Summer Covid-19 Plan

In conversation with recommendations from the synod, the state, our insurance company, an excellent video by Dr. Osterholm, and members of First Lutheran we offer the following plan for our ministry this summer. We hold in tension the priorities of health, spiritual nourishment, and the mission to equip our members to be fully committed followers of Jesus. While this is our plan, we recognize that facts on the ground may change and so we reserve the right to adapt to meet new challenges. Our primary motivation continues to be the greatest commandment given to us by our Lord Jesus, that we would love one another as Christ has loved us.

This virus is deadly. It is now the number one cause of death in the United States. It is spread primarily through aerosols (think the dust particles you see when sunlight streams through a window). The most dangerous place to be is indoors with a crowd of people. Masks, handwashing, and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent infection. With all that in mind your council, pastors and staff have developed the following plan for the summer. We recognize that summer may be a lull in the virus’s spread and that the fall may lead to increases that will require us to adjust our plan accordingly.

  1. We will hold a monthly outdoor communion service.
    a. Wednesday – June 17, July 15 & August 12 , 9 am, 12 pm & 6 pm
    b. It is possible to hold 100 people socially distanced on the south two sections of the front lawn. The service will be very short: a reading a word, prayers, some music, and holy communion. (30 minute service +distribution).
    c. This is an experiment.
    d. Masks will be required; chairs will be set up following physical distancing requirements.
    e. Those who are sick or particularly vulnerable should not attend.
    f. If the weather is unsuitable, we will reschedule.
    g. Please let us know that you plan to attend either via the connection card or a phone call to the church office, so we know how many to set up for.
  2. We will open our building to 12-step groups. We will require that they wear masks and maintain physical distancing as well as sanitize the room upon their departure. Most 12-step groups will meet in Luther Hall.
  3. Small church groups of ten or fewer are welcome to resume meeting in the church building.
    a. One group per level of the building may meet at a time – Gathering Place and Fireside Room for instance.
    b. No card groups may meet; they are not able to socially distance and the shared cards create a possibility for contamination and spread.
    c. All groups shall wear masks and socially distance.
    d. The leader of the group will write down names and phone numbers to assist with contact tracing in case that becomes necessary.
    e. The church will not provide coffee service; no shared food or drinks in groups are permitted.
    f. Groups will be asked to sanitize upon leaving, and supplies will be made available.
    g. Members of the group will be asked to wear masks, remain six feet apart, and sanitize the room before leaving.
    h. Groups larger than 10 may meet outdoors with permission of pastors.
  4. We will continue to provide online Sunday worship services in lieu of physically gathering for worship on Sundays. We are following the Synod recommendation to refrain until at least August 31st. Council will continue to monitor conditions and evaluate our response.
  5. Summer Online Sunday School
    a. Begins on June 7th and will continue through August 16th
    b. All classes (K-12) will follow the summer sermon series.
    c. Pastors will create a “Questions/Prompts for the Home” to go with the message and reading for that day. Youth staff could also create a craft or project to do at home.
    d. Elementary Sunday School classes will meet via Zoom on Sundays at 10 am, 11 am, and 6 pm. Middle School Youth Group meets at 4 pm and High School at 5 pm.
  6. Youth Groups
    a. Groups of less than ten, with permission from parents will meet outside, socially distanced with masks a few times a month, perhaps even weekly. Hula Hoops to be used for protecting personal space. “Hula Hoop Huddles” will be especially aimed at middle school age youth.
    b. Hiking in small groups of less than ten is permitted for high school youth, with their parents’ permission. Masks are to be worn, social distancing practiced. Families must provide their own transportation to and from trailhead.
    c. There will be no mission trip. We will re-evaluate any type of service project in mid-July.

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First Lutheran Youth and Families: We need your help!

You likely got a survey or two in your email and mailboxes this past week. We are polling our youth and their families to help craft a youth ministry that is supportive and formative in this pandemic time. We know that things are strange, so we need your honest opinions on ways we can move forward. How comfortable do you feel to meet in person following current protocols? Would your youth actually attend online events and ministry offerings? We want to provide something that is both fun and formative for you in this anxious and unusual time. Help us by filling out those surveys and getting them back to us swiftly. Thank you in advance!

First Lutheran Mom’s Group is TONIGHT!

Online via Zoom – 8 pm on Tuesdays

As a mom of two little ones, I feel the social isolation and stress that this pandemic has put on an already hard situation. That hard situation is parenthood. It was never the easiest job, though at times very rewarding, but now it had gotten even harder. I will be leading fellow mom’s in a weekly zoom conversation to just vent to one another, share stories, and lift each other up in this time of trial. Moms of all ages are welcome!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85184821426
Meeting ID: 851 8482 1426

“Jesus answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” Matthew 15:26

Excuse me? Did Jesus really just call that woman a dog? Is Jesus refusing to help someone in need because she doesn’t have the right background? Sometimes you read scripture and you do a double take or maybe a spit take! Jesus almost never acts in predictable ways and this story of his interaction with a Canaanite woman asking mercy for her daughter is no exception. My first thought is how Jesus moves aside so this woman can take center stage. She seems to be the hero here. She argues persuasively against Jesus and convinces him to heal her daughter. She seems to be a better person than Jesus in the story. I wonder if Jesus did that on purpose, to help us see her and others like her in our own life with new eyes? I think Jesus might be playing the fool here, for our sake.

-Pastor Travis

High School Youth are going to Pueblo Reservoir!

Please join us on August 15th for a day at Pueblo Reservoir!  We will meet there at 9:00 am and weather permitting, spend the day swimming and relaxing.  Bring $5 for lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided.  We ask that you bring a mask to be worn when not in the water. We will do our best to keep socially distanced, so please come based on your own comfort level. Bring your rafts and tubes – we can stay distanced as long as there is one person per floatie!

Permission slips are required (even if kids are 18)  and can be found here. Details will be emailed to you once your permission slip is uploaded.

First Friday Movie Night on the Lawn

First Fridays of the Month at 6 pm
We are starting a new tradition while the weather is nice! Bring your own blanket and some picnic dinner for a Disney/Pixar movie on the First Lutheran Lawn. We will offer some “Theological Thoughts” to parents when they enter. These will help connect the movie to themes in our own Christian Faith. Feel free to use them at your own discretion on the ride or walk home. We will keep properly socially distanced and we ask that viewers over the age of 2 wear a mask. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, to michaela@flccs.net. August’s movie on the 7th is Finding Dory!

Sunday Morning Worship Watch Party

On Sunday, August 9, we are beginning our Sunday Morning Worship Watch Parties. We’ll gather at 8 am and 10 am for worship on the lawn. We’ll watch the online service together and then celebrate Holy Communion. At the 10 am we’ll have a program for children concurrent with worship. Sign up by clicking here.

“and after Jesus had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray” Matthew 14:23

This week the story we lean into is the story of Jesus walking on water. I’m excited to think about Peter’s faith and fear, but as I reread the story another detail caught my eye. The reason Jesus walked on water is because he had dismissed his disciples to get back on the boat without him. Jesus wanted to pray. In fact, the whole reason they were in the isolated place in the first place was because Jesus was trying to get away from the crowds so he could pray. But the 5,000 people followed him, so he fed them miraculously, but then when it was over, he dismissed everyone so he could pray. Why did Jesus want so badly to be alone and to pray? Because before all of this, before the walking on water, before the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus had just been told the news that John the Baptist had been killed by Herod. This is the detail that touches me. Jesus was holding this grief in his heart while he went about doing the work that God had called him to do. He was holding the knowledge that he might share John’s fate. Imagine all the thoughts and emotions Jesus was carrying. He didn’t bury it, but he bid his time until he could finally be alone and pray to his father. For all of us holding a grief, bearing a burden, biding our time, I pray we can find the space we need to unburden ourselves in prayer. If Jesus needed to be alone to pray, how much more do we need to do the same?

-Pastor Travis

Blessing of the Backpacks


It’s Back To School Time! We are just now learning what school will look like this year. will be back in person, some online, some doing a hybrid approach.. Regardless, we are pretty sure you have a nice (possibly new) backpack to hold all your notebooks and supplies. We want to bless your backpack in online worship on August 9th. Please send us pictures of you with your backpack that we can use during the blessing. Send photos to theresa@flccs.net. We need the photos by Wednesday, August 5th!

Subscribe to Our YouTube Channel


In the near future, we plan on using YouTube as our primary platform for memorial services, worship and maybe even a wedding! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss anything. To subscribe, in your browser go to www.youtube.com. Search First Lutheran Church Colorado Springs in the search bar at the top. You’ll see our logo with a red subscribe button. Click on that and enter your information. Once this is done, you’ll be notified via email when we upload a video or go live!

If you have any issues subscribing, please reach out to theresa@flccs.net. I’d be happy to help!

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