Church is Reopened

Our Sunday Services and Sunday School are back to “normal,” that is, COVID-19 normal.  Our pastor was under quarantine because he was exposed to the virus during his pastorly duties.  However, his quarantine time is now over (also, he earlier tested negative).  His wife has also tested negative. Adult Sunday School will continue with Acts, […]

Church Cancelled for October 11 (with some internet links)

Both Sunday School and the Divine Service are cancelled for October 11. Four of our parishioners are now positive for the Coronavirus. Our pastor was exposed to three of these parishioners during his pastoral duties. However, he went to be tested and the results came back negative. Nevertheless, his test was too close to his […]

Church Cancelled for October 4th

Due to a recent spike in COVID cases, we have cancelled both Sunday School and Service for October 4th. Locally, cases have increased and two members tested positive for COVID last week. This cancellation is purely a precautionary measure, to help prevent any possible spread. Remember, a person can be contagious before he shows any […]

Starting on September 27, Journey with Us through the Book of Acts

The first time someone stepped into the arena to preach Jesus, he wanted all to understand—this Word of Christ is for everyone!  Such a day, which some christen as the birthday of the Church.  The wind of the Spirit swept down upon Jesus’ disciples.  Atop each person’s head, flames like fire flickered and danced.  Astonished, […]

Terri Steven’s Funeral

Terri Stevens is the daughter of Kenneth and Patricia (Tompas) Ditillo. Though she was born in Maryland, she moved here 18 years ago, after living in Spring Hill, FL. She was born on May 1, 1963, and died, for many of us unexpectedly, on September 2, 2020, at 57 years of age. She lived in […]

To Isolate or Not, Such is Our Reality

This is our pastor’s article for the September edition of our congregational newsletter. The Old Testament doesn’t view life and death as mere biological facts.  Read Scripture, and you will find both death and life as an interpretive lens to help understand reality.  Within the words of Scripture, life flows with fruitfulness and abundance, for […]

Getting Back to Normality Despite COVID, or at Least, Trying

A couple of weeks ago, a member of our congregation approached me.  In short, she shared with me her assessment of our COVID-19 prevention practices.  Well, I quipped back, “Yeah, coming to church is safer than grocery shopping.”  To this, she agreed.  Next, she said I should send out a message, so others in our […]

Church Services Resume on May 10

After several weeks of quarantine, we will begin holding public worship services and Sunday School on May 10. Though, we still must observe social-distancing policies until we are told otherwise by health authorities. The specifics of how we’ve adapted our worship services will come to you in an e-mail. Also, the pastor will share with […]

Some Solid Worship Resources during the Pandemic

One of our elders has a son who is serving as a pastor in Lincoln, Nebraska. His congregation records their services (which are the services without the people because of the COVID-19 pandemic). Click here to go to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s website. Also, in February, I went to Texas to visit some relatives and […]

A Prayer in These Times of Pandemic

Prayer of the Church Heavenly Father, standing on the threshold of days and weeks unknown, we remember all Your benefits in times and ages past. In Your providence, You provided us with all the needs of body and life, with food and drink and house and home. Your bountiful hand still enriches us with the […]