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Important Information on Covid-19 Available Here

"I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10

Faith’s pastoral and administrative staff, Elders, and Parish Planning Council are tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation. This page provides the latest information for our church community.

Worship

  • For the time-being, we are suspending all in-person activities and worship services (except drive-in) at Faith.
  • Online versions of our Sunday and Wednesday services can be found on our Youtube channel and Facebook page.
  • Listen to sermons on our website. Did you know you can subscribe on your device? Android  |  RSS or Apple

Drive-In Worship Opportunity – Palm Sunday, April 5 – 10:30 am – Service of the Word

  • Park in the main lot, facing the upper entryway.
  • Please remain in your vehicle, windows up. No access to the building is allowed, so use the bathroom before you come.
  • Tune in to FM 91.7 to listen.
  • Download the Order of Service here.
  • We plan on placing palm fronds under your windshield wipers for the service. If you prefer to pass on the palms, please wave the usher on.
  • Offerings may be placed in the open mailbox on the way out of the parking lot. Or submit this form to set up automatic withdrawals.
  • Greet each other with the peace of the Lord via smiles and waves through closed car windows.
  • We pray that this service will be an encouragement to you while maintaining social distance and the care of our neighbor.

Office/Building

  • The church office will continue to be staffed (in-person or remotely) Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., however the building is closed. If you need to communicate with us, email is currently preferred though you may try calling.

Pastoral Care

Stewardship

  • While we live in an age of uncertainty, this much is certain: The Lord gives us our daily bread. While we may experience a time of limited gathering for public worship, the Lord has never left or forsaken you.  YOU ARE HIS.  It is always in thanksgiving for this reality, perceived by faith, that we give our tithes and offerings. Please read this letter from Stewardship about how you can continue to give while in-person worship is suspended.
  • If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the church office or one of the pastors, and we will work to support you in your time of need.

Care & Compassion for Our Neighbors

  • We begin in prayer that the Lord of all will bring healing to those who are sick, comfort to those who mourn, and an end to the spread of this virus.
  • Please keep-in-touch with elderly, at-risk, or isolated friends, family, and church members. If you would like to be added to an official “keep-in-touch” team or provide support with other tasks, contact Janet Hitzeman.
  • Support Pantry 279 with donations of food, funds (Venmo, Paypal, or through Thrivent.com to easily receive a donation receipt), cleaning supplies, boxes, or by making deliveries to the homebound. Follow updates on their Facebook page.
  • Consider other ways to support local aid groups/non-profits, as well as local businesses that are at economic risk.
  • We serve with the love of Christ and lead with confidence in our Heavenly Father’s gracious care.

Additional Home Resources

  • Tune in to live devotions on the LCMS Facebook page every weekday at 9 a.m. (or watch the archived videos here). These devotions will focus on the words of comfort and promise found in Romans, Lamentations and the four Gospels.
  • Purchase Lutheran Service Book for home use. Physical copies are on sale from CPH. Digital versions are also available for Kindle or Apple devices.
  • Download the PrayNow lectionary/devotional app (Apple | Android)
  • Download the free Portals of Prayer for Times of Trouble.
  • Contact our Cantor to be added to the “Songs of Comfort” email list to receive a curated sacred choral work each day.
  • Listen to the hymns our Cantor planned for Lent. Download the Excel file or view on a Google document (for Apple and other devices); each hymn has a link to a Youtube recording.
  • Stream sacred music from Lutheran Public Radio on your computer, tablet, mobile device, smart speaker, etc.
  • Check out the myriad of worship, study, and devotional resources available at LCMS.org’s COVID-19 page.
  • Download Sunday School materials for use at home.
  • Check out numerous free resources for home, worship, and study, for both families and individuals, from Concordia Publishing House.

Additional Practical Resources

  • Consider ordering grocery pickup or delivery to avoid going into stores. Our Cantor has put together detailed instructions for all the options in Bloomington here (updated April 2), which include Kroger, Aldi, Fresh Thyme, Sam’s Club, Petco, CVS Pharmacy, Sahara Mart, Bloomingfoods, Wagon Wheel Custom Meats, Target, Walmart, Pantry 279, Hoosier Hills Foodbank, and the Bloomington Farmers Market.
  • Many stores are dedicating certain hours for older or at-risk shoppers to have fewer crowds and germs, and better selection.
    • Kroger (west/Liberty Drive): age 60 plus Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 7-8am
    • Kroger (central/Seminary Square): age 60 plus everyday 7-8am
    • Kroger (east/College Mall): age 60 plus everyday 7-8am
    • Kroger (north/Kinser Pike): yes but call to confirm
    • Kroger (south/S. Old State Rd. 37): none currently but may be implemented
    • Fresh Thyme: age 60 plus and at-risk Mon/Wed/Fri 6-8am; healthcare workers Tues/Thurs 6-8am
    • Aldi: senior citizens, expectant mothers, those with health concerns Tues/Thurs 8:30-9:30am
    • Walmart (including pharmacy & vision): age 60 plus Tuesdays 6-7am
    • Sam’s club: seniors & those with disabilities or compromised immune systems Tuesday/Thursday 7-9am
    • Target: age 60 plus Tuesday/Wednesday 7-8am
    • Sahara Mart: open until 11pm for a less-crowded experience
  • Bloomington True-Value Hardware will let you order over the phone and bring items out to your vehicle. Call (812) 339-7575.
  • Various other stores are also offering curbside pickup like Michael’s, Best Buy, etc. Call or visit their website details.
  • The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce has put together a page of COVID-19 community resources, including state and local resources, economic assistance, HR & legal resources, government guidance, health deptartment resources, educational institution updates, and more.