Grace's Response to COVID-19
As many of you are aware on Wednesday, May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Governor Evers’ order extending the “safer-at-home” restrictions to May 26. The Winnebago County Health Department Director and Health Officer issued a statement on Friday May, 15, saying “We know this virus has been devastating to many, and the guidelines that were in place contributed to the relatively slow spread of cases we have experienced in Winnebago County thus far. Prematurely lifting the order jeopardizes the work we have done so far, and most importantly the health of our residents.” Winnebago County Health Department is still urging all residents to continue to follow existing public health guidelines for their own protection.
The leadership team at Grace has determined for the present time, including the remaining Sundays in May that Grace will continue to offer online worship and will refrain from having on-campus services. We know that the Grace family is craving a return to public worship, and we are deeply concerned about each person’s spiritual health. At the same time, we are equally concerned about the physical health and safety as we navigate both COVID19 and our construction project. While we all agree in principle that corporate worship is good and necessary, we might not all agree on when or how to go about that. It would not be wise to risk dividing the body of Christ. So, we also wish to have a well-thought-out plan in place with all the necessary protective measures required to offer a safe worship service before we reopen our doors.
The leadership team will continue to monitor and discuss all our options for on-campus worship. Once an appropriate timetable and safety precautions have been determined, a detailed email will be sent out to our membership.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide worship and bible study online, and private communion will still be available by request.
Thank you for your patience, prayers, and support during this time.
Dear Grace Family,
Due to COVID-19 and Governor Evers mandated order, Grace will not be holding in-person church services for the foreseeable future. The Pastors will be filming themselves preach, and we will send out a link once it is ready that sends you to our YouTube channel so you can watch the service.
We have also canceled all other activities including but not limited to: all bible studies (adult & teen), Sunday School, Lenten Meals, Grace Forever Young, Grace Circle/LWMS, Graceful Quilters, Jesus Cares, adult choir, adult handbells, and adult volleyball.
The pastors will continue to be available via phone and email. They are determined to minister to your spiritual needs as they are able.
Please continue to support the ministry of our congregation with your regular offerings. To make a one-time gift for a general offering or the building fund online, please click here. You can also give by mail or set-up a Simply Giving offering by filling out this form and returning it in the mail along with a voided check. Your regular, first-fruit giving will allow Grace to continue to meet our financial obligations to all our workers, especially during these difficult times.
Please continue to keep this situation in your prayers as we try our best to get this figured out and things made available to you so you can still get the message on a weekly basis.
- OASD offers free meals. Click here for more information.
- Sunday School has been canceled until April 19
- March 18 Lenten Fellowship Meal has been canceled
- Grace Lutheran School has been closed until April 6