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COVID-19 UPDATE 03.31.2020

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“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

Our Shepherd family,

I pray you are safe and secure as we continue to navigate life with COVID19. I’m beginning to hear of COVID19 directly impacting members and members’ families. Requests for help are increasing from individuals who are losing work or experiencing financial hardship. I am very concerned of the physical health and emotional wellbeing of those working in the medical field. To all of you whose lives are being affected adversely by COVID19, we recognize your struggle, we care for you and want to help you however we can.

Here’s the most up-to-date information about how COVID19 is affecting Our Shepherd:

 

How social distancing protects others

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is stay at home as much as possible. Watch this short informational video to see how social distancing saves lives.

Campus continues to be closed.

Our church and school campus remains closed and will be for the foreseeable future. You may still contact the church by calling (317) 271-9103, or by emailing the staff. We are still accepting deliveries and drop-offs for the Food Pantry at the front door.

Home based Holy Week worship

We are so thankful that we can continue to worship from home during Holy Week!

Palm Sunday Contemporary, Saturday, April 4 at 6:30pm

Palm Sunday Traditional, Sunday, April 5 at 8:00am

Maundy Thursday, Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm

Tenebre, Friday, April 10 at 6:30pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm

Easter Festival, Sunday, April 12 at 8:00am

Drive-thru Food Pantry this weekend

Our food pantry plays a vital role in our community, and our mission has become simultaneously compromised and more important as COVID-19 spreads. We serve vulnerable populations, and many of our volunteers are senior citizens, or immunocompromised. Hunger continues with or without the virus, and as people in the community experience office and school closures, reduced working hours, and other financial impacts of COVID-19, the need for food assistance will become more pressing. We are striving to create and implement a plan to minimize exposure to the virus. We are communicating with our local partners and the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition, adopting recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and implementing strategies adopted by other hunger relief organizations like Gleaners Food Bank to ensure we are doing our best to provide food safely.

To best protect our volunteers and those we serve, we are implementing a drive-up food pantry with curbside delivery to our clients. This will enable us to provide for our clients while maintaining safe social distancing.

 

Continued giving

COVID19 is a challenge for all including our ministry. THANK-YOU to all who have contributed electronically or mailed your contribution. Your continued support is what provides the resources for us to continue to provide for our workers and provide for the physical and spiritual needs of our family and community.

How you may help

We are working with local entities to provide meals for low-income seniors. If you want to help meet this immediate need, please call Heather at the office or sign-up electronically.

Need help?

Please call the church office if you need spiritual or financial assistance. We have volunteers ready to assist with errands or shopping, have been blessed with gifts to our benevolence fund and are always willing to pray. We are here to help and have partner ministries that could meet your specific need. All requests are confidential. You can also submit a request electronically.

The scripture says, “…It was good of you to share in my troubles.” Philippians 4:14. We are all in this together! God has blessed us with His mercy in Christ, so that nothing may interfere with our eternal destiny. He’s also destined that we walk through times of trial together so that our faith in Him may grow and that we have opportunity to demonstrate our love by caring for each other. Stay safe and keep in touch!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Daniel Lepley

COVID-19 UPDATE 03.17.2020

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Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School family,
 
COVID19 has brought much of what’s “normal” to a halt. People are getting sick and some are dying. We are unable to freely move around and socialize. It’s uncanny how Jesus’s words with His disciples in the Upper Room seem to apply to our current state of affairs. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32 While our current events can’t be compared to what Jesus and the disciples felt that last night they were together, it’s good for us to recognize that Christ is with us while we are “scattered.”

In the interest of protecting our members and vulnerable members of our community from COVID19, Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School is undertaking the following measures:

All worship services, through April 1, will be HOME-BASED ONLY.
Although we will not meet in person, we will still worship together through our pre-recorded services on our YouTube channel. Our midweek Lenten worship will be available beginning Wednesday, March 18, at 4:30 pm.   Traditional worship will be available beginning Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 am. If able, we will record and make available a contemporary service on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Visit youtube.com/OurShepherdLutheranChurch to view services and use our confirmation videos as family devotions. Please join online us as we publish regular weekly worship services on Wednesdays and Sundays.

ALL activities, meetings, and events (except Food Pantry) hosted on campus are cancelled through April 1.

Continued giving
Ministry continues even when the church office is closed and we are prevented from worshipping at Church. In stressful times, opportunities to share Christ grow. We thank and praise God for His goodness to us by continuing to give. You may tithe online by utilizing the GIVE tab at ourshepherd.org, or you can mail your gift to the church. If you need assistance, please contact Kim Meyerholtz by calling the church office or email her

 
Home-based worship materials
Family/small group devotional materials have been prepared and are available via our website and enclosed in a congregational mailing. Look for more resources to be made available via our website and weekly emails.  


Our school is utilizing home-based learning this week, followed by spring break for two weeks. We plan to re-open on April 6.
 
The Church offices are CLOSED but the staff is still available.
Although the office is closed, you can still contact us at (317) 271-9103 or email . Please let us know if you have any pastoral concerns or needs. Our staff will continue to monitor emails during this time.
 
We will send updated information about worship, events, and activities on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check your email, our website, and social media for the most up to date information.
 
Jesus prepared His disciples for being taken from them by assuring them that what He suffered would bring them peace. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Many are tempted to put their faith in the things of this world, medicine, not getting sick or other earthly means. We do well to keep our focus on Christ, His victory over our sin and death, which gives us the hope of everlasting life.

 

May God grant you His peace and patience during these trying times.


In Christ,
 


Pastor Daniel Lepley

 

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