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Since March of last year, our ability to gather for in-person worship has been and continues to be determined by the Episcopal Pastoral Directive and recommendations from our ELCA Bishop, by rising or falling COVID-19 infection rates and orders issued by various state authorities. Michigan's four dioceses (Episcopal) are now allowing a return to in-person worship (Phase 2) beginning on Palm Sunday (March 28). We are allowed to return, but are not obligated to do so, since state-wide and local metrics may continue to rise and fall and must continue to be monitored. But for now, we are returning to limited in-person worship, while continuing to live-stream our services on our Facebook page. (please note that the worship videos continue to be available for viewing after the worship date/time if you are unable to join us “live”)
We’re allowed a total of 25 in the sanctuary (including the Altar Party), so persons #26 and up will be directed to physically-distanced seating in St. Michael’s Hall, where they can watch the service on a large ceiling-mounted TV (and may still come forward for Holy Communion).
Here’s a recap of the guidelines for in-person worship:
Low-income families with infants & small children often have to choose between diapers and other necessities such as food or transportation. Diaper Depot helps those families stretch their budgets by offering a free package of diapers, and currently serves an average of 173 infants & children each month. Due to COVID-19, a small but dedicated crew of volunteers have been operating our Diaper Depot as a "curbside" service each month so we can continue to serve our neighbors, whose needs are greater now than ever!
Much of our community ministry efforts focus on supporting organizations that seek to find solutions to poverty, and more specifically food insecurity. This includes the Green Apple Food Pantry (formerly John Knox Food Pantry), and ACCESS of West Michigan, and our ministries include monthly collections as well as special events. During the pandemic, our monthly collections continue as able, and we are supporting many of our ministry efforts with "virtual" events. Even our 16th Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser has gone virtual!
Matthew 22:36-40 teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, and it is our understanding that this means EVERYONE. We strive to show that love in a tangible way through a variety of programs and volunteer events. Reflecting a key phrase of the ELCA, this is "God's Work. Our Hands."