The COVID-19 Season continues
Impact upon our Churches - Strategy for Ministry/Worship
Dr. Robin Dugall, Pastor
Some Information and Encouragement
From Robin Dugall, Pastor
Our Savior @ McCall and Shepherd of the Mountains @ Cascade

Friends in Jesus,

I thought I would take a moment and connect with each of you regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and congregational ministries. As we promised at the beginning of the pandemic, our leaders are in communication with each other about what we are reading, viewing, and studying regarding the impact of the pandemic and how we can as faith communities "do life" safely from a health perspective.

After reading the latest information and recommendations AND deliberately taking "the pulse" of what the CDC, the medical community in the state of Idaho, Central District Health, and doctors here in Long Valley are saying to us as part of the general public, here are our latest recommendations:

  1. Though there are still recommendations for us to do only virtual worship gatherings (online), we at both congregations have instituted proactive and consistent health safety precautions that abide by the guidelines set out for us by national and local health professionals. I believe that we are taking the necessary steps at BOTH congregations to ensure the health safety of every attendee. BOTH congregations are doing VERY WELL at being diligent mask wearers as well as abiding by social distancing and hand sanitizing/washing guidelines. Both congregations are worshipping with numbers that are well within my comfort zone. In fact, I’ve had several people at both churches remark that they would not be attending worship regularly IF they felt that we were taking unnecessary risks and not following safety measures. We also have several people from both churches who WOULD NOT attend worship IF they felt that we were being careless in our health safety protocols.
  2. The impact of the availability of the vaccine is giving us a glimpse of "light at the end of the tunnel" but, as a community, we are still far short of the "herd immunity" percentages that will be needed in order to return to some sort of "normalcy." Many of our members and regular attendees have already received one, if not, both vaccine injections. That's great...and when you have the opportunity to do so, I would encourage you to receive the vaccine (if you feel so inclined to do so). I do believe because of the numbers of our members and regulars who will be vaccinated, that as we head into the summer, we will be able to reinstitute some ministry events that will be deliberating "re-booting" our congregations' programs. I'm anticipating, prayerfully, that we could see a full return to what many of us know is our "usual" in terms of congregational activities and ministries by this fall. Of course, I say that humbly and with a vow to continue to be flexible!
  3. So, I’m still recommending that we stay the course with our current strategy…live worship, pre-recorded worship (now being called, "Worship On Demand" on our websites) AND live streaming at 11am from OSLC.  If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it. Email me, OK? (click on the blue link for a direct email to me).
  4. I've already heard from several people regarding vaccine "cards" or documented proof of the receiving of the vaccine - the question has been posed whether we would require people to show that they have received the vaccine prior to being able to participate in any congregational activities - the short answer is NO! We do believe that our current practices and protocols will be in place for the coming months to ensure health safety across our congregations' ministries without having to institute such measures.

It seems to me that the one thing needs to be a constant reminder...we need to be practicing kindness, understanding, and sacrificial love and acceptance with each other. We need to continually focus powerfully on giving each other grace (as a simple extension of the abundance of grace that we all have received from Jesus). We need to show grace to the members and regular guests of our congregations who are not ready to regather. Remember, we are called by Jesus himself to love as we have been loved. Isn’t that the least we can do?

We all need to be keeping a laser-like focus on grace. After all, we have been shown grace by a Savior who was born, lived, died, and resurrected for us. Jesus is our living hope and that hope lives IN us and should shine THROUGH us to each other. We all need to remind each other and every Jesus follower we know that the least we can do is to demonstrate grace and an attitude of humility to those with whom we may have different opinions.  Despite the COVID reality, we are still “one in the Spirit and one in the Lord.” We all do still embrace “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.” "So, let’s all continue to pray! Let’s all continue to be “kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).”

In Jesus’ love,

Pastor Robin

LENTEN SEASON 2021 BEGINS THIS WEEK

Our Savior's @ McCall Schedule for Lent

Ash Wednesday Worship – LIVE STREAMING @
6:30 – Wednesday, February 17th

Lenten Worship – LIVE STREAMING weekly @
6:30 pm – Wednesdays February 24th, March 3rd, 10th,
17th, 24th

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – LIVE
STREAMING – time to be announced

Easter 2021 – Sunday morning @ 11:00 am – Live/InPerson worship; Live Streaming and Pre-Recorded options

LENTEN SEASON 2021 BEGINS THIS WEEK

Shepherd of the Mountains @ Cascade Schedule for Lent

Ash Wednesday Worship – LIVE/In-person
Wednesday, February 17th @ 11:00 am

Lenten Worship – LIVE/In-person weekly @
11:00 am – Thursdays February 25th, March 4th, 11th,
18th, 25th

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – LIVE
STREAMING only – time to be announced

Easter 2021 – Sunday morning @ 8:30am – Live/InPerson worship; Live Streaming and Pre-Recorded options

Rev. Dr. Robin J. Dugall
PO Box 1656, McCall, ID 83638
208.891.4608