You are encouraged to make use of Lenten customs that aid you in your devotion and, specifically, to make an increased use of the Means of Grace. The Holy Communion is offered every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., weekdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Come, and avail yourself of what God wants to give.
Advent Divine Services continue this week. There are services at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Thursday service will be preceded by a potluck supper at 5:30.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Saturday 25 December, Christmas Day, 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
Sunday 26 December, St. Stephen, Martyr; 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
Monday 27 December, St. John, Apostle; 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Tuesday 28 December, The Holy Innocents, 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Wednesday 29 December, 5th Day of Christmas, 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Thursday 30 December, 6th Day of Christmas, 7:00 p.m. Divine Service
Friday 31 December, Name and Circumcision of Jesus, 7:00 p.m. Divine Service
Saturday 1 January, Name and Circumcision of Jesus, 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
Sunday 2 January, Second Sunday after Christmas, 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Divine Service
Monday 3 January, 10th Day of Christmas, 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Tuesday 4 January, 11th Day of Christmas, 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Wednesday 5 January, 12th Day of Christmas, 8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Thursday 6 January, Feast of the Epiphany, 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Divine Service
We have added a page to the website where bulletins can be found each week. This link can also be found under the Worship tab and then under Web Broadcasts.
The Congregation at Prayer is under the Education tab.
In addition to the Sunday services, we have daily Lenten Communion services at 8:30 a.m. and Lenten service on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
There is also a Brotherhood Prayer Book Litany with the Seven Penitential Psalms on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. If you would like a short introduction, arrive 15 minutes early.
The Congregation at Prayer is here.
In addition to the Sunday services, there is a Divine Service on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. There is also a Divine Service at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at which extra Covid-related precautions are taken. There is a signup required for that service.
The Congregation at Prayer is here.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight!
We are sorry to announce that all communion services for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter are cancelled.
The governor issued new guidelines late this afternoon. We are printing it in its entirety below:
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today issued guidance for places of worship in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“During this time of uncertainty, faith is more important than ever, and I am deeply grateful to our religious leaders for their efforts to find safe and creative ways to serve their communities,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The purpose of this guidance is not to restrict religious liberty, but to save lives during these extraordinary times. I look forward to the day where we can once again worship side-by-side without the threat of spreading coronavirus.”
Gov. Holcomb’s executive order 20-18 states all public and private gatherings, including religious and spiritual, should follow CDC guidance, which restricts gatherings to ten or less people. Click here to see executive orders: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm
To continue safely serving their communities, faith institutions are directed as follows:
- Church buildings and other physical locations for worship should be closed.
- Livestream or other virtual services are best.
- The minimum number of necessary personnel should be used at all times for any services.
- Staff and volunteers who are not speaking should wear masks.
- Drive-in services may be conducted only under these conditions:
- Attendees must be inside vehicles at all times.
- Attendees should not interact physically with clergy, staff or participants in other vehicles.
- Vehicles should contain only members of a single household. Do not bring your neighbors or others outside of your household.
- Cars must be spaced the equivalent of every other parking spot or approximately 9 feet apart.
- No one may exit a vehicle at any time.
- Portable bathrooms are not allowed on the premises and no church facilities may be used by attendees.
- It is preferred that no communion be distributed.
- In instances when communion is distributed, only prepackaged communion may be used and must be prepared and distributed in a manner that meets food safety standards.
The following individuals who are vulnerable and at higher risk for illness should not attend:
- Persons who are 65 years and older.
- Those who have severe underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes.
- Individuals who are sick.
he CDC has provided the following guidance for the faith community: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
We will seek further clarification on Monday, but for the weekend our hands are tied. We will still have livestreams. Watch for updates about those.
Pray for our pastors and those in authority.
We’ve had a few questions and issues pop up with the SignUpGenius. Here are a few common things we’ve heard.
It will only let me sign up for one seat. Sometimes this is happening. Other times it lets you pick a number from a drop down list. I have not been able to find any reason why it works this way. If it does this, you should be able to go in and edit your own signup. At that point it will let you add people up to the number of seats available in that service. If you can’t get it to work, email or text Jane. Please don’t sign up for one spot and then comment that there will be more people there.
It says there are seven seats available, but it will only let me add four. When this is happening it is usually because someone else is signing up for the same time slots at the same time. I can see it happening. If this happens, wait a few minutes and see if the service has filled up. If not, add your other people.
I signed up and now my name’s not there. Unfortunately, we have had a couple of time slots that have randomly deleted. Again, we aren’t sure why. We aren’t doing it! If this happens to you, please sign up for another time.
How often can I sign up? Our aim is for everyone who wishes to, and is well, to be able to be here once a week. We are adding services as needed to make that possible.
Feel free to contact Jane via email or text with any issues. Her email address is in every bulletin and at the bottom right hand corner of the website pages and her phone number is in the directory.
Many of you have contacted us with questions about the best way to continue your financial support while services are disrupted. Of course, if you make it to a service, you can leave your offering in the plate in the narthex or chapel.
The best way to contribute if you cannot make it to church is to use your bank’s bill pay service. Many of our members have this set up automatically so that they don’t even have to think about it. The bank just needs the name and address of the church and the amount you wish to give. Most banks offer this as a free service, and the church pays no fees.
If you need a completely electronic option we do have a PayPal account, but be aware that the church does pay a fee. If you choose to use PayPal, please note the purpose of your donation when you make it. The word “offering” is sufficient description. The email address associated with our PayPal account is RedeemerFortWayne@gmail.com. There is also a donate button on each page of our website.