Weekly Update for December 16

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Hi Folks.  Lots of items this week, including some changes relevant for today.  Please read them all.

WEDNESDAY SNOW UPDATE

The office will be closed this afternoon, and most likely into Thursday, as well. Staff members will be working remotely, so if you would like to connect with them, reaching them by email will be the surest way to communicate.

CHANGES TO MIDWEEK AND SUNDAY 2PM WORSHIP

Upon the recommendation by the Risk Management Committee, Worship Committee, and Council, midweek Advent services and the 2pm Sunday parking lot worship have been cancelled. These changes do not impact plans for Christmas Eve worship (see below for how you can sign up for Drive-in Christmas Eve services.)

LIVING PUPPETS FOR CHRISTMAS

It is not too late to be part of the Living Puppet Nativity.  We will gather virtually (and safely) in our homes, dress our kids up with masks and/or simple costumes, and re-enact the kind of children’s story we typically enact on Christmas Eve.  If you email Pastor Craig craig.ross@stpeterslutheran.org by tonight, he can still get your son or daughter into the Nativity.   Send him an email with “Living Puppets” in the subject line.

CHURCH OFFICE UPDATE

In response to the continued surge of new Covid cases, and under the guidance of our Safe Church Committee, the Church Office will now be closed to walk-in visits.  If you need something from the office like grocery cards or written materials, or desire to drop off offering envelopes in person, please call ahead and make an appointment for a touch-free safe transfer of items.  This status will be re-evaluated in the New Year.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

For those planning to attend one of the four Christmas Eve Parking Lot Services (1PM, 2PM, 3PM & 4PM), please make sure to make a reservation for the service you wish to attend using this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4BACAB2FAAFA7-christmas .  In the safety of your car, you and your family can receive communion using our “fellowship cups” and sing your favorite Christmas carols at the top of your lungs.  Children will receive animal masks to remind us of what it might have been like at Jesus’ birth, and each car will receive battery operated lights to help bring light as we sing Silent Night.  For safety reasons, each service will only be able to accommodate 70 cars, so sign up early!

CHRISTMAS GIVING OPPORTUNITY

It is not too late to donate one or more $30.00 Gift Cards for local school children in need.  Cards can be from Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble or a generic credit card.  Mail cards to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 5160, Lancaster, PA 17601 attn. Sr. Dottie, or make an appointment at the church for drop off at the office. 

COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

Do you or a loved one have financial challenges at the moment?  St. Peter’s has a Relief Fund made possible by generous donations from our church members.  Modest grants can be made from the fund for those who can verify unemployment status.  Please contact one of the Church Office or one of a rostered staff member for more information.

LIVE STREAM WORSHIP

This Sunday, December 20, we will worship in the sanctuary via Live-stream at our usual time of 10:45 a.m. at  https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/live.   Join us as we finish up the Advent season, in our preparation for our celebration of Jesus’ birth.

God’s Peace, Your Church Staff

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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