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Immanuel Lutheran Church
3801 Cunningham Road
Killeen, Texas 76542
Ph: 254.634.2772

January 8, 2021

Greeting members of Immanuel,

In light of recent events and orders from the state, county, and local communities it is with a heavy heart that the Church Council has made the decision to cease all in-person worship and church activities until such time that it is safe to do so.  We will continue to have all the on-line events that have been ongoing.  We will also resume drive-through communion services.  The first will be January 17th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the church parking lot.  Please check your email, the church Facebook page, and the church website for more information and updates on church events.

The Bell County hospital capacity threshold has exceeded 15% for 9 days in a row.  On Wednesday Bell County Judge David Blackburn ordered that all Restaurants and businesses must roll back their capacity from 75% to 50% and all bars with 51% or more of their sales in alcohol must close.  This order is in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order #32.  We, as a house of worship are exempt from this order, but that does not mean we should ignore what this means to our community and the safety of our members.

The vaccine is here and being delivered throughout Central Texas.  The focus right now is for healthcare providers, first responders, and those with a higher risk.  We are far from any type of herd immunity please continue to wear a mask over your face and nose.  Please note that face-shields and masks with exhalation valves are not as effective in protecting you and others from illness as they allow vapor from your breath to escape.  
We will use guidance and criteria from the NTNL Synod, the CDC, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Bell County Health Department, the City of Killeen, KISD, and CCISD to help guide our future decisions.

Please continue to support the mission of the church through your tithes and offerings.  Our support to local organizations and the churches expenses are more critical than ever.
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Thank you and many blessings to you all!
Shawn