During this time of social distancing, Pastor Ashley will be leading us through Sunday morning worship (at 10:15 a.m.) through Facebook Live. Click on the link below for the Order of Worship for Palm Sunday:
Covid-19 Update and Community Response
April 1, 2020
Dear Members of Valley of Peace Lutheran Church,
On Tuesday, March 31, the Valley of Peace Church Council, voted to continue with the cancelation of all on-site activities at Valley of Peace through the end of April. This decision was made after reviewing the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. We make this decision to show love and care for our community. The Church Council will meet on Tuesday, April 21, and will make a decision at that time about the next steps. I am grateful for the thoughtful and faithful leadership of our Church Council.
I am also grateful for the promises of God that remind us that God is with us and that the church does not need a building to be the church. Even when we are not worshipping in the same building, we are still worshipping together. There are several opportunities to gather each week as the Valley of Peace community. You will see information about these opportunities below. And if you lead a small group or would like to create an opportunity to connect with folks from Valley of Peace please let me know and I can help set this up for you and communicate this information.
As we think about connecting with one another I also want to name that I am aware that many folks are experiencing additional stress during this time. Please know that I want to be sure you are caring for yourself and your loved ones. If caring for yourself means taking a break from social media or spending time with loved ones, please do so. Even if you are not able to attend the opportunities to gather with Valley of Peace know that we are holding you in prayer. Each member of our church should be receiving a phone call checking in with you and asking how we can support you during this time. We want to continue to remind people that God is with us and we are with each other. We are not alone at this time.
I am also available for pastoral care. If you would like to connect please e-mail me or call me on my cell phone. My cell phone number is 651-587-7506.
Much of our communication is happening over e-mail and Facebook. If you are not receiving e-mails from Sally, please contact her so that you can be receiving communications. Also, I want you to be aware that we have multiple Facebook Pages. The main Facebook Page (click here), Valley of Peace Lutheran Church, is a public page. On this page information will be posted about worship, Zoom gathering invitations, weekly devotions, and other announcements about upcoming events. The Valley of Peace Active Community Group (click here) is a private Facebook Group for Valley of Peace members only. In this group, you are welcome to post prayer requests and needs so that we can support one another.
The Valley of Peace staff has worked hard to find ways to create opportunities for connection and will continue to connect with you in the weeks to come. Below is a schedule of events and where you can find information for these events. If you are unable to find a Zoom Meeting invitation before a Zoom Event, please e-mail me and I can send you the invitation. Please note that you can join us on Zoom via phone call as well if you are not able to use a smartphone, tablet, or computer. There will be additional information coming out soon about a schedule for Holy Week and opportunities for worship on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
Sunday: 9:30 am Children’s Faith Formation on Zoom
10:15 am Sunday Worship on Facebook Live
on the Valley of Peace Facebook Page
11:00 am Adult Faith Formation on Zoom
Monday: E-mail Announcement
This e-mail will contain links to the Sunday Worship from the
day before and the upcoming weekly calendar
and Zoom Meeting information.
Tuesday: Facebook Devotion by a Staff Person and Faith Formation E-News
Wednesday: Zoom Prayer Service at 6:45 pm.
The invitation is in Monday’s e-mail and on
Valley of Peace Facebook Page.
Thursday: Weekly E-News with information for the upcoming weekend.
This includes information about Zoom Gatherings.
There will also be a devotion included in the e-mail.
Friday: Facebook Engagement Post and Information about Weekend Events
We know that God is present at this time and so let us pray for one another.
I leave you with this prayer:
Good and Gracious God, we give you thanks for your church. Scripture is full of stories of people experiencing your presence in the most unexpected way. Make your presence known to us in this time of being church in the most unexpected way. Keep us mindful of caring for one another and caring for ourselves. We entrust all things to you, God, knowing that you are with us and that you hear us as we pray. Amen.
Pastor Ashley Osborn
Staff E-mail Addresses
Pastor Ashley Osborn firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Daniels Herron, Parish Administrator email@example.com
Emilie Moravec, CYV Ministry Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Zack Carlson, Director of Music email@example.com
Beth Brandt, Organist/Pianist/Accompanist firstname.lastname@example.org
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