Now, why am I saying that? Because I want to remind you that church is more than our building. We can’t worship in our building right now, with the impact of the coronavirus and shelter in place restrictions. But we are the Church. We, each other, in our love for Jesus and how we show that to the world.
So, how are we doing on that?
I’ve heard about some hateful Facebook posts out there in the general public.
We hear about people hoarding toilet paper.
We get frequent notifications of the latest news update, which are often stressful to hear.
So, what are we as CHURCH doing?
1). Online worship services– Offered on Zoom. Email Pastor Steve at Steve.Wachtman@engagedbygrace.org for help in how to do this.
This week we’re offering a live service on SATURDAY EVENING- to avoid the internet traffic we experienced last Sunday. So, please join us for a livestream on Saturday evening or a posted recording of that livestream on Sunday morning. It can be Church in pajamas whenever you’d like! : )
2). Daily Dose of Good News– Devotionals offered by Pastor Steve, Josh, or me. We each give them twice per week- so from Mon-Sat by 10:30am they’re posted. See our website at under the Daily Dose tab to find those.
3). Phone calls, texts, emails, zoom Council meetings, and zoom Bible studies– We are getting re-connected whether that is one-on-one or in subgroups.
Here’s how YOU can engage further as CHURCH:
1). Engage in our Card Ministry. This ministry has been in place for years and we need more participants right now, as our needs are greater, and our contact needs to be more frequent. If you are willing to write a note to a CHURCH member on stationery or even notebook paper at your home, find an envelope, address it, and put a stamp on it- that’s all that’s needed! We can send a list of names and addresses of congregants who we want to reach out to by mail for a variety of reasons.
This is a great one for all ages- and I would encourage:
a) our little ones to draw pictures,
b) our middle schoolers and high schoolers to do some type of greeting- whether that’s simple, in creative font, with art, poetry, song, or by printing out funny memes,
c). our adults to simply write a quick note- it can be a couple of sentences or more- it doesn’t have to be lengthy, but it can also be longer, if you’d like.
But, let’s make contact. We can’t come within 6 feet of each other, but we can touch our beloved CHURCH family in this way and that is both welcome, and I’d even say, a holy moment. For Card Ministry– Please contact Joanne Duncan at DUNCAN1882@aol.com.
2). Engage in a new Prayer Ministry. Sign up to receive a one-way text prompt that we need to pray for someone. So, what does this look like? Here’s an example: you’re eating breakfast, you get a text that says a CHURCH member is getting tested for coronavirus and the family is asking for prayers. You pause, finish chewing, bow your head, and say a one-minute prayer right in that moment. Immediately. As soon as you get the text- you lift a prayer to God for them.
As someone who has received prayers from others frequently in stressful moments, I can share that there is immense and real comfort in knowing that loved ones around you are actively praying for you in the very moment you need them. Those prayers have often settled me into a sense of God’s peace, even in the rockiest of moments. We know God hears our prayers, we know God tells us to pray, and we want to actively do this. Then, if you want to continue praying for the person, however you’d like, as your day continues, please do so…
For Prayer Ministry: Please contact
3). Engage in a new Tangible Needs Ministry– which is basically- “I can do that”. This could be a variety of things:
a). Picking up a basic supply of groceries for a congregant in need, and dropping the grocery bags off on their front step. (You would get reimbursed by them by envelope under their doormat). Social distancing remains.
b). Other possibilities as the situation continues and additional needs arise. These may be related to other areas of our current outreach ministries, such as Habitat for Humanity, First English, Lutheran Social Services, Trinity Lutheran Seminary or Jacob’s Porch.
For Tangible Needs Ministry: Sign up at at the “Virus Response” link at the top of the page or contact
4). Help our CHURCH family stay current. Please send us your most current cell phone and email address so we can update our directory as thoroughly as possible- even if you think we already have it or we already know it. We would also like to know all of your birthdays and any anniversaries- so we can celebrate with you- even remotely. We want to embrace you in these moments and keep track of all of our CHURCH family well. Please send Info to:
We miss you! Please help us stay connected and anchored in the love of Christ and the love and fellowship of our CHURCH community!
Peace & joy,