ASH WEDNESDAY IS “TOUCHLESS”
As the Covid crisis continues among us, it has been suggested that for this year’s Ash Wednesday Services, 12:30 and 7 PM on February 17, the pastor will NOT directly touch people on the forehead. Rather, he will apply the ashes using a new Q-tip for each individual worshiper. This enables us to still have our traditional opportunity to receive ashes-the sign of our mortality-while remaining at a safe and healthy distance. We hope this new innovation will be helpful for those who desire to attend worship on that day.
During this time of the pandemic First Lutheran will provide the following worship opportunities:
Atlantic Broadband - Channel 9
at 8:00 pm every Monday
Search – First Lutheran Church, Johnstown for the link.
Link will also be emailed each Monday.
Synod staff is also posting a weekly Sunday worship service which is on the Allegheny Synod 8C Facebook page.
Check out our Web Site and Facebook for weekly worship resources – introduction to the day, the readings and psalm, prayer of the day, a Gospel message.
LENTEN RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Since we are unable to gather together this Lent in study, worship and fellowship we are offering several Lenten resources that can be used for personal or family devotions, study, prayer.
ELCA 40 Days of Giving includes:
· A devotional calendar with daily ideas for reflection, giving and action;
· A weekly study inviting you into deeper reflection on faith an justice, with inspirational stories about how your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at world in the world;
· The Piggy Banks will be available again to collect coins in support of World Hunger. After Lent/Easter filled banks may be returned to the church and ELCA Good Gifts will be purchased.
Resources will be available in the Lounge and the Social Hall. Please prayerfully consider making World Hunger a part of your Lenten discipline. There are a number of ways you can participate
There has been a rash of SPAM emails
sent to members indicating they
are from Pastor Startzel, Please DO NOT RESPOND to any of these emails.
Pastor Startzel will never contact anyone via email, only by direct phone call, text or postal mail. If you receive any of these emails, please notify the church and then delete them.
Church Offerings can be delivered to the church by mail or by putting them through the mail slot in the buzz door.
If you have prayer requests during this time please contact the church office. If calling during non-office hours, please leave a message. You may also submit your prayer requests online at our website - www. firstlutheran.info or send us an email at email@example.com. Requests will be forwarded to the pastor and the prayer chain.
Let us pray:
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.