Dear First Lutheran Family and Friends,
I continue to keep all of you in prayer as we continue to live through this incredible period of time. I know many of us have many different views on where we are, where we’re going, and how we should get there. Please know that First Lutheran Church’s leadership and I have two things at the very top of our priorities. First, we want to honor God and His Word in all we do as Jesus calls us to do in loving God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40) while we live obediently under those God has appointed as our leaders to serve us all and keep order in His creation (Romans 13:1-2). Second, we are striving to do what we can to keep all of us and our neighbors safe from harm as we continue to worship God our Father as He has called us to do.
On September 1st, Governor Hogan issued another Executive Order that further relaxes restrictions placed on houses of worship. In it, houses of worship are now permitted to hold services with attendance limited to 75% of capacity. However, the Executive Order also authorizes local jurisdictions to clarify guidance for their residents. I called the Calvert County Health Officer and spoke to him directly to find out if additional guidance will be forthcoming. At this time, due to the fact that Calvert County cases have been on the rise once again, he will not be changing the guidance issued to churches and congregational leaders in July and August (click for links July and August). His office is monitoring the status of cases. He may provide an update toward the end of September.
God calls on us to worship Him in all things! Nothing prevents us from doing just that. If you feel comfortable doing so, in-person worship takes place each week on Sunday at 8:30AM and Wednesday at 6:30PM. You can also attend worship on-line through First Lutheran Live! at 10:00AM on Sunday or anytime through YouTube. Links to sign up to attend in-person services or worship via livestream, as well as our Sunday Schools and Bible Studies, can be found at www.firstlutheranchurch.org.
Please join us as we continue to trust our heavenly Father, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ rejoicing in His eternal presence among us and His protection over us!
In Christ’s Love,
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