Lutheran Church in the San Juans
No Worship Service on Sunday March 15 and March 22, 2020!
No Worship Service on Sunday March 15 and March 22, 2020!
Friday Harbor Branch Notes
April 4, 2020
Our Congregation’s Mission
To provide a welcoming worship experience and a supportive community that cares for creation and shares God's love, justice and compassion in the world.
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Sunday morning live stream services of the Word for Palm Sunday – a brief liturgy, sermon and prayers. Last week 54 people from all three branches participated. Scroll down for instructions on how to access the service via Ring Central.
Lutheran Church in the San Juans faith community news and concerns:
Offerings are still needed. To make your weekly or monthly offering simply mail your check to LCSJ – Friday Harbor, PO Box 933, Lopez Island, WA. 98261. Be sure to indicate Friday Harbor on the outside envelope – that will help them get to the right branch Financial Secretary. (Thank you, Joyce Johnson).
From our larger island community:
The San Juan Island Community Foundation has set up an Emergency Response Fund which will help coordination and provide pass-through funding to our local social service agencies such as the Family Resource Center, Food Bank, etc. sjicf.org for the easy to use link.
The Food Bank is receiving donations of food Wed or Sat, 10:30-2pm. They prefer financial donations , which can be mailed in, or given through the Community Foundation fund. They are anticipating the need for food to grow in the next 2 months.
Dear family of faith, It is with deep sadness and with hope in the Resurrection that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, Bob Nieman died early Friday morning at home. We continue to hold Pat and Joanne in our prayers along with the entire Nieman family. We give thanks for Bob's deep faith and life of service. Rest eternal grant him, O Lord.
To have prayer concerns included in the weekly email please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand me a note at church on Sunday.
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Lopez Island Branch Notes
April 5, 2020
This Sunday – Responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have been advised to cancel worship and all activities for the time being.
Once again we’ll be having a “virtual worship service,” courtesy of the technological wizardry of Robin and Curt VanHyning – watch your email for information on how to connect.
This week we thank the following for serving as readers: Nan Simpson, Mary Ann Cameron, and Steve Simpson.
A note about offering checks – Because we are temporarily unable to gather for worship, please mail your offering check to: LCSJ -- Lopez Branch, Attention Financial Secretary, PO Box 933, Lopez Island, WA 98261. (Another option is to set up an automatic bill-pay from your bank account, using this same information for the payee.)
Our regular expenses for payroll, building rentals, etc., still need to be paid – even though we don’t physically gather for worship. Your attention to this important matter will be very much appreciated.
This Week’s Events
Midweek Fellowship Meeting on Zoom – There will be another gathering of Lopez Branch church folks on Zoom next Wednesday, April 8th, at 11am. If you'd like to come, you can just click this link on your computer https://zoom.us/j/485505418 (or copy it into your browser). If you have not used Zoom before, it will prompt you to download a small app, then put you in the meeting. If you need to connect by phone or have any other questions about how to do this, contact Nancy Searls (email@example.com). This is a chance for whoever wants to say hello, tell how they are doing, and hear how everyone else who shows up is doing. We "meet" for somewhere between a half hour and an hour. Do drop in!
Mireille Kramer 4/6
David Hall 4/11
Passing of Friday Harbor brother Bob Nieman Yesterday we received this information from Deacon Madelyn Busse (Friday Harbor Branch): Dear family of faith—it is with deep sadness and with hope in the Resurrection that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, Bob Nieman died early this morning at home. We continue to hold Pat and Joanne in our prayers along with the entire Nieman family. We give thanks for Bob's deep faith and life of service. Rest eternal grant him, O Lord.
Prayer request – Karen and Gordon Jonasson have asked for prayers in a time of loss. They and their grandson lived on Lopez for some time and were members of our congregation. Their adult son Erik (father of the grandson you may have known) passed away suddenly last Sunday. Please pray for Karen and Gordon Jonasson and their family for peace during this heart-wrenching time.
A note from Mary Ann Cameron – Who knows when we will be back to "normal", but I'm working on the schedule of readers for the lessons for the months of May through August. If you are interested in reading one of the lessons or the Psalms on any of the Sundays in those months, please let me know the Sundays that you will be available. Best to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave at message at 425-776-0370. Thanks for your help!
Lenten schedule –Stay tuned for an update about online events during Easter Week.
Sunday morning help needed – Several volunteer slots are available for helping out on Sunday morning during the weeks ahead. Please consult the sign-up sheet and fill in some of those empty boxes! To access our online sign-up sheet, click on the following link.
Alternatively, you can sign up on the paper form at the church or contact Mireille Kramer. If you have a late change to the sign-up list please contact Mireille at 360-298-6503.
Email changes: Please contact Mireille Kramer or Rich Gartland to make changes to the email distribution list for these weekly Branch Notes.
Adding an event/announcement: Please forward your written listing to Rich Gartland by Thursday. Be sure to include all relevant information (who, what, when, where, why, how). Unless otherwise specified, announcements will be listed for one week and events will be listed weekly until the event date.
Council meeting – The next virtual council meeting is scheduled for 9:00am on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020.
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