To the Friends and Family of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,

The church council met yesterday, November 16th, and made several key decisions in response to the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 around the region and in Vermont. We wanted everyone to be aware of these decisions and to encourage all of you to be good stewards of your health and the health of your family.

  • Worship- Worship will move on-line. You can watch a livestream of the Sunday Morning service at 9:30AM on Facebook Live or you can watch later in the week by visiting our YouTube channel. Each week our worship leaders (pastor, assisting minister, lector, musician, and camera operator) will meet at 9:15AM in the sanctuary to prepare for the broadcast.
  • Bible Study- In-person classes have been suspended. We encourage everyone to check out the on-line bible study Tuesdays at 1:00PM the meeting is hosted on ZOOM.
  • Visitation- Hospital and Nursing Home visits continue to be highly restricted outside of cases of imminent death. We will suspend the home delivery of communion and begin making pastoral calls via telephone.
  • Choir- Our special choir rehearsals and recording sessions will conclude this week and the be suspended beginning the week of Thanksgiving.
  • Little Lambs- remains open under state guidance at this time.
  • Faith on Foot & the Comfort Zone- will continue outdoors only services with appropriate safety measures for now.

The celebration of Advent & Christmas will feature three special projects:
  • An Advent Video Calendar- This website will feature 25 daily reflections to help you prepare for Christmas and embrace the season of hope and anticipation.
  • Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols- Our choir and several readers are hard at work recording a service of Lessons and Carols that will appear at 6:30PM on our YouTube channel. Watch and sing along with all your might!
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas- Contributors from across North America are preparing reflections for a special film exploring the festivals and themes of the days from Christmas Day to Epiphany. The movie will premiere on Christmas morning at 7:00AM on our Youtube channel.
In Christ's Love,

The Church Council
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rutland, VT
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