Now that Chelan and Douglas counties are in Phase 3 of the "Healthy Washington" re-opening strategy, Grace Lutheran has implemented some re-opening updates to our church and worship life. Specifically, we will be hosting outdoor worship services every Sunday afternoon and holding small meetings inside the church.
Come join us for an Outdoor Worship service! We worship in the memorial garden through word, scripture, sermon, prayer, recitation, and communion. Follow this link to learn more about reserving a space at an outdoor worship!
Schedule a meeting with one of the staff members, or arrange to have a group meet at the church! Up to three people can meet with a staff member, and a group of up to five can meet independently. Email a staff member directly to schedule a meeting with them, or email the Grace Office to schedule a time for your group to meet in the church.
Schedule a time to come inside the church to spend time in the sanctuary. You can use this time to pray, reflect, or appreciate the sacred space of the Sanctuary. Spend time looking at the stained glass window or sit in your favorite pew. Follow the link to reserve a time.
We are always accepting donations for the food pantry! You can drop donations off in the green bin at the church entryway. The Pantry hours are from 11 am to 2 pm on Weekdays.
Come walk and pray in the Labyrinth! No need to schedule a time, just come to the church yard!
Intern Bergen loves holding One-on-Ones! You can schedule an in-person One-on-One at this link:
You can now arrange to meet with a staff member at Grace! Up to three people can meet with a staff member at a time, so long as they are from the same household. These meetings could involve things like youth ministry planning, pastoral counseling, or a conversation with the pastor or intern pastor. Contact a relevant staff member to make this request.
Groups of up to five people may now meet on Grace's property or inside the church. These meetings could be for prayer groups, committees, project teams, or other requests. As above, contact a relevant staff member to make this request (and to make sure that someone will be at the door to let you in!)
To request a meeting at Grace Lutheran Church, please contact Jen Pearson-Gale at email@example.com
You may also arrange a meeting with a specific staff person, but be sure to let Jen know when the meeting will be so she can be sure to reserve your time in the building.
All meetings at Grace must follow COVID-19 safety guidelines! Wearing a mask is required for any meeting, as is washing or sanitizing hands before and after arriving at the church. Posters of safety practices are displayed upon entry to the church. But please do not come to the church without wearing a mask!
This video was published on October 22nd, 2020, just before we scaled back our re-opening plans by request of the Chelan/Douglas Health District. However, this video describes many of the current steps we are taking to begin re-opening the church building. Please watch for a more full explanation of what you can do in the church!
Now that you can arrange meetings at Grace Lutheran, it's important to make sure that you are in good health before visiting the church! If you have any new or worsening symptoms on the CDC list, please do not come to church. And if you are ill, please do let us know so that we can pray for you.
12 March 2020
Greetings People of Grace,
Due to the need for caution among our community, all groups, meetings and gatherings at Grace Lutheran Church are cancelled until further notice. This includes groups who use the facilities of Grace. COVID-19 (coronavirus) will cause “a significant number of deaths” among the elderly and other high-risk groups, according to today’s statement by the Chelan-Douglas Health District. Another report states that by the time the virus runs its course, up to 70% of America’s citizens may be infected.
This decision has been made with a great deal of thought, care and prayer. I consulted with most of the staff of Grace, with our cluster dean Pastor Dave Haven, and with our congregation president Chad DuLac. I have also kept a close watch on the Chelan Douglas Health District’s website, and our denomination, the ELCA. It’s important to honor the wisdom and expertise of others in our community. There is sadness that opportunities to come together have been, in a sense, taken away from us - but we want to do our part to slow down the progression of this virus. We want to care for one another by limiting the chance that we are passing along a sickness that could be deadly to some. As the health district’s statement says: “The time to get serious about every available preventive measure is right now, today. Failure to do so will result in more deaths among neighbors and relatives, even though most of us will come through OK. To save as many precious lives as we can, WE NEED EACH OTHER.”
How will we worship? We need to be creative about this. Livestreaming will be an option as often as possible. Here’s the church schedule, starting this weekend:
· Worship (one service) 10:30 am, Sunday mornings. Some staff will be present in the sanctuary for worship, and we are exploring ways to livestream the service online in ways that are accessible to as many as possible. Our worship service will be a very simple format, and we are still figuring out those details.
· No 8:30 worship
· No Wednesday vespers
· Please check our website for changes (www.glcwen.org).
Please stay tuned about further developments and opportunities to be in touch with one another and with us. We want to stay connected with one another and not feel spiritually isolated. Do you have ideas for ways to build new connections with your siblings in Christ? We would love to hear them!
Pastor James Aalgaard
A COVID-19 update (July 2020)
Religious and Faith-Based Organizations COVID-19 Requirements (December 2020)