For the latest on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) go to:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/


~ A Word from Our Pastor ~

Update Wednesday, March 24th

Click here for the latest letter from Pastor Yaw


Update Wednesday, March 18th:

All Formalized / Organized Worship services and other church related activities have been suspended until further notice.

We will be moving offering an Online Video of worship for the coming weeks. 
Tonight's midweek service will be available later this evening.

The church will remain open during normal operating hours* for pastoral care and to provide both our members and the community a place to pray for our Lord says, "for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7)
Individual / Family Confession and Communion will also be offered during normal operating hours to those who seek and desire it the blessings of our Lord. 
Appointments are preferred but not necessary to meet with pastor.
NORMAL OPERATING HOURS:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday Evenings: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday Mornings: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Continue to check back regularly for updates.


Update Monday, March 16th:

Please note that all NON-WORSHIP ACTIVITIES have been Cancelled until April 19th.
This includes Sunday School, Bible Study, & Confirmation. We will reevaluate the situation as of April 1st. 

Click the Letters Below to see the most recent email updates:

Continue to check back regularly for updates.


Weekly Worship Service of Word & Sacrament ministry will continue during this great time of need. 

Below are a couple letters from Pastor Yaw regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and guidelines the church will be taking in the days and weeks ahead.

For the latest on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) go to:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/

 

May our hope, and confidence be in the Lord of life who is the light in the midst of these dark times (John 1:4-5)

Go to the following a link to hear a word from the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Matthew Harrison (https://vimeo.com/397483968)

~ Taking Care of Ourselves and Others ~

 

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” 
- Philippians 2:3-5

Our world is in the midst of a very serious threat caused by the coronavirus and we must all be responsible for the care of ourselves and the prevention of spread to others. Here are a few simple things to remember and to do diligently:

  • Wash your hands frequently, including before meals, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, after coming in contact with someone who has been coughing or sneezing. Remember to wash with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a hand-sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm
  • Refrain from touching your nose or mouth
  • Be very aware of where your hands have been and what some of the highest risk places are: - door knobs and handles - handrails, - hymnals - pew tops
  • Use an antibacterial sanitizing wipe to clean your door knobs, light switch plates, cellphones, and computer boards regularly
  • Instead of shaking hands, consider a fist bump or elbow taps.

If you are feverish, coughing frequently, sneezing frequently, or are having any difficulty breathing:

  • Stay home (quarantine yourself)
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest (7 to 8 hours/ night to help prevent, but 10 to 12 hours per day to heal)
  • Make healthy food choices (5 items per day from the fruit & veggie group)
  • Call your Primary Care Provider if you have a temp of 100.4, or if you are experiencing sudden respiratory problems. DO NOT go to an Urgent Care or ED until speaking with a medical professional first.

Finally, make sure you are getting accurate information and all the facts. 

We do not fear death because we know that our God has promised us life (“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10.).

But we will also not tempt God through foolish actions (“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” Deut. 6:16). 

Therefore, St. John Lutheran Church will follow the guidelines and best practices put forth by the CDC and the local health department to assist in preventing the spread of contagious diseases. 

The steps we take in the days, weeks, and months ahead are all in an effect to use caution to help stop or minimize the spread of the coronavirus when it finally arrives here. It is looking to the needs of our neighbor, counting them as more significant then ourselves in the way we handle this and all other things. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Yaw or the church office. 

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