Continuing Together In the Word During COVID-19
Because Wisconsin's "safer at home" order restricts most non-essential activities outside the home St. Lucas will be canceling all normal services, Bible classes, Sunday school, and fellowship activities until the order is lifted. However, we will continue to offer online Bible classes and post other at-home resources to meet the spiritual needs of our people. Please continue reading for more details.
Online Bible Study and Worship
We want to honor our government, do our part to protect the physical wellbeing of our neighbors and continue to meet the spiritual needs of our family at St. Lucas. We originally thought that we would be able to offer small groups under the “safer-at-home” restrictions, but the provisions for religious activities of less than 10 seems to apply to one-time ceremonies like weddings and funerals and not ongoing or repeated groups. It is also the strong recommendation of our Synod’s district praesidium that our churches not schedule any formal groups for worship or communion. We want to make sure we are perceived in the best possible light as doing our part to protect the health of our neighbors and are encouraging best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, in place of the originally scheduled small groups we are going to offer several sessions of online Bible study and worship each week until restrictions are lifted.
Each online sessions will begin with an opening prayer and a responsive psalm. It will continue with the study of the Gospel reading for the week and close with the Lord's Prayer and a hymn. New class content will start each Saturday and be offered that week according to the schedule below:
We will be making use of a Zoom meeting room to conduct these classes. Our Zoom meeting room will allow our pastors to present to 30 participants at a time. All who join the online classroom will be able to participate by video, by your computer’s audio devices or by phone. All materials will be put on slides and displayed on the computer screen along with the video from each participant.
To join one of the online classes with your computer click the time of the day you would like to attend and the link will take you directly to the Zoom classroom. You may have to follow some additional prompts to load Zoom and enable your computer's video and audio devices.
To join one of the online classes by phone dial 1 312 626 6799 and when prompted dial in the appropriate Meeting ID from the list below. When phoning in you will only be able to hear the class, so you may want to download the class content by clicking here and have it printed or visible on your computer screen before dialing in.
If you would like to take a practice run prior to the class to make sure you are ready to go please feel free to contact Pastor Hoogervorst (715-614-3544), and he will help you learn how to login to one of these sessions.
Tuesdays at 10am (Meeting ID 238 469 944)
Holy Week and Easter Worship and Bible Study
Online Classes: For Holy Week and Easter we will be adding some additional content to our online classes to observe this most important week in the Christian church. We will be offering online sessions in observance of Palm Sunday, a Maundy Thursday/Good Friday combination, and Easter. All sessions under each session title will have the same content. Please see the information above for joining one of these online sessions:
Palm Sunday Online Sessions
Saturday, April 4
Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6
Tuesday, April 7
Maundy Thursday/ Good Friday Sessions
You will need to provide the passwords listed below for these sessions.
Thursday, April 9
10am (Meeting ID: 742 777 177, Password: 417635)
Friday, April 10:
10am (Meeting ID: 742 777 177, Password: 417635)
Saturday, April 11
Sunday, April 12
Monday, April 13
Tuesday, April 14
Video Recordings: Check back here the morning of Good Friday (April 10) for a video recording of an abbreviated Service of Darkness and Easter weekend (April 11 and 12) for a video recording of an Easter message from our pastors.
Holy Week and Easter Devotional Book: Our pastors wrote a daily devotional book for families and individuals to use at home for their Holy Week and Easter meditations. It was mailed to all of our members and is available for download here.
Easter Lilies: The Holy Week devotional book contains the listing of those who donated Easter lilies and in whose memory they were donated. Easter lilies will not be displayed for services since we cannot gather at the church, but they can be picked up starting Monday, April 13 between the hours of 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday.
Synod-Wide Services: Our Wisconsin Synod will be broadcasting live a Palm Sunday message on April 5 at 6pm and an Easter service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on April 12 at 6pm. The live broadcasts can be viewed at www.wels.net. The recording of both the Palm Sunday and Easter services will be published for later viewing, and we will link these recordings to the St. Lucas webpage.
At Home Resources for Study and Worship
If you are not able to join an online group please click here for the online devotion materials and other at-home study and worship resources. Our pastors will be available by phone or email to answer questions or give spiritual guidance or encouragement.
Serving one Another
We encourage you to reach out to members and neighbors who may not have internet access or who may not be able to get out on their own. Ask them if they would like to be put on our mailing list to receive weekly devotional items. Ask how you can be helpful in getting them groceries or contacting them with a friendly phone call from time to time. If they would like the pastors to give them a call please let the pastors know the best way to reach them.
Continuing Ministry Support
We also encourage you to continue to remember your church in our prayers and with your offerings. Your continued financial support of our ongoing ministry will be very important as we anticipate lower church attendance. Our teachers are still offering online education to our students and our pastors will continue to find ways to minister to our people under government restrictions. You may mail in your offerings or if you are not already signed up for secure automatic giving from your checking account, savings account or credit card, you may call the office to sign up or sign up for automatic giving by clicking here.
Compelled by the love of Christ, we strive to make disciples for Jesus Christ through faithful use of the means of grace. Those means are God’s Word of Law and Gospel, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
St. Lucas is proud to be a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Click here for more information regarding the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.