CHRIST LUTHERAN
Weekly Update
Where the Spirit is,
there is Freedom.
-M.A. Groves
Returning to In-Person Worship
We are, at this writing, aiming at a target date of June 14 to return to our sanctuary for in-person worship . We know that some among us are ready and less concerned these days with the coronavirus, while others among us still feel cautious about venturing into crowds. We want to assure you that regardless of your level of concern, we will take all the precautions necessary to be safe and responsible as we gather once again. After review governmental and church guidelines as well as consultation with other congregations, we have adopted the following protocol for gathering and encourage you to join us in this effort to keep everyone safe.

·  If anyone is uncomfortable or at high risk, you are encouraged to remain at home until the risk subsides. Please continue to gather with us through livestream on Facebook and YouTube.

·  When you arrive at church, please note the signs asking if you’re experience any symptoms , if you’ve come in contact with someone who’s infected with the coronavirus or, if you’ve traveled out of the country. If any you answer any of these 'yes,' please do not enter  You will not be physically screened so, please be forthright in screening yourself.

·  As you approach the entrance, should there be people in front of you, please remain at least six feet behind them.  Follow the markings on the patio entrance to keep an appropriate distance.

·  You are encouraged to bring and wear a mask.  If you do not have access to a mask, one will be provided for you. If you wish, it is not necessary wear the mask while sitting and listening. It is encouraged for those parts of the service where we speak words in unison or when you sing.

· There will be no bulletins, hymnals or Bibles in the pews in order to reduce the surfaces. Everything will be presented on the screens .

·  Please sit in designated pews.  You may not be able to sit in your “regular” pew, as every other pew will be restricted. It’ll be o.k. 

·  You may sit in “family / friend clusters” but, please use the apparatus on the pew to keep at least six (6) feet from the next person or cluster in your pew.

·  Please refrain from physical touching or hugging of others.  We recognize that we are a friendly, caring congregation, but the best way to heed Jesus command to, “love one another,” is to wear a mask and keep socially distanced from others. There will be no physical ‘Passing of the Peace.’

·  When singing or speaking in unison, you are strongly encourage you to wear a mask.  Please remember that you’re wearing a mask for the safety and well-being of others. We show our love for others by wearing a mask.

·  If you choose to receive Holy Communion, you will be ushered forward, one row at a time. You will come forward and be offered by Pastor, (who will be wearing a mask,) a cup with wine/grape juice with a host or wafer placed within the cup. Each cup will be spaced in the communion plate far enough apart for you to take one without disturbing the others. After you have taken the cup and host, please place the empty cup in the basket placed for that purpose. Then, please return to your seat. Please be assured that the preparation of communion will be done with the utmost safety, including clean/sanitized hands by a masked member of the Altar Guild.

·  Following worship, please remain in your seat and you will be ushered from the sanctuary.  Please do not gather to visit in the narthex. If you desire to visit with others, do so in the parking lot following worship.

·  If you need use the restroom, please feel free to do so.  Please take care to touch surfaces as little as possible and wipe surfaces which you have touched. Wipes and hand sanitizer will be available in various locations.

· After our target opening of June 14, and for the foreseeable future, Wednesday Church will continue to gather in the parking lot, weather permitting.  If the weather is untenable, Wednesday Church will gather inside following the same protocol.

We’re aware that these protocols may seem cumbersome or restrictive, they’re really not. But please remember that they are for not only your safety, but the safety and confidence of others. 

Finally, there are reasons we gather. We gather because God’s Spirit, calls us to do so, together. Much of the scriptures were written to and for the gathered Church. Christ calls His followers to be His Church together as His presence in the world and it’s how we are best able to respond to Christ’ command to love Him, by loving others and working together to make His kingdom present and visible. There simply is no way to be His church alone. 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sundays 9:15 - Livestream on Facebook and YouTube
We'll be returning to in-person worship on June 14.

Wednesday Church 6:30 - Livestream on Facebook
Please Note: Although we'll return to in-person worship on June 17, weather permitting we will continue to gather in the Lot for Wednesday Church
We're So Proud of You!
CHRIST LUTHERAN 2020 COLLEGE GRADUATES
We're So Proud of You!
CHRIST LUTHERAN 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS 
May 19, 2020
Minutes and Financial Report:  Received / Approved.
Youth and Family Ministry Report:  VBS will be online and in the Day School classrooms this  summer. Confirmation continues to meet once a week via Zoom.
CLC Scouts : May graduation has been moved to August. All Cub and Boy Scout camps have been cancelled for the summer.
New Business:  Recommendation by Day School Board was approved to open Day School June 1, 2020 to all students following all TX licensing protocols and guidelines. The Council approved the motion to reopen in person church services on June 14, 2020 following all protocols and guidelines.
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Please bring your Barn Boxes by church or send a donation towards our Rise Against Hunger project. We will eventually gather again for our food packaging event and fill those 10,000+ meals. Thank you for your patience and support.
The Mission Board
JUNE RECYCLING
Please visit the Information Desk and sign up to help with recycling this year. Thank you to Clarence Eben for volunteering in May and to the Howks for volunteering in June.
CHRIST LUTHERAN FOUNDATION
GRANT APPLICATIONS
2020 Christ Lutheran Foundation Grant Applications are due in the church office by June 15, 2020.
HOLY COMMUNION @ HOME
As Lutheran Christians, we gather to hear and experience God's great love through Word and Sacrament. These are essential for the Church and it's clear that we long for both.

Since we are not able to share the Sacrament of Holy Communion with one another, we've invited our worshipers to share Holy Communion within their homes or wherever you may gather. Please understand that this is not a normal practice within the 'good order' of the Church and so, the invitation to do so is something we take seriously. Yet, through faith and led by God's Spirit, we are confident of the promise of God's presence through bread and cup.
CHRIST LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL
In case you're wondering, Christ Lutheran Day School is for all students and following a protocol to keep everyone as safe as possible.
JUNE GROUNDS COMMITTEE
Grounds Committee #2 (James Morgan, Eric Winkler and Todd Hertel) will be maintaining the routine tasks of the church during June. Please let them know if you see anything that needs attention for repairs at the church or you are always welcome to call the church office.
HELP WANTED
Pastor Walt needs someone to type his handwritten study. Pease call 979-353-5256.
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY
Children’s Ministry: (3 years - 5th grade)
Wiggle & Worship - Virtually with families at home
Confirmation: (6th - 9th grade)
Thursdays - 1 pm Zoom Meeting
WE 'WATCHED' YOU!
Congratulations to Diego Estrada and Thomas Morgan for being awarded watches for their academic achievement at Brenham Jr. High.
 IN OUR PRAYERS
Our Christ Family:  Robert Abel, Jeri Bentke , Patt Crabtree, Verna Mae Druckhammer, Laverna Jacob, Kimberly Kenjura, Magdalene Knuppel, Willie Ludwig, Nathalie Luedke, Laura Metheny, Linda Priesmeyer, Jack Rhine, Kay Roberts, Jeanie Stepan, Allen Stolz, Katherine Wellmann, the family of Ruby Schlottmann  Personal Concerns :  Steve Arndt, Bernice Boriack, Lana Childs, Gary Devlin, Scooter Dillard,* Jordan, John Exter, Jr.,* Shannon Heller,* Amber Kirschke, Shirley Mueller (Renee‘s mother) ,* Shelby Stueber, Ileene Zander,* Kathy Zelenka *Indicates long term    In Service to Nation:  Kyle Babbitt, David Crabtree, Bryan Franklin, Spenser Ganske, Johnathon LeBoeuf, Trey McNeil, Elijah Nemeir 
MILESTONES TO REMEMBER
CHRISTLUTHERAN 1104 Carlee Dr., Brenham, TX 77833
Church 979.836.5585    Fax 979.836.6278     Day School 979.277.9008   
Rev. Mark A. Groves, Pastor 979.530.2515- pastormark@christbrenham.org
Kandi Elliott, MA. CYF, Youth & Family Minister; 979.203.7539 - kandi@christbrenham.org
Ginny Gaskamp, Day School Director - ginny@christbrenham.org
Mary Clare Ward, Office/Foundation Administrator - maryclare@christbrenham.org
Doris Koehne, Financial Administrator - doris@christbrenham.org
Council President: Kyle Branham | Day School Board President: Diana Markwardt
Foundation Board President: Butch Bugaj