Starting June 28th we will be able to worship together again as a church family. Services will be at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Our worship experience will be different as we implement health and safety measures for everyone’s protection. Though we must continue physical distancing we will be together in God’s house to praise and worship our Lord and Savior.
A video recording of the 11:00 service will be available online Sunday afternoon for those who cannot attend. We ask that you refrain from attending worship if you are feeling ill; have symptoms of Covid-19; or may have been exposed to the virus.
What to expect when coming to worship —
Social Distancing will be necessary. Please maintain six feet from other families.
Face masks will be required when entering the building.
Seating will be limited to every other pew.
You will be asked to sign in for attendance tracking.
Please pick up your bulletin before being seated.
We will not be singing but there will be instrumental music and recorded solos.
An offering plate will be placed in the back of the church to leave your offering when entering or leaving worship.
Attendance capacity will be limited to allow social distancing.
Communion will not be celebrated at this time.*
*The announcement mailed this past week indicated we would be celebrating communion. At this time we are still working out the details to celebrate communion safely. We will be celebrating communion as soon as we have developed a safe distribution method.
Holy Week and Easter worship begins this evening at 7:00pm. The video worship services include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. The three services allow opportunity for remembrance and reflection of the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
The worship videos will be available as follows and can be watched anytime after the scheduled time.
Maundy Thursday – April 9 at 7:00pm
Good Friday – April 10 at 7:00pm
Easter Sunday – April 12 at 8:00am
Services can be accessed from our home page at goodshepherdwb.org.
Our worship experience will be different this year but having to stay in our homes allows more time for personal reflection.
I truly miss sharing those words with each of you during Worship. I miss being with each of you on Sunday morning, but it is as it must be for now. I want each of you to know that I pray for our family each and every night looking forward to when we can be together again.
Until then we can be together in spirit. I thank Pastor Poole and Daren Bernecker for producing the wonderful message each Sunday and hope that you will watch as the Holy Week approaches.
This year will be different for sure but our being apart is also our protection. How long this will last is hard to tell but through prayer we will get to the other side.
Thank you to all of you who have mailed in your offerings. I check the mail everyday. Several people have called me about their offerings and I ask that if you are able please send them to the church. Your support is still needed and appreciated.
If you have a special need or questions many have my number or you can call the Church.
As events with the Covid-19 pandemic unfold we find it necessary to cancel all regular worship services and in person meetings/activities through at least Easter. Video worship services will continue to be available online every Sunday as long as we are able to continue recording them. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday video services will also be available online.
Pastor Wes is available for pastoral care if needed. Please leave a message at the church office (570-824-2991) if you are in need of pastoral care.
Online meetings can be arranged for leadership and ministry teams as needed. Please email Daren Bernecker at email@example.com to set up a meeting.
The CEO Weinberg Food Bank and NA will continue to use our facilities. Please contact those organizations to verify their schedule.
In Christian love continue to uphold one another and the world in thoughts and prayers. Remember that God’s love is everlasting and he is always with us. We will weather this storm together in spirit even though we are physically apart.
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It was a pleasure to see all of the positive comments from this past Sunday’s video service. We will be posting this Sunday’s service also. The service can be viewed anytime after 8:00am Sunday morning.
As events unfold we find it necessary to continue with online video worship through Easter and possibly longer. We are planning special video services for Holy Week and Easter to enhance the worship experience. The schedule for services available online will be:
Palm Sunday 8:00am
Maundy Thursday 7:00pm
Good Friday 7:00pm
Easter Sunday 8 :00am
You can watch the services anytime after they are available. We will keep each service available online as long as possible.
As we continue through this unprecedented time we must stay grounded in our faith and continue to pray for all those affected by this virus and everyone in need.