A Message from the Pastor
Updated April 4
As of now, the governor of Indiana has issued a "stay at home" order until April 21st. With that being the case, I've worked out what hopefully will allow us to continue to worship. Below is a letter that has been mailed to all church members who should have received it by now.
I will continue to post a sermon on this website every Saturday night by 6 pm. Also, you might want to watch Worship Anew on television. You can find out what channel they are on by going to WorshipAnew.LMM
With the church being closed we obviously have suspended Sunday School, adult Bible study, mid-week Lenten services, Choir, Hand-bells, Quilters, movie nights, community dinner, prayer breakfast, Jr. confirmation, and the Women’s Bible study for the foreseeable future.
If you know someone from church who does not have access to the internet or this website, please help them with church information.
It is our prayer that this situation that is disrupting the lives of every American is quickly abated and we can return to our normal lives once again.
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!” – Psalm 107:19-21
Dear members of Emanuel,
With the continued uncertainty surrounding when we as a congregation can worship together as a community in our beautiful sanctuary due to the coronavirus pandemic, keeping God’s people connected to His Word and Sacraments has been a challenge. We want to honor those in authority by refraining from having gatherings greater than ten and we want to likewise alleviate people’s fear of contracting this deadly virus. Yet, we are also commanded in Scripture to come together to worship as it provides us spiritual strength for our journeys to heaven and that’s something we need now more than ever.
With our Easter weekend worship approaching, I’ve listed below how we as a congregation will proceed while maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, I will conduct 20-minute services every half-hour from 12 noon till 3 and from 6 till 7. The Thursday service will include Holy Communion while the Friday service will be an abbreviated form of the Tenebrae worship.
In order not to exceed the maximum number of people either worshipping or waiting, we ask members to call and let the church office know what time they would like to worship. The church number is 765-675-4090.
Beginning on Easter Sunday, April 12, we will have a single worship service from the church parking lot at 9:30. Members will be directed to park their car facing the church building (West) and will stay in their cars while turning on and tuning their radios to 89.9 FM. I will conduct the service in front of the building. Members will be handed a service bulletin when they pull into the parking lot.
This then will also be how we will worship on April 19 and 26. Please note that we will only conduct a single service at 9:30. Also note, that in order to preserve the sanctity of the Lord’s Supper, none of these parking lot services will have Holy Communion. I ask that those wishing to partake of our Lord’s body and blood contact me and I will make myself available for private confession and Communion.
I ask for and thank you for your patience as I’ve tried to navigate the constantly changing rules and regulations surrounding these unprecedented circumstances. As a pastor I simply loathe the very idea of not worshipping and yet I appreciate the efforts of those trying to stop the spread of a virus that for some could be very deadly. In any event, I believe the above worship plan addresses my concerns for your spiritual welfare as well as your possible concerns while maintaining restrictions on social contact.
My fervent prayer is that none of our members are affected by this virus and that we can return to a more normal life as soon as possible.
Serving our Savior,