But, to be clear: The Church has never been closed. The decision to return to in-person activities will be made by the Church Council, informed by the Covid-19 Advisory Team. Christ's church is open and has never been closed - praying, serving, worshiping, studying, loving, healing, restoring. And, while returning to in-person community is important (essential) to who we are, so is preserving life, ensuring health, and being good citizens. We have every intention of the community returning to in-person gathering, and we have every intention of setting up a plan by which we can do so reasonably. Meanwhile, you might find this letter interesting: Martin Luther, Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague.
Welcome, in the name of Christ,
Christ is the incarnate Word of God, is present in our gathering, is attentive to our prayers, is calling us into service, is making peace and reconciliation among us, is leading us to justice, peace, grace, and love, and is the host of our weekly communion meal; Let there be no barrier to the table of the Lord.
This is a campus ministry congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, made up of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as neighbors, singles, couples, families, friends, commuters, visitors, and seekers.
We are a grace-filled community of
Believers, Doubters, Questioners,
Explorers, Listeners, Speakers, Skeptics,
Lovers, Scientists, Poets, Artists, Engineers,
Wanderers, Wonderers, Sinners, Saints,
Immigrants, Natives, Queer, Straight,
Trans, Gender-Fluid, Color-Diverse,
Confident, Curious, Confirmed, Concerned,Secure, Insecure, Activist, Contemplative,
Overstretched, Overachieving, Young, Old, Broken, Restored, Marginalized, Connected, Radical, Traditional, Passionate, Persistent, Anxious, Hopeful, Open, Opening.
Many things distinguish us; this unites us:
We are beloved children of God.
You are welcome here - welcome to bring your doubts, your hopes, your questions, your longing for community and honesty, your search for worship and connection - welcome to bring your real self. There is a place for you at this table. Wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here. (For more of what we mean by "welcome," click here & here.)
If you are searching for God or for a congregational community, or if you're not sure what you're searching for, I hope you will join us for worship, service, fellowship, and learning. You are most welcome here. Peace. Pastor Greg Schaefer