St. Johns German Lutheran Church

St. John's German Lutheran Church

St. Johns German Lutheran Church

St. John's German Lutheran Church

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Latest News | COVID-19

Latest News | COVID-19

Information and Announcements | Covid-19

Epidemic / Pandemic Covid-19
It is with much regret that we must inform you of the St. John’s Elders Committee's decision made yesterday, 17th of March, to cancel all activities and events, including Sunday worship services, at St. John’s for the duration of 4 weeks until after Easter, 15th of April, effective immediately.
We will review the situation during this four-week period and will endeavour to keep you informed of any further developments.
Out of an overabundance of caution for our members and our volunteers who seek to serve, we decided to take this stringent measure for a short period of time. We know that not all churches in Melbourne are taking these steps, and we know that the current state of emergency would allow us to meet. But we want to be faithful and gracious and wise, trusting God, remain calm and extend compassion to those who are in need without putting others at risk. There is a real risk in our elderly population and for those with chronic health issues to be more severely impacted, should they contract this disease. Elders aim to minimise as much as possible the risk of this happening to our members.
These weeks leading up to Easter will enable our Committee and volunteers to find and practise new solutions and explore possibilities to meet at church in a safe way, secure necessary hygiene supplies like sanitisers etc. and change meeting arrangements. We are aware that this health crisis will remain an ongoing issue for the coming months, and we will work towards restarting at least our Sunday services as soon as possible.
Loving your neighbours and taking care and acting responsibly for them for now means being mindful about socialising together, about celebrating or being in close contact with others. Just as it was for the early disciples, our call is to follow Jesus in the midst of everything that we experience or live through (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). As we do this, we know that Christ is with us, God’s Holy Spirit is empowering us and that we have the precious gift of prayer. Despite severe suffering, Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16) and we need to hear this as God’s word for us today.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1. Thessalonians 5)
Please
1.1 Practise physical distancing
1.2 Do not attend any unessential meetings or gatherings
1.3 Keep in contact with your friends from church
1.4 Pray and read the Bible
During this time St. John’s will take the following steps to keep contact with our members:
Alternative options for worship and spiritual support
These challenging times require different ministry modes to be explored. The following ideas and proposals are currently being considered and prepared in the search for alternative delivery:
1. All activities and events are cancelled for 4 weeks until 15th of April, including Easter Sunday.
2. Office will be closed for general access (but remain operational):
2.1. Office Administrator, Tim Lewinski attend during office hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
3. Pastor and Office Administrator will endeavour to:
3.1. Seek extensive Phone contact
3.2. Distribute Podcasts and Video Recording and other publications online and through personal contact
4. Helping Hands - Volunteers:
4.1. Donate USB Stick - let Pastor know via 0411126900 or pastor@stjohnsgerman.com and leave your USB storage device in our Mailbox at church. We will try to distribute your USB to those who have no access to the internet.
4.2. Distribution of hard copies or booklets of printed digital material (i.e. Podcasts, video recordings, etc.) to members identified as having no internet access, via volunteer drop off. Office Administrator and Pastor will coordinate and connect volunteers with recipients. Volunteers to be advised about relevant health and safety procedures prior to delivery
4.3. Grocery shopping and sharing of scarce resources. Enlist volunteers to link up with congregation members as effectively as possible to maintain a good line of communication, enabling volunteers to help with shopping of essential food and medical items.
Peter Demuth
Pastor St. John's German Lutheran Parish

Information and Announcements | Covid-19

Epidemic / Pandemic Covid-19
It is with much regret that we must inform you of the St. John’s Elders Committee's decision made yesterday, 17th of March, to cancel all activities and events, including Sunday worship services, at St. John’s for the duration of 4 weeks until after Easter, 15th of April, effective immediately.
We will review the situation during this four-week period and will endeavour to keep you informed of any further developments.
Out of an overabundance of caution for our members and our volunteers who seek to serve, we decided to take this stringent measure for a short period of time. We know that not all churches in Melbourne are taking these steps and we know that the current state of emergency would allow us to meet. But we want to be faithful and gracious and wise, trusting God, remain calm and extend compassion to those who are in need without putting others at risk. There is a real risk in our elderly population and for those with chronic health issues to be more severely impacted, should they contract this disease. Elders aim to minimise as much as possible the risk of this happening to our members.
These weeks leading up to Easter will enable our Committee and volunteers to find and practise new solutions and explore possibilities to meet at church in a safe way, secure necessary hygiene supplies like sanitisers etc. and change meeting arrangements. We are aware that this health crisis will remain an ongoing issue for the coming months, and we will work towards restarting at least our Sunday services as soon as possible.
Loving your neighbours and taking care and acting responsibly for them for now means being mindful about socialising together, about celebrating or being in close contact with others. Just as it was for the early disciples, our call is to follow Jesus in the midst of everything that we experience or live through (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). As we do this, we know that Christ is with us, God’s Holy Spirit is empowering us and that we have the precious gift of prayer. Despite severe suffering, Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16) and we need to hear this as God’s word for us today.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1. Thessalonians 5)
Please
1.1 Practise physical distancing
1.2 Do not attend any unessential meetings or gatherings
1.3 Keep in contact with your friends from church
1.4 Pray and read the Bible
During this time St. John’s will take the following steps to keep contact with our members:
Alternative options for worship and spiritual support
These challenging times require different ministry modes to be explored. The following ideas and proposals are currently being considered and prepared in the search for alternative delivery:
1. All activities and events are cancelled for 4 weeks until 15th of April, including Easter Sunday.
2. Office will be closed for general access (but remain operational):
2.1. Office Administrator, Tim Lewinski attend during office hours (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
3. Pastor and Office Administrator will endeavour to:
3.1. Seek extensive Phone contact
3.2. Distribute Podcasts and Video Recording and other publications online and through personal contact
4. Helping Hands - Volunteers:
4.1. Donate USB Stick - let Pastor know via 0411126900 or pastor@stjohnsgerman.com and leave your USB storage device in our Mailbox at church. We will try to distribute your USB to those who have no access to the internet.
4.2. Distribution of hard copies or booklets of printed digital material (i.e. Podcasts, video recordings, etc.) to members identified as having no internet access, via volunteer drop off. Office Administrator and Pastor will coordinate and connect volunteers with recipients. Volunteers to be advised about relevant health and safety procedures prior to delivery
4.3. Grocery shopping and sharing of scarce resources. Enlist volunteers to link up with congregation members as effectively as possible to maintain a good line of communication, enabling volunteers to help with shopping of essential food and medical items.
Peter Demuth
Pastor St. John's German Lutheran Parish