Posts with the tag “covid-19”
Pastor Belt Has Covid
by Dana Speth on May 7th, 2021
This is Pastor Andrew. I woke up on 5/6 with some covid symptoms. I went and got tested yesterday and found out this morning (5/7) that I am positive for Covid-19. I am overall doing well, and so is my family, and I am also a bit surprised it hasn’t happened to me sooner.
March Newsletter Update
by Dana Speth on March 11th, 2021
You know the well beloved and cherished story of Zacchaeus. So well known that I can never read the account without bursting into the song that accompanies it. “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he…” The point of that entire account is the conclusion that I have quoted above. Everyone is grumbling at what Jesus has done. He has chosen, of all people, this Zacchaeus, who is of short stature and character, and has dined with him. “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” That is what they say.
by Dana Speth on November 11th, 2020
I always love looking at the pictures of all the confirmation classes in our Fellowship Hall. Every time I walk through that room, I will always stop and stare at a few of them. I love coming across many of your names that appear through the years. For some of you, these pictures provide me with some good dirt with those hairstyles you were sporting back then! Ha!
October Newsletter Update
by Dana Speth on October 14th, 2020
October 2020“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29As one whose calling it is to do a lot of communicating, I must always stress that the verse above is my goal. Considering the tense times we live in where communicating is hard to do on a good day, the challenge is c...
Faith in the Shadow of a Pandemic
by Dana Speth on September 9th, 2020
Faith in the Shadow of a Pandemic is a timely resource in uncertain times. Lutheran authors John Pless and Jacob Corzine undertook the task of writing this small, 110-page book after a conversation on Easter, when churches were forced to celebrate with empty pews and adapt to virtual services.
Phase 2 Update
by Dana Speth on June 30th, 2020
As we seek to navigate the pandemic situation, we most of all seek to remain faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the great commission as we reach out with the Gospel to our church family and our community. I wish to thank the whole church staff and the members of Christ Lutheran for pulling together and helping one another out through all of this. You’re such a blessing and gift of God!
by Dana Speth on June 17th, 2020
Since the pandemic has not worsened and the rate of new cases appears to be declining for Wisconsin and phase one has worked well, here is our plan for the next step as we hopefully and prayerfully anticipate further forward steps in the future. Our next phase will begin on Thurs., June 18. Please note the big change in #5 below!
Update to Phase 1
by Dana Speth on June 6th, 2020
God willing, we can have some changes each week that lessen the restrictions we are voluntarily placing upon ourselves for the common good! Here is one change right away. We’ll be having communion this Sunday and on June 21. (The 14th and 28th are non-communion Sundays in our current schedule.) As part of communion, we will be having the standard individual cups and the regular wafers for bread.
by Dana Speth on May 27th, 2020
70 years. Can you imagine being away from Church, from family, or from friends for 70 years? Most of us wouldn’t survive that long to see it. For me to wait 70 years right now would put me at the ripe old age of 98. Who even knows if God will grant me such a life!
Phase 1 of Reopening
by Dana Speth on May 20th, 2020
As we wrote last week, we find ourselves with the opportunity to gradually open our doors. Here is the plan for the first phase of reopening at Christ Lutheran. This will take place on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., with many safeguards and contingency plans in place. Though we hope to be able to go back to a full Sunday schedule in the future, we’re keeping with one service now so that we can do that one service as well as it can be done.
Parking Lot Service
by Dana Speth on May 5th, 2020
As I write this letter, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for you, the members of Christ Lutheran Church. I thank you for your prayers and your help and your patience and perseverance. All of these are God’s gifts to you, and through you, to me and the entire staff at Christ Lutheran. I’m writing to share some important news with you, as we continue to be the church under the conditions that are placed upon us with Covid-19 and “Safer at Home.”
by Dana Speth on April 22nd, 2020
As a Christian, there are views about humanity that can really rile me up. Here is an example: The view that humanity can do whatever it wants with this world is wrong. This is the Jurassic Park question. Just because humanity can make dinosaurs, doesn’t mean we should.
by Dana Speth on April 16th, 2020
It seems that every time I sit down to write, I begin with a sigh, a prayer, and a time of reflecting upon God’s Word. You’ve probably heard the news that Gov. Evers has extended the “Safer at Home” orders until 8:00 p.m., on Tues. May 26. Of course, we knew this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint. In some ways, the restrictions might be a little relaxed, but, as far as churches, it remains the same.
by Dana Speth on April 9th, 2020
Online, many have suggested—and I have been intrigued to consider—that these are the days of a modern Babylonian exile, with the government’s orders to not gather, especially in groups of ten or more and to not get within six feet of people, due to Covid-19. I thought I’d examine that notion against Scripture and see how it stands up.
Pictures Lack a Thousand Gatherings
by Dana Speth on March 26th, 2020
I took the above picture on my iPhone back on December 24th, 2018. It was Christmas Eve and I was out at St. John’s in Sigel just about to preach their Christmas Eve service. The sky was magnificent. A Brilliant orange that faded to a deep royal blue and the further back behind the photo you see above was nearly black. The nearly cloudless sky allowed for the several pin pricks of light from th...
Covid-10 Response: March 17
by Dana Speth on March 17th, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that this letter must be written. The following decisions are not made lightly. But we feel as your called workers in Jesus Christ that these are the best decisions that can be made. Perhaps this will give us time to realize how important we are to one another and what a gift our fellowship in Jesus Christ is.
by Dana Speth on March 12th, 2020
Covid-19 isn’t just in the news. It’s on all our minds one way or another. Already, our lives have been greatly impacted. Above all else we trust in God during times of crisis to help us as no one and nothing else can. Furthermore, we also seek how we may serve God and help those around us who may be in need. The church exists for times such as this.