On Sunday, June 28, 2020, our church council met to discuss the path forward for worship services, as well as building usage, for the month of July.
In March 2020, at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we (the church council) informed the congregation that we would follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The guidelines are clear about the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak in the gatherings of people, especially dangerous, for people in high-risk categories.
In recent weeks, the number of Covid-19 infections around the world and country continues to rise as public officials are calling for the pause of gatherings of people.
Out of an abundant love of our neighbor, we have made the decision to continue worshipping in the parking lot for the month of July. Additionally, we have decided to postpone opening our facility for group meetings at this time.
This decision did not come easy. We all yearn for the day that we can be together in person, in a familiar sanctuary which brings us comfort.
Yet, given the data, the council has come to the decision that worship in the parking lot continues to be the best option for our worshipping community.
We understand that this decision will be met with disappointment and frustration by some, if not all of us. But let us not let this pandemic divide us. Instead, we ask for your encouragement as we continue to discern how best to guide our congregation.
St. Paul writes in Romans 8: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We remain the Body of Christ no matter where we worship. We remain the Body of Christ despite this virus.
With or without the use of a sanctuary, we worship and dedicate our lives to His service.
Peace be with you,
Zion Lutheran Church Council
Jason Dornbush—Vice President
Christy Roby-Williams—At-Large Representative
Pastor Steven Cauley