We plan to resume indoor, in-person worship services at Fredsville Lutheran Church on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the normal 9:30 a.m. worship time. We look forward to gathering together, even though Sunday mornings will be different than before. However, if the Dike-New Hartford schools close, Fredsville will be following school closures (with regard to Covid-19).
If you feel ill or have had recent, known contact with someone who has been recently diagnosed with Covid-19, please continue to worship with us using the online services for the health and safety of those in attendance.
Masks are required (for those over the age of 2) to enter the church building.
Temperatures will be taken as people enter and each person must be under 100.4 degrees, as the safety threshold. A second temperature will be taken if the first is too high.
Social distancing will be indicated on the pews. An usher will direct seating by bringing each family to the pews (loading church from front to back).
Please sit together with your family. (Please note: we are trying to social distance for the benefit of all so please use your best judgement if sitting with those other than your family and “Speak up!” if you need more distance.)
Offering basket will be available at the back of the church rather than be collected at service.
No Bulletins. Bulletins can be emailed out each week.
Windows open if weather cooperates, otherwise AC will be used as normal.
Communion: Words of Institution will still be said, but each person will take a “communion pack” prior to leaving the sanctuary. Ushers to release people from back to front to maximize social distancing.
Music: Organ and Piano per normal. Solos or videos for singing/listening.
Sharing the Peace: Not at this time, to be revisited as time goes on.
Restrooms will be available for use and there will be wipes available to clean the toilet before each use.
We encourage you to move outdoors for more fellowship. Social gathering inside the building before or after worship is discouraged but if it naturally takes place please do your best to maintain distance.
Refreshments: Not at this time.
At this time, only the sanctuary will be open for worship. The church building is not yet open to small group activities.
Worship will continue to be available online and added to our website so those who do not feel comfortable attending can still partake in Worship. All rules outlined above are for the health and safety of ALL of Fredsville’s members, especially those at high risk. These rules must be followed in order to continue indoor worship in a safe manner for all who attend.
Fredsville has outdoor worship on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion will be served. Please bring a lawn chair, wear a mask, and maintain at least 6 feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in the same household. If it rains, worship will be cancelled. We will also continue providing on-line worship.
We will be gathering outside on the west side of the church at 9:30 a.m. Bring your own lawn chair as chairs will not be provided. We will be practicing social distancing and strongly recommend that masks be worn. We will do our best to make worship as meaningful as possible without congregational singing and some of the other items that are considered to be too high of risk at this time. We will continue to have on-line worship for those who are not ready, or not comfortable gathering in person
All face-to-face Fredsville Lutheran Church worship services and activities are cancelled or postponed until at least May 31.
In this time of craziness and turmoil it is important to maintain some grounding, and we understand that. As a church, it is important to reach out, to be a community, and to remain steadfast in God’s word.
Pastor Lisa and Intern Andy have continued to preach God’s word for you all with sermons and modified worship services on the Fredsville Lutheran Church Videos YouTube Channel. Video links, weekly guides for at-home worship with scripture and song lyrics, and children’s bulletins are e-mailed weekly to members and anyone else who requests to receive them. The church will also mail copies to those who prefer a print version.
Videos of various special worship services from the last 5 years are also available on our YouTube Channel.
You can also find worship materials on our Facebook Page. Facebook Live videos, devotions, requests for prayer requests, and other content are posted there regularly for your enjoyment as well!
Sunday Night Storytime: On Sundays from 7-7:30 p.m., children from 2 years old through 5th grade are invited to connect for a check-in, read aloud, and prayer. Pastor Lisa reads a simple story for the younger students and part of a chapter book for older youth.
Wine @ Nine: On Thursdays at 9 p.m., ladies of the congregation are invited to grab a glass of wine (or other beverage of choice) and join Pastor Lisa for some time to touch base.
Open Fridays: Between 10-11 a.m. each Friday, join Intern Andy to check in, share stories, tell jokes, and just chat. These sessions might possibly include cameos by Baby Walter. You are welcome to come and go during this time rather than staying the entire hour.
As always, if you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, send a message to Fredsville on Facebook, or call the church at (319) 989-2065. Although you might not be able to reach someone physically in the office, we are checking voicemail and will get back to you as soon as possible.