opportunities for connection.
Thank you, Zion Family, for your ongoing prayers and support.
Zion Lutheran Church Council —Questions can be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church Council: Rachel Creamer, Jason Dornbush, Christy Roby-Williams, Kim Sears, Bill Chrisman and/or Pastor Steve Cauley.
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