Hey Friends,

Are you coming to worship at St. Luke tomorrow? If so, we welcome you! If not, we are excited that you will still be present with us and be able to worship via our online campus.

I just wanted to send out a few simple reminders to you as we prepare to come back to worship tomorrow.

First, expect it to look and feel different. Together as a staff we have tried our best to add a little humor and fun into these new procedures to hopefully make you smile. I know the cliche is over used, but these are strange times and I think we need to remember to smile and encourage positivity. Right?  I’m personally fond of the way we have “blocked” off every other pew. Be sure to check that out. I’ll post photos for those who won’t be there in person.

We will have three services only in the Sanctuary. 8:20am is the traditional (which will be recorded and then streamed at 9:30), then the contemporary service that used to be at 10:35 in the Fellowship Hall will lead us in worship at 9:30am, and then at 11:00am we will have a traditional service that will also be live streamed. We are still working on the return of the Multicutural and Swahili Services.

We are asking folks to wear masks, practice social distancing, abstain from hugging, handshakes and hugging, and to sit together with your family units in the pews at a distance of 6 feet apart. We will operate at 33% capacity in the Sanctuary (about 135ish?) and if we exceed that number we will begin to put persons together in the Fellowship Hall to watch the live stream on the screen.

You are going to want to park in the front parking lot only (the back parking lots are blocked off). I would suggest arriving 5-10 minutes before each service. Door 3 is the only entrance and we are asking every one to come in these doors. This is the door under the “overhang” or portico type thing.

You will then be directed to the main aisle doors of the Sanctuary where you will be greeted and directed to a seat as a family.

Worship will probably have a few hiccups, just expect that and extend some grace and patience. We’re in this together. We have being doing this new thing for a while and we have also become used to live streaming and have also made many major upgrades to our live stream system, projectors, and song lyrics system, sound system and more. Not to mention this is the first Sunday that the contemporary worship service will be in the Sanctuary! 🙂

When the service ends, we will exit out the doors in the front of Sanctuary that lead directly out into the front parking lot as that will allow us to begin cleaning and sanitizing and then welcoming in the attendees of the next service. We are asking that you do not linger and socialize as we need to get ready for the next service and get people in.

Finally, I just want to emphasize that if you choose to stay home we gladly and happily encourage you to do so! We have a wonderful online campus and worship experience and wish to engage with you and your family in real time in that way as well. We will still count your attendance (please fill out the virtual connect card!), pray for you, and we are still worshiping with you.

Invite some friends on Facebook or by email to join you in worship with us!

We will see you on Sunday (in person and online)!

Mark Walz

Director of Communications and Technology

P.S. Check out the St. Luke Guidelines for Returning to Worship and our Online Campus here.

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