Coronavirus

Here is where you can keep up-to-date with email communications from Pastor Arnold about coronovirus COVID-19, related government information and orders, and church activities. At the bottom of this page are links to view the entire emails.

Coronovirus COVID-19

Kansas City, Missouri and Platte County have issued a “Stay Home” order in effect through April 24th, 2020. This order extends over all for-profit and non-profit entities. Funerals and weddings are not exempt. As a result, we will continue to suspend all church activities, including Sunday and Wednesday Worship, until the conclusion of the order. Until then we will Facebook Livestream Sunday morning Worship Services at 9 a.m, Wednesday Midweek Matins services at 10 a.m., Holy Week services (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Saturday) at 7 p.m. Do tune in and join us.

Church Updates

Dear Parish-family,

As we move into yet another week of “Stay Home” orders, I’m reminded of what St. Paul wrote to the Romans:

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Beloved, we may be separated from each other… but nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. No amount of isolation can keep Jesus away from us. He comes, and thank God He comes. We need Him now more than ever. And we have Him. He has you!

Come and Get Your Palm Branches: On Saturday, April 4th your pastors will be handing out Palm Branches for our Palm Sunday celebration here at Church. We will station ourselves next to the bell tower outside of the sanctuary’s main entrance. Please drive up and receive your Palm Branches. There is no need for you to exit your car. We will take extra precaution to observe appropriate social distancing and cleanliness. If you have any needs at the time of your pickup, please let us know. We are also available for a brief conversation, prayer and blessing during the time of your pickup, if you so desire. Pastor Arnold will be stationed at the bell tower handing out Palm Branches from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday and Pastor Froiland will be handing them out from Noon until 2 p.m. Do drop by to say “Hello” and get your Palm Branches. We would love to see you (We miss you!).

Reminders:

We continue to Facebook Livestream Sunday morning Worship Services at 9 a.m. and Wednesday Midweek Matins service at 10 a.m. Do tune in and join us.

Holy Week: Right now, the plan is to Facebook Livestream Holy Week Services – Maundy Thursday (April 9th), Good Friday (April 10th), Easter Vigil (April 11th) at 7 p.m. We will Facebook Livestream Easter Sunday Service at 9 a.m.

You can access the Livestream through our Facebook Page.

Church Service Bulletins: Worship bulletins for Sunday mornings, Wednesday mornings, and soon Holy Week are on our website page Bulletins.

Daily Family Devotions: Each morning we record a YouTube family devotional video. I encourage you to check it out. We also share these videos on our Christ Lutheran YouTube channel and this website under the Devotions page.

Bible Study: We are considering ways to have Bible Study during the week. We may implement this as a Zoom meeting with the parish family. If so, you will get an email with instructions on how to tune into the meeting and be connected through your computer or smartphone. We plan on having a Bible study after Palm Sunday Service this Sunday. This Bible study will be a continuation of the Livestream on Sunday morning (April 5th). Right after Palm Sunday Service, we will continue the Livestream and have a brief Bible study – for about a half hour – on the Palm Sunday texts read during the Service. Do plan to join us.

Christ Lutheran has an on-line giving option called Tithe.ly. I heard that some members are having trouble with finding our Church on the Tithe.ly app or website. If you are having trouble, let me know. If you so desire, weekly offerings may be mailed to the church. We are still counting offerings here at church on a weekly basis, so if sending in your offering envelope by regular mail works better for you, that is just fine. Please keep in mind the stewardship of all of God’s wonderful gifts to us for the sake of His service even while we are away from the Divine Service. If you have any questions, let us know.

I will send out another church-wide email at the end of this week, giving more updates on what is planned for Holy Week and beyond. Until then, God’s richest blessings to all of you.

To join the Coronavirus & Church Updates email distribution list, you can sign up under the "Join a Mailing List" module on the homepage or email the church at christlc@christlc.com.

The Church Office: The office hours at church have been suspended through the “Stay Home” order. However, we will be checking voicemail and email quite regularly. Please leave us a message and we will get back to you. Since your pastors “live where we work” we will be in the office from time to time. Do not hesitate to call if you need anything, (816) 741-0483.

YouTube Channel: Don’t forget that all our videos are on our Christ Lutheran YouTube channel. You will find daily family devotions, Wednesday Matins services, and Sunday morning Divine Service.

Pastoral Care/Visitation: Please contact Pastor Froiland or me for individual pastoral care needs. Because there is a “Stay Home” order in place, we are limited as to how pastoral care will be carried out. Emergencies will be treated differently than an individual’s need for conversation and/or consultation. We will determine the response based on each case.

Love Thy Neighbor: The most vulnerable among us need to be kept safe. Therefore, this virus must be eliminated for their sake and for ours. Please abide by the rules shared with us by our city and county. Honoring the civil authorities concerning these matters is to honor God since God established government to rule over us. Also, please remember to check on your neighbors. Is there anything they need? Keep them in the forefront of your prayers during these difficult days. Pray for our nation and our world during this time of a global pandemic. Christ’s Word and His work joins “separated” Christians together in the same work. Remain in the Word of God. In this changing world, God’s Word never changes. We need Him more now than ever. And we have Him.

While these are unusually stressful times, we can be thankful that the Spirit of God has taken His Word deep down into our being. So when we’re overwhelmed by the challenges that we now encounter in the face of adversity, we remember who and Whose we are. Take courage, beloved in the Lord, we remain firmly in the grip of our Savior. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Let us pray...

Heavenly Father, we call upon You in our perplexity and need. We pray that You will give wisdom to all in this crisis. For the medical community, we ask Your abundant mercies upon their care for the sick who have been stricken by this disease and for those who fear infection. For scientific researchers, we beg You to give insights that lead to swift discoveries in research that will mitigate this crisis. For our governmental leaders, we pray for reasoned and persuasive presentations so that the general public will act with calm discipline for the welfare of all. For those whose employment is curtailed or eliminated, we pray for their aid through efficient governmental and faith agencies of help. For Christ Lutheran Church and all the people of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we pray Your Spirit will give hope and reassurance that our holy faith offers through Your Word and the ministry of the church. May we all lift up our eyes to the hills, knowing that our help ultimately comes from You, “our very present help in trouble.” In His saving name we humbly pray, Amen.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Arnold 

Pastor Arnold – prarnold@christlc.com

Pastor Froiland – prfroiland@christlc.com

Deacon Buchholz – dcnbuchholz@christlc.com

Email: Church Office – christlc@christlc.com - send an email to the church to be put on the email list

Church Office phone: 816-741-0483
 

Click on the links below to see the entire email communications

Email from 3/31/2020 - Information from Pastor Arnold

Email from 3/24/2020 - Parish-family letter from Pastor

Email from 3/20/2020 - Sunday Church Livestream Instructions and More Resources

Email from 3/17/2020 - Parish family update concerning COVID-19

Email from 3/13/2020 - Church and COVID-19