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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte Response to the Present Health Emergency: March 17–31

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:29 PM by Marty Jahn   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 7:33 PM ]
Dear beloved children of God,
With faith in Christ our only, true Savior, and in compliance with the order from our State Governor, it has been
decided by Pastor and the Elders to put the following plan into place, at least until March 31. We will revisit
the issue for April in the days and weeks to come.
All Regular Church Services, Classes, and Meetings are canceled for the rest of March
We are trying to give due honor to our civil authorities, which have been set in place by God Himself. This
means we will not have gatherings over 10 people. However, as Christians we know that “Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). The emergency facing our
country and the decision to cancel church is a tragedy and certainly a test from God. But don’t follow the rest of
the world blindly. We need His grace, His comfort, and assurance now more than ever. Our faith cannot live
without God’s Word of Truth and the body and blood of Jesus that gives everlasting life. As important as
physical health and safety are, we know that spiritual health is even more important. So, we are striving to
provide multiple opportunities for you to continue receiving God’s Word and Sacrament during this difficult
time:

Facebook, YouTube, Pastor’s Sermon Blog, Church Website
* You will be able to find links to resources for sermons and services on our church Facebook Page
*Trinity, Lowden will continue to provide services on YouTube that you can watch at home. Pastor
Dodgers and St. John, Clinton are also looking into this. Use the Facebook Page to look for updates.
* Pastor’s Sermons will also be available on his blog if you would prefer to read a sermon. Again, you can
always check the Facebook Page for the most recent updates.
* Also check the Church Website for other updates and online resources: www.immlutherancharlotte.org

Radio
* Trinity, Clinton will continue broadcasting Pastor’s sermon each Sunday morning (just after 8:00am) on
KROS FM 105.9 or AM 1340. St. John, Clinton is on at 9:30am.

Small Group Communion Services
* Pastor Dodgers is planning to offer the following times for groups of 10 to attend a shortened service at
church with a Sermon and Holy Communion. Great care will be taken to sanitize in between services.
* Please consider, if you are still going to work or to the store, you will be even more safe coming to
church for a short time with very few other people. It is good to be cautious, but we can never
completely forsake the gifts that God offers in the Word and the Sacrament.
* Call Pastor Dodgers to sign-up for any of the following times if you are able and desire it.
o Home: 563-677-2759 or Cell Phone: 616-648-6489
* Sunday, March 22 – 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 5:00pm
* Wednesday, March 25 – 9:00am, 12:00pm, 7:00pm
* Sunday, March 29 – 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 5:00pm

God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 1 Tim. 1:7

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to
you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Let’s keep our faith and the life of our church strong by continuing in the Word of God and prayer. We can still
be a light in these dark times, pointing people to Christ, the true Physician of all our ills in body and soul.
Continue making use of Christ’s ministry in the Word and Sacrament for yourself, your family, and friends.
Your servants in Christ,
 Pastor Dodgers, The Congregation’s Elders and President
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