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St. Michael Lutheran Church
A FAITH COMMUNITY SHARING THE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS OF CHRIST WITH ALL.
No in-person worship at this time. Click here for more information.
Blessings abound Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
While we are all eager to return to in-person worship our concern for
St Michael’s membership and health is of highest priority.
A return to worship can not be as simple as opening the doors when
Palm Beach county has 10% (5,127) of the total cases (50,127) and
11 cases in Wellington Regional Medical Center.
A group of members with the approval of council along with Pastor Cook
and Council President Jen Kuras are reviewing CDC, State Health Dept,
Synod/ELCA Guidelines, Local regulations, and our Church Insurance
guidelines to establish best procedures for opening St Michael's doors.
Later in the week you will receive a questionnaire about you and your family
members current and past weeks health and any issues.
This is the first step, and will help us gather important information and
provides ground work for deciding a potential return date,
a return to worship seating, cleaning of church procedures,
and additional requirements needed to ultimately worship together in
the sanctuary and other fellowship locations.
The Phase program from the Governor has no timeline by day, or week.
And it is for state purposes not totally, for or against St Michael
or places of worship. We have to be diligent in our return to ensure the heath,
safety and well-being remain at the forefront of all decisions.
For the building of St. Michael is not the church, together you and I
are the church living the hands and feet of Christ every day.
Be blessed, be well and be safe!
Jen Kuras - Council President
Sam Peters - COVID-19 Taskforce Lead and Property Manager
Sally Cook - Pastor
PS: Please read this important letter from Bishop Pedro Suarez
regarding returning to worship found below
May 22, 2020
This afternoon, President Donald Trump declared that
all governors should open churches immediately and said that
churches should be considered essential businesses. I want to
offer some reflection on this and how it affects us in the
Florida- Bahamas Synod.
I want to remind you that churches are already listed as essential
businesses in Florida. Governor DeSantis does not prevent any of
us from worshipping. Because of the separation of church and
state, the government cannot prevent us from worshipping, or
compel us to worship, at any time. However, it is strongly
recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the
Florida Department of Health that in this “Phase 1” of our
reopening, we limit public gatherings as much as possible.
In the Florida-Bahamas Synod, my recommendation is that
congregations wait until at least “Phase 3” of statewide reopening
before they return to in-person worship. When we are finally able
to gather, we recommend continuing to follow safe distancing
practices, including wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and
cleaning and disinfecting the sanctuary after services.
The ELCA and our Synod’s guidelines are available on our
webpage www.fbsynod.com .
We do not recommend our congregations begin to gather at this
time, but legally, you can. Most of our congregations have
decided not to have in-person services out of concern for the
health and safety of their members. Those that have decided to
try and have services are encouraged to use social distancing
procedures and avoid practices which can contribute to the
spread of the virus, such as singing, shaking hands, passing the
peace, or distributing Holy Communion.
COVID-19 is a national emergency, but returning to in-person
services is not yet a priority at this time. We urge you to continue
doing services online for the time being, until we are in “Phase 3”
or upon recommendation from the CDC.
I am longing for us to be able to gather together and worship in
our sanctuaries. It would be a blessing for us to be together,
but as we have seen across the country, congregations who gather
become super spreader events where large percentages of
the congregation contract the virus. This has happened in worship services,
choir rehearsals, and general meetings.
My ultimate recommendation is that we continue to hold off on
in-person worship until, at least, “Phase 3” of reopening.
For those who have decided to try and have services, we strongly
recommend following the safe meeting practices and continuing
to uphold social distancing. In all of this we continue to encourage
you to pray for each other, for our communities, for our nation and
world as we struggle with this pandemic.
The President’s announcement could encourage people to want
to follow his advice and open the congregations this weekend.
I would strongly recommend against that. I think there is too much
risk for a congregation to safely gather this weekend unless they
have had a proper amount of time to put policies and procedures
in place to protect their members. It would be dangerous to rush
in when we have time to plan and make the best decisions for our
Sisters and Brothers, I continue to thank God for you. Thank you
for the way you care for each other and for your congregations in
May God be with you.
Peace and health,
+ Bp. Pedro
Rev. Pedro Suarez, Bishop
Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA
Pentecost Sunday - May 31, 2020
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We respectfully ask that you remember your tithes and offerings as your gift to God. The work of the church continues despite the fact that we are not gathering on Sundays.
Gracious God, it is good for us to gather as your beloved in community. We treasure your presence with us in word and meal, song and prayer. Be with us in these days when gathering together as we would like is not possible. In this time of being apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen.
Through worship, we gather as a community - a family of faith – to hear the Word of God, to praise our Lord, to offer prayers of thankfulness, healing and hope for those we know and love and for all of God’s world, and to receive absolution (forgiveness of sin) and the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, through Holy Communion.
Worship is every Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45 am
To see what St. Michael has been up to lately, and/or to watch a Live Stream worship service, link to our Facebook page.
Who We Are
We are a congregation united by our love for Jesus and committed to a common mission to share the gospel and be Christ in the community.
We are more interested in praising God than just attending worship. More interested in serving others than being served. More interested in discipleship than membership. We are the HANDS, FEET, EYES... and VOICE of Christ as we live out our faith each and every day.
The beauty of being an ELCA Lutheran is
you are allowed and encouraged to think and ask faith questions. We have basic faith tenants, but when it comes to many issues of faith and ethical life, our church gives guidance to you and encourage a specific belief or practice, but does not require people to all think or believe the same thing. Hence, regarding current hot button issues such as homosexuality, abortion and gun control our members may not be like-minded.
REACHING OUR COMMUNITY
In response to God’s gift of grace, we have a number of vibrant ministries that allow us live our faith, grow in our relationship with the Lord and connect with each other.
Learn more about all the ways you can plug in.