September 10, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Ascension,
We thank and praise God because the Corona virus is not as deadly as most had originally thought. We are still advised to follow public health guidelines, which we are trying to do, yet still keeping the voluntary intent of the governor's order. What follows is a portion of a letter by our President, Tom Zamzow:
June 3, 2020
Greetings to everyone in our Lord Jesus Christ,
We have reviewed WELS guidelines and contacted the Langlade County Health department to make sure we are following local guidelines. This document provides a summary of how we are adjusting some of our Sunday morning routines to better align with recommended social distancing practices.
Please enter the church and sit front to back.
Social distancing will be in place with rows separated by 6 feet.
Singing of the liturgy and hymns will continue, some hymns may be shortened to three or four verses.
Ushers/greeters will be attending the entrance doors.
There will be no hymnals, bulletins, or friendship registers. Everything will be displayed on the screen. You may bring your hymnal from home.
Masks are encouraged but not required.
Families may sit together. Chairs will be in rows, six feet apart. If you are in the same row as another non-family person, please distance yourself by approximately three chairs.
We encourage all to use restroom facilities at home to minimize use of the church lavatories. Restroom facilities will be sanitized after each service.
Communion will be served during the service time. These arrangements will create a consistent serving pattern and traffic flow during the communion service.
Communicants will approach the altar area using the aisle along the west wall.
The bread and wine will be arranged in the trays. The bread is of the same material as before, only in a smaller "biscuit" form and it will be in a small plastic cup.
Maintaining the recommended distance of six feet Pastor will then continue with the words inviting you to “Take and eat…” “Take and drink…”
Communicants will exit the communion area by walking toward the organ. The dispenser for the communion cups will be placed near the organ.
The next group of communicants will step forward to the assigned area.
The ushers will not collect offerings. There will be a plate in the Narthex for offerings to be placed.
After general announcements, Pastor will step outside using the East door in the worship area to greet members.
We ask you to refrain from gathering or socializing in the church before or after services. You are welcome to do so outside.
Our services will continue to be posted online.
While this will be different than normal, we will be working with the circumstances God has put before us. We pray His purpose will be served and it will glorify Him.
The Church Council
Ascension Lutheran Antigo