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November 5, 2020
COVID at GLC
Vicar Amber was exposed to COVID at a GLC event where all protocols were followed during the week of October 26 and later tested positive. She is doing well, but is quarantined until November 11. Full disclosure from participants allowed us to act quickly and minimize other possible exposures. No other positive tests have resulted, including for Pastor Trudy, but because of the exposure PT remains in quarantine until November 16 as required by public health officials. All people with possible contacts have been contacted directly and we are temporarily pausing in-person events until after Thanksgiving. We appreciate the continued work of all in working to keep the most vulnerable safe.  
We're Still Open*
On Sunday, Kraig Mickelsen gave an address as part of GLC’s new Challenge Taskforce to say, “GLC is Still Open”, naming the ways we have been continuing to minister in this time of pandemic. As a staff, we have been seeking and planning creative ways for our community to keep living as the Body of Christ in our town and beyond. We are grateful for the involvement of this community in that effort, in showing up to St. Andrew Lutheran Church and giving generously to the work of this congregation.

Yet, our mantra from the start of this pandemic has been to say that every plan we make must come with an asterisk – an admission that what we plan is subject to change. We are made to be honest more than ever before that while we do our best to plan ahead, some things are just out of our hands. Such is the case that we find ourselves in now, with COVID numbers rising in our county and Vicar Amber testing positive for COVID. In our effort to care for one another’s well being as the Body of Christ, GLC will not be hosting in-person programming through Thanksgiving.

However, Kraig’s words from Sunday still hold true. GLC is still open. Our building will continue to be open for scheduled groups to use. We will continue to worship in spirit online. We will be seeking creative ways to be the Body of Christ, open to how God is gifting and guiding us. And we will live into God’s generosity by opening ourselves for the sake of others. Look for upcoming opportunities to live genlick erously with St. Andrew Lutheran Church and the Salvation Army Gift Drive. We are still open, and there is still so much we can do.
SPECIAL ZOOM CLASS TONIGHT
Thursday, November 5 @ 7 pm
We will discuss the entire book of Jonah and you’ll be keeping PT company in quarantine! Come to the conversation TONIGHT at 7 pm on Zoom!
If requested: Meeting ID: 861 2060 4764
Passcode: 197051
REAL CONNECTION ANYTIME!

Livestream Worship on YouTube every Sunday @ 9:00 am
or watch anytime!
The Sunday Message
The most successful prophet in history! Jonah speaks God’s word to the people of Nineveh (after a little detour aka running away from God)…and THEY LISTEN. They repent and put on sackcloth. So Jonah celebrates that he was able to save lives…right??? Turns out, Jonah wasn’t ready to let go of his old ideas about these people or his anger about God’s mercy and love being shared with people he didn’t think deserved it. Are we?? 

God, we are grateful for your love and mercy toward us. Help us to participate in sharing it with others, especially those with whom we disagree or those we think don’t deserve it. In Christ, Amen.
FOR WORSHIP:
Worship materials: Worship Folder and God's Story, Our Story
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ & Ages 7+
Online Donations - Two Ways to Give!
TO DONATE WITH A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD: Text 630-528-2407 with a dollar amount
or
TO DONATE WITH CHECKING/SAVINGS ACCOUNT: use https://bit.ly/3jErAR5

Please call Lisa @ 331-248-6699 or send her an email if you have any questions about your donations.
WONDERING...
REAL QUESTIONS FROM REAL PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GLC
How can I understand things from someone else’s point of view, especially when I believe that they are wrong? Jesus tells the apostle Peter more than once that he is looking at things from a human point of view, not a divine point of view. I always want to shout, ‘DUH! He is human!’ And so are we. When we want to understand someone, we first need to step out of our comfy shoes into the Gospel space. It won’t feel great…the first thing we’ll have to deal with is the limits of our point of view. Then God reminds us of His presence and power…only then can we begin to move toward the ‘other’.  
We lift up in prayer
  • Paul Sorenson
  • Bob and Betty Zimmerman
  • Tom and Barb Noble
  • Kelly Torrence
  • All those with COVID-19
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.
LOOKING AHEAD
Bible Study
Thursday, November 12 @ 9:30 am
We're discussing the book, Waking up White by Debby Irving. Click on ZOOM to join.
GLC Life in Pictures
Thank you to our prayer shawl ministry. They knit, crocheted, and delivered 15 prayer shawls to Bria Health Services this week. These shawls were received with much appreciation!
#generouslifeinChrist
Listen to our Joyful Ringers!
Be still, my soul,
The Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently,
the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God,
to order and provide
In every change,
He faithful will remain...
#generouslifeinChrist
Streaming our Worship service is made possible by the members of our GLC YouTube team. Their work makes it possible for us to "gather" together for worship. #generouslifeinChrist
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!