From the desk of Pastor Veronica


Oct 5, 2020


Mark your calendars and save the date because in person worship returns at 9:00am on Sunday, October 18, 2020.  This past Tuesday the Church Council prayerfully discussed plans for reopening our church building for worship. Throughout the pandemic we have never stopped worshipping, but we acknowledge that for many, being together in our worship space is important. Many factors were taken into consideration, including our willingness and ability to follow the recommended guidelines set forth by not only the Centers for Disease Control, but also the Bell County Health Department and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This means that worship will not look the same as it did back in March. Those planning to attend worship in person will need to: wear a mask, practice social distancing, sanitize hands, and stay home if sick. In addition, in order to adhere to the guidelines for social distancing, we’re inviting you to make reservations for attending worship. Please refer to the bottom of the page for information on making a reservation.
We know that not all of our members are ready to make the return to in person worship and for some of you, that is the wise choice. We love you and we support your decision to stay home. With that in mind, all of the online content we are currently offering will continue to be available to you. The one noticeable change will be Sunday worship, which will now be live-streamed from our worship space. As always, worship will be made available to view later via Facebook, YouTube, and our church website (www.killeenimmanuel.com). 
Gathering around the table to share in the Lord’s Supper is an important part of who we are as followers of Christ. For those gathering in person for worship, Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the service. For all those worshipping online from home, we will be offering “Communion To Go” in the church parking lot from 10:00am to 11:00am on Sunday mornings following the in person worship service. If you’re unable to make it to church to receive Holy Communion, please let us know so that we can work with you to make other arrangements. All are welcome at Christ’s table and we don’t want anyone to feel left out.
More information about the safety practices in place for re-opening the building for in person worship will be distributed in print at the next drive through communion event and will also be sent to members via email. Please contact Pastor Veronica if you have not received a copy by Monday, October 12, 2020 as it is important for everyone planning to attend in person worship to know what protocols and procedures are in place.


We continue to offer all sorts of different online opportunities to gather for people of all ages and stages of life and all of our online content is available in many locations as soon as it’s finished playing live on our Facebook page (Click here to go there: https://www.facebook.com/ILCKilleen. Have you checked out our website lately to see all of the content there? You can also find all letters and emails that have been sent out by the church leadership (to learn more go to: www.killeenimmanuel.com). Of course, if you’re just looking for videos, you can find them all on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZolhxfHcRD17MeLTIAIFow).


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with worship as a reader! If you volunteered to read you should have received an email from me with more information. Please be mindful of the due dates. Some folks have asked if they can still volunteer even if they don’t have a smart phone for recording and the answer is YES! We’ve figured out a way to record you reading without you needing a smart phone! If you’re interested in having your name added to the list of readers, please let me know.


One of the concerns we’ve been hearing about since we had to move our church events and activities online is not hearing about prayer requests. We need your help in getting that information out to others. When you send a prayer request, please send it to me (pastor@killeenimmanuel.com) AND to the church office (office@killeenimmanuel.com). This will help make extra sure we get your prayer requests. If you are aware of an unaddressed prayer concern or if you made a prayer request that was never shared or responded to, please accept my sincerest apologies. We are all trying so hard to keep lines of communication open, but sometimes we fail. I hope you will offer me and the leadership of Immanuel grace as we make mistakes and do our best to know better and do better.


Most of the children in our congregation spent the end of their school year doing online learning. This was a very unique way of learning and meant that they spent a lot more time than usual in front of a screen. In addition, we wouldn’t normally offer a regular Sunday School schedule throughout the summer. All that being said, after discussing our two Zoom events for young people, we’ve decided to take a break during the month of July. There will be NO KidZoom and NO Teen Zoom in July. However, both myself and all the teachers are excited to return on August 2 with some new faith-filled activities! Teen Zoom will be converting to a more similar structure to Confirmation class on August 2 and students should plan to gather for a focused 45 minutes of class.  


The Lay Ministry board gathered for a Zoom meeting recently and shared many ideas for ways to keep our congregation connected and bring some more creativity into worship. One of their suggestions was to find a way to include some of the youngest members of our congregation in the weekly worship video. If you are the parent or guardian of a child in the Immanuel family who is under the age of 18, we need your help! We’re seeking video clips of our children sharing a “God Sighting” (a time when they experienced God in the world). So, grab your smart phone, set it to video, and ask your kiddo(s), “Where do you see God in the world?” When you’re finished filming you can email your video to pastor@killeenimmanuel.com or send it via text message to 443-613-2674. **Videos must be received by July 26 in order to be used for the August 2 worship service.**


**All events available live on Facebook unless otherwise noted, Facebook events are generally made available on YouTube and our website within a few hours of airing.**
9AM – Worship Live
**KidZoom & Teen Zoom are on break in July and will resume on August 2, 2020.**

7:30PM – Story Time
8:00PM – Holy Happy Hour (Zoom Link: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880)

**NEW BOOK – “When God is Silent” by Barbara Brown Taylor
11:30AM – Morning Devotion
6:45PM – Evening Devotion

11:00AM – Coffee & Conversation (Zoom Link: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880)
7:30PM – Story Time