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February 4, 2021
Tier 1 Mitigations
Phase 4 Mitigations?
Things are changing quickly here in Kane County as people adhere to guidelines and vaccinations continue. The basic difference between these two mitigation levels is gathering size, from 25 to 50. Other Covid precautions remain in place; physical distancing, mask wearing, no group singing or community meals.  Even at 50, the number is still well below our average attendance for Wednesdays in Lent or Sundays.  We will look to offering opportunities to gather at GLC following these guidelines, understanding how quickly they can change, as well as considering how to bridge the distance between those who are still unable to gather and those who can. If you'd like to talk to a member of council, email glccouncil@genevlutheran.org and someone from council will be happy to arrange a time to talk.
WONDERING...
Real questions from real people to learn more about faith
From a confirmation student: What if Covid was brought to us to give us rest? I've often wondered this when a cold or flu stops me in my tracks and makes me rest. But this question also steps into a tension of the moment; some people are resting and slowing down while others have been devastated or put in harms' way. If we are enjoying a different pace, we honor those put in harms way by having gratitude. But we also remember that sabbath is a community command, intended for all. How can we help others to rest easier as well?
SUNDAY WORSHIP
Pastor Trudy's Message
Who has authority over you?  Who can and should make decisions that affect us? Those are questions we have been asking a lot in the last year. We overlook what authority is all about. Rather than who, a better question might be why do we need people in authority and what can people in authority accomplish? How we think about authority has everything to do with how we will be able to understand what Jesus calls us to do.  

Holy God, we proclaim your authority in our lives, now help us to live our proclamation. 
In Jesus' name, Amen. 
February 7 worship:
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ & Ages 7+
SUNDAY SCHOOL on YouTube!
Come to Miss Christy's pre-recorded Sunday School lesson this weekend on YouTube or watch whenever and wherever works for you and your child!
Celebrating Communion with our First Communion Students
Sunday, February 14
Watch the service on Sunday at 9:00 am (or later) to see pictures of our first communion students zooming, baking bread, painting chalices, making the Lazarus House meal at home, and receiving their first communion in small groups at GLC!  You can share in communion that day, too.

Communion at home
  • Bake or buy your favorite bread (here is a link to the bread the students make each year— it is the first one, with molasses).

  • Pour some wine or grape juice in a special glass. Commune as directed during the livestream (or whenever you are able to tune in).

Drive-through communion:
  • In the circle drive from 10:15 -10:45 am.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you crochet or would you like to learn how to crochet? We would like to supply St. Andrew Lutheran Church and local shelters with Prayer Squares. If you're able to help, have questions or suggestions, please contact Carol Wurtz, wclakewood@gmail.com or Martha Sobie, marsobie@aol.com.

Overnight help needed
Lazarus House has a critical need for overnight volunteers at this time. An overnight volunteer sleeps during their shift, only to be called out by Operations Staff to be present should staff need to handle a quick emergency on site. A Lazarus House trained staff member is present and awake the entire night. Volunteers can arrive between 9:00-10:00 pm, then wake and leave any time after 6 am to end the shift.  For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tasha Curry or visit Lazarus House.
2021 Resolution
Growing in Faith Together
Vicar Amber and Pastor Trudy will dive into some of the central topics of our faith. Scholar or beginner, come for conversation, learning and usually some laughter! 
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
on Zoom

February 4 - TONIGHT!
  • What have we learned about being a 'virtual' body of Christ?
February 11
  • Fasting for Lent— why does it matter and who has time for it?
Want to listen to past classes? Find the Epiphany Growing in Faith classes on our YouTube channel or visit our website.
LOOKING AHEAD
Weekly Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, February 11 @ 9:30 am
We're discussing the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome! Contact Pastor Trudy or Vicar Amber for more information.

Ash Wednesday Service
February 17 @ 7 pm on ZOOM
(available on YouTube afterward) 
High School Youth Group
Hiking at Dick Young Forest Preserve
Sunday, February 21 @ 4:30 pm
Contact Julie Slifka for more information.
We Lift up in Prayer*
  • Eric, Bob and Betty Zimmerman's grandson
  • Bill Rosenfelder
  • Gratitude for vaccine availability
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
  • For people who are separated from family
  • All those with COVID-19
  • Front line workers
  • Teachers, students, and families
  • Pastors
*Please email Amy Steenson or call (630) 232-0165 if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Submitted names will remain on the prayer list for two weeks.
GLC Prayer Chain
This is a confidential telephone network ministry that intercedes on behalf of those in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. To request prayer, please call Sally Harmon (630) 377-0021.
GLC Life in Pictures
First Communion kits were delivered to our students last week!
#hopeisnotcancelled
The kits included all the ingredients to make the bread along with a chalice and paints.
Ben Bailey paints his First Communion chalice at home.
Craft time at PDO! #joyisnotcancelled
Diaper drop off in disguise! #generouslifeinChrist
Our Mother's Garden has turned into a snowy sanctuary. #peaceisnotcancelled
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!