St James Lutheran Church
"Loved by God, we gather in friendship, grow in faith, and serve as the hands and voice of Jesus in the world."
3/5/21 Update Regarding In-person Worship
Dear holy and beloved ones of God,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our county continues to decline, the state has responded by moving us from the purple tier to the red tier. I give thanks to God that things are moving in the right direction, and I pray that our situation continues to improve.
With this improvement have come questions relating to the reopening of our building. The red tier allows groups to gather at 25% capacity, following masking and physical distancing requirements. Church ministries are able to meet in our Fellowship Hall as long as they are observing these guidelines.
I have also received questions around resuming worship in our sanctuary. Our re-open team recently met to discuss all the various possibilities for worship inside, given the current guidance, the dimensions of all our indoor spaces, and the number of in-person attendees.
Given all these factors, we can replicate our familiar worship experience more closely by remaining outside. We can allow for larger attendance, and updated guidance allows for greater speaking and singing outdoors. These are things we could not do indoors. We are now able to expand in-person worship to include Confession and Forgiveness and communal singing of worship songs, among other things. If you are joining us outside, you do not have to wear a mask unless you are singing.
If you desire to continue worshiping with us online, you are welcome to do so. Our commitment to offering a high-quality online service will not change.
I’m looking forward to an expanded in-person worship experience. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to be with you, and I give thanks for you in the mission we share as God’s people.
Thank you for giving to the ministries of St James ELCA!
In-person worship now held outside in the south area of the parking lot, Sundays at 10am.
Please see the notice at the top of this page. We invite you to worship with us in person on Sundays at 10am in our south parking lot, weather permitting. You can also continue to join us online via YouTube or right here on our website. Our online worship service is released at 8am every Sunday morning. Worship in the sanctuary is still on hold at this time due to Covid-19. Thanks for your patience!
“He loves us beyond comprehension,
and we cannot diminish his love for us.”