"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
After consideration by Faith’s Pastors and Elders, and approval of the Parish Planning Council (PPC), we are pleased to announce a [5 pm] option to worship in the sanctuary effective Sunday, June 21. Learn more HERE.
SAFE* – INSIDE – [5 pm] in the sanctuary
* “Safe” does not offer any guarantees, and whatever is truly “safe” in this world is open to interpretation and the individual; so do not take the use of the word “safe” to be a guarantee that you will not come into contact with any virus if you attend any service in the sanctuary. Worship at your own risk.
SAFER – DRIVE-IN – [10:30 am] in the parking lot
SAFEST – ONLINE – posted on YouTube on Sunday morning
- The church office remains CLOSED to the congregation and public but continues to be staffed (in-person or remotely) Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. If you need to communicate with us, email is currently preferred though you may try calling.
Additional Home Resources
- Online video devotions are posted by Pastors Edwards and Beck on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays on Facebook and YouTube.
- Past sermons may be found HERE.
- Tune in to live devotions on the LCMS Facebook page every weekday at 9 a.m. (or watch them all after 9:00 a.m. from the Youtube archive 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 or 40 Daily Devotions of God’s Comfort.
- 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.
- 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, empty medium and large 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 Practical Resources
- To learn about free COVID-19 TESTING in Bloomington, view this resource issued June 5.
- 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.
- The state of Indiana has created a website with resources for mental health and wellness, bewellindiana.com
- 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 16), 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; healthcare workers Sundays 8-10am
- Target: age 60 plus Tuesday/Wednesday 7-8am
- Sahara Mart: open until 11pm for a less-crowded experience
- Many stores have switched to or made curbside pickup available, such as Bloomington True-Value Hardware, Lowe’s, Best Buy, Michael’s, Once Upon a Child, and many more.