Church Schedule and Ministry Update

Advent Worship Series

The year 2021 has brought many challenges to this World we live in. Daily we struggle to make sense of it. To help us focus during the upcoming Advent series of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace, we will experience the presence of the “Grinch” as our Intergenerational faith development walks through Matt Rawle’s book “The Heart that grew Three sizes” (Finding Faith in the midst of this story).

This classic Dr Suess story-“How the Grinch stole Christmas” was first written in 1957 and then developed into a colorful tv story in 1966. Through the generations of time this story of “Whoville” has touched the hearts of millions of people.

Once again, this Advent season, we are all called to be vigilant in our faith. Let us all walk in the light of life that has been provided and given to us. I hope and pray that everyone will be open to the experience of this season of Advent.

I also want to remind you to pray during this season, to practice our 1%+ (14+ minutes a day) commitment to our relationship with the Lord. Pray for each other, this church and community along with others throughout the World, who struggle …

Gods blessing to each of you,

Pastor Mark

December 24

After last year’s bitter cold patio Christmas Eve worship, we are pleased to be able to offer indoor worship again this Christmas. Our family worship begins at 5 p.m. and is led by members of the Intergenerational Faith Formation class. The Advent theme of “The Heart that Grew Three Sizes” will be our message along with great music. Traditional 7 p.m. worship will feature music from Shirley Westphal, Mike Harrington, and Ellie Wilmeth. Special songs representing the “voices” of the Bethlehem story will fill the sanctuary. The candlelight 11 p.m. service is led by Pastor Mark and his wife, Pastor Cheryl Weaver, offering up their personal reflections and ministry gifts in this late night worship service. Please plan to join us for one or more of these services.

Please Note - Sunday, December 26 - one Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. with no Education hour in-between.


Church Schedule and Ministry Update

Coming Inside for Worship - Policy Update

Our Task Force met and agreed to the following changes to our current practices:

1) Six-foot distancing will remain in effect at this time. This means every other pew seating and other six-foot provisions remain in effect.

2) The contactless thermometer will be removed from use.

3) The preregistration will be suspended. Congregants will still be asked to sign in for contact tracing, so a signup sheet will be at the greeter’s table with pens and hand sanitizer. The greeter can sign them in if they prefer.

4) All three bathrooms will be available in the corridor between the main entrance and the Community Room.

5) Communion will be served at the altar using individual cups, rather than passed in the pews. Empty cups can be left in the pew holders as previously done.

6) In the future we are planning to serve coffee at the Patio Praise worship.

7) The hymnals and Bibles will not be placed back in the pews at this time.

8) Use of Fellowship Hall during services has been limited. We initially are going to reduce set up
chairs to twelve.

9) Nursery and childcare will remain closed at this time. Stevie is providing worship related materials for children attending worship to help integrate their attention to the service.

10) Signage will be updated to reflect these changes, information will be sent to Worship Teams (Set Up, Greeters, Disinfecting, Technical and Music) and communicated to the congregation.


Church Schedule and Ministry Update

Returning to In-Person Worship

The Administrative Council has approved returning to in-person worship. This decision, the timing and conditions that make it possible, are reviewed periodically.  We consider the guidance of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, which identifies three stages of safety and two metrics for each stage (vaccination rates and viral transmission rates).  We are using Ozaukee County statistics, not statewide statistics, to monitor our progress.

 We are encouraging masking and social distancing to protect our fellow members and visitors at increased risk of infection.  This includes children under 12 years old, those with compromised immune systems and unvaccinated individuals. 

Please use this information to make your choice to mask and socially distance in a loving and well-informed way.

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