We continue our Worship on Wednesdays at 9 am, 11 am, and 7 am. In August we’ll have Wednesday worship on the 12th and 26th (also a special Confirmation Family service on the 19th at 7 pm). Sign up here to let us know you’re attending.
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 email@example.com. August’s movie on the 7th is Finding Dory!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We need the photos by Wednesday, August 5th!
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 email@example.com. I’d be happy to help!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We would like to recognize all of our graduates!
If your family has a graduate from any school – high school, college, trade or nursing school, email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 29. Be sure to include any special honors, degrees or recognition. Names will be listed in the Ekklesia on June 3.
June 1st will be time for a new Daily Bread devotional. You may pick one up starting Thursday, May 21, outside of each door off the alley (look for the boxes). These will only be available on week days not on the weekend.
You may also access Daily Bread online at https://odb.org/. Click on “Today’s Devotional”.
Lets shower our high school seniors with extra love! They continue to have so many disappointments this year, no senior breakfast, prom, yearbook signing day, last day of school out in the parking lot, graduation, parties, just to mention a few. We can do a lot to cheer them up!
Fill out the form here if you’d like to ‘adopt’ one or even two of them. You will be provided a name, short bio, and address and the rest is up to you. You can send cards, gifts, lunch, etc. Please make sure you include some words of wisdom to pass on to this amazing group of kids!